Devils Pre-Game 3/31/16

New Jersey Devils (37-32-8) vs. Florida Panthers (42-25-9)

7:30 PM ET • BB&T Center • MSG Plus 2 Network • News Radio 880 WCBS

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 am Practice BB&T Center

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey has points in seven of its last 10 games (6-3-1=13pts). At 37-32-8=82pts, the club has already surpassed its win/point total from all of 2014-15 (32-36-14=78pts).
  • 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 is playing its final five games vs. the Atlantic Division.  The Devils are 10-5-4=24pts vs. the Atlantic Division, including 6-1-3=15pts on the road

Last Game – Mar. 29 – Devils 2 vs Boston 1

  • The Devils finished their season series vs. the Bruins 1-1-1. Despite having a season-low 15 shots on goal (previously, 16, four times), the Devils managed to get their first win against Boston this season. New Jersey allowed a season-high 40 shots on goal.
  • Keith Kinkaid’s 39-save performance marks a new career-high (prev. 38, Feb. 7, 2015 at MTL). It was his first start since Mar. 19 vs. Columbus (4 games) and he improved to 9-7-1 on the season.
  • Travis Zajac (1g-1a) scored his 14th goal of the season on the power play at 16:59 of the first period. Reid Boucher (1g-1a) notched the game-winning goal, his fourth of the season, on the power play at 4:05 of the third period.
  • David Warsofsky recorded his first point as a Devil with an assist on Zajac’s goal.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • With 93 points this season, Florida has surpassed the 90-point mark in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
  • Last game vs. TOR, Gerard Gallant coached his 300th career game as an NHL Head Coach. In 157 games coaching Florida, Gallant owns a 80-54-24 record, while owning a 136-130-4-30 all-time coaching record.
  • Former Devil, Jaromir Jagr leads the Panthers in scoring with 25g-34a-59pts.
  • On Mar. 26 vs. TBL, Jaromir Jagr recorded his 25th goal of the season, marking the 18th time in his NHL career that he scored 25 goals in a season.
  • The Panthers are 6-4-0=12pts in their last 10 games.

Devils vs. Panthers

Last Game – Dec. 17 – Devils 1 vs. Florida 5

Sergey Kalinin scored the Devils’ lone goal. Kyle Palmieri and David Schlemko recorded the assists.

Cory Schneider (21 saves + ENG) took the loss in goal.

2015-16

Record: 1-1-0 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals/Against: 5-7 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 34-62 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  1-5 (20.0%)/4-5 (80.0%)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – Adam Henrique (1g-2a-3pts), Kyle Palmieri (1g-1a-2pts), Michael Cammallieri (1g-1a-2pts), Damon Severson (0g-2a-3pts); Fla.- Brandon Pirri (1g-2a-3pts), Jaromir Jagr (0g-3a-3pts), five players with 2pts each.

Goaltending:  NJ – Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 3.01 GAA, .902 save %); Fla – Roberto Luongo (0-1-0, 4.22 GAA, .778 save %), Al Montoya (1-0-0, 1.01 GAA, .938 save %)

All-Time

Record: 52-26-10 (22-15-6 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 252-193 (111-102 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ –  Patrik Elias (26g-25a-51pts), Travis Zajac (9g-15a-24pts), Tuomo Ruutu (10g-14a-24pts); Fla. – Jaromir Jagr (36g-58a-94pts), Brian Campbell (4g-11a-15pts), Jussi Jokinen (8g-6a-14pts)

Career Goaltending: Cory Schneider (4-3-0, 2.12 GAA, .911 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .963 save %); Fla. – Roberto Luongo (10-16-0, 3 ShO, 2.95 GAA, .908 save %), Al Montoya (4-2-2, 1 ShO, 1.50 GAA, .940 save %)

 Notable: The Devils and Panthers are facing off for the third and final time of 2015-16…The Devils are 7-3-1 vs. the Panthers overall since the start of the 2012-13 season; they’ve outscored Florida 36-27 during that span…Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo have started head-to-head five times. Schneider is 2-1-2 with a 2.35 GAA & .914 save %; Luongo is 3-2-0 with a 3.60 GAA & .862 save %.

Connections: Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo were teammates with Vancouver for three full seasons from 2010- 13…Jaromir Jagr was traded by the Devils to Florida on Feb. 26 for the Panthers’ second-round pick in the 2015 Entry Draft and a third round selection in 2016…Panthers’ Assistant Coach John Madden played nine seasons with the Devils from 1999-2009 and was a member of their 2000 & 2003 Stanley Cup Championship teams…Former Devils’ forward Jim McKenzie currently serves as a scout for the Panthers…Florida’s captain Willie Mitchell was New Jersey’s 12th choice (eighth round), 199th overall, in the 1996 Entry Draft; he played 18 games with the Devils from 1999-00…Panthers forward Connor Brickley is a second cousin of former Devil Andy Brickley.

Devils in Detail

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 14 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 54 points (prev., 14g-17a-31pts in 71 games, 2013-14) this season. Palmieri is on pace for 30g-26a-56pts, which would nearly double his previous career-high.

DSP MAKING AN IMPACT

Devante Smith-Pelly recorded 1a on Mar. 24 at Pittsburgh, has points in six of the last nine games (5g-3a-8pts) and has 7g-4a-11pts in 13 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 is set to tie Jay Pandolfo tonight for fifth all-time in franchise history for consecutive games played. Pandolfo appeared in 307 straight games with the Devils from Jan. 22, 2003-Nov. 28, 2007. Greene has played in 306 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, the sixth-longest games-played stretch in Devils’ history. 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).

COUNT ON CORY

Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 35 of his last 48 starts since Oct. 29 and is 22-20-5 with four shutouts, a 2.10 goals-against average & .926 save-percentage during that stretch. Despite missing 11 games due to a grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee, Schneider is ranked fourth in the NHL with a 2. 17 GAA, sixth (tie) with a .923 save-percentage, and seventh (tie) with four shutouts. 

DEVILS PROSPECTS IN FROZEN FOUR

Devils’ prospects Steven Santini (2nd round, 42nd overall, 2013), J.D. Dudek (6th/152, 2014), and Miles Wood (4th/100, 2013) will represent the Boston College Eagles at the NCAA Frozen Four at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay on April 7.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 1pt. to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • John Moore – Needs 2 GP to reach 300 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 27 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 43 games missed) traveled with the team but will not play tonight.
  • Jacob Josefson (upper body, 11 games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Tyler Kennedy (lower body, four games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Jon Merrill (upper body, five games missed) is out.
  • David Schlemko (upper body, six games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Cory Schneider (grade 1 MCL sprain in right knee, 11 games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 35 games missed) is out.
  • Jordin Tootoo (upper body, nine games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 304

Recent Transactions

Mar. 30 – Assigned G Scott Wedgewood to Albany (AHL). Activated G Cory Schneider off Injured Reserve.

Mar. 29 – Recalled G Cory Schneider from Albany.

Mar. 28 – Placed G Cory Schneider on I.R., retroactive to March 4 assigned him to Albany on a conditioning assignment.

Mar. 23 – Recalled F Blake Pietila from Albany 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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