Devils Pre-Game 4/5/16

New Jersey Devils (37-34-8) vs. Buffalo Sabres (33-35-11)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus Network • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 10:30 Practice: Prudential Center

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey has points in seven of its last 12 games (6-5-1=13pts). At 37-34-8=82pts, the club has already surpassed its win/point total from all of 2014-15 (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils have points in four of their last five home games (3-1-1=7pts), and are 18-15-5=41pts at Prudential Center overall. The Devils will play their final three games of the 2015-16 season at home.
  • New Jersey is playing its final three games vs. the Atlantic Division.  The Devils are 10-7-4=24pts vs. the Atlantic Division, including 4-4-1=9pts at home.
  • Despite going 1/6 (16.7%) on the power play last game,  Devils are 7/26 (26.9%) with the man-advantage over their last seven games. The Devils are 7/32 (21.8%) with the man-advantage over their last seven games. They rank ninth in the NHL with a 20.6% success rate.
  • The Devils are 24/26 (92.3%) on the penalty kill over the last seven games. Their 82.8% penalty kill success rate is eighth-best in the NHL.

Last Game – Apr. 2- Devils 1 at Tampa Bay 3

  • The Devils are now 0-2-0=0pts vs. the Lightning this season. The teams face off for the final time of 2015-16 Apr. 7 at Prudential Center.
  • New Jersey has points in seven of its last 12 games (6-5-1=13pts). At 37-34-8=82pts, the club has already surpassed its win/point total from all of 2014-15 (32-36-14=78pts).
  • The Devils are 4-6-0=8pts over their last 10 road games and are 19-19-3=41pts away from Prudential Center overall. New Jersey played the third its final six games vs. the Atlantic Division.
  • It was New Jersey’s final road game of 2015-16. The Devils are 10-7-4=24pts vs. the Atlantic Division, including 6-3-3=15pts on the road.
  • Adam Henrique scored his 28th goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 at 19:32 of the second period.  Damon Severson and Tyler Kennedy assisted on New Jersey’s lone goal. Henrique has a two-game point-streak (1g-1a) for the sixth time this season.
  • With the assist, Kennedy posted his 15th point (3g-12a) of the season, and has surpassed his point-total from all of last season (6g-8a-14pts, 38 games played).
  • Severson’s assist was his 20th of the season. He leads all New Jersey defensemen with 21pts.
  • Cory Schneider (33 saves + ENG) made his first start in goal since Mar. 4 at Dallas (12 games) and fell to 26-24-6 on the season.
  • Andy Greene played in his 308th straight game to pass Jay Pandolfo 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 308 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012.  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. Kirk Muller ranks fourth in franchise history with 321 consecutive GP from Apr. 5, 1987- Mar. 31, 1991.
  • Reid Boucher tied a season/career-high with five shots on goal (also, Mar. 6 vs. Pit & Feb. 9 vs. Edm).
  • David Schlemko returned to action after missing seven games (upper body).
  • Jacob Josefson also returned to the lineup after missing 12 games (upper body). He went 7/14 (50%) in the faceoffs.
  • John Moore played in the 300th game of his NHL career. He led the Devils with four blocked shots and four hits.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • With a 33-35-11 record, Buffalo is currently in seventh place in the Atlantic Division.
  • The Sabres at 10-10-1 vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 0-2-0 vs. New Jersey.  They defeated the New York Rangers, 4-3, in their last outing at Madison Square Garden.
  • Buffalo and New Jersey are tied for the eight-best penalty kill unit in the NHL (82.8%).
  • The Sabres went 7-4-4 (.600) in March, making it the club’s most successful month since April 2013 (8-4-0).
  • Ryan O’Reilly leads the Sabres in scoring with 58 points (20g-38a).
  • Evander Kane ranks ninth in the NHL with 271 shots on goal.
  • Jack Eichel ranks second among NHL rookies with 23g-29a-52pts in 78 GP this season. He is tied for second (Dylan Larkin, DET) in rookie scoring with 23 goals and is fourth with 29 assists.
  • Eichel also has the most shots among NHL rookies (231).
  • Sam Reinhart ranks eighth among NHL rookies with 22g-18a-40pts in 76 GP this season. He is fourth in rookie scoring with 22 goals.
  • Goaltender Chad Johnson has recorded 21 wins (career-high) for Buffalo this season.

