Devils Pre-Game 3/12/16

New Jersey Devils (32-29-7) at Los Angeles Kings (40-22-4)

10:30 PM ET • Staples Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have an 11:30 AM (PT) morning skate at Staples Center.

Coming Into Tonight

  • At 32-29-7=71pts, New Jersey has already equaled its win total from all of last season (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils are 3-3-0=6pts over their last six road games and are 17-14-3=37pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 14-10-1=29pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 7-5-0=14pts on the road.

Last Game – Mar. 10 – Devils 3 at San Jose 0

  • New Jersey finished 1-0-1=3pts in its season series vs. San Jose.
  • The Sharks outshot the Devils, 30-16.
  • Keith Kinkaid stopped all 30 shots he faced to record the second shutout of his career/in his last four starts (also, Feb. 14 vs. Los Angeles, 28 saves).
  • Devante Smith-Pelly scored his fourth game-winning goal/ninth of the season overall. He has 3g-1a-4pts in four games with the Devils and has 4g-1a-5pts over his last five contests.
  • Travis Zajac scored 2g, his second multi-goal game of the season (also, Oct. 29 at Philadelphia)/eighth of his NHL career. Zajac has 3g-1a-4pts over the last four games and has 4g-3a-7pts over the past nine contests. He was also 9/15 (60.0%) in the face-off circle.
  • Stephen Gionta recorded the primary assist on Smith-Pelly’s goal for his first assist/point since Jan. 21 vs. Ottawa (19 games). 
  • Mike Sislo also assisted on Smith-Pelly’s marker, the second assist/point of his NHL career (also, Nov. 6, 2014 at St. Louis). Sislo, who was recalled from Albany on Tuesday, skated in his first NHL game since Jan. 6 at Montreal.
  • Kyle Palmieri posted an assist on Zajac’s first goal, his 20th helper of the season. Palmieri has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) and has 2g-3a-5pts over the last four contests.
  • Reid Boucher registered the lone assist on Zajac’s empty-net goal and has points in back-to-back games (2a).
  • Adam Larsson and Andy Greene both recorded a season-best +3 rating (tie, Feb. 23 vs. NY Rangers).
  • David Warsofsky returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games due to a lower body injury. He recorded one shot on goal & blocked two shots in 15:58 of action.
  • Tyler Kennedy led the Devils with three shots on goal.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Los Angeles defeated Washington, 4-3, in overtime on Wednesday and is 7-2-1=15pts over its last ten games. Seven of their last eight contests have been played on home ice (6-1-0=12pts).
  • The Kings are 21-11-1=43pts at Staples Center overall.
  • Los Angeles averages 32.5 shots/game, which ranks second in the NHL behind Pittsburgh (32.7).
  • The Kings are 4/11 (36.4%) on the power play over the past three games and have converted  22.3% (44/197) of their opportunities overall, which ranks fourth in the NHL.
  • Los Angeles has a league-leading 2.24 team goals-against average.
  • Anze Kopitar has posted 2g-4a-6pts over the past five games and leads the Kings with 20g-38a-56pts overall. He ranks fourth (tie, Olli Maatta) with a +26 rating.
  • Jeff Carter recorded 1g-1a-2pts, including the overtime game-winner, vs. Washington on Wednesday. He has 3g-1a-4pts over the past two games and ranks second on the club with 18g-29a-47pts overall.
  • Milan Lucic also posted 1g-1a-2pts on Wednesday and has points in four consecutive games (2g-4a-6pts). He ranks ninth in the NHL with 217 hits.
  • Drew Doughty enters tonight with a three-game point streak (2g-2a-4pts) and ranks tenth among NHL defensemen with 13g-31a-44pts on the season. Doughty is averaging 28:22 of TOI/game, which is third among all NHL skaters.
  • Vincent Lecavalier has points in three consecutive games (2g-1a-3pts). He has posted 7g-5a-12pts, including five PPGs, in 27 games since being acquired from Philadelphia on Jan. 6. He had just 1a in seven appearances with the Flyers this season.
  • Tanner Pearson recorded 2a on Wednesday and now has 5g-3a-8pts over his last nine games. 
  • Tyler Toffoli ranks third on Los Angeles with 24g-22a-46pts and is second (tie, Chris Kunitz) with a +28 rating.
  • Kris Versteeg is looking for his first point as a King since being acquired from Carolina for Valentin Zykov and a conditional fifth round pick on Feb. 28.
  • Rob Scuderi has collected 2a in six games with Los Angeles. He was reacquired by the Kings in exchange for Christian Ehrhoff on Feb. 26.
  • Jonathan Quick is 6-2-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .922 save-percentage in his last eight starts since Feb. 20. Quick ranks third in the NHL with 34 wins and is fifth with a 2.19 GAA.
  • Jhonas Enroth recorded his second shutout of the season/seventh of his NHL career in his last start on Feb. 27 vs. Buffalo (23 saves). He’s 5-5-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and a .931 save-percentage in 13 appearances overall.

