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Schwei's Devils Notes: OT Struggles, Out Of Last Place, Schneider To IR

John Schweibacher
December 18, 2018 - 8:48 am
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The New Jersey Devils came from behind in each of their two games this past week, coming away with three points to lift themselves out of last place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Brian Boyle’s goal with 1:31 remaining in the 3rd period tied the game at 1-1, but the Devils lost to the Predators in the shootout, 2-1, Saturday night in Nashville.

It was the second time this season and the 12th time overall since Nashville joined the NHL for the 1998-99 season the two teams played a game decided after regulation, New Jersey’s most vs. any current Western Conference club over the now 20-year span.

The Devils and Predators have each won six of the 12 games, with both clubs going 3-3 in overtime and 3-3 in shootouts:

12/15/18   NJD 1 at Nas 2 SO  (Ryan Johansen SO-winner)
10/25/18   Nas 4 at NJD 3 OT  (Kyle Turris OT-winner)
3/10/18     NJD 3 at Nas 2 SO  (Brian Boyle SO-winner)
12/3/16     NJD 5 at Nas 4 OT  (Mike Cammalleri OT-winner)
3/3/16       NJD 5 at Nas 4 OT  (Adam Henrique OT-winner)
1/31/14     NJD 2 at Nas 3 OT  (Shea Weber OT-winner)
10/15/11   NJD 3 at Nas 2 SO  (Ilya Kovalchuk SO-winner)
11/19/09   NJD 2 at Nas 3 SO  (Martin Erat SO-winner)
10/19/06   Nas 4 at NJD 3 SO  (Martin Erat SO-winner)
1/19/06     NJD 4 at Nas 3 SO  (Viktor Kozlov SO-winner)
10/18/02   Nas 2 at NJD 3 OT  (Patrik Elias OT-winner)
1/30/99     Nas 3 at NJD 2 OT  (Sebastien Bordeleau OT-winner)

Nico Hischier’s goal :41 seconds into overtime capped New Jersey's comeback from three goals down as the Devils beat the Vegas Golden Knights, 5-4, Friday night at Prudential Center.

It was the first overtime win for New Jersey after losing each of their first five games decided in OT this season.

The last time the Devils failed to win any of their first six overtime games in a season was back in 1999-00 when they either lost or tied each of the first six games they played that were not decided in regulation.

Hischier, who will turn 20 years old next month, became the youngest player in club history to score a regular season overtime goal.

Here are the Devils under the age of 22 who scored OT winners for New Jersey, according to the player goal finder on hockey-reference.com:

12/14/18  VGN 4 at NJD 5  Nico Hischier   19 years, 11 months
1/29/88    Chi 2 at NJD 3     Craig Wolanin  20 years,  6 months
11/16/00  NJD 3 at Bos 2     Scott Gomez     20 years, 10 months
10/23/97  Mtl 1 at NJD 2     Peter Sykora     20 years, 11 months
2/8/11      Car 2 at NJD 3     Mattias Tedenby 20 years, 11 months
11/5/11    Wpg 2 at NJD 3   Adam Henrique  21 years, 9 months
11/14/92  NJD 4 at Was 3    Bobby Holik      21 years, 10 months

According to NHL public relations, Friday marked just the second time in NHL history that at least three teams won on the same day after trailing by three or more goals.

Four teams accomplished the feat back on November 25th, 1987, including New Jersey, who won at Edmonton, 8-7, on Aaron Broten’s overtime goal after erasing a 6-3 Oilers’ lead in the second period.

The Devils' rally Friday night got Cory Schneider off the hook after he was pulled midway through the first period having given up three first period goals.

Schneider, who was placed on injured reserve Monday with an abdominal strain, had given up at least two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game in each of his last five starts:

12/14/18  vs. VGN  (3)  9:23
12/9/18    at Ana     (2)  2:47
11/25/18  at TB       (3)  9:15
11/18/18  at Car      (2)    :30
11/11/18  at Wpg    (2)  3:31

Schneider has still not won a regular season game since December 27th, 2017.

On that date nearly one year ago, Schneider had a record of 17-6-4, with a .923 save percentage and a 2.49 goals against average through his first 28 games of the 2017-18 season.

Since then, the Devils goaltender has now gone 0-15-3, with a .859 save percentage and a 4.26 goals against average over his last 21 regular season games.

Plus/Minus:

Plus: Extra Extra. New Jersey has scored five 6-on-5 goals this season, tied with Calgary and Detroit for the most in the NHL with an extra attacker this season.

Minus: Not Working Overtime. The Devils have lost seven games decided in overtime or shootouts, the most in the NHL. New Jersey lost just nine such games last season.