Devils Pre-Game 2/16/16

New Jersey Devils (29-21-7) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (24-21-10)

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 has won three straight. The club is 8-2-2=18pts over its last 12 games and has allowed just 18 goals-against during that stretch.
  • The Devils have points in a season-high six straight games at Prudential Center (5-0-1=11pts), their longest point-streak at The Rock since Jan. 3-Feb. 6, 2015 (eight games, 6-0-2=14pts).
  • Including tonight, six of New Jersey’s next seven games will be played vs. Metropolitan Division opponents. The Devils are 8-8-2=18pts vs. the Metro this season, including 4-2-2=10pts at home.
  • Cory Schneider is expected to start in goal. He’s looking for his 26th win of the season, which would tie his career-high (also, 2014-15).

Last Game – Feb. 14 – Devils 1 vs. Los Angeles Kings 0

  • The Devils defeated the Kings at Prudential Center in the regular season for the first time since Oct. 13, 2011 (2-1 SO).
  • New Jersey improved to 12-9-1=25pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 7-5-1=15pts at home
  • The contest closed-out the club’s seventh of 12 sets of back-to-back games.  The Devils are now 3-3-1 in first games and 4-1-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • The Kings out shot the Devils 28-18, including 12-5 in the third period.
  • Keith Kinkaid stopped all 28 shots he faced to record the first shutout of his NHL career. He’s 2-1-1 over his last four starts and improved to 4-5-1 on the season overall.
  • Joseph Blandisi scored the first game-winning goal of his NHL career (PPG) and has now scored in back-to-back games (2g).
  • David Schlemko recorded the primary assist, his career-high (tie) tenth of the season.
  • Travis Zajac collected the lone assist on Schlemko’s goal. He has points in two straight (2a) and 1g-4a-5pts over the past six games. Zajac has recorded 4g-8a-12pts on the power play & 8g-20a-28pts overall.
  • Lee Stempniak recorded a team-high three shots on goal.
  • Sergey Kalinin led the Devils with a season-high five hits in the contest.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Philadelphia opened its five-game road trip with a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
  • The Flyers are 11-13-3=25pts on the road overall this season.
  • Philadelphia leads the NHL with 723 penalty minutes & is averaging a league-high 13.1 PIM per game.
  • The Flyers’ penalty-kill unit ranks 25th in the NHL (149/190, 78.4%).
  • Shayne Gostisbehere enters tonight with points in 12 consecutive games (3g-12a-15pts). It’s the longest active scoring streak in the NHL/the longest this season by a rookie or a defenseman & is tied for the second-longest in 2015-16 overall (Patrick Sharp, Dec. 19-Jan.9, 6g-9a-15pts). Gostisbehere leads all NHL rookie d’men with 10g-21a-31pts overall and is averaging 0.84 points/game, which ranks fifth among all blueliners (tie, John Klingberg).
  • The line of Wayne Simmonds-Claude Giroux-Jakub Voracek has produced 18g-30a-48pts over the past 15 games.
  • Voracek leads the trio with 4g-14a-18pts during that span. He recorded four multiple-point games over a five-game stretch from Jan. 21-Feb. 4, including a season-high 3a Feb. 2 vs. Montreal. Voracek’s 36a overall are tied for eighth in the NHL.
  • Simmonds has posted 10g-4a-14pts over the past 15 games, including three multi-goal efforts over a four-game span from Jan. 25-Feb. 4. He leads the Flyers with 20g overall and ranks tenth (tie) in the NHL with nine power play goals.
  • Giroux has registered 4g-12a-16pts over the last 15 games and leads Philadelphia with 16g-30a-46pts overall. He needs just four points to reach the 500 mark in his NHL career (160g-336a-496pts). Giroux ranks sixth in the NHL in face-off win percentage (57.4%) & has taken the third-most draws in the league (1,313).
  • Brayden Schenn scored the Flyers’ only goal on Sunday (PPG) and now has 6g-3a-9pts over the last 11 games.
  • Steve Mason (27 saves) took the loss in goal at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. He has started seven of the last eight games and is 3-3-1 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .925 save-percentage during that stretch. Mason is 0-7-0 with a 3.70 goals-against average and a .861 save-percentage in eight career games vs. the Devils.
  • Michal Neuvirth ranks second in the NHL in save-percentage (.932) and is sixth in goals-against average (2.13). He’s is 5-2-5 with one shutout, a 2.02 goals-against average & a .927 save-percentage in 11 career games vs. New Jersey.

Devils vs. Flyers

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

Adam Henrique scored a power play goal 2:58 into overtime, the second OT goal of his NHL career. Joseph Blandisi also scored a PPG. Cory Schneider (31 saves) earned the win in goal. 

2015-16

Record: 2-0-1 (0-0-1 at home)

Goals/Against: 9-6 (3-4 at home)

Shots For/Against: 75-85 (18-25 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 5-11 (45.5%)/6-9 (66.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Kyle Palmieri (2g-3a-5pts), Travis Zajac (2g-1a-3pts), Michael Cammalleri (1g-1a-2pts), Jacob Josefson (0g-2a-2pts); Phi. – Claude Giroux (1g-2a-3pts), Shayne Gostisbehere (1g-1a-2pts), Jakub Voracek (0g-2a-2pts), nine players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending:  NJ – Cory Schneider (2-0-1, 1.93 GAA, .929 save %); Phi. – Michal Neuvirth (1-0-1, 2.39 GAA, .881 save %), Steve Mason (0-1-0, 3.15 GAA, .906 save%).

