New Jersey Devils (20-17-5) at Minnesota Wild (22-11-8)
8:00 PM ET • Xcel Energy Center • NBC Sports Network • News Radio 880 WCBS
- New Jersey will have a 11:30 A.M. (CT) morning skate at Xcel Energy Center.
- The Minnesota Wild will not hold a morning skate. Head Coach Mike Yeo will be available to the media at 5 P.M. in the postgame press conference room.
Coming Into Tonight
- New Jersey is opening a season-high four-game road trip. The Devils enter tonight having lost a season-high three straight games (tie, Oct. 9-13).
- 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 is 6-7-1=13pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 2-2-0=4pts on the road.
Last Game – January 8 – Devils 1 vs. Boston 4
- The Devils fell to 0-1-1=1pt. in the season series vs. the Bruins. They are 3-12-4 vs. Boston since 2010-11, including 2-6-1 at Prudential Center.
- New Jersey is now 8-4-3=19pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 2-3-1=5pts at home.
- The Devils are now 4-4-1=9pts over their last nine home games and fell to 9-10-3=21pts at Prudential Center overall.
- New Jersey out hit Boston 34-17.
- The Devils won 26/49 (53.0%) face-offs in the contest.
- Boston out shot New Jersey, 31-20.
- Cory Schneider (27 saves) made the start and goal and fell to 17-13-5 on the season.
- Bobby Farnham scored the Devils’ only goal at 11:57 of the second period. It was his third goal in the last six games and sixth of the season. Farnham has 5g-1a-6pts in 15 games at Prudential Center since joining the Devils.
- Stephen Gionta collected the primary assist on Farnham’s goal and now has 2a over the past four games. He was also 10/12 (83.3%) in the face-off circle.
- Adam Larsson also assisted on Farnham’s goal, his first assist/point since Dec. 20 at Boston (seven games).
- Damon Severson led New Jersey with a season-high 24:31 of TOI.
- Kyle Palmieri led Devils’ forwards with 22:45 of TOI but did not record a shot on goal for just the third time this season (also, Dec. 20 at Boston & Nov. 10 vs. St. Louis).
- Paul Thompson registered 2 PIM, one shot on goal and was +1 in 13:10 of action in his NHL debut.
- Jim O’Brien made his first NHL appearance since Apr. 2, 2013 at Boston. He had 2 PIM and recorded a team-high (tie, Sergey Kalinin) four hits in 12:55 of TOI.
- Marc-Andre Gragnani played in his first NHL game since Feb. 26, 2013 at Washington. He posted one hit in 14:05 of TOI.
- Minnesota is 5-2-2=12pts over its last nine games following last night’s 2-1 win at Dallas.
- Tonight’s contest closes-out Minnesota’s eighth set of back-to-back games. The Wild are 4-2-2 in first games and 2-2-3 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
- Minnesota is 14-5-2=30pts at Xcel Energy Center.
- The Wild own the league’s fourth best power play at home, having converted 25.4% (16/63) of their opportunities at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota ranks 20th (22/122, 18.0%) overall.
- Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 15 goals, despite missing nine games due to injury. He has 4g over the last three games, including his second hat trick of the season (also, Oct. 8 at Colorado)/the fourth of his career on January 5 at Columbus. Parise needs 11g to reach 300 and 8pts to reach 600 in his NHL career. He posted his 300th assist on Dec. 15 vs. Vancouver & appeared in his 700th game on Oct. 27 vs. Edmonton.
- Mikko Koivu has 6g-6a-12pts over the last 14 games and leads the Wild with 10g-22a-32pts overall. He recorded a career-high eight game point-scoring streak from Oct. 15-30 (3g-7a-10pts). Koivu skated in his 700th NHL game on Nov. 21 vs. Nashville.
- Ryan Suter is averaging 28:23 of TOI/game, which ranks second in the NHL. He ranks fourth (tie) among NHL defensemen with 22a & is ninth (tie) among d’men with 27pts. Suter leads Minnesota with a +11 rating (tie, Marco Scandella).
