Devils Pre-Game 11/20/15

New Jersey Devils (10-7-1) at Edmonton Oilers (6-12-1)

9:00 PM ET • Rexall Place • MSG Plus 2 • News Radio 880 WCBS

Pre-Game Availability

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

Coming Into Tonight

  • Despite Tuesday’s 3-2 loss at Calgary, the Devils have won ten of their last 14 games & have points in 11 of their last 15 contests (10-4-1=21pts).
  • Tonight’s contest continues their three-game road trip. The Devils are 5-3-0 on the road this season.
  • New Jersey is 4-4-1 vs. the Western Conference this season (1-1-0 on the road).
  • Keith Kinkaid is expected to get the start in goal tonight.

Last Game – November 17 – Devils 2 at Calgary 3

  • The Devils are winless in their last five games in Calgary (0-4-1, last win Dec. 23, 2007, 1-0 OT) & in their last six games vs. the Flames overall (0-5-1, last win Nov. 24, 2010, 2-1 SO).
  • The Devils were 1/3 on the power play; they’ve scored on the PP in 12 of their 18 games this season (14/62, 22.6 %).
  • Calgary outshot New Jersey, 30-20.
  • Cory Schneider (27 saves) made his fourth consecutive start in goal and fell to 9-5-1 on the season.
  • Bobby Farnham and Jordin Tootoo (PPG) scored for  the Devils.
  • The goal was Farnham’s second in as many games.
  • Tootoo has points in back-to-back games for the first time this season (1g-1a-2pts).
  • Mike Cammalleri recorded an assist on Tootoo’s goal and now has 3g-4a-7pts over the past six contests.
  • Lee Stempniak also assisted on Tootoo’s tally, giving him 2g-5a-7pts over his last six appearances.
  • Stephen Gionta collected the primary assist on Farnham’s marker, his first point since Oct. 31 vs. the NY Islanders.
  • Brian O’Neill also assisted on Farnham’s goal, the first point of his NHL career.
  • Kyle Palmieri led New Jersey and tied a season-high (also Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver) with 5 shots on goal.
  • Travis Zajac led the Devils with 22:52 of TOI and was 13/23 (56.5%) in the face-off circle.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Edmonton is 1-4-1 over its last six games following a 4-3 OT loss to Chicago on Wednesday.
  • The Oilers are 3-5-1 at Rexall Place this season.
  • Taylor Hall has points in four consecutive games (2g-3a-5pts) and is tied for sixth in the NHL in scoring with 8g-13a-21pts. He has 2g-2a-4pts in five career games vs. the Devils.
  • Leon Draisaitl also has points in four straight (3g-4a-7pts) & has 6g-8a-14pts in just nine games overall this season. He leads the NHL in shooting percentage at 31.6% (6g on 19 shots). 
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ranks second on Edmonton with 6g-8a-14pts. He recorded 4g-8a-12pts over a nine-game stretch from Oct. 23-Nov. 11. Nugent-Hopkins ranks second among all NHL forwards in TOI/game at 21:20.
  • Teddy Purcell has registered 2pts. in each of the last two contests: 2a Nov. 18 vs. Chicago & 1g-1a Nov. 14 at Los Angeles. Purcell has 2g-4a-6pts over the last five games.
  • Oscar Klefbom has 2g-3a-5pts over the past six games and leads Oilers’ defensemen with 3g-7a-10pts overall.
  • Anders Nilsson was in goal on Wednesday (23 saves) and has started five of Edmonton’s last seven games. He’s 3-1-0 with one shutout, a 1.34 goals-against average & .952 save-percentage in five career games vs. New Jersey.
  • Cam Talbot’s last start came on Nov. 14 at Los Angeles (L, 24 saves). He’s 3-8-0 with a 3.09 GAA & .890 save % in 12 appearances this season.

