Devils Pre-Game 1/19/16

New Jersey Devils (22-19-5) vs. Calgary Flames(20-20-3)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 10:30 AM morning skate at Prudential Center.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is opening a two-game homestand.
  • The Devils are 4-4-1=9pts over their last nine home games and are 9-10-3=21pts at Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 8-9-1=17pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 4-5-1=9pts at home.
  • Cory Schneider is expected to start in goal.

Last Game – January 16 – Devils 2 at Arizona 0

  • New Jersey improved to 13-9-2=28pts on the road.
  • The Devils swept the season series vs. the Coyotes and have won each of their last four games vs. Arizona.
  • New Jersey snapped a two-game losing streak and finished its season-high, four-game road trip 2-2-0=4pts.
  • The Devils are now 3-0-0 in matinee games this season. 
  • The penalty-kill unit was 5/5 and is 7/7 over the past two games.
  • The Devils were 0/2 on the power play today and are 0/17 over the past seven games.
  • New Jersey blocked 27 shots in the contest; Arizona had just six.
  • The Devils out hit the Coyotes 38-29
  • Arizona out shot New Jersey 38-16, including 28-8 over the final two periods. The Devils’ 16 shots on goal were a season-low (tie, Dec. 17 vs. Florida).
  • Cory Schneider made a season-high 38 saves (tie, Dec. 20 at Boston), including 13 in the third period, to record his third shutout in his last 13 starts (Dec. 15 at Buffalo & Dec. 30 at Ottawa) & his fourth of the season overall. It was his 12th ShO with New Jersey and the 21st of his NHL career. Schneider has four career shutouts vs. Arizona, his most vs. any opponent; he’s 7-1-1 in nine career games vs. the Coyotes.
  • Schneider improved to 12-6-2 on the road/19-14-5 overall.
  • Reid Boucher scored his first NHL goal of the season 3:52 into the contest to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Boucher, who was recalled from Albany (AHL) o, played in his first game with New Jersey since Oct. 18/fourth NHL game of the season overall. It was the first game-winning goal of his NHL career & his fourth overall/first since Apr. 3, 2015 vs. Montreal (six games).
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his 18th goal of the season (first since Jan. 2 vs. Dallas) 0:18 into the third period to put the Devils ahead 2-0. Palmieri has established a new career-high with 32pts this season (previously, 14g-17a-31pts in 71 games, 2013-14).
  • The goal was the team’s fastest to start a period this season (previously, Lee Stempniak, 0:26, 1st period, Dec. 6 vs. Florida).
  • Lee Stempniak collected the primary assist on Boucher’s goal, the 400th point of his NHL career (175g-225a). Stempniak now has points in 13 of the last 22 games (5g-8a-13pts). He has 3g-2a-5pts over his last four games vs. Arizona.
  • Joseph Blandisi recorded the primary assist on Palmieri’s tally, his second assist over the last three games.
  • Adam Larsson also assisted on Palmieri’s goal and now has 4a over the last five games. With 1g-10-11pts overall, Larsson has tied Damon Severson for the team scoring lead among defensemen. Larsson also led the Devils with seven blocked shots today & leads the club with 90 overall.
  • Travis Zajac recorded the secondary assist on Boucher’s goal, his first assist/point since Dec. 30 at Ottawa (seven games). He also received his fifth career fighting major (vs. Brad Richardson)/first since Feb. 25, 2015 ( vs. Curtis Glencross). It was the Devils’ 16th fight of the season overall.
  • Andy Greene led the Devils with 25:42 of TOI, was +1 and was second on the club with five hits in the contest.
  • Adam Henrique led New Jersey’s forwards with 21:01 of TOI today. He recorded two shots on goal, was 11/21 (52.4%) in the face-off circle and led the Devils with four hits (tie, Sergey Kalinin).
  • John Moore returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games due to a lower body injury. He was +1 and had two hits in 14:53 of action.
  • Jordin Tootoo returned to the lineup after missing Thursday’s game due to injury. He registered two shots on goal and one hit in 9:52 of action.
  • Tyler Kennedy skated in the 499th game of his NHL career.
  • Bobby Farnham served the second of a four-game suspension for interference against St. Louis Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskin on Jan. 12.

