New Jersey Devils (9-9-2) at Calgary Flames (12-7-2)
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- New Jersey will an 11:30 AM morning skate at Scotiabank Saddledome.
- New Jersey is closing-out its fifth of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 2-2-1 in first games and 2-2-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
- Tonight’s contest is the fourth of five straight games vs. a Western Conference opponent and New Jersey’s Eastern Conference-leading 13th road game. The Devils are 3-5-1 vs. the West this season.
- The Devils’ PK unit has not allowed a power play goal in five consecutive games (20/20) for the first time since February 7-March 2, 2014 (14/14).
- Calgary had its three-game winning streak snapped on Thursday with a 4-3 loss vs. Chicago. The Flames are 7-3-0 in their last ten games.
- Mark Giordano leads Calgary and all NHL defensemen with 6g-16a-22pts this season. T.J. Brodie is second on the club/fourth among d’men with 4g-12a-16pts. Dennis Wideman leads NHL defensemen with 8g on the year.
- Jonas Hiller is 9-5-1 with one shutout, a 2.45 goals-against average and .914 save-percentage in 15 games for Calgary this season. Karri Ramo is 3-2-1 with a 2.73 GAA & .903 save % in seven appearances.
Last Game: November 21 – Devils 2 at Edmonton 0
- New Jersey snapped its two-game losing streak, improved to 6-6-0 on the road and to 9-9-2 overall.
- The Devils posted a season-high 19 shots on goal in the second period (previously, 16, November 14 at Washington, 2nd period) but were outshot 29-26 overall.
- New Jersey recorded its second all-time shutout vs. Edmonton. The other was on January 15, 1989, when Sean Burke made 26 saves and Patrik Sundstrom scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win at the Meadowlands (credit NHL Public Relations).
- Cory Schneider (29 saves) recorded his second shutout of the season/in the last four games, his fifth with NJ and the 14th of his NHL career.
- Schneider started his 20th straight game and established a new a team-record for consecutive starts to open a season (previously, Martin Brodeur, 19, October 6-November 2, 2001).
- Since 2005-06, only two other goaltenders have started 20+ straight games to begin a season: Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose, 2007-08, 43 straight) and Miikka Kiprusoff (Calgary, 2007-08, 23). (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
- Adam Henrique scored the game-winner, his first goal since November 1 vs. Columbus & first GWG since February 27 vs. Columbus.
- Tuomo Ruutu scored his fourth goal of the season and second in the last five games.
- Eric Gelinas recorded 2a for his second multi.-point game (also, October 11 at Florida, 2a).
- Steve Bernier collected the primary assist on Henrique’s tally; he has 1g-2a-3pts is +3 in nine games this season.
- Damon Severson led the club with 4 shots on goal tonight (tie, Gelinas) and is first with 56 overall this season (2nd, Michael Ryder, 43).
- Dainius Zubrus appeared in his 500th game with the Devils, becoming the 24th player in team history to do so.
Devils vs. Flames
- Tonight’s game marks the first of two meetings between the teams in 2014-15.
- Calgary won last season’s series 2-0-0, out scoring New Jersey 4-2 despite being out shot 52-51.
- The Devils trail the all-time series vs. the Flames 17-31-7, including a 6-14-6 mark in the previous 26 games played in Calgary.
- Adam Henrique and Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils, while Mark Giordano (2g-1a) and Jiri Hudler (3a) had 3pts each to lead the Flames.
- Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 1.02 goals-against average & .955 save-percentage) and Martin Brodeur (0-1-0, 3.09 GAA & .897 save %) each made a start in goal for New Jersey.
- Karri Ramo (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA & 1.000 save %) and Joey MacDonald (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA & .905 save %) split the goaltending duties for Calgary.
- Jaromir Jagr leads New Jersey’s active skaters in career scoring with 12g-25a-37pts in 30 appearances vs. the Flames; Martin Havlat is second with 17g-12a-29pts in 31 games.
- Schneider is 4-3-0, with a 1.98 GAA & .938 save % in seven career games vs. Calgary.
- The teams will face-off at Prudential Center on February 25.
- President/GM Lou Lamoriello coached Flames’ President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke at Providence College for four seasons from 1973-77.
- Assistant Coach Tommy Albelin played for the Flames for six seasons from 1996-2001.
- Assistant Coach Mike Foligno and Flames’ Associate Coach Jacques Cloutier were teammates with the Buffalo Sabres for eight seasons from 1981-1989.
- Mike Cammalleri played three-plus seasons with Calgary: 2008-09 & 2012-14.
- Damien Brunner, Jonas Hiller and Raphael Diaz members of the Swiss Olympic team in 2014. Brunner and Diaz were also teammates with EV Zug in Switzerland from 2008-2011 and in 2012-13.
- Brunner, Diaz, Hiller and Sven Baertschi are four of 11 active NHL players from Switzerland.