Devils vs. Oilers

2014-15

Record: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 on the road)

Goals/Against: 3-2 (2-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 40-53 (26-29 on the road)

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

Leading Scorers: NJ – Eric Gelinas (0g-2a-2pts), six players with 1pt. each; Edm. – Jordan Eberle (0g-2a-2pts), four players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.01 GAA, .962 save %); Edm. – Ben Scrivens (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .929 save %), Viktor Fasth (0-1-0, 2.13 GAA, .923 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 24-26-8 (12-10-6 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 187-200 (97-106 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Lee Stempniak (15g-13a-28pts), Mike Cammalleri (12g-14a-26pts), Patrik Elias (9g-8a-17pts); Edm. – Andrej Sekera (1g-8a-9pts), Andrew Ference (2g-7a-9pts), Teddy Purcell (1g-5a-6pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (6-3-0, 2 ShO, 1.63 GAA, .934 save %); Edm. – Anders Nilsson (3-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.34 GAA, .952 save %), Cam Talbot (1-0-0, 2.01 GAA, .905 save%).

Notable: The Devils are 5-1-1 in Edmonton since 2000 & are 4-1-1 in their last six vs. the Oilers overall…Kyle Palmieri had 1g-3a-4pts vs. the Oilers in four games last season…David Schlemko has 1g-6a-7pts in 17 career games vs. Edmonton, his most vs. any opponent.

Connections: David Schlemko was born in Edmonton…Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall were teammates with Windsor (OHL) for three seasons 2007-10. The Spitfires won back-to-back Memorial Cup Championships in 09-10…Mark Fayne was the Devils’ fifth choice (155th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft and played four seasons with NJ from 2010-14…John Hynes coached Edmonton’s Mark Letestu in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2009-10; Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine played with Letestu in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from 2007-08…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward spent five years with the Oilers’ organization from 2001-06, including two-plus seasons as head coach of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate; spent 2005-06 at Oilers’ Development Coach…Ward and Oilers’ defenseman Andrew Ference were both members of Boston’s Stanley Cup Championship team in 2011.

Devils in Detail

  • GO WEST: New Jersey will continue its three-game, Western Canadian road trip tonight. With Tuesday’s 3-2 loss at Calgary, the Devils are now 3-11-3 in the Western Canadian cities (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver & Winnipeg) since the 2011-12 season.
  • BOBBY’S WORLD: Bobby Farnham has goals in each of the last two contests & now has 3g-1a-4pts in eight games with New Jersey. He had 0pts in his first 14 NHL games with Pittsburgh.
  • TOOTOO PRODUCING ON THE POWER PLAY: Jordin Tootoo has 2g-2a-4pts this season, all of which have come on the power play. Tootoo had just 4g-4a-8pts on the PP in 607 NHL games entering 2015-16.
  • CAMMA-RADERIE: Mike Cammalleri recorded 1a on Tuesday at Calgary. He leads the Devils with 12a overall this season and needs just 3a to match his total from all of 2014-15. Cammalleri already has three multi-assist games this season; he 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 54a this season, which would be a new career-high (2006-07, 46a).
  • MAN IN THE MIDDLE:  Travis Zajac has taken 35.5% of New Jersey’s face-offs this season, which is the eighth-highest rate in the NHL. His face-off win percentage is 54.6% (194/355), which ranks 19th (tie) in the league.
  • 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 seventh in the NHL in wins (9, tie), sixth in GAA (2.05) and 12th in save % (.926).
  • PK TIGHTENS UP: The Devils’ penalty-kill unit is 29/31 (93.5%) over the past ten games; they were 21/29 (72.4%) through the first eight games of the season. New Jersey’s PK is 50/60 (83.3%) overall, which ranks ninth 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 22 shots and ranks second among all NHL skaters with a 27.3% 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: Despite Tuesday’s 3-2 loss at Calgary, the Devils are 7-2-1 in games decided by one goal (4-2-0 on the road).
  • 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 247 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 20, 1991, Stephane Richer scored a hat trick in a 6-5 OT loss to Washington.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 1 PPG for 100 in his career & 7a for 300 in his career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 9a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Jacob Josefson – Needs 2 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, 14 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (right knee, 18 games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 39

Recent Transactions

  • Nov. 18 – Invited F Tyler Kennedy to join the team on a PTO.
  • 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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