Devils Pre-Game 12/29/15

New Jersey Devils (17-14-5) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (15-16-5)

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

Pre-Game Availability

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

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey has points in eight of its last 12 (5-4-3=13pts) & 11 of its last 17 games (7-6-4=18pts). 
  • The Devils are looking to snap a two-game losing streak at Prudential Center.  They are 7-8-3=17pts at The Rock overall.
  • New Jersey is 5-6-1=11pts vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 2-2-1=5pts at home.
  • Tonight’s contest opens the Devils’ fifth of 12 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 1-2-1 in first games and 1-1-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates. The Devils will not play another back-to-back set until Feb. 8-9 (at NY Rangers; vs. Edmonton).

Last Game – December 26 – Devils 1 at Carolina 3

  • New Jersey returned from the Holiday Break and finished its three-game road trip 1-1-1=3pts. 
  • The Devils are now 4-2-2=10pts in their last eight road games and are 10-6-2=22pts away from Prudential Center overall. 
  • Carolina out shot New Jersey, 25-20.
  • Cory Schneider (22 saves) fell to 9-4-2 on the road/15-10-5 overall.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his career-high/team-leading 15th goal of the season at 1:18 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1.
  • Mike Cammalleri recorded his team-leading 21st assist/33rd point on Palmieri’s goal.
  • Adam Henrique also posted an assist on Palmieri’s goal.  It was his 12th assist of the season and the 97th of his career.  Henrique has 1g-1a-2pts in two games vs. Carolina this season and has 9g-1a-10pts in 16 career games vs. Carolina.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Carolina defeated Chicago, 2-1, at United Center on Sunday and has won three of its last four games.
  • The Hurricanes are 7-3-1=15pts over their last 11 games.
  • Carolina has held its opponents to two goal-or-less in each of its last five games.
  • The Hurricanes’ penalty kill unit is 13/14 (92.9%) over the past eight games. Carolina ranks 28th (65/84, 77.4%) on the PK overall.
  • Justin Faulk leads Carolina/ranks fourth among all NHL defensemen with 14g-16a-30pts. He has 6g-6a-12pts over the past 10 games.
  • Faulk has scored an even-strength goal in each of the last two games. His first 12g of the season came on the power play; he is the first player in NHL history whose first 12 goals of a season have all come on the PP. 
  • Victor Rask scored the game-winning goal on Sunday, his team-leading fourth GWG of the year. Rask is second on the club with 10g-14a-24pts. He has 2g-7a-9pts over the past ten games.
  • Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 14g (tie, Faulk), nine of which came over a six-game stretch from Dec. 5-15.
  • Eric Staal has recorded 1g-5a-6pts over the last ten games and is third on the club with 5g-15a-20pts this season.
  • Jordan Staal enters tonight’s contest with 199 career assists.
  • Jay McClement appeared in his 800th NHL game on Sunday.
  • 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-4a-6pts and is +4 in his first 11 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 in his first 33 career games.
  • Rookie defenseman Brett Pesce has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) and has 1g-5a-6pts over his last eight appearances. Pesce has 3g-8a-11pts in his first 29 NHL games.
  • Eddie Lack made 35 saves in Carolina’s 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday. He is 3-0-1 with a 2.47 GAA & .922 save % over his last four starts.
  • Cam Ward made 19 saves and earned the win over the Devils on Saturday. He’s 4-2-0 with a 2.39 goals-against average & .909 save-percentage in his last seven starts since Dec. 5.

Devils vs. Hurricanes

2015-16

Record: 1-1-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 6-4 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 47-56 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-5 (20.0%)/3-3 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (2g-2a-4pts), Adam Henrique (1g-1a-2pts), Tyler Kennedy (0g-2a-2pts), John Moore (0g-2a-2pts); Car. – Justin Faulk (1g-1a-2pts), Joakim Nordstrom (1g-1a-2pts), six players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ – Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .968 save %), Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 3.06 GAA, .880 save %); Car. – Cam Ward (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .950 save %), Eddie Lack (0-1-0, 5.06 GAA, .815 save %).

