LAST GAME - MARCH 29: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 vs PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 4 OT
The Devils fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth and final matchup of the regular season in overtime, 4-3. The club finished the season-series against the Penguins, 3-0-1, and fell to 6-3-1 in their last ten games.
New Jersey is now 2-0-1 on their four-game home stand. This season, the Devils are 26-15-6 vs. Eastern Conference opponents and 14-9-2 against the Metropolitan Division.
New Jersey was 2-2 on the penalty kill, and ended the regular season series without allowing a power play goal to the Penguins (7-7). Pittsburgh currently ranks first in the league on the power play.
Kyle Palmieri opened the scoring for the Devils, notching his fifth point in three games (4G-1A), and his third straight game with a goal. Palmieri is now only six goals shy of tying his career high (30).
Nico Hischier tallied his 50th point on Palmieri's goal, when he recorded the primary assist. Hischier is the fifth rookie to reach the 50-point mark in team history, and the first since Adam Henrique (16G-35A-51PTS) in the 2011-12 season.
Taylor Hall notched his 11th power play goal of the season, 14:41 into the second period. Hall's 86th point of the season tied Kirk Muller for seventh all-time in Devils history. Hall also extended his point-streak to six games (3G-7A-10PTS).
Will Butcher had the lone helper on Hall's goal, his 37th assist of the season. Butcher ranks 20th, for most assists by a NHL rookie defenseman (credit Craig Seiden, WFAN/TOJN Digital Statistician). Additionally, Butcher is the fourth rookie defenseman in Devils franchise history to reach the 40-point mark in a season and the first since Scott Niedermayer, during the 1992-93 season.
Hischier and Butcher are also the first pair of rookies in Devils franchise history to record 40+ points in the same season.
Blake Coleman scored New Jersey's third goal of the game, his 12th of the season. Coleman had 4PTS (3G-1A) in four games against the Penguins in 2017-18.
Keith Kinkaid stopped 31 of 35 shots, which was the first time he allowed more than three goals against the Penguins in four starts this season. Kinkaid fell to 3-2-2, with a .905 SV% and a 3.39 GAA in his career against Pittsburgh.
TONIGHT vs NEW YORK ISLANDERS
The Devils will close out their four-game homestand (2-0-1) and their season series against the New York Islanders tonight at Prudential Center. New Jersey is 2-0-1 in their first three games in the season series, and defeated the Islanders, 2-1, on Feb. 24 on Patrik Elias Jersey Retirement Night.
Kyle Palmieri notched both goals for the Devils, while Taylor Hall had assists on both goals. Hall recorded assists (2A) on both of Palmieri's goals and extended his personal points-streak to 21 games, which eventually ended at 26 games on Mar. 8 vs WPG.
Sami Vatanen and Nico Hischier both chipped in with one assist, while Michael Grabner appeared in his first game as a Devil and became just the 11th player in NHL history to play at least one game for the Devils, Islanders (297GP), and Rangers (135GP) in his career.
Keith Kinkaid stopped 30 of 31 shots, and improved to 2-0-0 with a .965 SV% and a 1.00 GAA against the Islanders in 2017-18. In his career, Kinkaid is 2-3-2 and has a .910 SV% and 2.61 GAA vs the Islanders.
Hall leads the Devils with 5 points (2G-3A) in their season series against New York, while Mathew Barzal has three assists in 3 GP for the Islanders.