LAST GAME - MARCH 6: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 6 vs Montreal Canadiens 4
New Jersey defeated the Montreal Canadiens in regulation, 6-4, in their second of three meetings against Montreal. The Devils are 1-0-1 against the Canadiens this season. The two clubs will face-off for the last time in the 2017-18 regular season on April 1 at Bell Centre. Devils Head Coach John Hynes earned his 100th career win with the victory.
The club is 11-6-4 (5-3-2 home) vs. the Atlantic and is 23-15-5 (11-7-2 home) vs. all Eastern Conference opponents. The Devils are 2-2-4 at Prudential Center (5-5-4 overall) against the Habs since the 2013-14 season.
New Jersey netted six goals, tying their second highest (10/9 @ BUF, 10/11 @ TOR) total of the season. Their season high was back on Nov. 12, when the team scored seven goals at Chicago (W 7-5).
New Jersey went 3-5 on the power play against Montreal. The last time the Devils scored three power play goals was the club's first game of the season, 4-1 W Oct. 6 vs COL, where the Devils went 3-4 on the power play. New Jersey has scored at least one goal on the power play in their last five appearances.
Taylor Hall extended his point streak to 26 games (18G-20A-38PTS; Jan. 2-Mar. 6) with two assists. It was his 22nd multi-point game of the season, a new career-high.
Travis Zajac notched three points in the first period (2G-1A). Zajac was the fourth Devil to post three points in one period this season (J. Bratt - 10/9 @ BUF, T. Hall - 11/24 vs VAN, B. Boyle - 12/18 vs ANA).
Will Butcher (2A), Blake Coleman (1G-1A), Brian Boyle (1G-1A), Kyle Palmieri (2A) and Sami Vatanen (2A) also had multi-point games for the Devils. Additionally, Vatanen extended his point streak to four games with two assists tonight (1G-4A-5PTS; Mar. 1-6).
Patrick Maroon scored his first career goal (GW) as a Devil, tallying his fourth point in four games (1G-3A-4PTS).
Keith Kinkaid stopped 29 of 33 (.870 SV%). He is 2-3-0 vs. MTL as a Devil/in career.
TONIGHT vs Winnipeg Jets
The Devils will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets for the second and final time in 2017-18. New Jersey fell in their first meeting, 5-2, on Nov. 18 at MTS Place. The Devils play their final game of a three-game homestand (1-1-0) against the Jets, before beginning a six-game road trip.
New Jersey is 1-2-1 at home against Winnipeg since 2013-14 (last win, 10/30/14, 2-1 SO). The Devils are 11-10-3 vs. the Western Conference and 6-5-1 against the Central Division, while Winnipeg is 14-6-4 vs. the Eastern Conference and 8-3-2 against the Metropolitan Division.
The Devils surrendered, five goals against during the second period in their first match up, which is a season-high. The Devils had zero penalty minutes for the first time this season (also, 2/8/18 vs. CGY, 3-2 L).
Will Butcher scored the first goal of his career, while also picking up an assist on Brian Gibbons goal that tied the game early in the second period. Taylor Hall, Blake Coleman and Nico Hischier also had one assist each in the Devils loss.
Cory Schneider stopped 17 of 22 shots and took the loss in 40 minutes of action. Keith Kinkaid replaced Schneider to start the third period, and stopped all 12 shots he faced. It was Kinkaid's first appearance vs. the Jets in his career. Schneider is 3-5-1 with a .913 SV% and a 2.64 GAA in his career against the Jets.