New Jersey Devils (3-2-0) vs. New York Rangers (3-3-0)
7:00 PM • Prudential Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
- New Jersey will not have a morning skate. Head Coach Peter DeBoer will be available in the interview corridor outside of the Devils’ locker room at 4:45 PM. Select Player availability tomorrow.
- Per Rangers PR: New York will have an optional 11:30 AM morning skate at Prudential Center. Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available at 11:45 AM.
- Media will be allowed to enter the Event Staff Entrance at 11:15 AM.
- Tonight’s contest is the second of New Jersey’s three-game homestand. The Devils dropped their home-opener, 4-2, to San Jose on Saturday and are looking to snap a two-game losing streak tonight.
- New York has won its last two games, including a 4-0 victory over the Sharks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. Rick Nash has scored in five of the Rangers’ six games this season and leads the NHL with seven overall. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 33 shots he faced on Sunday to improve to 3-2-0.
Last Game: Oct. 18 – Devils 2 vs. San Jose 4
- New Jersey fell to 17-9-6 all-time in home-opening games, including 2-4-2 at Prudential Center.
- The Devils recorded a season-high 37 shots on goal and out shot their opponent for the first time this season.
- Cory Schneider (28 saves + ENG) made his fifth straight start in goal and fell to 3-2-0. He stopped Tommy Wingels’ penalty shot attempt in the third period and has now saved seven of the eight he’s faced in his career.
- Schneider became the first Devils’ goaltender other than Brodeur to start a home-opener since October 6, 1993 vs. Tampa Bay (Chris Terreri, W 2-1, 17 saves).
- Mike Cammalleri scored New Jersey’s first goal of the night and now has 5g-2a-7pts in his first five games with the team, tying Bobby Holik (5g-2a-7pts,October 6-14, 1992) for the second longest scoring-streak to begin a Devils’ career. Only Neal Broten (7 games, March 2-14, 1995, 3g-6a-9pts) began his Devils’ career with a point-scoring streak of more than five games.
- Jaromir Jagr recorded 1a and now has 705g-1,053a-1,758pts in his career. He’s now just 10a behind Steve Yzerman for seventh in league history and just 13pts behind Marcel Dionne (731g-1,040a-1,771pts) for fifth all-time.
- Adam Henrique scored his second goal of the season and has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts). He now has 2g-3a-5pts overall and is tied with Michael Ryder (1g-4a-5pts) for second on the team in scoring.
- Ryder, Andy Greene and Jon Merrill each had 1a.
- Damien Brunner made his 2014-15 season debut.
Devils vs. Rangers
- Tonight’s game is the first of four meetings between the Metropolitan Division rivals. New Jersey won last season’s series 3-2-0, despite each team scoring 14 goals and with New York holding a 134-114 edge in total shots..
- Jaromir Jagr led the Devils with 0g-7a-7pts vs. New York last season, while Mats Zuccarrello had 3g-2a-5pts to lead the Rangers.
- Cory Schneider (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.75 goals-against average & .963 save-percentage) and Martin Brodeur (2-2-0, 3.27 GAA & .887 save %) shared the goaltending duties for New Jersey while Henrik Lundqvist (2-2-1, 1 ShO, 2.81 GAA & .877 save %) started all five games for New York.
- Patrik Elias is the Devils’ career leader with 22g-50a-72pts in 81 games vs. the Rangers. Jagr has posted 22g-50a-81pts in 66 games against his former team, while Mike Cammalleri has 7g-9a-16pts in his 13 appearances vs. New York.
- Schneider is 1-1-0 with a 0.86 GAA & .968 save % in three career games vs. the Rangers.
- New Jersey is 34-32-6 vs. New York (including 2006 ECQF, 2008 ECQF & 2012 ECF) since the start of the 2005-06 season.
- The Devils lead the all-time series vs. New York 85-79-27, including a 54-35-7 mark in the previous 96 games played in New Jersey.
- The remainder of the series is as follows: April 7 at New Jersey; December 27, April 4 at New York.
- QUITE AN INTRODUCTION: Mike Cammalleri scored a goal in his first three games (4g) with New Jersey, becoming just the second player in Devils’ history to do so. Doug Gilmour scored in each of his first four games with New Jersey from February 26-March 4, 1997 (4g). With a goal on Saturday vs. San Jose, Cammalleri extended his scoring streak to five games (5g-2a-7pts) and joined Neal Broten (7 games, March 2-14, 1995, 3g-6a-9pts) and Bobby Holik (5 games, October 6-14, 1992, 5g-2a-7pts) as the only players to begin their Devils’ career with a point-scoring streak of five-or-more games. In the season-opener October 9 at Philadelphia, Cammalleri became just the sixth player to score 2g in his first game as a Devil, joining: Gary McAdam (11/2/83), Sylvain Turgeon (3g, 10/5/89), Claude Lemieux (10/4/90), Stephane Richer (10/5/91) and Mike Rupp (1/13/03). (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
- PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Mike Cammalleri recorded 1g vs. San Jose on Saturday and now has 18g-13a-31pts in his last 25 games dating back to Mar. 3. His point total ranks fourth (tie, Jamie Benn, 14g-17a-31pts) in the NHL during that span, behind only Tyler Seguin (16g-19a-35pts), Sidney Crosby (11g-21a-32pts) and Claude Giroux (9g-23a-32pts).
