New Jersey Devils (34-30-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (28-34-8)
7:00 PM ET • Nationwide Arena • MSG Plus 2 • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
New Jersey will have an 11:30 AM morning skate at Nationwide Arena
Coming Into Tonight
- New Jersey has won three of its last four games (3-1-0=6pts). At 34-30-7=75pts, the club has already surpassed its win total from all of 2014-15 (32-36-14=78pts).
- The Devils have won three of their last five road games (3-2-0=6pts) and are 18-15-3=39pts away from Prudential Center overall.
- Tonight’s contest opens a stretch of five straight games vs. Metropolitan Division opponents. The Devils are 9-14-2=20pts vs. the Metro overall and are 4-8-0=8pts on the road.
- Tonight’s contest also opens club’s 11th of 12 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 4-5-1=9pts in first games and 4-4-2=10pts in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
Last Game – Mar. 17 – Devils 7 vs. Minnesota 4
- The Devils snapped a three-game losing streak at Prudential Center and are now 16-15-4=36pts at The Rock overall.
- New Jersey swept the season series vs. Minnesota, 2-0-0=4pts.
- The Devils have won each of their last three home games vs. the Wild (last loss, Jan. 4, 2011, 2-1).
- New Jersey’s seven goals were a season-high (previously, 6, Jan. 21 vs. Ottawa) and its most since Jan. 21, 2014 vs. St. Louis.
- The contest marked the Devils’ final game vs. the Western Conference this season. New Jersey finished 16-11-1=33pts vs. the West, including 8-5-1=17pts at home.
- Minnesota outshot New Jersey, 32-25.
- Keith Kinkaid (28 saves) made his fifth consecutive start and improved to 8-7-1 on the season.
- Devante Smith-Pelly recorded 2g-1a-3pts for the second multi-goal game (also, Nov. 25 at NY Rangers)/first 3pt. game of his NHL career. He now has points in a career-high (tie, Dec. 18-28, 2014, 0g-4a-4pts) four consecutive games (4g-2a-6pts). Smith-Pelly has 6g-3a-9pts in seven games with the Devils and has 7g-3a-10pts over his last eight contests. He has 12g-9a-21pts overall, which is a new career-high (previously, 6g-14a-20pts, 2014-15).
- Mike Sislo scored the first two goals of his NHL career. He has 2g-1a-3pts in eight games with the Devils this season.
- Adam Henrique also scored 2g and, with 25g overall, has tied his career-high (also, 2013-14). He has 44pts this season, which is the second-highest total of his NHL career (16g-35a-51pts, 2011-12). Henrique’s first goal was the eventual game-winner; he leads the Devils with a career-high 7 GWG.
- Reid Boucher scored his sixth goal of 2015-16, has 1g-2a-3pts over the past five games and 6g-7a-13pts in 29 appearances overall.
- Tyler Kennedy tied his career-high with 3a, his first 3pt. game since Nov. 25, 2011 vs. Ottawa (1g-2a). He has points in three straight games (1g-4a-5pts) for the first time since Jan. 14-18, 2014 (1g-2a-3pts). Kennedy has 3g-5a-8pts over the last 14 games; he had 0g-6a-6pts over his first 30 appearances with the Devils.
- Joseph Blandisi posted 2a for his fourth multi-point game of the year. He has 3a over the last three contests and 5g-12a-17pts in 32 appearances overall.
- Travis Zajac recorded the secondary assist on Smith-Pelly’s first goal and has 3g-2a-5pts over the last seven games. He ranks fourth on the club with 12g-24a-36pts overall.
- Kyle Palmieri collected the primary assist on Boucher’s marker and has posted 2g-4a-6pts over the last seven contests. He leads the Devils with a career-high 25g-21a-46pts this season.
- Jon Merrill picked up the secondary assist on Boucher’s tally and has 2a over his last four appearances.
- Damon Severson was credited with the secondary assist on Sislo’s second goal. He has 4a over his last seven appearances and leads Devils’ defensemen with 16a overall.
