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Schwei's Devils Notes: Zajac Inches Up Franchise Scoring List, NJ Squanders Another 2-0 Lead, More

John Schweibacher
November 13, 2018 - 11:23 am
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After starting the season 4-0-0, the New Jersey Devils find themselves at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, having gone 2-8-1 over their last 11 games.

The Devils ended their seven-game road trip at 1-6-0 with a 5-2 loss at Winnipeg on Sunday night.

With the loss, New Jersey fell to 2-7-0 versus the Jets in Winnipeg since the club relocated from Atlanta for the 2011-12 season.

The Devils' all-time record in Winnipeg, including the original Jets who moved to Arizona for the 1996-97 season, is now 5-19-3.

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Cory Schneider made his third start of the season and took the loss allowing five Jets goals on 28 shots faced.

Schneider, who is now 0-3-0, since returning from off-season hip surgery, has not won a regular season game since Dec. 27, 2017, going 0-13-2 in his last 16 appearances.

Brett Seney scored the first goal of the game for the Devils in the loss to the Jets, the first goal of his NHL career.

The last player to score his first career NHL goal for the Devils versus the Jets was Will Butcher on Nov. 17 last season in a 5-2 loss at Winnipeg.

Denis Pederson and Jason Smith were the last players to score their first NHL goals for New Jersey against the original Winnipeg Jets, both doing it in the same game, a 4-1 Devils victory at the Meadowlands on Oct. 12, 1995.

On Friday night in Toronto, the Devils lost to the Maple Leafs, 6-1.

Travis Zajac scored the lone goal for New Jersey in the loss, his 472nd career point, tying him with Bobby Holik for sixth on the New Jersey’s all-time scoring list:                       
1. Patrik Elias -- 408 goals, 617 assists, 1,025 points
2. John MacLean  -- 347 goals, 354 assists, 701 points
3. Kirk Muller -- 185 goals, 335 assists, 520 points
4. Scott Gomez -- 123 goals, 361 assists, 484 points
5. Scott Niedermayer -- 112 goals, 364 assists, 476 points
6 (tie). Bobby Holik -- 202 goals, 270 assists, 472 points
6 (tie). Travis Zajac -- 173 goals, 299 assists, 472 points

The Devils had not allowed six goals in regulation in a game versus the Maple Leafs since Oct. 12, 2006, a 7-6 shootout win for New Jersey at the Meadowlands.

The last time the Leafs scored at least six goals against the Devils in a game played in Toronto was on Feb. 1, 1992, in a 6-4 win at Maple Leaf Gardens.

On Tuesday night in Ottawa, the Devils took an early 2-0 lead but lost to the Senators, 7-3.

It was the second time this season New Jersey lost a game it had led 2-0, the other instance being the 8-3 drubbing by the Lightning on Oct. 30.

The Devils lost just two games all of last season when they scored the first two goals -- a 4-2 loss to the Wild on Feb. 22 and a 5-3 defeat versus the Blue Jackets on Dec. 8.

The seven goals allowed were the second most ever by New Jersey in a game against Ottawa.

The Senators scored eight times against the Devils in an 8-1 rout on Oct. 21, 2006 at Ottawa.

Kyle Palmieri scored his 10th goal of the season in the loss to the Senators.

According to Hockey-Reference.com, Palmieri is the fourth player (fifth overall) to reach double-digit goals in the first 13 games of a season for New Jersey:
• 1987-88  Pat Verbeek     12
• 1986-87  Pat Verbeek     11
• 2001-02  Patrik Elias      11
• 2008-09  Zach Parise      10
• 2018-19  Kyle Palmieri  10

Plus/Minus

Plus: Martin Brodeur. The all-time leader for wins, shutouts and games played by a goaltender in NHL history, as well as a four-time Vezina Trophy and three-time Stanley Cup champion, was officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.

Minus: Dirty Dozen. The Devils' 2-8-1 record over their last 11 games is the club's worst stretch since going 2-7-3 over the 12-game span prior to the All-Star break from Dec. 29 through Jan. 25 of last season.