Devils Pre-Game 12/19/15

New Jersey Devils (16-12-4) vs. Anaheim Ducks (11-14-5)

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

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have an 10:30 AM morning skate at Prudential Center.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey has points in six of its last eight (4-2-2=10pts) & nine of its last 13 games (6-4-3=15pts).
  • The Devils have points in three of their last four home games (2-1-1=5pts) and are 7-7-3=17pts at Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 5-6-1=11pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 3-4-1=7pts at home.
  • Keith Kinkaid is expected to make the start in goal.
  • Travis Zajac (upper body, seven games missed) was activated from Injured Reserve and is expected to play tonight.

Last Game – December 17 – Devils 1 vs. Florida 5

  • New Jersey lost to Florida at home in the regular season for the first time since Feb. 11, 2012 (6-0-0).
  • The five goals-against tied a season high (also, Nov. 21 at Edmonton, L 1-5 & Oct. 10 at Washington, L 3-5).
  • Despite the loss, the Devils have points in six of their last eight (4-2-2=10pts) & nine of their last 13 games (6-4-3=15pts). 
  • New Jersey is now 6-1-2=14pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 2-1-1=5pts at home.
  • The Devils were 1/3 on the power play & have scored at least one PPG in 20 of their 32 games this season.
  • The Panthers outshot the Devils, 26-16. Their 16 shots were a season-low (previously, 17, Oct. 31 vs. NY Islanders).
  • Cory Schneider (21 saves + ENG) fell to 14-9-4 on the season.
  • Sergey Kalinin scored the Devils’ lone goal, his fourth of the season/third on the power play. He now has 2g over the past four games.
  • Kyle Palmieri registered the primary assist on Kalinin’s goal and has 6g-3a-9pts over the last ten games. He leads the Devils with a career-high 5g-7a-12pts on the power play (previously, 5g-6a-11pts, 2014-15) and is second on the club with 13g-12a-25pts overall.
  • David Schlemko also assisted on the goal and now has 2g-4a-6pts on the season. All four of Schlemko’s assists have come on the power play.
  • Mike Cammalleri, Jordin Tootoo and Tuomo Ruutu each appeared in their 100th game with New Jersey.
  • Ruutu was activated from injured reserve earlier in the day and made his first appearance since Oct. 16 vs. San Jose. He recorded 2 hits in 12:59 of action.
  • Damon Severson led the Devils with 3 shots on goal.
  • Adam Henrique was 12/16 (75.0%) on face-offs.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Anaheim opened its four-game road trip with a 3-0 loss at Buffalo on Thursday. The Ducks registered a season-high 44 shots on goal in the contest.
  • The Ducks have scored just five goals over their past five games (2-3-0).
  • Anaheim is 10-7-3=23pts since November 1 after finishing October 1-7-2=4pts.
  • The Ducks’ power play unit is 1/19 (5.3%) over the last seven games.
  • Corey Perry leads Anaheim with 10g-9a-19pts this season. With 306g in his career, Perry ranks second in Ducks history behind Teemu  Selanne (457g); he passed Paul Kariya (300g) for sole-possession of second-place on Nov. 13 vs. the New York Islanders.
  • Ryan Getzlaf tied a franchise record with 5a/5pts on Nov. 24 at Calgary. He leads the Ducks with 17a & is second with 18pts overall. Getzlaf is second in team history in both assists (487) and points (696) behind Selanne (531a/988pts).
  • Sami Vatanen leads Ducks defensemen/is third overall with 5g-11a-16pts. He has 4g-11a-15pts over the last 20 games.
  • Ryan Kesler owns the league’s eighth-highest face-off win percentage (348/612, 56.9%).
  • Carl Hagelin has 2g-5a-7pts in his first 30 games with Anaheim. He was traded to the Ducks, along with a second and sixth round draft picks in 2015, by the New York Rangers for Emerson Etem and a second round pick in the 2015 Draft on Jun. 27.
  • John Gibson (19 saves) took the loss in Buffalo on Thursday. He’s 4-4-1 with two shutouts, a 1.90 goals-against average & .927 save-percentage in nine games this season. Gibson was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the period ending Dec. 6. He was 3-1-0 with two shutouts, a 0.76 GAA & .968 save % in four appearances.
  • Frederik Andersen relieved Gibson on Dec. 11 vs. Carolina (ND, 19:33, 1 GA, 6 SA), his first game played since Nov. 21 at Tampa Bay. He missed six games with flu-like symptoms. Andersen is 4-7-4 with a 2.56 GAA & .913 save % in 17 appearances this season. His next game will be the 100th of his NHL career.

Devils vs. Ducks

2014-15

Record: 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 2-7 (1-2 at home)

Shots For/Against: 42-65 (27-25 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-4 (25.0%)/3-4 (75.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (0g-2a-2pts), four players with 1pt. each; Ana. – Jakob Silfverberg (2g-0a-2pts), Francois Beauchemin (1g-1a-2pts), Hampus Lindholm (1g-1a-2pts), Patrick Maroon (1g-1a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 2.30 GAA, .925 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 6.00 GAA, .840 save %); Ana. – John Gibson (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .963 save %); Ilya Bryzgalov (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .933 save %).

ALL-TIME

Record: 16-10-2 (9-3-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 79-67 (41-24 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (15g-18a-33pts), Lee Stempniak (9g-13a-22pts), Patrik Elias (4g-7a-11pts); Ana. – Carl Hagelin (5g-9a-14pts), Chris Stewart (4g-5a-9pts), Ryan Kesler (4g-4a-8pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-1-1, 2 ShO, 2.49 GAA, .906 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 6.00 GAA, .840 save %); Ana. – John Gibson (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .963 save %), Anton Khudobin (2-2-0, 3.09 GAA, .873 save %).

