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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
20-4-1 41
14-6-5 33
15-10-0 30
13-8-4 30
11-10-5 27
10-12-4 24
8-12-5 21
8-12-2 18

2022 Goaltending

STATS W
Wins
L
Losses
OTL
Overtime Loss
GAA
Goals Against Average
SV%
Saves Percentage
SO
Shutout
Regular Season 11 2 1 2.24 .918 1

Top Vitek Vanecek News

  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Falls to Preds in OT

    Vanecek made 20 saves in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators.

    The netminder appeared headed for his third straight win and sixth in his last seven starts until Mikael Granlund banged home the rebound on a point shot Vanecek had denied with only 10 seconds left in the third period. Ryan Johansen then benefitted from a turnover in the New Jersey end to wire home the winner for Nashville just 33 seconds into OT. Vanecek still has only two regulation losses on the season, and his 11-2-1 record is matched by a stellar 2.24 GAA and .918 save percentage.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: In goal Thursday

    Vanecek will guard the home goal in Thursday's game versus the Predators, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Vanecek has won five of his last six starts, allowing no more than three goals in any of them. He'll have an extremely favorable matchup Thursday against the Predators, who rank 30th in the league with an average of 2.52 goals scored per game.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Stops 35 in victory

    Vanecek allowed three goals on 38 shots in Monday's 5-3 win over the Rangers.

    The Rangers scored a pair of goals early in the first period, but Vanecek settled down as the Devils scored four unanswered goals en route to the victory. The 26-year-old netminder has won five of his last six starts. Vanecek is now 11-2-0 with a .923 save percentage this season. He's become a high-end goaltending option on a breakout New Jersey team.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Facing Rangers on Monday

    Vanecek will start Monday's road game against the Rangers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Vanecek is coming off a 37-save performance in Saturday's 5-1 win over Washington. He has a 10-2-0 record this season with a 2.05 GAA and a .923 save percentage in 14 appearances. As a member of the Capitals, Vanecek posted a mark of 4-3-0 versus the Rangers, allowing 17 goals on 183 shots. The Devils will dress Nico Daws as the backup goalie Monday because Akira Schmid (illness) is unavailable.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Almost perfect against former team

    Vanecek made 37 saves in a 5-1 win over the Capitals on Saturday.

    The Caps just couldn't capitalize on their chances against their former netminder. Alex Ovechkin had eight shots and 17 shot attempts Saturday, but he just couldn't solve Vanecek. The only puck that slipped by him came off the stick of John Carlson on a power play just past the halfway mark of the third period. Vanecek, who hasn't allowed more than two goals in any of his past five starts, is 10-2-0 with a 2.05 GAA and .923 save percentage thus far.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Starting Saturday

    Vanecek will be between the home pipes against Washington on Saturday, according to Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.

    Vanecek saw his nine-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to Toronto. Vanecek is 9-2-0 with a 2.13 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He will look for revenge against Washington, his team for the previous two seasons. The Capitals have scored 2.76 goals per game this campaign, good for 26th in the NHL.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Takes tough loss to Leafs

    Vanecek turned aside 18 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.

    Both goals came in the first period, but Vanecek righted the ship after that and kept Toronto off the board. Unfortunately for New Jersey, the team had three goals overturned on review over the course of the night, resulting in the netminder getting stuck with his first loss since Oct. 15 and just his second of the season. Despite Wednesday's setback, Vanecek still boasts a stellar 2.14 GAA and .917 save percentage through 13 appearances.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Faces Toronto

    Vanecek will guard the home crease against Toronto on Wednesday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Vanecek has been superb this season, going 9-1-0 with a 2.14 GAA and a .918 save percentage. He has been all the Devils could have hoped for after picking him up in an offseason trade with Washington. Vanecek, who is on a nine-game winning streak, will face the Maple Leafs, who are struggling offensively, scoring 2.95 goals per game. Last season, Toronto was the second-highest scoring team in the NHL.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Nabs ninth win

    Vanecek turned aside 28 shots in Monday's 5-2 win over the Oilers.

