Devils Pre-Game 3/10/16

New Jersey Devils (31-29-7) at San Jose Sharks (37-23-6)

10:30 PM ET • SAP Center at San Jose • 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 in the hallway outside of the Devils’ locker room at 5:30 PM (PST). Select player availability to follow.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey needs just one victory to match its total from all of last season (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils are 2-3-0=4pts over their last five road games and are 16-14-3=35pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 13-10-1=27pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 6-5-0=12pts on the road.

Last Game – Mar. 6 – Devils 1 vs. Pittsburgh 6

  • The Devils fell to 15-15-4 at home and to 31-29-7=69pts overall.
  • New Jersey trails the season series vs. Pittsburgh, 1-2-0.
  • Despite the loss, the Devils are 16-4-1=33pts vs. the Penguins at Prudential Center since 2008-09.
  • New Jersey is 9-14-2=20pts vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 5-6-2=12pts at home.
  • The Penguins outshot the Devils, 30-18.
  • Keith Kinkaid (24 saves) fell to 5-6-1 on the season. He’s appeared in three consecutive games for the first time in his NHL career.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his team-leading 25th goal of the season. He has 5g-3a-8pts over the last ten games.
  • Reid Boucher registered the lone assist on Palmieri’s goal and has a career-high 6a overall this season (previously, 5a, 2013-14). He also led the Devils with four shots on goal.
  • Adam Henrique was 11/17  (64.7%) in the face-off circle.
  • Sergey Kalinin led the Devils with a career-high six hits (previously, 5, Feb. 14 vs. Los Angeles).
  • Jordin Tootoo received 4 PIM, and with 102 PIM overall this season, has reached the 100-PIM mark for the first time since 2008-09 (124 PIM) & for the fifth time in his NHL career.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • San Jose shut out Edmonton, 3-0, at Rexall Place on Tuesday and has won five of its last six games.
  • The Sharks are 10-3-2=22pts over their last 15 games since Feb. 9. 
  • San Jose owns the league’s fifth-ranked power play unit (48/216, 22.2%).
  • The Sharks’ penalty-kill unit ranks 22nd (155/195, 79.5%) in the NHL (tie, Nashville).
  • San Jose is averaging 2.96 goals/game, which ranks fourth the league.
  • Joe Thornton has points in six consecutive games (1g-7a-8pts) and has a point in 25 of the last 28 contests (8g-29a-37pts). He’s third in the NHL with 49a & is seventh with a +25 rating this season. Thornton is tied (Joe Pavelski) for the team-lead/and ranks eighth (tie, Pavelski) in the league with 15g-49a-64pts overall.
  • Joe Pavelski posted 1g-1a-2pts on Tuesday at Edmonton and has 6g-6a-12pts over the past 12 games. He’s tied with Thornton for the team-lead/eighth in the NHL with 31g-33a-64pts overall. Pavelski leads the NHL with nine game-winning goals & is fourth (tie, Anze Kopitar & Olli Maatta) with a +26 rating.
  • Brent Burns has points in each of the last five games (4g-5a-9pts) and is second among all NHL defensemen with 24g-36a-60pts overall. He’s second among all skaters with 284 shots on goal & ranks seventh with 26:10 of TOI/game.
  • Logan Couture scored 2g on Tuesday at Edmonton as has 7g-10a-17pts over the last 16 contests. 
  • Patrick Marleau is fourth on the club with 19g-20a-39pts this season. He enters tonight with 1,395 career games played and is looking to become just the 36th player in NHL history to reach the 1,400 mark.
  • Joel Ward’s 17g-19a-36pts this season is the second-highest total of his NHL career (24g-25a-49pts, 2013-14).
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic has set a new career-high with 8g-30a-38pts this season (previously, 6g-30a-36pts, 2008-09). 
  • Martin Jones made a career high 47 saves and earned the win on Monday at Calgary. Jones leads all NHL goaltenders with 55 games played (tie), is second with five shutouts (tie) and is fourth with 33 wins.
  • James Reimer stopped all 31 shots he faced on Tuesday to record his first shutout of the season/the 12th of his NHL career. It was just his second start with San Jose; he was acquired from Toronto on Feb. 27, along with Jeremy Morin, for Alex Stalock, Ben Smith and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 Draft.

Devils vs. Sharks

Last Game – Oct. 16 – Devils 1 vs. San Jose 2 (SO)

Adam Henrique scored a power play goal at 16:22 of the third period to tie the game and force overtime. Cory Schneider made 33 saves (+ 0/2 SO) in goal and stopped Patrick Marleau’s second period penalty shot attempt.

2015-16

Record: 0-0-1 (0-0-0 on road)

Goals/Against:  1-2 (0-0 on road)

Shots For/Against: 32-34 (0-0 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  1-6 (16.7%)/1-1 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – Adam Henrique (1g-0a-1pt.), Damon Severson (0g-1a-1pt.), Jordin Tootoo (0g-1a-1pt.); SJ – Patrick Marleau (1g-0a-1pt.), Joel Ward (0g-1a-1pt.), Tomas Hertl (0g-1a-1pt.).

Goaltending:  NJ – Cory Schneider (0-0-1, 0.92 GAA, .971 save %); SJ – Martin Jones (1-0-0, 0.92 GAA, .969 save %).

All-Time

Record: 18-12-4 (8-6-1 on road)

Goals For/Against: 107-83 (44-38 on road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Michael Cammalleri (13g-15a-28pts), Patrik Elias (10g-10a-20pts), Tuomo Ruutu (3g-6a-9pts); SJ – Joe Thornton (19g-27a-46pts), Patrick Marleau (10g-9a-19pts), Dainius Zubrus (3g-11a-14pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-5-2, 3.14 GAA, .908 save %), Yann Danis (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %); SJ – Martin Jones (1-0-0, 2.12 GAA, .911 save %), James Reimer (5-3-2, 1 ShO, 2.47 GAA, .919 save %).