Today’s Opponent

  • Calgary opened its season-high five-game road trip with a 2-1 SO loss at Edmonton on Saturday. The Flames are 6-11-3=15pts on the road this season.
  • Despite the loss, the Flames have picked up a point in four of their last six games overall (3-2-1=7pts).
  • The Flames are ranked 30th in the NHL on both the power play (19/137, 13.9%) and the penalty-kill (75/101, 74.3%).
  • Sam Bennett scored Calgary’s lone goal on Saturday and now has 6g over the past three games. On Jan. 13 vs. Florida, Bennett scored 4g,  becoming the youngest player in Flames’ history to record a hat trick the third-youngest player in NHL history to ever post a four-goal game.
  • Johnny Gaudreau has 2g-2a-4pts over the last four games and leads the Flames with 19g-24a-43pts overall. Gaudreau has recorded four multi-goal games, including two hat tricks (Dec. 22 vs. Winnipeg & Dec. 4 vs. Boston) this season.
  • Sean Monahan is expected to play in his 200th NHL game tonight. He’s second on the club with 13g-15a-28pts this season.
  • Mark Giordano leads Calgary’s defensemen/ranks third on the club overall with 10g-16a-26pts. He’s notched 4g-10a-14pts over the last 12 contests. Giordano was named to the All-Star Team for the second straight season.
  • Mikael Backlund enters tonight with points in  a season-high three consecutive games (4a).
  • T.J. Brodie skated in his 300th NHL game on Saturday. He’s notched 8a over the last 11 games & is second among Flames’ d’men/fifth overall with 4g-18a-22pts. Brodie needs just 1a to reach 100 in his NHL career. He’s averaging 25:28 TOI/game, which ranks eighth in the NHL.
  • Dougie Hamilton posted 2a on Jan. 13 vs. Florida, his first multiple-point game as a Flame. He has 3a over the last three games & 6g-11a-17pts overall.
  • Jonas Hiller has started each of Calgary’s last two games (1-0-1, 1 ShO, 0.48 GAA & .981 save %). He recorded his first shutout of the season/23rd of his NHL career on Jan. 13 vs. Florida (15 saves). Hiller is 5-4-1 with a 3.16 goals-against average & a .882 save-percentage in 12 appearances overall.
  • Karri Ramo started a career-high 12 consecutive games from Dec. 15-Jan. 11 (6-6-0, 1 ShO, 2.03 GAA & .924 save %). He’s 4-0-3 with one shutout, a 2.34 goals-against average & a .924 save-percentage in eight career games vs. the Devils.

Devils vs. Flames

Last Game – Nov. 17 – Devils 2 at Calgary 3

Bobby Farnham and Jordin Tootoo (PPG) scored 4:05 apart in the second period. Brian O’Neill assisted on Farnham’s goal, the first point of his NHL career. Cory Schneider (27 saves) took the loss in goal. 

2014-15

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 2-3 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 20-30 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-3 (33.3%)/4-4 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Bobby Farnham (1g-0a-1pt.), Jordin Tootoo (1g-0a-1pt.), Mike Cammalleri (0g-1a-1pt.), Stephen Gionta (0g-0a-1pt.), Lee Stempniak (0g-1a-1pt.), Brian O’Neill (0g-1a-1pt.); Cgy. – David Jones (1g-1a-2pts), Matt Stajan (1g-1a-2pts), Joe Colborne (0g-2a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 3.05 GAA, .900 save %); Cgy. – Karri Ramo (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .900 save %).