    After losing his first start with New Jersey to begin the season, Vanecek has now reeled off nine straight wins as part of the team's franchise-record 13-game winning streak. He's allowed more than two goals only twice during that stretch, leaving him with a stellar 2.14 GAA and .918 save percentage on the season.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Guarding cage Monday

    Vanecek will face the Oilers at home Monday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Vanecek has won eight consecutive decisions, making him 8-1-0 through 11 appearances on the year. During that winning streak, the 26-year-old has posted a terrific 1.78 GAA and .933 save percentage. He's allowed three or fewer goals in all but one outing this season, but Monday's tilt with the dangerous Oilers will put him to the test.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Proving value again and again

    Vanecek made 25 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday.

    Auston Matthews beat him from the slot on the power play, late in the first. And William Nylander was awarded a goal late in the second when his shot from just above the right face-off dot deflected off Jonas Siegenthaler and in. Vanecek has proven that his 20-12-6 breakout last season with Washington was real. He's now 8-1-0.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Starting in Toronto

    Vanecek will tend the visiting crease against Toronto on Thursday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Vanecek has been great this season for the Devils, going 7-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .915 save percentage. He came over to New Jersey in the offseason in a trade from Washington and has taken over as the Devils' No. 1 netminder. He will face the Maple Leafs, who have moved up into second place in the Atlantic Division at 9-5-3, scoring 50 goals in 17 games.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Sharp in seventh win

    Vanecek stopped 25 shots in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens.

    An Evgenii Dadonov tally midway through the second period ended any thoughts of a shutout bid, but Vanecek otherwise had an answer for everything Montreal threw at him. The 26-year-old netminder continues to thrive with the Devils, and Vanecek sports a 7-1-0 record with a 2.17 GAA and .915 save percentage. He has not lost a game since Oct. 15.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Good to start vs. Canadiens

    Vanecek (undisclosed) is set to start Tuesday on the road against Montreal, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site.

    Vanecek left Thursday's game because of an undisclosed injury and wasn't in the lineup Saturday, but he's good to make his return. He's 6-1-1 with a 2.33 GAA and .909 save percentage in nine contests in 2022-23. Montreal's offense is tied for 18th place with 3.07 goals per game.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Ready to rock

    Vanecek (undisclosed) is ready to return to the lineup, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Vanecek was back on the ice for a full practice Monday. He sat out Saturday's game as a precaution after leaving Thursday's contest versus Ottawa. New Jersey hasn't announced a starter yet for Tuesday's matchup against Montreal.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Getting night off

    Vanecek (undisclosed) will get the night off Saturday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

    Vanecek was on the ice for New Jersey's optional morning skate. He is being listed as day-to-day after leaving Thursday's game against Ottawa. Nico Daws, who was brought up from the minors Saturday, is projected to be the backup goalie Saturday versus Arizona behind Akira Schmid.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Departs Thursday's contest

    Vanecek left Thursday's game against Ottawa because of an undisclosed injury, per Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site.

    Vanecek stopped 17 of 20 shots in 50:37 of ice time before exiting the contest. He was hit hard by Ottawa's Thomas Chabot in the second period and that might have contributed to his departure. Akira Schmid took over in net. New Jersey was already missing goaltenders Jonathan Bernier (hip) and Mackenzie Blackwood (knee).

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Starting versus Ottawa

    Vanecek will start Thursday at home versus Ottawa, according to Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site.

    Vanecek has taken over as the Devils' No. 1 netminder. He is 6-1-0 this season with a 2.18 GAA and a .915 save percentage. The 26-year-old will face the Senators, who have fallen to the bottom of the Atlantic Division standings with eight points in 12 games. However, Ottawa hasn't struggled to score this season -- the team is averaging 3.50 goals per game this year.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Makes 33 saves in win

    Vanecek stopped 33 of 35 shots in a 3-2 win against Calgary on Tuesday.

    Both of the goals Vanecek surrendered were scored during Flames power plays. He's won six straight games while allowing just nine goals over that span. He's 6-1-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .915 save percentage in eight games in 2022-23.

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  • Devils' Vitek Vanecek: Gets starting nod against Flames

    Vanecek will start Tuesday's home game against Calgary, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.

    Vanecek has picked up a win in each of his past five outings, including one relief appearance. He has a 5-1-0 record this year with a 2.21 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Vanecek should get plenty of starts with Mackenzie Blackwood (knee) out for 3-6 weeks. At this time, the backup goalie on the roster is Akira Schmid, as Jonathan Bernier (hip) remains on injured reserve.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 184 lbs
Birthplace: Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic
Age: 26
Experience: 2
Shoots: Left