Devils Pre-Game 12/8/15

New Jersey Devils (14-10-3) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (9-13-5)

7:30 PM ET • Air Canada Centre • MSG Network • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

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

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is 4-2-2=10pts over its last eight games.
  • Beginning tonight, six of New Jersey’s next nine games will be played on the road. The Devils have won three straight on the road and are 8-4-0 away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 4-0-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 3-0-0 at on the road.

Last Game – December 6 – Devils 4 vs. Florida 2

  • The Devils snapped a four-game winless streak (0-2-2=2pts) at home and improved 6-6-3=15pts at Prudential Center overall. 
  • Including the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, New Jersey has now won eight straight games vs. Florida at The Rock.
  • The Devils are 7-2-1=15pts vs. the Panthers overall since the start of the 2012-13 season; they’ve outscored Florida 35-22 during that span.
  • New Jersey has now scored three-or-more goals in four of its last five games.
  • The Panthers out shot the Devils 36-18 overall & 29-7 over the final two periods.
  • Cory Schneider (34 saves) made the start in goal and improved to 12-7-3 on the season. He’s allowed two goals or less in 13 last 15 starts since Oct. 29 (8-5-2, 1 ShO, 1.98 GAA, .931 save %). Schneider is 2-1-2 with a 2.35 GAA & .914 save % in five head-to-head meetings with Roberto Luongo.
  • Schneider also stopped Jonathan Huberdeau’s second period penalty shot attempt. He’s saved 3/3 penalty shots he’s faced this season (also, Radim Vrbata Nov. 22 at Vancouver & Patrick Marleau Oct. 16 vs. San Jose) and 11/13 in his career.
  • Lee Stempniak scored 0:26 into the game, his sixth goal of the season, and extended his point-scoring streak to three games (1g-2a-3pts). The goal was New Jersey’s fastest to start a game this season (previously, 2:51, John Moore vs. NY Islanders Oct. 31). It was also the team’s fastest goal to start a period (previously, 0:43, Adam Larsson vs. Arizona on Oct. 20, OT).
  • Adam Henrique recorded 1g-2a-3pts for his second 3pt. game/seventh multiple-point game of the season. He has 4g-5a-9pts over the last eight contests and ranks second on the club with 13g-10a-23pts overall. Henrique’s goal was his team-leading fourth game-winner.
  • Mike Cammalleri scored his 11th goal of the season & collected the 300th assist of his NHL career on Stempniak’s tally for his ninth multiple-point game. He has points in three straight games (4g-3a-7pts).
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his 11th goal of the season. He has goals in back-to-back games (2g) and 4g over the last five.
  • Damon Severson registered 2a, his second multiple-point game of the season (also, 2a Nov. 6 vs. Chicago) , and snapped a nine game point drought. Severson leads New Jersey’s defensemen with 0g-9a-9pts.
  • Adam Larsson posted the only assist on Henrique’s goal and now has 1g-5a-6pts on the season.
  • Cammalleri, Henrique, Severson and John Moore were all +3.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • The Maple Leafs are opening a four-game homestand tonight. They won’t play again until Dec. 15 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • Toronto closed-out a three-game road trip with a 4-1 win at St. Louis on Saturday night.
  • The Maple Leafs are 4-5-3 at Air Canada Centre overall this season but are 4-2-2=10pts over their last eight home games.
  • Toronto is 8-6-3=19pts in November/December after finishing October 1-7-2=4pts.
  • Nazem Kadri scored 2g on Saturday and has 3g over the last four games. He ranks seventh in the NHL with 107 shots on goal.
  • Leo Komarov has 4g-2a-6pts over the past six games and leads Toronto with 10g-6a-16pts overall. He’s currently second in the NHL with 126 hits.
  • James van Riemsdyk is tied with Komarov for the team-lead with 7g-9a-16pts on the season. He  tied his career-high with 3a on Nov. 30 vs. Edmonton but has been held scoreless in the three games since.
  • Tyler Bozak ranks third on the club with 4g-11a-15pts (tie, Dion Phaneuf, 2g-13a-15pts). He enters tonight’s game with 99 career goals.
  • James Reimer re-aggravated a lower body injury on Dec. 3 vs. Minnesota and will not play tonight. He’s 5-2-1 with a 1.47 goals-against average and a .955 save-percentage in his last eight starts & is 7-4-4 with a 2.01 GAA & .935 save % in 16 games overall.
  • Garret Sparks started on Saturday in St. Louis and made 27 saves in the win. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 30 vs. Edmonton and stopped all 24 shots he faced to become the first goaltender in team history to record a shutout in his first NHL game.
  • Antoine Bibeau was recalled from Toronto (AHL) on Friday and could make his NHL debut tonight. He’s 6-3-0 with a 3.64 GAA & .869 save % in ten games with the Marlies this season.

Devils vs. Maple Leafs

2014-15

Record: 3-0-0 (1-0-0 on road)

Goals/Against: 11-5 (5-3 on road)

Shots For/Against: 66-96 (26-32 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-7 (28.6%)/7-9 (77.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Steve Bernier (2g-1a-3pts), Adam Larsson (1g-2a-3pts), Jon Merrill (0g-3a-3pts); Tor. – Tyler Bozak (1g-2a-3pts), four players players with 2pts each.

