Devils Pre-Game 2/25/16

New Jersey Devils (30-24-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (24-29-8)

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

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 11:30 AM morning skate at Nationwide Arena.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey reached the 30-win mark (30-24-7=67pts) on Tuesday and needs just two victories to match its total from all of last season (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils are 3-3-1=7pts over their last seven road games and are 15-12-3=33pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 9-11-2=20pts vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 4-7-0=8pts on the road.
  • Tonight’s contest opens the club’s ninth of 12 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 3-4-1=7pts in first games and 4-2-2=10pts in second games when playing on consecutive dates.

Last Game – Feb. 23 – Devils 5 vs. NY Rangers 2

  • New Jersey snapped its three-game losing streak and improved to 9-5-2=20pts over its last 16 games.
  • The Devils won the season series over the Rangers 3-1-0=6pts.
  • New Jersey outshot New York, 36-19, including a 17-5 margin in the second period. The Devils’ 17 shots in the second tied a season-high (Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver, 2nd period).
  • Cory Schneider (17 saves) tied his career-high with his 26th win of the season (also, 2014-15). He has allowed two goals or less in 34 of his last 44 starts since Oct. 29 and is 22-17-5 with four shutouts, a 2.01 goals-against average & .930 save-percentage during that stretch.
  • Tyler Kennedy gave the Devils a 1-0 lead 4:47 into the game, his second goal of the season/in the last four games.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his team leading eighth power play goal/23rd overall at 10:28 of the second period to tie the game at 2-2. He has goals in back-to-back games (2g-1a-3pts) & 3g-1a-4pts over the past four contests. 
  • Lee Stempniak scored his 16th goal of the season with 1:54 remaining in the second period to give New Jersey a 3-2 lead. It was his third game-winning goal of the season/second GWG vs. New York (also, Oct. 18, OT). Stempniak now has 4g-1a-5pts in five games vs. the Rangers since being traded on Mar. 1, 2015. He leads the Devils with 16g-25a-41pts overall.
  • Sergey Kalinin recorded the first Gordie Howe hat trick of his NHL career & is the first Devil to do so since Jordin Tootoo on Mar. 14, 2015 at Arizona. Kalinin scored his sixth goal of the year at 17:16 of the third to put New Jersey ahead 4-2. He assisted on Kennedy’s goal for his first assist/point since Jan. 19 vs. Calgary (11 appearances).
  • Adam Larsson scored an empty-netter & collected the secondary assist on Stempniak’s goal for his fourth multi-point game of the season. He also recorded a season-best +3 rating. Larsson is second among Devils’ defensemen with 3g-12a-15pts this season. 
  • Joseph Blandisi recorded 2a for his third multi-point game of the season. Blandisi has posted 4g-4a-8pts over the last 11 games & 5g-9a-14pts over the past 19 contests.
  • Andy Greene was credited with the primary assist on Kalinin’s goal. It was the 147th assist of his career, which ties Joe Cirella for fifth among Devils’ defensemen all-time. Brian Rafalski (267a) ranks fourth. Greene was +3 and saw a team-high 22:43 of TOI.
  • Damon Severson, who was a healthy scratch in each of the previous two games, recorded the primary assist on Kennedy’s goal. It was Severson’s 13th assist of the season, which leads Devils’ defensemen.
  • Jacob Josefson registered a PPA on Palmieri’s goal. He has 2g-7a-9pts with the man-advantage this season and 3g-9a-12pts overall.
  • Adam Henrique recorded the secondary assist on Kalinin’s goal to snap a four-game point-less drought. He ranks third on the club with 19g-19a-38pts overall.
  • Travis Zajac was 13/18 (72.2%) in the face-off circle.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Columbus lost, 2-1 in the shootout, at Detroit on Tuesday & is 7-2-4=18pts over its last 13 games.
  • The Blue Jackets are 11-12-6=28pts at Nationwide Arena.
  • Columbus is 29th in the NHL on the power play at home (13/90, 14.4%) and is tied for 25th in the league overall (32/186, 17.2%).
  • Scott Hartnell leads the Blue Jackets with 19g-20a-39pts this season. He needs just 3g to reach the 300-mark in his NHL career.
  • Boone Jenner has goals in back-to-back games (3g) an has 5g over the past five games. He’s posted career-highs across the board with 22g-13a-35pts this season.
  • Cam Atkinson has recorded 6g-6a-12pts over the last 14 games, including his third career hat trick on Jan. 25 vs. Montreal. 
  • Brandon Saad has scored 6g, including three GWG, over the past 12 games and is tied (Jenner) for the team lead with 22g overall.
  • Brandon Dubinsky has points in back-to-back games (2a) and has 7g-13a-20pts over the last 22 games. He’s expected to skate in the 600th game of his NHL career tonight. Dubinsky has 14g-16a-30pts and is +16 in 40 career games vs. New Jersey.
  • Seth Jones has recorded 11a in 20 games since being acquired from Nashville in exchange for Ryan Johansen on Jan. 6. Jones had 1g-10a-11pts in 40 games with the Predators this season.
  • Jack Johnson is averaging 24:24 of TOI per game, which leads the Blue Jackets/ranks 20th in the NHL.
  • Joonas Korpisalo is 9-3-3 with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .930 save-percentage in 15 appearances since Jan. 13. He made his NHL debut on Dec. 14 vs. Tampa Bay (L, 27 saves). Korpisalo was Columbus’ third choice, 62nd overall, in the 2012 Entry Draft.
  • Curtis McElhinney made 27 saves in the loss to Detroit on Tuesday. He’s 3-1-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average and a .934 save-percentage in five career games vs. New Jersey.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky has missed each of the last 13 games due to a groin strain.