- Thomas Vanek scored the game-winning goal last night in Dallas. He’s third on the club with 13g-14a-27pts this season. He scored the 300th goal of his NHL career on Oct. 15 at Arizona.
- Jason Pominville enters tonight’s game needing just two points to reach 600 in his NHL career (242g-356a). He’s been held without a point in each of the last eight games.
- Jared Spurgeon leads Minnesota’s defensemen with 6g. He’s tops on the club/ranks ninth in the NHL with 94 blocked shots. Spurgeon skated a season-high 29:00 Jan. 7 vs. Philadelphia and is averaging 22:42 TOI/game.
- Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves and earned the win last night in Dallas to improve to 18-11-14 on the season. He has started each of the last eight games; he’s 4-2-2 with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .938 save-percentage during that stretch.
- Darcy Kuemper served as Dubnyk’s back-up last night after missing six games due to a concussion. He’s 4-0-4 with one shutout, a 2.13 goals-against average & .926 save-percentage in nine games this season.
- Niklas Backstrom is looking to make his NHL season debut. He’s 1-2-1 with a 4.11 GAA & .840 save-percentage in four career games vs. the Devils.
Devils vs. Wild
Record: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 on road)
Goals/Against: 5-7 (2-6 on road)
Shots For/Against: 55-62 (32-38 on road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-7 (14.3%)/7-8 (87.5%)
Leading Scorers: NJ – Steve Bernier (0g-2a-2pts), Jaromir Jagr (0g-2a-2pts), 11 players with 1pt. each; Min. – Thomas Vanek (2g-0a-2pts), Jared Spurgeon (1g-1a-2pts), Chris Stewart (1g-1a-2pts), Zach Parise (0g-2a-2pts).
Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 3.55 GAA, .889 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 3.24 GAA, .875 save %); Min. – Devan Dubnyk (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .938 save %), Darcy Kuemper (0-1-0, 2.00, .909).
Record: 9-5-2 (3-4-1 on road)
Goals For/Against: 49-43 (21-27 on road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (8g-10a-18pts), Lee Stempniak (5g-8a-13pts), Patrik Elias (4g-8a-12pts); Min. – Jason Pominville (11g-9a-20pts), Thomas Vanek (11g-5a-16pts), Ryan Suter (1g-7a-8pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (8-6-0, 2.42 GAA, .910 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 3.24 GAA, .875 save %); Min. – Devan Dubnyk (1-0-1, 2.92 GAA, .915 save %), Darcy Kuemper (0-1-0, 2.00 GAA, .909 save %), Niklas Backstrom (1-2-1, 4.11 GAA, .840 save %).
Notable: The Devils are 0-3-0 and have been outscored 14-4 in their last three visits to Xcel Energy Center (last win, Jan. 2, 2010, 5-3)…Andy Greene has registered 1g-2a-3pts in his last four games vs. Minnesota…Cory Schneider’s 15 games played/eight wins vs. the Wild are his second-most vs. any opponent (Columbus, 16, 9).
Connections: Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero is a native of St. Paul, MN…Jim O’Brien was born in Maplewood, MN and played for the University of Minnesota in 2006-07…Head Coach John Hynes coached Ryan Suter as an assistant with the USDP-17 in 2001-02, the 2002 World Under-18 Championships & at the 2004 World Junior Championships…Wild F Zach Parise played seven seasons with the Devils and served as captain during his final season with the club 2011-12….Ryan Carter played for New Jersey for three seasons from 2011-14; he attended Devils’ training camp in September, 2014 but signed with the Wild prior to the start of the 2014-15 campaign…Former Devils’ defensemen Brad Bombardir and Ricard Persson both currently hold positions with the Wild; Bombardir is Minnesota’s Director of Player Development, while Persson serves as a scout…Minnesota Head Coach Mike Yeo served as an Assistant Coach with Pittsburgh during Shero’s tenure as GM with the Penguins from 2006-10.
