Devils Pre-Game 2/14/16

New Jersey Devils (28-21-7) vs. Los Angeles Kings (33-18-3)

12:30 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will not have a morning skate. Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media outside of the Devils’ locker room at 10:10 AM. Select player availability to follow.

Coming Into Today

  • New Jersey is 7-2-2=16pts over its last 11 games and has allowed just 18 goals-against during that stretch.
  • The Devils have points in a season-high five straight games at Prudential Center (4-0-1=9pts).
  • New Jersey is 11-9-1=23pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 6-5-1=13pts at home
  • Today’s contest closes-out the club’s seventh of 12 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 3-3-1 in first games and 3-1-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • New Jersey is 4-0-1=9pts in matinee games this season.

Last Game – Feb. 13 – Devils 2 at Philadelphia 1 (OT)

  • The Devils are 7-1 in games decided in overtime this season.
  • New Jersey improved to 2-0-1=5pts in its season series vs. Philadelphia & to 11-2-3=25pts vs. the Flyers since the start of the 2012-13 season.
  • The Devils are 3-2-1=7pts over their last six road games and are 15-11-3=33pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • The Devils are 8-8-2=18pts vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 4-6-0=8pts on the road.
  • The Flyers out shot the Devils 32-24, including 30-16 over the final two periods + overtime.
  • Cory Schneider (31 saves) earned the win in goal. He improved to 8-3-1 in his last 12 starts & to 25-16-6 overall. 
  • Adam Henrique scored a power play goal 2:58 into overtime to extend his point-scoring streak to a season-high (tie) four straight games (3g-2a-5pts). It was the second OT goal of Henrique’s career (also, Nov. 5, 2011 vs. Winnipeg). Henrique leads the Devils with a career-high five game-winning goals and has 1g-3a-4pts in OT. He has 10g-6a-16pts in 20 career games vs. the Flyers, his most vs. any opponent & has 6g-3a-9pts & is +9 over his last 11 games vs. Philadelphia.
  • Joseph Blandisi scored a power play goal 6:43 into the first period, his third PPG of the season/fourth overall. He has 3g-2a-5pts over the last six games & 4g-7a-11pts over the last 13 contests.
  • John Moore recorded the primary assist on Henrique’s goal, his first helper since Dec. 8 at Toronto (20 games) and first point since Jan. 2 vs. Dallas (nine games). He has 2g-1a-3pts in OT this season & 3g-8a-11pts overall.
  • Kyle Palmieri also assisted on Henrique’s game-winner to snap a seven-game point-less drought. He has 4g-4a-8pts in six career games vs. Philadelphia. Palmieri leads the Devils with 7g-8a-15pts on the power play. 
  • Travis Zajac collected the primary assist on Blandisi’s goal and now has 1g-3a-4pts over the past five games. Zajac has recorded 4g-7a-11pts on the power play & 8g-19a-27pts overall.
  • Jacob Josefson also assisted on Blandisi’s goal and has 2g-2a-4pts over the last eight contests. Josefson now has 3g-8a-11pts on the season; 2g-6a-8pts have come on the power play.
  • Adam Larsson led the Devils with three blocked shots & a season-high 28:36 of TOI.

Today’s Opponent

  • Los Angeles defeated the New York Rangers, 5-4 in overtime, at Madison Square Garden on Friday and improved to 2-1-0=4pts on its season-high seven-game road trip.
  • The Kings have scored 24 goals over their last five games, including a 9-2 victory at Boston on Feb. 9. 
  • Los Angeles is allowing 2.37 goals-against/game, which ranks seventh in the NHL. 
  • The Kings own the league’s best power play on the road (22/78, 28.2%) and are ranked second in the NHL overall (37/159, 23.3%).
  • Anze Kopitar recorded his third career hat trick on Friday at MSG and passed Butch Goring for sixth on the Kings’ all-time scoring list with 660pts. He leads Los Angeles/ranks 12th (tie, Taylor Hall) in the NHL with 16g-34a-50pts. Kopitar is fourth  in the league with a +23 rating this season.
  • Tanner Pearson scored the first OT goal of his NHL career on Friday night. 
  • Tyler Toffoli has points in four straight games (1g-4a-5pts) and ranks second on the club with 23g-19a-42pts overall. He leads the NHL with a +26 rating
  • Milan Lucic recorded 2a on Friday and extended his scoring streak to three games (2g-4a-6pts). He ranks fourth on the club with 14g-22a-36pts overall. Lucic is eighth in the NHL with 185 hits this season.
  • Jeff Carter also enters today with points in three straight (1g-3a-4pts). He’s third on the club with 14g-25a-39pts overall.
  • Drew Doughty registered 2a on Friday for his eighth multiple-point game of the season. He ranks tenth (tie) among NHL defensemen with 11g-24a-35pts overall. Doughty is averaging 28:00 of TOI/game, which ranks third among all skaters.
  • Dustin Brown has 4g-4a-8pts over the last eight games. He had 4g-10a-14pts over his first 46 appearances this season.
  • Vincent Lecavalier has posted 5g-3a-8pts, including four PPGs, in 15 games since being acquired from Philadelphia on Jan. 6. He had just 1a in seven appearances with the Flyers this season.
  • Luke Schenn has 1g-3a-4pts in 15 games with Los Angeles. He was acquired in the same trade from Philadelphia on Jan. 6. Schenn had 2g-3a-5pts in 29 games with the Flyers this season.
  • Jonathan Quick is third in the NHL with 28 wins this season but is 2-4-0 with a 3.18 goals-against average & .881 save-percentage over his last six starts. Quick is 4-2-1 with a 2.08 GAA & a .930 save % in seven career regular-season games vs. the Devils.
  • Peter Budaj earned the OT win in his first start with Los Angeles on Friday at Madison Square Garden (24 saves). It was his first win since Apr. 4, 2014 at Ottawa.

