Devils Pre-Game 10/24/14

New Jersey Devils (3-2-1) vs. Dallas Stars (3-1-2)

7:00 PM • Prudential Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 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.

Tonight’s Game

  • Tonight’s contest will conclude New Jersey’s three-game homestand (0-1-1) and opens the club’s first of 18 sets of back-to-back games (tomorrow at Ottawa). Last season, the Devils were 9-9-4 in first games and 10-6-6 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • Dallas enters tonight having earned points in each of its last four games (3-0-1). The line of Tyler Seguin-Jason Spezza-Jamie Benn has combined for 10g-15a-25pts during that stretch. Seguin is tied for second in the league with 5g-5a-10pts this season. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 43 saves en-route to a win vs. Vancouver on Tuesday to improve to 3-0-2 on the year.

Chico Resch Night

The Devils will honor former player/broadcaster Glenn “Chico” Resch with a pre-game ceremony before tonight’s game. Resch spent 22 seasons with the organization, including four as a player and 18 as the color-commentator for the team’s television broadcasts.

Chico’s Feats

  • Played 14 seasons in the NHL for the New York Islanders, Colorado Rockies, Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • Traded to Rockies by the Islanders with Steve Tambellini for Mike McEwen and loan rights to Jari Kaarela on March 10, 1981.
  • Compiled a record of 231-224-82 with 26 shutouts and a 3.27 goals-against average in 571 NHL games.
  • Was a member of the Islanders 1979-80 Stanley Cup Championship team.
  • Named to NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 1975-76 & 1978-79.
  • Appeared in three NHL All-Star games: 1976, 1977 & 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena.
  • Winner of 1982 Bill Masterton Trophy.
  • Played in his first NHL game February 3, 1974 (NY Islanders 2 at California 4).
  • Earned his first NHL win on February 5, 1974,  a 6-2 Islanders victory over Minnesota.
  • Started first game in Devils’ history on October 5, 1982 vs. Pittsburgh (3-3 T).
  • Earned first win in New Jersey history October 8, 1982 vs. the New York Rangers (3-2).
  • Along with Ron Low, recorded first shutout in Devils’ history on December 4, 1983 vs. Detroit.
  • Member of Team Canada for 1976 Canada Cup and of Team USA for 1982 World Championships.
  • Spent four seasons (1992-93 to 1995-96)  with Ottawa Senators organization as a goaltender coach and scout.
  • Also served as goaltender coach for the Philadelphia Flyers (1987-88) and Minnesota North Stars (1990-91).
  • Was General Manager/Coach of WHL’s Tri-City Americans in 1991-92.
  • The native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is 66 years-old.
  • Chico and his wife Diane have one daughter, Holly.
  • Currently resides in Brainerd and Emily, Minnesota.

Last Game: Oct. 21 – Devils 3 vs. New York Rangers 4 (OT)

  • The Devils earned a point but fell to 3-2-1 on the season and 1-1-1 vs. the Metropolitan Division.
  • New Jersey scored three power play goals (3/5) for the first time since March 1 at the New York Islanders (4/8).
  • Cory Schneider (21 saves) made his sixth straight start in goal and fell to 3-2-1.
  • Adam Henrique, appearing in his 200th career NHL game, recorded 1g-1a-2pts, including a power play goal. He now has points in three straight (2g-2a-4pts) and is tied (Mike Cammalleri, 5g-2a-7pts) for the team-lead with 3g-4a-7pts overall.
  • Jon Merrill scored his first goal of 2014-15/the first power play goal of his NHL career.
  • Damien Brunner recorded his first multiple-pt. game since March 14 at Florida with a pair of assists tonight, his first points of the season.
  • Travis Zajac assisted on Jagr’s marker and now has 1g-2a-3pts over the last four games.
  • Damon Severson assisted on Henrique’s goal and continues to lead all Devils’ defensemen in scoring with 3g-2a-5pts.
  • Cammalleri had his five-game point-scoring (5g-2a-7pts) snapped. He is just the third player in Devils’ history to record a point in his first five games with the team, joining Neal Broten (7 games, March 2-14, 1995, 3g-6a-9pts) and Bobby Holik (5g-2a-7pts, October 6-14, 1992).
  • Martin Havlat returned to the lineup after missing one game due to injury (facial lacerations).
  • Adam Larsson made his 2014-15 season debut.
  • Eric Gelinas, Jacob Josefson and Tuomo Ruutu were the healthy scratches.

