Devils Pre-Game 3/17/16

New Jersey Devils (33-30-7) vs. Minnesota Wild (32-27-11)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Network • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have an 10:30 AM morning skate at Prudential Center.

Coming Into Tonight

  • At 33-30-7=73pts, New Jersey has already surpassed its win total from all of last season (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils have lost each of their last three games at Prudential Center and are 15-15-4=34pts at The Rock overall.
  • Tonight marks the Devils’ final game vs. the Western Conference this season. New Jersey is 15-11-1=31pts vs. the West, including 7-5-1=15pts at home.

Last Game – Mar. 14 – Devils 1 at Anaheim 7

  • New Jersey is now winless in five straight games vs. Anaheim (0-4-1, last win, Nov. 20, 2013, 4-3 OT at Honda Center). 
  • Anaheim outshot New Jersey, 27-25.
  • Keith Kinkaid (L, 46:16, six goals allowed/24 shots against) and fell to 7-7-1 on the season.
  • Yann Danis (ND, 13:44, one goal allowed/three shots against) played in his first NHL game since Mar. 10 2013/first game with the Devils since Mar. 28, 2010 at Philadelphia. He became the 26th player to be re-acquired and see action with New Jersey.
  • Devante Smith-Pelly scored his tenth goal of the season and has points in three consecutive games (2g-1a-3pts). He has 4g-2a-6pts in six games with the Devils and has 5g-2a-7pts over his last seven contests overall. 
  • Tyler Kennedy registered the primary assist on Smith-Pelly’s goal and has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) for the second time (also, Dec. 3-4, 3a). Kennedy has 3g-2a-5pts over the last 13 games; he had 0g-6a-6pts over his first 30 appearances with the Devils.
  • John Moore also assisted on Smith-Pelly’s goal and has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) for the fourth time this season. Moore has recorded 1g-3a-4pts over the past six contests.
  • Kyle Palmieri played vs. the Ducks in Anaheim for the first time since being traded to the Devils on Jun. 27, 2015. He led the Devils with six shots on goal.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Minnesota lost, 3-2 in overtime, at Ottawa on Tuesday but is 5-2-1=11pts over its last eight games.
  • The Wild are 9-5-1=19pts since John Torchetti’s first game as Interim Head Coach on Feb. 15.
  • Minnesota is closing out a three-game road trip tonight (1-0-1=3pts). The Wild are 3-0-1=7pts over their last four road games and are 15-4-7=37pts on the road overall.
  • The Wild are 8/8 on the penalty-kill over their last four games. Minnesota ranks 28th (133/173, 76.9%) on the PK overall.
  • Minnesota’s power play unit is 1/13 (7.7%) over the last four contests and ranks 16th in the NHL overall (41/220, 18.6%).
  • Mikko Koivu has been held scoreless in each of the last three games but leads Minnesota with 15g-31a-46pts on the season. He’s taken the fifth-most face-offs in the NHL (1,512) and ranks 15th in the league in face-off winning-percentage (56.0%).
  • Ryan Suter is second on the club/eighth among NHL defensemen (tie, Tyson Barrie) with 8g-37a-45pts. He needs just one point to tie his career-high (7g-39a-46pts, 2011-12). Suter’s 37a ties Marek Zidlicky’s (2009-10) team-record among defensemen. He’s averaging 28:43 of TOI/game, which ranks second in the NHL (Erik Karlsson, 29:07).
  • Zach Parise has recorded 2g-11a-13pts over his past 17 appearances and is third (tie, Thomas Vanek) on the team with 19g-22a-41pts overall. He recorded the 600th point of his NHL career with an assist on Feb. 17 at Calgary. Parise has 1g-3a-4pts in four games vs. the Devils.
  • Charlie Coyle leads Minnesota with a career-high 21g & has also established a new career-high with 37pts this season. He has posted 3g-3a-6pts over the past eight games and has 11g-4a-15pts over the last 24 contests.
  • Nino Niederreiter scored his 16th goal of the season on Tuesday and has points in back-to-back games (2g-1a-3pts).
  • Ryan Carter tied his career-high with his seventh goal of the season on Tuesday at Ottawa (also, 2013-14 with NJ). 
  • Eric Haula has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts) and has a career-high 10g-15a-25pts overall. He leads Minnesota with a +18 rating.
  • Jason Pominville has missed the last three games due to a lower body injury. He had 5g-7a-12pts over the previous 11 contests.
  • David Jones was acquired, along with a sixth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, from Calgary in exchange for Niklas Backstrom on Feb. 29. He’s scored 1g in six games with Minnesota & has 10g-6a-16pts in 65 appearances overall.
  • Matt Dumba has 1g-3a-4pts over the last seven games and ranks second among Minnesota’s defensmen (tie, Jared Spurgeon) with a career-high 10g-14a-24pts. He’s tied (Vanek) for second on the club with six power play goals (Koivu, 9).
  • Devan Dubnyk stopped 17/20 shots and took the OT loss at Ottawa on Tuesday. He’s 5-1-1 with a 2.10 goals-against average and .919 save-percentage over his last seven starts. Dubnyk is tied for fifth in the NHL with four shutouts this season.
  • Darcy Kuemper took the loss in his last start on Mar. 10 vs. Edmonton (2 goals allowed/25 shots against). He’s 6-5-3 with two shutouts, a 1.91 goals-against average and a .927 save-percentage in 16 starts since  Dec. 5.

