Devils Pre-Game 12/6/15

New Jersey Devils (13-10-3) vs. Florida Panthers (13-9-4)

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.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is closing-out a two-game homestand. Six of its next nine games will be played on the road.
  • The Devils are looking to snap a four-game winless streak (0-2-2) at home; they’re 5-6-3 at Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 3-0-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 0-0-1 at home.

Last Game – December 4 – Devils 3 vs. Philadelphia 4 (OT)

  • The Devils lost in overtime for the first time this season (4-1).
  • New Jersey closed-out its third of 12 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 1-1-1 in first games and 1-1-1 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • Despite the loss, New Jersey is 10-2-3 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2012-13 season.
  • New Jersey was 1/3 on the penalty-kill & allowed a power play goal on home ice for the first time since Oct. 31 vs. the New York Islanders, ending a streak of 23 straight kills over seven games.  It marked just the third time this season the Devils allowed 2 PPG in a game (also, Oct. 24 at Buffalo & Oct. 10 at Washington).
  • Philadelphia outshot New Jersey, 25-18.
  • Cory Schneider (21 saves) made the start in goal and fell to 11-7-3 on the season. He allowed more than two goals for just the second time in his last 14 starts since Oct. 29 (7-5-2, 1 ShO, 1.98 GAA, .929 save %).
  • Mike Cammalleri scored a power play goal (the 100th PPG of his NHL career) with 1:00 remaining in regulation to force the overtime. He also recorded an assist for his eighth multiple-point game of the season. Cammalleri has points in back-to-back games (3g-2a-5pts) and leads Devils with 10g-18a-28pts overall.
  • Stefan Matteau scored his first goal of the season/since Apr. 3 vs. Montreal (13 games). It was an unassisted goal 6:36 into the first period.
  • Kyle Palmieri’s tenth goal of the season 1:55 into the third period tied the game at 2-2. He now has 3g over the last four games & 4g-3a-7pts in five career games vs. Philadelphia.
  • Lee Stempniak collected the primary assist on Cammalleri’s goal, which gives him assists/points in back-to-back games (2a).
  • Tyler Kennedy recorded the secondary assist on Cammalleri’s goal for his first power play point since Oct. 8, 2013 at the NY Rangers. He has 3a over the past two games.
  • Patrik Elias picked up the primary assist on Palmieri’s goal, has points in two straight (2a) & has 1g-3a-4pts over the last five games.
  • David Schlemko returned the lineup for the first time since Nov. 20 at Edmonton. He missed five games Nov. 22-Dec. 1 due to a lower body injury and was a healthy scratch on Thursday in Carolina. Schlemko 16:00 of TOI and was a +1.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Florida has won five straight, including a 2-1 shootout victory at Columbus on Friday.
  • The Panthers are closing out a five-game road trip tonight. They’re 7-4-2 on the road this season.
  • Florida has allowed two goals or less in each of their last six games.
  • Jaromir Jagr leads the Panthers with 8g-10a-18pts this season, but has been held scoreless in each of the last four contests.  He is only 1g away from tying Marcel Dionne for fourth all-time (731).
  • Vincent Trocheck scored Florida’s lone goal on Friday and ranks third on the club with 8g-7a-15pts overall.
  • Aleksander Barkov scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout. He’s 5/15 with 3 GDG in his career.
  • Aaron Ekblad, last season’s Calder Trophy winner, has 4g-6a-10pts and is +4 this season.
  • Reilly Smith has 6g-7a-13pts in 26 games this season. He was acquired from Boston with Marc Savard in exchange for Jimmy Hayes on July 1. 
  • Roberto Luongo is 4-0-0 in his last four starts and is 10-8-3 with one shutout, a 2.24 goals-against average and .928 save-percentage this season.
  • Al Montoya earned the win on Friday to improve to 3-1-1 on the season. He’s 3-2-2 with one shutout, a 1.56 GAA and .940 save % in eight career appearances vs. the Devils.

Devils vs. Panthers

2014-15

Record: 2-1-0 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 10-5 (3-1 at home)

Shots For/Against: 71-83 (14-27 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 3-9 (33.3%)/11-13 (84.6%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (2g-2a-4pts), Damon Severson (2g-1a-3pts), Eric Gelinas (0g-3a-3pts); Fla. – Jaromir Jagr (1g-1a-2pts), Brian Campbell (0g-2a- 2pts), ten players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 2.03 GAA, .929 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .963 save %); Fla. – Roberto Luongo (0-2-0, 5.17 GAA, .741 save %), Al Montoya (1-0-0, 1.24 GAA, .953 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 51-25-10 (29-10-4 at home)

Goals For/Against: 247-186 (136-84 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (26g-25a-51pts), Travis Zajac (9g-15a-24pts), Tuomo Ruutu (10g-14a-24pts);  Fla. – Jaromir Jagr (36g-55a-91pts), Brian Campbell (4g-10a-14pts), Jussi Jokinen (7g-5a-12pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (3-2-0, 2.15 GAA, .915 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .963 save %); Fla. – Roberto Luongo (10-15-0, 3 ShO, 2.89 GAA, .911 save %), Al Montoya (3-2-2, 1 ShO, 1.56 GAA, .940 save %).

