Devils Pre-Game 9/30/15

New Jersey Devils (1-4-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (3-1-1)

7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Center • MSG Plus

Morning Skate

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

Pre-Season Game Recaps

  • Sept. 26: NY Rangers 4 at Devils 3 – New Jersey dropped the second of back-to-back home games & fell to 1-4-0 in the pre-season overall. Reid Boucher, Stefan Matteau (PP) and Kyle Palmieri each scored for the Devils. Boucher now has goals in consecutive games and has played in three straight since returning to the lineup. Matteau’s tally was his first of the pre-season and the club’s fourth power play tally overall. Palmieri netted his first goal in a Devils’ sweater. He also recorded a team-high six shots on goal and leads New Jersey with 14 total in three appearances. Pavel Zacha registered the secondary assist on Matteau’s goal for his first point of the pre-season. Cory Schneider (20 saves) made his third start in goal.
  • Sept. 25: NY Islanders 2 at Devils 4 – The Devils won their pre-season home-opener and improved to 1-3-0 overall. Joseph Blandisi (SH), John Moore, Mike Cammalleri (GWG) and Reid Boucher each scored for New Jersey. Lee Stempniak picked up an assist on Moore’s goal and now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts). Keith Kinkaid (21 saves) made his second start of the pre-season and went the distance to improve to 1-1-0.
  • Sept. 23: Devils 1 at NY Islanders 2 – New Jersey closed-out its three-game road trip to open the pre-season. Cory Schneider (25 saves) made his second straight start and went the distance in the loss. Lee Stempniak, who is attending camp as a PTO, scored the Devils’ first even-strength goal of the pre-season, an unassisted tally at 17:59 of the second period. Kyle Palmieri posted a team-high four shots on goal in the contest and leads the club with eight overall in two appearances. Reid Boucher made his pre-season debut after missing the first two games due to a concussion suffered September 12. He registered one shot on goal and was +1 in 15:17 of playing time. Tyler Kennedy, who is also attending camp as a PTO, scored in the 3-on-3 overtime demonstration that too place following the game.
  • Sept. 21: Devils 3 at NY Rangers 6 – The Devils fell to 0-2-0 to open their 2015 pre-season schedule. Jordin Tootoo, Mike Sislo and Adam Larsson each scored a power play goal, as New Jersey went 3/5 with the man-advantage. Tyler Kennedy, who’s attending training camp on a PTO, recorded 2a. Cory Schneider (L, 32:26, 10 saves/12 shots against) made the start in goal. He was relieved by Yann Danis (26:27, 7 saves/11 shots against) midway through the second period. John Moore and Jiri Tlusty, who were each signed as free agents this summer, made their Devils’ pre-season debuts.
  • Sept. 20: Devils 0 at Boston 2  – New Jersey played a pre-season game in Providence for the first time since September 28, 2001 (L, 0-2 to Boston). The Devils outshot the Bruins, 30-21. Keith Kinkaid (12 saves/13 shots against) made the start in goal for New Jersey but was replaced midway through the second period by Scott Wedgewood (8 saves/7 shots against). Kyle Palmieri and Sergey Kalinin led the Devils with four shots on goal apiece. John Quenneville and Pavel Zacha both made their NHL pre-season debuts. Zacha was the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Quenneville was chosen 30th overall by the Devils in 2014.

Tonight’s Rosters

The following players will travel to Philadelphia:

  • Goaltenders: Keith Kinkaid, Cory Schneider.
  • Defensemen: Eric Gelinas, Seth Helgeson, Adam Larsson, Jon Merrill, John Moore, David Schlemko, Damon Severson.
  • Forwards: Reid Boucher, Stephen Gionta, Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, Sergey Kalinin, Stefan Matteau, Kyle Palmieri, Tuomo Ruutu, Lee Stempniak, Jiri Tlusty, Pavel Zacha, Travis Zajac.

Projected Lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers:

  • Goaltenders: Jason LaBarbera, Michal Neuvirth.
  • Defensemen: Michael Del Zotto, Brandon Manning, Evgeni Medvedev, Luke Schenn, Nick Schultz, Mark Streit.
  • Forwards: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Sam Gagner, Claude Giroux, Scott Laughton, Chris Porter, Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, R.J. Umberger, Chris Vandevelde, Jakub Voracek, Ryan White.

