Devils Pre-Game 10/16/15

New Jersey Devils (0-3-0) vs. San Jose Sharks (3-0-0)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

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

Coming Into Tonight

  • The Devils will look to avoid opening a season 0-4-0 for just the second time in team history. New Jersey lost four straight games at the start of the 2001-02 campaign, but finished 41-28-9-4=95pts and qualified for the playoffs.
  • New Jersey is playing against a Western Conference opponent for the third time in four games. The Devils were 9-15-4 vs. the West last season, including 5-7-2 at The Rock.
  • Cory Schneider could make his second start of the season tonight. He did not play last Saturday at Washington and missed Tuesday’s game vs. Nashville due to the birth of his son, Wyatt. Schneider started a career-high 20 consecutive games to open last season, the longest such stretch in Devils’ history.
  • The Devils will face-off against former Head Coach Peter DeBoer for the first time tonight. DeBoer coached the Devils for three-plus seasons and led the club to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. He was named San Jose’s Head Coach on May 28.

Last Game – Devils 1 vs. Nashville 3

  • New Jersey fell to 0-3-0 for just the second time in team history (2001-02, 0-4-0).
  • The Devils outshot the Predators, 23-20, marking the first time they have outshot an opponent this season.
  • Kyle Palmieri (PP) scored his first goal as a Devil and now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts).
  • Andy Greene recorded the primary assist for his first point of 2015-16 and has already equaled his power play output from a season ago (0g-1a-1pt in 82 games played). Greene also led the team with a season-high 27:24 of TOI.
  • Jacob Josefson also assisted on the goal for his first point of the season.
  • John Moore (right arm) missed his first game of the season due to injury.
  • Keith Kinkaid (17 saves + 2 ENG) made consecutive starts for the first time in his NHL career.
  • Lee Stempniak led the Devils with three shots on goal.
  • Tuomo Ruutu and Damon Severson returned to the lineup after being healthy scratches on Saturday at Washington.
  • John Moore (right arm) missed his first game of the season due to injury.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • San Jose improved to 3-0-0 with a 5-0 victory at Washington on Tuesday.
  • New captain Joe Pavelski leads the Sharks with 1g-3a-4pts and is +4.
  • Goaltender Martin Jones, who acquired by San Jose from Boston in exchange for a first round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft and Sean Kuraly on June 30, is 3-0-0 with two shutouts, a 0.33 goals-against average & .987 save-percentage in his first three starts as a Shark. Jones is 19-11-2 with nine ShOs, a 1.84 GAA & .929 save % in 37 career NHL games.
  • Former Devils’ defenseman Paul Martin played in his 700th NHL game on Tuesday at Washington.
  • Patrick Marleau recorded 1a on Tuesday and is now just nine points shy of 1,000 for his NHL career (458g-533a-991pts).
  • Joel Ward, who signed with the Sharks as a free agent on July 3 following four seasons with the Capitals, recorded 2a last Saturday vs. Anaheim for his first points with the club.
  • Joonas Donskol made his NHL debut and scored a goal in the season-opener October 7 at Los Angeles.

Devils vs. Sharks

2014-15

Record: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 7-6 (2-4 at home)

Shots For/Against: 71-68 (37-32 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-6 (16.7%)/6-8 (75.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Adam Henrique (1g-2a-3pts), Mike Cammalleri (2g-0a-2pts), Jacob Josefson (1g-1a-2pts), Jon Merrill (0g-2a-2pts); SJ – Joe Pavelski (2g-2a-4pts), Logan Couture (1g-2a-3pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 2.51 GAA, .925 save %); SJ – Antti Niemi (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .946 save %), Alex Stalock (0-1-0, 5.02 GAA, .853 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 18-12-3 (10-6-2 at home)

Goals For/Against: 106-82 (62-44 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (13g-15a-28pts), Patrik Elias (10g-10a-20pts), Lee Stempniak (5g-5a-10pts); SJ –  Joe Thornton (19g-27a-46pts), Patrick Marleau (9g-9a-18pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-5-1, 3.39 GAA, .909 save %); SJ – Alex Stalock (1-1-0, 3.51 GAA, .877 save %), Martin Jones (0-0-0, 3.72 GAA, .769 save %).

Notable: New Jersey has lost its last three home games vs. San Jose (0-2-1) & is looking for its first win vs. the Sharks at Prudential Center since Feb. 11, 2011 (2-1)…New Jersey was 7-3-2 vs. Peter DeBoer as Head Coach of the Florida Panthers from 2008-11…Adam Henrique has 2g-3a-5pts in four career games vs. San Jose…Jon Merrill has 0g-3a-3pts in three appearances  vs. the Sharks…Joe Thornton’s 46 career points vs. the Devils is the fourth-most among active players…Paul Martin has 1g-3a-4pts in 20 games vs. the Devils.

Connections: Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer served the Devils in the same capacity from Jul. 19, 2011-Dec. 26, 2014. He led New Jersey to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final…Sharks Assistant/Goaltending coach Johan Hedberg played for the Devils for three seasons from 2010-2013 & served as Albany’s (AHL) goaltending coach last season…San Jose defenseman Paul Martin was New Jersey’s fifth choice (second round), 62nd overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft and played six seasons with the Devils from 2003- 2010.

Devils in Detail

  • POWER PLAY CLICKING: New Jersey has scored a power play goal in each of its first three games. The Devils are 3/9 with the man-advantage overall and their 33.3% conversion rate is second-best (tie, Boston & Winnipeg) in the NHL.
  • PALMIERI MAKING AN IMPACT: Kyle Palmieri scored a power play goal on Tuesday vs. Nashville, his first as a Devil, and now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts). He 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.
  • 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 (562), and is seventh in goals (31), assists (141) and points (172). He has played in a career-high 232 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 GAA (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.18) and a .927 save % (2nd, Henrik Lundqvist & Tuukka Rask, .924) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11.
  • ROCK SOLID: Cory Schneider 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 26-18-10 with five shutouts, a 1.76 GAA & .934 save % in 56 career games played at The Rock.
  • 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 16, 1989, New Jersey acquired Toronto’s first round choice in the 1991 Entry Draft from the Maple Leafs in exchange for Tom Kurvers. The Devils would use that pick to select defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who would go on to become an integral part of each of the team’s three Stanley Cup Championships.
  • PROSPECT WATCH: Mackenzie Blackwood, New Jersey’s second choice (42nd overall) in 2015, stopped 32/33 shots last night in Barrie’s (OHL) 2-1 win over Owen Sound. Blackwood is now 5-2-0 with one shutout, a 1.70 GAA & .953 save % over his first seven starts.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 2 PPG for 100 in his career.
  • Stephen Gionta – Needs 9 GP for 200 in his career.
  • Adam Larsson – Needs 5 GP for 200 in his career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 2 GP for 100 with NJ & 3a for 200 in his career.
  • Cory Schneider – Needs 3 wins for 100 in his career.

Injuries

  • John Moore (right arm, one game missed) has resumed practicing.
  • Patrik Elias (right knee, three games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 2

Recent Transactions

  • Oct. 14 – Assigned G Yann Danis to Albany (AHL); recalled F Reid Boucher from Albany.
  • Oct. 13 – Assigned F Reid Boucher to Albany (AHL). Recalled G Yann Danis from Albany under emergency conditions.
  • 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.

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