Devils Pre-Game 1/4/16

New Jersey Devils (20-14-5) vs. Detroit Red Wings (19-13-7)

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 A.M. morning skate at Prudential Center.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey has won three in a row for the first time since Oct. 18-24 (4-0-0) and is 4-1-0 over its last five games.
  • The Devils are 4-2-1=9pts over their last seven home games and are 9-8-3=21pts at Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 8-1-3=19pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 2-1-1=5pts at home.

Last Game – January 2 – Devils 3 vs. Dallas 2 (OT)

  • New Jersey improved to 6-1 in games decided in overtime this season and improved to 20-14-5=45pts overall. 
  • New Jersey did not reach the 20-win mark until Game #51 last season (20-22-9=49pts).
  • The Devils are now 8-0-2 vs. the Stars at home since 2000, including 6-0-2 at Prudential Center.
  • New Jersey improved to 6-7-1=13pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 4-5-1=9pts at home.
  • The Stars out shot the Devils, 31-30, but New Jersey held a 4-0 advantage in OT.
  • Cory Schneider (29 saves) improved to 17-10-5 on the season. 
  • John Moore scored the power play game-winner at 1:47 of overtime, his second OT goal of the season/of his NHL career (also, Nov. 28 at Montreal). It was the fourth game-winning goal of his career. Moore now has 3g-7a-10pts on the season, which ranks second among Devils’ defensemen (Damon Severson, 1g-10a-11pts). He led New Jersey with 23:48 of TOI.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his 17th goal of the season at 1:02 of the second period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.
  • Bobby Farnham scored his fifth goal of the season/second in the last three games at 6:02 of the second to put New Jersey ahead 2-0.
  • Adam Henrique recorded 2a, including the lone assist on Moore’s goal, for his eighth multiple-point game of the season. He needs just 1a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • David Schlemko collected the primary assist on Palmieri’s goal and now has 2g-1a-3pts over the past five games. He led the Devils with a season-high four shots on goal.
  • Jordin Tootoo recorded the primary assist on Farnham’s goal and now has 1g-1a-2pts over the last five games. He has 3g-5a-8pts in 38 appearances overall.
  • Stephen Gionta also assisted on Farnham’s marker his first point since Dec. 11 vs. Detroit (nine games).
  • Travis Zajac led all forwards with 22:15 of TOI.
  • Mike Cammalleri (upper body) missed his first game of the season. He had played in 48 straight games since Mar. 23, 2015.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win at Buffalo on Saturday.
  • Tonight’s contest is the second of a six-game road trip. The Red Wings are 8-5-3=19pts on the road this season.
  • Tomas Tatar scored the game-winning goal with just 2:50 remaining in regulation on Saturday, his second GWG/12th overall. Tatar also added an assist for his sixth multiple-point game. He ranks third on the club with 12g-13a-25pts overall.
  • Riley Sheahan also recorded 1g-1a-2pts (PPG) on Saturday and now has 3g-2a-5pts over the past seven games.
  • Mike Green registered 2a on Saturday, his second multi-point effort of the year (also, 2a, Nov. 16 at Ottawa).
  • Brad Richards scored his fourth goal of 2015-16 on Saturday; he has 4g-3a-7pts over the past 12 games after recording just 4a in his first 14 appearances of the season.
  • Henrik Zetterberg scored his seventh goal of the season Saturday and leads the Red Wings with 7g-22a-29pts overall. He scored his 300th NHL goal on Nov. 6 at Toronto and recorded his 500th career assist & 800th NHL point on Oct. 31 at Ottawa.
  • Pavel Datsyuk recorded 1a on Saturday and has 3g-9a-12pts over his last 14 games. He skated in his 900th NHL game on Dec. 8 at Washington & scored his 300th goal on Nov. 25 vs. Boston. Datsyuk missed the first 15 games of the season due to ankle surgery.
  • Dylan Larkin posted 1a Saturday and ranks third among all rookies with 13g-13a-26pts in 38 games. He’s second (tie, Jamie Benn) among all NHL skaters with a +21 rating.
  • Petr Mrazek made 32 saves and earned the win on Saturday to improve to 12-8-3 on the season.
  • Jimmy Howard was relieved by Mrazek in his last start on Dec. 29 at Winnipeg after allowing 4 goals on 14 shots in 31:43 of action.

Devils vs. Red Wings

Last Game – Dec. 22 – Devils 4 at Detroit 3

The Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three goals over a 2:12 span of the first period. Kyle Palmieri (PP), Jordin Tootoo and David Schlemko each tallied in the first and Sergey Kalinin netted the eventual game-winner in the third. Palmieri added an assist to record a multiple-point game. Cory Schneider (25 saves) earned the win in goal.

Record: 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 7-5 (3-2 at home)

Shots For/Against: 55-57 (38-29 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-9 (22.2%)/4-8 (50.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Kyle Palmieri (2g-2a-4pts), Jordin Tootoo (1g-2a-3pts), Sergey Kalinin (2g-0a-2pts); Det. – Mike Green (1g-1a-2pts), Niklas Kronwall (0g-2a-2pts), Brad Richards (0g-2a-2pts), Henrik Zetterberg (0g-2a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (2-0-0, 2.42 GAA, .942 save %); Det. – Petr Mrazek (0-1-0, 1.36 GAA, .909 save %), Jimmy Howard (0-0-1, 4.62 GAA, .864 save %).