Devils vs. Stars

  • Tonight’s game is the first of two meetings with the Stars this season. New Jersey won last season’s series 2-0-0, outscoring Dallas 4-2 and holding a 58-42 advantage in total shots on goal.
  • Travis Zajac led the Devils with 1g-2a-3pts last season, while Tyler Seguin had 1g-1a-2pts to lead the Stars.
  • Cory Schneider (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.99 goals-against average & .952 save-percentage) started both games in goal for New Jersey while Kari Lehtonen (0-1-1, 2.02 GAA & .877 save %) started both games for Dallas.
  • Patrik Elias is the Devils’ career leader with 6g-18a-24pts in 20 games vs. the Stars. Mike Cammalleri leads New Jersey’s skaters in career scoring vs. Dallas with 16g-16a-32pts in 47 appearances.
  • Schneider is 7-3-0 with 1 ShO, a 2.11 GAA & .930 save % in ten career games, while Scott Clemmensen is 2-1-0 with 1 ShO, a 2.34 GAA & .928 save % in five games vs. the Stars.
  • The Devils are 7-0-1 vs. the Stars in New Jersey since ’00-01 (last regulation loss, Mar. 15, ’00)
  • New Jersey is 28-28-3 vs. Dallas all-time, including a 15-12-2 mark in its previous 29 home games.
  • The teams will meet again on December 13 at American Airlines Center.

Notes

  • 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)
  • PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Mike Cammalleri has 18g-13a-31pts in his last 26 games dating back to March 3. His point total ranks fifth  in the NHL during that span, behind only Tyler Seguin (17g-20a-37pts), Jamie Benn, 15g-19a-34pts, Sidney Crosby (11g-22a-33pts) and Claude Giroux (9g-25a-34pts).
  • SEVERSON SCORES TWICE: Damon Severson scored 2g October 16 at Washington, becoming just the second rookie defenseman in Devils’ history to do so. He joined 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 sixth among all NHL defensemen with a +5 mark over their first six games. In addition, the pairing has combined for 3g-5a-8pts and 28 shots on goal.
  • CHANGING OF THE GUARD: On October 18 vs. San Jose, 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 1g-1a-2pts on Tuesday vs. the NY Rangers and now has 706g-1,054a-1,760pts in his NHL career. Marcel Dionne is fifth all-time with 731g-1,040a-1,771pts. He passed Steve Yzerman (692g-1,063a-1,755pts) for sole-possession of sixth-place NHL history with 2a on Oct. 9 at Philadelphia. Jagr’s 706 career goals are just two behind Mike Gartner (708g) for sixth place all-time. His 1,054a places him just nine helpers behind Yzerman for seventh in league history. In addition, Jagr ‘s 1,479 games played are five 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 one power play goal behind Yzerman (202 PPG) for 15th and is 35 shots behind Al MacInnis for third place in NHL history.
  • SCHNEIDER’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.09 goals-against average (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.12) and a .926 save-percentage (2nd, T. 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.
  • ELIAS APPROACHING MILESTONES: Patrik Elias recorded 1a on Oct. 11 at Florida and now has career totals of 394g-591a-985pts in 1,161 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 (706g-1,054a-1,760pts), 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 486 games with New Jersey, while Andy Greene has skated in 483 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 October 16 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.

Milestone Watch

  • 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. 
  • Tuomo Ruutu needs nine assists to reach 200 in his NHL career. 

Injuries

  • Jordin Tootoo (I.R., foot) is out tonight.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 1.

Recent Transactions

  • Today, forward Jordin Tootoo was placed on Injured Reserve (foot), retroactive to October 21.

