Devils Pre-Game 12/11/15

New Jersey Devils (14-10-4) vs. Detroit Red Wings (16-8-5)

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.
  • Detroit will have an optional morning skate. Head Coach Jeff Blashill will be available at approximately 5:00 PM outside of the Red Wings’ locker room.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is 4-2-3=11pts over its last nine games. 
  • The Devils snapped a four-game home winless streak (0-2-2) with their 4-2 victory over Florida on Sunday. They’re 6-6-3 at home overall.
  • New Jersey is 4-0-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 1-0-1 at home.

Last Game – December 8 – Devils 2 at Toronto 3 (SO)

  • The Devils fell to 2-3 in the shootout this season.
  • The Devils have points in four straight on the road (3-0-1=7pts)  and are 8-4-1=17pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • The Devils have points in four straight games (3-0-1=7pts) vs. the Maple Leafs dating back to Mar. 23, 2014.
  • New Jersey is 3-2-3=8pts in its last eight visits to Toronto.
  • The Devils were 2/5 power play. It marked the third time this season they’ve scored 2 PPGs in a game (last time, Oct. 29 at Philadelphia).
  • Toronto outshot New Jersey, 37-27.
  • Cory Schneider ( 35 saves + 3/5 SO) and fell to 12-7-4. 
  • Lee Stempniak scored a power play goal 1:24 into the game, his seventh of season (2nd PPG), and extended his point-scoring streak to a season-high (tie) four games (2g-2a-4pts).
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his team-leading/career-high (tie, 2014-15) fifth power play goal (12th overall) of the season at 13:20 of the second period to tie the game 2-2. He has goals in a team season-high (tie) three straight games (3g) and has 5g over the last six contests.
  • John Moore recorded the primary assist on Stempniak’s goal and now has 1g-5a-6pts over the last seven games. He had 1g-2a-3pts over his first 20 appearances this season. Moore is now tied (Damon Severson, 0g-9a-9pts) for the team scoring lead among defensemen with 2g-7a-9pts overall.
  • Patrik Elias also assisted on Stempniak’s tally and has 1g-4a-5pts over the last seven games.
  • David Schlemko posted the primary assist on Palmieri’s goal and has 1g-3a-4pts over his last seven appearances. With 2g-3a-5pts overall, Schlemko has already surpassed his point total from all of last season (1g-3a-4pts in 44 games).
  • Jacob Josefson also assisted on Palmieri’s goal, his first helper since Oct. 29 at Philadelphia (17 games). He has 1g-1a-2pts over the last four games.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Detroit has points in 12 straight games (7-0-4=18pts, last regulation loss, Nov. 14 at Boston) following last night’s 3-2 win in Montreal. It is the team’s longest point streak since a 12-game stretch from Mar. 11-Apr. 3, 2010 (10-0-2=22pts).
  • Tonight’s contest closes-out the Red Wings’ seventh set of back-to-back games. They are 3-3-1 in first games and 4-2-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • Darren Helm scored two goals last night, including the game-winner, and now has 3g-1-4pts over the last four games. He had 0g-3a-3pts over the first 21 games of the season.
  • Justin Abdelkader scored a power play goal last night, has 5g-1a-6pts over his last six games & 5g-4a-9pts over his last ten.
  • Henrik Zetterberg has points in three straight games (1g-2a-3pts) and leads the Red Wings 5g-18a-23pts overall. He recorded his 500th career assist & 800th NHL point on Oct. 31 at Ottawa.
  • Pavel Datsyuk skated in his 900th NHL game on Dec. 8 at Washington. He has 2g-5a-7pts in 14 games this season, including the lone assist on the game-winning goal last night. Datsyuk missed the first 15 games of the season due to ankle surgery.
  • Dylan Larkin ranks third among all rookies with 11g-11a-22pts in 29 games. He leads the NHL with a +20 rating (2nd, Jeff Carter, +16). Larkin has points in three of the last four (1g-3a-4pts) and 7g-5a-12pts over the last 14 games.
  • Tomas Tatar has 6g-4a-10pts over the last 12 games and ranks third on the club with 10g-11a-21pts overall. 
  • Petr Mrazek (23 saves) earned the win in goal last night. He is 7-1-3 with a 2.28 goals-against average & .925 save-percentage over his last 12 appearances since Oct. 31.
  • Jimmy Howard made a season-high 38 saves but took the shootout loss in his last start on Dec. 8 at Washington. Howard is 4-0-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and .919 save-percentage over his last five starts since Nov. 16.

Devils vs. Red Wings

2014-15

Record: 0-2-1 (0-0-1 at home)

Goals/Against: 7-12 (4-5 at home)

Shots For/Against: 55-91 (25-32 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-10 (20.0%)/8-12 (66.6%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Five players with 2pts each; Det. – Nicklas Kronwall (1g-4a-5pts), three players players with 4pts each.

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-2-1, 4.01 GAA, .869 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %); Det. – Jimmy Howard (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .900 save %), Petr Mrazek (1-0-0, 3.69 GAA, .840 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 26-27-9 (15-8-7 at home)

Goals For/Against: 197-193 (96-79 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (11g-16a-27pts), Lee Stempniak (10g-6a-16pts), Jordin Tootoo (4g-6a-10pts); Det. – Brad Richards (6g-33a-39pts), Mike Green (7g-9a-16pts), Pavel Datsyuk (6g-9a-15pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-5-1, 3.43 GAA, .888 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %); Det. – Jimmy Howard (3-2-0, 2.01 GAA, .904 save %), Petr Mrazek (1-0-0, 3.69 GAA, .840 save %).