Devils vs. Kings

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

Keith Kinkaid stopped all 28 shots he faced to record the first shutout of his NHL career. Joseph Blandisi scored the game’s only goal 5:19 into the first period (PP); it was the first game-winning goal of his NHL career. David Schlemko and Travis Zajac recorded the assists.

2015-16

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 on road)

Goals/Against:  1-0 (0-0 on road)

Shots For/Against: 18-28 (0-0 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  1-3 (33.3%)/1-1 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – Joseph Blandisi (1g-0a-1pt.), David Schlemko (0g-1a-1pt.), Travis Zajac (0g-1a-1pt.); LA – n/a.

Goaltending:  NJ – Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %); LA – Jhonas Enroth (0-1-0, 1.02 GAA, .944 save %).

All-Time

Record: 30-28-4 (12-15-3 on road)

Goals For/Against: 198-200 (95-111 on road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Michael Cammalleri (10g-6a-16pts), Patrik Elias (6g-9a-15pts), Travis Zajac (4g-5a-9pts), Tuomo Ruutu (4g-2a-6pts); LA – Vincent Lecavalier (18g-30a-48pts), Marian Gaborik (11g-14a-25pts), Jeff Carter (11g-10a-21pts), Kris Versteeg (9g-8a-17pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-2-0, 1 ShO, 1.67 GAA, .939 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %), Yann Danis (0-0-1, 2.77 GAA, .923 save %); LA – Jonathan Quick (4-2-1, 2.08 GAA, .930 save %), Jhonas Enroth (1-3-1, 2.69 GAA, .893 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is 3-2-0 vs. Los Angeles since the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals; the road team has won four of the five games…The Devils have won their last three regular season games at Staples Center (last loss, Oct. 30, 2010, 3-1).

Connections: Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero was selected by Los Angeles in the 11th round (216th overall) of the 1982 NHL Draft…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…Albany Devils’ F Brian O’Neill was acquired from Los Angeles on Oct. 6, 2015.

Devils in Detail

  • CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME: The Devils are continuing their three-game, California road trip tonight. New Jersey won, 3-0, at San Jose on Thursday and will close-out the trip vs. the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Monday. The Devils defeated the Kings, 5-3, in their last visit to Staples Center on Jan. 14, 2015, and are 7-4-0 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 45 points (prev., 14g-17a-31pts in 71 games, 2013-14) this season. Palmieri is on pace for 30g-24a-54pts, 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 297 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 17/57 (29.8%) of their opportunities in their last 21 games. New Jersey is also 6/20 (30.0%) with the man-advantage over the past eight games on the road. The Devils rank ninth in the NHL on the PP overall (43/206, 20.9%) and are ninth on the road (22/103, 21.4%). New Jersey is 49/57 (85.9%) on the penalty-kill over the past 18 games. The Devils are 22/26 (84.6%) on the penalty-kill over their last seven road games.  The Devils’ PK unit ranks ninth (tie, Boston) in the league overall (176/214, 82.2%)  and is 11th (tie, Nashville) on the road (95/116, 81.9%).
  • 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 tied for 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 % (tie, C. Talbot) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11.
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On March 12, 1988, Mark Johnson scored a penalty shot goal vs. Ron Hextall in the Devils’ 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 5pts for 200 in his NHL career.
  • John Moore – Needs 10 GP for 300 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • David Schlemko – Needs 9 GP for 300 in his NHL career.
  • Devante Smith-Pelly – Is expected to appear in his 200th NHL game tonight.
  • Jordin Tootoo – Needs 5a to reach 100 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 18 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 34 games missed) is out.
  • Jacob Josefson (upper body, two games missed) is out.
  • Jon Merrill (maintenance, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (maintenance, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Cory Schneider (grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee, two games missed) is out.
  • Damon Severson (maintenance, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 26 games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 230

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.

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