Devils Pre-Game 3/29/16

New Jersey Devils (36-32-8) vs. Boston Bruins (40-28-8)

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

  • New Jersey has points in six of its last nine games (5-3-1=11pts). At 36-32-8=80pts, the club has already surpassed its win/point total from all of 2014-15 (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils are 2-0-1=5pts over their last three home games and are 17-15-5=39pts at Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is playing its final six games vs. the Atlantic Division.  The Devils are 9-5-4=22pts vs. the Atlantic, including 3-4-1=7pts at home.

Last Game – Mar. 27 – Devils 2 at Carolina 3

  • The Devils are 5-3-1=11pts over their last nine games and are now 36-32-8=80pts on the season.
  •  New Jersey finished 2-3-0=4pts in its season series vs. Carolina.
  •  The Devils are 4-4-0=8pts over their last eight road games and are 19-17-3=41pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  •  New Jersey played its final game vs. the Metropolitan Division. The Devils finished 11-16-3=25pts vs. the Metro overall and 5-10-0=10pts on the road.
  •  The Devils outshot the Hurricanes, 25-23.
  • Scott Wedgewood (20 saves) made his fourth consecutive start and fell to 2-1-1.
  • Bobby Farnham scored his eighth goal of the season/first since Jan. 12 at St. Louis (22 games), an unassisted tally at 6:27 of the second period. His fight vs. Brad Malone was his fifth of the season, first since Dec. 30; Devils’ 21st, first since March 4.
  • Travis Zajac scored his 13th goal of the season just 0:50 after Farnham’s marker. Zajac has 1g-4a-5pts over the last six games and has reached the 40-pt. mark (13g-27a) for the sixth time in his NHL career.
  • Blake Pietila recorded the first point of his NHL career with the primary assist on Zajac’s goal.
  • Kyle Palmieri also assisted on Zajac’s goal and has 4g-4a-8pts over the last six games & 6g-7a-13pts over the past 12 contests.
  • Tuomo Ruutu led the Devils with a season-high (tie) five hits.
  • Mike Sislo, Pietila, Sergey Kalinin and Vojtech Mozik each registered four hits in the contest.
  • Joseph Blandisi led New Jersey with three takeaways.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • The Bruins won their last game, 3-1, vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at Air Canada Center. The win snapped a five game losing streak (Mar. 15-24).
  • Boston playing the second game of a four game road trip. They are 24-11-3=51 pts on the road this season, including 13-6-3 vs. the Metropolitan Division.
  • Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins in points (29g-34a-63pts) and in multiple point games (14).
  • Lee Stempniak has two goals and five assists (7 points) in 12 games since being traded to the Bruins from New Jersey.
  • Loui Eriksson has played in all 76 games for Boston this season. He has 4g-4a-8pts in his last 11 games.
  • David Krejci leads Boston with 41 assists. Three Bruins are tied for second with 34 (Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Spooner, Torey Krug).
  • Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien passed Art Ross as the club’s all-time leader in coaching wins with his 388th ‘ regular season victory on March 7 at FLA (5-4 OT). He has a 510-306-10-110 record in 935 NHL games coached.

Devils vs. Bruins

Last Game – Jan. 8 – Devils 1 vs. Boston 4

Bobby Farnham scored the Devils’ only goal at 11:57 of the second period. Stephen Gionta and Adam Larsson collected the assists.

Cory Schneider (27 saves) took the loss in goal.

2015-16

Record: 0-1-1 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 2-6 (1-4 at home)

Shots For/Against: 50-70 (20-31 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  0-4 (0.0%)/3-4 (75.0%)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – Adam Larsson (0g-2a-2pts), Bobby Farnham (1g-0a-1pt), Andy Greene (1g-0a-1pt); Bos. –  Colin Miller (1g-2a-3pts), Ryan Spooner (1g-1a-2pts), Dennis Seidenberg (0g-2a-2pts).