Notable: The teams are facing-off in the first of three meetings over the next 25 days (Dec. 22 at Detroit, Jan. 4 at NJ)…The Devils are looking to snap a four-game winless streak vs. the Red Wings (0-3-1)…Mike Cammalleri has 2g-3a-5pts over his last four games vs. Detroit…Andy Greene has recorded 1g-2a-3pts in 10 career games vs. his hometown team…Cory Schneider is 0-4-1 with a 4.44 goals-against average vs. Detroit as a Devil.

Connections: John Hynes spent six seasons, 2003-09, as Head Coach of USA Hockey’s National Development Program, which was based out of Ann Arbor during his tenure…Jordin Tootoo played 53 games for Detroit over two seasons from 2012-14…Andy Greene hails from Trenton, MI…Jon Merrill was born in Oklahoma City, OK but grew up in Brighton, MI…Merrill and Mike Cammalleri both attended the University of Michigan…Merrill and Detroit’s Luke Glendening were teammates at UM for two seasons 2010-12…Red Wings’ forward Drew Miller was born in Dover, NJ.

Devils in Detail

  • HEY JOE: Joseph Blandisi was recalled from Albany (AHL) yesterday and is looking to make his NHL debut tonight. Blandisi ranks third on the A-Devils with 7g-9a-16pts in 18 games this season & leads club with 43 PIM. He has posted three multiple-point games, including a season-high 0g-4a-4pts on Oct. 31 vs. Utica. Blandisi made his AHL debut Oct. 10 at Binghamton. He appeared in three pre-season games for New Jersey and totaled 1g-1a-2pts (SHG), nine PIM & a +2 rating. Last season, Blandisi was named the OHL’s Overage Player of the Year. He led the league with 52g and was fourth with 112pts in 68 games with Barrie. Blandisi also led the OHL with 10 SHG, was 11th with 60a and ranked tenth with 126 PIM. He recorded 28 multi-point games, including two 5pt. contests: 4g-1a Feb. 22 at Sudbury & 1g-4a Oct. 4 vs. Ottawa. Blandisi added 6g-8a-14pts & 22 PIM in nine playoff games for the Colts. He was signed by the Devils as a free agent on January 14, 2015.
  • EARLY OFFENSIVE: Lee Stempniak has given the Devils an early 1-0 lead in each of their last two games. On Tuesday at Toronto, Stempniak scored a power play goal 1:24 into the contest, he seventh goal of the season (2nd PPG). Stempniak scored 0:26 into Sunday’s match-up vs. Florida at Prudential Center, New Jersey’s fastest goal to start a game this season (previously, 2:51, John Moore vs. NY Islanders Oct. 31). Stempniak enters tonight with points in a season-high (tie) four consecutive games (2g-2a-4pts).
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils were 2/5 on the power play on Tuesday at Toronto and have scored at least one PPG in 18 of their 28 games this season. New Jersey’s PP unit is 13/48 on the road this season; their 27.1% success rate ranks second in the NHL. The Devils have converted 21.2% (21/99) of their opportunities overall, which ranks eighth (tie) in the league.
  • 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 is 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 (tie) in the league in points, tenth (tie) in assists and is sixth (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 nine contests, including three GWGs. Henrique’s 13g overall rank eighth (tie) in the NHL. He’s just 3g shy of his total from all of last season (16g in 75 games).
  • PALMIERI NEARS CAREER HIGH: Kyle Palmieri has a goal in each of his last three games & has five goals over the past six contests. He’s scored 12g in 28 games overall this season, which is just two shy of his career-high (14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14). Palmieri is on pace for a career-best 35g-26a-61pts.
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 14 of his last 16 starts since Oct. 29. He’s 8-5-3 with one shutout, a 1.97 goals-against average & .932 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks eighth (tie) in the NHL in wins (12), eighth in GAA (2.10) and eighth (tie) 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-4a-5pts over the last seven games, including his first goal of the season on Nov. 28 at Montreal. Elias needs just 51 games to tie Ken Daneyko (1,283) for the most franchise history; he needs 27 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 2.16) 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.
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On December 11, 2000, John Madden scored two goals and Martin Brodeur stopped all 19 shots he faced as the Devils defeated Atlanta, 4-0, at the Meadowlands.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 4GP to reach 100 with New Jersey.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 5a to reach 100 in his NHL career. Also needs 3 GP to reach 300 in his NHL career.
  • Lee Stempniak – Needs 9pts to reach 400 in his NHL career.
  • Jordin Tootoo – Needs 4GP to reach 100 with New Jersey.

Injuries

  • Travis Zajac (I.R., upper body, three games missed) is out.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, 24 games missed) has resumed practicing.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 68

Recent Transactions

  • Dec. 11 – Placed F Bobby Farnham on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 8. Activated F Jiri Tlusty from I.R.
  • Dec. 10 – Placed F Travis Zajac on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 3. Recalled F Joseph Blandisi from Albany (AHL).
  • 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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