Devils Pre-Game 11/27/15

New Jersey Devils (11-9-1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (17-4-2)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

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

Coming Into Tonight

  • Tonight’s contest opens New Jersey’s second of 12 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 0-1-0 in first games and 0-1-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • The Devils have won 11 of their last 17 games & have points in 12 of their last 18 contests (11-6-1=23pts).
  • New Jersey is 2-0-0 vs. the Atlantic Division; both games were played on the road.

Last Game – November 25 – Devils 1  vs. Columbus 2

  • The Devils are now 0-2-0 vs. the Blue Jackets this season.
  • New Jersey fell to 5-5-1 at home & to 4-4-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division.
  • The Devils are now 3-5-2 vs. Columbus since the formation of the Metropolitan Division in 2013-14.
  • New Jersey was 0/5 on the power play; they had scored a PPG in five consecutive games.
  • The Devils’ penalty kill unit was 2/2 tonight and is 43/47 (91.5%) over the past 13 games.
  • New Jersey outshot Columbus 28-25 overall & 24-11 over the final two periods.
  • Cory Schneider (23 saves) took the loss in goal and fell to 10-6-1 on the season. Despite the loss, he’s now allowed two goals or less in nine of his last ten starts since Oct. 29 (6-4-0, 1 ShO, 1.80 GAA, .938 save %).
  • Adam Henrique scored his team-leading tenth goal of the year. He now has  goals in back-to-back-games (2g) & has 4g-3a-7pts over the last eight contests.
  • Mike Cammalleri assisted on the goal  and has points in back-to-back games (1g-3a-4pts). He has 4g-7a-11pts over the last nine contests and leads the Devils with 7g-15a-22pts overall. Cammalleri has matched his assist total from all of last season (15a in 68 games).
  • Patrik Elias, who was activated earlier in the day, made his season debut and recorded two shots on goal in 14:50 of action. He missed the first 20 games due to a right knee injury.
  • Travis Zajac led the club with a season-high five shots on goal.
  • Stefan Matteau led the Devils/tied a season-high with four hits.
  • David Schlemko missed his second straight game (lower body).

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Montreal leads the NHL with a record of 17-4-2=36pts following its 5-1 win at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.They have won three in a row & four of their last five games.
  • The Canadiens have outscored their opponents 83-50 overall this season.
  • Montreal is 4/9 on the power play over the last two games is 20/82 (24.4%, 3rd in the NHL) overall.
  • Tomas Plekanec recorded 3a on Wednesday night and extended his scoring streak to four games (0g-6a-6pts). He has points in eight of the last nine contests 2g-9a-11pts. Plekanec leads Montreal with 7g-16a-23pts overall. 
  • Alex Galchenyuk registered 1g-1a-2pts on Wednesday and has points in three consecutive games (2g-2a-4pts).
  • Captain Max Pacioretty also notched 1g-1a-2pts vs. the Rangers and has 5g-6a-11pts over the past nine games. He has scored 88 goals since 2013-14, which ranks third among all NHL players behind Alex Ovechkin (115) and Joe Pavelski (90).
  • Devante Smith-Pelly scored 2g, including the game-winner, on Wednesday & now has 3g-5a-8pts in 22 games this season.
  • P.K. Subban posted 2a on Wednesday and has points in back-to-back games (3a). He’s tied for third among NHL defensemen with 1g-19a-20pts this season. Subban’s +12 rating is tied for sixth among all skaters. 
  • Andrei Markov’s next assist will be the 400th of his NHL career. He played in his 600th career game Oct. 23 at Buffalo.
  • Carey Price made 22 saves in 40:00 of action on Wednesday to extend his winning streak to three games. He left the game due to injury and was subsequently placed on Injured Reserve.
  • Mike Condon relieved Price on Wednesday and stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period. He is 7-2-2 with a 2.16 goals-against average & .916 save-percentage in the first 12 games of his career. Condon made his NHL debut and earned the win Oct. 11 at Ottawa (20 saves).
  • Dustin Tokarski was recalled from St. John’s (AHL) yesterday. He’s played in one game this season, a relief appearance on Nov. 14 vs. Colorado (20:00, 11 saves/13 shots against). He’s 9-9-5 with one shutout, a 2.85 GAA & .906 save % in 28 career games.

Devils vs. Canadiens

2014-15

Record: 1-2-0 (1-1-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 7-12 (5-6 at home)

Shots For/Against: 65-103 (42-59 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-5 (0.0%)/8-13 (61.5%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (2g-0a-2pts), Jaromir Jagr (0g-2a-2pts); 12 players with 1pt. each; Mtl. – P.K. Subban (0g-6a-6pts), Tomas Plekanec (4g-0a-4pts); five players with 3pts each.

