Devils Pre-Game 10/18/15

New Jersey Devils (0-3-1) at New York Rangers (3-2-0)

1:00 PM ET • Madison Square Garden • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media at 10:45 AM outside of the Devils’ locker room. Select player availability to follow.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is looking for its first win of the season this afternoon (0-3-1) & to avoid going winless through its five games for just the second time in team history (2013-14, 0-4-3).
  • The Devils have dropped six straight games (0-5-1) to the Rangers entering today (last win, Dec. 7, 2013, 4-3 OT), but are 2-2-0 in their last four games at Madison Square Garden.
  • Cory Schneider will make his third start of the season/first vs. a Metropolitan Division opponent. Schneider was 8-12-5 with three shutouts, a 2.45 GAA & .920 save % in 26 intra-divisional games last season.
  • John Moore and Lee Stempniak are expected to face their former team for the first time since being traded by the Rangers on Mar. 1, 2015. Moore was dealt to Arizona, Stempniak to Winnipeg.

Last Game – Devils 1 vs. San Jose 2 (SO)

  • The Devils picked up their first point of the season (0-3-1).
  • New Jersey was 1/6 on the power play and has now scored a PPG in each of its first four games (4/15, 26.7% overall).
  • The Sharks outshot the Devils, 34-32.
  • New Jersey fell to 61-57 all-time in the shootout & 37-29 at home. 
  • Cory Schneider (33 saves + 0/2 SO) made his second start of the season. He also stopped Patrick Marleau’s penalty shot in the second period and has now saved 9/11 in his NHL career & 4/6 as a Devil.
  • Schneider last faced a penalty shot on March 31, 2015 (vs. Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus, Score).
  • Schneider has faced a penalty shot in each of the Devils’ last two games vs. the Sharks at Prudential Center. He stopped Tommy Wingels’ attempt in last season’s home opener on Oct. 18 at The Rock.
  • Devils’ goaltenders have stopped 28/42 penalty shots in team history.
  • Adam Henrique scored a power play goal at 16:22 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1 and force overtime. It was Henrique’s second goal of the season & first on the power play. He also scored the Devils’ only goal in the shootout; it was just the second shootout goal of his career (2/13, 15.4%).
  • Henrique led New Jersey with a season-high seven shots on goal & led all forwards with 23:49 of TOI.
  • Damon Severson and Jordin Tootoo assisted on the goal, their first points of the season. It was Severson’s first assist since March 23 vs. Los Angeles (11 games) and Tootoo’s first since March 14 vs. Arizona (16 games).
  • Andy Greene led the Devils with 25:09 of TOI overall.
  • Travis Zajac missed the game due to a lower body injury.
  • John Moore returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday’s game with a right arm injury.
  • Eric Gelinas and Stefan Matteau were the healthy scratches.

Today’s Opponent

  • New York was shut out, 3-0 at Montreal, on Thursday and fell to 3-2-0.
  • Today’s contest opens a set of back-to-back games. The Rangers will host San Jose tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.
  • Rookie Oscar Lindberg leads the Rangers and is tied for fourth in the NHL with 4g.
  • J.T. Miller (0g-4a-4pts) is tied with Lindberg for the team-scoring lead.
  • Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has started all five games for New York and boasts a 2.21 GAA & .933 save %.
  • Rick Nash is 2pts away from reaching the 700-mark in his NHL career (378g-320a-698pts). He’s the only NHL player who has registered 20-or-more goals in each of the last 11 seasons (2003-15)
  • Dan Girardi has 199 career points (40g-159a) entering today’s game; Marc Staal has 99 career assists.
  • Derek Stepan has posted 10g-12a-22pts and is +15 in 24 career games vs. New Jersey.