ALL-TIME

Record: 64-44-11 (36-20-3 at home)

Goals For/Against: 376-331 (197-166 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (22g-35a-57pts), Travis Zajac (8g-13a-21pts), Mike Cammalleri (7g-8a-15pts), Andy Greene (4g-10a-14pts); Car. – Eric Staal (5g-18a-24pts), Jordan Staal (11g-10a-21pts), Kris Versteeg (9g-6a-15pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-2-1, 1.87 GAA, .940 save %), Keith Kinkaid (2-1-0, 1.58 GAA, .950 save %); Car. – Cam Ward (11-14-2, 2.65 GAA, .901 save %); Eddie Lack (0-2-0, 4.10 GAA, .849 save %).

Notable: Tonight’s game is the third between New Jersey and Carolina over the last 27 days (also, Dec. 3 & Dec. 26 at Car.)…The Devils are 16-8-1 vs. the Hurricanes since 2009-10, and are 11-3-1 vs. Carolina at Prudential Center all-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, and has 9g-1a-10pts in 16 career games vs. Carolina…Mike Cammalleri has 2g-4a-6pts in his last five games vs. the Hurricanes…Cory Schneider is 3-1-1 with a 1.64 goals-against average & a .943 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…Carolina D Brett Pesce was born in Tarrytown, NY.

Devils in Detail

  • ROCK-IN’ NEW YEAR: Tonight’s contest is the final game to played at Prudential Center in 2015. The Devils are 21-16-6=48pts at The Rock during the 2015 calendar year.
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri established a new career-high with his 15th goal of the season on Saturday at Carolina. He has 8g-4a-12pts over the last 14 contests, including a career-high (tie) four-game scoring streak (4g-1a-5pts) from Dec. 4-11. Palmieri is on pace for 34g-29a-63pts, which would more than double his previous career-high (14g-17a-31pts, 2013-14).
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 265 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, and will tie Aaron Broten (266, Dec. 6, 1982-Feb. 15, 1986) for the seventh-longest such stretch in Devils’ history tonight. 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.
  • DIVISIONAL DAMAGE: Mike Cammalleri has recorded 5g-8a-13pts in 12 games vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, which ranks sixth (tie) among all NHL skaters in scoring vs. intradivisional opponents. Cammalleri led the Devils with 13g-10a-23pts in 32 games within the Metropolitan Division last season.
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored at least one PPG in 21 of their 36 games this season. New Jersey’s PP unit is 14/60 on the road this season; their 23.3% success rate ranks fifth in the NHL. The Devils have converted 20.0% (24/120) 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 12 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 posted 1a on Saturday at Carolina and now has 12g-21a-33pts 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 23 starts since Oct. 29. He’s 11-8-4 with two shutouts, a 2.10 goals-against average & .927 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks seventh (tie) in the NHL in wins (15), 10th in GAA (2.17) and 11th (tie) 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).
  • 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 are serving as alternates.
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.13 GAA (2nd, Jonathan Quick 2.17) and a .926 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 29, 1991, Peter Stastny scored a natural hat trick, but the Devils lost, 4-3, to the Washington Capitals at the Meadowlands.
  • WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDERWAY: Three Devils’ prospects are participating in the 2016 World Junior Championship, which began Saturday in Helsinki, Finland. F John Quenneville (1st rd./2014) and G Mackenzie Blackwood (2nd/2015) are representing Team Canada. F Pavel Zacha (1st/2015) is skating for the Czech Republic. Quenneville scored the game-winning goal in Canada’s 6-1 win over Denmark yesterday. Blackwood is expected to make his first start of the tournament today vs. Switzerland. Zacha recorded one shot on goal in Saturday’s 2-1 SO loss to Russia. He left the game due to injury and did not play in Monday’s 2-0 victory over Slovakia.

Milestone Watch

  • Andy Greene – Needs 5GP to reach 600 in his NHL career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 3a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Tyler Kennedy – Needs 8GP 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, two games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Bobby Farnham (I.R., upper body, eight games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 87

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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