- Andy Greene skated in his 300th consecutive game, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, the sixth-longest games-played stretch in Devils’ history. Jay Pandolfo is next on the list, having appeared in 307 consecutive games from Jan. 22, 2003-Nov. 28, 2007.
- Columbus lost, 3-1, to Detroit on Thursday and is 2-5-0=4pts over its last seven games.
- The Blue Jackets have been held to one goal or less (three shutouts) in six of their last 12 games.
- Columbus has lost three straight at Nationwide Arena & is 15-15-6=36pts at home overall.
- The Blue Jackets are 27th in the NHL on the power play at home (19/114, 16.7%) and are 19th in the league overall (38/213, 17.8%).
- Cam Atkinson has recorded 5g-2a-7pts over the last seven games and leads Columbus with a career-high 24g-21a-45pts overall.
- Scott Hartnell is second on the club with 21g-22a-43pts this season. He enters tonight with 299g in 1,098 career NHL games.
- Alexander Wennberg scored the Blue Jackets’ only goal on Thursday and has 2g-9a-11pts over the last 15 games.
- Boone Jenner has 2g-3a-5pts over the last six contests. He’s posted career-highs across the board with 24g-16a-40pts this season.
- Brandon Saad is tied (Atkinson & Jenner) for the team-lead with a career-high 24g and ranks third on the club (tie, Brandon Dubinsky) with 41pts this season.
- Brandon Dubinsky has 8g-17a-25pts over the last 32 games. He has 15g-16a-31pts and is +16 in 41 career games vs. New Jersey.
- Seth Jones has recorded 1g-14a-15pts in 29 games since being acquired from Nashville in exchange for Ryan Johansen on Jan. 6. Jones had 1g-10a-11pts in 40 games with the Predators this season. He’s averaging 24:18 of TOI/game with Columbus after seeing just 19:38 per game with Nashville.
- Jack Johnson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season.
- David Clarkson has missed the last two games due to an upper body injury. He recorded his 200th career point with a goal on Mar. 8 vs. Detroit.
- Fedor Tyutin could skate in the 800th game of his NHL career tonight. He missed Thursday’s game vs. Detroit due to illness.
- Sergei Bobrovsky took the loss on Thursday vs. Detroit (three goals allowed/22 shots against). He’s 0-3-0 with a 3.37 goals-against average and a .889 save-percentage in three starts since returning to the lineup on Mar. 11 vs. Pittsburgh. Bobrovsky missed 19 games from Jan. 23-Mar. 8 due to a groin injury.
- Curtis McElhinney allowed six goals on 36 shots and took the loss in his last start on Mar. 5 at Philadelphia. He’s 3-1-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average and a .934 save-percentage in five career games vs. the Devils.
Devils vs. Blue Jackets
Last Game – Feb. 25 – Devils 1 at Columbus 6
Reid Boucher scored New Jersey’s lone goal. Travis Zajac and Damon Severson picked up the assists. Cory Schneider (L) allowed three goals on 11 shots in 19:45 of action and was relieved by Keith Kinkaid at the start of the second period.
Record: 0-3-0 (0-1-0 on road)
Goals/Against: 3-11 (1-6 on road)
Shots For/Against: 78-63 (26-24 on road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-13 (7.7%)/6-7 (85.7%)
Leading Scorers: NJ – Travis Zajac (0g-2a-2pts), Adam Henrique (1g-0a-1pt.), Kyle Palmieri (1g-0a-1pt.), Reid Boucher (1g-0a-1pt.), three players with 1a each; CBJ – Nick Foligno (3g-2a-5pts), Matt Calvert (1g-3a-4pts), William Karlsson (1g-3a-4pts).
Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-3-0, 3.54 GAA, .840 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 4.50 GAA, .769 save %); CBJ – Sergei Bobrovsky (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .962 save %), Joonas Korpisalo (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .962 save %).
