Devils Pre-Game 2/9/16

New Jersey Devils (26-21-7) vs. Edmonton Oilers (21-28-5)

8:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Network • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will not have a full-team morning skate – a small number of players will skate at 10:30 AM. Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media in the hallway outside of the Devils’ locker room at 11:30 AM.

Martin Brodeur Jersey Retirement Ceremony Schedule of Events

  • 12:30 – Martin Brodeur Media Availability (Press Room)
  • 3:00 – Mulberry St. Press Entrance Doors Open (Media Only)
  • 4:15 – Press Meal Opens
  • 4:30 – Doors Open for Fans
  • 6:15 – On-Ice Ceremony Begins
  • 7:15 – Martin Brodeur Media Availability (Press Room)
  • 8:08 – Devils-Oilers Puck Drop

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is 5-2-2=12pts over its last nine games and has allowed just 16 goals-against during that stretch.
  • The Devils have points in a season-high four straight games at Prudential Center (3-0-1=7pts).
  • New Jersey is 10-9-1=21pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 5-5-1=11pts at home.
  • Tonight’s contest closes-out the club’s sixth of 12 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 2-3-1 in first games and 2-1-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.

Last Game – Feb. 8 – Devils 1 at NY Rangers 2

  • New Jersey fell to 2-1-0=4pts in its season series vs. the Rangers.
  • The Devils are winless in three straight (0-1-2=2pts) for the first time since Jan. 4-8 (0-3-0). 
  • New Jersey is 2-2-1=5pts over their last five road games and is 14-11-3=31pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • The Devils are now 7-8-2=16pts vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, 3-6-0=6pts on the road.
  • The Devils did not have a power play opportunity for the first time this season/since Mar. 10, 2015 at Minnesota.
  • New Jersey was 5/5 on the penalty kill and is 16/16 over the past four games.
  • The Rangers out shot the Devils, 37-28.
  • Cory Schneider (35 saves) took the loss in goal. He’s 6-3-1 in his last ten starts & 23-16-6 overall. Schneider has now allowed two goals or less in 30 of his last 38 starts since Oct. 29.
  • Travis Zajac scored his second shorthanded goal of the season/eighth overall with 2:17 remaining in regulation to cut New York’s leads to 2-1. He now has points in season-high (tie, Nov. 3-8, 2g-2a-4pts) three straight games (1g-2a-3pts). Zajac has seven SHG in his career, which ties Ilya Kovalchuk and Jay Pandolfo for ninth in Devils’ history. He was also 15/24 in the face-off circle.
  • Adam Henrique recorded the only assist on Zajac’s goal and leads New Jersey in shorthanded scoring with 2g-1a-3pts (tie, Zajac). He has 1g-2a-3pts over the past four games & ranks fourth on the club with 17g-17a-34pts overall.
  • Adam Larsson saw a season-high 28:33 of action and led the Devils with five blocked shots.
  • John Moore registered a team-leading/season-high (tie, Dec. 20 at Boston) four hits.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Edmonton is closing-out a four-game road trip tonight. The Oilers are 1-2-0=2pts on the trip following an 8-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday at Barclays Center.
  • The Oilers have dropped two in a row and have been outscored 13-2 in those losses. They won their previous two games, outscoring their opponents by a combined 12-3 margin.
  • Edmonton is 13-11-1=27pts vs. the Eastern Conference this season.
  • The Oilers have allowed 3.04 goals against/game, which ranks 27th in the NHL.
  • Edmonton’s power play unit is 5/10 over the past four games.
  • Connor McDavid has recorded 2g-4a-6pts in four games since returning from injury. He’s averaging 1.06 points/game this season, which ranks fourth (tie, Tyler Seguin) in the NHL.
  • Taylor Hall has 2g-7a-9pts over the last nine games and leads the Oilers/is ninth in the NHL with 18g-32-50pts overall. He’s averaging .93 points/game, which ranks 16th (tie) in the league. Hall is fifth in the NHL with 200 shots on goal.
  • Leon Draisaitl has posted 4g-2a-6pts over the past eight contests and is second on the club with 14g-26a-40pts overall. He’s averaging .91 points/game, which ranks 19th in the NHL.
  • Benoit Pouliot has registered 2g-3a-5pts over the past four games.
  • Jordan Eberle has posted 3g-2a-5pts over the last four contests. He’s second on the club with 14g overall (tie, Draisaitl).
  • Cam Talbot has appeared in 20 of the last 24 games since Dec. 14 and is 8-8-2 with one shutout, a 2.38 goals-against average and a .926 save-percentage during that stretch. He took the loss on Thursday at Montreal (40:00, 4 goals allowed/23 shots) but made 36 saves and earned the win in each of his previous two starts.
  • Anders Nilsson made the start on Sunday at Barclays Center and allowed 3 goals on 10 shots in 11:24 of action. He’s 0-5-1 with a 4.66 goals-against average and a .852 save-percentage in his last six decisions since Dec. 15.