Notable: The Devils are 2-2-0=4pts in their last four games in San Jose…New Jersey is 7-3-3 vs. Peter DeBoer coached teams all-time…Adam Henrique has 3g-3a-6pts in five career games vs. San Jose.

Connections: Tyler Kennedy spent parts of two seasons with San Jose from 2013-15…Goaltending Coach Chris Terreri played parts of two seasons with the Sharks from 1995-97…Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer served the Devils in the same capacity from Jul. 19, 2011-Dec. 26, 2014…San Jose’s Director of Player Development Larry Robinson served as Head Coach and led the Devils to the 2000 Stanley Cup Championship; he also served as an Assistant Coach for the team’s 1995 Cup & as a Special Assignment Coach on the 2003 Cup-winning squad…Sharks’ Assistant/Goaltending coach Johan Hedberg played for the Devils for three seasons from 2010-2013 & served as Albany’s (AHL) goaltending coach in 2014-15…San Jose defenseman Paul Martin was New Jersey’s fifth choice (second round), 62nd overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft and played six seasons with the Devils from 2003-10…Sharks’ F Dainius Zubrus played eight seasons with New Jersey from 2007-15.

Devils in Detail

  • CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME: The Devils are beginning their three-game, California road trip tonight. New Jersey will visit Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday and will close-out the trip vs. the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Monday. The Devils were 2-1-0 in the Golden State last season, including a 5-2 win at San Jose on Jan. 19, and are 6-4-0 in games played in California since 2010-11.
  • THE LATE SHOW: On Mar. 3 at Nashville, Adam Henrique became the fourth player in franchise history to record a tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then the winning goal in that same game. He joined Patrik Elias (Nov. 9, 2001 vs. Toronto), Joe Nieuwendyk (Jan. 22, 2003 at San Jose) and Jamie Langenbrunner (Jan. 30, 2009 vs. Pittsburgh).-credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri has established new career-highs with 25 goals (previously, 14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14) and 44 points (prev., 14g-17a-31pts in 71 games, 2013-14) this season. Palmieri is on pace for 30g-23a-53pts, which would nearly double his previous career-high.
  • SCHNEIDER, HYNES TO REPRESENT TEAM USA AT WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY: On Mar. 2, all eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey 2016, which will take place from Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto, announced their initial rosters of at least 16 players. Cory Schneider was one of three goaltenders selected to represent Team USA. The balance of the roster will be named no later than June 1. On January 16, Devils’ Head Coach John Hynes was named an assistant coach for Team USA. 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.
  • MEET THE NEW GUYS: On Feb. 29, the Devils acquired F Devante Smith-Pelly from the Montreal Canadiens and claimed D David Warsofsky on waivers from Pittsburgh. At the time of the trade, Smith-Pelly had recorded 21g-34a-55pts and 64 PIM in 195 career NHL games with the Habs and the Ducks. He has also added 6g-2a-8pts in 24 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. Warsofsky had 2g-2a-4pts in 22 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Boston prior to joining the Devils. He was selected in the fourth-round by St. Louis in 2008 but did not see any action with the Blues.
  • GREENE PASSES CIRELLA: Andy Greene collected the 148th assist of his career on Mar. 1 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes and has passed Joe Cirella for sole-possession of fifth-place among Devils’ defensemen all-time. Brian Rafalski (267a) ranks fourth.
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 296 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 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 38 of his 55 starts this season and has tied his career-high with 26 wins (also, 2014-15).
  • SPECIAL TEAMS: The Devils’ power play has converted 17/56 (30.4%) of their opportunities in their last 20 games. New Jersey is also 6/19 (31.6%) with the man-advantage over the past seven games on the road. The Devils rank eighth in the NHL on the PP overall (43/205, 21.0%) and are ninth on the road (22/102, 21.6%). New Jersey is 46/54 (85.2%) on the penalty-kill over the past 17 games. The Devils are 19/23 (82.6%) on the penalty-kill over their last six road games.  The Devils’ PK unit ranks 10th in the league overall (173/211, 82.0%)  and is 12th on the road (92/113, 81.4%).
  • 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 2a Mar. 3 at Nashville & has established new career-highs across the board with 6g-13a-19pts this season (prev., 4g-10a-14pts, 2010-11). 
  • 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
  • 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 15 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).
  • 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, C. Talbot, .925) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11.
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On March 10, 1990, the Devils tied a team record by scoring six times in the second period of a 9-3 win over Quebec. Brendan Shanahan (2g-1a), Peter Stastny (2g-1a) and Bruce Driver (3a) each recorded a three-point game. Chris Terreri (19 saves) earned the win in goal.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 5pts for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Devante Smith-Pelly – Needs 2 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, 17 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 33 games missed) is out.
  • Jacob Josefson (upper body, one game missed) is out.
  • Cory Schneider (grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee, one game missed) is out.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 25 games missed) is out.
  • David Warsofsky (lower body, two games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 222

Recent Transactions

  • Mar. 8 – Recalled F Mike Sislo and D Seth Helgeson from Albany (AHL), both on an emergency recall. Agreed to terms with F Nick Lappin (Brown University) on an entry-level contract.
  • Mar. 5 – Recalled G Yann Danis from Albany on an emergency recall
  • 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. Acquired Colorado’s third-round pick in the 2017 Draft in exchange for Eric Gelinas. Claimed D David Warsofsky off waivers from Pittsburgh.
  • Feb. 27 – Assigned D Seth Helgeson to Albany.

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