Devils vs. Kings

2014-15

Record: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 6-6 (1-3 at home)

Shots For/Against: 40-59 (20-33 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-5 (40.0%)/6-7 (85.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Scott Gomez (1g-2a-3pts), Steve Bernier (2g-0a-2pts), Michael Cammalleri (1g-1a-2pts), Michael Ryder (1g-1a-2pts); LA – Marian Gaborik (1g-2a-3pts), Anze Kopitar (1g-2a-3pts), Justin Williams (1g-2a-3pts), Brayden McNabb (0g-2a-2pts).

Goaltending:  NJ – Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 3.05 GAA, .898 save %); LA – Jonathan Quick (1-1-0, 2.55 GAA, .889 save %), Martin Jones (0-0-0, 3.72 GAA, .769 save%). 

All-Time

Record:  29-28-4 (17-13-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 197-200 (102-89 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Lee Stempniak (10g-10a-20pts), Michael Cammalleri (10g-6a-16pts), Patrik Elias (6g-9a-15pts), Travis Zajac (4g-4a-8pts); LA – Vincent Lecavalier (18g-30a-48pts), Marian Gaborik (11g-14a-25pts), Jeff Carter (11g-20a-21pts), Milan Lucic (8g-8a-16pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-2-0, 1 ShO, 1.67 GAA, .939 save %); LA – Jonathan Quick (4-2-1, 2.08 GAA, .930 save %), Jhonas Enroth (1-2-1, 3.02 GAA, .885 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is 2-2-0 vs. Los Angeles since the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals; the road team has won all four games…The Devils are looking for their first regular season win over the Kings at Prudential Center since Oct. 13, 2011 (2-1 SO)…Michael Cammalleri has 5g-3a-8pts in his last nine games vs. his former club…Lee Stempniak has posted 1g-2a-3pts over his last four games vs. Los Angeles…Cory Schneider is 2-2-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average in four games vs. the Kings as a Devil.

Connections: Michael Cammalleri was Los Angeles’ third choice (second round), 49th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. He played five seasons with the Kings from 2002-08…Andy Greene and Alec Martinez were teammates at the University of Miami of Ohio (CCHA) in 2005-06…Travis Zajac and Matt Greene both played for the University of North Dakota (WCHA) in 2004-05…Adam Henrique and Jordan Nolan were teammates with Windsor (OHL) for two seasons 2006-08…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward and Milan Lucic were both members of Boston’s 2011 Stanley Cup Championship team…Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter is the brother of former Devils’ Head Coach Brent Sutter.

Devils in Detail

  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 32 of his last 40 starts since Oct. 29 and is 21-14-5 with four shutouts, a 1.91 goals-against average & .934 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider leads the NHL in minutes (2,816), is second in games played (47) and GAA (1.98), is third (tie) in save % (.931), is fourth in shutouts (4, tie),  & is fifth (tie) in wins (25).
  • SPECIAL TEAMS: The Devils’ power play unit was 2/2 yesterday vs. Philadelphia and has converted 11/25 (44.0%) of their opportunities in its last nine games. New Jersey is also 8/13 (61.5%) with the man-advantage over the past five games at Prudential Center. New Jersey ranks sixth  in the NHL on the PP overall (37/174, 21.3%) and is eighth at home (18/83, 21.7%). New Jersey was 3/4 on the penalty kill yesterday at Philadelphia and is 22/23 (95.6%) over the past six games. The Devils are 10/10 on the penalty-kill over their last three games at Prudential Center. The Devils’ PK unit ranks eighth (149/180, 82.8%) in the league overall and is 14th (64/77, 83.1%) at home.
  • STILL STRONG ON DEFENSE: New Jersey has allowed just 18 goals-against over its previous 11 games & is allowing just 2.21 goals-against/game, which is the fewest in the NHL (second, Washington, 2.30).
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak recorded 1a on Tuesday vs. Edmonton and has reached the 40-pt. mark (15g-25a) for the fourth time in his NHL career/first time since 2009-10 (28g-20a-48pts in 80 games). He has recorded 6g-5a-11pts over the last 13 games and leads the Devils with 15g-25a-40pts 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 scored a power play goal yesterday at Philadelphia, his third PPG of the season. He has 3g-2a-5pts over the last six games & 4g-7a-11pts over the last 13 contests.
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri has established new career-highs with 20 goals (previously, 14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14) and 36 points (prev., 14g-17a-31pts in 71 games, 2013-14) this season. Palmieri is on pace for 29g-23a-52pts, which would nearly double his previous career-high.
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 285 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 14 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 14, 2012, Ilya Kovalchuk scored a hat trick, his first as a Devil, in New Jersey’s 4-1 win at Buffalo.

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, six games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 22 games missed) is out indefinitely.
  • Stefan Matteau (facial fracture, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Jon Merrill (I.R., upper body, ten games missed) has resumed skating.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 14 games missed) is out three-four months.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 175

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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