Devils Pre-Game 12/26/15

New Jersey Devils (17-13-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (13-16-5)

7:00 PM ET • PNC Arena • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WAN

Pre-Game Availability

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

Coming Into Tonight

  • The Devils are concluding their three-game road trip tonight.
  • New Jersey has points in eight of its last 11 (5-3-3=13pts) & 11 of its last 16 games (7-5-4=18pts). 
  • The Devils are 4-1-2=10pts in their last seven road games and are 10-5-2=22pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 5-5-1=11pts vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 3-3-0=6pts on the road.

Last Game – December 22 – Devils 4 at Detroit 3

  • New Jersey snapped a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) and improved to 17-13-5=39pts heading into the Holiday Break.
  • The Devils also snapped a three-game losing streak in Detroit (last win, Apr. 5, 2012, 2-1) & improved to 2-0-0 in the season series vs. the Red Wings.
  • The Devils are 4-1-2=10pts in their last seven road games and are 10-5-2=22pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 7-1-3=17pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 5-0-2=12pts on the road.
  • The Devils scored three goals in a span of 2:12 of the first period. The club had scored just three goals in its three previous games combined. 
  • New Jersey’s power play unit was 1/5; the Devils have scored at least one PPG in 21 of their 35 games this season.
  • Detroit out shot New Jersey, 28-17.
  • Cory Schneider (25 saves) improved to 9-3-2 on the road/15-9-5 overall.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his career-high (tie, 2014-15 & 2013-14) 14th goal of the season at 12:05 of the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. It was his sixth power play goal of the year, which is a new career-best. Palmieri also added an assist for his sixth multiple-point game. He has 7g-4a-11pts over the last 13 games & 4g-5a-9pts in nine career games vs. Detroit.
  • Jordin Tootoo scored just 0:42 later, his third of the year/first since Nov. 17 at Calgary (17 games). He has 2g-2a-4pts and is a +5 in four games vs. his former club since joining the Devils.
  • David Schlemko gave the Devils a 3-0 lead at 14:17 of the first, his third goal of the season. He has 1g-1a-2pts over the past four games.
  • Sergey Kalinin netted his fifth goal (GW) of the year at 2:24 of the third period to put the Devils ahead 4-2. He has 3g over the last seven contests.
  • Andy Greene recorded his 143rd career assist and has passed Ken Daneyko for sole-possession of sixth-place among Devils’ defensemen all-time. Joe Cirella(147a) is fifth. With 177 career points, Greene is also just one point behind Daneyko for sixth in team history among d’men. He has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) for the first time since Mar. 12-14 (1g-1a-2pts).
  • Jon Merrill collected the lone assist on Palmieri’s goal, his first point of the season/since Apr. 3 vs. Montreal (27 games).
  • Jacob Josefson recorded the lone assist on Kalinin’s tally, his first point since Dec. 8 at Toronto (six games).
  • Adam Larsson played a team-leading 24:51 and registered a season-high seven hits. He leads the Devils with 76 hits overall.
  • Travis Zajac was 14/24 (58.3%) in the face-off circle.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Carolina lost, 2-1, to Washington at PNC Arena in its last game before the Holiday Break on Monday. 
  • The Hurricanes are 5-3-1=11pts over their last nine games.
  • Carolina scored five goals in four consecutive games from Dec. 6-12 (3-1-0).
  • The Hurricanes’ power play unit is 10/30 (33.3%)  over the past nine games & is 20/112 (17.9%) overall.
  • Justin Faulk leads Carolina/ranks fourth (tie, John Carlson) among all NHL defensemen with 12g-15a-27pts. Each of Faulk’s 12g have come on the power play; he’s the first player in NHL history whose first 12 goals of a season have all come on the PP. 
  • Victor Rask is second on the club with 9g-14a-23pts. He heas 1g-7a-8pts over the past eight games.
  • Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 14g, nine of which came over a six-game stretch from Dec. 5-15.
  • Eric Staal has recorded 1g-4a-5pts over the last eight games and is third on the club with 5g-14a-19pts this season.
  • Kris Versteeg scored Carolina’s only goal on Monday vs. Washington and now has 3g over the last eight games.
  • Jordan Staal enters tonight’s contest with 199 career assists.
  • Phillip Di Giuseppe, Carolina’s second pick (38th overall) in the 2012 Entry Draft, made his NHL debut on Dec. 5 vs. Montreal. He has 2g-3a-5pts and is +2 in his first nine games.
  • Noah Hanifin, the fifth overall choice in the 2015 Entry Draft, is the only defenseman of the 2015 draft class  who is currently playing in the NHL. He has 1g-6a-7pts, eight PIM and is -1 in his first 31 career games.
  • Cam Ward made 19 saves and took the loss on Monday. He’s 3-2-0 with a 2.66 goals-against average & .903 save-percentage in his last six starts since Dec. 5.
  • Eddie Lack is 2-0-1 with a 2.95 GAA & .902 save % over his last three starts.

Devils vs. Hurricanes

Last Game – Dec. 3 – Devils 5 at Carolina 1

New Jersey’s five goals were a season-high (also, 5-4 SO win Oct. 22 at Ottawa). Mike Cammalleri posted a season-high (tie) 2g-1a-3pts. Adam Henrique (PP/GW), Stephen Gionta and Jacob Josefson also scored for the Devils. John Moore and Tyler Kennedy each recorded 2a. Keith Kinkaid made a season-high 30 saves and earned the win in goal.

