New Jersey Devils (37-33-8) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (44-28-5)
7:00 PM ET • Amalie Arena • MSG Plus Network • News Radio 880 WCBS
11:30 a.m. morning skate: Amalie Arena
Coming Into Tonight
- New Jersey has points in seven of its last 11 games (6-4-1=13pts). At 37-33-8=82pts, the club has already surpassed its win/point total from all of 2014-15 (32-36-14=78pts).
- The Devils are 4-5-0=8pts over their last nine road games and are 19-18-3=41pts away from Prudential Center overall.
- New Jersey is playing its final four games vs. the Atlantic Division. The Devils are 10-6-4=24pts vs. the Atlantic Division, including 6-2-3=15pts on the road. Tonight New Jersey plays its last road game of 2015-16.
- Despite going 1/6 (16.7%) on the power play, Devils are 7/26 (26.9%) with the man-advantage over their last seven games
Last Game – Mar. 31 – Devils 2 at Florida 3
- New Jersey has points in seven of its last 11 games (6-4-1=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 19-18-3=41pts away from Prudential Center overall.
- New Jersey played the second of its final six games vs. the Atlantic Division. The Devils are 10-6-4=24pts vs. the Atlantic Division, including 6-2-3=15pts on the road.
- Keith Kinkaid (L, 36 saves / 39 shots against) made consecutive starts for the first time since Mar. 17-19 and fell to 9-8-1 on the season.
- Mike Sislo scored his third goal of the season on the power play at 8: 30 of the first period. Devante Smith-Pelly and Adam Henrique recorded the assists.
- Henrique earned the 200th point of his NHL career with the assist on Sislo’s goal.
- Blake Pietila scored the first goal of his NHL career at 19:54 of the third period. He has two points (1g-1a) in his last three games
- Tyler Kennedy returned to the Devils’ lineup after missing four games (Mar. 24-29) with a lower-body injury.
- Andy Greene tied 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 307 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, the fifth-longest (tie) games-played stretch in Devils’ history.
- Kyle Palmieri led New Jersey with a career-high nine shots on goal and career-high 23:30 minutes of playing time.
- Tampa Bay is currently second in the Atlantic Division with a 44-28-5=93pts.
- The Lightning lost their last game, 3-0, to the Montreal Canadiens on Mar. 31. It was the sixth time Tampa Bay has been shut out this season.
- Before being shutout on Thursday, Steven Stamkos recorded a six game point scoring streak (5g-4a-9pts).
- Ben Bishop has won five of his last seven starts in goal.
- Ondrej Palat has 1g-5a-6pts over his last four games
Devils vs. Lightning
Last Game – Feb. 26 – Devils 0 vs. Tampa Bay 4
Tuomo Ruutu led the Devils with a season-high five shots on goal. Andy Greene saw a team-high 24:26 of time-on-ice and also led New Jersey with three blocked shots.
Cory Schneider (32 saves) took the loss in goal.
Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 on the road)
Goals/Against: 0-4 (0-0 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 21-36 (0-0 on the road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-1 (0.0%)/6-6 (100.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ – none; TB.- Ondrej Palat (1g-1a-2pts), Steven Stamkos (1g-1a-2pts), Ryan Callahan (0g-2a-2pts), five players with 1pt each.
Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 4.00 GAA, .889 save %); TB – Ben Bishop (1-0-0, 1ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %)
Record: 54-24-11 (23-12-8 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 289-204 (130-102 on the road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (19g-33a-52pts), Tuomo Ruutu (7g-15a-22pts), Travis Zajac (5g-13a-18pts); TB – Ryan Callahan (10g-18a-28pts), Steven Stamkos (15g-11a-26pts), Matt Carle (4g-11a-15pts)
Career Goaltending: Cory Schneider (2-1-1, 3.42 GAA, .880 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-1, 2.76 GAA, .903 save %); TB – Ben Bishop (5-2-0, 2 ShO, 1.26 GAA, .952 save %)
Notable: Including tonight, the Devils will face off against the Lightning two times over the next six days (also, Apr. 7 at Prudential Center)…The Devils are 8-3-2=18pts on the road vs. Tampa Bay since 2008-09…New Jersey is 24-10-4=52pts vs. Tampa Bay since 2005-06…Adam Henrique has 2g-3a-5pts over his last seven games vs. the Lightning…Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid are a combined 3-1-2 vs. Tampa Bay all-time.
Connections: John Moore and Lightning forward Ryan Callahan were teammates with the NY Rangers for parts of two seasons from 2013-14…Stephen Gionta, Cory Schneider and Lightning forward Brian Boyle were all teammates at Boston College for two seasons from 2004-06…Tuomo Ruutu and Valtteri Filppula are both from Vantaa, Finland…Tampa’s defenseman Matt Taormina played 47 games for the Devils from 2010-12…Lightning Assistant GM/Director of Player Personnel Pat Verbeek played seven seasons with New Jersey from 1982-89…Tampa Bay’s Senior Adviser to the GM, Tom Kurvers, played two-plus seasons with the Devils from 1987-89. He was traded to Toronto for its first-round pick in the 1991 Entry Draft (Scott Niedermayer) on Oct. 16, 1989…Lightning Assistant Coach Steve Thomas played three seasons for New Jersey from 1995-98
Devils in Detail
COUNT ON CORY
Cory Schneider is expected to start in goal tonight for the first time since Mar. 4 at Dallas. He served as Keith Kinkaid’s back-up on Thursday at Florida after missing the previous 11 games due to a grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee. Schneider allowed two goals or less in 35 of his last 48 starts since Oct. 29 and is 22-21-5 with four shutouts, a 2.10 goals-against average & .926 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider is ranked fourth (tie) in the NHL with a 2.17 GAA, seventh with a .923 save-percentage, and eighth with four shutouts. New Jersey was 6-4-1=13pts during Schneider’s absence.
Andy Greene skated in his 307th consecutive game, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, on Thursday at Florida and has tied Jay Pandolfo (307 games, Jan. 22, 2003-Nov. 28, 2007) for the fifth-longest games-played stretch in Devils’ history. Kirk Muller is next on the team’s all-time list, having played in 321 consecutive games from Apr. 5, 1987-Mar. 31, 1991. 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.
HENRIQUE HITS MILESTONE
Adam Henrique recorded the 200th point of his NHL career with an assist on Thursday at Florida (95g-105a). He becomes just the 33rd player in Devils’ history to reach the 200pt. mark. Henrique has scored 8g on 28 shots (28.6%) over 15 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 Thursday at Florida, has points in seven of the last 11 games (5g-4a-9pts) and has 7g-5a-12pts in 14 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.
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.
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).
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.
John Moore – Is expected to appear in his 300th NHL game tonight
- Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 28 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
- Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, 44 games missed) traveled with the team but will not play tonight.
- Jacob Josefson (upper body, 12 games missed) is day-to-day.
- Jon Merrill (upper body, six games missed) is out.
- David Schlemko (upper body, seven games missed) is day-to-day.
- Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 36 games missed) is out.
- Jordin Tootoo (right wrist, ten games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
- Total man-games lost to injury/illness:311
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).