Devils Post-Game 12/19/14

New Jersey Devils 3 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (SO)

  • Attendance: 14,916
  • Three Stars: 1. Nikita Kucherov  2. Keith Kinkaid 3. Adam Henrique

Team Notes

  • The Devils snapped their five-game winless streak (0-3-2).
  • New Jersey improved to 2-6 in the shootout, to 4-5-4 at Prudential Center and to 12-16-6 overall. The Devils are now 12-3-0 vs. Tampa Bay at Prudential Center all-time.
  • Tonight’s contest opened the club’s eighth of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are now 4-2-2 in first games and 2-3-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • New Jersey was 1/3 on the power play and is 7/22 (31.8%) with the man-advantage over the last nine games.
  • The Devils’ penalty-kill unit was 5/5 tonight and is 22/24 (91.7%) over the past seven games.
  • The Lightning outshot the Devils, 28-18, on the night.

Player Notes

  • Keith Kinkaid (26 saves + 3/3 SO) earned the first win of his NHL career. He becomes the first goaltender to win his first NHL game as a Devil since Scott Clemmensen (January 20, 2004 at Pittsburgh). Each of Kinkaid’s first three NHL starts have gone to the shootout.
  • Patrik Elias scored the game-determining goal in the shootout and netted the 397th goal/996th point of his career. He’s looking to become just the 91st player in NHL history to reach the 400-goal mark and the 82nd to compile 1,000 points.
  • Adam Henrique scored his ninth goal of the season/fourth power play goal 3:01 into the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. He added an assist on Elias’s goal for his fifth multiple-point game. Henrique is now tied (Jaromir Jagr) for the team lead with 9g-11a-20pts.
  • Andy Greene recorded the primary assist on Henrique’s goal, his first power play point of the season.
  • Scott Gomez also picked up an assist on Henrique’s tally and has 2g-5a-7pts over the last seven games.
  • Martin Havlat collected an assist on Elias’s goal, his first helper since November 22 at Calgary.

Audio

Head Coach Peter DeBoer, Keith Kinkaid, Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac and Scott Gomez.

Statistics

Next Up

  • Tomorrow: vs. Washington Captials at Prudential Center (7:00 PM ET, MSG, News Radio 880 WCBS).
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Video – Morning Skate 12-19-14

Head Coach Peter DeBoer and Keith Kinkaid spoke to reporters prior to tonight’s game vs. Tampa Bay at Prudential Center.

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Devils Pre-Game 12/19/14

New Jersey Devils (11-16-6) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (20-10-3)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG• News Radio 880 WCBS

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have an 10:30 AM morning skate at Prudential Center.

Tonight’s Game

  • New Jersey continues its four-game homestand tonight; eight of the team’s next 11 games will be played at Prudential Center. The Devils have played just 12 home games thus far, which is the fewest in the NHL.
  • Tonight’s contest opens the club’s eighth of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 3-2-2 in first games and 2-3-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • New Jersey was 0/5 on the power play on Wednesday vs. Ottawa but is 6/19 (31.6%) with the man-advantage over the last eight games. They’ve converted 21/96 (21.9%) PP attempts overall this season, which ranks eighth in the NHL. The Devils’ penalty-kill unit was 1/2 on Wednesday and is 17/19 (89.5%) over the past six games.
  • Tampa Bay defeated Philadelphia, 3-1, on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center but is 3-4-1 over the last eight games.
  • Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning & is fifth in the NHL (tie, Sidney Crosby & Claude Giroux) with 18g-17a-35pts this season. Tyler Johnson has 4g-8a-12pts over the last 11 games and is second on the club with 10g-23a-33pts overall.
  • Ben Bishop, who is day-to-day with a lower body injury, is 16-6-2 with one shutout, a 2.35 goals-against average and .913 save-percentage in 26 games this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy earned the win and made 23 saves in his NHL debut on Tuesday. Evgeni Nabokov is 3-4-1 with a 2.99 GAA & .893 save % in eight appearances.

Last Game: December 17 – Devils 0 vs. Ottawa 2

  • New Jersey opened a four-game homestand and fell to 3-5-4 at Prudential Center.
  • The Devils were shutout for the fourth time this season & the second time on home ice (November 4 vs. St. Louis).
  • New Jersey outshot Ottawa 34-16, including a 16-4 margin in the second period.
  • The 16 shots-against were the fewest the Devils have allowed this season (previously, 23, November 10 at  Boston & November 4 vs. St. Louis).
  • New Jersey is now 1-7-1 when outshooting an opponent this season.
  • Cory Schneider (14 saves + ENG) made his NHL-leading 30th start of the season and fell to 11-15-3.
  • Eric Gelinas led the club with a career-high (tie, three times previously) six shots on goal.
  • Patrik Elias was activated from Injured Reserve/returned to the lineup after missing five games (groin) and recorded a season-high five shots on goal.

