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Cheap Authentic New Jersey Devils Brian Gibbons Jersey

NEWARK — Brian Gibbons’ performance through the Devils’ first 17 games might surprise a lot of people.

But it hasn’t shocked defenseman Steven Santini, who saw what Gibbons was capable of doing while they played together in Albany in the AHL for a portion of last season.

“Some of the games in the American League, the fans might not follow it as closely, but there were times where he was the best player on the ice and dominant,” Santini told NJ Advance Media. “So to see him come up here and have this kind of success, that doesn’t really surprise me.”

Gibbons, a 29-year-old forward, entered 2017-18 with just 66 games of NHL experience over the course of two different seasons, and he hadn’t played an NHL game since 2014-15.

Devils assign Michael McLeod to OHL | What it means
Devils assign Michael McLeod to OHL | What it means
The Devils assigned prospect Michael McLeod to his junior team, the Mississauga Steelheads.

Now, not only is Gibbons a surprise everyday player for the Devils, but he is the surprising leading goal scorer on a team netting 3.47 goals per game — fourth best in the NHL.

His eight goals in 17 games surpassed the five he scored in his 66 NHL games prior to this season.

“You’re obviously going to have hot streaks and cold streaks throughout an 82-game season,” Gibbons told NJ Advance Media. “But right now, the pucks are finding the net, which is nice. Makes it even better that we’re winning games too. It’s always good to contribute to a winning team.”
Gibbons made the Devils out of training camp because he filled a specific role. Coach John Hynes has praised his penalty killing and defensive abilities since the start of the season, and Gibbons has carved out his role with those skills.

The offense has just been an added bonus. He sports a +11 plus/minus rating, which leads the Devils and ranks 10th in the NHL.

“I don’t think I’ve changed my game or anything from the past,” Gibbons said. “Just try to play responsibly defensively and then use my speed to create offensive chances. Luckily for me right now, the shots are going in.”

So what has been the difference for Gibbons, who seeing his best NHL production come in his seventh season since graduating from Boston College?

Hynes coached Gibbons in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization when Gibbons played in the AHL for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It took time, but Hynes said Gibbons developed into a player who figured out how to best apply his talents.

“He’s really bought into what his identity is as a player,” Hynes said. “He’s fast, he’s tenacious, he’s very smart. His a penalty killer, and I think he understands how he needs to play. When he was in Wilkes-Barre, there were pockets like that and inconsistencies. But the consistency now, and the professionalism he has now are allowing his talent and skill set to come out.”
For a Devils team that had a very open competition for roster spots in training camp, the 29-year-old Gibbons provided a pretty good example for younger players also trying to break into the league.

“Clearly very perseverant, right?” Santini said. “To battle through, it’s hard to be in the American League for a couple years. You feel like your clock is ticking, but hats off to him, he worked really had and he’s deserved all the success he’s had.”

But Gibbons won’t take too much credit for his personal success or worry about his numbers. When asked about what he’s accomplished so far this season, his main focus came back to what the team has done during an 11-4-2 start.

“We’ve got a good feeling in here as a group right now,” Gibbons said. “That’s what winning does, and being able to grow as a group through winning which is nice. Finding different ways to win, and it’s always more enjoyable to come to the rink after a win. So first couple months have been good.”

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WINNIPEG – Taylor Hall’s shot, deflected off Nico Hischier, rolled through the Jets’ crease and slowed as it reached the goal line. Devils rookie Will Butcher stretched out his stick and knocked the puck into the net.

The goal at 7:14 of the third period in the Devils’ 5-2 loss at Bell MTS Place on Saturday afternoon marked the defenseman’s first in the NHL.

“I think you always dream about scoring your first goal in the National Hockey League,” said Butcher, the Hobey Baker Award winner at the University of Denver who signed as a college free agent this offseason. “In my mind, I drew it up a little bit different than just pushing the puck three inches across the line. It was still a special moment.”

Butcher also has 14 assists in his 19 games.

Not headed to the AHL

Pavel Zacha, the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, was a healthy scratch for the second straight game and fourth time in five games.

Devils brass have talked to Pavel Zacha, agent about his ice time
But while the team’s management has had discussions with both Zacha and his agent, Patrik Stefan, about his playing time, Devils coach John Hynes said re-assigning the 20-year-old to Binghamton (AHL) is not currently under consideration.

“We’re working with the agent, Ray, myself and the player, just to make sure we’re helping a young guy who’s an important part of our organization,” Hynes said. “There are no mixed messages. Everybody understands what we want and what we need from him.”

New Jersey Devils forward Pavel Zacha (37) skates up
New Jersey Devils forward Pavel Zacha (37) skates up ice during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Monday Oct. 9, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) (Photo: Jeffrey T. Barnes, AP)
Zacha has two goals and three assists in 15 games after notching eight goals and 16 assists in 70 games as a rookie.

Briefs

Hynes said Travis Zajac, who logged 15;23 and won 11 of 15 faceoffs in his second game back in the lineup after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle on Aug. 17, has resumed wearing an A as an alternate captain. Taylor Hall, who the second A on Saturday, Kyle Palmieri, Brian Boyle, Drew Stafford, Adam Henrique and Marcus Johansson, who missed his eighth game with a concussion, will rotate wearing the second A. …The Devils were not penalized in a game for the first time this season. No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier took a career high seven shots, matching the season high for the Devils. …Defenseman Dalton Prout and right wing Jimmy Hayes also remained healthy scratches.

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NEWARK — Cory Schneider, Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier will lead the New Jersey Devils into the first game of a three-game home stand when they host the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Prudential Center. The Blues enter with the Western Conference’s best record at 11-3-1, while the Devils will aim to build off their 9-3-1 start and break a seven-game losing streak to the Blues.

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Devils’ lines vs. Blues
Devils’ lines vs. Blues
How the Devils will line up against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Here is everything you need to know about the game:

What: New Jersey Devils (9-3-1) vs. St. Louis Blues (11-3-1)

When: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Where: Prudenital Center, Newark, New Jersey

TV: MSG+ 2

Live stream: MSG GO

Radio: The One Jersey Network

More to know: The Devils will turn to goalie Cory Schneider after Keith Kinkaid played in Sunday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames.

Defenseman Steven Santini will be back in the lineup after missing Sunday’s game with an upper body injury. Defenseman Damon Severson will be a healthy scratch with defenseman Dalton Prout, while forwards Kyle Palmieri (lower body) and Marcus Johansson (concussion) will be out again.

The Devils have lost seven straight games against the Blues dating back to the 2013-14 season. They have lost six of their last seven against St. Louis at the Prudential Center, including three straight.