Devils vs. Oilers

Last Game – Nov. 20 – Devils 1 at Edmonton 5

The Oilers scored three goals and outshot the Devils 12-4 in the third period. Kyle Palmieri scored a power play goal. Keith Kinkaid (22 saves +ENG) took the loss.

2015-16

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 1-5 (0-0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 20-27 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-4 (25.0%)/5-6 (83.3%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Kyle Palmieri (1g-0a-1pt.), David Schlemko (0g-1a-1pt.), Travis Zajac (0g-1a-1pt.); Edm. – Leon Draisaitl (1g-2a-3pts), Taylor Hall (1g-2a-3pts), six players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending:  NJ – Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 4.12 GAA, .846 save %); Edm. – Anders Nilsson (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .950 save %). 

All-Time

Record:  24-27-8 (12-16-2 at home)

Goals For/Against: 188-205 (90-94 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Lee Stempniak (15g-13a-28pts), Michael Cammalleri (12g-14a-26pts), Patrik Elias (9g-8a-17pts); Edm. – Andrej Sekera (1g-8a-9pts), Andrew Ference (2g-7a-9pts), Taylor Hall (3g-4a-7pts), Teddy Purcell (1g-5a-6pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (6-3-0, 2 ShO, 1.63 GAA, .934 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 4.12 GAA, .846 GAA); Edm. – Anders Nilsson (4-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.28 GAA, .952 save %), Cam Talbot (1-0-0, 2.01 GAA, .905 save%).

Notable: The Devils are 4-2-0=8pts over their last six home games vs. the Oilers…Kyle Palmieri has 2g-3a-5pts in his last five games vs. Edmonton…David Schlemko has 1g-7a-8pts in 18 career games vs. Edmonton, his most vs. any opponent.

Connections: David Schlemko was born in Edmonton…Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall were teammates with Windsor (OHL) for three seasons 2007-10. The Spitfires won back-to-back Memorial Cup Championships in 09-10…Mark Fayne was the Devils’ fifth choice (155th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft and played four seasons with NJ from 2010-14…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward spent five years with the Oilers’ organization from 2001-06, including two-plus seasons as head coach of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate; spent 2005-06 as Oilers’ Development Coach…Ward and Oilers’ defenseman Andrew Ference were both members of Boston’s Stanley Cup Championship team in 2011.

Martin Brodeur Jersey Retirement Notes

  • MARTY TAKES HIS PLACE AMONG THE LEGENDS: Tonight, Martin Brodeur will become the fourth player to have his sweater number retired by the New Jersey Devils. Brodeur’s no. 30 will take its rightful place in Prudential Center’s rafters next to Scott Stevens’ no. 4 (retired Feb. 3, 2006), Ken Daneyko’s no. 3 (Mar. 24, 2006) and Scott Niedermayer’s no. 27 (Dec. 16, 2011).
  • A CHAMPION ABOVE ALL: During his 20 years with the Devils, Brodeur backstopped the club to nine Atlantic Division Championships, five Eastern Conference Championships and three Stanley Cup titles. He was 17-13, with three shutouts and 1.97 goals-against average in 30 career Stanley Cup Final games & was 6-4 with one shutout, a 1.87 GAA and a .926 save-percentage in 10 career playoff game sevens.
  • MILESTONE MAN: Brodeur is the NHL’s all-time leader in several goaltending categories, including games-played (1,266), wins (691), OT wins (69), shutouts (125), saves (28,928) and minutes (74,438). He also holds the NHL’s single-season record with 48 wins during the 2006-07 campaign. Brodeur recorded a Stanley Cup Playoff record 24 shutouts and 194 consecutive starts.
  • THE HARDWARE: In addition to his 3 Stanley Cup Championships, Brodeur collected numerous individual accolades during his career, beginning with the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s  Top Rookie in 1994. He went on to win the Vezina Trophy four times and the William M. Jennings Trophy five times. Brodeur was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team on three occasions, the Second All-Star Team four times and was selected to play in ten NHL All-Star Games.
  • GOLDEN GOALIE: Brodeur represented Team Canada at the Olympic four times. He led his country to its first Gold Medal in 50 years in 2002 and was a member of the squad that captured Gold at 2010 Olympics, as well.
  • HE COULD SCORE, TOO!: Brodeur is one of 11 goaltenders in NHL history to score a goal, and the only netminder to do so three times. He ranks second all-time with 2g-45a-47pts in the regular season.