Devils vs. Rangers

2014-15

Record: 0-3-1 (0-2-0 on the road)

Goals/Against: 7-17 (2-9 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 108-125 (56-60 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 4-15 (16.7%)/10-14 (71.4%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Steve Bernier (2g-1a-3pts), Adam Henrique (1g-1a-2pts), Jaromir Jagr (1g-1a-2pts), Travis Zajac (0g-2a-2pts), Tuomo Ruutu (0g-2a-2pts); NYR – Derek Stepan (4g-1a-5pts), Ryan McDonagh (1g-4a-5pts), Martin St. Louis (0g-5a-5pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 3.79 GAA, .885 save %), Cory Schneider (0-3-1, 3.70 GAA, .876 save %); NYR – Henrik Lundqvist (3-0-0, 1.64 GAA, .943 save %), Cam Talbot (1-0-0, 2.01 GAA, .905 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 85-82-28 (31-46-20 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 574-616 (255-324 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (23g-50a-73pts), Travis Zajac (12g-12a-25pts), Tuomo Ruutu (5g-8a-13pts); NYR – Derek Stepan (10g-12a-22pts), Dan Girardi (2g-16a-18pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-4-1, 2.52 GAA, .912 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 3.79 GAA, .885 save %); NYR – Henrik Lundqvist (33-14-6, 1.86 GAA, .932 save %), Antti Raanta (2-0-0, 2.50 GAA, .872 save %).

Notable: In 2014-15, the Devils went winless (0-3-1) vs. the Rangers in a season series for just the second time (1993-94, 0-6-0)…New Jersey has 199 points in the all-time series vs. New York…The Devils will play the Rangers three times in the span of 22 days from Feb 2-23…Mike Cammalleri is averaging a point per-game in his career vs. the Rangers (7g-17a-10pts in 17 games)…Kyle Palmieri, who was born in Smithtown, NY, scored the game-winning goal at Madison Square Garden in Anaheim’s 2-1 win over the Rangers on Nov. 4, 2013.

Connections: Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero’s father, Fred, played three seasons with the Rangers from 1947-50 & served as their Head Coach from 1978-80…John Moore spent parts of three seasons with New York from 2013-15…Lee Stempniak appeared in 53 games for the Rangers in 2014-15…Kyle Palmieri and Rangers’ forward Emerson Etem were both acquired in trades from Anaheim this past off-season; they were teammates with the Ducks for three seasons from 2012-15…Stefan Matteau is the son of former Ranger Stephane Matteau…Rangers SVP/Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld was New Jersey’s Coach for parts of three seasons from Jan. 26, 1988-Nov. 6 1989…Adam Larsson and Rangers center Oscar Lindberg are both from Skelleftea, Sweden.

Devils in Detail

  • POWER PLAY CLICKING: New Jersey has scored a power play goal in each of its first four games. The Devils are 4/15 with the man-advantage overall and their 26.7% conversion rate ranks fifth (tie, Nashville & Minnesota) in the NHL.
  • CARRYING THE LOAD: Andy Greene is averaging 24:53 of TOI/G which leads the Devils and ranks tenth in the NHL. Travis Zajac, who did not play Friday vs. San Jose but did practice with the team yesterday, is second among all NHL forwards with 21:14 TOI/G.
  • 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 (563), 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 2.12 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.
  • 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 was 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 18, 2008, Patrik Elias recorded 2a to reach/surpass Scott Niedermayer’s franchise record of 411 in a 4-3 shootout win at Washington.
  • PROSPECT WATCH: Miles Wood, New Jersey’s third choice (fourth round) and the 100th overall selection in 2013, recorded 2a in Boston College’s (HE) 6-0 win over Wisconsin on Friday and leads the Eagles with 1g-4a-5pts through three games. Wood’s B.C. teammates include Steven Santini, New Jersey’s first choice (second round), 42nd overall, in 2013 and J.D. Dudek, a sixth-round selection in 2014.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 2 PPG for 100 in his career.
  • Stephen Gionta – Needs 8 GP for 200 in his career.
  • Adam Larsson – Needs 4 GP for 200 in his career.
  • Tuomo RuutuNeeds 1 GP for 100 with NJ & 3a for 200 in his career.
  • Cory Schneider – Needs 3 wins for 100 in his career.

Injuries

  • Travis Zajac (lower body, one game missed) practiced yesterday.
  • Patrik Elias (right knee, four games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 6

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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