Notable: The Devils are facing the Ducks for the first of two times this season (also, Mar. 14 at Anaheim)…New Jersey is looking to snap a three-game winless stretch (0-2-1) vs. Anaheim and for their first win vs. the Ducks at Prudential Center since Feb. 17, 2012 (0-1-1)…Patrik Elias is one of four remaining active players who played in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final series between New Jersey and Anaheim (also, Matt Cullen, Brian Gionta & Scott Gomez)…Anaheim’s Special Assignment Coach Scott Niedermayer was a member of the Devils’ championship team & current Ducks’ Assistant Coach Paul MacLean was also an assistant for the ’03 Ducks team.

Connections: Kyle Palmieri was Anaheim’s first choice (26th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft and spent the first five seasons of his NHL career (2010-15) with the Ducks. He was traded to the Devils for Florida’s second-round choice (later traded to NY Rangers – Ryan Gropp) in the 2015 Entry Draft & New Jersey’s option of Florida or Minnesota’s third-round choice in 2016…Anaheim’s Special Assignment Coach, Player Development, Scott Niedermayer was a member of each of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup Championship teams. He became the third player in franchise history to have his number (27) retired on Dec. 16, ’11…Cory Schneider and Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler & Kevin Bieksa were teammates in Vancouver from 2010-13…Adam Henrique and Cam Fowler won the Memorial Cup with Windsor (OHL) in 2010…Jon Merrill and Carl Hagelin were teammates at the University of Michigan in 2010-11…Albany Devils’ forward Blake Pietila and Ducks’ goaltender John Gibson both won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championships…Anaheim’s SVP, Hockey Ops. David McNab is the son of former Devils’ General Manager Max McNab.

Devils in Detail

  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored at least one PPG in 20 of their 32 games this season. New Jersey’s PP unit is 13/52 on the road this season; their 25.0% success rate ranks third in the NHL. The Devils have converted 20.9% (23/110) of their opportunities overall, which ranks seventh in the league.
  • PALMIERI NEARS CAREER HIGH: Kyle Palmieri has 6g-3a-9pts over the last ten contests, including a career-high (tie) four-game scoring streak (4g-1a-5pts) from Dec. 4-11 & . He’s scored 13g in 32 games overall this season, and needs just 1g to tie his career-high (14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14). Palmieri is on pace for a career-best 33g-30a-63pts.
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak recorded the lone assist on Kyle Palmieri’s overtime goal vs. Detroit on Dec. 11 and has now factored into four of the Devils’ five OT-winning goals this season (1g-3a). Stempniak scored the OT game-winner on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden. He also assisted on Palmieri’s OT goal on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver & Adam Larsson’s winner on Oct. 20 vs. Arizona. Stempniak has points in six of the last eight games (3g-3a-6pts), including a team-season high five-game point-scoring streak (2g-3a-5pts) from Dec. 3-11. He’s tied for third on the club with 8g-16a-24pts overall, and needs just 4pts to match his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games).
  • 30 FOR 13: Mike Cammalleri snapped a three-game scoring drought with 1a on Tuesday at Buffalo and now has 11g-20a-31pts overall this season. He reached the 30pt. mark in his 27th game, becoming the fastest Devil to reach 30pts since Zach Parise in 2009-10 (24 games). He ranks 13th (tie) in the league in points and 15th (tie) in assists. Cammalleri has reached the 20 assist mark for the first time since 2011-12 (21a in 66 games). Cammalleri has 96 PPG since his first full NHL season in 2005-06, which ranks 12th among all NHL skaters.
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 16 of his last 20 starts since Oct. 29. He’s 10-7-3 with two shutouts, a 2.08 goals-against average & .928 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks seventh (tie) in the NHL in wins (14), tenth (tie) in GAA (2.16) and 13th in save % (.924).
  • WORKING OVERTIME: Kyle Palmieri scored his second OT goal of the season (also, Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver) & the fourth of his NHL career on Dec. 11 vs. Detroit. It was his third career OT goal at Prudential Center, having also scored the OT game winner for Anaheim vs. the Devils on Dec. 20, 2013.
  • 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).
  • WINNING TOUCH: Adam Henrique’s game-winning goal on Dec. 6 vs. Florida was his fourth of the season, which ties his career-high (2013-14). He added 2a in that game for his second 3pt. game of the season and has 5g-5a-10pts over his last ten appearances, including three GWGs. He’s just 3g shy of his total from all of last season (16g in 75 games).
  • 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 11 games, including his first goal of the season on Nov. 28 at Montreal. Elias needs just 47 games to tie Ken Daneyko (1,283) for the most franchise history; he needs 23 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 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 261 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 2.13 GAA (2nd, Jonathan Quick 2.17) and a .927 save % (2nd, Henrik Lundqvist & Tuukka Rask, .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. Joseph Blandisi is the first player in team history to wear no. 64.
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On December 19, 1995, Bill Guerin scored two goals, including his first career OT tally, in a 5-4 win over Philadelphia at the Meadowlands.

Milestone Watch

  • Andy Greene – Needs 9GP to reach 600 in his NHL career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 1GP to reach 300 in his & 4a to reach 100 in his NHL career. 
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Lee Stempniak – Needs 7pts to reach 400 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Bobby Farnham (I.R., upper body, four games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 81

Recent Transactions

  • Dec. 19 – Activated F Travis Zajac from Injured Reserve.
  • Dec. 17 – F Brian O’Neill cleared waivers/was assigned to Albany (AHL). Activated F Tuomo Ruutu from Injured Reserve.
  • Dec. 16 – Placed F Brian O’Neill on waivers. Assigned F Joseph Blandisi to Albany (AHL).
  • 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.

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