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Video – 10/23/14

Goaltender Cory Schneider and Head Coach Peter DeBoer spoke to reporters following today’s practice session at AmeriHealth Pavilion.

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Press Release – MSG Networks and the New Jersey Devils to Honor Glenn “Chico” Resch Friday Night on MSG+

New York, NY (October 23, 2014) – MSG+ will present a special telecast of New Jersey Devils hockey on Friday night as the team honors longtime analyst Glenn “Chico” Resch prior to the game against the Dallas Stars. Coverage will begin with “Visa Devils Game Night” at 6:30 p.m. and include live coverage of the on-ice pregame ceremony taking place for Resch.

Resch retired from the broadcast booth on April 13, 2014 after a 17 season career as a hockey analyst for MSG Networks. Resch joined the Network in 1996 and was paired with Devils play-by-play legend Mike “Doc” Emrick for 14 years. The final three seasons of his career, Resch called the games alongside play-by-play partner Steve Cangialosi.

Friday’s telecast on MSG+ will include live coverage of the special pregame ceremony hosted by Emrick. The telecast will also feature special vignettes throughout the night with Devils players and broadcast peers reflecting on their time with Resch, including Travis Zajac, Scott Clemmensen, Steve Cangialosi, Ken Daneyko, Deb Placey, John MacLean and Stan Fischler. The celebration will conclude when “Doc” and “Chico” reunite on-air and call the action one last time as tribute to their broadcast partnership.

A native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, Resch began a 14-year National Hockey League career in 1973 with the New York Islanders. He appeared in 571 NHL games as a goaltender with the Islanders, Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. Resch compiled a career record of 231-224-82 along with 26 shutouts and a 3.27 goals-against average, and won the Stanley Cup as a member of the 1979-80 Islanders.

Resch played in 282 games with the Islanders, allowing a club-low 2.56 goals per game. He tallied 25 shutouts for the team, the most in franchise history, en route to a 157-69-47 record. He was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team twice – in 1975-76 and 1978-79 – and was the recipient of the 1981-82 Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

In March of 1981 Resch was traded to the Colorado Rockies only to return to the tri-state area the following season when the franchise moved east and became the New Jersey Devils. He was immediately embraced by the Meadowlands crowd and enjoyed a successful career in the Garden State. In 1986 he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and in 1987 he retired from professional hockey.

Resch served as goaltending coach for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1987-88 season before embarking on a broadcasting career with the Minnesota North Stars. In 1990 he returned to the coaching ranks, serving as goaltending coach and scout for the North Stars. The following year he became the general manager and coach of the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. From 1992-96 Resch worked in the Ottawa Senators organization as a goaltending coach and scout, which included time as a bench coach during the 1995-96 campaign. He returned to broadcasting permanently in 1996 when he joined MSG Networks.

Before embarking on his NHL career, Resch attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he played two seasons for the Bulldogs. He was given the nickname “Chico” by former Islanders teammate Doug Rombough, who chided Resch as he attempted to learn to speak Spanish during his first year with the team. The reference is to the television show “Chico and the Man.”

MSG Networks is the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres (Upstate New York only), New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, and the official regional sports networks of the New York Giants. MSG Networks also telecasts over 135 live college basketball games and over 25 live college football games from top national conferences including ACC and Big 12, as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. In 2014, MSG Networks received 16 New York Emmy Awards, including 14 for MSG Network and one each for MSG+ and MSG.com. MSG Network’s 99 Emmys over the past seven years are more than any single network or station in the region during that time. For more information, visit http://www.msg.com and http://www.facebook.com/MSGNetworks and follow @MSGNetworks on Twitter.

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Devils Today 10/23/14

Upcoming Schedule

  • Today: 11:00 AM practice at AmeriHealth Pavilion.
  • Friday: vs. Dallas Stars at Prudential Center (7:00 PM, MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN).

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Devils Today 10/22/14

Upcoming Schedule

  • Today: 11:30 AM practice at AmeriHealth Pavilion.
  • Next Game: Friday: vs. Dallas Stars at Prudential Center (7:00 PM, MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN).

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