Devils Pre-Game 11/12/15

New Jersey Devils (8-6-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (8-6-1)

8:30 PM ET • United Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 11:30 AM (CT) morning skate at United Center.

Coming Into Tonight

  • Despite Tuesday’s loss to St. Louis, New Jersey has won eight of its last 11 games & has points in nine of its last 12 contests (8-3-1=17pts).
  • Beginning tonight, four of New Jersey’s next five games will be played on the road. The Devils are 4-2-0=8pts away from Prudential Center thus far.
  • Tonight’s contest also concludes a stretch of four consecutive games vs. Western Conference opponents. New Jersey is 3-3-1 vs. the West this season.

Last Game – November 10 – Devils 0 vs. St. Louis 2

  • New Jersey finished its three-game homestand 2-1-0 and fell to 4-4-1 at Prudential Center overall. 
  • The Devils were shut out for the first time since Mar. 21 vs. the New York Islanders. 
  • New Jersey has now lost four straight (0-4-0) to St. Louis.
  • The Blues outshot the Devils, 28-24.
  • Jacob Josefson led New Jersey with four shots on goal. 
  • Travis Zajac was 12/16 (75.0%) in the face-off circle and led all forwards with 22:38 of TOI. 
  • Andy Greene led the Devils in TOI overall with 23:56 of action.
  • Cory Schneider (26 saves) took the loss in goal and fell to 7-4-1 on the season.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Chicago is playing its first game since defeating Edmonton, 4-2, at United Center on Saturday
  • The Blackhawks are 7-1-1 and have outscored their opponents by a 28-17 margin at home this season.
  • Patrick Kane recorded a season-high 1g-3a-4pts last Saturday vs. Edmonton and is the NHL’s leading scorer with 10g-13a-23pts overall this season (tie, Tyler Seguin). He carries an ten-game scoring streak into tonight (7g-10a-17pts), which is the longest in the NHL this season (2nd, David Krejci, nine games, Oct. 8-30, 7g-8a-15pts).
  • Brent Seabrook ranks fifth (tie, John Carlson & Ryan Suter) among all NHL d’men with 4g-8a-12pts this season.
  • Jonathan Toews leads the league in face-off winning percentage at 60.2% (210/349).
  • Artemi Panarin has 2g-2a-4pts over the last two games and leads all NHL rookies in scoring with 4g-11a-15pts.
  • Kane (6g-12a-18pts) and Panarin (4g-7a-11pts) rank first and second (tie), respectively, among all NHL players in points scored at home.
  • Artem Anisimov posted 1g-1a-2pts on Saturday for the 200th & 201st points of his NHL career (92g-109a).
  • Corey Crawford made 34 saves and earned the win on Saturday vs. Edmonton. He’s 7-4-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average & .920 save-percentage in 12 appearances overall.

Devils vs. Blackhawks

2015-16

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals/Against: 4-2 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 26-29 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-2 (0.0%)/3-3 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Kyle Palmieri (1g-1a-2pts), Lee Stempniak (1g-1a-2pts), Travis Zajac (1g-1a-2pts), Damon Severson (2a); Chi. – Six players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .931 save %); Chi. – Corey Crawford (0-1-0, 9.00 GAA, .769 save %), Scott Darling (0-0-0, 1.76 GAA, .923 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 28-21-14 (12-13-6 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 189-195 (95-110 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Lee Stempniak (16g-15a-31pts), Mike Cammalleri (9g-8a-17pts), 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 (3-3-1, 3.06 GAA, .910 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .949 save %); Chi. – Corey Crawford (1-1-1, 2.07 GAA, .918 save %), Scott Darling (1-0-0, 1.82 GAA, .919 save %).

Notable: The Devils have lost two straight (0-2-0) and are 1-3-1 at Chicago since 2006-07 (last win, Nov. 3, 2010, 5-3); they’ve been outscored 8-3 in their previous two visits to United Center…Lee Stempniak has recorded more points vs. Chicago than any other NHL team (16g-15a-31pts)…Damon Severson now has 0g-3a-3pts in two career games vs. Chicago.

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

  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in each of his last five starts since Oct. 29. He ‘s 3-2-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average & .938 save-percentage during that stretch.
  • PK TIGHTENING UP: The Devils’ penalty-kill unit is 18/19 (94.7%) over the past seven games; they were 21/29 (72.4%) through the first eight games of the season. New Jersey’s PK is 39/48 (81.2%) overall, which ranks 14th in the NHL; they were 25th in the league on Oct. 27.
  • KYLE COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH: Kyle Palmieri scored his third career OT goal (PPG)/second game-winning goal of the season on Sunday vs. Vancouver. It was his second OT goal at Prudential Center, having also scored the OT game winner for Anaheim vs. the Devils on Dec. 20, 2013.
  • HENRIQUE-ING HAVOC: Adam Henrique scored his second shorthanded goal of the season on Sunday vs. Vancouver. Henrique’s 11 SHG since 2011-12 are the most among all NHL players during that span (tie, Brad Marchand and Brandon Sutter). He’s also tied Stephane Richer and Doug Brown for third in Devils’ history behind John Madden (17) and Patrik Elias (16).
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak has factored into the winning goal in five of New Jersey’s eight victories this season. 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. He then scored the game-deciding goal in the SO on Oct. 22 at Ottawa. Stempniak has also assisted on the GWG on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver (OT),  Nov. 6 vs. Chicago & Oct. 20 vs. Arizona.
  • SHARP SHOOTER: Travis Zajac has scored six goals on 19 shots this season and leads all NHL skaters with a 31.6% shooting percentage. Last season, Zajac did not score his sixth goal until Jan. 6 and finished with 11g overall.
  • PLAYING ROUGH: The Devils registered 49 penalty minutes on Sunday vs. Vancouver, their most since totaling 52 PIM Oct. 19, 2002 at Carolina (L, 1-3). New Jersey is averaging 11.9 PIM/game, which is tied (St. Louis) for third in the NHL.
  • FINDING WAYS TO WIN CLOSE GAMES: With Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win vs. Vancouver, the Devils are now 6-1-1 in games decided by one goal (3-0-1 at home).
  • 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.
  • 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 5g-9a-14pts overall.
  • 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 ten 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 244 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, Henrik Lundqvist, 2.16) and a .927 save % (2nd, 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 12, 2007, former captain Scott Stevens was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Stevens recorded 93g-337a-430pts and 1007 PIM in 956 regular season games with New Jersey from 1991-2004. He was a member of each of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup Championship teams and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2000.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 2 PPG for 100 in his career & 10a for 300 in his career.
  • Jacob Josefson – Needs 5 GP to reach 200 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, 11 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (right knee, 15 games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 32

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).

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