Player News - Devils

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Taylor Hall had two assists in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night, extending his points streak to 21 games.

Per the NHL, Taylor Hall is the sixth player in the last 25 years, since the 1992-93 season, to have at least one point in 21 consecutive contests. He extended that streak Saturday with assists on both Kyle Palmieri goals. Hall now has 26 goals, 40 assists, and 66 points in 57 games this season.
Feb 25 - 2:37 AM

Keith Kinkaid made 30 saves on 31 shots in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Kinkaid now has four wins in his last five for the Devils. The New York state native now has a record of 14-8-2, a 3.03 GAA, and a .900 save percentage.
Feb 25 - 2:36 AM

Drew Stafford returned to action on Saturday February 24.

Feb 25 - 2:32 AM

Mirco Mueller is projected to be a healthy scratch Saturday night.

Mueller would be in the press box for the fifth time in seven games. The 22-year-old defenseman has two assists in 20 games in 2017-18.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 24 - 6:22 PM

Brian Gibbons is more than a week away from returning to action.

Gibbons has been sidelined for the past month with a right thumb injury and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks. He seems to be right on target with that prognosis.
Feb 24 - 11:53 AM

Newly acquired Michael Grabner will play on a line with Pavel Zacha and Kyle Palmieri against the Islanders Saturday night.

The Devils juggled their lines to accommodate Grabner and have moved Jesper Bratt to the top unit alongside Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier. Palmieri seems to be the loser in this arrangement but you never know as sometimes the second unit of a squad has more success than the first as it does not get to play opposite the opposition's top defensive players.
Feb 24 - 11:50 AM

Keith Kinkaid will get the start Saturday evening against the Islanders.

Kinkaid is coming off a 19-save, 2-1 loss to Columbus this past Tuesday and will be looking to improve on his 13-8-2 record this season. Despite his decent won-loss record, Kinkaid has a rather weak 3.12 GAA and .897 SP. Start him at your own risk.
Feb 24 - 11:42 AM

The New Jersey Devils have assigned Blake Pietila to the minors.

The 25-year-old played in two games earlier this week, but he was made a healthy scratch on Thursday night.
Feb 24 - 11:33 AM

Sami Vatanen registered an assist in the Devils' 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.

Vatanen has gotten five assists in his last four games. That gives him two goals and 22 points in 52 contests in 2017-18. He got off to a slow start with the Ducks, but has heated up with the Devils, recording 18 points in his last 37 contests.
Feb 23 - 4:59 AM

Miles Wood is on a three-game point streak.

Technically it's not because he missed two games due to a suspension, but Wood has now recorded a point in the last three contests he's played in. He kept that run going with an assist in the Devils' 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday. He's up to 16 goals and 27 points in 58 contests in 2017-18.
Feb 23 - 4:57 AM

Cory Schneider (groin) wasn't on the ice Thursday.

Schneider had been skating recently and even participated in Wednesday's lightly populated optional skate. Don't read too much into his absence on Thursday though as he's still expected to skate on Friday. Under ideal circumstances, he might make his return next week.
Feb 23 - 4:55 AM

Taylor Hall is currently enjoying the longest point streak of the 2017-18 campaign.

Hall has recorded at least a point in 20 consecutive games, but in the NHL's eyes, his thumb injury ended his point streak. Even still, that leaves him with a 13-game point streak, which is the best of the season. "Twenty is a cool number," said Hall. "It seems like forever since I really didn’t have a point. It’s been nice. Unfortunately, it really hasn’t resulted in as many wins as I would have liked. At the end of the day, that’s what I’m here for. I want to keep producing but, at the same time, get more wins." Hall is correct there. The Devils haven't done a great job of taking advantage of Hall's hot play as they've gone 9-9-2 over those 20 games.
Feb 23 - 4:53 AM

The New York Rangers have traded Michael Grabner to the New Jersey Devils.

The Rangers received defense prospect Igor Rykov and a second-round draft pick in the deal. Grabner was made a healthy scratch in tonight's game against the Canadiens because a trade was imminent, so this move isn't a surprise. The 30-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He has 25 goals and 31 points in 59 games this season. He'll provide the Devils with some added speed and scoring.
Feb 22 - 10:44 PM

Eddie Lack stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced as the New Jersey Devils dropped a 4-2 decision to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

Lack was spotted a 2-0 lead but allowed three second period goals to allow the Minnesota Wild to earn the come-from-behind victory. Lack didn't play his sharpest game of the season in relief of the sidelined Cory Schneider. As he was being pulled in favor of the extra attacker late in the third, he had to hustle back to his net in order to prevent Minnesota's goaltender Alex Stalock from scoring. Lack drops to 2-4-0 on the season with a 4.02 goals-against average and a .870 save percentage.
Feb 22 - 10:08 PM

Taylor Hall scored his 26th goal of the season in the New Jersey Devils' 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

Hall extends his point streak to 20 games, meaning he has scored in every single game in 2018. His goal was a power-play marker midway through the first period. The Devils actually held a 2-0 lead but the Wild scored three second period goals to cruise to victory. Hall now has 26 goals and 64 points in 56 games this season with New Jersey.
Feb 22 - 10:00 PM


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