Tonight’s Storylines

  • Shero’s Devils Take the Ice: Ray Shero was named the fourth general manager in team history on May 4, 2015. Prior to joining the Devils, he spent eight seasons, 2006-07 through 2013-14, as executive vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, During that time, the team compiled a 373-193-56 (.645) mark, won the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship, two consecutive Eastern Conference titles in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and had three first-place divisional finishes. Shero received the General Manager of the Year Award in 2012-13, as voted on by the 30 NHL GMs, a panel of NHL executives, as well as print and broadcast media.
  • Hynes Leads New Coaching Staff: John Hynes was introduced as the 17th head coach in Devils’ history June 2, 2015. He joined the organization after spending the previous six seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), including the past five years, 2010-11 through 2014-15, as head coach. Hynes led the Penguins to a 231-126-10-17 (.637) mark during his tenure, including five straight 40-plus victory campaigns and five consecutive playoff berths, which included back-to-back AHL Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2012-13 and 2013-14. On June 17, Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine were named assistant coaches. Ward was named the German Ice Hockey League’s Coach of the Year in 2014-15 after leading Adler Mannheim to the championship. Nasreddine spent the previous five seasons as an assistant under Hynes with Wilkes-Barre. Chris Terreri returns as goaltending coach, marking his 27th season with the organization and 15th as a member of its coaching staff.
  • Kinkaid to Start in Goal: Keith Kinkaid is expected to make his third start of the pre-season tonight. The second-year goaltender is 1-1-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average & .917 save-percentage in 90:00 of action over his first two appearances. Kinkaid finished 6-5-4 with a 2.59 GAA and .915 save % over 19 appearances/13 starts in 2014-15. He earned the first win of his NHL career on Dec. 19 vs. Tampa Bay (26 saves + 3/3 SO).
  • Schlemko Available to Play Tonight: David Schlemko returned to practice on Monday and is looking to make his pre-season debut tonight after missing the first five games due to a groin injury. Schlemko signed with New Jersey on Sept. 10. The 28-year-old defenseman saw action for Arizona (20 games), Dallas (5) and Calgary (19) last season and posted a combined 1g-3a-4pts. He began the season with Coyotes, was claimed off waivers by the Stars Jan. 3 and then by the Flames on Mar. 1. The native of Edmonton, Alberta saw action in each of Calgary’s 11 post-season contests and recorded 1a and two PIM. Schlemko has career totals of 9g-41a-50pts and 84 PIM in 231 regular season contests & 1g-1a-2pts and six PIM in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
  • Zacha Expected to Play: Pavel Zacha, the sixth overall selection of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, is expected to skate in his fourth pre-season game tonight. He recorded his first point with a power play assist on Saturday vs. the New York Rangers. Zacha posted 16g-18a-34pts and 56 PIM in just 37 games last season for Sarnia (OHL) and was named to the OHL’s All-Rookie Team. He added 2g-1a-3pts and 10 PIM in five post-season contests and also skated for the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships.
  • Boucher Bounces Back: Reid Boucher leads the Devils with two goals and a +3 mark during the pre-season. He’s played in three consecutive games since returning from a concussion, which he suffered on September 12 during the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo. Boucher saw action with NJ and Albany in 2014-15. He skated in 11 NHL games, including 7 of final 10 contests from Mar. 23-Apr. 11 & scored his third career goal Apr. 3 vs. Montreal. Boucher also posted 15g-15a-30pts in 62 games with Albany last season.
  • NHL Aspirations: Sergey Kalinin, who the Devils signed on May 29, is one of 16 forwards remaining in training camp. Kalinin has posted 0g-1a-1pt, six shots on goal and is +2 in three pre-season appearances thus far. The 24-year-old spent the previous five seasons with Avangard Omsk (KHL) and set career highs across the board in 2014-15 with 12g-13a-25pts, 49 PIM & 58 games played, while serving as the club’s captain.
  • Kennedy/Stempniak Seizing Opportunity: Tyler Kennedy and Lee Stempniak signed PTOs with the Devils Sept. 16. Kennedy recorded two power play assists on Sept. 21 at the New York Rangers, scored in the three-on-three overtime demonstration following the Sept. 23 game in Brooklyn and is expected to be in the lineup again tonight. He split the 2014-15 season between San Jose (25 games), Worcester (AHL, 3) and the NY Islanders (13). Kennedy totaled 6g-8a-14pts in the regular season and also saw action in three playoff games for New York. The eight-year NHL veteran has career totals of 86g-113a-199pts and 225 PIM in 477 regular season contests, 12g-15a-27pts and 27 PIM in 79 post-season games and won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009. Stempniak had points in back-to-back games Sept. 23-25 (1g-1a-2pts) and is +2 with six shots on goal in three appearances overall. Last season, Stempniak posted 15g-13a-28pts in 71 games with the NY Rangers and Winnipeg and added 1g in four playoff games with Jets. The ten-year NHL veteran has totals of 165g-204a-369pts & 253 PIM in 708 games.
  • Welcome Home: Kyle Palmieri scored a goal and recorded a team-high six shots in his first game at Prudential Center as a Devil on Saturday vs. the New York Rangers. On June 27, the Devils acquired the Montvale, NJ native from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for the 41st pick (previously acquired from Florida) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and a third-round choice in the 2016 Draft. He’ll join Jim Dowd as just the second player from New Jersey to ever skate for the Devils. Palmieri played two seasons of high school hockey at St. Peter’s (Jersey City) from 2005-07 before joining the U.S. National Development Program. He was Anaheim’s first pick, 26th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft and played one season at the University of Notre Dame before beginning his NHL career with the Ducks in 2010-11. Palmieri recorded 14g-15a-29pts and 37 PIM in 57 appearances with Anaheim last season and has career totals of 43g-46a-89pts and 90 PIM in 198 NHL games.
  • Stefan Steps Up: Stefan Matteau, New Jersey’s first choice (29th overall) in the 2012 Entry Draft, scored a power play goal on Saturday vs. the New York Rangers. Matteau recorded 12g-15a-27pts in 61 AHL games last season, 11g-7a-18pts of which come over his final 31 appearances from Jan. 10-Apr. 18. He scored all four of his game-winning goals during that stretch, which ranked third (tie, Mike Sislo) on the club overall. Matteau also led Albany with a +9 mark (tie, Graham Black). He appeared in seven games with New Jersey last season, as well, and scored a goal vs. Montreal on Apr. 3.
  • Larsson Gets Offensive: Adam Larsson posted 2g-18a-20pts in 42 games from January 3 through the end of the 2014-15 regular season schedule; he had 2g-11a-13pts in his previous 85 appearances dating back to the start of 2012-13. Larsson recorded a career-high 3a/pts February 20 vs. Vancouver and, with 3g-21a-24pts overall, established new career-highs across the board (previously, 2g-16a-18pts, 2011-12).

