Devils Pre-Game 1/21/16

New Jersey Devils (23-19-5) vs. Ottawa Senators (22-18-6)

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 closing-out a two-game homestand. Tonight’s contest is the club’s last at Prudential Center before the All-Star break.
  • The Devils are 5-4-1=11pts over their last ten home games and are 10-10-3=23pts at The Rock overall.
  • New Jersey is 8-4-3=19pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 2-3-1=5pts at home.
  • Cory Schneider is expected to start in goal.

Last Game – January 19 – Devils 4 vs. Calgary 2

  • New Jersey improved to 23-19-5=51pts on the season.
  • The Devils snapped a six-game winless stretch vs. the Flames (0-5-1, last win, Nov. 24, 2010 at Prudential Center, 2-1 SO).
  • New Jersey improved to 9-9-1=19pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 5-5-1=11pts at home.
  • The Devils were 0/2 on the power play and are 0/19 over the past eight games.
  • Calgary out shot New Jersey 28-26, including 11-4 in the third period.
  • Cory Schneider (26 saves) improved to 8-8-3 at home and to 20-14-5 overall. He’s now allowed two goals or less in 25 of his last 32 starts since Oct. 29 & is 16-12-4, with four shutouts, a 1.95 goals-against average & .932 save-percentage during that stretch.
  • Adam Larsson scored 5:12 into the first period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. It was his second goal of the season/first since Oct. 20 vs. Arizona (40 games). Larsson later added an assist for his third multiple-point game of the season. He has points in back-to-back games (1g-2a-3pts) for the first time this season and has 1g-5a-6pts over the last six contests. With 2g-11a-13pts overall, Larsson has passed Damon Severson (1g-11a-12pts) for the team scoring lead among defensemen. 
  • Larsson was also +2 and led New Jersey with 23:13 of TOI.
  • Lee Stempniak and Reid Boucher scored 0:17 apart early in the second period to put the Devils ahead 3-1.
  • Stempniak’s 11th goal of the season came just 0:57 into the second. He later added an assist for his sixth multi-point game. Stempniak has 2g-2a-4pts over the last four games & has points in 14 of the last 23 contests (6g-9a-15pts). He’s now recorded 2g-4a-6pts over his last five games vs. Calgary.
  • Boucher recorded 1g-1a-2pts for his first career multiple-point game and has points in two straight games (2g-1a-3pts) for the first time in his NHL career. He’s also scored the GWG in each of the last two games. Boucher led the Devils with four shots on goal.
  • Andy Greene added an empty-netter, his fourth goal of the season/first since Dec. 20 at Boston (12 games). It was the 179th point of Greene’s career, which moves his past Ken Daneyko (36g-142a-178pts) into sole-possession of sixth place among Devils’ defensemen. Joe Cirella (43g-147a-190pts) is fifth. Greene also led New Jersey with a season-high four hits tonight.
  • Michael Cammalleri returned to the lineup after missing the previous eight games due to a hand injury and collected the primary assist on Stempniak’s tally. Cammalleri has 2g-2a-4pts in his last four appearances and leads New Jersey with 14g-22a-36pts overall. He has 2g-2a-4pts in four games vs. the Flames since joining the Devils.
  • Adam Henrique recorded the 100th assist of his NHL career with the secondary helper on Stempniak’s goal. He was also 9/15 (60.0%) in the face-off circle.
  • Tyler Kennedy skated in the 500th game of his NHL career and notched the primary assist on  Boucher’s goal. It was his fourth assist/point of the season and first since Dec. 4 vs. Philadelphia (17 games).
  • Sergey Kalinin assisted on Larsson’s tally, his fourth helper of the season. He has 2a over the past five games.
  • Damon Severson snapped a 13-game point-scoring drought with an assist on Boucher’s goal.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • The Senators defeated San Jose, 4-3, in the shootout on Monday and have won two straight.
  • Ottawa is concluding its season-high five-game road trip tonight. The Senators are 2-2-0=4pts on the trip thus far & are 11-12-2=24pts on the road overall.
  • The Senators are 4-4-0=8pts during the month of January.
  • Ottawa’s power play unit is ranked fifth (17/72, 23.6%) in the NHL on the road.
  • The Senators’ penalty-kill unit is 115/151 (76.2%) overall, which ranks 29th in the NHL.
  • Erik Karlsson has 0g-6a-6pts over the last seven games and leads all NHL defensemen with 9g-38a-47pts overall. He’s averaging 28:42 TOI/per game, which leads all NHL skaters.
  • Bobby Ryan scored a power play goal on Monday at San Jose and has 2g-1a-3pts over the past two games. He ranks second on the club with 15g/24a/39pts overall.
  • Mike Hoffman leads the Senators/ranks ninth (tie) in the NHL with 20g. He left Monday’s game in the second period due to injury and did not return.
  • Zack Smith scored a shorthanded/penalty shot goal on Monday at 14:29 of the third period to tie the game at 3-3 and force overtime.
  • Mika Zibanejad scored the power play/game-winning goal on Saturday at Los Angeles and registered the game-deciding goal in the shootout on Monday at San Jose. He has points in back-to-back games (1g-2a-3pts) and has 5g-5a-10pts over the last 16 contests.
  • Max McCormick scored 1g on Monday at San Jose and has 2g-1a-3pts in the first 14 games of his NHL career. McCormick was selected in the sixth round (171st overall) of the 2011 Entry Draft.
  • Mark Borowiecki is second in the league with 204 hits (1st, Matt Martin, 215).
  • Craig Anderson is 3-1-0 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .921 save-percentage over his last four starts. He’s 8-2-1 with two shutouts, a 1.86 GAA & a .948 save-percentage in 11 career games vs. the Devils.
  • Andrew Hammond is 1-4-0 with a 3.23 goals-against average &  a .895 save-percentage over his last five starts.

