Devils Pre-Game 3/1/16

New Jersey Devils (30-26-7) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (28-26-10)

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 reached the 30-win mark and needs just two victories to match its total from all of last season (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils are 6-3-1=13pts over their last ten games at Prudential Center and 15-13-4=34pts at The Rock overall.
  • New Jersey is 9-12-2=20pts vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 5-4-2=12pts at home.

Last Game – Feb. 26 – Devils 0 vs. Tampa Bay 4

  • The Devils were shut out for the seventh time this season.
  • New Jersey is 1-5-0=2pts in its last six games and fell to 30-26-7=67pts overall.
  • The Devils are 6-3-1=13pts over their last ten games at Prudential Center and 15-13-4=34pts at The Rock overall.
  • New Jersey is 9-5-4=22pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 3-4-1=7pts at home.
  • The contest closed-out the club’s ninth of 12 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are now 3-5-1=7pts in first games and 4-3-2=10pts in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • The Devils’ penalty-kill unit was 6/6, is 23/25 (92.0%) over their last eight games at Prudential Center & is 39/43 (90.7%) over the past 13 games overall.
  • Tampa Bay outshot New Jersey, 36-21.
  • Cory Schneider (32 saves) took the loss and fell to 26-21-6 on the season.
  • Tuomo Ruutu led the Devils with a season-high five shots on goal.
  • Andy Greene saw a team-high 24:26 of time-on-ice and also led New Jersey with three blocked shots.
  • Kyle Palmieri and Sergey Kalinin each registered three hits.
  • Bobby Farnham returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the previous three games. He recorded two shots on goal and received a ten-minute misconduct penalty in 6:56 of action
  • Jacob Josefson (ill) did not play.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Carolina lost, 5-2, to St. Louis on Sunday and is 2-5-0=4pts over its last seven games. 
  • The Hurricanes are 0-2-1=1pt. over their last three road games and are 12-14-4=28pts on the road overall.
  • Carolina is 1-15 (6.7%) on the power play over its last five games and ranks 26th (tie) in the NHL overall (33/196, 16.8%).
  • The Hurricanes’ penalty-kill unit is ranked tenth in the NHL overall (131/159, 82.4%) but is 26th (59/77, 76.6%) on the road.
  • Jordan Staal has 9g-15a-24pts in 24 games since Jan. 6 and leads Carolina with 16g-23a-39pts overall.
  • Jeff Skinner recorded 1g-1a-2pts on Sunday vs. St. Louis and is second on the club with 22g-15a-37pts this season. He leads the Hurricanes/is tied for third in the NHL with seven game-winning goals.
  • Victor Rask has posted 2g-4a-6pts over the past nine contests and is third on the team with 14g-23a-37pts overall. 
  • Justin Faulk has missed three straight and nine of the last ten games due to injury. He’s tied for third in the NHL with 12 power play goals this season.
  • Ron Hainsey posted 1g-1a-2pts on Sunday, ending a 13-game point-less drought. Hainsey is secong among Hurricanes’ d’men with 4g-12a-16pts overall.
  • Cam Ward has started each of the last six games (2-4-0, 2.89 goals-against average, .899 save-percentage). He’s 11-15-2 with a 2.67 GAA and a .900 save-percentage in 28 career games vs. the Devils.
  • Eddie Lack made 18 saves but took the loss in his last start on Feb. 18 at Ottawa. He’s 10-11-3 with two shutouts, a 2.68 goals-against average and a .901 save-percentage  in 26 games overall this season.

Devils vs. Hurricanes

Last Game – Dec. 29 – Devils 3 vs. Carolina 2

David Schlemko scored the game-winning goal with just 3:05 remaining in regulation. Kyle Palmieri and Bobby Farnham also scored for the Devils. Travis Zajac recorded 2a in the third period. Keith Kinkaid made 26 saves and earned the win in goal.

2015-16

Record: 2-1-0 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against:  9-6 (3-2 at home)

Shots For/Against: 71-84 (24-28 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  1-7 (14.3%)/4-4 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – Michael Cammalleri (2g-2a-4pts), six players with 2pts each; Car. – Eric Staal (2g-1a-3pts), Kris Versteeg (0g-3a-3pts), Justin Faulk (1g-1a-2pts), Joakim Nordstrom (1g-1a-2pts).

Goaltending:  NJ – Keith Kinkaid (2-0-0, 1.51 GAA, .949 save %), Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 3.06 GAA, .880 save %); Car. – Cam Ward (1-1-0, 2.03 GAA, .909 save %), Eddie Lack (0-1-0, 5.06 GAA, .815 save %).

