Devils Pre-Game 3/20/16

New Jersey Devils (34-31-7) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (29-34-8)

5:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • 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 outside the Devils’ locker room at approximately 2:40 PM. Select player availability to follow.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey has won three of its last five games (3-2-0=6pts). At 34-31-7=75pts, the club has already surpassed its win total from all of 2014-15 (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils defeated Minnesota, 7-4, on Thursday to snap a three game losing streak at Prudential Center. They are 16-15-4=36pts at The Rock overall.
  • New Jersey is playing the second in a stretch of five straight games vs. Metropolitan Division opponents. The Devils are 9-15-2=20pts vs. the Metro overall and are 5-6-2=12pts at home.
  • Tonight’s contest also closes-out the club’s 11th of 12 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 4-6-1=9pts in first games and 4-4-2=10pts in second games when playing on consecutive dates.

Last Game – Mar. 19 – Devils 3 at Columbus 6

  • New Jersey fell to 0-4-0 in its season series vs. Columbus and is 0-5-1 in its last six games vs. the Blue Jackets (last win, Feb. 28, 2015).
  • The Devils are 3-3-0=6pts over their last six road games and are 18-16-3=39pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • The Devils were 2/4 on the power play; they were 0/12 over their previous six games.
  • Columbus outshot New Jersey, 34-30.
  • Keith Kinkaid (ND, 22:50, 3 goals allowed/19 shots against) was relieved by Yann Danis for the second time in his last three starts.
  • Danis (L, 36:46, 3 goals allowed/15 shots against) appeared in his second NHL game of the season.
  • Kyle Palmieri tied his career-high with 2g-1a-3pts (1g-1a-2pts on the PP). He has points in back-to-back games (2g-2a-4pts) and has 4g-5a-9pts over the last eight contests. Palmieri leads the Devils with a career-high 10g-10a-20pts on the PP & a career best 27g-22a-49pts this season overall.
  • Adam Henrique scored a power play goal and has established a new career-high with 26g this season (previously, 25, 2013-14). He has 3g over the last two games and 7g over past nine contests.
  • Travis Zajac recorded 2a, for his ninth multiple-point game of the season. He has points in two straight (3a) & has 3g-4a-7pts over the last eight games. Zajac ranks fourth on the club with 12g-26a-38pts this season.
  • Damon Severson was credited with the primary assist on Palmieri’s first goal. He has points in back-to-back games (2a), has 5a over his last eight appearances and leads Devils’ defensemen with 17a overall.
  • Reid Boucher recorded the primary assist on Palmieri’s second goal. He has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts), 1g-3a-4pts over the past six games and 6g-8a-14pts in 30 appearances overall.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Columbus is 3-5-0=6pts over its last eight games.
  • The Blue Jackets have been held to one goal or less (three shutouts) in six of their last 13 games.
  • Columbus is 0-2-1=1pt. over its last three road games & is 13-19-2=28pts on the road overall.
  • The Blue Jackets are 13h in the NHL on the power play on the road(19/99, 19.2%) and are 17th (tie, NY Rangers) in the league overall (39/217, 18.0%).
  • Cam Atkinson has recorded 6g-2a-8pts over the last eight games and leads Columbus with a career-high 25g-21a-46pts overall.
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand scored 2g in the second game of his NHL career last night vs. the Devils. He was Columbus’ fifth choice (89th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft.
  • Scott Hartnell is second on the club with 21g-23a-43pts this season. He enters tonight with 299g in 1,099 career NHL games.
  • Alexander Wennberg recorded 2a last night and has 2g-11a-13pts over the last 16 games.
  • Boone Jenner has 3g-4a-7pts over the last seven contests. He’s posted career-highs across the board with 25g-17a-42pts this season.
  • Brandon Saad is third on the club with a career-high 24g and ranks fifth with 41pts this season.
  • Brandon Dubinsky has 8g-18a-26pts over the last 33 games. He has 15g-17a-32pts and is +16 in 42 career games vs. New Jersey.
  • Seth Jones has recorded 2g-14a-16pts in 30 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 24:17 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 three games due to an upper body injury. He recorded his 200th career point with a goal on Mar. 8 vs. Detroit.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky (27 saves) earned the win last night in goal. He’s 1-3-0 with a 3.28 goals-against average and a .892 save-percentage in four 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. 
  • Joonas Korpisalo is 11-3-2 with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .923 save-percentage in 16 games since Jan. 25.

Devils vs. Blue Jackets

2015-16

Record: 0-4-0 (0-2-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 6-17 (2-5 at home)

Shots For/Against: 108-97 (52-39 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  3-17 (17.6%)/9-11 (81.8%)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – Kyle Palmieri (3g-1a-4pts), Travis Zajac (0g-4a-4pts), Adam Henrique (2g-0a-2pts),  Reid Boucher (1g-1a-2pts), Damon Severson (0g-2a-2pts); CBJ – Matt Calvert (1g-5a-6pts), Nick Foligno (3g-2a-5pts),William Karlsson (2g-3a-5pts).

Goaltending:  NJ – Cory Schneider (0-3-0, 3.54 GAA, .840 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 5.73 GAA, .812 save %), Yann Danis (0-1-0, 4.90 GAA, .800 save %); CBJ – Sergei Bobrovsky (3-0-0, 1.67 GAA, .939 save %), Joonas Korpisalo (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .962 save %).

All-Time

Record: 11-9-4 (6-3-2 at home)

Goals For/Against: 60-63 (27-22 at home)

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-17a-32pts), Scott Hartnell (12g-11a-23pts), 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, 5.71 GAA, .812 save %), Yann Danis (0-1-0, 4.90 GAA, .800 save %); CBJ – Sergei Bobrovsky (7-3-1, 2.86 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 closes-out the 97th home-and-home series in team history and the Devils’ first-ever vs. Columbus….The Devils are 0-5-1 in their last six games vs. the Blue Jackets (last win, Feb. 28, 2015)…Adam Henrique has recorded 6g-3a-9pts over his last 11 games vs. Columbus.

Connections: John Moore was Columbus’ 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 27 goals (previously, 14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14) and 49 points (prev., 14g-17a-31pts in 71 games, 2013-14) this season. Palmieri is on pace for 30g-25a-55pts, 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 301 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 % (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 Mar. 20, 2011, Martin Brodeur posted a 13-save shutout in a 3-0 victory over Columbus at Nationwide Arena. David Clarkson scored 2g, including the game-winner.
  • 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 38 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. 

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 2pts for 200 in his NHL career.
  • John Moore – Needs 6 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.

Injuries

  • Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 22 games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 38 games missed) is out.
  • Jacob Josefson (upper body, six games missed) is out.
  • David Schlemko (upper body, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Cory Schneider (grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee, six games missed) is out.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 30 games missed) is out.
  • Jordin Tootoo (upper body, four games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 259

Recent Transactions

  • Mar. 20 – Recalled G Scott Wedgewood and D Vojtech Mozik from from Albany (AHL), both on emergency recalls.
  • 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.

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