Notable: The Devils and Panthers are facing off in the first of two meetings over the next 11 days, both to be played at Prudential Center…Including the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, New Jersey has won seven straight games vs. Florida at The Rock…The Devils are 6-2-1 vs. the Panthers overall since the start of the 2012-13 season; they’ve outscored Florida 31-20 during that span…Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo have started head-to-head four times. Schneider is 1-1-2 with a 2.44 GAA & .903 save %; Luongo is 3-1-0 with a 3.43 GAA & .878 save %…Travis Zajac has 12g-18a-30pts in 36 career games (including playoffs) vs. Florida. 

Connections: Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo were teammates with Vancouver for three full seasons from 2010-13…Jaromir Jagr was traded by the Devils to Florida on Feb. 26 for the Panthers’ second-round pick in the 2015 Entry Draft (later traded to NY Rangers-Ryan Gropp) and New Jersey’s option of Florida or Minnesota’s (acquired by Florida, Feb. 25, 2015) third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft…Panthers’ Assistant Coach John Madden played nine seasons with the Devils from 1999-2009 and was a member of their 2000 & 2003 Stanley Cup Championship teams…Former Devils’ forward Jim McKenzie currently serves as a scout for the Panthers…Florida’s captain Willie Mitchell was New Jersey’s 12th choice (eighth round), 199th overall, in the 1996 Entry Draft. He played 18 games with the Devils from 1999-00 before being traded to Minnesota for Sean O’Donnell on Mar. 4, 2001…Panthers forward Connor Brickley is a second cousin of former Devil Andy Brickley.

Devils in Detail

  • CAMMY CRACKS THE TOP TENMike Cammalleri recorded 1g-1a-2pts on Friday vs. Philadelphia for his eighth multiple-point game of the season. He ranks sixth in the the league in both assists (18, tie) and points (28). Cammalleri has already surpassed his assist total from all of 2014-15 (15a in 68 games). He also scored the 100th power play goal of his NHL career on Friday vs. Philadelphia. Cammalleri has 96 PPG since  his first full NHL season in 2005-06, which ranks 12th among all NHL skaters. 
  • PALMIERI ON PACE FOR CAREER HIGHS: Kyle Palmieri has scored three goals over the past four games and has 10g in 26 games overall this season, which is just four shy of his career-high (14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14). Palmieri is on pace for a career-best 31g-28a-59pts.
  • MATTEAU MAKING NOISE: Stefan Matteau scored his first goal of 2015-16 and saw a season-high 14:51 of TOI on Friday vs. Philadelphia. The previous night in Carolina, Matteau registered  career-high nine PIM/career-high four shots on goal. Matteau was New Jersey’s first pick (30th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • COUNT ON CORY: On Friday vs. Philadelphia, Cory Schneider allowed more than two goals for just the second time in his last 14 starts since Oct. 29. He’s 7-5-2 with one shutout, a 1.98 goals-against average & .929 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks eighth (tie) in the NHL in wins (11), eighth (tie) in GAA (2.12) and 12th (tie) in save % (.924).
  • 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 has points in each of the last two games (2a) and has 1g-3a-4pts over the last five, including his first goal of the season on Nov. 28 at Montreal. Elias needs just 53 games to tie Ken Daneyko (1,283) for the most franchise history; he needs 29 appearances to tie Martin Brodeur (1,259) for second.
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored a power play goal in 17 of their 26 games, including in eight of the last 11. New Jersey has converted 19 of its 92 opportunities overall and ranks tenth in the NHL with a 20.6% success rate.
  • 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 255 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, 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 6, 1992, seven different players scored in New Jersey’s 7-3 win at Buffalo. Alexander Semak and Valeri Zelepukin each recorded 1g-2a-3pts; Craig Billington made 31 saves in goal.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 1a for 300 in his career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 7a to reach 100 in his NHL career. Also needs 5 GP to reach 300 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Travis Zajac (upper body, one game missed) is out.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, seven games missed) is out.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, 22 games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 62

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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