Devils Pre-Game 12/1/15

New Jersey Devils (12-9-2) vs. Colorado Avalanche (9-14-1)

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

  • Three of New Jersey’s next four games will be played at Prudential Center.
  • The Devils have won 12 of their last 19 games & have points in 14 of their last 20 contests (12-6-2=26pts).
  • New Jersey is 5-5-1 vs. Western Conference opponents this season, including 3-3-1 at home.

Last Game – November 27 – Devils 3 at Montreal 2 (OT)

  • New Jersey captured three of four points (1-0-1) in its home-and-home set with Montreal.
  • The Devils improved to 4-0 in games decided in overtime this season.
  • New Jersey improved to 7-4-0 on the road & to 3-0-1 vs. the Atlantic Division.
  • Montreal outshot New Jersey, 32-31.
  • Cory Schneider (30 saves) earned the win in goal and improved to 11-6-2 on the season. He’s now allowed two goals or less in 11 of his last 12 starts since Oct. 29 (7-4-1, 1 ShO, 1.82 GAA, .937 save %).
  • John Moore scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career to give New Jersey the victory. It was the third game-winning goal of his career/first since Nov. 21, 2013 at Dallas.
  • Moore also collected the primary assist on Palmieri’s goal, his second in as many nights, to record his first multiple-point game as a Devil. He now has 4a this season, all of which have come over the past eight games.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his eighth goal of the season at 19:38 of the third period to force overtime. He has 2g-1a-3pts over his last five appearances.
  • Patrik Elias scored his first goal of the season at 11:01 of the third to cut Montreal’s lead in half. Elias now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts).
  • Adam Henrique assisted on the game-tying & OT goals to record his sixth multiple-point game of the season. Henrique has extended his point-scoring streak to a season-high four straight games (3g-2a-5pts) & has 5g-5a-10pts over the last ten contests. He ranks second on the club with 11g-8a-19pts overall.
  • Adam Larsson was credited with the primary assist on Elias’s goal, his fourth of the season/second over the last four games.
  • Travis Zajac registered the secondary assist on Elias’s marker, his third helper in the past five contests. It was the 229th assist of Zajac’s career, which moves him past Petr Sykora (228a) into sole-possession of 12th place in Devils’ history.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Colorado lost, 5-3, to the New York Islanders at Barclays Center last night.
  • The Avalanche are playing the second game of a four-game road trip tonight. They recently completed a team-record (tie) seven-game road trip (Nov. 10-23)  with a record of 4-3-0. 
  • Colorado has scored a power play goal in five of the last six games (5-21, 23.8%). They rank 13th in the NHL with a 19.8% (18-91) success rate overall.
  • The Avalanche are closing-out their third set of back-to-back games tonight. They are 1-2-0 in first games and 0-2-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • Jarome Iginla scored his eighth goal of the season/597th of his career last night. He’s looking to become just the 19th player in NHL history to reach the 600g mark.
  • Blake Comeau scored last night to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games. Comeau has 7g-8a-15pts in 25 career games vs. the Devils.
  • Nick Holden also scored last night for the Avs, his first of the season.
  • Carl Soderberg recorded 2a yesterday and has 2g-4a-6pts over the last five contests.
  • Nathan MacKinnon has 4g-4a-8pts over the last eight games and leads Colorado with 10g-14a-24pts overall.
  • Gabriel Landeskog had his five-game scoring streak (2g-6a-8pts) snapped last night. He ranks third on the club with 7g-13a-20pts overall.
  • Matt Duchene has recorded 11g-9a-20pts over the past 14 games. He had 1g-1a-2pts over his first 10 appearances. Duchene scored his 11th goal of the month on Saturday, breaking the club record for goals in November set by Claude Lemieux (10g) in 1995.
  • Semyon Varlamov has started four straight games since returning from injury. He’s 4-1-0 with a 1.56 goals-against average & .940 save-percentage in five career games vs. the Devils.

