Devils Pre-Game 11/17/15

New Jersey Devils (10-6-1) at Calgary Flames (6-12-1)

9:00 PM ET • Scotiabank Saddledome • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 11:30 AM (MST) morning skate at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Coming Into Tonight

  • With Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh, the Devils have now won ten of their last 13 games & have points in 11 of their last 14 contests (10-3-1=21pts).
  • Tonight’s contest opens a three-game road trip. The Devils are 5-2-0 on the road this season.
  • New Jersey is 4-3-1 vs. the Western Conference this season (1-0-0 on the road).

Last Game – November 14 – Devils 4 vs. Pittsburgh 0

  • The Devils are now 16-3-2 vs. the Penguins at Prudential Center since 2008-09.
  • New Jersey is now 4-3-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division thus far, including 2-1-0 at home.
  • The Devils improved to 5-4-1 at home.
  • New Jersey’s penalty kill unit was 3/3 and is 25/27 (92.6%) over the past nine games.
  • The Devils were 1/4 on the power play; they’ve scored on the PP in 11 of their 17 games this season (13/59, 22.0 %).
  • New Jersey outshot Pittsburgh, 37-21. The Devils’ 37 shots on goal were a season-high (previously, 33, Oct. 29 at Philadelphia).
  • Cory Schneider (21 saves) recorded his first shutout of the season/18th of his NHL career. It was his first shutout since Mar. 17 vs. Pittsburgh (also 21 saves). Schneider improved to 9-4-1 on the season. & has allowed two goals or less in each of his last seven starts.
  • The shutout was Schneider’s ninth as a Devil, which moves him past Johan Hedberg (8 ShO) into sole-possession of second place in team history.
  • Mike Cammalleri posted 1g-2a-3pts for his third 3pt. game of the season. Cammalleri scored his first power play goal of the season. He has 3g-3a-6pts over the last five games and leads the Devils with 6g-11a-17pts overall.
  • Lee Stempniak posted 1g-1a-2pts for his third multiple-point game in the last five contests (2g-4a-6pts). He was also a season-best +3 tonight.
  • David Schlemko scored his first career game-winning goal and has points in back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 20-22, 2014 (1g-1a-2pts).
  • Bobby Farnham scored in his first game vs. Pittsburgh since being claimed off waivers by the Devils on Oct. 26. He has 2g-1a-3pts in ten games with New Jersey.
  • Adam Henrique recorded 2a, his fifth multiple-point game of the season, and now has points in two straight (1g-2a-3pts) for the third time this season. Henrique was +3 and won 12/17 (70.6%) of his face-offs tonight.
  • John Moore posted 1a and now has points in back-to-back games (2a) for the first time since Mar. 24-26 (1g-2a-3pts).
  • Jordin Tootoo recorded an assist on Cammalleri’s goal, his first point since Oct. 22 at Ottawa (9 games).
  • Damon Severson also picked up an assist on Cammalleri’s goal. He leads all Devils’ defensemen with 0g-7a-7pts on the year.
  • Stefan Matteau (illness) did not play; Eric Gelinas was a healthy scratch.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Calgary finished its four game road trip with a record of 1-3-0 following a 4-1 loss at Chicago on Saturday. Nine of the Flames’ previous 12 games have been played on the road (4-7-1=9pts).
  • The Flames are 3-5-0 at home this season.
  • Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with 4g-13a-17pts but has been held scoreless over the past four games.
  • Sean Monahan has 4g-1a-5pts over the last five contests and ranks second (tie, Jiri Hulder, 4g-9a-13pts) on the club with 6g-7a-13pts overall. 
  • Rookie Sam Bennett, the fourth overall selection of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, has registered 4g-6a-1opts over the last 10 games.
  • Dougie Hamilton, who was acquired from Boston for Calgary’s first round pick & two second round selections in the 2015 Entry Draft, has 2g-3a-5pts in 19 games this season. 
  • David Jones scored the Flames’ only goal on Saturday in Chicago. It was the 99th of his NHL career.
  • Four of Calgary’s defensemen rank among the top 30 skaters in average TOI/game: T.J. Brodie (9th, 24:56), Kris Russell (20th, 24:01), Mark Giordano (21st, 24:00) and Dennis Wideman (23:20, 28th).
  • Karri Ramo has started each of Calgary’s last eight games. He’s 4-4-0 with a 3.01 goals-against average & .905 save-percentage during that span.

