New Jersey Devils (0-2-0) vs. Nashville Predators (2-0-0)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
- New Jersey will have a 10:30 AM morning skate at Prudential Center.
Coming Into Tonight
- The Devils are looking to avoid opening a season 0-3-0 for just the second time in team history (2001-02, 0-4-0).
- Three of New Jersey’s next four games will take place at Prudential Center & each of those home contests will be against a Western Conference opponent (tonight vs. Nashville, Friday vs. San Jose, Oct. 20 vs. Arizona). The Devils will visit Madison Square Garden on Sunday in a 1:00 PM matinee vs. the New York Rangers.
- New Jersey was 9-15-4 vs. the Western Conference last season, including 5-7-2 at The Rock.
- Keith Kinkaid will make his second straight start in goal, the first time he’s done so in the NHL.
- Tuomo Ruutu and Damon Severson will return to the lineup after being healthy scratches Saturday at Washington; Reid Boucher and Sergey Kalinin will not play.
Last Game – Devils 3 at Washington 5
- New Jersey played its first road game of 2015-16, fell to 15-15-3 in road-openers all-time & to 1-3-0 in road-openers in Washington.
- The Capitals outshot the Devils, 27-24.
- Keith Kinkaid (22 saves + ENG) made his first start of 2015-16.
- Trailing 2-0 in the first period, Adam Henrique and Eric Gelinas (PP) scored 2:46 apart to tie the game.
- Mike Cammalleri also scored, his first of the season, at 18:39 of the third period with the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker.
- Cammalleri added an assist and now has 1g-2a-3pts over the season’s first two games.
- Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty had 1a and have points in each of their first two games with New Jersey.
- Kyle Palmieri appeared in his 200th NHL game and recorded his first point as a Devil with an assist on Henrique’s tally.
- Brian O’Neill made his NHL debut.
- Nashville opened the 2015-16 season with a pair of wins at home: 2-1 vs. Carolina on Thursday & 2-0 vs. Edmonton on Saturday.
- The Predators are looking to go 3-0-0 for just the second time in team history (also, 2005-06).
- Pekka Rinne has started both games for the Predators. He made 31 saves on Saturday to post the 37th shutout of his NHL career. Rinne is currently tied with Tomas Vokoun for the most games played by a goaltender in franchise history with 383.
- Craig Smith scored the game-winning goal on Saturday and has connected in each of Nashville’s first two games.
- Defenseman Seth Jones has 0g-2a-2pts and is +3 over his first two games.
Devils vs. Predators
Record: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 at home)
Goals/Against: 4-4 (3-1 at home)
Shots For/Against: 46-72
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-4 (50.0%)/5-5 (100.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ – Steve Bernier (1g-1a-2pts), Eric Gelinas (1g-1a-2pts), Scott Gomez (0g-2a-2pts); Nsh. – Craig Smith (1g-2a-3pts).
Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 2.03 GAA, .944 save %); Nsh. – Pekka Rinne (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .955 save %), Carter Hutton (0-1-0, 2.09 GAA, .913 save %).
Record: 12-6-3 (5-4-1 at home)
Goals For/Against: 61-48 (32-24 at home)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (12g-9a-21pts), Lee Stempniak (8g-11a-19pts), Patrik Elias (6g-13a-19pts); Nsh. – Mike Ribeiro (5g-9a-14pts), Mike Fisher (6g-6a-12pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-1-1, 3.00 GAA, .909 save %); Pekka Rinne (2-2-1, 2.14 GAA, .928 save %), Carter Hutton (1-2-0, 3.03 GAA, .875 save %).
Notable: New Jersey has won three of its last four home games vs. Nashville, dating back to 2009-10…Mike Cammalleri has 3g-3a-6pts in his last six games vs. the Predators…Kyle Palmieri has scored 5 career goals vs. Nashville, which is tied (Calgary) for his most vs. any opponent…Jordin Tootoo has 1g-1a-2pts and 0 PIM in six games vs. his former club…Eric Gelinas has 1g-2a-3pts in three career games vs. the Preds.
Connections: Jordin Tootoo was Nashville’s sixth choice (4th round) and the 98th overall selection in the 2001 Entry Draft. He spent the first eight seasons of his NHL career with the Predators from 2003-12.…General Manager Ray Shero served as Nashville’s Assistant GM from 1998-2006…New Jersey’s Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald played with Nashville from 1998-2002; Fitzgerald served the Predators as team captain during each of those four seasons…Predators’ Assistant Coach Phil Housley appeared in 22 games for New Jersey during the 1995-96 season.
Devils in Detail
- EARLY RETURNS: New additions Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak have made an immediate impact in the season’s first two games. Tlusty scored New Jersey’s first goal (PP) of the season on Friday vs. Winnipeg and picked up an assist on Saturday in Washington. Stempniak has registered a power play assist in each of the Devils’ first two games. Both players have been with the team for less than a month. Tlusty signed with New Jersey on Sept. 16, while Stempniak agreed to terms on his deal on Oct. 3 after attending training camp as a PTO.
- 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
- GREENE NAMED CAPTAIN: 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. Greene ranks sixth all-time among Devils’ defensemen in games-played (561), and is seventh in goals (31), assists (140) and points (171). He has played in a career-high 231 straight games since March 6, 2012, which stands as the second-longest stretch among defensemen in franchise history.
- CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.13 goals-against average (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.18) 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 Oct. 9 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 the season-opener Oct. 9 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 Oct. 9 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. Eric Gelinas, who wore no. 22 last season, joined 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).
- THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On October 13, 2007, New Jersey scored four third-period goals, including Patrik Elias’s game-winning/power play goal with just 0:28 remaining, in a 6-5 victory at Atlanta. Elias (2g-1a), Travis Zajac (1g-2a) and Paul Martin (3a) each registered 3pts in the contest.
- PROSPECT WATCH: Pavel Zacha, New Jersey’s first choice (sixth overall) in the 2015 Entry Draft, made his season debut with Sarnia (OHL) on Friday. Although he was held scoreless in the opener, Zacha posted 1g-1a-2pts on Saturday at Flint & assisted on the game-winning goal on Sunday vs. Sudbury.
- Mike Cammalleri – Needs 2 PPG for 100 in his career.
- Adam Larsson – Needs 6GP for 200 in his career.
- 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.
- John Moore (right arm) is out tonight.
- Patrik Elias (right knee, two games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
- Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 2
- Oct. 13 – Assigned F Reid Boucher to Albany (AHL). Recalled G Yann Danis from Albany under emergency conditions; he’s been assigned #40.
- 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.