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NHL Preview: New Jersey Devils (40-15-5) at Vegas Golden Knights (36-19-6)


Last Game:
New Jersey Devils 7 Colorado Avalanche 5
(40-15-5 – 85 PTS) (34-20-5- 73 PTS)
Three Stars: 1.. D. Mercer 2. A. Lehkonen 3. N. Mackinnon
Colorado 1 3 1 – – 5
DEVILS 3 3 1 – – 7
New Jersey Devils: Media Notes

COL: N. Mackinnon, M. Rantanen, N. Mackinnon, J. Compher, V. Nichushkin,
NJD: A. Palat, N. Bastian, T. Tatar, D. Hamilton, M. Wood (PPG), D. Mercer, N. Hischier (ENG)

Jonathan Bernier – LTIR Lower-body, hip 2021-22 60
Mackenzie Blackwood I.R. Lower-body 2/21/23 4
2022-23 Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/illness: 168

1/28/23 Nikita Okhotiuk Reassigned to Utica
2/6/23 John Marino Activated off I.R.
2/17/23 Alex Holtz Reassigned to Utica
2/21/23 Akira Schmid Recalled from Utica
2/26/23 Timo Meier, Timur Ibragimov, Scott Harrington, Santeri Hatakka, Zachary Emond & a fifth-round pick Acquired via trade from SJS 2/26/23 Shakir Mukhamadullin, Nikita Okhotiuk, Andreas Johnsson, Fabian Zetterlund, a conditional 2nd-round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft & a 7th-round selection in 2024 Traded to SJS
2/27/23 Mackenzie Blackwood Placed on I.R.
2/27/23 Scott Harrington Placed on waivers
2/28/23 Graeme Clarke Recalled from Utica

The Devils are set to play their second contest of a three-game road trip, which then concludes on Sunday at Arizona (5:00 P.M. E.T.). Jersey’s team earned a 7-5 victory on Wednesday at Colorado, and also earned seven goals in consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 8-10, 2022 (7-1 at MTL/7-4 at STL). The seven goals were the most goals scored against Colorado this season, and the most that the Avs allowed in a game since Dec. 1, 2021, in an 8-3 loss to Toronto. The victory marked the fifth time in franchise history that Devils scored seven goals, or more, in a game vs the COL/Quebec franchise. The last time that the Devils earned the feat was on Mar. 10, 1990 vs Quebec in a 9-3 win at the Meadowlands. The Devils, Boston and Vancouver are the only three teams that defeated Colorado twice this season, per Mar. 2. Jersey’s team enters Friday’s contest with a 22-4-3 road record. The 22 wins ranks second in the NHL behind Boston’s 23 road victories. The franchise record for road wins in a single season is 28 (28-10-3), which was earned in 1998-99. Keep in mind that the team is scheduled to play 11 road games after Friday night’s contest. The Devils enter Friday’s contest with a 14-0-1 record vs the Pacific Division this season. The 14 wins vs the Pacific mark an NHL record for an Eastern Conference team. Jersey’s team is 37-5-4 when scoring three or more goals in a game this season. The most wins that the Devils earned in franchise history when scoring three-or-more goals in a game for a single season was 43 wins, which was earned in 2000-01. The team’s 37 wins for this matter ranks second in the NHL for 2022-23, while Boston ranks first with 45 wins. The Devils are 32-4-4 when Nico Hischier recorded a point in a game this season and 19-6-2 when Jack Hughes earned a goal in a game this season. The Devils are 22-7-1 when scoring first in a game this season and 18-8-4 when trailing first in a contest. New Jersey’s 18 wins when trailing first in a game this season ranks first in the NHL, per March 2, while Boston ranked second with 16 wins (16-8-2). The Devils are 25-0-2 when leading after the second period this season, while Boston ranks first in the NHL for this matter with a 33-0-2 record. The team’s zero regulation losses when leading after two periods is tied for the fewest with eight other teams this season, per March 2. The Devils are 14-2-2 when outshot by an opponent this season and 25-13-3 when outshooting teams. The team’s two regulation losses when outshot are tied with Calgary and Carolina for the fewest in the NHL. The Devils are 1-0-0 when shots are even vs an opponent for 2022-23. The Devils have allowed 1, or fewer, goals against 13 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.

2022-23 TEAM STATS
The Devils record on Friday in 2022-23…5-2-0…at home: 1-2-0…road: 4-0-0
Record in night games in 2022-23…34-15-4…home: 14-11-1…road: 20-4-3
Record in day games in 2022-23…6-0-1…home: 4-0-1…road: 2-0-0
2022-23 Alternate jersey record…4-3-1

Scoring first…22-7-1…Trailing first…18-8-4


Golden Knights 2022-23 Record: 36-19-6, 78 points (19-13-1 at Home, 17-6-5 on Road)
Mar. 3 vs. New Jersey Devils AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Mar. 5 vs. Montreal Canadiens AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes 1460 AM
Mar. 7 at Florida Panthers AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Mar. 9 at Tampa Bay Lightning AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Mar. 11 at Carolina Hurricanes AT&T SportsNet Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None

March 1 – Vegas Golden Knights 3, Carolina Hurricanes 2
Jack Eichel shined with two goals as the Vegas Golden Knights (36-19-6) defeated the Carolina Hurricanes (39-12-8), 3-2, on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. In the second period, Eichel scored to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead. Less than ten minutes after, Martin Necas tied the game at 1-1 for Carolina. With less than two minutes remaining in the period, Eichel notched his second of the game to give Vegas a 2-1 lead. Halfway through the third, Jordan Staal tied things up 2-2. Then, with less than five minutes remaining in the game, Reilly Smith scored the game winner for Vegas, sealing the 3-2 victory.


  • Eichel’s two goal performance is his third multi-goal game this season
  • Ivan Barbashev records his first point with VGK as the primary assist on Eichel’s second goal
  • For the second time this season, the Golden Knights did not record a penalty minute
  • In his second start since returning to injury, Adin Hill made 24 saves, posting a .923 save percentage

Against the Devils
Vegas’ contest with New Jersey on Friday will be the second and final time these two clubs will meet this season. The Golden Knights own an overall record of 5-2-2 against the Devils and are even at 2-2-0 when playing at T-Mobile Arena. The last time these teams met, New Jersey edged Vegas 3-2 in overtime at the Prudential Center, despite Ben Hutton and William Karlsson scoring 2:51 apart to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 edge going into the third. Dougie Hamilton scored with 1:10 to go in regulation and added the overtime winner at 3:54 to give New Jersey the 3-2 victory.

2022-23 Season NJD Series: 0-0-1 (Home: 0-0-0, Road: 0-0-1)
Jan. 24 – at New Jersey (Vegas 2, New Jersey 3 OT)
Mar. 3 – at Vegas

2021-22 Season NJD Series: 1-1-0 (Home: 0-1-0, Road: 1-0-0)
Dec. 16 – at New Jersey (Vegas 5, New Jersey 3)
Mar. 18 – at Vegas (Vegas 2, New Jersey 3)

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