Devils Pre-Game 1/14/16

New Jersey Devils (21-18-5) at Colorado Avalanche (21-20-3)

9:00 PM ET • Pepsi Center • MSG Plus 2 • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 11:30 A.M. (MT) morning skate at Pepsi Center.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is 1-1-0 on its season-high four-game road trip. The Devils have not won consecutive road games since Nov. 22-Dec. 3 (3-0-0).
  • The Devils are 4-4-1=9pts over their last nine road games and are 12-8-2=26pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 7-8-1=15pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 3-3-0=6pts on the road.
  • Cory Schneider is expected to start in goal.

Last Game – January 12 – Devils 2 at St. Louis 5

  • New Jersey is now 0-5-0 in its last five games vs. St. Louis & is 2-8-1 vs. the Blues since 2006-07.
  • The Devils are 0-4-0 in their last four visits to Scottrade Center (last win, Dec. 30, 2008, 4-3).
  • The Devils were 0/3 on the power play and are 0/12 over the past five games. The penalty kill unit was 4/6 on the night.
  • St. Louis out shot New Jersey, 37-24, including 28-14 over the final two periods.
  • Keith Kinkaid made a season high 32 saves (ENG) but took the loss and fell to 3-5-0.
  • Bobby Farnham scored at 12:12 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1. He now has four goals over the last eight games and has 7g-1a-8pts in 24 games with the Devils. Farnham has tied his career-high in goals at the pro level; he also scored 7g in both 2014-15 & 2013-14 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). Farnham also totaled a career-high 15 PIM (misconduct, interference major) in the contest.
  • Lee Stempniak scored his tenth goal of the season at 14:47 of the first to put the Devils ahead 2-1. He’s reached the 30-point mark (10g-20a) for the eighth time in his NHL career. Stempniak now has points in 12 of the last 20 games (5g-7a-12pts). He needs just 1pt. to reach 400 in his NHL career (175g-224a). Stempniak also led New Jersey with four shots on goal.
  • Adam Larsson recorded 2a for his second multiple-point game of the season (also, 1g-1a-2pts Oct. 20 vs. Arizona). He has 3a over the past three games.
  • Joseph Blandisi picked up the secondary assist on Stempniak’s goal, the first point of his NHL career. He also recorded one blocked shot, two hits and three shots on goal in a career-high 15:26 of action.
  • Stephen Gionta registered the primary assist on Farnham’s goal and now has 3a over the last six games; he had 1g-3a-4pts over the first 38 games of the season. Gionta was 7/12 (58.3%) in the face-off circle.
  • David Schlemko led the Devils with a season-high 23:22 of TOI.
  • Jordin Tootoo’s fighting major (vs. Ryan Reaves) was his team-leading ninth of season and his third in as many games. He leads the Devils with 74 PIM overall.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Colorado has lost two in a row, including a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay at Pepsi Center on Tuesday. The Avalanche have been shut out twice in their last six games.
  • Despite Tuesday’s loss, Colorado is 12-6-2=26pts since December 1.
  • The Avalanche are averaging 2.84 goals/game, which is tied (Chicago) for seventh in the NHL.
  • Colorado ranks sixth in the NHL on the power play with a 21.2% (32/151) conversion rate. The Avalanche have converted 27.3% (21/77) of their opportunities at home, which ranks third in the league.
  • Matt Duchene (21g-16a) and Nathan MacKinnon (15g-22a) are tied for the team lead with 37pts this season.
  • Duchene’s 21g rank seventh in the NHL; he has 4g-2a-6pts over the past five games.
  • MacKinnon has 2g-2a-4pts over the last four games. He recorded his second career hat trick on Dec. 28 at San Jose.
  • Captain Gabriel Landeskog is third on the club with 10g-21a-31pts this season. He has 2g-2a-4pts over the past five games, including his third career overtime goal on Jan. 6 vs. St. Louis.
  • Tyson Barrie recorded a career-high 2g-2a-4pts on Jan. 4 vs. Los Angeles and has 3g-3a-6pts over the last five games. He became the first Avs’ defenseman to record 4pts in a game since Derek Morris (Nov. 11, 2003 at San Jose). Barrie leads Colorado with 22a (tie, MacKinnon & Carl Soderberg) and is eighth (tie) among NHL defensemen with 29pts.
  • Jarome Iginla scored the 600th goal of his career on Jan. 4 vs. Los Angeles, becoming the 19th player in NHL history to reach the milestone. He recorded his 601st goal on Jan. 8 vs. Nashville to tie Jari Kurri for 18th on the NHL’s all-time list. Iginla has 12g-11a-23pts overall and leads Colorado (tie, Duchene) with six power play goals.
  • Francois Beauchemin leads the NHL with 134 blocked shots; Erik Johnson is 12th (tie, Johnny Oduya) with 93 blocked shots.
  • Cody McLeod and Nick Holden are tied for 11th in the league with 126 hits. McLeod ranks seventh in the NHL with 80 PIM.
  • Semyon Varlamov is 12-6-2 with one shutout, a 2.60 goals-against average & .918 save-percentage in 21 games since Nov. 23. He was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the period ending Dec. 20 after going 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.67 GAA & a .981 save % in three games. Varlamov needs just two games played to reach 300 in his NHL career.
  • Calvin Pickard made 35 saves and earned the win in his only start of the season on Dec. 28 at San Jose.