All-Time

Record: 17-33-8 (11-18-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 164-212 (78-102 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Lee Stempniak (9g-8a-17pts), Mike Cammalleri (8g-5a-13pts), Tuomo Ruutu (6g-7a-13pts); Cgy. – Dennis Wideman (8g-7a-15pts), Matt Stajan (8g-6a-14pts), Michael Frolik (5g-8a-13pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-5-0, 2.10 GAA, .932 save %); Cgy. – Karri Ramo (4-0-3, 1 ShO, 2.34 GAA, .924 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is looking to snap a six-game winless stretch vs. the Flames (0-5-1, last win, Nov. 24, 2010 at Prudential Center, 2-1 SO)…The Devils are 0-2-0 in their last two games vs. Calgary at The Rock…Kyle Palmieri has recorded 4g-1a-5pts over his last six games vs. the Flames and has 5g-3a-8pts in 12 career games vs. Calgary…Lee Stempniak has 1g-3a-4pts over his last four games vs. Calgary…Mike Cammalleri has 2g-1a-3pts in three games vs. the Flames as a Devil.

Connections: David Schlemko played in 19 regular season and 11 playoff games with the Flames last season after being claimed on waivers from Dallas on Mar. 1; he was born in Edmonton, Alta…Lee Stempniak spent two-plus seasons with Calgary from 2011-14…Mike Cammalleri played three-plus seasons with Calgary: 2008-09 & 2012-14…Johnny Gaudreau is from Salem, NJ and played for Gloucester Catholic High School from 2007-10.

Devils in Detail

  • HYNES TO JOIN TEAM USA AT WORLD CUP: Head Coach John Hynes was named an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which is set to take place from Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto. Hynes, a native of Warwick, RI, will serve alongside Phil Housley, Mike Sullivan, Jack Capuano and Scott Gordon on Head Coach John Tortorella’s staff.
  • 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).
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 24 of his last 31 starts since Oct. 29 and is 15-12-4 with four shutouts, a 1.95 goals-against average & .932 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider leads league-lead in games played (tie, 38) & minutes (2,272), ranks third (tie) in shutouts (4), fifth (tie) in GAA (2.03), sixth (tie) in wins (19), and is sixth (tie) in save % (.929).
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri has established new career-highs with 18 goals (previously, 14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14) and 32 points (previously, 14g-17a-31pts in 71 games, 2013-14) this season. He has 11g-5a-16pts over the last 24 contests, including a career-high (tie) four-game scoring streak (4g-1a-5pts) from Dec. 4-11. Palmieri is on pace for 32g-24a-56pts, which would nearly double his previous career-high.
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak is third on the club with 10g-21a-31pts 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 recorded 1a Jan. 16 at Arizona to reach the 400pt. mark in his NHL career (175g-225a). He has points in 13 of the last 22 games (5g-8a-13pts), including a team-season high five-game point-scoring streak (2g-3a-5pts) from Dec. 3-11.
  • ADAM’S ASSISTS: Adam Larsson has recorded 4a over the past five games and has tied Damon Severson for the team lead among defensemen with 1g-10a-11pts overall. Larsson is also +2 and has recorded 10 hits & 16 blocked shots over the past five contests.
  • 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 became 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
  • STILL STRONG ON DEFENSE: New Jersey is allowing just 2.30 goals/game, which ranks fifth in the NHL.
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 275 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 2.11 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.
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On January 19, 2013, the Devils opened the season with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Travis Zajac and David Clarkson (GW) scored and Martin Brodeur made 18 saves in goal.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 1a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Tyler Kennedy – Needs 1 GP to reach 500 in his NHL career. 
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Damon Severson – Needs 4 GP to reach 100 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 12 games missed) is out indefinitely.
  • Jacob Josefson (I.R., lower body, ten games missed) is out.
  • Jon Merrill (I.R., upper body) is week-to-week.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, four games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 133

Farnham Suspension

  • 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 on Wednesday.
     
    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. 19 – Placed D Jon Merrill on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Jan. 16. Activated F Michael Cammalleri from I.R.
  • Jan. 15 – Assigned D Marc-Andre Gragnani and F Jim O’Brien to Albany (AHL). Recalled F Reid Boucher and F Brian O’Neill from Albany.
  • Jan. 14 – Assigned F Paul Thompson to Albany. 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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