Goaltending:  NJ – Cory Schneider (0-1-1, 2.40 GAA, .929 save %); Bos. – Jonas Gustavsson (2-0-0, 0.96 GAA, .960 save %),

All-Time

Record: 43-55-19 (23-26-8 at home)

Goals For/Against: 312-373 (143-167 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (24g-22a-46pts), Michael Cammalleri (7g-10a-17pts), Travis Zajac (6g-6a-12pts); Bos. – Patrice Bergeron (11g-16a-27pts), Zdeno Chara (5g-19a-24pts), David Krejci (5g-14a-19pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-3-2, 2.81 GAA, .918 save %); Bos. – Tuukka Rask (4-2-2, 2 ShO, 1.51 GAA, .949 save %); Jonas Gustavsson (7-1-1, 2.39 GAA, .907 save %)

Notable: The Devils are 3-11-4 vs. the Bruins since 2010-11, including 2-6-1 at Prudential Center…Andy Greene has registered 2g-2a- 4pts in his last seven games vs. Boston…Travis Zajac has 4g-3a-7pts over his last seven games vs. the Bruins.

Connections: Cory Schneider is from Marblehead, MA…Bobby Farnham was born in North Andover, MA…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served with the Bruins in the same role from 2007-14…Schneider, Stephen Gionta and Goaltending Development Coach Scott Clemmensen all attended Boston College…Prospects J.D. Dudek (6th round/2014), Steven Santini (2nd round/2013) and Miles Wood (4th round/2013) all currently play for B.C…Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero’s son, Chris, also plays for the Eagles, as do Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald’s sons Ryan (Boston’s fourth round pick in 2013) and Casey…Fitzgerald hails from Billerica, MA…Head Coach John Hynes played four seasons at Boston University and also served as an Assistant Coach at B.U. for two seasons from 1996-97…Development/Skills Coach Pertti Hasanen served B.U. as an assistant coach for five seasons (1988-90, 1995-8)…Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spent the majority of the 2006-07 season behind the Devils’ bench…Boston’s Director of Player Development Jay Pandolfo played 13 seasons in New Jersey and was a member of its 1999-00 and 2002-03 Stanley Cup Championship teams…Bruins’ Development Coach Jamie Langenbrunner played nine seasons with the Devils from 2002-11, served as captain from Dec. 5, 2007-Jan. 7, 2011 & was a member of the 2003 Championship team…Boston’s Scout Tom McVie served as Devils’ Head Coach for parts of three seasons: 1983-84, 1990-91 & 1991-92…Lee Stempniak was traded from the Devils to the Bruins on Feb. 29 in exchange for a fourth-round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft and a 2017 second-round pick.

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).  The following night, he saw his shutout streak end at 159:34 when the Devils lost, 1-0 OT, to the Capitals. Wedgewood is 2-1-1 and has stopped 106/111 shots in his first four 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 28 shots (28.6%) over 13 games in March and is third in the NHL with a 19.1 shooting % (27g/141 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 nine games (5g-3a-8pts) and has 7g-4a-11pts in 12 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 305 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’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.

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. 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 score the GWG 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. 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.

HENRIQUE-ING HAVOC

Adam 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).

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 1pt. to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • John Moore – Needs 3 GP to reach 300 in his NHL career.
  • David Schlemko – Needs 6 GP to reach 300 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 26 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 42 games missed) is out.
  • Jacob Josefson (upper body, 10 games missed) is out.
  • Tyler Kennedy (lower body, three games missed) is out.
  • Jon Merrill (upper body, four games missed) is out.
  • David Schlemko (upper body, five games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Cory Schneider (grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee, 10 games missed) is out.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 34 games missed) is out.
  • Jordin Tootoo (upper body, eight games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 295

Recent Transactions

  • Mar. 28 – Placed G Cory Schneider on Injured Reserve, retroactive to March 4 assigned him to Albany on a conditioning assignment.
  • Mar. 23 – Recalled F Blake Pietila from Albany (AHL) on an emergency recall.
  • Mar. 21 – Assigned F Brian O’Neill to Albany.
  • Mar. 20 – Assigned G Yann Danis to Albany. Recalled G Scott Wedgewood and D Vojtech Mozik from Albany (both emergency).

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