Goaltending: NJ – Keith Kinkaid (1-2-0, 3.60 GAA, .892 save %); Mtl. – Carey Price (2-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .915 save %), Dustin Tokarski (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .889 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 62-42-10 (35-17-5 at home)

Goals For/Against: 331-294 (186-154 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (25g-25a-50pts), Travis Zajac (3g-11a-14pts), Jiri Tlusty (4g-6a-10pts); Mtl. – Alexander Semin (9g-13a-22pts), Tomas Plekanec (9g-6a-15pts), Andrei Markov (2g-12a-14pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-0-1, 2.77 GAA, .900 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-2-0, 3.60 GAA, .892 save %); Mtl. – Carey Price (10-10-1, 1 ShO, 2.39 GAA, .913 save %), Dustin Tokarski (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .889 save %).

Notable: Tonight’s contest opens the 96th home-and-home series in team history/sixth vs. Montreal. The Devils are 2-1-2 in New Jersey & 0-5-0 at Montreal in their previous home-and-home sets with the Canadiens...New Jersey is 3-3-1 vs. Montreal at Prudential Center since 2011-12…Cory Schneider (27 saves + 0/2 SO) took the loss in his only career start vs. Montreal on Dec. 4, 2013.

Connections: Mike Cammalleri played three seasons with Montreal from 2009-12…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine was born in Montreal; he played eight games for the Canadiens during the 1998-99 season…Nasreddine also saw action for both Quebec and Hamilton of the AHL during the 1999-00 campaign…Albany Devils goaltender Yann Danis (Lafontaine) and forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (Levis) are both Quebec natives…Special Assignment Coach Jacques Laperriere played his entire Hall-of-Fame career with the Canadiens and was a member of six Stanley Cup Championship teams.

Devils in Detail

  • WELCOME BACK, PATTY!: Patrik Elias returned to the lineup on Wednesday vs. Columbus after missing the first 20 games of the season due to a right knee injury and recorded two shots on goal in 14:50 of action. Elias needs just 58 games to tie Ken Daneyko (1,283) for the most franchise history; he needs 34 appearances to tie Martin Brodeur (1,259) for second.
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored a power play goal in 14 of their 21 games this season, including in five of the last six. New Jersey has converted 16 of its 76 opportunities overall and ranks sixth (tie) in the NHL with a 21.0% success rate
  • CAMMA-RADERIE: Mike Cammalleri recorded his 15th assist of the season on Wednesday vs. Columbus & has equaled his total from all of 2014-15 (15a in 68 games). Cammalleri has four 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 58a this season, which would be a new career-high (2006-07, 46a).
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in nine of his last ten starts since Oct. 29. He’s 6-4-0 with one shutout, a 1.80 goals-against average & .938 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks sixth (tie) in the NHL in wins (10), fifth (tie) in GAA (2.05) and eighth (tie) in save % (.927)
  • PK TIGHTENS UP: The Devils’ penalty-kill unit is 43/47 (91.5%) over the past 13 games; they were 21/29 (72.4%) through the first eight games this season. New Jersey’s PK is 64/76 (84.2%) overall, which ranks seventh 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 second-most (tie, Brandon Sutter) among all NHL players during that span (Brad Marchand, 12). He’s also tied Stephane Richer and Doug Brown for third in Devils’ history behind John Madden (17) and Patrik Elias (16).
  • FINDING WAYS TO WIN CLOSE GAMES: Despite Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Columbus, the Devils are 8-3-1 in games decided by one goal (3-1-1 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 33 career goals/175 career points, Greene is also just three 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, 9 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 250 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 & 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 (19).
  • ZACHA NAMED OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Pavel Zacha, the sixth overall selection of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, was named the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 22. Zacha totaled 3g-3a-6pts in two appearances and helped Sarnia extend its winning streak to three games. On Nov. 20, Zacha assisted on the lone goal in Sarnia’s 1-0 victory over Owen Sound. Zacha then recorded a career-high 3g-2a-5pts, his first career hat trick, on Nov. 21 vs. Niagara. He has 12g-8a-20pts with 30 PIM and is a +8 in 17 games overall for the Sting this season.
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On November 27, 2009, Martin Brodeur passed Patrick Roy (60,225) to become the NHL’s all-time leader in minutes played in a 2-1 SO victory over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 1 PPG for 100 in his career & 4a for 300 in his career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 9a to reach 100 in his NHL career. Also needs 10 GP to reach 300 in his NHL career.
  • Tyler Kennedy – Needs 1pt to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 1 GP for 100 with NJ & 3a for 200 in his career.

Injuries

  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, two games missed) is out.
  • David Schlemko (lower body, two games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, 17 games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 48

Recent Transactions

  • Nov. 27 – Placed F Jiri Tlusty on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Nov. 20. Signed F Tyler Kennedy to a one-year, two-way contract for $600,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the AHL level.
  • Nov. 25: Activated F Patrik Elias.
  • 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.

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