Devils vs. Lightning

  • Tonight’s game is the second of three meetings between the Eastern Conference rivals this season and the only contest to be played at Prudential Center. 
  • The Devils lead the season series 1-0-0 following their 2-1 victory at Amalie Arena on October 14. Tampa Bay outshot New Jersey, 37-25, in the contest.
  • Mike Cammalleri led the Devils with 1g-1a-2pts and Alex Killorn scored the lone goal for the Lightning. 
  • Cory Schneider (25 saves) made the start in goal for New Jersey, while Evgeni Nabokov (23 saves) took the loss for Tampa.
  • Patrik Elias is the Devils’ all-time leader with 17g-33a-50pts in 53 career games vs. the Lightning.
  • Schneider is now 2-0-1 with a 3.23 goals-against average and .877 save-percentage in three career games vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Keith Kinkaid made his NHL debut vs. the Lightning on March 5, 2013 in relief of Johan Hedberg. He stopped 12/13 shots he faced in 25:45 of action. 
  • The Devils lead the all-time series 53-23-10 and are 30-11-3 in the previous 44 games played in New Jersey.
  • The Devils are 11-3-0 vs. the Lightning at Prudential Center since 2007-08.
  • The third/final game of the season series will be played on April 9 in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Connections

  • Bryce Salvador was drafted by Tampa with their sixth selection, 138th overall, in the 1994 Entry Draft.
  • Stephen Gionta, Peter Harrold, Cory Schneider and Brian Boyle were all teammates at Boston College for two seasons from 2004-06.
  • Lightning Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Personnel Pat Verbeek played seven seasons with New Jersey from 1982-89.
  • Tampa’s Senior Adviser to the GM, Tom Kurvers, played two-plus seasons with the Devils from 1987-89. He was traded to Toronto for its first-round pick in the 1991 Entry Draft (Scott Niedermayer) on October 16, 1989.
  • Lightning Assistant Coach Steve Thomas played three seasons for New Jersey from 1995-98.

