Devils Pre-Game 11/22/15

New Jersey Devils (10-8-1) at Vancouver Canucks (8-7-6)

10:00 PM ET • Rogers Arena • MSG Network • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 11:30 AM (PST) morning skate at Rogers Arena

Coming Into Tonight

  • Despite Friday’s 5-1 loss at Edmonton, the Devils have won ten of their last 15 games & have points in 11 of their last 16 contests (10-5-1=21pts).
  • Tonight’s contest concludes their three-game road trip. The Devils are 5-4-0 on the road this season.
  • New Jersey is 4-5-1 vs. the Western Conference this season (1-2-0 on the road).

Last Game – November 20 – Devils 1 at Edmonton 5

  • New Jersey has lost consecutive games for the just the second time this season (also, Oct. 9-16, 0-3-1). 
  • Edmonton outshot New Jersey, 27-20.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his seventh goal of the season/fourth on the power play. He leads the Devils with 4g-5a-9pts on the PP. 
  • David Schlemko picked up the primary assist and has three points over the last four games (1g-2a-3pts). 
  • Travis Zajac also assisted on Palmieri’s goal and snapped a four-game point-scoring drought.
  • Keith Kinkaid (22 saves + ENG) made his fourth start of the season and fell to 1-3-0.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Vancouver snapped a four-game winless stretch (0-3-1) with a 6-3 victory over Chicago last night at Rogers Arena.
  • The Canucks are 2-5-2 over their last nine games.
  • Vancouver is closing-out its fourth set of back-to-back games tonight. The Canucks are 2-1-1 in first games and 2-0-1 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • Vancouver was 3/4 on the power play last night & has now scored a PPG in each of their last five games (8/21, 38.1%).
  • Daniel Sedin recorded his sixth career hat trick last night and added an assist for his second 4pt. game of the season. Sedin’s assist last night was the 900th point of his NHL career (337g-566a-903pts). He now has points in four straight (5g-2a-7pts) & leads the Canucks with 10g-12a-22pts overall.
  • Henrik Sedin registered a career-high 1g-4a-5pts on Saturday & now has points in three straight games (1g-6a-7pts). He ranks second on the club with 6g-14a-20pts overall.
  • Jannik Hansen posted 1g-1a-2pts and was a +3 vs. Chicago last night. He’s seventh (tie) in the NHL with a +11 rating overall.
  • Ben Hutton ranks second (tie) among all NHL rookies with 8a this season.
  • Jared McCann is tied (Jack Eichel) for sixth among all first year players with 6g.
  • Ryan Miller made 26 saves and earned the win in goal for the Canucks last night. He’s tied (Devan Dubnyk) for the league-lead among goaltenders with 18 games played this season. Miller is 6-7-5 with one shutout, a 2.54 goals-against average & .911 save-percentage overall this season.
  • Jacob Markstrom has started twice over the past six games. He’s 1-0-1 with a 3.41 GAA & .914 save %.

Devils vs. Canucks

Last Game – Nov. 8 – Vancouver 3 at New Jersey 4 (OT)

Kyle Palmieri scored the PP/OT 3:33 into the extra session. Palmieri (1g-1a), Mike Cammalleri (1g-1a), Adam Henrique (1g-1a) and Lee Stempniak (2a) each had multi-point games for the Devils. Keith Kinkaid (28 saves) earned the win in goal. The Devils registered 49 penalty minutes, their most in a single-game since totaling 52 PIM Oct. 19, 2002 at Carolina (L, 1-3).

Shots For/Against: 28/31

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-5/6-6

All-Time 

Record: 21-32-6 (6-19-3 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 164-187 (67-103 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (16g-13a-29pts), Lee Stempniak (9g-14a-23pts), Patrik Elias (10g-7a-17pts); Van. – Henrik Sedin (2g-12a-14pts), Radim Vrbata (4g-9a-13pts), Brandon Sutter (5g-7a-12pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-1-2, 2.21 GAA, .920 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 3.80 GAA, .857 save %); Van. – Ryan Miller (13-11-6, 3 ShO, 2.14 GAA, .926 save %), Richard Bachman (0-1-0, 6.00 GAA, .806 save %)

Notable: The Devils are 0-2-1 in their last three trips to Vancouver (last win, Jan. 13, 2009, 5-3)…Mike Cammalleri has 3g-1a-4pts in his last two games vs. the Canucks; Adam Larsson has 4a in the last two meetings…Cory Schneider is 27-10-3 with 4 ShO, a 2.11 GAA, & a .928 save % in 43 regular-season games in Vancouver.

Connections: Cory Schneider was Vancouver’s first choice, 26th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft and played parts of five seasons with the Canucks from 2008-13. New Jersey traded the ninth overall selection in the 2013 Draft to acquire Schneider on Jun. 30, 2013. The Canucks used that pick to select Bo Horvat…Kyle Palmieri and Chris Higgins were both born in Smithtown, NY…John Moore and Derek Dorsett were teammates in both Columbus and with the NY Rangers; they were both acquired by NY in the trade that sent Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets…Brandon Sutter is the son of former Head Coach Brent Sutter…Canucks Goaltending Coach Roland Melanson played in one game for NJ during the 1990-91 season.

Devils in Detail

  • GO WEST: New Jersey will conclude its three-game, Western Canadian road trip tonight. With Friday’s 5-1 loss at Edmonton, the Devils are now 3-12-3 in the Western Canadian cities (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver & Winnipeg) since the 2011-12 season..
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored a power play goal in 13 of their 19 games this season, including each of the last four contests. New Jersey has converted 15 of its 66 opportunities overall and ranks third in the NHL with a  22.7% success rate (Boston, 33.9% & Dallas, 27.7%).
  • FACE THE PAST: Cory Schneider is expected to make his fifth start vs. Vancouver since being traded to New Jersey. Schneider is 1-1-2 with a 2.21 GAA & .920 save % in his previous four appearances vs. the Canucks. He was 55-26-8 with nine shutouts in 98 games with Vancouver from 2008-13 and ranks first in Canucks’ history in both GAA (2.20) and save % (.927).
  • CAMMA-RADERIE: Mike Cammalleri recorded 1a on Tuesday at Calgary and leads the Devils with 12a overall this season. He 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).
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in seven of his last eight starts since Oct. 29. He’s 5-3-0 with one shutout, a 1.75 goals-against average & .938 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks seventh (tie) in the NHL in wins (9), sixth (tie) in GAA (2.05) and ninth (tie) in save % (.926).
  • PK TIGHTENS UP: The Devils’ penalty-kill unit is 34/37 (91.9%) over the past 11 games; they were 21/29 (72.4%) through the first eight games of the season. New Jersey’s PK is 55/66 (83.3%) overall, which ranks tenth (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.
  • 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 248 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 & Jonathan Quick, 2.17) 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 (18).
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On November 22, 1989, Bruce Driver recorded 4a in New Jersey’s 6-3 win at Pittsburgh.

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 – Could appear in his 200th NHL game tonight.
  • Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 1 GP for 100 with NJ & 3a for 200 in his career.

Injuries

  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, 15 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (right knee, 19 games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 41

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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