Devils Pre-Game 11/6/15

New Jersey Devils (6-5-1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (7-5-1)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus • News Radio 880 WCBS

Pre-Game Availability

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

Coming Into Tonight

  • The Devils are opening a three-game homestand tonight, which is tied (also, Feb. 14-19 & Apr. 5-9) for their longest of the season. 
  • Tonight’s contest also begins a stretch in which seven of New Jersey’s next eight games will be vs. Western Conference opponents. The Devils are 1-2-1 vs. the West thus far.
  • Despite Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders in Brooklyn, the Devils have won six of their last eight games and have points in seven of their last nine contests (6-2-1=13pts).

Last Game – November 3 – Devils 1 at NY Islanders 2

  • New Jersey had its four-game road winning streak snapped.
  • The Devils were 1/5 on the power play and are 10/44 (22.7%) on the season overall; New York had successfully killed 29 straight power plays prior to Travis Zajac’s third period goal. 
  • The Islanders outshot the Devils, 34-24.
  • Cory Schneider made his ninth consecutive start in goal (32 saves) and fell to 6-3-1 overall.
  • Travis Zajac scored his fifth goal of the season (fourth on the power play) and has 5g-3a-8pts over his last seven appearances. He’s matched his PPG total from all of last season and is just two shy of his career high (6, 2009-10 & 2006-07).
  • Kyle Palmieri collected the primary assist on Zajac’s goal and now has 2g-3a-5pts over the past four games. Palmieri leads New Jersey with 2g-4a-6pts on the power play. He also led the Devils with four hits.
  • Eric Gelinas also assisted on Zajac’s goal, his second in the past three games. Gelinas has 1g-2a-3pts on the season, all coming on the power play.
  • Brian O’Neill led the Devils with a career-high four shots on goal.
  • Adam Henrique led New Jersey in TOI with 22:46 and was 11/17 (64.7%) in face-offs.
  • Stephen Gionta appeared in his 200th NHL game.
  • Jiri Tlusty missed his second game due to an upper body injury.
  • Stefan Matteau was a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Chicago lost, 6-5, in overtime to St. Louis on Wednesday and is 1-2-1 over its last four games.
  • The Blackhawks have lost four straight on the road and are 1-4-0 away from United Center overall.
  • Patrick Kane ranks third in the NHL with 8g-10a-18pts this season. He carries an eight-game scoring streak into tonight (5g-7a-12pts), which is the second-longest in the NHL this season (David Krejci, nine games, Oct. 8-30, 7g-8a-15pts).
  • Brent Seabrook has points in seven consecutive games (3g-7a-10pts), which is tied (John Klingberg, Oct. 17-31, 2g-7a-9pts)  for the longest stretch by a defenseman this season. He’s sixth (tie, Ryan Suter & Victor Hedman) among all NHL d’men with 4g-7a-11pts overall.
  • Jonathan Toews has scored five goals this season (all over the past six games) including OT goals in back-to-back games Oct. 24 vs. Tampa Bay & Oct. 26 vs. Anaheim.
  • Artemi Panarin leads all NHL rookies with nine assists and is tied (Max Domi) for second in points among first year players with 11.
  • Corey Crawford has started seven of Chicago’s last eight games and is 5-1-1, including back-to-back OT shutouts Oct. 24-26, during that stretch. Crawford is 6-3-1 with a 2.20 goals-against average & .924 save-percentage in 10 appearances overall.

Devils vs. Blackhawks

2014-15

Record: 0-1-1 (0-0-1 at home)

Goals/Against: 3-6 (2-3 at home)

Shots For/Against: 50-74 (24-39 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-3 (0.0%)/6-7 (85.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Steve Bernier (0g-2a-2pts), six others with 1pt each; Chi. – Marian Hossa (1g-2a-3pts), Duncan Keith (1g-1a-2pts), Jonathan Toews (1g-1a-2pts), Brent Seabrook (0g-2a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .941 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .949 save %); Chi. – Corey Crawford (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .962 save %), Scott Darling (1-0-0, 1.85 GAA, .917 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 27-21-14 (15-8-8 at home)