Devils vs. Avalanche

Last Game – Dec. 1 – Devils 1 vs. Colorado 2

Down 2-0, Kyle Palmieri scored his ninth goal of the season at 2:09 of the third period. Travis Zajac collected the lone assist. Jordin Tootoo registered 7 PIM, including 5 for fighting Colorado’s Erik Johnson. Cory Schneider (23 saves) took the loss in goal.

2014-15

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 on road)

Goals/Against: 1-2 (0-0 on road)

Shots For/Against: 28-25 (0-0 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-2 (0.0%)/3-3 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Kyle Palmieri (1g-0a-1pt.), Travis Zajac (0g-1a-1pt.); Col. – Tyson Barrie (1g-0a-1pt.), Matt Duchene (1g-0a-1pt.), three players with 1a each.

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .920 save %); Col. – Reto Berra (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .964 save %).

All-Time

Record: 31-29-12 (12-17-6 on road)

Goals For/Against: 228-229 (87-114 on road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (14g-15a-29pts), Lee Stempniak (9g-15a-24pts), Patrik Elias (6g-9a-15pts); Col. – Jarome Iginla (9g-12a-21pts), Blake Comeau (7g-8a-15pts), Alex Tanguay (4g-9a-13pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (6-3-4, 2 ShO, 1.67 GAA, .945 save %); Col. – Semyon Varlamov (4-1-0, 1.55 GAA, .940 save %), Reto Berra (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .964 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is looking to snap a five-game winless streak vs. Colorado (0-2-3, last win, Mar. 15, 2012, 1-0 SO at Prudential Center)…Each of the last six games in the all-time series have been decided by one goal; four of those games have gone to overtime…New Jersey is 0-2-2 in its last four visits to Pepsi Center (last win, Mar. 15, 2008, 4-2)…The Devils are 34/36 (94.4%) on the penalty-kill vs. the Avalanche since 2007-08…Cory Schneider is 0-2-3 with a 1.75 goals-against average & a .938 save-percentage vs. Colorado since joining the Devils.

Connections: Mike Cammalleri and Colorado’s Jarome Iginla were teammates with Calgary for parts of three seasons, 2008-09 & 2011-13…Cammalleri and Avs’ forward Alex Tanguay were teammates with the Flames for parts of two seasons in 2011-12 & 2012- 13...Damon Severson and Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie were teammates with Kelowna (WHL) in 2010-11…Jacob Josefson and Avs’ winger Gabriel Landeskog played together with Djurgardens (Swe.) during the 2008-09 season…Colorado’s Assistant GM Craig Billington played five seasons with New Jersey over two separate stints: 1985-89 & 1991-93…Avs’ television broadcaster Peter McNab played two seasons with the Devils from 1985-87.