All-Time

Record: 65-44-11 (37-20-3 at home)

Goals For/Against: 379-333 (200-168 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (22g-35a-57pts), Travis Zajac (8g-15a-23pts), Michael Cammalleri (7g-8a-15pts), Andy Greene (4g-10a-14pts); Car. – Jordan Staal (11g-10a-21pts), Jeff Skinner (10g-3a-13pts), Ron Hainsey (4g-6a-10pts), Justin Faulk (4g-4a-8pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-2-1, 1.87 GAA, .940 save %), Keith Kinkaid (3-1-0, 1.70 GAA, .944 save %); Car. – Cam Ward (11-15-2, 2.67 GAA, .900 save %); Eddie Lack (0-2-0, 4.10 GAA, .849 save %)

Notable: The Devils are 17-8-1 vs. the Hurricanes since 2009-10, and are 12-3-1 vs. Carolina at Prudential Center all-time…Adam Henrique has scored the game-winning goal in five of New Jersey’s last seven wins vs. Carolina, and has 9g-1a-10pts in 17 career games vs. Carolina…Cory Schneider is 3-1-1 with a 1.64 GAA & a .943 save % vs. Carolina as a Devil.

Connections: Jiri Tlusty spent parts of six seasons with Carolina from 2010-15; he was traded to Winnipeg for a fifth-round choice in the 2015 Entry Draft on Feb. 25…Tuomo Ruutu was acquired from Carolina for Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round choice in the 2017 Entry Draft on Mar. 5…Cory Schneider and Nathan Gerbe were teammates at Boston College for two seasons (2005- 07)…Jordan Staal (1st round/2nd overall) was the first player Devils’ Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero selected in his first year as Pittsburgh’s GM in 2006…Carolina’s Pro Scouting Director Marshall Johnston formerly served the Devils as an Assistant Coach for one-plus season from 1982-83. He was named New Jersey’s Director of Player Personnel in November, 1983 and held that position for ten years…Hurricanes’ Pro Scout/Advisor Joe Nieuwendyk was a member of New Jersey’s 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team…Carolina D Brett Pesce was born in Tarrytown, NY.

Devils in Detail

  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 292 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.
  • REID ALL ABOUT IT: Reid Boucher scored his fifth goal of the season on Feb. 25 at Columbus & registered a career-high 1g-2a-3pts on Feb. 20 at Washington for his third multiple-point game of the season. Boucher has 3g-4a-7pts over the last nine games & has a career-high 5g-5a-10pts in 21 appearances overall. 
  • HOWE ABOUT THAT!: Sergey Kalinin recorded the first Gordie Howe hat trick of his NHL career on Feb. 23 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 46 starts since Oct. 29 and is 22-19-5 with four shutouts, a 2.11 goals-against average & .927 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider leads the NHL in minutes (3,133) and games played (tie, 53), is fourth (tie) in GAA (2.14), is fifth (tie) in shutouts (4), is sixth (tie) in save % (.925) & is seventh (tie) in wins (26).
  • SPECIAL TEAMS: The Devils’ power play has converted 14/45 (31.1%) of their opportunities in its last 16 games. New Jersey is also 10/28 (35.7%) with the man-advantage over the past ten games at Prudential Center. The Devils rank ninth in the NHL on the PP overall (40/194, 20.6%)  and are ninth (tie, Vancouver & San Jose) at home (21/98, 21.4%). New Jersey is 39/43 (90.7%) on the penalty-kill over the past 13 games. The Devils are also 23/25 (92.0%) on the PK over their last eight games at Prudential Center. The Devils’ PK unit ranks eighth in the league overall (166/200, 83.0%) and is 12th at home (77/92, 83.7%).
  • STILL STRONG ON DEFENSE: New Jersey ranks fifth in the NHL with a 2.30 team goals-against average behind Los Angeles (2.24), Florida (2.27), Washington (2.29) and Anaheim (2.29).
  • 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 Feb. 23 vs. the NY Rangers for his third multi-point game of the season. He has 4g-4a-8pts over the last 13 games & 5g-9a-14pts over the last 21 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 29g-22a-51pts, 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. On Wednesday, March 2, all eight teams competing in the World Cup will announce their initial rosters of at least 16 players. Team USA’s roster will be announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter at 6:45 PM.
  • 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 2.13 GAA (2nd, J. Quick, 2.17) and a .926 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 March 1, 2000, the Devils acquired Vladimir Malakhov from Montreal in exchange for Sheldon Souray, Josh DeWolf and a second-round choice in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 9pts for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Devante Smith-Pelly – Needs 5 GP to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Jordin Tootoo – Needs 5a to reach 100 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 13 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 29 games missed) is out indefinitely.
  • Jacob Josefson (ill, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 21 games missed) is out three-four months.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 206

Recent Transactions

  • Feb. 29 – Acquired F Devante Smith-Pelly from Montreal in exchange for F Stefan Matteau. Acquired Boston’s fourth-round pick in 2016 and second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft in exchange for Lee Stempniak. Assigned/recalled Reid Boucher, Joseph Blandisi and Damon Severson to/from Albany (AHL). Acquired Colorado’s third-round pick in the 2017 Draft in exchange for Eric Gelinas. Claimed D David Warsofsky off waivers from Pittsburgh. Recalled F Stefan Matteau from Albany (AHL).
  • Feb. 27 – Assigned D Seth Helgeson to Albany. Activated F Stefan Matteau from Injured Reserve/assigned him to Albany (conditioning).
  • Feb. 19 – Placed F Stefan Matteau on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Feb. 12. Activated D Jon Merrill from I.R.

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