NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils began last season with a blistering start out of the gate en route to their first playoff appearance since 2012.
Though the sample sizes are small, the Devils are off to another good start -- especially Kyle Palmieri.
Palmieri and the Devils try to make it three straight wins to start the season Sunday afternoon when they host the San Jose Sharks, who are concluding a five-game road trip.
The Devils set the tone for their first playoff appearance since the 2012 loss in the Stanley Cup final by winning their first three games and nine of their first 11. Palmieri finished with 24 goals last season and has scored twice in each of the first two victories over Edmonton and Washington, becoming the first player in Devils history to get multi-goal games in a season's first two contests.
"You've always got to be confident in the way you shoot the puck," Palmieri said. "You've got to be confident you can put it in the spot you want. For me, it's fortunate they're going in. We'll see how long we can keep that going."
Palmieri scored the first goal of the season 58 seconds into the 5-2 victory over Edmonton in Sweden on Oct. 6 and scored in each of the first two periods in Thursday's 6-0 win over Washington. Fifteen players have at least one point for the Devils, who have yet to trail.
"When Kyle Palmieri plays really well, he moves his feet. He's tenacious on the puck. He's hard on the puck and he has a shooting mentality, a shoot-first mentality," Devils coach John Hynes said. "That's what he's done. When he's not playing his best sometimes, those elements aren't in his game. But it's nice to see him get off to the start he's gotten to. He's gotten rewarded for the type of work he's put in."
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