Schwei's Devils Notes: Top Line Carrying Team

John Schweibacher
October 30, 2018 - 11:20 am
FILE -- Taylor Hall skates with the puck on a penalty shot during the second period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

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The New Jersey Devils were able to end their first losing streak of the 2018-19 season, halting a three-game winless skid by holding off the Panthers 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center.

The Devils' top line of Taylor Hall (one goal), Nico Hischier (two assists) and Kyle Palmieri (one goal and one assist) combined for five of New Jersey’s nine points in the victory.

The trio has accounted for 32 points through the Devils’ eight games this season. Hall has two goals and nine assists (11 points), Hischier has three goals and five assists (eight points), and Palmieri has eight goals and five assists (13 points). 

The rest of the New Jersey’s roster has a combined 44 points (15 goals and 29 assists).

According to NHL Public Relations, Palmieri became the second player in Devils/Rockies/Scouts franchise history to score at least eight goals through the first eight games in a season, joining Paul Gardner, who had nine for Colorado in 1977-78.

Pat Verbeek (1987-88) and Brian Gionta (2006-07) are the only other players to have scored seven goals in New Jersey’s first eight games of a season.

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Keith Kinkaid made 35 saves for his fifth win of the season and 54th of his career, moving him into sixth place on the Devils’ all-time wins list. Here are the top seven:
• Martin Brodeur, 688
• Chris Terreri, 118
• Cory Schneider, 106
• Glenn Resch, 67
• Sean Burke, 62
• Keith Kinkaid, 54
• Alain Chevrier, 53

On Thursday night in Newark, the Devils fell to 4-2-1, losing to the Predators 4-3 in overtime Thursday night.

New Jersey led 3-2 after two periods, but settled for one point with the OT loss.

The last such loss for New Jersey on Dec. 29, 2017, a 4-3 overtime loss to Buffalo.

The Devils have not lost a game in regulation that they led after two periods since Feb. 13, 2015, a 3-1 defeat to the Blackhawks in a game they led 1-0 after 40 minutes.

Here are the Devils' records in games they led after two periods since the start of the 2015-16 season:

• 2018-19 -- 4-0-1
• 2017-18 -- 32-0-2
• 2016-17 -- 19-0-8
• 2015-16 -- 23-0-1

The last time New Jersey went more than seven games into a season before playing a contest that went past regulation was in 2007-08, when it took eight games -- a 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders.

The longest into a season the Devils have gone without an overtime game was in 1993-94, when it took until the 19th game of the season -- a 4-3 overtime loss to the Red Wings.

It was the sixth time the Devils and Predators played a game decided in overtime:

• Oct. 25, 2018 --  Nas 4 and NJD 3 (Kyle Turris game-winner)
• Dec. 3, 2016 -- NJD 5 at  Nas 4 (Mike Cammalleri)
• March 3, 2016 -- NJD 5 at  Nas 4 (Adam Henrique)
• Jan. 31, 2014 -- NJD 2 at Nas 3 (Shea Weber)
• Oct. 18, 2002 -- Nas 2 at NJD 3 (Patrik Elias)
• Jan. 30, 1999 -- Nas 3 at NJD 2 (Sebastien Bordeleau)

New Jersey went 1-of-3 on the power play, scoring a power-play goal in their first seven games of a season for the first time in franchise history.

It’s the Devils’ longest power-play goal streak at any point in a season since they scored at least one goal with the man-advantage in eight straight games from Oct. 28 through Nov. 12, 2005.

The longest power-play goal streak in club history is 12 games, from March 5-27, 1987.

PLUS/MINUS

Plus: The Second. New Jersey's win Saturday was John Hynes' 115th as head coach of the Devils, moving him past Pete DeBoer for second place on the club's all-time list behind Jacques Lemaire (276).

Minus: The Third. The Devils have allowed just 20 goals in their eight games played this season, but 10 have come in the third period.