- Johnny Gaudreau is from Salem, NJ and played for Gloucester Catholic High School in 2009-10.
- Flames’ prospect Kenny Agostino hails from Morristown, NJ and played for Non-Public State Champion Delbarton School in 2009-10.
- BIG TEST OUT WEST: New Jersey is playing the third of a four-game, Western Canadian road trip tonight. Following last night’s 2-0 win at Edmonton, the Devils are 3-9-2 in the Western Canadian cities (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver & Winnipeg) over the past five seasons.
- SCHNEIDER ESTABLISHES NEW FRANCHISE RECORD: Cory Schneider started his 20th consecutive game last night at Edmonton and passed Martin Brodeur (19, October 6-November. 2, 2001) for the longest start streak to begin a season in Devils’ history. (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
- ELIAS APPROACHING MILESTONES: Patrik Elias recorded 2a on November 15 vs. Colorado and now has career totals of 394g-598a-992pts in 1,175 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.
- 500 CLUB: Dainius Zubrus appeared in his 500th game with the Devils last night in Edmonton, becoming the 24th player in franchise history to do so. Andy Greene has skated in 496 games with New Jersey and is looking to become the eighth defenseman in team history to reach the 500 games-played milestone.
- JAGR CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Jaromir Jagr scored the 708th goal of his career on November 10 at Boston and tied Mike Gartner for sixth-place in NHL history. He also played in his 1,488th career game on November 10 and passed Wayne Gretzky for sole-possession of 17th-place in league history; he trails Phil Housley by two games for 16th-place (1,495 GP). Jagr recorded 2a November 11 vs. Minnesota and now has 708g-1,059a-1,767pts in his career, which ranks sixth in league history. 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 with 2a on October 9 at Philadelphia. Jagr now trails Phil Esposito (717g) by nine goals for fifth place all-time. His 1,059a places him just four helpers behind Yzerman for seventh in NHL history. With 202 power play goals, he’s tied Yzerman for 15th-place; Wayne Gretzky is next on the list with 204 PPG. In addition, Jagr is only 7 shots away from tying Al MacInnis (5,157) for third place all-time. He extended his NHL records with the 19 OT/125th GWG of his career on October 25 at Ottawa.
- GREENE ENERGY: Andy Greene is +9 on the season, which ranks eighth (tie, four others) among all NHL defensemen.
- CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.12 goals-against average (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.13) and a .926 save-percentage (tie, Tuukka Rask) 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 (708g-1,059a-1,767pts), Patrik Elias (394g-598a-992pts) are the two highest-scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history, while Martin Havlat (238g-346a-584pts) ranks third among active players and 15th all-time. Marek Zidlicky is fifth among all Czech defensemen with 81g-295a-376pts and 27th overall.
- SHOOTOUT LOSING STREAK SNAPPED: On October 30 vs. Winnipeg, New Jersey won in the shootout for the first time since March 10, 2013 vs. Winnipeg. The Devils had lost an NHL-record 18 consecutive shootouts from March 15, 2013 at Philadelphia-October 24, 2014 vs. Dallas.
- 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)
- MULTI-TALENTED: With 1g-1a-2pts on October 25 at Ottawa, Damon Severson recorded multiple points for the third time in his first eight NHL games, becoming the first defenseman in franchise history to do so. Tapio Levo set the previous mark with three multi-pt. games in his first 11 contests for the Colorado Rockies in 1981-82. (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
- SEVERSON SCORES TWICE: Damon Severson scored 2g on 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).
- 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.
- 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 11th among active players and 13th overall during that span.
- 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).
- PAT BURNS INDUCTED INTO THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME: Former Head Coach Pat Burns was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto. Burns coached the Devils for two seasons and led them to their third Stanley Cup Championship in 2003.
- Patrik Elias needs five goals to reach 400, two assists to reach 600 and seven points to reach 1,000 in his NHL career.
- Andy Greene needs three games played to reach 500 in his NHL career.
- Tuomo Ruutu needs eight assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
- Marek Zidlicky needs five assists to reach 300 in his NHL career.
- Bryce Salvador (I.R., lower body, five games missed) is out tonight.
- Ryane Clowe (I.R., hit to head, seven games missed) is out tonight.
- Jon Merrill (I.R., arm, suffered November 1, nine games missed) is day-to-day.
- Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 50.
- November 17 – Bryce Salvador was placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Nov. 10. Keith Kinkaid was assigned to Albany (AHL). Scott Clemmensen and Peter Harrold were recalled from Albany.
- November 11: Martin Havlat was activated from I.R.; he was placed I.R. on October 27, retroactive to October 21. Ryane Clowe was placed on I.R., retroactive to November 6, and Seth Helgeson was recalled from Albany (AHL).
- November 8: Mike Sislo was assigned to Albany. He had been recalled on Nov. 6.
- November 7: Jon Merrill was placed on I.R., retroactive to November 1, and Jordin Tootoo was activated from I.R.