Devils in Detail

  • ROAD TESTED:  Cory Schneider is expected to make the start in goal. He’s 11-5-2, with two shutouts, a 1.98 goals-against average & a .935 save-percentage in 18 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 Jan. 6. 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 has scored 4g over the last eight games and has 7g-1a-8pts in 24 games with the Devils overall, 5g-1a-6pts of which have come at Prudential Center. Farnham has tied his career-high for goals scored at the pro level; he also scored 7g in both 2014-15 & 2013-14 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak is third on the club with 10g-20a-30pts overall and has surpassed his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games). Stempniak has reached the 30pt. mark for the eighth time and needs just 1pt. to reach the 400pt. mark in his NHL career (175g-224a). He has points in 12 of the last 20 games (5g-7a-12pts), including a team-season high five-game point-scoring streak (2g-3a-5pts) from Dec. 3-11. 
  • 600 GAMES FOR GREENE: Andy Greene skated in his 600th NHL game on Jan. 6 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 Jan. 6 at 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 22 of his last 29 starts since Oct. 29 and is 14-11-4 with three shutouts, a 2.02 goals-against average & .929 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider is tied for the league-lead in games played (36), is second in minutes (2,154), ranks sixth (tie) in wins (18), seventh (tie) in shutouts (3), seventh in GAA (2.09) and is ninth (tie) in save % (.926).
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri has established a new career-high with his 17 goals this season; he has also tied his career-high with 31pts (14g-17a-31pts, 2013-14). He has 10g-5a-15pts over the last 22 contests, including a career-high (tie) four-game scoring streak (4g-1a-5pts) from Dec. 4-11. Palmieri is on pace for 31g-26a-57pts, which would nearly double his previous career-high.
  • STILL STRONG ON DEFENSE: New Jersey is allowing just 2.34 goals/game, which ranks fifth in the NHL.
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 273 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)
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.12 GAA (2nd, J. Quick, 2.15) 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.
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On January 14, 1996, the Devils tied a team record with five power play goals in a 7-2 win over Dallas at the Meadowlands. Bill Guerin, Scott Stevens (GWG), Petr Sykora, Steve Thomas and Valeri Zelepukin each scored with the man-advantage.
  • SISLO NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The American Hockey League announced on Monday that Albany Devils’ F Mike Sislo has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 10, 2016. Sislo notched 3g-3a-6pts in three AHL games. He began the week with the Devils and played Monday vs. Detroit and Wednesday at Montreal. On Thursday, he was named to represent Albany at the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic, and on Friday he was reassigned to Albany and tallied two goals and an assist in a 6-4 victory over Syracuse. Sislo recorded a goal and two assists on Saturday to lead the Devils to a 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley, then helped Albany earn a point for a seventh consecutive game in a 4-3 overtime loss at Hartford on Sunday afternoon. Sislo is tied for third in the AHL with 16 goals – including a league-leading 11 PPG– and has totaled 29 points in 31 games for Albany this season.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 1a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Tyler Kennedy – Needs 3 GP to reach 500 in his NHL career. 
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Damon Severson – Needs six GP to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Lee Stempniak – Needs 1pt to reach 400 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Mike Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, six games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, ten games missed) is out indefinitely.
  • Jacob Josefson (I.R., lower body, eight games missed) is out.
  • John Moore (lower body, three games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., lower body, three games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, two games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 123

Farnham Supsended

  • Bobby Farnham has been suspended for four games, without pay, for interference against St. Louis Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin during NHL game No. 636 in St. Louis on Tuesday, Jan. 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced yesterday.
     
    The incident occurred at 11:50 of the third period. Farnham was assessed a major penalty for interference. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Farnham will forfeit $12,365.60. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=927285&lang=en.

Recent Transactions

  • Jan. 14 – Assigned F Paul Thompson to Albany (AHL). Activated F Tuomo Ruutu from Injured Reserve.
  • Jan. 9 – Placed F Jiri Tlusty on I.R.. Recalled F Joseph Blandisi from Albany.
  • 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.

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