Devils vs. Senators

Last Game – Dec. 30 – Devils 3 at Ottawa 0

Michael Cammalleri scored twice in the first period to post his tenth multiple-point game of the season. Lee Stempniak added a SH/ENG with 0:16 remaining in regulation. Cory Schneider stopped all 36 shots he faced to record his third ShO of 2015-16.

2015-16

Record: 2-0-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 8-4 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 53-75 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 3-8 (37.5%)/8-9 (88.9%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Michael Cammalleri (2g-3a-5pts), Lee Stempniak (2g-1a-3pts), Adam Henrique (1g-1a-2pts), Travis Zajac (1g-1a-2pts); Ott. – Chris Neil (1g-1a-2pts), Mika Zibanejad (1g-1a-2pts), Shane Prince (0g-2a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 1.95 GAA, .947 save %); Ott. – Andrew Hammond (0-1-1, 2.93 GAA, .885 save %).

All-Time

Record: 51-26-9 (26-13-3 at home)

Goals For/Against: 224-198 (116-95 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (11g-26a-37pts), Michael Cammalleri (10g-12a-22pts), Tyler Kennedy (12g-5a-17pts); Ott. – Erik Karlsson (2g-12a-14pts), Milan Michalek (8g-3a-11pts), Clarke MacArthur (4g-7a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (5-1-1, 1 ShO, 1.39 GAA, .951 save %); Ott. – Craig Anderson (8-2-1, 2 ShO, 1.85 GAA, .948 save %); Andrew Hammond (0-1-1, 2.93 GAA, .885 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is 8-3-4=20pts vs. the Senators overall since 2011-12…Cory Schneider is 4-1-1 with 1 ShO, a 1.46 GAA & a .949 save % in six games vs. Ottawa as a Devil…Mike Cammalleri has 3g-3a-6pts in his last three games vs. Ottawa…Adam Henrique has 2g-2a-4pts over his past five games vs. the Sens.

Connections: Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero was Ottawa’s Assistant GM from 1993-98…Eric Gelinas hails from nearby Vanier, Ontario…Tuomo Ruutu’s older brothers, Mikko & Jarkko, both have ties to the Senators’ organization. Mikko is currently a Amateur Scout for the club, and Jarkko played three seasons with the Senators from 2008-11…Ottawa’s Head Coach Dave Cameron played two seasons for the Devils from 1982-84…Senators’ Assistant Coach Jason Smith was New Jersey’s first choice, 18th overall, in the 1992 Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Devils from 1993-97…Bobby Ryan was born in Cherry, Hill, NJ.

Devils in Detail

  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 25 of his last 32 starts since Oct. 29 and is 16-12-4 with four shutouts, a 1.95 goals-against average & .932 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider leads league-lead in games played (tie, 39) & minutes (2,331), ranks third (tie) in shutouts (4), fifth (tie) in GAA (2.03), fifth (tie) in wins (20), and is seventh in save % (.929).
  • REID’S ROLLING: Reid Boucher recorded 1g-1a-2pts  on Tuesday vs. Calgary for his first career multiple-point game. He’s scored the game-winning goal in both games since being recalled from Albany (AHL) on Jan. 15 and has points in two straight for the first time in his NHL career.
  • LARS IS IN CHARGE: Adam Larsson posted 1g-1a-2pts on Tuesday vs. the Flames and now has recorded 1g-5a-6pts over the past six games. He leads New Jersey’s defensemen with 2g-11a-13pts overall. Larsson is also +4 and has registered 10 hits & 16 blocked shots over the past six contests.
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak is second on the club with 11g-22a-33pts 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. He has points in 14 of the last 23 games (6g-9a-15pts), including 2g-2a-4pts over the last four & a team-season high five-game point-scoring streak (2g-3a-5pts) from Dec. 3-11. 
  • 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 25 contests, including a career-high (tie) four-game scoring streak (4g-1a-5pts) from Dec. 4-11. Palmieri is on pace for 31g-24a-55pts, which would nearly double his previous career-high.
  • 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).
  • 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 276 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 21, 2001, the Devils played their first game vs. former Head Coach Jacques Lemaire and the Minnesota Wild. Alexander Mogilny scored twice in a 4-2 Devils’ victory.

Milestone Watch

  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Damon Severson – Needs 3 GP to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Jordin Tootoo – Needs 5a to reach 100 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 13 games missed) is out indefinitely.
  • Jacob Josefson (I.R., lower body, 11 games missed) has resumed practicing.
  • Jon Merrill (I.R., upper body, one game missed) is week-to-week.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, five games missed) is week-to-week.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 137

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. 20 – Assigned F Brian O’Neill to Albany (AHL).
  • 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.

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