VAN Vancouver Canucks 0
Vancouver Canucks Canucks Overall (19-23)
ATS (30-11)
O/U (19-19-3)
December 31 2018
- MSG+
NJ New Jersey Devils 4
New Jersey Devils Devils Overall (15-23)
ATS (20-17)
O/U (22-13-2)
Final
Money Line Total: Puck Line ATS
123
Vancouver Canucks OFF OFF OFF
000
New Jersey Devils OFF OFF OFF
202
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
VAN OFF OFF OFF
NJ OFF OFF OFF
Recap

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood has provided an expected lift for the New Jersey Devils.

Blackwood posted his second straight shutout, stopping 25 shots in the Devils' 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

He became the first rookie goalie in franchise history to post back-to-back shutouts.

Blackwood is 3-1 since joining the Devils on Dec. 18th. He blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Saturday.

The Devils have won three straight (all Blackwood wins) for the first time since their first three games of the season and Blackwood is a major reason.

"The guys are not so tense around here anymore," Blackwood said. "It doesn't mean they are complacent. You can see their mood rise.

"It seems like the chances that weren't going in because their sticks were too tight, or mojo or the hockey gods were on the other side. But it's not going to be perfect forever. "It's just the way you handle them."

Brian Boyle, Miles Wood, Sami Vatanen and Pavel Zacha scored for the Devils. It was Zacha's second goal in as many games.

Anders Nilsson stopped 19 shots for Vancouver.

New Jersey coach John Hynes believes Blackwood has the perfect personality for a young goaltender.

"To his credit since he (Blackwood) has been recalled he has the right demeanor," Hynes said. "He's said the right things and done the right things and has a strong work ethic. Now the challenge for him is it has to become every day.

"You can see he has the talent. Now it's about living the right way to give himself the best opportunity to perform."

The Canucks had four power-play chances, but managed only three shots on goal.

"They (Devils) won the special teams battle," said Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler. "If you want to win hockey games, you have to put pucks on the net. They did a great job keeping us out of the lanes and blocking shots."

The game featured two of the top five players taken in the 2017 draft.

New Jersey's Nico Hischier went first overall and has 26 points in his second season in the league. Hischier, who turns 20 on Friday, had 52 points a year ago.

Vancouver's Elias Pettersson was the fifth selection of the draft and has 39 points in his first NHL season. Pettersson outshot Hischier, 3-2 on Monday.

Vatanen's power-play goal early in the third period made it 3-0 Devils.

Boyle gave the Devils a 1-0 lead when he scored off a rebound at 12:03 of the first period. That score was followed by Wood's power-play goal later in the period for a 2-0 cushion.

The Canucks are 0-5-1 in their past six games against New Jersey and 3-6-2 in their past 11. The two teams meet again March 15th in Vancouver.

NOTES: Devils F Taylor Hall missed his third game with a lower-body injury. He leads the team with 37 points. Hall was replaced at LW by Jesper Bratt on New Jersey's top line. ... Vancouver is on its second six-game road trip of the season after getting wins in Edmonton and Calgary. ... Vancouver F Brock Boeser skated in his 100th NHL game. ... New Jersey was without G Cory Schneider (lower body) and F Marcus Johansson (upper body). Devils G Mackenzie Blackwood was the NHL's third star of the week on Monday after going 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .975 save percentage in two games.

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UP NEXT:

