Devils Post-Game 1/6/16

New Jersey Devils 1 at Montreal Canadiens 2

  • Attendance: 21,288
  • Three Stars: 1. Max Pacioretty 2. Paul Byron 3. Adam Larsson

Team Notes

  • New Jersey is 20-16-5=45pts at the halfway point of the season; they were 14-20-7=35 through 41 games in 2014-15.
  • The Devils are 3-3-1=7pts over their last seven road games and are 11-7-2=24pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey finished its season series vs. Montreal 1-1-1=3pts.
  • The Devils are now 8-3-3=19pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 6-1-2=14pts on the road.
  • New Jersey was 0/3 on the power play.
  • The Devils allowed their sixth shorthanded goal of the season. Only Arizona (8) has allowed more.
  • Montreal out shot New Jersey, 25-20.

Player Notes

  • Cory Schneider (23 saves) made the start and goal and fell to 17-12-5 on the season. Despite the loss, he’s now allowed two goals or less in 21 of his last 27 starts since Oct. 29; he’s 13-10-4 with three shutouts, a 1.98 goals-against average & .931 save-percentage during that stretch.
  • Schneider also stopped David Desharnais’ second period penalty shot attempt. He’s saved 4/4 penalty shots he’s faced this season (also, Jonathan Huberdeau Dec. 6 vs. Florida, Radim Vrbata Nov. 22 at Vancouver & Patrick Marleau Oct. 16 vs. San Jose) and 12/14 in his career. Schneider’s four PS faced ties New Jersey’s single-season record (Johan Hedberg, 2011-12). George Hainsworth holds the NHL record, having faced six penalty shots for Toronto in 1934-35 (the first season for penalty shots in the NHL). -credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • Adam Henrique scored his 14th goal of the season/first since Dec. 6 vs. Florida (11 appearances) 0:50 into the third period to cut Montreal’s lead to 2-1. He has 1g-2a-3pts over the last three games.
  • Andy Greene skated in his 600th NHL game tonight, all of which have been played for the Devils. He becomes just the 16th player/sixth defenseman (also, Ken Daneyko, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Colin White and Bruce Driver) in team history to reach the milestone.
  • Greene also recorded the primary assist on Henrique’s goal. It was the 178th point of his NHL career (34g-144a) which ties Ken Daneyko (36g-142a) for sixth in team history among defensemen.
  • Greene led the Devils with 26:42 of TOI and five blocked shots.
  • Lee Stempniak also picked up an assist on the goal and, with 9g-20a-29pts overall, has surpassed his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games). He has points in 11 of the last 17 games (4g-7a-11pts). 
  • Eric Gelinas returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in the previous four games. He led the Devils with three shots on goal, registered three hits & blocked four shots in 19:20 of action.
  • Jon Merrill (24:01) and Damon Severson (23:41) each established season-highs in TOI tonight.
  • Bobby Farnham led the Devils with a season-high six hits.
  • Sergey Kalinin matched his season-high with four hits tonight.
  • Travis Zajac was 12/19 (63.1 %) in the face-off circle.
  • John Moore (lower body) left the game in the first period and did not return.
  • Tyler Kennedy (upper body) missed his first game due to injury.
  • David Schlemko (lower body, day-to-day) also did not play.

Statistics

Next Up

  • Tomorrow: TBA
  • Friday: vs. Boston Bruins at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. ET, MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN).
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