Record: 28-27-9 (16-8-7 at home)

Goals For/Against: 204-198 (99-81 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (11g-16a-27pts), Lee Stempniak (10g-7a-17pts), Jordin Tootoo (5g-8a-13pts); Det. – Brad Richards (6g-35a-41pts), Mike Green (8g-10a-18pts), Henrik Zetterberg (2g-10a-12pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (3-5-1, 3.20 GAA, .893 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %); Det. – Jimmy Howard (3-2-1, 2.55 GAA, .892 save %); Petr Mrazek (1-1-0, 2.75 GAA, .861 save %).

Notable:  The teams are facing-off for the third time in a 25-day span (Dec. 11 & Dec. 22 at Detroit)…The Devils are looking to sweep the season series vs. the Red Wings; they are 2-0-1 in their last three home games vs. Detroit…Mike Cammalleri has 2g-3a-5pts over his last six games vs. Detroit…Jordin Tootoo has 2g-2a-4pts and is +5 in four games vs. the Red Wings since joining the Devils…Kyle Palmieri has 4g-5a-9pts in nine career games vs. Detroit…Andy Greene has recorded 1g-3a-4pts in 12 career games vs. his hometown team.

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’ F Drew Miller was born in Dover, NJ.

Devils in Detail

  • D’MEN ARE OT HEROES: John Moore scored his second overtime goal of the season/his career on Saturday vs. Dallas. Eight of the Devils’ last 13 OT game-winners have now been scored by a defenseman. Moore became the fourth d’man in franchise history to score two OT goals in a season, joining: Scott Niedermayer (4, 2001-02), Johnny Oduya (2, 2008-09) and Andy Greene (2, 2013-14). –credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • WILD THING: Bobby Farnham scored 1g on Saturday vs. Dallas and now has 5g-1a-6pts in 19 games with the Devils, 4g-1a-5pts of which have come at Prudential Center. Farnham’s career-high for goals scored at the pro level is 7g in both 2014-15 & 2013-14 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 19 of his last 25 starts since Oct. 29 and is 13-8-4 with three shutouts, a 2.01 goals-against average & .931 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks fifth (tie) in the NHL in wins (17), sixth (tie) in shutouts (3), tenth in GAA (2.10) and ninth (tie) in save % (.927).
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri has established a new career-high with his 17 goals this season; he has 30pts, which is just 1pt shy of tying his career-high (14g-17a-31pts, 2013-14). He has goals/points in four of the last five games (4g-1a-5pts) and has 10g-4a-14pts over the last 17 contests, including a career-high (tie) four-game scoring streak (4g-1a-5pts) from Dec. 4-11. Palmieri is on pace for 35g-27a-62pts, which would double his previous career-high (14g-17a-31pts, 2013-14).
  • STILL STRONG ON DEFENSE: New Jersey is allowing just 2.31 goals/game, which ranks fourth in the NHL.
  • MULTI-POINT MIKE: Mike Cammalleri scored 2g on Wednesday at Ottawa, his second multi-goal game (also, Dec. 3 at Carolina)/tenth multi-point effort of the season. Cammalleri’s ten multiple-point games this season ranks ninth (tie) among all NHL players. He has 14g-21a-35pts overall, which ranks 13th (tie, three others) in the league.
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak is third on the club with 9g-19a-28pts overall and has matched his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games). He has points in ten of the last 15 games (4g-6a-10pts), including a team-season high five-game point-scoring streak (2g-3a-5pts) from Dec. 3-11. 
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 268 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, and has passed Aaron Broten (266, Dec. 6, 1982-Feb. 15, 1986) for the seventh-longest such 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.
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored at least one PPG in 23 of their 39 games this season. New Jersey’s PP unit is 15/64 on the road this season; their 23.4% success rate ranks fifth in the NHL. The Devils have converted 20.0% (26/130) of their opportunities overall, which ranks 12th 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).
  • 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.
  • 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
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.12 GAA (2nd, J. Quick, 2.16) and a .927 save % (2nd, H. Lundqvist & T. Rask .924) 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 January 4, 1998, the Devils obtained Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir from Edmonton in exchange for Bill Guerin and Valeri Zelepukin.
  • WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Three Devils’ prospects participated in the 2016 World Junior Championship, which began Dec. 26 in Helsinki, Finland. F John Quenneville (1st rd./2014) and G Mackenzie Blackwood (2nd/2015) represented Team Canada, which was eliminated following a 6-5 loss to Finland on Saturday. F Pavel Zacha (1st/2015) skated for the Czech Republic, which was also eliminated on Saturday following a 7-0 loss to Team USA. Quenneville scored the game-winning goal in Canada’s 6-1 win over Denmark on Dec. 28, and posted 1a vs. Finland on Saturday. Blackwood made 23 saves on Saturday; he finished the tournament 1-2-0 with a 3.95 GAA & .858 save % in three starts overall. Zacha returned to the lineup after missing two games due to injury and registered an assist on the Czech Republic’s 5-4 loss to Finland on Thursday, his only point of the tournament.

Milestone Watch

  • Andy Greene – Needs 2 GP to reach 600 in his NHL career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 1a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Tyler Kennedy – Needs 6 GP to reach 500 in his NHL career. 
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Damon Severson – Needs 11 GP to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Lee Stempniak – Needs 2pts to reach 400 in his NHL career.


  • Mike Cammalleri (upper body, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, five games missed) is out.
  • Jacob Josefson (I.R., lower body, three games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 96

Recent Transactions

  • Dec. 30 – Placed F Jacob Josefson on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 26. Recalled F Mike Sislo from Albany (AHL). Signed goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to an entry-level contract.
  • Dec. 29 – Placed F Patrik Elias on I.R., retroactive to Dec. 21. F Bobby Farnham was activated from I.R.
  • Dec. 19 – F Travis Zajac was activated from I.R.

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