Canucks: At Ottawa on Wednesday

Devils: At Dallas on Wednesday

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Matchup
Canucks Overall
W/L 19-23
ATS 30-11
Goals For 3.0
Goals Against 3.2
Total 19-19-3
Canucks Away
W/L 10-13
ATS 15-7
Goals For 2.9
Goals Against 3.3
Total 10-11-1
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-31
12:00 PM
at Devils L 4-0
12-29
9:00 PM
at Flames W 3-2 W (1.5) U (6)
12-27
8:00 PM
at Oilers W 4-2 W (1.5) T (6)
12-22
9:00 PM
Jets L 1-0 W (1.5) U (6.5)
12-20
9:00 PM
Blues W 5-1 W (-1.5) T (6)
12-18
9:00 PM
Lightning L 5-2 L (1.5) O (6.5)
12-16
9:00 PM
Oilers W 4-2 W (1.5) T (6)
12-15
9:00 PM
Flyers W 5-1 W (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-13
7:00 PM
at Predators L 4-3 W (1.5) O (5.5)
12-11
6:00 PM
at Blue Jackets W 3-2 W (1.5) U (6)
Avg. Goals For 2.9
Avg. Goals Against 2.4
ATS 8-1
Over/Under 2-4-3
Devils Overall
W/L 15-23
ATS 20-17
Goals For 3.0
Goals Against 3.3
Total 22-13-2
Devils Home
W/L 11-8
ATS 11-7
Goals For 3.3
Goals Against 2.7
Total 9-8-1
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-31
12:00 PM
Canucks W 4-0
12-29
12:00 PM
Hurricanes W 2-0 W (1.5) U (6)
12-27
6:00 PM
at Bruins W 5-2 W (1.5) O (6)
12-23
11:30 AM
Blue Jackets L 3-0 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-21
6:00 PM
Senators W 5-2 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-20
6:00 PM
at Blue Jackets L 2-1 W (1.5) U (6)
12-18
6:00 PM
Maple Leafs L 7-2 L (1.5) O (6.5)
12-15
7:00 PM
at Predators L 2-1 W (1.5) U (5.5)
12-14
6:00 PM
Golden Knights W 5-4 W (1.5) O (6)
12-10
9:30 PM
at Sharks L 5-2 L (1.5) O (6)
Avg. Goals For 2.7
Avg. Goals Against 2.7
ATS 6-3
Over/Under 5-4
Game Summary
1st Period
NJ 15:02 Penalty to Will Butcher 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Bo Horvat)
NJ 7:57 GOAL scored by Brian Boyle assisted by Drew Stafford and Brett SeneyVAN 0 NJ 1
VAN 2:54 Penalty to Bo Horvat 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Brett Seney)
NJ 1:48 Power play - GOAL scored by Miles Wood assisted by Sami Vatanen and Jesper BrattVAN 0 NJ 2
2nd Period
NJ 12:42 Penalty to Damon Severson 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Elias Pettersson)
NJ 1:53 Penalty to Blake Coleman 2 minutes for Elbowing (Drawn by Ben Hutton)
VAN 00:14 Penalty to Markus Granlund 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Nico Hischier)
3rd Period
NJ 18:29 Power play - GOAL scored by Sami Vatanen assisted by Miles Wood and Damon SeversonVAN 0 NJ 3
NJ 16:33 GOAL scored by Pavel Zacha assisted by Stefan Noesen and Steve SantiniVAN 0 NJ 4
VAN 11:08 Penalty to Antoine Roussel 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Damon Severson) (Served by Jake Virtanen)
VAN 11:08 Penalty to Antoine Roussel 10 minutes for Misconduct (Drawn by Damon Severson)
NJ 4:45 Penalty to Devils 2 minutes for Delay of Game (Served by Brett Seney)
Box Score
Canucks
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Josh Leivo (LW) 000400:0014:54
Nikolay Goldobin (LW) 000000:0012:48
Loui Eriksson (LW) 000100:0017:00
Bo Horvat (C) 000412:0018:10
Elias Pettersson (C) 000310:0018:55
Jake Virtanen (RW) 000010:0014:52
Markus Granlund (C) 000202:0013:20
Jay Beagle (C) 000000:0013:46
Sven Baertschi (LW) 000110:0015:18
Brock Boeser (RW) 000000:0019:48
Tyler Motte (C) 000000:0011:29
Antoine Roussel (LW) 0002012:0012:18

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Christopher Tanev (D) 000000:0019:16
Derrick Pouliot (D) 000110:0016:13
Alexander Edler (D) 000320:0022:20
Erik Gudbranson (D) 000200:0015:49
Ben Hutton (D) 000210:0020:15
Troy Stecher (D) 000000:0018:38

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Anders Nilsson (G) 19/234.826LOSS
Jacob Markstrom (G) 0/00.000
Devils
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Travis Zajac (C) 000100:0019:27
Stefan Noesen (RW) 011100:0012:21
Brian Boyle (C) 101210:0017:20
Brett Seney (LW) 011110:0012:22
Blake Coleman (C) 000102:0015:08
John Quenneville (C) 000100:0012:18
Nico Hischier (C) 000200:0013:23
Jesper Bratt (LW) 011010:0011:39
Pavel Zacha (C) 101210:0019:20
Drew Stafford (RW) 011200:0011:06
Kyle Palmieri (RW) 000200:0015:23
Miles Wood (LW) 112400:0013:48

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Damon Severson (D) 011102:0018:51
Ben Lovejoy (D) 000160:0018:36
Will Butcher (D) 000002:0019:07
Sami Vatanen (D) 112130:0022:27
Andy Greene (D) 000040:0021:26
Steve Santini (D) 011110:0018:05

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Keith Kinkaid (G) 0/00.000
Mackenzie Blackwood (G) 25/2501.000WIN
Officials
Linesmen Scott Cherrey
Linesmen James Tobias
Referee Peter MacDougall
Referee Dan O'Rourke