Devils vs. Blue Jackets

Last Game – Nov. 25 – Devils 1 vs. Columbus 2

Adam Henrique scored New Jersey’s only goal. Michael Cammalleri recorded the lone assist. Cory Schneider made 23 saves but took the loss in goal.

2015-16

Record: 0-2-0 (0-0-0 on road)

Goals/Against: 2-5 (0-0 on road)

Shots For/Against: 52-39 (0-0 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  1-9 (11.1%)/5-5 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Adam Henrique (1g-0a-1pt.), Kyle Palmieri (1g-0a-1pt.), three players with 1a each; CBJ – Cam Atkinson (1g-1a-2pts), Scott Hartnell (1g-1a-2pts), nine players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending:  NJ – Cory Schneider (0-2-0, 2.59 GAA, .872 save %); CBJ – Sergei Bobrovsky (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .962 save %).

All-Time

Record: 11-7-4 (5-4-2 on road)

Goals For/Against: 56-51 (29-29 on road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Lee Stempniak (7g-17a-24pts), Michael Cammalleri (11g-11a-22pts), Tuomo Ruutu (5g-14a-19pts); CBJ – Brandon Dubinsky (14g-16a-30pts), Scott Hartnell (12g-10a-22pts), Nick Foligno (5g-7a-12pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (9-5-2, 2 ShO, 2.10 GAA .925 save %); CBJ – Sergei Bobrovsky (6-3-1, 2.84 GAA, .903 save %), Curtis McElhinney (3-1-0, 1.61 GAA, .934 save %).

Notable: The Devils will play the Blue Jackets three times over the next 20 days…New Jersey was 1-0-1=3pts at Nationwide Arena last season…The Devils are 0-3-1 in their last four games vs. the Blue Jackets (last win, Feb. 28, 2015)…Adam Henrique has recorded 5g-3a-8pts over his last nine games vs. Columbus…Cory Schneider’s nine wins vs. the Blue Jackets are his most vs. any opponent (tie, Minnesota).

