Devils Pre-Game 10/29/15

New Jersey Devils (4-4-1) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (4-2-2)

7:00 PM ET • Wells Fargo Center • MSG Network • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 11:30 AM morning skate at Wells Fargo Center.

Coming Into Tonight

  • The Devils are looking to win four straight games on the road for the first time since their seven-game stretch from Jan. 11-Feb. 21, 2012. That streak was the third-longest in team history (tie, Jan. 13-Feb. 6, 2009).
  • Tonight’s contest is the second of four consecutive games vs. divisional opponents. New Jersey is 1-2-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division thus far (1-1-0 on the road).
  • New Jersey is looking for its 100th win all-time vs. Philadelphia tonight; the Devils have 100 lifetime wins against just one other franchise (Pittsburgh, 101-73-18).

Last Game – October 27 – Devils 1 vs. Columbus 3

  • Cory Schneider made his sixth consecutive start in goal (11 saves), had his four-game personal winning streak snapped and fell to 4-2-1 overall.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored for New Jersey, his second of the season, both of which have come on the power play. He has 1g-1a-2pts over the past three games.
  • Travis Zajac registered the primary assist, giving him 2g-3a-5pts over the past four games. He was also 9/13 (69.2%) in the face-off circle.
  • Jiri Tlusty also assisted on Palmieri’s goal for his first point since October 10 at Washington (six games).
  • Damon Severson led New Jersey with a season-high four shots on goal.
  • Adam Henrique led the Devils in TOI with 22:59 & was a season-best 11/17 (64.7%) on face-offs.
  • Jon Merrill returned to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 16 vs. San Jose. He missed two games due to illness and was a healthy scratch for New Jersey’s previous two contests.
  • Stefan Matteau was a healthy scratch; he had played in four straight Oct. 18-24.
  • Bobby Farnham, who was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh on Monday, was also a healthy scratch.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Philadelphia lost, 4-3, in overtime to Buffalo on Tuesday but is 4-1-1=9pts over its last six games.
  • The Flyers will embark on a five-game road trip following tonight’s contest. Six of their first nine games (including tonight) have been played at Wells Fargo Center.
  • Dave Hakstol was named the 19th Head Coach in Flyers history on May 18, 2015. He previously served as Head Coach at the University of North Dakota for the past 11 seasons. Hakstol earned his first win in the NHL on Oct. 12 vs. Florida (1-0).
  • Mark Streit is Philadelphia’s leading scorer with 2g-4a-6pts. He has points in three straight coming into tonight (1g-4a-5pts), including a 3a performance Oct. 21 at Boston. Streit needs 10pts to reach 400 in his NHL career (86g-304a).
  • Scott Laughton also has a three-game scoring streak coming into tonight’s contest (1g-2a-3pts).
  • Brayden (2g) and Luke Schenn (2a) each recorded 2pts on Tuesday vs. Buffalo. Brayden leads the Flyers with 4g overall.
  • Captain Claude Giroux has 3g-2a-5pts  in eight games this season. He scored 2g, including the OT game-winner, in a 5-4 victory at Boston on Oct. 21.
  • Steve Mason has started four straight games & is 2-2-2 with a 3.43 GAA & .899 save % in six appearances overall.

Devils vs. Flyers

2014-15

Record: 3-1-0 (1-1-0 on the road)

Goals/Against: 17-12 (7-8 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 83-122 (44-75 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 3-12 (25.0%)/11-15 (73.3%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Adam Henrique (3g-3a-6pts), Scott Gomez (1g-5a-6pts), Jaromir Jagr (3g-2a-5pts); Phi. – Wayne Simmonds (3g-1a-4pts), Claude Giroux (1g-3a-4pts); Mark Streit (0g-4a-4pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (2-1-0, 3.01 GAA, .904 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .926 save %); Phi. – Ray Emery (1-1-0, 3.00 GAA, .857 save %), Steve Mason (0-2-0, 4.54 GAA, .778 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 99-75-20 (38-47-12 on road)

Goals For/Against: 589-585 (263-318 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (37g-46a-83pts), Travis Zajac (10g-19a-29pts), Adam Henrique (9g-6a-15pts); Phi. – Vincent Lecavalier (18g-29a-47pts), Claude Giroux (8g-20a-28pts), Mark Streit (4g-13a-17pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (2-2-0, 2.75 GAA, .912 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .926 save %); Phi. – Steve Mason (0-6-0, 3.78 GAA, .852 save %), Michal Neuvirth (4-2-4, 1.94 GAA, .933 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is 9-2-2 vs. Philadelphia over the past three seasons and has outscored the Flyers 42-24 during that span…Adam Henrique has 9g-6a-15pts in 17 career games vs. the Flyers, his most vs. any opponent; he has 5g-3a-8pts & is +9 over his last eight games vs. Philadelphia…Henrique scored three goals on three shots vs. Philadelphia in 2014-15…Andy Greene totaled 0g-4a-4pts and was +5 vs. the Flyers last season…Kyle Palmieri has 2g-1a-3pts in three career games vs. Philadelphia.

Connections: Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero’s father, Fred, served as Philadelphia’s Head Coach from 1971-78; the Flyers went to four Stanley Cup Finals under Shero and won back-to-back championships in 1974 & 75…Flyers’ President Paul Holmgren & Senior VP Bobby Clarke both played for Fred Shero during his tenure as Head Coach…Travis Zajac played under Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol at the University of North Dakota from 2004-06…John Moore was teammates with Steve Mason, R.J. Umberger and Jakub Voracek during his time spent with Columbus…Lee Stempniak and Luke Schenn both skated for Toronto from 2008-10…Adam Larsson and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare were teammates with Skelleftea (Sweden) for two seasons from 2009-11.

Devils in Detail

  • SHORT STORY: Adam Henrique recorded the tenth shorthanded goal of his NHL career on Oct. 24 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 Oct. 24 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 had points in a season-high four straight games (2g-6a-8pts) from Oct. 18-24 and leads the Devils with 3g-8a-11pts overall.
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak had a point in each game of New Jersey’s four-game winning streak from Oct. 18-24. Stempniak assisted on Adam Henrique’s first goal on Oct. 24 in Buffalo. On Oct. 22 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 238 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 .925 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 29, 1986, Kirk Muller established New Jersey’s single-game record with 3g-3a-6pts in the Devils’ 8-6 win at Pittsburgh.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 2 PPG for 100 in his career.
  • Stephen Gionta – Needs 3 GP for 200 in his career.
  • Kyle Palmieri – Needs 7pts for 100 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 1 GP for 100 with NJ & 3a for 200 in his career.

Injuries

  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, five games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (right knee, nine games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 18

Recent Transactions

  • Oct. 27 – Placed Tuomo Ruutu on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Oct. 16.
  • 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.

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