Devils Pre-Game 3/14/16

New Jersey Devils (33-29-7) at Anaheim Ducks (37-21-9)

10:00 PM ET • Honda Center • MSG Network • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

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

Coming Into Tonight

  • At 33-29-7=73pts, New Jersey has already surpassed its win total from all of last season (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils are 3-1-0=6pts over their last four road games and are 18-14-3=39pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 15-10-1=31pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 8-5-0=16pts on the road.

Last Game – Mar. 12 – Devils 2 at Los Angeles 1 (OT)

  • New Jersey is now 9-1 in games decided in overtime this season.
  • The Devils swept their season series vs. the Kings (2-0-0=4pts) and have now won four straight at Staples Center (last loss, Oct. 30, 2010).
  • The Devils’ penalty-kill unit was 5/5 in the contest and is 8/8 over the last two games.
  • New Jersey outshot Los Angeles, 24-23.
  • Keith Kinkaid (22 saves) earned the win in goal and improved to 7-6-1 on the season.
  • John Moore scored the winning goal with just 0:16 remaining in overtime. It was Moore’s third overtime goal of the season/of his NHL career (Jan. 2 vs Dallas & Nov. 28 at Montreal. Moore is just the second defenseman in franchise history to score three OT goals in a season, joining Scott Niedermayer (4, 2001-02).
  • Tyler Kennedy scored his third goal of the season 1:12 into the contest to give the Devils 1-0 lead. It was Kennedy’s first goal since Feb. 23 vs. the New York Rangers (seven games). 
  • Joseph Blandisi registered the only assist on Moore’s goal, his first point since Feb. 23 vs. the New York Rangers (seven games).
  • Devante Smith-Pelly skated in the 200th game of his NHL career & recorded the lone assist on Kennedy’s goal. He has 3g-2a-5pts in five games with the Devils and has 4g-2a-6pts over his last six contests overall.
  • Adam Larsson recorded two shots on goal, two hits and four blocked shots in 24:26 of action and was named the game’s third star.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Anaheim lost, 5-2, at St. Louis on Friday and is 0-2-1=1pt. over its last three games.
  • The Ducks had won 11 straight from Feb. 13-Mar. 5 and are 25-6-3=53pts since the holiday break.
  • Anaheim owns the NHL’s #1 penalty-kill unit (209/241, 86.7%).
  • The Ducks have scored a power-play goal in 12 of their last 14 games (20/51, 39.2%) & are ranked third in the NHL with the man-advantage overall (47/202, 23.3%).
  • Anaheim is second in the league with a 2.29 team goals-against average (tie, Tampa Bay).
  • Ryan Getzlaf  scored a power play goal on Friday, has 7g-12a-19pts points over his last 16 games and leads the Ducks with 11g-42a-53pts overall. He ranks ninth in the NHL with 42a (tie, Blake Wheeler).
  • Corey Perry has 5g-3a-8pts over the last six games and ranks second on the club with 28g-21a-49pts this season. He leads the club/ranks tenth in the NHL (tie, Shane Doan, Evgeni Malkin & Wayne Simmonds) with 11 PPG.
  • Rickard Rakell posted 1g-1a-2pts on Friday at St. Louis, his tenth multi-point game, and is third on the team with 18g-20a-38pts this season. Rakell has scored five game-winning goals over the last 23 games and leads the Ducks with six GWG overall.
  • David Perron has registered 8g-11a-19pts and is +13 in 24 games with Anaheim since being acquired from Pittsburgh, along with Adam Clendening, in exchange for Carl Hagelin on Jan. 15. He had 4g-12a-16pts and was -13 in 43 appearances with the Penguins.
  • Ryan Kesler is third in the NHL in face-off winning-percentage at 58.5% (tie, Jordan Staal).
  • Sami Vatanen has 1g-6a-7pts over the last eight contests & leads Ducks’ defensemen with 9g-28a-37pts this season.
  • Cam Fowler has posted 1g-4a-5pts over the last seven games & has 4g-19a-23pts in 54 appearances overall. He’s averaging 22:33 of TOI/game, which leads the Ducks.
  • Andrew Cogliano is the NHL’s reigning ironman, having played in 689  consecutive games since making his NHL debut on Oct. 4, 2007. It’s the sixth-longest ironman streak in NHL history.
  • John Gibson stopped 23/26 shots and took the loss in his last start Mar. 9 at Colorado. He ranks second in the NHL with a 2.07 goals-against average this season and is fifth (tie) with four shutouts.
  • Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 22 shots (+ ENG) on Friday and fell to 18-9-6 on the season. He’s 13-1-2 with one shutout, a 1.93 goals-against average and a .930 save-percentage since Jan. 1.
  • Head Coach Bruce Boudreau enters tonight with 199 wins behind Anaheim’s bench.

Devils vs. Ducks

Last Game – Dec. 19 – Devils 1 vs. Anaheim 2

Michael Cammalleri scored New Jersey’s only goal at 15:26 of the third period. Lee Stempniak and Damon Severson picked up the assists. Keith Kinkaid (16 saves) took the loss.