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (3-0-0, 1.63 GAA, .948 save %); Tor. – Jonathan Bernier (0-1-1, 2.95 GAA, .878 save %), James Reimer (0-1-0, 4.00 GAA, .765 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 42-40-18 (18-25-8 on road)

Goals For/Against: 299-300 (134-155 on road).

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (16g-19a-35pts), Tuomo Ruutu (6g-12a-18pts), Mike Cammalleri (5g-6a-11pts); Tyler Kennedy (5g-6a-11pts); Tor. – Brad Boyes (5g-10a-15pts), Joffrey Lupul (7g-8a-15pts), James van Riemsdyk (8g-6a-14pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-0-2, 1.60 GAA, .968 save %); Tor. – Jonathan Bernier (2-2-1, 2.31 GAA, .917 save %), James Reimer (4-3-2, 1 ShO, 2.55 GAA, .916 save %).

Notable: The Devils swept the Maple Leafs last season for the first time since 2007-08 (4-0-0); they’ve won four straight dating back to Mar. 23, 2014…New Jersey is 3-2-2=7pts in its last seven visits to Toronto…Tyler Kennedy posted 2g-1a-3pts in two games vs. the Leafs last season, including 1g-1a-2pts at Air Canada Centre on Mar. 9…Kyle Palmieri had 1g-1a-2pts in two games vs. Toronto last season…Cory Schneider is 4-0-2 with a 1.60 GAA in six games vs. the Leafs as a Devil.

Connections: Lee Stempniak played parts of two seasons with the Leafs from 2008-10…Jiri Tlusty was Toronto’s first choice, 13th overall, in the 2006 Draft; he played three-plus seasons with the club from 2007-09...Mike Cammalleri was born in Toronto…Adam Henrique is from nearby Brantford, Ontario…Tyler Kennedy hails from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald played two seasons with Toronto from 2002-04…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served as Head Coach of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Toronto in 2003-04…Maple Leafs’ General Manager Lou Lamoriello served the Devils as GM for 28 seasons from 1987-2015; guided New Jersey to 3 Stanley Cup Championships…Toronto’s President Brendan Shanahan was New Jersey’s first choice, 2nd overall, in the 1987 Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Devils from 1987-91 and rejoined the club midway through the 2008-09 campaign…Former Devils’ Head Coach/Special Assignment Coach Jacques Lemaire is now a Special Assignment Coach for Toronto…James van Riemsdyk is from Middletown, NJ. 

Devils in Detail

  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils’ power play unit is 11/43 on the road this season; their 25.6% success rate ranks second (tie, Chicago) in the NHL. 
  • STAR STRUCK: Mike Cammalleri was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the period ending Dec. 6. Cammalleri led the NHL with 4g-3a-7pts in four games, including three straight multiple-point games. He was joined by Anaheim’s John Gibson (First Star) and Nashville’s Shea Weber (Second). Cammalleri becomes the first Devil to be honored as a Star of the Week since Adam Henrique was named Third Star for the period ending Mar. 9, 2014 (5g).
  • 30 FOR 13: Mike Cammalleri recorded 1g-1a-2pts on Sunday vs. Florida and, with 11g-19a-30pts overall, has reached the 30pt. mark. By doing so in 27 games, Cammalleri is the fastest Devil to reach 30pts since Zach Parise in 2009-10 (24 games). He ranks sixth in the league in points, sixth in assists and is eighth (tie) with a +12 rating. Cammalleri has already surpassed his assist total from all of 2014-15 (15a in 68 games). On Sunday vs. Florida, Cammalleri collected the 300th assist of his NHL career. 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.
  • WINNING TOUCH: Adam Henrique’s game-winning goal on Sunday vs. Florida was his fourth of the season, which ties his career-high (2013-14). He added 2a on Sunday for his second 3pt. game of the season and has 5g-4a-9pts over the last eight contests, including three GWGs. Henrique’s 13g overall rank seventh (tie) in the NHL. He’s just 3g shy of his total from all of last season (16g in 75 games).
  • PALMIERI ON PACE FOR CAREER HIGHS: Kyle Palmieri has scored four goals over the past five games and has 11g in 27 games overall this season, which is just three shy of his career-high (14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14). Palmieri is on pace for a career-best 33g-27a-60pts.
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 13 of his last 15 starts since Oct. 29. He’s 8-5-2 with one shutout, a 1.98 goals-against average & .931 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks fifth (tie) in the NHL in wins (12), ninth in GAA (2.11) and 12th in save % (.926).
  • D’MEN ARE OT HEROES: With John Moore’s first career overtime goal on Nov. 28 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 1g-3a-4pts over the last six games, including his first goal of the season on Nov. 28 at Montreal. Elias needs just 52 games to tie Ken Daneyko (1,283) for the most franchise history; he needs 28 appearances to tie Martin Brodeur (1,259) for second.
  • 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, 13). 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 256 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 & Henrik Lundqvist, 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.
  • 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.
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On December 8, 1998, Ken Daneyko became the Devils’ all-time games-played leader by appearing in his 935th contest. New Jersey and Philadelphia played to a 5-5 tie at The Meadowlands.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 5a to reach 100 in his NHL career. Also needs 4 GP to reach 300 in his NHL career.
  • Lee Stempniak – Needs 10pts to reach 400 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Travis Zajac (upper body, two games missed) is out.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, eight games missed) traveled with the team.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, 23 games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 65

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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