Three Stars: 1. Blake Wheeler 2. Andrew Ladd 3. Jiri Tlusty
The Devils opened the regular season at Prudential Center for the first time since Oct. 8, 2011 (3-0 loss to Philadelphia). New Jersey is now 19-9-5 in season-openers all-time and is 17-10-6 in home-openers, including 2-5-2 at The Rock.
New Jersey played a season-opening game vs. the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise for the second time (also Oct. 2, 1999, W 4-1).
The Jets outshot the Devils, 30-21, overall.
New Jersey won 34/60 (56.7%) face-offs tonight.
Cory Schneider (27 saves) started his third consecutive season-opener for New Jersey (1-2-0).
Jiri Tlusty scored a power play goal in his Devils’ debut/vs. his former team. He scored a career-high six PPGs last season.
Mike Cammalleri collected the primary assist on Tlusty’s goal and became the first player in team history to wear the no. 13.
Lee Stempniak also picked up an assist on Tlusty’s tally. Stempniak played 18 regular season games & four post-season contests with Winnipeg last season following a trade from the New York Rangers on March 1.
Andy Greene skated as captain for the first time and led the club in time on ice with 23:47.
Six players (Sergey Kalinin, John Moore, Kyle Palmieri, David Schlemko, Stempniak and Tlusty) made their Devils’ debut, which tied a team-record. It had happened three times previously: 2007-08 (Aaron Asham, Niclas Bergfors, Mike Mottau, Vitaly Vishnevski, Dainius Zubrus), 1989-90 (Neil Brady, Viacheslav Fetisov, Walt Poddubny, Reijo Ruotsalainen, Sergei Starikov, Sylvain Turgeon) & 1984-85 (Uli Hiemer, Kirk Muller, David Pichette, Rich Preston, Doug Sulliman, Mitch Wilson). -credit Elias Sports Bureau
Palmieri joined Jim Dowd as just the second player from New Jersey to ever skate for the Devils.
Kalinin was making his NHL debut; he registered one shot on goal and was 5/8 (62.5%) in the face-off circle.
Jordin Tootoo and Damon Severson recorded a team-high three shots on goal.
Head Coach John Hynes, Cory Schneider, Andy Greene, Adam Henrique, Jiri Tlusty and Winnipeg Head Coach Paul Maurice.