Devils Pre-Game 12/3/15

New Jersey Devils (12-10-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (8-12-4)

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

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 11:30 AM morning skate at PNC Arena.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is opening its third of 12 sets of back-to-back games (tomorrow vs. Philadelphia). The Devils are 0-1-1 in first games and 1-1-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • The Devils have won each of their last two road games and are 7-4-0 away from Prudential Center overall. They have points in 14 of their last 21 contests (12-7-2=26pts).
  • New Jersey is 4-4-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 2-2-0 on the road.

Last Game – December 1 – Devils 1 vs. Colorado 2

  • New Jersey is now winless in its last five games vs. Colorado (0-2-3, last win, Mar. 15, 2012, 1-0 SO at Prudential Center). Each of the last six games between the clubs has been decided by one goal.
  • The Devils fell to 5-6-2 at home and to 5-6-1 vs. the Western Conference.
  • New Jersey out shot the Colorado, 28-25.
  • Cory Schneider (23 saves) made his fifth consecutive start in goal and fell to 11-7-2 on the season. He’s allowed two goals or less in 12 of his last 13 starts since Oct. 29 (7-5-1, 1 ShO, 1.83 GAA, .935 save %).
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his ninth goal of the season at 2:09 of the third period. He has goals in back-to-back games (2g) & 3g-1a-4pts over his last six appearances. Palmieri is now just 5g away from tying his career-high (14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14).
  • Travis Zajac registered the lone assist on Palmieri’s goal, his fourth in the past six contests. He was also 13/23 (56.5%) in the face-off circle.
  • Mike Cammalleri registered a team-leading seven shots on goal.
  • Jordin Tootoo accumulated seven PIM and leads the Devils with 46 PIM overall.
  • Adam Henrique tied a season-high with four hits (also, Oct. 29 at Philadelphia).

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Carolina lost, 4-3, to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday and finished the month of November with a record of 3-6-4=10pts.
  • Tonight’s contest opens a three-game homestand. The Hurricanes are 4-5-3=11pts at PNC Arena.
  • The Canes are 1-3-2=4pts vs. the Metropolitan Division.
  • Carolina’s power play unit ranks 30th in the NHL (10/80, 12.5%) overall, but is 11th (8/37, 21.6%) at home. The Hurricanes are 28th in the league on the penalty kill (41/55, 74.5%).
  • Justin Faulk leads Carolina with 8g-10a-18pts this season. He’s one of just three defensemen (Ryan Suter, Minnesota & Erik Karlsson, Ottawa) to lead his team in scoring.
  • Faulk leads the NHL with eight power play goals (tie, Jamie Benn and Patrick Kane).
  • Victor Rask has scored a goal in three of the last four games and ranks second on the club with 8g-7a-15pts.
  • Elias Lindholm enters tonight’s contest with points in five consecutive games (1g-4a-5pts).
  • Captain Eric Staal is third on the Hurricanes with 4g-10a-14pts and leads the club with a +6 rating.
  • Noah Hanifin, the fifth overall choice in the 2015 Entry Draft, is the only defenseman of the 2015 draft class  who is currently playing in the NHL. He has 1g-2a-3pts, eight PIM and is -2 in his first 21 career games.
  • Cam Ward has started three straight heading into tonight and is 7-8-3 with one shutout, a 2.53 goals-against average and .898 save-percentage in 19 games overall.
  • Eddie Lack is 1-4-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .874 save-percentage in seven appearances.

Devils vs. Hurricanes

2014-15

Record: 2-1-1 (1-1-0 on road)

Goals/Against: 7-7 (3-4 on road)

Shots For/Against: 76-137 (38-72 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-9 (22.2%)/11-11 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Scott Gomez (0g-3a-3pts), 4 players with 2pts each; Car. – Justin Faulk (2g-0a-2pts), three players with 1g-1a-2pts each.