2015-16

Record: 1-0-0 (1-0-0 on road)

Goals/Against: 5-1 (5-1 on road)

Shots For/Against: 27-31 (27-31 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-4 (25.0%)/2-2 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (2g-1a-3pts), Tyler Kennedy (0g-2a-2pts), John Moore (0g-2a-2pts); Car. – Brad Malone (1g-0a-1pt), Jay McClement (0g-1a-1pt).

Goaltending: NJ – Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .968 save %); Car. – Eddie Lack (0-1-0, 5.06 GAA, .815 save %).

ALL-TIME

Record: 64-43-11 (28-23-8 on road)

Goals For/Against: 375-328 (178-162 on road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (22g-35a-57pts), Travis Zajac (8g-13a-21pts), Mike Cammalleri (7g-7a-14pts), Andy Greene (4g-10a-14pts); Car. – Eric Staal (5g-17a-22pts), Jordan Staal (11g-10a-21pts), Kris Versteeg (9g-5a-14pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-1-1, 1.70 GAA, .947 save %), Keith Kinkaid (2-1-0, 1.58 GAA, .950 save %); Car. – Cam Ward (10-14-2, 2.72 GAA, .900 save %); Eddie Lack (0-2-0, 4.10 GAA, .849 save %).

Notable: Tonight’s game is the second of three between the New Jersey and Carolina over a 27-day span (also, Dec. 3 at Car. & Dec. 29 at NJ)…The Devils are 16-7-1 vs. the Hurricanes since 2009-10, including 8-5-0 in games played in Carolina during that time…Adam Henrique has scored the game-winning goal in four of New Jersey’s last six wins vs. Carolina, including each of the last three…Cory Schneider is 3-0-1 with a 1.33 goals-against average & a .954 save-percentage vs. Carolina as a Devil.

Connections: Jiri Tlusty spent parts of six seasons with Carolina from 2010-15; he was traded to Winnipeg for a fifth-round choice in the 2015 Entry Draft on Feb. 25…Tuomo Ruutu was acquired from Carolina for Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round choice in the 2017 Entry Draft on Mar. 5…Cory Schneider and Nathan Gerbe were teammates at Boston College for two seasons (2005-07)…Jordan Staal (1st round/2nd overall) was the first player Devils’ Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero selected in his first year as Pittsburgh’s GM in 2006…Carolina’s Pro Scouting Director Marshall Johnston formerly served the Devils as an Assistant Coach for one-plus season from 1982-83. He was named New Jersey’s Director of Player Personnel in November, 1983 and held that position for ten years…Hurricanes’ Pro Scout/Advisor Joe Nieuwendyk was a member of New Jersey’s 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team.

Devils in Detail

  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri posted 1g-1a-2pts on Tuesday at Detroit, his sixth multiple-point game of the season, and tied his career-high with his 14th goal. He has 7g-4a-11pts over the last 13 contests, including a career-high (tie) four-game scoring streak (4g-1a-5pts) from Dec. 4-11. Palmieri is on pace for 32g-30a-62pts, which would double his previous career-high (14g-17a-31pts, 2013-14).
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 264 consecutive games dating back to Mar. 6, 2012 and needs just two more appearances to tie Aaron Broten (266, Dec. 6, 1982-Feb. 15, 1986) for the seventh-longest such stretch in Devils’ history. Greene’s streak is the second-longest in team history among defensemen, trailing only Ken Daneyko’s 388-game stretch from Nov. 4, 1989-Mar. 29, 1994.
  • ROAD TESTED: Cory Schneider is 9-3-2, with one shutout, a 2.11 goals-against average & .933 save-percentage in 14 starts on the road this season.
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored at least one PPG in 21 of their 35 games this season. New Jersey’s PP unit is 14/59 on the road this season; their 23.7% success rate ranks fifth in the NHL. The Devils have converted 20.2% (24/119) of their opportunities overall, which ranks 12th in the league.
  • 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 eight of the last 11 games (3g-5a-8pts), including a team-season high five-game point-scoring streak (2g-3a-5pts) from Dec. 3-11. He’s third on the club with 8g-18a-26pts overall, and needs just 2pts to match his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games)
  • 30 FOR 13: Mike Cammalleri scored his 12th goal of the season Dec. 19 vs. Anaheim and now has 12g-20a-32pts 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 11th (tie) in the league in points. Cammalleri has reached the 20 assist mark for the first time since 2011-12 (21a in 66 games). On Dec. 6 vs. Florida, Cammalleri collected the 300th assist of his NHL career. He also scored the 100th power play goal of his NHL career on Dec. 4 vs. Philadelphia.
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 17 of his last 22 starts since Oct. 29. He’s 11-7-4 with two shutouts, a 2.06 goals-against average & .929 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks sixth (tie) in the NHL in wins (15), 11th in GAA (2.14) and eighth (tie) in save % (.925).
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.12 GAA (2nd, Jonathan Quick 2.17) and a .927 save % (2nd, 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 26, 2010, the Devils faced the Maple Leafs in front of just 5,329 fans as a blizzard dropped over 24 inches of snow on Newark.
  • WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN TODAY: Three Devils’ prospects will be participating in the 2016 World Junior Championship, which began today in Helsinki, Finland. F John Quenneville (1st rd./2014) and G Mackenzie Blackwood (2nd/2015) will represent Team Canada. F Pavel Zacha (1st/2015) will skate for the Czech Republic.

Milestone Watch

  • Andy Greene – Needs 6GP to reach 600 in his NHL career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 4a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Tyler Kennedy – Needs 9GP to reach 500 in his NHL career. 
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Lee Stempniak – Needs 5pts to reach 400 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Patrik Elias (knee, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Bobby Farnham (I.R., upper body, seven games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 85

Recent Transactions

  • Dec. 19 – F Travis Zajac was activated 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).

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