Goals For/Against: 185-193 (90-83 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Lee Stempniak (15g-14a-29pts), Mike Cammalleri (8g-8a-16pts), Patrik Elias (7g-8a-15pts), Jordin Tootoo (3g-8a-11pts); Chi. – Marian Hossa (19g-23a-42pts), Michal Rozsival (3g-9a-12pts), Brent Seabrook (2g-9a-11pts); Artem Anisimov (4g-7a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (2-3-1, 3.22 GAA, .907 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .949 save %); Chi. – Corey Crawford (1-0-1, 0.96 GAA, .958 save %), Scott Darling (1-0-0, 1.85 GAA, .917 save %).

Notable: The Devils are winless in their last four games vs. the Blackhawks (last win, Mar. 27, 2012, 2-1 SO at Prudential Center) & have been outshot 89-135 during that stretch…New Jersey will visit Chicago & close-out the season series on Thursday, Nov. 12 at United Center…Lee Stempniak has recorded more points vs. Chicago than any other NHL team (15g-14a-29pts)…Stephen Gionta has 2g-1a-3pts in three games vs. the Blackhawks.

Connections: Stefan Matteau was born in Chicago…John Moore hails from Winnetka, Illinois…Tuomo Ruutu was Chicago’s first choice, ninth overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. He played four-plus seasons with the Hawks from 2003-2008 before being traded to Carolina on Feb. 26, ’08…Chicago’s Head Coach Joel Quenneville and Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen were members of the first New Jersey Devils team in 1982-83…John Quenneville, New Jersey’s first pick, 30th overall, in the 2014 Entry Draft is Joel’s second cousin…Travis Zajac and Jonathan Toews are both from Winnipeg & were teammates on the University of North Dakota club that advanced to the Frozen Four in 2005-06…Trevor van Riemsdyk is a native of Middletown, NJ.

Devils in Detail

  • FINDING WAYS TO WIN CLOSE GAMES: Despite Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders in Brooklyn, the Devils are 5-1-1 in games decided by one goal. New Jersey is 2-0-1 in one-goal games at Prudential Center, including a 3-2 SO win over the Isles in their last game at The Rock on Oct. 31
  • SHOOTOUT SUCCESS: With a 3-2 SO victory over the NY Islanders on Oct. 31, New Jersey is now 6-3 in its last nine shootouts dating back to Dec. 19, 2014 vs. Tampa Bay. The Devils had lost 22/23, including an NHL record 18 consecutive shootouts from Mar. 15, 2013-Oct. 24, 2014. Jacob Josefson has scored on 6/7 shootout attempts during that stretch.
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils were 1/5 on the power play on Nov. 3 at the NY Islanders and have connected on 6/23 (26.1%) of their chances over the last six games. New Jersey is fifth(tie, five others) with ten power play goals overall and ranks eighth in PP% at 22.7% (10/44). Travis Zajac leads the league (tie, six others) with 4 PPG & Kyle Palmieri ranks fifth in the NHL (tie, eight others) with 2g-4a-6pts with the man-advantage.
  • 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. 
  • GREENE TIES DANO: Andy Greene recorded his 142nd career assist on Oct. 18 at the New York Rangers to tie Ken Daneyko for sixth among Devils’ defensemen all-time. Joe Cirella (147a) is fifth. With 32 career goals/174 career points, Greene is also just four 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, 8 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 241 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, 2.17) 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 (22), and Rick Nash (17).
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On November 6, 1989, the Devils defeated the New York Rangers, 6-5 at Brendan Byrne Arena. Mark Johnson (2g-1a) and Patrik Sundstrom (1g-2a) each recorded three-points.
  • PROSPECT WATCH: John Quenneville had points in back-to-back games last weekend (2g-2a-4pts), including 1g-2a-3pts (GWG) on Oct. 31 at Kootenay. Quenneville has 9g-10a-19pts in 14 games with Brandon (WHL) this season.

Milestone Watch

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

Injuries

  • Jiri Tlusty (shoulder, two games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, eight games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (right knee, 12 games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 26

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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