Devils Pre-Game 10/27/15

New Jersey Devils (4-3-1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (1-8-0)

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

  • New Jersey is looking to win five straight for the first time since Feb. 2-10, 2013. 
  • Each of the Devils’ next four games will be played vs. divisional opponents. New Jersey is 1-1-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division thus far.
  • The trio of Mike Cammalleri (2g-6a), Adam Henrique (4g-3a) and Lee Stempniak (2g-3a) has combined for 8g-12a-20pts during the Devils’ four-game winning streak.
  • Cory Schneider is expected to make his sixth consecutive start in goal; he’s looking to win five straight starts for the first time since his six-game winning streak from Mar. 19-28, 2013 (2 ShO, 0.99 GAA & .954 save%).

Last Game – October 24 – Devils 4 at Buffalo 3

  • The Devils won their fourth straight and equaled their longest-winning streak from all of last season (Feb. 17-23).
  • It was the club’s third straight win on the road, which matches its longest road-winning streak from 2014-15, as well (Oct. 9-14).
  • The Devils now have points in 13 of their last 14 games vs. the Sabres (9-1-4=22pts). Buffalo outshot New Jersey, 29-28.
  • Cory Schneider (26 saves) picked up the win in goal and has now won four consecutive starts for the first time as a Devil.
  • Adam Henrique tied a career-high with 2g-1a-3pts, including an unassisted, shorthanded goal (GW). He now has three multi-point outings in the last four games (4g-3a-7pts) & has 5g-3a-8pts over his last five.
  • Mike Cammalleri posted 1g-2a-3pts for his second straight 3pt. game. He extended his point-scoring streak to a season-high four straight (2g-6a-8pts) and leads the Devils with 3g-8a-11pts overall.
  • David Schlemko also scored, his first with New Jersey/since Nov. 22, 2014 (42 games).
  • Adam Larsson appeared in his 200th NHL game.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Columbus snapped its season-opening, eight-game losing streak with a 4-3 win at Colorado on Saturday.
  • Tonight’s contest is the third of a four-game road trip. Eleven of the Blue Jackets first 17 games will be played on the road.
  • The Blue Jackets have been outscored 40-19 this season, including 32-12 in the second & third periods.
  • John Tortorella was named the head coach of the Blue Jackets on Oct. 21. He has a career NHL coaching record of 446-375-115 (.538) in 936 games with Tampa Bay, the New York Rangers and Vancouver.
  • Boone Jenner scored 2g on Saturday on leads Columbus with 5g overall.
  • Ryan Johansen is the club’s leading scorer with 1g-5a-6pts in eight games. He needs 1a to reach the 100-mark in his NHL career.
  • Brandon Dubinsky scored the game-winner on Saturday and has goals in back-to-back games. He has 14g-15a-29pts in 38 career games vs. the Devils, including 4g-6a-10pts over his last six vs. New Jersey.
  • Brandon Saad has 3g-1a-4pts in his first nine games as a Blue Jacket. He was acquired in a trade from Chicago on June 30.
  • Scott Hartnell recorded his 600th NHL point with a power play goal on Oct. 16 vs. Toronto.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky is 1-6-0 with a 4.45 GAA & .852 save % in seven games this season.
  • Curtis McElhinney is 0-2-0 with a 3.07 GAA & .891 save % in three appearances.

Devils vs. Blue Jackets

2014-15

Record: 2-1-1 (1-1-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 9-8 (5-5 at home)

Shots For/Against: 97-122 (52-58 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 4-17 (23.5%)/11-13 (84.6%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (2g-1a-3pts), Adam Henrique (1g-2a-3pts); CBJ – Nick Foligno (2g-2a-4pts), Brandon Dubinsky (2g-1a-3pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (2-1-1, 1 ShO, 2.00 GAA, .934 save %); CBJ – Sergei Bobrovsky (2-0-0, 2.01 GAA, .918 save %), Curtis McElhinney (0-1-0, 1.01 GAA, .944 save %), Anton Forsberg (0-1-0, 3.04 GAA, .897 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 11-5-4 (6-1-2 at home)

Goals For/Against: 54-46 (25-17 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Lee Stempniak (7g-17a-24pts), Mike Cammalleri (11g-10a-21pts), Tuomo Ruutu (5g-14a-19pts); CBJ – Brandon Dubinsky (14g-15a-29pts), Scott Hartnell (11g-9a-20pts), Nick Foligno (5g-6a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (9-3-2, 2 ShO, 2.04 GAA, .930 save %); CBJ – Sergei Bobrovsky (4-3-1, 3.33 GAA, .890 save %), Curtis McElhinney (3-1-0, 1.61 GAA, .934 save %).

Notable: New Jersey’s 3-2 loss to Columbus on Mar. 6, 2014 was its first ever in regulation vs. the Blue Jackets at home…The Devils are 3-3-2 vs. Columbus since the formation of the Metropolitan Division in 2013-14…Cory Schneider’s nine wins vs. the Blue Jackets are his most vs. any opponent…Adam Henrique has 4g-3a-7pts over his last eight games vs. Columbus…Jordin Tootoo’s 126 career PIM vs. the Blue Jackets are his most vs. any team.

