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NHL Preview: New Jersey Devils (35-13-5) at St. Louis Blues (25-25-3)


Last Game
New Jersey Devils 3 Columbus Blue Jackets 2
(35-13-5 -75 PTS) (16-34-4 -36 PTS)
Three Stars: 1. R. Graves 2. A. Boqvist 3. V. Vanecek
Columbus 1 1 0 – – 2
DEVILS 1 1 1 – – 3
New Jersey Devils: Media Notes

CBJ: J. Gaudreau (PPG), A. Boqvist
NJD: Y. Sharangovich, J. Bratt, R. Graves
Game Summary | Event Summary

Jonathan Bernier – LTIR Lower-body, hip 2021-22 53
Jack Hughes Upper-body Feb. 9, 2023 3
Brendan Smith Lower-body Feb. 9, 2023 3
2022-23 Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/illness: 155

1/28/23 Nikita Okhotiuk Reassigned to Utica
2/6/23 John Marino Activated off I.R.

The Devils play in their thihrd contest for four-game road trip, which marks the team’s second-longest road trip for the season and improved to 1-0-1 after Tuesday night’s win at Columbus.
Road trip schedule:
2/11, at MIN, 3-2, Lso
2/14, at CBJ, 3-2, W
2/16, at STL, 9:00 P.M. E.T.
2/18, at PIT, 5:30 P.M. E.T.

The Devils are 11-1-2 in their last 14 games played dating to Jan. 7, vs NY Rangers. The team’s .857 points% ranks first in the NHL since that time, while Carolina ranks second for this matter (.786). The Devils and Tampa (11 wins) earned the most wins in the NHL since Jan. 7. The team’s 35 wins after 53 games played from the start of a season are tied for the most in franchise history:
35 wins: 2009-10
35 wins: 2022-23
33 wins: 2008-09
33 wins: 2002-03
33 wins: 1999-00
32 wins: 2006-07
31 wins: 1997-98
31 wins: 2011-12

The Devils improved to 20-3-3 on the road for the 2022-23 campaign, which ranks first in the NHL. The 20 road wins are the team’s most in a single season since 2017-18 (21-15-5). After Tuesday’s victory at Columbus, the Devils earned 20-or-more road wins in a season for the 12th time. The most road wins in a single season for franchise history is 28 (28-10-3), which was earned in 1998-99. The 20 road wins after the team’s 53 games played from the start of a season are the most in franchise history:
1998-99: 18w, in 26 road GP
2008-09: 18W, in 26 road GP
2009-10: 17w, in 27 road GP

Per NHL Pr, New Jersey “became the first team in NHL history to record 20 road wins in 26 games or fewer – the previous mark was 27 contests, accomplished by the Capitals twice (2019-20 & 2015-16).” The Devils are 17-3-3 vs the Western Conference this season. The most wins earned in a single season vs the West for franchise history is 18, which was earned in 2000-01. The third most wins earned for this matter was 16, twice, logged in 1996-97 and 2015-16. The team also earned 14 wins vs the West in 2017-18. The Devils enter Thursday’s contest with a 4-3-2 record vs the Central Division in 2022-23. The four wins mark the team’s fewest victories vs any division this season:
PAC: 13-0-1
MET: 10-5-2
ATL: 8-5-0

The Devils are 27-4-4 when Nico Hischier recorded a point in a game this season and 18-6-2 when Jack Hughes scored a goal in a game for 2022-23. The Devils are 20-7-1 when scoring first in a game this season and 15-6-4 when trailing first in a contest. New Jersey’s 15 wins when trailing first in a game this season ranks first in the NHL, per Feb. 15, while Boston ranked second with 14 wins (14-8-2). The Devils are 22-0-2 when leading after the second period this season, which ranks (tied) for the third most in the NHL, per Feb. 15. Boston’s 27-0-2 record ranks first in the NHL for this matter. Yet, New Jersey recorded 18 total comeback wins this season, which ranks first in the NHL. Per Feb. 15, Tampa ranked second for this matter with 16 total comeback wins. New Jersey’s six multi-goal comeback wins this season was tied with Chicago for the most in the NHL, per Feb. 15. The Devils are 13-2-2 when outshot by an opponent this season and 21-11-3 when outshooting teams. The Devils are 1-0-0 when shots are even vs an opponent for 2022-23. The team’s two regulation losses when outshot by an opponents is tied with CAR, CGY and NYR for the fewest in the NHL. Jersey’s team is 32-5-4 when scoring three-or-more goals in a game this season. The Devils have allowed 1, or fewer, goals against 12 times this season in a game. Jersey’s team allowed one, or fewer goals against, in a game just eight times all of last season.


Marco Scandella – Right Hip (Re-evaluated in 6 months, announced on Sep. 20)
Brandon Saad – Upper-Body (Announced on Feb. 16)
2022-23 Total Man Games Lost: 226

Recent Transactions
16 – Recalled forward Jake Neighbours from the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)
16 – Placed forward Brandon Saad on injured reserve
12 – Assigned defenseman Scott Perunovich to the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) on a conditioning assignment
11 – Activated forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Pavel Buchnevich from injured reserve
9 – Recalled defenseman Tyler Tucker from the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)
9 – Acquired forward Sammy Blais and defenseman Hunter Skinner, along with a conditional 2023 first-round draft pick and a 2024 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for forward Vladimir Tarasenko and defenseman Niko Mikkola


  • The Blues and Devils will meet for the 2nd and final matchup this season
  • The Blues won the 1st matchup of the season, 5-3, back on Jan. 5 in New Jersey
  • The Blues have earned points in back-to-back games against New Jersey (1-0-1)
  • The Blues went 0-1-1 against New Jersey last season, losing in regulation at home and in overtime on the road
  • In their last 16 games against the Devils, the Blues are 13-2-1, which includes a 12-game win streak from Jan. 28, 2014 to Feb. 18, 2020
  • The Blues lost their last game against New Jersey at Enterprise Center (7-4 loss on Feb. 10, 2022), but won their previous 8 home games against the Devils, dating back to Nov. 20, 2010
  • The Blues have not allowed the Devils a power play goal in 4 of their last 5 matchups, going 16 for 17 (94.1%) on the penalty kill over those 5 games
  • Jordan Binnington’s next start will be the 200th start of his career
  • The Blues have scored 6 goals in back-to-back games (Sat. vs. ARI / Tues. vs. FLA) and look to match the longest stretch of games with 6 or more goals in franchise history – a feat accomplished 7 times and 3 times in the past 30 years (3 GP: April 14-17, 2022 / Jan. 3-8, 2015 / Dec. 9-15, 2000)

2/18 – vs. Colorado
2/19 – at Ottawa
2/21 – at Carolina
2/23 – vs. Vancouver
2/25 – vs. Pittsburgh


  • The Blues will play 7 more games in February, 5 of which will come at Enterprise Center
  • The Blues will play 4 more games against the Eastern Conference this month, as well as 3 more against the Western Conference
  • Only 1 of their remaining 7 games in February will come against Central Division opponents, Feb. 18 vs. Colorado


  • The Blues are 21-8-0 this season when scoring first, which shares the 10th most wins in the NHL (1. Carolina, 27-4-4)
  • The Blues are 1 of 4 teams to record 3 multi-goal third period comeback wins this season (Kings/Islanders/Ducks)
  • The Blues have 9 players who have scored at least 10 goals this season, which shares 3rd in the NHL (1. Seattle & Vegas, 10 players)
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