New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) vs. Winnipeg Jets (1-0-0)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus 2 • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
- New Jersey will have a 10:30 AM morning skate at PrudentialCenter.
Coming Into Tonight
- The Devils are opening the regular season at Prudential Center for the first time since Oct. 8, 2011 (3-0 loss to Philadelphia). New Jersey is 19-8-5 in season-openers all-time and is 17-9-6 in home-openers, including 2-4-2 at The Rock.
- Head Coach John Hynes is set to make his NHL coaching debut behind the Devils’ bench. New Jersey could have as many as seven new players in their lineup tonight.
- New Jersey is playing a season-opening game vs. the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise for the second time. The Devils defeated the Thrashers, 4-1, at Philips Arena on Oct. 2, 1999. Bobby Holik scored twice, including the GWG, while Krzysztof Oliwa (1g-1a) and Randy McKay (2a) added 2pts each.
- The Devils are opening the first of 12 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey will play its first road game of 2015-16 tomorrow night at Washington (7:00 PM, MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN).
- Winnipeg defeated Boston, 6-2, at TD Garden last night. It was the franchise’s first win in Boston since March 31, 2007, snapping a 13-game winless streak.
- Six players scored for the Jets last night, including Nicolas Petan, who was making his NHL debut. The 20 year-old center was selected in the second round (43rd overall) by Winnipeg in 2013.
- Alexander Burmistrov and Drew Stafford each posted 1g-1a-2pts last night. Burmistrov was a team-best +4.
- Tonight’s contest is the second of four straight games on the road for the Jets before their home-opener vs. Calgary on Oct. 16.
- Winnipeg went 43-26-13 during the 2014-15 season, finishing fifth in the Central Division and seventh in the Western Conference. The 43 wins mark tied a franchise record (2006-07) and established a new record with 99 points. The Jets clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007.
- Winnipeg is 62-38-18 under head coach Paul Maurice, who was hired on Jan. 12, 2014.
- Captain Andrew Ladd led the Jets with a career-high 24g-38a-62pts in 2014-15.
- Ondrej Pavelec made 29 save last night and picked up the win in goal. He went 9-2-1 over his final 12 starts last season and finished 22-16-8 with a 2.28 goals-against average & .920 save-percentage overall.
Sunday, Sept. 20 at Boston (Providence, RI) – L 0-2
Monday, Sept. 21 at NY Rangers – L 3-6
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at NY Islanders – L 1-2
Friday, Sept. 25 vs. NY Islanders – W 4-2
Saturday, Sept. 26 vs. NY Rangers – L 3-4
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Philadelphia – W 4-2
Friday, Oct. 2 vs. Philadelphia – W 3-2 (SO)
Notes: The Devils closed-out their pre-season schedule by winning three of their last four games…Travis Zajac (2g-1a), John Moore (1g-2a), Jacob Josefson (1g-2a), Andy Greene (3a) and Damon Severson (3a) each posted 3pts to lead the club in scoring…Kyle Palmieri led New Jersey with 17 shots on goal in just four appearances, while Reid Boucher and Lee Stempniak were a team-best +4…Cory Schneider finished 1-2-0 with a 2.79 GAA & .884 save % in four starts; Keith Kinkaid was 2-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA & .923 save % in three starts.
Devils vs. Jets
Record: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 at home)Goals /Against: 3-4
Shots For/Against: 50-59
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-3 (33.3%)/7-7 (100.%)
Record: 31-16-8 (16-8-4 at home)
Goals For/Against: 163-128 (80-62 at home)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (20g-23a-43pts), Tuomo Ruutu (9g-13a-22pts); Wpg. – Andrew Ladd (7g-5a-12pts), Dustin Byfuglien (2g-9a-11pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (2-2-0, 1.98 GAA, .936 save %); Ondrej Pavelec (6-3-4, 2.06, .922), Michael Hutchinson (1-0-0, 1.00, .955)
Notable: Jacob Josefson scored the game-determining goal to give the Devils a 2-1 shootout win on Oct. 30, 2014 in the last meeting between the two clubs at Prudential Center. New Jersey had lost an NHL-record 18 consecutive shootouts dating back to Mar. 15, 2013 at Philadelphia…The Devils are 6-2-0 vs. the Jets/Thrashers at Prudential Center since 2010-11…Jordin Tootoo did not see action vs. the Jets last season but has 5g-4a-9pts in nine games vs. Winnipeg/Atlanta in his career…Kyle Palmieri recorded 2g-1a-3pts in three games vs. the Jets with Anaheim last season…Patrik Elias, who will not play tonight (right knee), has 6g-3a-9pts in 11 games vs. the Jets since 2011-12.
Connections: Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty were both acquired by Winnipeg at the trade deadline last season…Travis Zajac was born in/spends his summers in Winnipeg…Zajac and Drew Stafford both played for the University of North Dakota from 2004-06…Jon Merrill and Jacob Trouba were teammates at the University of Michigan for the 2012-13 season and with Team USA at the 2011-12 World Junior Championship.