Connections: John Moore was Columbus’ first choice, 21st overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft; he saw action in 86 games with the Blue Jackets from 2011-13…Mike Cammalleri and Blue Jackets forward Rene Bourque were teammates with Calgary during the 2008-09 season. Cammalleri was also traded by Montreal (along with Karri Ramo and a fifth-round draft choice) back to Calgary for Bourque, Patrick Holland and second-round draft pick on Jan. 12, 2012…Columbus forward David Clarkson played six-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2006-13…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald and Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell were teammates with Nashville for parts of two seasons from 2000-02…Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron held the same position with Columbus for nine seasons prior to being hired by the Devils on July 31.

Devils in Detail

  • SHORT STORY: Adam Henrique recorded the tenth shorthanded goal of his NHL career on Saturday at Buffalo. His ten SHG since 2011-12 ranks third (tie, Cal Clutterbuck) in the NHL during that span, trailing only Brad Marchand and Brandon Sutter (11 each). Henrique also moved into a tie for fifth in Devils’ history with Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rolston and John MacLean.
  • THREE-PEAT: Mike Cammalleri posted 1g-2a-3pts on Saturday at Buffalo for his second consecutive 3pt. game (also 3a Oct. 22 at Ottawa). It’s the fourth time in his career that Cammalleri has recorded back-to-back 3pt. efforts (last time, Mar. 21-22, 2014, 3g-3a-6pts). Cammalleri has points in a season-high four straight games (2g-6a-8pts) and leads the Devils with 3g-8a-11pts overall.
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak has a point in each game of New Jersey’s four-game winning streak. Stempniak assisted on Adam Henrique’s first goal on Saturday in Buffalo. On Thursday at Ottawa, he scored at 19:28 of the third period to tie the game/force OT and netted the game-deciding goal in the shootout. On Oct. 20 vs. Arizona, Stempniak assisted on Adam Larsson’s OT goal. Stempniak gave the Devils their first win of the season by scoring in OT vs. the NY Rangers on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden. 
  • ONE FOR THE BOOKS: On Oct. 22 at Ottawa, the Devils won (5-4 SO) after overcoming a two-goal deficit in the last six minutes of the third period for the first time in team history on the road & the fourth time overall (last time, Feb. 5, 2010, 4-3 vs. Toronto). (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
  • HYNES TIES RECORD: With a 5-4 SO win in Ottawa on Oct. 22, John Hynes became just the third coach in NHL history to record his first three wins in overtime or a shootout. He joined Charlie Querrie, who won three straight OT games with the Toronto St. Patricks in 1923, and Todd Richards, who won two OT & one SO as Minnesota’s Head Coach in 2009. (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
  • D’MEN ARE OT HEROES: Including Adam Larsson’s  overtime goal on Oct. 20 vs. Arizona, six of the Devils’ last nine OT game-winners have been scored by a defenseman. 
  • SHORT GAME: Travis Zajac scored a shorthanded goal on Oct. 20 vs. Arizona; three of his last seven goals since Jan. 6 have come on the penalty kill. With six career SHG, Zajac is now tied (Kirk Muller, Mark Johnson & Mel Bridgman) for 11th in Devils’ history.
  • GREENE TIES DANO: Andy Greene recorded his 142nd career assist on Sunday at the New York Rangers to tie Ken Daneyko for sixth among Devils’ defensemen all-time. Joe Cirella (147a) is fifth. With 31 career goals/173 career points, Greene is also just five goals/points behind Daneyko (36g/178pts) for sixth in team history.
  • 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 Oct. 9. Mike Cammalleri, Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac will serve as alternates. He has played in a career-high 237 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, 2.16) and a .927 save % (2nd, Henrik Lundqvist, .925) 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 Max Pacioretty (23), Alex Ovechkin (21), and Rick Nash (17).
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On October 24, 2009, Travis Zajac  recorded 1g-1a-2pts and Martin Brodeur made 32 saves in New Jersey’s 4-1 win at Pittsburgh. 

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 2 PPG for 100 in his career.
  • Stephen Gionta – Needs 4 GP for 200 in his career.
  • Kyle Palmieri – Needs 8pts for 100 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 1 GP for 100 with NJ & 3a for 200 in his career.

Injuries

  • Tuomo Ruutu (right foot fracture, four games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (right knee, eight games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 16

Recent Transactions

  • Oct. 26 – Claimed F Bobby Farnham off waivers from Pittsburgh.
  • Oct. 21 – Assigned F Reid Boucher to Albany (AHL).
  • Oct. 14 – Assigned G Yann Danis to Albany; recalled F Reid Boucher from Albany.
  • Oct. 13 – Assigned F Reid Boucher to Albany . Recalled G Yann Danis from Albany under emergency conditions.
  • Oct. 6 – Assigned D Seth Helgeson to Albany. 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.
  • Oct. 3 – RW Lee Stempniak agreed to terms on a one-year/$850,000 contract.

Game Resources

Tonight’s Press Meal

  • Pizzeria Salad/ Dressing
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Green Beans
  • Penne with Marinara Sauce
  • Dinner Rolls & Butter
  • Chef’s Choice: Assorted Dessert
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