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Devils drop Saturday tilt to Islanders

New Jersey registers their third loss of the seven-game road trip after falling 3-0 to the Islanders

by Amanda Stein @amandacstein / newjerseydevils.com

Brooklyn, NY - The Devils continue to look for answers after a shut-out loss to the Islanders on Saturday night. The night also marked the first time this season the Devils were held to less than two goals in a game, in a first shutout loss since January 2018. 

Here are 10 takeaways from the game:

1. 22-year-old forward Brett Seney made his NHL debut against the Islanders Saturday night. While in Binghamton, Seney has collected a team leading 10 points (one goal, nine assists) for New Jersey's AHL affiliate. Against the Islanders, Seney played 11:00 and registered one shot on goal. 

2. Seney was not the only player to join New Jersey on Friday, forward Kurtis Gabriel was also called up and made his first appearance in the NHL this season. Against the Islanders, Gabriel played 5:50 on the fourth line. 

3. Coach John Hynes consistently preaches that his players have a 'shooting mentality' when they are on the ice. In the first period against the Islanders, though none of their shots got through netminder Thomas Greiss, they did make him work firing 16 shots, a season-high in the opening 20 minutes of a game. 

4. Despite accumulating 24 shots after 40 minutes of play, the Devils were held goal-less to enter the third period. This was the first time this season New Jersey didn't have a goal to start the third period.

5. Special teams were a bit of an Achilles heel against the Islanders. The Devils power play went 0-for-4 while the penalty kill gave up one power play goal to the Islanders on their four attempts with the man advantage.

6. Nico Hischier drew two penalties against the Islanders, once in the first period where a high-sticking call went against Islanders Mathew Barzal and a second in the middle frame when Cal Clutterbuck was called for roughing. Hischier has a team leading 11 drawn penalties this season, and averages at least one drawn penalty a game. 

7. Keith Kinkaid was back between the pipes for the Devils, after Cory Schneider got in the game against the Red Wings on Thursday. Kinkaid stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced. 

8. Taylor Hall did all he could to get the Devils on the board against the Islanders with three shots on goal, but it was not meant to be. Hall's point streak is halted at nine games where he scored two goals and had 11 assists, good for 13 points. 

9. For the first time this season, the New Jersey Devils were shutout by their opponent, despite 35 shots on net. 

10. The Devils drop to 0-3-0 on their current seven-game road trip. They'll make a stop in Pittsburgh on Monday night before heading to Canada to face the Senators, Leafs and Jets. 

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