Devils Pre-Game 3/27/16

New Jersey Devils (36-31-8) at Carolina Hurricanes (32-28-15)

5:00 PM ET • PNC Arena • 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 2:50 PM. Select player availability to follow.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey has points in six of its last eight games (5-2-1=11pts). At 36-31-8=80pts, the club has already surpassed its win/point total from all of 2014-15 (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils are 4-3-0=8pts over their last seven road games and are 19-16-3=41pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is playing its final game vs. the Metropolitan Division tonight. The Devils are 11-15-3=25pts vs. the Metro overall and are 5-9-0=10pts on the road.

Last Game – Mar. 25 – Devils 0 vs. Washington 1 (OT)

  • New Jersey fell to 9-2 in games decided in overtime.
  • The Devils are 5-2-1=11pts over their last eight games and are now 36-31-8=80pts on the season. 
  • New Jersey finished 0-2-2=2pts in its season series vs. Washington & is now winless in seven straight (0-4-3) vs. the Capitals (last win, Nov. 14, 2014). Four of the last five games have been decided by one goal; three have gone to OT/SO. 
  • The Devils have earned a point in three straight (2-0-1=5pts) at Prudential Center and are 17-15-5=39pts at The Rock overall.
  • New Jersey was shut out for the eighth time this season.
  • The contest closed-out the club’s 12th and final set of back-to-back games. The Devils finished 5-6-1=11pts in first games and 5-4-3=13pts in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • The Devils penalty-kill unit was 2/2 and its 8/8 over the last three games.
  • Washington outshot New Jersey, 26-22.
  • Scott Wedgewood (25 saves) is 2-0-1 and has stopped 91/93 shots in his first three NHL starts. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, his 159:34 stretch without allowing a goal is the second-longest scoreless sequence by a rookie goaltender in Devils history, behind the run of 164:18 that Martin Brodeur posted in 1994 (March 7–17).
  • David Warsofsky led New Jersey with a career-high four shots on goal.
  • Andy Greene led the Devils in ice time with 26:29, two takeaways and five blocked shots.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Carolina lost, 4-3, in overtime to the New York Islanders last night at PNC Arena.
  • The Hurricanes have earned a point in 9 of their 11 games played in March (4-2-5=13pts).
  • Carolina’s penalty-kill unit is 19/19 over the last seven games and ranks fifth in the NHL this season (158/187, 84.5%).
  • Jeff Skinner scored 1g last night, has 5g-6a-11pts over the last 12 games and leads Carolina with 26g-20a-46pts this season. He’s tied for sixth in the NHL with seven game-winning goals.
  • Jordan Staal has points in three of the last four games (1g-2a-3pts) and ranks second on the club with 19g-25a-44pts. He ranks third in the NHL in face-off winning-percentage at 58.0%.
  • Chris Terry has points in five consecutive game (3g-2a-5pts) entering tonight.
  • Viktor Rask has goals in back-to-back games and has career-highs across the board with 18g-25a-43pts this season. 
  • Justin Faulk returned to the lineup on Thursday after missing 18 of the previous 19 games from Feb. 12-Mar. 22 due to a lower body injury. He’s tied for sixth in the NHL with 12 PPG and ranks seventh (tie, Kris Letang) among defensemen with 15g overall. Faulk became the first player in NHL history whose first 12 goals of a season all came on the PP.
  • Noah Hanifin has points in three straight games (3a) and has 5a over the last seven contests. Hanifin, who was the fifth overall selection of the 2015 draft, is the only d’men drafted last year who is playing with his NHL club.
  • Eddie Lack took the overtime loss last night (27 saves). He’s 2-1-3 with a 2.76 goals-against average and a .921 save-percentage over his last six starts since Mar. 1.
  • Cam Ward stopped 22/25 shots and took the loss in his last start on Mar. 22 vs. Buffalo. He’s 2-1-1, with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .905 save-percentage over his last five starts since Mar. 1.

Devils vs. Hurricanes

Last Game – Mar. 1 – Devils 1 vs. Carolina 3

Adam Henrique scored New Jersey’s only goal; Tyler Kennedy and Andy Greene picked up the assists. Carolina scored the game-winning goal with 1:29 remaining in regulation and added an empty-netter. Cory Schneider (16 saves) took the loss in goal.

2015-16

Record: 2-2-0 (1-1-0 on road)

Goals/Against: 10-9 (6-4 on road)

Shots For/Against: 101-103 (47-56 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  1-9 (11.1%)/5-6 (83.3%)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – Michael Cammalleri (2g-2a-4pts), Adam Henrique (2g-1a-3pts), Tyler Kennedy (0g-3a-3pts); Car. – Joakim Nordstrom (2g-1a-3pts), Eric Staal (2g-1a-3pts), Kris Versteeg (0g- 3a-3pts).

Goaltending:  NJ – Keith Kinkaid (2-0-0, 1.51 GAA, .949 save %), Cory Schneider (0-2-0, 2.56 GAA, .884 save %); Car. – Cam Ward (1-1-0, 2.03 GAA, .909 save %), Eddie Lack (1-1-0, 3.04 GAA, .895 save %).