Devils vs. Avalanche

2014-15

Record: 0-1-1 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 3-5 (2-3 at home)

Shots For/Against: 49-58 (25-29 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-4 (0.0%)/6-6 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (0g-2a-2pts), 6 players with 1pt. each; Col. – Matt Duchene (1g-1a-2pts), Jarome Iginla (1g-1a-2pts), John Mitchell (1g-1a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-1-1, 1.94 GAA, .931 save %); Col. – Semyon Varlamov (2-0-0, 1.44 GAA, .939 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 31-28-12 (19-11-6 at home)

Goals For/Against: 227-227 (140-113 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (14g-15a-29pts), Lee Stempniak (9g-15a-24pts), Patrik Elias (6g-9a-15pts); Col. – Jarome Iginla (9g-12a-21pts), Blake Comeau (7g-8a-15pts), Alex Tanguay (4g-9a-13pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (6-2-4, 2 ShO, 1.64 GAA, .947 save %); Col. – Semyon Varlamov (4-1-0, 1.56 GAA, .940 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is looking to snap a four-game winless streak vs. Colorado (0-1-3, last win, Mar. 15, 2012, 1-0 SO at Prudential Center)…Each of the last five games in the all-time series have been decided by one goal; four of those games have gone to overtime…The Devils are 31/33 (93.9%) on the penalty-kill vs. the Avalanche since 2007-08…Cory Schneider is 0-1-3 with a 1.69 goals-against average & a .942 save-percentage vs. Colorado since joining the Devils.

Connections: Mike Cammalleri and Colorado’s Jarome Iginla were teammates with Calgary for parts of three seasons, 2008-09 & 2011-13…Cammalleri and Avs’ forward Alex Tanguay were teammates with the Flames for parts of two seasons in 2011-12 & 2012-13…Damon Severson and Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie were teammates with Kelowna (WHL) in 2010-11…Jacob Josefson and Avs’ winger Gabriel Landeskog played together with Djurgardens (Swe.) during the 2008-09 season…Colorado’s Assistant GM Craig Billington played five seasons with New Jersey over two separate stints: 1985-89 & 1991-93…Avs’ television broadcaster Peter McNab played two seasons with the Devils from 1985-87.

Devils in Detail

  • D’MEN ARE OT HEROES: With John Moore’s first career overtime goal on Saturday in Montreal, seven of the Devils’ last 11 OT game-winners have now been scored by a defenseman.
  • NO-VEMBER: New Jersey did not allow a power play goal on home ice during the entire month of November (6 games, 20/20). It’s their longest PK streak at home since killing 40 straight power plays at Prudential Center to open the 2011-12 season. New Jersey’s PK is 69/82 (84.1%) overall, which ranks sixth in the NHL; they were 25th in the league on Oct. 27. 
  • RICO’S ROLLING: Adam Henrique has points in a team season-high (tie) four straight games coming into tonight (3g-2a-5pts). He leads the Devils with 11g overall and is on pace to score a career-high 39g this season (25g, 2013-14).
  • WELCOME BACK, PATTY!: Patrik Elias returned to the lineup on Nov. 25 vs. Columbus after missing the first 20 games of the season due to a right knee injury. He has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts), including his first goal of the season on Saturday at Montreal. Elias needs just 56 games to tie Ken Daneyko (1,283) for the most franchise history; he needs 32 appearances to tie Martin Brodeur (1,259) for second.
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored a power play goal in 15 of their 23 games, including in six of the last eight. New Jersey has converted 17 of its 82 opportunities overall and ranks ninth in the NHL with a 20.7% success rate.
  • CAMMA-RADERIE: Mike Cammalleri recorded his 16th assist of the season on Friday vs. Montreal & has surpassed 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 57a this season, which would be a new career-high (2006-07, 46a).
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 11 of his last 12 starts since Oct. 29. He’s 7-4-1 with one shutout, a 1.82 goals-against average & .937 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks fourth (tie) in the NHL in wins (11), third (tie) in GAA (2.03) and seventh in save % (.928).
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • 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 252 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, Jonathan Quick, 2.17) and a .927 save % (2nd, Henrik Lundqvist, .925) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11.
  • 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. Tyler Kennedy is the first player in team history to wear no. 48. 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 (tie, Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, Oliver Ekman-Larsson) among all skaters behind Max Pacioretty (23), Alex Ovechkin (22), and Rick Nash (19).
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On December 1, 2000, the Devils and Islanders played to a 0-0 tie at Continental Airlines Arena. It stands as one of two 0-0 ties in team history (also Dec. 23, 1996 vs. Buffalo). Martin Brodeur made 24 saves for New Jersey, while John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 26 shots for New York. Patrik Elias was denied on a penalty shot attempt in OT.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 1 PPG for 100 in his career & 3a for 300 in his career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 7a to reach 100 in his NHL career. Also needs 8 GP to reach 300 in his NHL career.
  • Tyler Kennedy – Needs 1pt to reach 100 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, four games missed) is out.
  • David Schlemko (lower body, four games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, 19 games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 54

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.

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