Notes

  • BACK-TO-BACK HOME GAMES: Tonight vs. Tampa Bay and tomorrow vs. Washington marks the 35th time the Devils have played home games on consecutive dates. New Jersey last played back-to-back home games on March 22-23 2014: vs. Minnesota (Wo, 4-3) & vs. the New York Rangers (L, 0-2). The Devils are 20-13-1 in first games and 23-11-0 in second games all-time.
  • JAGR CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Jaromir Jagr has career totals of 710g-1,065a-1,775pts in 1,505 NHL games. On December 15 at the New York Islanders, he posted the 1,064/65th assists of his career to pass Steve Yzerman (1,063a) for sole possession of seventh-place in NHL history. Adam Oates (1,079a) ranks sixth. He recorded 1g-1a-2pts on December 8 at Carolina to tie/surpass Marcel Dionne (731g-1,040a-1,771pts) for sole-possession of fifth-place on the NHL’s point-scoring list. Ron Francis (549g-1,249a-1,798pts) is fourth. Jagr scored the 710th goal of his career on December 8 and now trails Phil Esposito (717g) by seven for fifth in NHL history. He scored his 709th goal on November 28 vs. Detroit to move past Mike Gartner for sole-possession of sixth place all-time. He also appeared in his 1,500th career game on December 8 to pass Mike Modano for sole-possession of 15th-place all-time; Yzerman (1,514) is 14th. With 202 power play goals, Jagr has tied Yzerman for 15th-place; Wayne Gretzky is next on the list with 204 PPG. He extended his NHL records with the 19 OT/125th GWG of his career on October 25 at Ottawa. Jagr recorded three shots on goal on December 2 at Pittsburgh to pass passed Al MacInnis (5,157) for third-place in NHL history.
  • BACK ON TRACK: Cory Schneider is 5-9-1 with two shutouts, a 2.13 goals-against average and .931 save-percentage over his last 15 starts from November 11-December 13, ten of which have come on the road.
  • WELCOME BACK GOMER: Scott Gomez, who signed a new contract with New Jersey on December 1, made his season debut on December 2 at Pittsburgh and became the 25th player in Devils’ history to be re-acquired and see action with the team. Prior to December 2, Gomez last played for the Devils on May 5, 2007 in game six of the ECSF vs. Ottawa. Gomez posted the 338th assist of his Devils’ career on December 15 at the New York Islanders to pass Scott Stevens (337a) for sole-possession fourth-place in team history. He recorded 2a on December 8 at Carolina to tie/surpass Kirk Muller (335a) for fifth-place on New Jersey’s all-time list. Gomez ranks sixth in Devils’ history with 456pts; Bobby Holik (202g-270a-472pts) is fifth.
  • ELIAS APPROACHING MILESTONES: Patrik Elias scored his third goal of the season on December 6 vs. Washington and now has career totals of 396g-599a-995pts in 1,182 games. He’s looking to become just the 91st player in league history to reach the 400-goal mark, the 80th to collect 600 assists, the 81st to compile 1,000 points and the 101st to appear in 1,200 games.
  • POWER PLAY SPECIALIST: Mike Cammalleri scored his team-leading fifth power play goal on December 6 at Toronto. He now has 90 PPG since 2005-06, which ranks ninth among active players/11th overall.
  • 500 CLUB: Andy Greene skated in his 500th game with New Jersey on November 28 vs. Detroit, becoming the eighth defenseman/25th player in team history to reach the milestone. Dainius Zubrus appeared in his 500th game with the Devils on November 21 at Edmonton, becoming the 24th player in franchise history to do so. 
  • WINNING TOUCH: Mike Cammalleri leads the Devils with three game-winning goals (November 14 at Washington, November 11 vs. Minnesota & October 14 at TB) and has eight in his last 36 appearances dating back to March 12.
  • SCHNEIDER ESTABLISHES NEW FRANCHISE RECORD: Cory Schneider started 20 consecutive games from October 9-November 21 at Edmonton, the longest streak to begin a season in Devils’ history (Martin Brodeur, 19, October 6-November 2, 2001). (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.14 goals-against average (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.14) and a .926 save-percentage (2nd, Tuukka Rask, .925) 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.
  • CZECH IT OUT: Jaromir Jagr (710g-1,065a-1,775pts), Patrik Elias (396g-599a-995pts) are the two highest-scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history, while Martin Havlat (239g-347a-586pts) ranks third among active players and 15th all-time. Marek Zidlicky is fifth among all Czech defensemen with 82g-302a-384pts and 27th overall.
  • 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). Cammalleri recorded a point in each of his first five games (5g-2a-7pts) with New Jersey 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)
  • YOUTH MOVEMENT ON THE BLUE LINE: The Devils’ roster features five defensemen who are 24-years-old or younger: Seth Helgeson (24), Eric Gelinas (23 years), Jon Merrill (22), Adam Larsson (22) and Damon Severson (20).
  • WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2015 World Junior Championships will begin next Friday, December 26 in Montreal, Que. and Toronto, Ont. Prospects Steven Santini (defenseman) and Miles Wood (forward) are among 30 players taking part in Team USA’s National Junior Team Camp in Boston this week. The final roster will be announced on December 24. Santini recorded 1g-0a-1pt in five games for Team USA in last year’s WJC; Wood is looking to make the roster for the first time.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri needs eight games played for 700 in his NHL career.
  • Patrik Elias needs four goals to reach 400, one assist to reach 600 and five points to reach 1,000 in his NHL career. 
  • Scott Gomez needs four games played to reach 1,000 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu needs eight assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Michael Ryder needs nine games to reach 800 in his NHL career.
  • Dainius Zubrus needs three games played to reach 1,200 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Damon Severson (I.R, left ankle, one game missed) it out 4-5 weeks.
  • Mike Cammalleri (lower body, two games missed ) is day-to-day.
  • Dainius Zubrus (I.R., leg lacerations, five games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Bryce Salvador (I.R., lower body, 18 games missed) is out tonight.
  • Ryane Clowe (I.R., hit to head, 20 games missed) is out tonight.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 118.

Recent Transactions

  • December 18 – Dainius Zubrus was placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to December 8. Damon Severson was also placed on I.R. Adam Larsson was assigned to Albany (AHL) for conditioning; Tim Sestito was recalled. Mark Fraser was signed to a two-way contract and placed on waivers.  
  • December 17 – Patrik Elias was activated from I.R.
  • December 16 – Tim Sestito was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • December 15 – Travis Zajac was activated from I.R. Mike Sislo was assigned to Alb.; Tim Sestito was recalled.
  • December 12 – Damien Brunner cleared unconditional waivers; contract was terminated.
  • December 10 – Reid Boucher was assigned to Alb.
  • December 9 – Patrik Elias was placed on I.R., retroactive to December 6. Scott Clemmensen was assigned to Albany; Reid Boucher and Keith Kinkaid were recalled.
  • December 8 – Adam Larsson was placed on I.R.; Martin Havlat was activated from I.R.
  • December 7 – Damien Brunner was assigned to Albany. Peter Harrold was recalled from Albany.

Game Resources

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Press Release – Albany Devils to Play at Prudential Center

The Albany Devils – the top player development team of the New Jersey Devils – will host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers – the no. 1 affiliate of the New York Islanders – on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in a regular-season American Hockey League game at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center at 7:30 PM.

For complete details, please see the press release below.

Albany Devils To Play At Prudential Center

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Devils Today 12/18/14

Upcoming Schedule

  • Today: 12:00 Noon practice at AmeriHealth Pavilion.
  • Friday: vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center (7:00 PM ET, MSG, News Radio 880 WCBS).

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