All-Time

Record: 65-45-11 (28-24-8 on road)

Goals For/Against: 380-336 (179-165)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (22g-35a-57pts), Travis Zajac (8g-15a-23pts), Michael Cammalleri (7g-8a-15pts), Andy Greene (4g-11a-15pts); Car. – Jordan Staal (11g-10a-21pts), Jeff Skinner (10g-3a-13pts), Ron Hainsey (4g-6a-10pts), Justin Faulk (4g-4a-8pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-3-1, 1.89 GAA, .936 save %), Keith Kinkaid (3-1-0, 1.70 GAA, .944 save %); Car. – Cam Ward (11-15-2, 2.67 GAA, .900 save %); Eddie Lack (1-2-0, 3.07 GAA, .892 save %)

Notable: The Devils are 17-9-1 vs. the Hurricanes since 2009-10, and are 4-2-0 in their last six visits to Raleigh…Adam Henrique has scored the game-winning goal in five of New Jersey’s last seven wins vs. Carolina, and has 10g-1a-11pts in 18 career games vs. Carolina.

Connections: Tuomo Ruutu was acquired from Carolina for Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round choice in the 2017 Entry Draft on Mar. 5…Jiri Tlusty spent parts of six seasons with Carolina from 2010-15; he was traded to Winnipeg for a fifth-round choice in the 2015 Entry Draft on Feb. 25…Cory Schneider and Nathan Gerbe were teammates at Boston College for two seasons (2005- 07)…Jordan Staal (1st round/2nd overall) was the first player Devils’ Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero selected in his first year as Pittsburgh’s GM in 2006…Carolina’s Pro Scouting Director Marshall Johnston formerly served the Devils as an Assistant Coach for one-plus season from 1982-83. He was named New Jersey’s Director of Player Personnel in November, 1983 and held that position for ten years…Hurricanes’ Pro Scout/Advisor Joe Nieuwendyk was a member of New Jersey’s 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team…Carolina D Brett Pesce was born in Tarrytown, NY.

Devils in Detail

  • WEDGE-WALL: Scott Wedgewood stopped all 39 shots he faced to record the first shutout of his career in his second NHL start on Mar. 24 at Pittsburgh. He becomes the first Devils’ rookie goaltender to record a shutout since Mike Dunham on Apr. 6, 1997 at St. Louis (25 saves). His 39 saves were the most-ever by a Devils’ goaltender in his first NHL shutout (2nd, 28, Keith Kinkaid, Feb. 14, 2016 vs. Los Angeles & Dunham, Dec.16, 1996 at Calgary). Wedgewood is 2-0-1 and has stopped 91/93 shots in his first three starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wedgewood became the second goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout within his first two NHL appearances. The other: Samuel St. Laurent – also in his second game – on Mar. 27, 1986 vs. St. Louis (24 saves).
  • HENRIQUE EYES MILESTONE: Adam Henrique enters tonight’s game with 199pts (95g-104a) in his NHL career. He’s looking to become just the 33rd player in Devils’ history to reach the 200pt. mark. Henrique has scored 8g on 27 shots (29.6%) over 12 games in March and ranks third NHL with a 19.3 shooting % (27g/140 shots) overall.
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri has established new career-highs with 29 goals (previously, 14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14) and 52 points (prev., 14g-17a-31pts in 71 games, 2013-14) this season. Palmieri is on pace for 31g-25a-56pts, which would nearly double his previous career-high.
  • DSP MAKING AN IMPACT: Devante Smith-Pelly recorded 1a on Thursday at Pittsburgh, has points in six of the last eight games (5g-3a-8pts) and has 7g-4a-11pts in 11 games with New Jersey. Smith-Pelly had 6g-6a-12pts in 46 appearances with Montreal prior to being traded to the Devils on Feb. 29.
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 304 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.
  • HURRY UP OFFENSE: Devante Smith-Pelly and Mike Sislo scored in the opening 1:34 of the Devils’ 7-4 win over Minnesota on Mar. 17. 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 Mar. 17 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 Mar. 17 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 Mar. 14, 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On Mar. 27, 2001, Bobby Holik posted 1g-3a-4pts in New Jersey’s 7-1 win at Tampa Bay. John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 25/26 shots and earned the win.
  • SPEERS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Blake Speers, the Devils third choice (67th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft, was named the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 20. Speers recorded 3g-5a-8pts in three games for Sault Ste. Marie last week. The 19 year-old center finished the regular-season with a career-high 26g-48a-74pts and appeared in all 68 games for the Greyhounds.
  • 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 Mar. 16. 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 1pt. for 200 in his NHL career.
  • John Moore – Needs 4 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, 25 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 41 games missed) is out.
  • Jacob Josefson (upper body, nine games missed) is out.
  • Tyler Kennedy (lower body, two games missed) is out.
  • Jon Merrill (upper body, three games missed) is out.
  • David Schlemko (upper body, four games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Cory Schneider (grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee, nine games missed) is out.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 33 games missed) is out.
  • Jordin Tootoo (upper body, seven games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 286

Recent Transactions

  • Mar. 23 – Recalled F Blake Pietila from Albany (AHL) on an emergency recall.
  • Mar. 21- Assigned F Brian O’Neill to Albany.
  • 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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