Devils center Nico Hischier skates with the puck past Hurricanes left wing Teuvo Teravainen on Feb. 10, 2019, at the Prudential Center.

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Schwei's Devils Notes: Nico Hischier Becomes Youngest NJ Player In 23 Years To Record 3 Assists In Game

John Schweibacher
February 12, 2019 - 12:08 pm
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The New Jersey Devils begin a three-game road trip Tuesday night after snapping their three-game losing streak Sunday afternoon.

The Devils salvaged the final game of their homestand with a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday. Nico Hischier had a hand in all three of New Jersey's goals with his first career three-assist game.

Hischier, at age 20, is the youngest Devils player to have three assists in a game since Petr Sykora at age 19, a 3-0 win over the Rangers on Feb. 10, 1996.

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It was the fifth time a Devils player had as many as three assists in a game versus the Hurricanes since the 'Canes moved to Carolina from Hartford prior to the 1997-98 season. The others were:

• March 27, 2018 -- Car 3 at NJD 4, Taylor Hall (3)
• Feb. 19, 2011 -- NJD 4 at Car 1, Patrik Elias (3)
• Oct. 6, 2006 -- NJD 4 at Car 0, Brian Gionta (3)
• Feb. 13, 1999 -- Car 4 at NJD 6, Ken Daneyko (3)

On Saturday afternoon, the Devils lost their third straight game, 4-2 to the Wild.

Ex-Devil Zach Parise’s second-period, power-play goal put Minnesota ahead to stay. Parise joined Ilya Kovalchuk, who scored for the Kings last week, as the only two former Devils to score goals against New Jersey so far this season.

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Prior to this week, the last former Devils player to score a goal versus New Jersey was Jacob Josefson for Buffalo in the Sabres' 4-3 overtime win on Dec. 29, 2017.

Here are the all-time leaders in regular-season goals against the Devils by players who at one time played for New Jersey, according to Hockey-Reference.com:

• Jaromir Jagr, 36
• Dave Andreychuk, 26
• Bernie Nicholls, 23
• Peter Stastny, 21
• Steve Thomas, 21
• Bobby Carpenter, 19
• Doug Gilmour, 17
• Ilya Kovalchuk, 16
• Bill Guerin, 15
• Phil Housley, 15

On Thursday night at the Prudential Center, the Devils lost to the Islanders 2-1 in the shootout.

It was the 12th time a Devils-Islanders game was decided in the shootout, equaling the most among any New Jersey opponent:

•  vs. N.Y. Islanders, 12   (3-9)
•  vs. Toronto, 12  (3-9)
•  vs. Buffalo, 12   (5-7)
•  vs. N.Y. Rangers, 12 (6-6)

Cory Schneider, who had been sidelined since Dec. 17 with an abdominal injury, was a hard-luck loser in his return, allowing just one goal on 28 shots in regulation and overtime.

The last time Schneider gave up just one goal or fewer in a start was his last victory, on Dec. 27, 2017 -- a 3-1 Devils win over the Red Wings in Newark.

Schneider has now lost 20 games (10 in regulation, 10 in overtime or shootout) in which he allowed just one goal since coming to New Jersey in 2013-14.

Martin Brodeur had just 26 such losses (and 11 ties) for the Devils in his 21 seasons with the club.

Last Tuesday night at the Prudential Center, the Los Angeles Kings blew open a 1-1 game with three quick goals at the start of the third period and defeated the Devils, 5-1.

LA set a franchise record for the quickest three goals to start a period at one minute and 52 seconds. Their previous record was two minutes and 30 seconds on Nov. 4, 1972, in the second period of a 9-2 win over the Islanders.

The three goals allowed by the Devils in the 1:52 span were the second-fastest three goals allowed to start a period in club history. New Jersey gave up three scores in the opening 1:21 of the first period on Dec. 19, 1986, versus Washington in a game New Jersey rallied to win 6-4 at the Meadowlands.

Kovalchuk played against the Devils for the first time since returning to the NHL with LA this season.

The last time Kovalchuk played a game against New Jersey was on December 28, 2009, a 3-2 Devils win over the Atlanta Thrashers at the Prudential Center. Kovalchuk scored for Atlanta in the loss.

Plus/Minus:

Plus: Killing Time. Andy Greene is now averaging 4:02 of short-handed ice time per game, the most in the NHL. Ben Lovejoy is now second, averaging 3:49 (courtesy of Chris Ryan at NJ.com).

Minus: Two Low. The Devils' two shots in the second period Sunday tied a season low for shots in a period. New Jersey also had just two shots in the first period Jan. 2 at Dallas (courtesy of Craig Seiden at Devils radio).