All-Time

Record: 101-75-21 (61-28-9 at home)

Goals For/Against: 598-591 (329-271 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (37g-47a-84pts), Travis Zajac (12g-20a-32pts), Adam Henrique (10g-6a-16pts), Tyler Kennedy (11g-4a-15pts), Andy Greene (2g-13a-15pts); Phi. – Claude Giroux (9g-22a-31pts), Mark Streit (4g-13a-17pts), Wayne Simmonds (9g-6a-15pts), Jakub Voracek (5g-9a-14pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-2-1, 2.37 GAA, .920 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .926 save %); Phi. – Steve Mason (0-7-0, 3.70 GAA, .861 save %), Michal Neuvirth (5-2-5, 1 ShO, 2.01 GAA, .927 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is 11-2-3 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2012-13 season and has outscored the Flyers 50-30 during that span…Adam Henrique has 10g-6a-16pts in 20 career games vs. the Flyers, his most vs. any opponent; he has 6g-3a-9pts & is +9 over his last 11 games vs. Philadelphia…Andy Greene has totaled 1g-4a-5pts and is +5 in his last seven games vs. the Flyers…Kyle Palmieri has 4g-4a-8pts in six career games vs. Philadelphia.

Connections: Executive VP/GM Ray Shero’s father, Fred, served as Philadelphia’s Head Coach from 1971-78; the Flyers went to four Stanley Cup Finals under Shero and won back-to-back championships in 1974 & 75…Flyers’ President Paul Holmgren & Senior VP Bobby Clarke both played for Fred Shero during his tenure as Head Coach…Travis Zajac played under Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol at the University of North Dakota from 2004-06…John Moore was teammates with Steve Mason, R.J. Umberger and Jakub Voracek during his time spent with Columbus…Adam Larsson and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare were teammates with Skelleftea (Sweden) for two seasons from 2009-11.

Devils in Detail

  • RETRO NIGHT: The Devils will wear their retro red and green jerseys tonight vs. Philadelphia. It will be just the seventh time New Jersey has worn its original colors since donning the current red and black sweaters at the start of the 1992-93 season. The Devils are 2-4-0 in their six previous retro games: 5-2 W vs. Pittsburgh, Mar. 17, 2010; 0-3 L vs. Washington, Mar. 18, 2011; 2-5 L vs. Pittsburgh, Mar.17, 2012; 3-7 L vs. New York Rangers, Jan. 26, 2014 at Yankee Stadium; 2-4 L vs. Boston, Mar. 18, 2014; and a 2-0 win vs. Pittsburgh, Mar. 17, 2015. New Jersey will also wear the classic sweaters on Mar. 17 vs. Minnesota at The Rock.
  • 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) and GAA (1.98), is second (tie) in games played (47), is third (tie) in save % (.931), is fourth in shutouts (4, tie) & is sixth in wins (25).
  • SPECIAL TEAMS: The Devils’ power play unit was 1/3 Sunday vs. Los Angeles and has converted 12/28 (42.8%) of their opportunities in its last ten games. New Jersey is also 9/16 (56.3%) with the man-advantage over the past six games at Prudential Center. New Jersey ranks seventh in the NHL on the PP overall (38/177, 21.5%) and is also sixth at home (19/86, 22.1%). New Jersey was 1/1 on the penalty kill on Sunday vs. Los Angeles and is 23/24 (95.8%) over the past seven games. The Devils are 11/11 on the penalty-kill over their last four games at Prudential Center. The Devils’ PK unit ranks eighth (150/181, 82.9%) in the league overall and is 13th (65/78, 83.3%) at home (tie, Minnesota).
  • STILL STRONG ON DEFENSE: New Jersey leads the NHL with a 2.14 team goals-against average (second, St. Louis & Washington, 2.27). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only NHL team to lead the league in GAA and miss the playoffs was the 1930-31 New York Americans.
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak 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 14 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 NY Rangers. It was the third GWG of his NHL career/in a span of 27 appearances. Each of his GWG have come vs. a Metropolitan Division opponent (also, Dec. 29 vs. Carolina & Nov. 14 Pittsburgh). Schlemko has established a new career-high with 6g-10a-16pts this season (prev., 4g-10a-14pts, 2010-11). 
  • HEY, JOE: Rookie F Joseph Blandisi has scored a power play goal in each of the last two games. He has 4g-2a-6pts over the last seven games & 5g-7a-12pts over the last 15 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 28g-23a-51pts, which would nearly double his previous career-high.
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 286 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, 14). 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 2.09 GAA (2nd, J. Quick, 2.17) and a .928 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 16, 1991, Zdeno Ciger (GWG), Jon Morris and Kirk Muller each scored in New Jersey’s 3-2 win over Philadelphia at the Meadowlands. Chris Terreri made 34 saves and earned the win in goal.

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, seven games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 23 games missed) is out indefinitely.
  • Stefan Matteau (facial fracture, two games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Jon Merrill (I.R., upper body, 11 games missed) has resumed skating.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 15 games missed) is out three-four months.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 180

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).

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