Devils vs. Flames

2014-15

Record: 0-1-1 (0-0-1 on the road)

Goals/Against: 5-8 (4-5 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 56-63 (29-37 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-5 (20.0%)/6-8 (75.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (2g-0a-2pts), Adam Henrique (1g-1a-2pts), Marek Zidlicky (0g-2a-2pts); Cgy. – Curtis Glencross (0g-3a-3pts), four players with 2pts each.

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 2.06 GAA, .920 save %), Scott Clemmensen (0-0-1, 3.69 GAA, .892 save %); Cgy. – Karri Ramo (2-0-0, 2.44 GAA, .911 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 17-32-8 (6-14-7 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 162-209 (84-107 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Lee Stempniak (9g-7a-16pts), Tuomo Ruutu (6g-7a-13pts), Mike Cammalleri (8g-4a-12pts); Cgy. – Dennis Wideman (8g-7a-15pts), Michael Frolik (5g-8a-13pts), Matt Stajan (7g-5a-12pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-4-0, 1.99 GAA, .936 save %); Cgy. – Karri Ramo (3-0-3, 1 ShO, 2.39 GAA, .926 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is looking to snap a five-game winless stretch vs. the Flames (0-4-1, last win, Nov. 24, 2010, 2-1 SO)…The Devils are looking for their first win in Calgary since a 1-0 OT victory on Dec. 23, 2007 (0-3-1)…Kyle Palmieri recorded 4g-1a-5pts in five games vs. the Flames last season.

Connections: David Schlemko played in 19 regular season and 15 playoff games with the Flames last season after being claimed on waivers from Dallas on Mar. 1; he was born in Edmonton, Alta…Lee Stempniak spent two-plus seasons with Calgary from 2011-14…Mike Cammalleri played three-plus seasons with Calgary: 2008-09 & 2012-14…Johnny Gaudreau is from Salem, NJ and played for Gloucester Catholic High School in 2009-10…Flames’ prospect Kenny Agostino hails from Morristown, NJ and won a Non-Public State Champion with Delbarton School in 2009-10.

Devils in Detail

  • GO WEST: New Jersey will open a three-game, Western Canadian road trip tonight. The Devils were 1-2-1 last season and are 3-10-3 in the Western Canadian cities (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver & Winnipeg) over the past five seasons.
  • CAMMA-RADERIE: Mike Cammalleri recorded 1g-2a-3pts on Saturday vs. Pittsburgh, his third multi-assist game of the season. He leads the Devils with 11a overall this season, and needs 4a to match his total from all of 2014-15. Cammalleri recorded 2a in a game just once last season and had four multi-assist games over the previous two seasons combined. He’s on pace for 53a this season, which would be a new career-high (2006-07, 46a).
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in each of his seven starts since Oct. 29. He’s 5-2-0 with one shutout, a 1.56 goals-against average & .944 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks third in the NHL in wins (9, tie), fifth in GAA (1.98) and ninth in save % (.928).
  • PK TIGHTENS UP: The Devils’ penalty-kill unit is 25/27 (92.6%) over the past nine games; they were 21/29 (72.4%) through the first eight games of the season. New Jersey’s PK is 46/56 (82.1%) overall, which ranks 10th (tie) 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 Nov. 8 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 Nov. 8 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 ten 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 21 shots and ranks third among all NHL skaters with a 28.6% shooting percentage.
  • PLAYING ROUGH: The Devils registered 49 penalty minutes on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver, their most since totaling 52 PIM Oct. 19, 2002 at Carolina (L, 1-3).
  • FINDING WAYS TO WIN CLOSE GAMES: With a 3-2 win in Chicago on Nov. 12, the Devils are now 7-1-1 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.
  • 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 246 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 2.11 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 17, 1993, Chris Terreri stopped all 30 shots he faced to shut out Buffalo at the Meadowlands. The Devils scored four goals against Dominik Hasek, who finished with a 1.95 GAA & went on to win his first Vezina Trophy that season.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 1 PPG for 100 in his career & 8a for 300 in his career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 9a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Jacob Josefson – Needs 3 GP to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 1 GP for 100 with NJ & 3a for 200 in his career.

Injuries

  • Stefan Matteau (illness, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, 13 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (right knee, 17 games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 37

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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