Devils Pre-Game 12/4/15

New Jersey Devils (13-10-2) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (10-10-5)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus 2 • News Radio 880 WCBS

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will not have a morning skate. Head Coach John Hynes will be available outside the Devils’ locker room at approximately 4:40 PM. Select player availability to follow.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is closing-out its third of 12 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 1-1-1 in first games and 1-1-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • The Devils are looking to snap a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) at home; they’re 5-6-2 at Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 5-4-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 2-2-0 at home.

Last Game – December 3 – Devils 5 at Carolina 1

  • New Jersey’s five goals were a season-high (also 5-4 SO win Oct. 22 at Ottawa).
  • The Devils extended their road winning streak to three games; they’re 8-4-0 away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is now 16-7-1 vs. the Hurricanes since 2009-10, including 8-5-0 in games played in Carolina during that span.
  • Carolina outshot New Jersey, 31-27.
  • Keith Kinkaid made his first start in goal since Nov. 20 at Edmonton (five games) & made a season-high 30 saves to improve 2-3-0 on the season.
  • Mike Cammalleri posted 2g-1a-3pts, his fifth 3pt. game/seventh multiple-point game of the season. He leads the Devils with 9g-17a-26pts overall.
  • Adam Henrique scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season/second on the power play/third game-winner. Henrique has 4g-2a-6pts over the past six games. He’s scored the game-winning goal in four of New Jersey’s last six wins vs. Carolina, including each of the last three.
  • Stephen Gionta recorded his first goal of the season/since Mar. 14 at Arizona (34 games). 
  • Jacob Josefson also scored his first goal of the season; it was his first since Apr. 4 at the New York Rangers (27 games).
  • John Moore recorded 2a, his second multiple-point effort over the last three games. He now has 1g-4a-5pts over the past four games. Moore’s assist on Henrique’s goal was first power play point since Apr. 4 vs. San Jose (a).
  • Tyler Kennedy also recorded 2a, his first points as a Devil; his first assist was the 200th point of his NHL career (86g-115a).
  • Lee Stempniak collected the primary assist on Henrique’s goal, his 14th of the season, which surpasses his total from all of 2014-15 (13a in 71 games). 
  • Patrik Elias picked up 1a tonight & has 1g-2a-3pts over the last four games.
  • Brian O’Neill, who was healthy scratch for the previous four games, registered the primary assist on Gionta’s marker, his second of the season/in his last four appearances.
  • Stefan Matteau returned to the lineup and accumulated a career-high nine PIM.
  • Travis Zajac (upper body) left the game in the first period and did not return.
  • Sergey Kalinin was a healthy scratch; he had played in 21 straight since Oct. 16 vs. San Jose.
  • Bobby Farnham was a healthy scratch for the first time since Oct. 31 vs. the New York Islanders (14 games).

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Philadelphia defeated Ottawa, 4-2, at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday, has won three straight/four of its last five games (4-1-0).
  • The Flyers are 20/20 on the penalty kill over their last seven games.
  • Tonight’s contest concludes a three-game road trip. The Flyers are 5-6-2=12pts on the road this season.
  • Philadelphia is 4-3-0=8pts vs. the Metropolitan Division.
  • Claude Giroux has 5g-9a-14pts over the last 15 games and leads the Flyers with 8g-12a-20pts overall.
  • Wayne Simmonds has 3g-2a-5pts over the last two games, including 2 game-winning goals, and ranks second on the club with 6g-8a-14pts this season. Simmonds is just two points shy of 300 (145g-153a-298pts) in his NHL career.
  • Sean Couturier has posted 2g-2a-4pts over the last two games; he had 1g-3a-4pts over his first 17 games this season.
  • Shayne Gostisbehere has registered 4g-2a-6pts, including two overtime goals, in his nine appearances this season.
  • Michael Del Zotto has points in three consecutive games (1g-2a-3pts) coming into tonight. He’s averaging 23:51 of TOI/game, which leads Philadelphia.
  • Steve Mason has started each of the last two games. He made 23 saves in the win over Ottawa on Tuesday and shut out the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden last Saturday (24 saves).
  • Michal Neuvirth made 33 saves in a OT win over the Nashville Predators on Nov. 27 and is 5-3-1 with three shutouts, a 2.05 goals-against average & .939 save-percentage in 11 appearances this season.