Connections: John Moore was Columbus’ first choice, 21st overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft; he saw action in 86 games with the Blue Jackets from 2011-13…Michael Cammalleri and Blue Jackets forward Rene Bourque were teammates with Calgary during the 2008- 09 season. Cammalleri was also traded by Montreal (along with Karri Ramo and a fifth-round draft choice) back to Calgary for Bourque, Patrick Holland and second-round draft pick on Jan. 12, 2012…Columbus forward David Clarkson played six-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2006-13…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald and Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell were teammates with Nashville for parts of two seasons from 2000-02…Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron held the same position with Columbus for nine seasons prior to being hired by the Devils on July 31.

Devils in Detail

  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 290 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, the sixth-longest games-played stretch in Devils’ history. He appeared in his 289th straight game on Feb. 20 at Washington to pass Aaron Broten (Mar. 27, 1986-Jan. 4, 1990) on the all-time list. Jay Pandolfo is next on the list, having appeared in 307 consecutive games from Jan. 22, 2003-Nov. 28, 2007. Greene played in his 267th straight game and also passed Broten (266 games, Dec. 6, 1982-Feb. 15, 1986) for seventh on the list on Dec. 30 at Ottawa. 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.
  • HOWE ABOUT THAT!: Sergey Kalinin recorded the first Gordie Howe hat trick of his NHL career on Tuesday vs. the New York Rangers. Kalinin posted 1g-1a-2pts and had a fight vs. the Rangers’ J.T.Miller. He’s the first Devil to register a Gordie Howe hat trick since Jordin Tootoo on Mar. 14, 2015 at Arizona.
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 34 of his last 44 starts since Oct. 29 and is 22-17-5 with four shutouts, a 2.01 goals-against average & .930 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider leads the NHL in minutes (3,053), games played (51) and GAA (2.06), is fourth in shutouts (4, tie) & is sixth (tie) in wins (26) and save % (.927).
  • SPECIAL TEAMS: The Devils’ power play has converted 14/40 (35.0%) of their opportunities in its last 14 games. New Jersey is also 3/9 (33.3%) with the man-advantage over the past four games on the road. The Devils rank eighth in the NHL on the PP overall (40/189, 21.2%) and are tenth on the road (19/92, 20.6%). New Jersey is 32/35 (91.4%) on the penalty-kill over the past 11 games. The Devils are 15/16 (93.8%) on the penalty-kill over their last four road games. The Devils’ PK unit ranks eighth (tie, Boston) in the league overall (159/192, 82.8%) and is seventh on the road (88/106, 83.0%).
  • STILL STRONG ON DEFENSE: New Jersey leads the NHL with a 2.21 team goals-against average (second, Florida, 2.25). 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 for the fourth time in his NHL career/first time since 2009-10 (28g-20a-48pts in 80 games). He has recorded 7g-5a-12pts over the last 18 games and leads the Devils with 16g-25a-41pts 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 had points in back-to-back games Feb. 14-16 (2a) & has established new career-highs across the board with 6g-11a-17pts this season (prev., 4g-10a-14pts, 2010-11). 
  • HEY, JOE: Rookie F Joseph Blandisi recorded 2a on Tuesday vs. the NY Rangers for his third multi-point game of the season. He has 4g-4a-8pts over the last 11 games & 5g-9a-14pts over the last 19 contests.
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri has established new career-highs with 23 goals (previously, 14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14) and 40 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.
  • 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 2.11 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 February 25, 1991, John MacLean scored a hat trick in New Jersey’s 5-1 win over Washington at The Meadowlands.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 9pts for 200 in his NHL career.
  • 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, 11 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 27 games missed) is out indefinitely.
  • Stefan Matteau (I.R., facial fracture, six games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 19 games missed) is out three-four months.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 197

Recent Transactions

  • Feb. 19 – Placed F Stefan Matteau on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Feb. 12. Activated D Jon Merrill from I.R.
  • Feb. 4 – Activated D John Moore from I.R.
  • Feb. 1 – Placed F Michael Cammalleri on I.R., retroactive to Jan. 26. Recalled F Joseph Blandisi, F Reid Boucher and D Seth Helgeson from Albany (AHL).

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