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-0-1, 1.19 GAA, .966 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-1-0, 1.95 GAA, .939 save %); Car. – Cam Ward (1-1-0, 1.53 GAA, .921 save %), Anton Khudobin (1-1-0, 2.00 GAA, .895 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 63-43-11 (27-23-8 on road)

Goals For/Against: 370-327 (173-161 on road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (22g-34a-56pts), Travis Zajac (8g-13a-21pts), Andy Greene (4g-10a-14pts); Car. – Eric Staal (5g-17a-22pts), Jordan Staal (11g-10a-21pts), Kris Versteeg (9g-5a-14pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-1-1, 1.70 GAA, .947 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-1-0, 1.95 GAA, .939 save %); Car. – Cam Ward (10-14-2, 2.72 GAA, .900 save %), Eddie Lack (0-1-0, 3.12 GAA, .885 save %).

Notable: New Jersey and Carolina will play each other three times over the next 27 days (Dec. 26 at Car. & Dec. 29 at NJ)…The Devils are 15-7-1 vs. the Hurricanes since 2009-10, including 7-5-0 in games played in Carolina during that span…Adam Henrique has scored the game-winning goal in three of New Jersey’s last five wins vs. Carolina, including both of last season’s victories…Cory Schneider is 3-0-1 with a 1.33 goals-against average & a .954 save-percentage vs. Carolina as a Devil.

Connections: Jiri Tlusty spent parts of six seasons with Carolina from 2010-15; he was traded to Winnipeg for a fifth-round choice in the 2015 Entry Draft on Feb. 25…Tuomo Ruutu was acquired from Carolina for Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round choice in the 2017 Entry Draft on Mar. 5…Cory Schneider and Nathan Gerbe were teammates at Boston College for two seasons (2005-07)…Jordin Tootoo played under Carolina Head Coach Bill Peters for two seasons (2012-14) when Peters served as an Assistant Coach with the Detroit Red Wings…Jordan Staal (1st round/2nd overall) was the first player Devils’ Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero selected in his first year as Pittsburgh’s GM in 2006…Carolina’s Pro Scouting Director Marshall Johnston formerly served the Devils as an Assistant Coach for one-plus season from 1982-83. He was named New Jersey’s Director of Player Personnel in November, 1983 and held that position for ten years.

Devils in Detail

  • PALMIERI ON PACE FOR CAREER HIGHS: Kyle Palmieri has scored a goal in each of the last two games. He has 9g in 24 games this season, which is just five shy of his career-high (14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14).  Palmieri is on pace for a career-best 30g-30a-60pts. 
  • ROCK SOLID: New Jersey has not allowed a power play goal on home ice since. Oct. 31 vs. the NY Islanders (7 games, 23/23). 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 72/85 (84.7%) overall, which ranks fourth in the NHL; they were 25th in the league on Oct. 27. 
  • 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.
  • 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 had points in back-to-back games Nov. 27-28 (1g-1a-2pts), including his first goal of the season on Saturday at Montreal. Elias needs just 55 games to tie Ken Daneyko (1,283) for the most franchise history; he needs 31 appearances to tie Martin Brodeur (1,259) for second.
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored a power play goal in 15 of their 24 games, including in six of the last nine. New Jersey has converted 17 of its 84 opportunities overall and ranks ninth (tie) in the NHL with a 20.2% success rate.
  • CAMMA-RADERIE: Mike Cammalleri recorded his 16th assist of the season on Nov. 27 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 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 12 of his last 13 starts since Oct. 29. He’s 7-5-1 with one shutout, a 1.83 goals-against average & .935 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks seventh (tie) in the NHL in wins (11), fourth in GAA (2.03) and eighth (tie) in save % (.927).
  • 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 253 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 (24), Alex Ovechkin (22), and Rick Nash (19).
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On December 3, 1982, Steve Tambellini scored the first hat trick in team history in a 5-4 win over the Hartford Whalers at the Meadowlands.

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 7 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, five games missed) is out.
  • David Schlemko (lower body, five games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, 20 games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 57

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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