Devils vs. Flyers

Last Game – Oct. 29 – Devils 4 at Philadelphia 1

The victory marked the Devils’ 100th in the all-time series vs. the Flyers (100-75-20). New Jersey outshot Philadelphia, 33-28. Travis Zajac scored a pair of power play goals, his first multi-goal game since Mar. 31, 2014 vs. Florida (3g). Kyle Palmieri tied his career-high with 1g-2a-3pts (also, Feb. 27, 2013 vs. Nashville, 3g). He scored an unassisted goal (GW) 1:28 into the third period and registered the primary assist on both of Zajac’s PPGs. Andy Greene added an ENG, his first of the season/since Mar. 12 at Colorado (23 games). Cory Schneider (27 saves) earned the win in goal.
Shots For/Against: 33/28
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-5/2-2

All-Time 

Record: 100-75-20 (61-28-8 at home)

Goals For/Against: 593-586 (326-267 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (37g-46a-83pts), Travis Zajac (12g-19a-31pts), Adam Henrique (9g-6a-15pts), Andy Greene (2g-13a-15pts);  Phi. – Vincent Lecavalier (18g-30a-48pts), Claude Giroux (8g-20a-28pts), Mark Streit (4g-13a-17pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (3-2-0, 2.37 GAA, .923 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .926 save %); Phi. – Steve Mason (0-7-0, 3.70 GAA, .861 save %), Michal Neuvirth (4-2-4, 1.94 GAA, .933 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is 10-2-2 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2012-13 season and has outscored the Flyers 45-25 during that span…Adam Henrique has 9g-6a-15pts in 18 career games vs. the Flyers, his most vs. any opponent; he has 5g-3a-8pts & is +10 over his last nine games vs. Philadelphia…Henrique scored three goals on three shots vs. Philadelphia in 2014-15…Andy Greene has totaled 1g-4a-5pts and is +6 in his last five games vs. the Flyers…Kyle Palmieri has 3g-3a-6pts in four career games vs. Philadelphia.

Connections: Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero’s father, Fred, served as Philadelphia’s Head Coach from 1971-78; the Flyers went to four Stanley Cup Finals under Shero and won back-to-back championships in 1974 & 75…Flyers’ President Paul Holmgren & Senior VP Bobby Clarke both played for Fred Shero during his tenure as Head Coach…Travis Zajac played under Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol at the University of North Dakota from 2004-06…John Moore was teammates with Steve Mason, R.J. Umberger and Jakub Voracek during his time spent with Columbus…Lee Stempniak and Luke Schenn both skated for Toronto from 2008-10…Adam Larsson and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare were teammates with Skelleftea (Sweden) for two seasons from 2009-11.

Devils in Detail

  • 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), sixth in GAA (2.03) and tenth in save % (.927).
  • ENDING THE SLUMP: Stephen Gionta and Jacob Josefson each scored their first goal of the season last night at Carolina. Gionta recorded his first goal since Mar. 14 at Arizona (34 games); Josefson’s was his first since Apr. 4 at the NY Rangers (27 games).
  • 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. The Devils own the league’s #1 PK at home (36/40, 90.%) and are fourth in the NHL overall (74/87, 85.1%); they were 25th in the league on Oct. 27. 
  • D’MEN ARE OT HEROES: With John Moore’s first career overtime goal last 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 1a last night at Carolina & points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) Nov. 27-28, including his first goal of the season on Nov. 28 at Montreal. Elias needs just 54 games to tie Ken Daneyko (1,283) for the most franchise history; he needs 30 appearances to tie Martin Brodeur (1,259) for second.
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored a power play goal in 16 of their 25 games, including in seven of the last ten. New Jersey has converted 18 of its 88 opportunities overall and ranks ninth in the NHL with a 20.4% success rate.
  • CAMMA-RADERIE: Mike Cammalleri recorded his 17th assist of the season last night at Carolina & 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 55a this season, which would be a new career-high (2006-07, 46a).
  • 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 254 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 4, 1983, Ron Low and Chico Resch combined to post the first shutout in Devils’ history, a 6-0 victory over Detroit at Brendan Byrne Arena. Low (10 saves) was replaced by Resch (15 saves) 0:55 into the second period.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 1 PPG for 100 in his career & 2a for 300 in his career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 7a to reach 100 in his NHL career. Also needs 6 GP to reach 300 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, six games missed) is out.
  • David Schlemko (lower body, six games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, 21 games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 60

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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