2015-16

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 on road)

Goals/Against:  1-2 (0-0 on road)

Shots For/Against: 22-18 (0-0 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  0-2 (0.0%)/0-0 (-)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – Michael Cammalleri (1g-0a-1pt.), Lee Stempniak (0g-1a-1pt.), Damon Severson (0g-1a-1pt.); Ana. – Chris Stewart (1g-0a-1pt.), Ryan Kesler (1g-0a-1pt.), Kevin Bieksa (0g-1a-1pt.), Corey Perry (0g-1a-1pt.).

Goaltending:  NJ – Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 2.04 GAA, .889 save %); Ana. – Frederik Andersen (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .955 save %).

All-Time

Record: 16-11-2 (7-7-1 on road)

Goals For/Against: 80-69 (38-43 on road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Michael Cammalleri (16g-18a-34pts), Patrik Elias (4g-7a-11pts), Jordin Tootoo (4g-5a-9pts); Ana. – Chris Stewart (5g-5a-10pts), Ryan Kesler (5g-4a-9pts), Corey Perry (3g-4a-7pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-3-1, 2 ShO, 2.49 GAA, .906 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-2-0, 3.65 GAA, .860 save %); Ana. – John Gibson (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .963 save %), Frederik Andersen (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .955 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is looking to snap a four-game winless stretch (0-3-1) vs. Anaheim (last win, Nov. 20, 2013, 4-3 OT at Honda Center)…Kyle Palmieri will play vs. the Ducks in Anaheim for the first time since being traded to the Devils on Jun. 27, 2015…Devante Smith-Pelly will play in his second game vs. the Ducks since being traded on Feb. 24, 2015 (also, Mar. 4, 2015 at Honda Center).

Connections: Kyle Palmieri was Anaheim’s first choice (26th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft and spent the first five seasons of his NHL career (2010-15) with the Ducks…Devante Smith-Pelly was the Ducks’ third choice (2nd round) 42nd overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft and appeared in 129 games with the team over four seasons from 2011-15…Anaheim’s Special Assignment Coach, Player Development, Scott Niedermayer was a member of each of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup Championship teams. He became the third player in franchise history to have his number (27) retired on Dec. 16, ’11…Cory Schneider and Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler & Kevin Bieksa were teammates in Vancouver from 2010-13…Adam Henrique and Cam Fowler won the Memorial Cup with Windsor (OHL) in 2010…Albany Devils’ forward Blake Pietila and Ducks’ goaltender John Gibson both won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championships…Anaheim’s SVP, Hockey Ops. David McNab is the son of former Devils’ General Manager Max McNab.

Devils in Detail

  • CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME: The Devils will conclude their three-game California road trip tonight. New Jersey lost, 5-1, in its last visit to Anaheim on Jan. 16, 2015, but is 2-1-0 in its last three games at Honda Center & 8-4-0 in games played in California since 2010-11.
  • THAT’S MOORE LIKE IT!: John Moore scored his third overtime goal of the season/his career on Mar. 12 at Los Angeles. Four of the Devils’ nine OT goals this season & nine of their last 16 OT game-winners overall have been scored by a defenseman. Moore is just the second d’man in franchise history to score three OT goals in a season, joining Scott Niedermayer (4, 2001-02).
  • 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 29g-23a-52pts, 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.
  • 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 298 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.
  • SPECIAL TEAMS: The Devils’ power play has converted 17/58 (29.3%) of their opportunities in their last 22 games. New Jersey is also 6/21 (28.6%) with the man-advantage over the past nine games on the road. The Devils rank ninth in the NHL on the PP overall (43/207, 20.8%) and are ninth on the road (22/104, 21.2%). New Jersey is 54/62 (87.1%) on the penalty-kill over the past 19 games. The Devils are 27/31 (87.1%) on the penalty-kill over their last eight road games.  The Devils’ PK unit ranks ninth in the league overall (181/219, 82.6%)  and is ninth (tie, Nashville) on the road (100/121, 82.6%).
  • 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
  • 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 % (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 14, 2000, the Devils acquired Alexander Mogilny from Vancouver in exchange for Brendan Morrison and Denis Pederson. He scored 4g-3a-7pts in 23 playoff games that season and helped New Jersey win its second Stanley Cup Championship.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 5pts for 200 in his NHL career.
  • John Moore – Needs 9 GP for 300 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • David Schlemko – Needs 8 GP for 300 in his NHL career.
  • Jordin Tootoo – Needs 5a to reach 100 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 19 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 35 games missed) is out.
  • Jacob Josefson (upper body, three games missed) is out.
  • Jon Merrill (maintenance, two games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Cory Schneider (grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee, three games missed) is out.
  • Damon Severson (maintenance, two games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 27 games missed) is out.
  • Jordin Tootoo (upper body, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 238

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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