Three Stars: 1. Mike Cammalleri 2. Cory Schneider 3. Erik Karlsson
The Devils won for the third time in the past four games and improved to 19-14-5=43pts overall.
New Jersey improved to 2-0-0 in the season series vs. the Senators. The Devils now have points in seven of their last eight games played in Ottawa (4-1-3=11pts) and are 8-3-4=20pts vs. the Sens overall since 2011-12.
The Devils are 3-2-1=7pts over their last six road games and are 11-6-2=24pts away from Prudential Center overall.
New Jersey is 8-1-3=19pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 6-0-2=14pts on the road.
Ottawa out shot New Jersey, 36-21, including 28-11 over the final two periods.
The Devils blocked 24 shots in the contest; Ottawa blocked just four.
Tonight’s contest closed-out the Devils’ fifth of 12 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 2-2-1 in first games and 2-1-2 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).
The Devils finished the 2015 calendar year 38-31-12=88pts.
Cory Schneider stopped all 36 shots he faced, including 13 in the third period, to record his second shutout in his last six starts (Dec. 15 at Buffalo) & his third of the season overall. It was his 11th ShO with New Jersey and the 20th of his NHL career. Schneider improved to 10-4-2 on the road/16-10-5 overall. He’s now allowed two goals or less in 18 of his last 24 starts since Oct. 29.
Mike Cammalleri scored 2g to record his second multi-goal game (also, 2g-1a-3pts Dec. 3 at Carolina)/tenth multiple-point game of the season. Cammalleri gave the Devils a 1-0 lead with his third power play goal of 2015-16, an unassisted tally at 9:11 of the first period. He put the Devils ahead 2-0 with his 14th goal of the season at the 18:08 mark of the first.
Cammalleri scored his first game-winning goal of the season. He led the Devils/was tied for third in the NHL with eight GWG in 2014-15.
Lee Stempniak also scored, a shorthanded/empty-net goal at 19:44 of the third. He has points in ten of the last 14 games (4g-6a-10pts) and, with 9g-19a-28pts overall, has matched his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games). It was Stempniak’s fourth career SHG/first since Dec. 4, 2013 vs. Phoenix.
Travis Zajac posted the lone assist on Cammalleri’s second goal and has 3a over the past two games.
Andy Greene appeared in his 267th consecutive game (dating back to Mar. 6, 2012), and has passed Aaron Broten (266, Dec. 6, 1982-Feb. 15, 1986) for sole-possession of the seventh-longest games-played stretch in Devils’ history. Broten is also sixth on the list, having appeared in 288 straight games from Mar. 27, 1986-Jan. 4, 1990. 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.
Mike Sislo was recalled from Albany (AHL) earlier in the day and played in his first NHL game since Dec. 31, 2014 at Detroit. He registered a team-high/career-best five shots on goal in 12:00 of action.
Jon Merrill led the Devils with four blocked shots tonight.
Tyler Kennedy was a healthy scratch; he had played in 17 straight since being signed by the Devils on Nov. 27.