Devils in Detail

  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 30 of his last 38 starts since Oct. 29 and is 19-14-5 with four shutouts, a 1.96 goals-against average & .933 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider leads the NHL (tie) in games played (45) & minutes (2,693), is third in GAA (2.03) & shutouts (4, tie), ranks sixth (tie) in wins (23) and is sixth (tie) in save % (.929).
  • POWER PLAYER: Jacob Josefson has recorded 2g-1a-3pts on the power play over the past six games, the first PPGs of his career, and has 2g-5a-7pts with the man-advantage overall. The Devils’ PP unit is 7/18 (38.9%) over the last seven games since Josefson returned from a lower body injury; New Jersey was 2/29 on the power play in the 11 games without Josefson in the lineup.
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak recorded 1a on Saturday vs. Washington & posted 1g-1a-2pts on Feb. 2 vs. the New York Rangers for his eighth multi-point game of the season. He has 6g-4a-10pts over the last 11 games and leads the Devils with 15g-24a-39pts overall. Stempniak was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the period ending Jan. 24, leading the league (tie) with 4g in three games (4g-1a-5pts).
  • SCHLEMKO’S KOs: David Schlemko scored the game-winning goal on Feb. 2 vs. the New York Rangers. It was the third GWG of his NHL career/in a span of 27 appearances. Each of Schlemko’s GWG have come vs. a Metropolitan Division opponent (also, Dec. 29 vs. Carolina & Nov. 14 Pittsburgh). Schlemko recorded 1g-1a-2pts on Feb. 4 at Toronto to establish a new career-high with 6g-9a-15pts this season (prev., 4g-10a-14pts, 2010-11). 
  • HEY, JOE: Rookie F Joseph Blandisi had points in three straight games Feb. 2-6 (2g-2a-4pts), including 1g-1a-2pts on Feb. 6 vs. Washington, and has 3g-7a-10pts over the last 11 contests.
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri has established new career-highs with 20 goals (previously, 14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14) and 35 points (prev., 14g-17a-31pts in 71 games, 2013-14) this season. Palmieri is on pace for 30g-22a-52pts, which would nearly double his previous career-high.
  • STILL STRONG ON DEFENSE: New Jersey is allowing just 2.26 goals/game, which ranks third in the NHL.
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 283 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.
  • FIRST CLASS:  New Jersey scored five goals in the first period of its 6-3 victory over Ottawa at Prudential Center on Jan. 21. It was the team’s most goals in a single frame since also scoring 5g in the third period of a 6-3 win vs. Tampa Bay on Jan. 9, 2011. The Devils tied a franchise record for goals in the first period (accomplished five times, last time Mar. 11, 1997 vs. Edmonton). Travis Zajac posted 1g-3a-4pts, the first Devil to record 4pts in a single-period since Ilya Kovalchuk (Mar. 23, 2010 vs. Columbus, 1g-3a, 2nd period) & just the second player in team history to do so in the first period (Patrik Elias, 1g-3a, Dec. 20, 2000 vs. Dallas). Zajac was the first NHL player to record 4pts in a period since Claude Giroux (2g-2a) on Dec. 19, 2013 vs. Columbus (third period). Joseph Blandisi recorded 1g-2a-3pts, the seventh rookie in Devils’ history to record 3pts in a single period & the first since Brendan Morrison (Dec. 28, 1998 at Buffalo, 1g-2a, first period). – credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • 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.
  • 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
  • STAR STRUCK: Michael 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 2.10 GAA (2nd, J. Quick, 2.17) 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 February 9, 2013, Martin Brodeur appeared in his 1,200th NHL game and made 24 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center.

Milestone Watch

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

Injuries

  • Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, four games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 20 games missed) is out indefinitely.
  • Jon Merrill (I.R., upper body, eightgames missed) is week-to-week.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 12 games missed) is out three-four months.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 166

Recent Transactions

  • Feb. 4 – Activated D John Moore from Injured Reserve.
  • Feb. 1 – Placed F Michael Cammalleri on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Jan. 26. Recalled F Joseph Blandisi, F Reid Boucher and D Seth Helgeson from Albany (AHL).
  • Jan. 27 – Assigned F Joseph Blandisi, F Reid Boucher, D Marc-Andre Gragnani and D Seth Helgeson to Albany (AHL). Recalled F Sergey Kalinin from Albany.
  • Jan. 26 – Assigned F Sergey Kalinin to Albany (AHL). Recalled D Marc-Andre Gragnani to Albany under emergency conditions.
  • Jan. 22 – Placed D John Moore on injured reserve. Recalled D Seth Helgeson from Albany (AHL) under emergency conditions.
  • Jan. 21 – Activated F Jacob Josefson from I.R.
  • Jan. 20 – Assigned F Brian O’Neill to Albany.
  • Jan. 19 – Placed D Jon Merrill on I.R., retroactive to Jan. 16. Activated F Michael Cammalleri from I.R.

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