- 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. Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine will serve as his assistant coaches & Chris Terreri returns as goaltending coach.
- At, 40 years, 7 months-old, Hynes is the youngest head coach in the NHL. He’ll also become the third-youngest coach in Devils’ history behind Jim Schoenfeld, who was 35 years-old when he took over on Jan. 26, 1988 & Billy MacMillan, the team’s first-ever head coach, who was 39 on Oct. 5, 1982.
- ‘C’-ing Greene: Andy Greene was named the 11th captain in Devils’ history today. Mike Cammalleri, Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac will serve as alternates.
- CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.12 goals-against average (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.16) and a .927 save-percentage (2nd, Tuukka Rask, .925) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11.
- ROCK SOLID: Cory Schneider is expected to start in goal for the Devils tonight. He finished 14-13-6 with two shutouts, a 1.87 goals-against average & .934 save-percentage in 34 games at Prudential Center in 2014-15 & is 26-17-10 with five shutouts, a 1.74 GAA & .934 save % in 55 career games played at The Rock.
- WELCOME HOME: Kyle Palmieri is expected to make his Devils debut tonight and join Jim Dowd as just the second player from New Jersey to ever skate for the Devils. On June 27, the Devils acquired the Montvale, NJ native from Anaheim 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. Palmieri played two seasons of high school hockey at St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) from 2005-07 before joining the USNDP. He was Anaheim’s first pick, 26th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft.
- A LOT OF NEW FACES: There are seven players on New Jersey’s roster looking to make their Devils’ debut tonight: Sergey Kalinin, John Moore, Brian O’Neill, Kyle Palmieri, David Schlemko, Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty. The team-record for players making their Devils’ debut in a season-opener is six, which has 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
- FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: The average age of the Devils’ opening-night roster is 27.2; it was 31.0 a season ago.
- FUN WITH NUMBERS: Mike Cammalleri will become the first player in Devils’ history to wear the no. 13 on his jersey tonight. He’s just the second player in franchise history to suit up with No. 13, joining Robin Burns – cousin of the late former Devils coach and Hall-of-Famer Pat Burns – who wore it with the Kansas City Scouts in the 1970’s. According to hockey-reference.com, 92 players have worn the number, including former Devil Bill Guerin. Eric Gelinas, who wore no. 22 last season, will join Stephane Richer as the second player in New Jersey history to wear no. 44. Jordin Tootoo will once again wear no. 22, which he skated as with Nashville and Detroit from 2006-14, after wearing no. 20 last season. Sergey Kalinin, no. 51, will become the first player in Devils’ history to wear any number in the 50’s.
- WINNING TOUCH: Mike Cammalleri finished third (tie, w/ 4 others) in the NHL with 8 game-winning goals in 2014-15. He has 16 GWG over the past two seasons, which ranks fourth among all skaters behind Alex Ovechkin (21), Max Pacioretty (21) and Rick Nash (17).
- IRON MAN: Andy Greene was the only Devil to appear in all 82 games last season & has now played in 229 straight games dating back to March 6, 2012. He’s just the sixth player (Aaron Broten did so twice) in team history to appear in 200-or-more consecutive games. The stretch is the second-longest ever by a Devils’ defenseman; he passed Scott Stevens (196 games, November 23, 1993-October 5, 1996) on January 31 vs. Florida. Ken Daneyko (388 games, November 4, 1989-March 29, 1994) holds the record for d’men, while Travis Zajac (401 games, October 26, 2006-April 10, 2011) is first overall.
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIO!: Stephen Gionta is celebrating his 32nd birthday today.
- THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On Oct. 9, 1982, New Jersey played its first-ever road game, which took place at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Glenn “Chico” Resch stopped Terry Martin’s penalty shot in that contest, the first attempt against in Devils’ history, and the game ended in a 5-5 tie.
- PROSPECT WATCH: John Quenneville, New Jersey’s first choice (30th overall) in the 2014 Entry Draft, recorded 2g-2a-4pts for Brandon (WHL) on Tuesday vs. Vancouver and has 3g-5a-8pts in three games overall.
- Mike Cammalleri – Needs 2 PPG for 100 in his career.
- Adam Larsson – Needs 8 GP for 200 in his career.
- Kyle Palmieri – Needs 2 GP for 200 in his career.
- Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 4 GP for 100 with NJ & 3a for 200 in his career.
- Cory Schneider – Needs 3 wins for 100 in his career.
- Patrik Elias (right knee, seven pre-season games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
- Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 0
- Oct. 6 – Assigned D Seth Helgeson to Albany (AHL). Returned C Pavel Zacha to Sarnia (OHL). Acquired RW Brian O’Neill from Los Angeles in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2017 Entry Draft.
- Oct. 5 – Signed G Ken Appleby to a three-year, entry-level contract.
- Oct. 4 – D Marc-Andre Gragnani cleared waivers/was assigned to Albany (AHL).
- Oct. 3 – RW Lee Stempniak agreed to terms on a one-year/$850,000 contract.