New Jersey Devils (0-1-0) at Washington Capitals (0-0-0)
7:00 PM ET • Verizon Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
- New Jersey will have a 11:30 AM morning skate at Verizon Center.
Coming Into Tonight
- The Devils are playing their first road game of 2015-16. New Jersey is 15-14-3 in their previous 32 road-openers, including last season’s 6-4 win at Philadelphia on Oct. 9.
- New Jersey is playing a road-opener in Washington for the fourth time (1-2-0) overall and the first time since Oct. 9, 2010 (L, 2-7).
- Tonight’s contest is the club’s first vs. the Metropolitan Division. The Devils were 10-13-7 within the Metro last season, including 4-8-3 on the road.
- Head Coach John Hynes is looking for his first win in the NHL after making his debut behind the Devils’ bench last night vs. Winnipeg at Prudential Center.
- The Devils are closing-out their first of 12 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey doesn’t play another back-to-back set until Nov. 27 vs. Montreal and Nov. 28 at Montreal.
Last Game – Devils 1 vs. Winnipeg 3
- 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.
- 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.
Tonight’s Opponent (please credit all notes to Washington Capitals PR)
- Washington is 6-1-0-1 all-time in season openers at Verizon Center.
- The Capitals were 45-26-11=101pts in 2014-15.
- Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored 53 goals in 2014-15 to capture his third consecutive and fifth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s leading goal-scorer. Ovechkin won the award previously in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13 and 2013-14 and is the first player in the trophy’s 15-year history to win the award five times. No other player has won the award more than twice. Ovechkin led the NHL in goals (53), power-play goals (25), game-winning goals (11) and shots (395) last season.
- Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby set career highs in wins (41), shutouts (9), games played (73), goals-against average (2.22) and save percentage (.923) last season. Holtby registered a franchise-record 1,887 saves in 2014-15 and tied the franchise record in wins, shutouts and games played.
- Justin Williams signed with Washington as a free agent on July 1, 2015, and the Capitals acquired T.J. Oshie from St. Louis on July 2, 2015. Williams has won three Stanley Cups (Carolina: 2006, Los Angeles: 2012, 2014) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2014. The 6’1”, 186-pound right wing has earned an NHL record 14 points in seven career Game 7s and his seven Game 7 goals are tied for the NHL record (Glenn Anderson). Oshie registered 55 points (19 goals, 36 assists) and 51 penalty minutes in 72 games with St. Louis last season.
Devils vs. Capitals
Record: 1-3-1 (1-1-1 on the road)
Goals/Against: 6-17 (4-13 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 142-137
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-12 (0.0%)/13-15 (86.7%)
Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (1g-2a-3pts); Wsh. – Nicklas Backstrom 3g-2a-5pts.
Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-3-1, 1 ShO, 2.99 GAA, .891 save %), Scott Clemmensen (0-0-0, 3.62 GAA, .857 save %); Wsh. – Braden Holtby (4-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.20 GAA, .958 save %)
Record: 76-82-9 (32-48-5 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 471-531 (235-303 on the road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (22g-36a-58pts), Travis Zajac (4g-17a-21pts); Wsh. – Alex Ovechkin (17g-22a-39pts), Nicklas Backstrom (6g-19a-35pts)
Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (3-4-1, 1 ShO, 2.21 GAA, .918 save %); Braden Holtby (6-3-1, 2.01 GAA, .930 save %)
Notable: The Devils are 5-3-1 at Verizon Center since 2011-12…Damon Severson scored 2g Oct. 16, 2014 at Washington and joined U. Hiemer as just the second rookie defenseman in franchise history to record a multi-goal game; at 20 years, 2 months and nine days-old, he was the youngest Devil with a multi-goal game since S. Gomez’s hat trick on Dec. 26, 1999 at the NY Rangers (20 years, 3 days)…Travis Zajac has 1g-5a-6pts over his last eight games vs. the Capitals…Mike Cammalleri has 3g-3a-6pts in five games vs. Washington over the past two seasons.
Connections: Travis Zajac and Washington forwards Taylor Chorney and T.J. Oshie were teammates at the University of North Dakota in 2005-06…Capitals’ defenseman John Carlson played for the NJ Rockets (ATJHL) for two seasons from 2005-07…New Jersey’s Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald played under Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz from 1998-2002; Fitzgerald served the Predators as team captain during each of those four seasons…Washington’s Assistant Coach Todd Reirden was New Jersey’s 14th choice (12th round) and the 242nd overall pick in the 1990 Entry Draft.
- 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. Upon making his debut Oct. 9 vs. Winnipeg, he also became 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 on Friday. 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.
- WELCOME HOME: Kyle Palmieri made his Devils debut last night vs. Winnipeg and joined 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: Six players (Sergey Kalinin, John Moore, Kyle Palmieri, David Schlemko, Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty) made their Devils’ debut in last night’s season-opener vs. Winnipeg, 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
- 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 became the first player in Devils’ history to wear the no. 13 on his jersey last night vs. Winnipeg. 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 is once again wearing no. 22, which he skated as with Nashville and Detroit from 2006-14, after wearing no. 20 last season. Sergey Kalinin, no. 51, became 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 230 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.
- THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On October 10, 1985, Paul Gagne scored a hat trick in New Jersey’s 6-5 win at Philadelphia. Gagne was an original Devil, and posted 71g-71a-142pts in four seasons with the club from 1982-86.
- PROSPECT WATCH: Pavel Zacha, New Jersey’s first choice (sixth overall) in the 2015 Entry Draft, made his season debut with Sarnia (OHL) last night but was held scoreless in the Sting’s 2-1 win over Hamilton.
- Mike Cammalleri – Needs 2 PPG for 100 in his career.
- Adam Larsson – Needs 8 GP for 200 in his career.
- Kyle Palmieri – Is expected to appear in his 200th NHL game tonight.
- Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 3 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, one games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
- Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 1
- 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.