Devils in Detail
- ROAD TESTED: Cory Schneider is 10-5-2, with two shutouts, a 2.04 goals-against average & a .934 save-percentage in 17 starts on the road this season..
- SCHNEIDER’S A STAR: Cory Schneider was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game, the National Hockey League announced on Wednesday. He becomes the fifth Devils’ goaltender to be selected to an All-Star Game, joining: Glenn Resch (1984), Sean Burke (1989), Craig Billington (1993) and Martin Brodeur (1996-2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 & 2008).
- WILD THING: Bobby Farnham scored 1g on Friday vs. Boston and has 6g-1a-7pts in 22 games with the Devils, 5g-1a-6pts 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).
- 600 GAMES FOR GREENE: Andy Greene skated in his 600th NHL game on Wednesday at Montreal, all of which have been played for the Devils. He’ll become 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.
- BIG SAVES: Cory Schneider stopped David Desharnais’ penalty shot attempt on Wednesday vs. Montreal, has now saved 4/4 PS 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 has stopped 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 PS for Toronto in 1934-35 (the first season for penalty shots in the NHL). -credit Elias Sports Bureau
- D’MEN ARE OT HEROES: John Moore scored his second overtime goal of the season/his career on Jan. 2 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
- COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 21 of his last 28 starts since Oct. 29 and is 13-11-4 with three shutouts, a 2.05 goals-against average & .929 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks eighth (tie) in the NHL in wins (17), seventh (tie) in shutouts (3), eighth (tie) in GAA (2.12) and tenth (tie) in save % (.926)..
- 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 10g-4a-14pts over the last 20 contests, including a career-high (tie) four-game scoring streak (4g-1a-5pts) from Dec. 4-11. Palmieri is on pace for 33g-25a-58pts, which would nearly 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.
- LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak is third on the club with 9g-20a-29pts overall and has surpassed his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games). He has points in 11 of the last 18 games (4g-7a-11pts), including a team-season high five-game point-scoring streak (2g-3a-5pts) from Dec. 3-11.
- IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 271 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.
- 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, 10 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. Mike Sislo became the first play to wear no. 46. 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 10, 1988, Pat Verbeek scored a hat trick as the Devils defeated the Flyers, 7-5, at The Spectrum.
- SISLO, DANIS NAMED TO AHL ALL-STAR GAME: Albany Devils’ F Mike Sislo and goaltender Yann Danis have been named to the AHL’s North Division All-Star team. Sislo was named to the team for the first time; it will be Danis’ third AHL All-Star appearance. Sislo ranks second on Albany with 15g-11a-26pts in 29 games. Danis is 16-5-3 with four shutouts, a 2.09 goals-against average and a .915 save-percentage in 25 appearances. The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic will take place January 31 and February 1 in Syracuse, NY.
- Adam Henrique – Needs 1a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
- Tyler Kennedy – Needs 5 GP to reach 500 in his NHL career.
- Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
- Damon Severson – Needs eight GP to reach 100 in his NHL career.
- Lee Stempniak – Needs 2pts to reach 400 in his NHL career.
- Mike Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, four games missed) is out.
- Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, eight games missed) is out.
- Jacob Josefson (I.R., lower body, six games missed) is out.
- Tyler Kennedy (upper body, two games missed) is day-to-day.
- John Moore (lower body, one game missed) is out.
- Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., lower body, one game missed) is out.
- David Schlemko (lower body, two games missed) is day-to-day.
- Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body) is out.
- Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 111
- Jan. 9 – Placed F Jiri Tlusty on Injured Reserve. Recalled F Joseph Blandisi from Albany (AHL).
- Jan. 8 – Assigned F Mike Sislo to Albany. Placed F. Tuomo Ruutu on I.R., retroactive to Jan. 6. Recalled D Marc-Andre Gragnani (emergency conditions), F Jim O’Brien and F Paul Thompson from Albany.
- Jan. 7 – Placed Mike Cammalleri on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 30.
- Dec. 30 – Placed F Jacob Josefson on I.R., retroactive to Dec. 26. Recalled F Mike Sislo from Albany. 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.