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Devils edged by Knights in first-ever meeting

10 Takeaways: Devils fall to the Golden Knights 3-2 at Prudential Center.

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /

Taylor Hall may have had two points, but the New Jersey Devils left two on the table. 

In the first meeting in franchise history with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Devils dropped their contest 3-2 in a third straight loss. 

Here are 10 takeaways from the game: 

1. The Devils are 6-3-1 in their first game against expansion teams, and are 19-4-3 overall against teams in their inaugural season. The Devils were the final team in the NHL the Golden Knights had yet to play against. 

2. Coach John Hynes dressed 13 forwards for warmups before making his decision as to who he would leave out of the lineup. In the end, it was Jesper Bratt who was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Bratt has missed one other game due to injury and has just three points (1g-2a) in his last 10 games.

To start the game, the lineup looked as follows: 

Taylor Hall - Nico Hischier - Kyle Palmieri 
Miles Wood - Pavel Zacha - Stefan Noesen 
Michael Grabner - Travis Zajac - Patrick Maroon 
Blake Coleman - Brian Boyle - Drew Stafford 

Andy Greene - Sami Vatanen 
John Moore - Damon Severson 
Will Butcher - Ben Lovejoy 

Cory Schneider
Keith Kinkaid

3. The first period ended in a 0-0 score line, with the Devils up on the Golden Knights in shots, 11-8. Both goaltenders were busy making big saves on the opponent, with Devils forwards Coleman in the blue paint and Hall on a partial breakaway, stopped by Vegas netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. 

Tweet from @NJviDs: #VGKvsNJD 1ST PERIODColeman chance

Tweet from @NJviDs: #VGKvsNJD 1ST PERIODHall in alone

4. The Devils had their first power play opportunity at 7:31 of the second period when Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault went to the box for interference. On the ensuing power play, Devils defenseman Vatanen scored his second goal in a New Jersey uniform. He ripped home a shot from the left circle at 7:31 of the second period to tie the game at one. Remarkably, Hall had the primary assist to extend his point streak. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Perfect pass. Perfect Finn-ish. ������#VGKvsNJD

5. The goal for Vatanen was his second as a New Jersey Devil, but his first with a goalie in the net. His prior goal on Dec. 27 was an empty-netter against Detroit. 

6. The streak lives on. Hall had an assist against the Golden Knights to extend his franchise record breaking point streak. His consecutive game point streak now stands at 18 games with 13 goals and 11 assists. His streak is the longest one in the NHL this season. Hall also has a personal streak of points in 25 consecutive appearances. During that span, he has 18 goals and 18 assists. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Raise your ��� if you have a 2������5������ game point-streak! #NJDvsEverybody

According to NHL Public Relations, Hall is the eighth different NHL player in the last 30 years to record at least one point in 25-plus consecutive appearances.

7. After the Golden Knights went up 3-1 on the Devils, Hall continued to take this Jersey team on his back. He scored his career-best 30th goal of the season 12 seconds after Vegas' third goal. Hall picked up a loose puck behind the Vegas net and went for the wrap-around for his second point of the night. The goal cut Vegas' lead to 3-2. 

Tweet from @NJviDs: #VGKvsNJD 2ND PERIOD3-2 VGKHall's 30th on the year

8. The penalty kill has been a force to be reckoned with over the last seven games. Over that time frame, the Devils have given up just one goal to their opponent going 17-for-18.

9. The Devils had 35 shots on net in the loss to the Golden Knights. Hall and Vatanen led the way with seven and five shots, respectively.  

10. The Devils continue their three-game home stand welcoming the Montreal Canadiens to The Rock for the first time this season Tuesday. That game is followed by the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

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