Devils vs. Sabres

Last Game – Dec. 15 – Devils 2 at Buffalo 0

Lee Stempniak (GWG) and Jiri Tlusty scored for the Devils.  Adam Henrique, Michael Cammalleri and Kyle Palmieri each posted 1a.

Cory Schneider (25 saves) recorded the shutout for the Devils.

2015-16

Record: 2-0-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 6-3 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 49-54 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  0-3 (0.0%)/6-8 (75.0%)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – Adam Henrique (2g-2a-4pts), Michael Cammalleri (1g-3a-4pts), Lee Stempniak (1g-1a-2pts), five players with 1pt each ; Buf.- Ryan O’Reilly (1g-2a-3pts), Tyler Ennis (1g-1a-2pts), three players with 1pt each.

Goaltending:  NJ – Cory Schneider (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 1.50 GAA, .944 save %); Buf – Linus Ullmark (0-2-0, 3.12 GAA, .878 save %)

 All-Time: 

 Record: 55-41-20 (29-20-8 at home)

 Goals For/Against: 344-333 (160-154 at home)

 Career Leading Scorers: NJ –  Patrik Elias (12g-30a-42pts), Michael Cammalleri (8g-7a-15pts), Adam Henrique (4g-11a-15pts); Buf. – Matt Moulson (8g-5a-13pts), Evander Kane (9g-2a-11pts), Tyler Ennis (6g-5a-11pts), David Legwand (5g-6a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: Cory Schneider (5-2-2, 2 ShO, 1.52 GAA, .936 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .966 save %); Buf. – Linus Ullmark (0-2-0, 3.12 GAA, .878 save %), Chad Johnson (1-1-0, 2.50 GAA, .909 save %), Nathan Lieuwen (1-0-0, 1.85 GAA, .943 save %), Robin Lehner (1-3-1, 2.55 GAA, .915 save %).

 Notable: New Jersey has points in 14 of its last 15 games vs. Buffalo (10-1-4=24pts), is 5-0-0=10pts over the last five at home, and is 31-10-10=72pts vs. the Sabres since 2001-02…The Devils are 18-10-1 vs. Dan Bylsma’s teams all-time…New Jersey has played in 12 shootouts all-time vs. Buffalo (5-7), more than any other team; the New York Rangers (10, 5-5) are second…Cory Schneider is 5-1-1 with two shutouts, a 1.24 GAA & a .945 save % in seven games vs. Buffalo as a Devil.

 ConnectionsStephen Gionta’s brother, Brian, was New Jersey’s fourth choice (third round) and the 82nd overall selection of the 1998 Entry Draft. He played seven seasons with the Devils from 2001-09 and was a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team…Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero and Buffalo’s Head Coach Dan Bylsma served in the same capacity and won a Stanley Cup Championship with Pittsburgh in 2008-09…John Hynes (2010-15) and Bylsma (2008-09) both served as Head Coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)…Hynes (1993-97) and Buffalo forward Jack Eichel (2014-15) both played collegiately at Boston University…Sabres’ Assistant Coach Dave Barr served in the same role with the Devils for three-plus seasons and played in 103 games with New Jersey from 1991-93.

Devils in Detail

COUNT ON CORY

Cory Schneider started in goal for the first time since Mar. 4 at Dallas, Saturday at Tampa Bay.. 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 36 of his last 49 starts since Oct. 29 and is 22-22-5 with four shutouts during that stretch. Schneider is ranked fourth (tie) in the NHL with a 2.17 GAA, fifth (tie) with a .924 save-percentage, and eighth (tie) with four shutouts. New Jersey was 6-4-1=13pts during Schneider’s absence.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene skated in his 308th consecutive game, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, on Thursday at Florida to pass 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 (96g-105a). He becomes just the 33rd player in Devils’ history to reach the 200pt. mark. Henrique scored 8g on 28 shots (28.6%) over 15 games in March and is first in the NHL with a 19.6 shooting percentage; scoring 28 goals on 143 shots. (*as of Apr. 4).

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 12 games (5g-4a-9pts) and has 7g-5a-12pts in 15 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 that 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).
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 four goals for 100 in his NHL career
  • Tuomo Ruutu- Needs three assists for 200 in his NHL career

Injuries

  • Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 29 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Jon Merrill (shoulder, seven games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 37 games missed) is out.
  • Jordin Tootoo (upper body, 11 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Joseph Blandisi (lower body) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 316

Recent Transactions

Apr. 4 – Assigned D Seth Helgeson to Albany (AHL).

Mar. 30 – Assigned G Scott Wedgewood to Albany. 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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