Injuries

  • Forward Patrik Elias (right knee, five games missed) is out for the remainder of the pre-season.
  • Defenseman David Schlemko (groin, five games missed) has resumed practicing and is available to play tonight.
  • Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani (hip flexor) will not play tonight and is day-to-day.
  • Forward Tyler Kennedy (personal reasons) will not play tonight.

Transactions

  • Sept. 27: Assigned 15 players to Albany (AHL): goaltenders Ken Appleby and Scott Wedgewood;  defensemen Brandon Burlon, Raman Hrabarenka, Vojtech Mozik and Reece Scarlett;  and forwards Joseph Blandisi, Blake Coleman, Ryan Kujawinski, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Matt Lorito, Jim O’Brien, Blake Pietila, Mike Sislo, and Paul Thompson. Also, assigned to his junior team was: forward John Quenneville (Brandon, WHL).
  • Sept. 24: Assigned seven players to Albany (AHL): goaltender Yann Danis; defensemen Dan Kelly and Jacob Sweeney; and forwards Graham Black, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley and Ben Thomson.
  • Sept. 23: Assigned seven players to their junior teams: goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie, OHL);  defensemen Joshua Jacobs (Sarnia, OHL), Ryan Rehill (Kamloops, WHL) and Colton White (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL);  and forwards Brandon Baddock (Edmonton, WHL), Connor Chatham (Flint, OHL), and Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL). Also, forward Alexandre Goulet was been released from his ATO.

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