Record: 11-8-4 (5-5-2 on road)
Goals For/Against: 57-57 (30-35 on road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Michael Cammalleri (11g-11a-22pts), Tuomo Ruutu (5g-14a-19pts), Patrik Elias (4g-13a-17pts), Jordin Tootoo (4g-9a-13pts); CBJ – Brandon Dubinsky (15g-16a-31pts), Scott Hartnell (12g-10a-22pts), Nick Foligno (8g-8a-16pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (9-6-2, 2 ShO, 2.25 GAA .920 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 4.50 GAA, .769 save %); CBJ – Sergei Bobrovsky (6-3-1, 2.84 GAA, .903 save %), Curtis McElhinney (3-1-0, 1.61 GAA, .934 save %), Joonas Korpisalo (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .962 save %).
Notable: Tonight’s contest opens the 97th home-and-home series in team history and the Devils’ first-ever vs. Columbus….The Devils are 0-4-1 in their last five games vs. the Blue Jackets (last win, Feb. 28, 2015)…Adam Henrique has recorded 5g-3a-8pts over his last ten games vs. Columbus.
Connections: John Moore was Columbus’s first choice, 21st overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft; he saw action in 86 games with the Blue Jackets from 2011-13…Michael Cammalleri and Blue Jackets forward Rene Bourque were teammates with Calgary during the 2008- 09 season. Cammalleri was also traded by Montreal (along with Karri Ramo and a fifth-round draft choice) back to Calgary for Bourque, Patrick Holland and second-round draft pick on Jan. 12, 2012…Columbus forward David Clarkson played six-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2006-13…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald and Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell were teammates with Nashville for parts of two seasons from 2000-02…Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron held the same position with Columbus for nine seasons prior to being hired by the Devils on July 31.
Devils in Detail
- HURRY UP OFFENSE: Devante Smith-Pelly and Mike Sislo scored in the opening 1:34 of Thursday’s 7-4 win over Minnesota. It was New Jersey’s fastest pair of goals to start a game since Mar. 2, 1998 vs. Philadelphia (1:13, Brian Rolston & Randy McKay). -credit Elias Sports Bureau
- GOOD COMPANY: Devante Smith-Pelly scored 2g on Thursday vs. Minnesota, becoming the fourth player ever to record a multi-goal game for the Devils after doing so for another NHL team earlier that season (also, Nov. 25 at NY Rangers w/ Montreal). He’s in very notable company, since each of the three other players to do so scored at least 450g in the NHL: Peter Stastny in 1989-90 (also w/ Quebec), Dave Andreychuk in 1995-96 (Toronto), and Alexander Mogilny in 1999-2000 (Vancouver). -credit Elias Sports Bureau
- WORTH THE WAIT: Mike Sislo scored the first two goals of his career in his 32nd NHL game on Thursday vs. Minnesota. He’s the first Devils player to record a multi-goal game in the first NHL game in which he scored a goal since Mike Rupp scored twice in his NHL debut on Jan. 13, 2003 vs. Florida. -credit Elias Sports Bureau
- 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 28g-24a-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 300 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.
- 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 19, 1995, Stephane Richer scored 1:36 in to overtime to give the Devils a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at Brendan Byrne Arena.
- SANTINI NAMED BEST DEFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN: Steven Santini, New Jersey’s first choice (2nd round/42nd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, was named Hockey East’s Best Defensive Defensemen on Wednesday. Santini has posted a career-high 1g-16a-17pts and appeared in all 37 games during his junior season at Boston College. He’s the seventh player in BC history to win the award and the first since Patrick Wey in 2013.
- Adam Henrique – Needs 3pts for 200 in his NHL career.
- John Moore – Needs 7 GP for 300 in his NHL career.
- Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
- David Schlemko – Needs 6 GP for 300 in his NHL career.
- Jordin Tootoo – Needs 5a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
- Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 21 games missed) is out.
- Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 37 games missed) is out.
- Jacob Josefson (upper body, five games missed) is out.
- Cory Schneider (grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee, five games missed) is out.
- Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 29 games missed) is out.
- Jordin Tootoo (upper body, three game missed) is out.
- Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 252
- Mar. 18 – Recalled F Brian O’Neill from Albany (AHL) on an emergency recall.
- Mar. 8 – Recalled F Mike Sislo and D Seth Helgeson from Albany, 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.