- SEVERSON SCORES TWICE: Damon Severson scored 2g October 16 at Washington, becoming just the second rookie defenseman in Devils’ history to do so. He joins Uli Hiemer, who recorded a hat trick on October 31, 1984 vs. Pittsburgh. At 20 years, 70 days-old, Severson is the youngest Devil with multi-goal game since Scott Gomez scored three on December 26, 1999 at the New York Rangers (20y 3d).
- DYNAMIC DUO: Andy Greene and Damon Severson are tied for the league-lead among defensemen with a +6 mark over their first five games. In addition, the pairing has combined for 3g-4a-7pts and 26 shots on goal.
- CHANGING OF THE GUARD: On Saturday, Cory Schneider became the first Devils’ goaltender other than Martin Brodeur to start a home-opener since October 6, 1993 vs. Tampa Bay (Chris Terreri, W 2-1, 17 saves). On October 9 at Philadelphia, Schneider became the first Devils’ goaltender other than Brodeur to win a season-opener since Terreri on October 6, 1993 and the first to do so on the road since Alain Chevrier on October 9, 1986 at the New York Rangers.
- JAGR CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Jaromir Jagr recorded one assist on Saturday vs. San Jose and now has 705g-1,053a-1,758pts in his NHL career. He passed Steve Yzerman (692g-1,063a-1,755pts) for sole-possession of sixth-place NHL history with 2a on October 9 at Philadelphia. Marcel Dionne is fifth all-time with 731g-1,040a-1,771pts. Jagr’s 705 career goals are just three behind Mike Gartner (708g) for sixth place all-time. His 1,053a places him just 10 helpers behind Yzerman for seventh in league history. In addition, Jagr ‘s 1,478 games played are six shy of Rod Brind’Amour for 18th all-time. Jagr skated in his 1,475th game on Oct. 11, passing former Devil Doug Gilmour for 19th place all-time. He is also just two power play goals behind Yzerman (202 PPG) for 15th and is 37 shots behind Al MacInnis for third place in NHL history.
- SCHNEIDER’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.08 goals-against average (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.13) and a .927 save-percentage (2nd, T. Rask, .926) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11. Schneider finished his first season in New Jersey with a 1.97 GAA, which ranked third in the NHL and first among goaltenders who appeared in at least 35 games. Schneider posted the third-best single-season GAA in franchise history behind Martin Brodeur’s 1996-97 (1.88 GAA) and 1997-98 (1.89 GAA) campaigns.
- ELIAS APPROACHING MILESTONES: Patrik Elias recorded 1a on Oct. 11 at Florida and now has career totals of 394g-591a-985pts in 1,158 games. He’s looking to become just the 91st player in league history to reach the 400-goal mark, the 79th to collect 600 assists, the 80th to compile 1,000 points and the 101st to appear in 1,200 games.
- CZECH IT OUT: Jaromir Jagr (705g-1,053a-1,758pts), Patrik Elias (394g-592a-986pts) are the two highest-scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history, while Martin Havlat (237g-345a-582pts) ranks third among active players and 15th all-time. Marek Zidlicky is fifth among all Czech defensemen with 78g-292a-370pts and 27th overall.
- POWERFUL ADDITION: Mike Cammalleri scored his second power play goal of the season on October 14 at Tampa Bay and now has 87 since the start of the 2005-06 season, which ranks ninth among active players and 11th overall during that span.
- ZUBRUS, GREENE APPROACHING 500 GAMES: Dainius Zubrus has appeared in 485 games with New Jersey, while Andy Greene has skated in 482 games played with the Devils. They are looking to become the 24th/25th players in team history to reach the 500 games-played mark. Greene would be just the eighth defenseman to reach that milestone.
- THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM: Goaltender Scott Clemmensen was signed as a free agent on July 1, rejoining New Jersey for the third time. With his relief appearance on Thursday at Washington, he became the second player to have three separate stints with the Devils, having played for another NHL team (or teams) between each New Jersey tenure, joining Pascal Rheaume (1996-97, 2002-03, 2005-06).
- YOUTH MOVEMENT ON THE BLUE LINE: The Devils’ roster features four defensemen who are 23-years-old or younger: Eric Gelinas (23 years, 5 months), Jon Merrill (22y, 8m), Adam Larsson (21y, 11m) and Damon Severson (20y, 2m).
- CONSECUTIVE SHOOTOUT LOSSES: On April 10 vs. the New York Islanders, New Jersey lost its 17th consecutive shootout dating back to March 15, 2013 at Philadelphia, extending its NHL-record losing streak. Reid Boucher was the Devils’ first shooter on December 4 vs. Montreal and scored to snap New Jersey’s NHL record (tie, Tampa Bay, ‘09) stretch of 20 consecutive shootout attempts without a goal. New Jersey was 4/45 (8.9%) in overall attempts in 2013-14.
- Ryane Clowe needs four assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
- Patrik Elias needs six goals to reach 400 and eight assists to reach 600 in his NHL career.
- Adam Henrique is expected to appear in his 200th career NHL game tonight.
- Tuomo Ruutu needs nine assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
- Martin Havlat (facial lacerations, no structural damage, one game missed) returned to practice on Monday and is questionable.
- On October 7, defenseman Peter Harrold and forwards Steve Bernier and Cam Janssen were assigned to Albany (AHL) after clearing waivers. Also Tuesday, the Devils signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a new contract. Forward Scott Gomez, who attended training camp on a tryout, will continue skating with the team as an unsigned player.
- On October 4, the Devils assigned four players to Albany (AHL): goaltender Keith Kinkaid; defenseman Seth Helgeson; and forwards Reid Boucher and Stefan Matteau.