Devils vs. Wild

Last Game – Jan. 10 – Devils 2 at Minnesota 1

The game was scoreless heading into the third period. Adam Henrique gave the Devils a 1-0 at the 1:21 mark and Jon Merrill scored the game-winner at 6:26. Cory Schneider (17 saves) earned the win.

2015-16

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against:  2-1 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 17-18 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  0-2 (0.0%)/1-1 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – Jon Merrill (1g-0a-1pt.), Adam Henrique (1g-0a-1pt), Sergey Kalinin (0g-1a-1pt.), Kyle Palmieri (0g-1a-1pt.); Min. – Zach Parise (1g-0a-1pt.), Mikko Koivu (0g-1a-1pt.), Ryan Suter (0g-1a-1pt.).

Goaltending:  NJ – Cory Schneider (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .944 save %); Min. – Darcy Kuemper (0-1-0, 2.05 GAA, .882 save %).

All-Time

Record: 10-5-2 (6-1-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 51-44 (28-16 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Michael Cammalleri (8g-10a-18pts), Patrik Elias (4g-8a-12pts), Tuomo Ruutu (3g-3a-6pts), Kyle Palmieri (2g-4a-6pts); Min. – Jason Pominville (11g-9a-20pts), Thomas Vanek (11g-5a-16pts), Ryan Suter (1g-8a-9pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (9-6-0, 2.33 GAA, .911 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 3.24 GAA, .875 save %), Yann Danis (0-1-0, 6.00 GAA, .786 save%); Min. – Devan Dubnyk (1-0-1, 2.92 GAA, .915 save %), Darcy Kuemper (0-2-0, 2.03 GAA, .897 save %).

Notable: The Devils have won each of their last two home games vs. the Wild (last loss, Jan. 4, 2011, 2-1)…Kyle Palmieri has 3a over his last three games vs. Minnesota.

Connections: Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero is a native of St. Paul, MN…Head Coach John Hynes coached Ryan Suter as an assistant with the USDP-17 in 2001-02, the 2002 World Under-18 Championships & at the 2004 World Junior Championships…Wild F Zach Parise played seven seasons with the Devils and served as captain during his final season with the club 2011-12….Ryan Carter played for New Jersey for three seasons from 2011-14; he attended Devils’ training camp in September, 2014 but signed with the Wild prior to the start of the 2014-15 campaign…Former Devils’ defensemen Brad Bombardir and Ricard Persson both currently hold positions with the Wild; Bombardir is Minnesota’s Director of Player Development, while Persson serves as a scout.

Devils in Detail

  • RETRO NIGHT: The Devils will wear their retro red and green jerseys tonight vs. Minnesota. It will be just the eighth time New Jersey has worn its original colors since donning the current red and black sweaters at the start of the 1992-93 season. The Devils are 2-5-0 in their seven previous retro games: 3-6 L vs. Philadelphia, Feb. 16, 2016; 5-2 W vs. Pittsburgh, Mar. 17, 2010; 0-3 L vs. Washington, Mar. 18, 2011; 2-5 L vs. Pittsburgh, Mar.17, 2012; 3-7 L vs. New York Rangers, Jan. 26, 2014 at Yankee Stadium; 2-4 L vs. Boston, Mar. 18, 2014; and a 2-0 win vs. Pittsburgh, Mar. 17, 2015.
  • KINKAID NAMED THIRD STAR OF THE WEEK: On Monday, Keith Kinkaid was named the NHL’s “Third Star of the Week” for the week ending March 13. He was joined by St. Louis’s Vladimir Tarasenko (1st) and Florida’s Vincent Trocheck (2nd). Kinkaid went 2-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.48 goals-against average and a .981 save percentage in two starts last week. He earned his second career shutout with 30 saves in a 3-0 victory at San Jose on Mar. 10. Kinkaid then stopped 22 of 23 shots in a 2-1 OT win at Los Angeles on March 12.
  • 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.
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 299 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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, 2.16) 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 17, 2009, Martin Brodeur established a new NHL record with a 3-2 victory over Chicago at Prudential Center. Patrik Elias recorded an assist on Brian Gionta’s goal, the 702nd point of his career, to pass John MacLean as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 5pts for 200 in his NHL career.
  • John Moore – Needs 8 GP for 300 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • David Schlemko – Needs 7 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, 20 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 36 games missed) is out.
  • Jacob Josefson (upper body, four games missed) is out.
  • Jon Merrill (maintenance, three games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Cory Schneider (grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee, four games missed) is out.
  • Damon Severson (maintenance, three games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 28 games missed) is out.
  • Jordin Tootoo (upper body, two game missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 246

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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