New Jersey Devils (37-35-8) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (45-30-6)
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Coming Into Tonight
- New Jersey has points in seven of its last 13 games (6-6-1=13pts). At 37-35-8=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 six home games (3-2-1=7pts), and are 18-16-5=41pts at Prudential Center overall. The Devils will play their final two games of the 2015-16 season at home.
- New Jersey is playing its final two games vs. the Atlantic Division. The Devils are 10-8-4=24pts vs. the Atlantic Division, including 4-5-1=9pts at home.
- New Jersey was 1/6 (16.7%) on the power play last game and is 5/25 (20.0%) over the last five games.
- The Devils were 3/4 (75%) on the penalty kill last night and is 19/22 (86.4%) over the last five games.
Last Game – Apr. 5- Devils 1 at Buffalo Sabres 3
- The Devils finished their season series with a 2-1-0 record vs. the Buffalo Sabres. Jacob Josefson scored New Jersey’s lone goal on the power play at 14:31 of the third period. Tyler Kennedy and Kyle Palmieri recorded the assists.
- Patrik Elias returned to action after missing the previous 45 games due to injury (right knee).
- Cory Schneider (15 saves/17 shots + ENG) made his second straight start in goal and fell to 26-25-6 on the season.
- Patrik Elias returned to the lineup after missing 45 games (right knee) Dec. 22-Apr. 2. He logged 14:15 TOI.
- Cory Schneider (15 saves/17 shots against + one ENG) made consecutive starts for the first time since (Feb. 26-Mar. 1) and fell to 26-25-6 overall.
- Jacob Josefson scored his fourth goal (PP) of the season at 14:31 of the third period. He was 9/11 (81.8%) in the faceoff circle.
- Tyler Kennedy and Kyle Palmieri recorded the assists.
- Kennedy has points in back-to-back games (2a).
- David Schlemko, Jacob Josefson, and Damon Severson each recorded 3 shots on goal.
- Schlemko logged a team-high 21:46 of playing time.
- Sergey Kalinin led New Jersey with five hits.
- Despite losing to the NY Rangers on Tuesday, the Lightning clinched a playoff berth because the Boston Bruins lost in a shootout against the Carolina Hurricanes.
- The Lightning currently sit in second place in the Atlantic Division with 95 points.
- Tampa Bay is 5-5-0 over their last 10 games. They are also 5-5-0 over their last 10 road games. They are 20-17-2=42pts on the road, which ranks 16th in the NHL.
- Tampa Bay has the sixth (tie, Pittsburgh) best penalty kill percentage in the league (84.0%). They are ranked 13th on the road (82.7%).
- On the road, the Lightning are 30th in the NHL on the power play (10.5%).
- Steven Stamkos (out 1-3 months, Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome) leads the Lightning in goals (36); the fifth (tie) most in the NHL. Stamkos ranks third (tie) in the NHL in game-winning goals.
- Ben Bishop (34-21-4) is third in the NHL with a 2.06 GAA, second with a .927 save-percentage, second (tie) with six shutouts, and seventh (tie) with 34 wins.
- Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay in scoring with 65pts (30g-35a), which matches his career high in points (65, 2014-15). He also has 25 power play points. He has 4pts (1g-3a) over his last two games.
- Victor Hedman leads all Tampa Bay defensemen with 10g-37a-47pts. His plus 21 is sixth in the NHL in plus/minus.
Devils vs. Lightning
Last Game – Apr. 2 – Devils 1 at Tampa Bay 3
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.
Cory Schneider (33 saves + ENG) made the start in goal.
Andy Greene played in his 308th straight game to pass Jay Pandolfo for fifth all-time in franchise history for consecutive games played.
Record: 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home)
Goals/Against: 1-7 (4-0 at home)
Shots For/Against: 47-72 (21-36 at home)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-7 (14.3%)/12-13 (92.3%)
Leading Scorers: NJ – Adam Henrique (1g-0a-1pt), Tyler Kennedy (0g-1a-1pt), Damon Severson (0g-1a-1pt); TB- Nikita Kucherov (1g-2a-3pts), Ondrej Palat (1g-2a-3pts), three players with 2pts each.
Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-2-0, 3.02 GAA, .915 save %); TB – Ben Bishop (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.50 GAA, .979 save %)
Record: 54-25-11 (31-12-3 at home)
Goals For/Against: 290-207 (159-102 at home)
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), Matthew Carle (4g-11a-15pts)
Career Goaltending: Cory Schneider (2-2-1, 3.15 GAA, .895 save %), Keith Kinkaid (1-0-1, 2.76 GAA, .903 save %); TB – Ben Bishop (6-2-0, 2 ShO, 1.23 GAA, .953 save %)
Notable: Tonight the Devils and Lightning face off for the second time in six days (also, Apr. 2 at Amalie Arena, L 1-3)…The Devils are 10-4-0=20pts at home vs. Tampa Bay since 2008-09…New Jersey is 24-11-4=52pts vs. Tampa Bay since 2005-06…Adam Henrique has 3g-3a-6pts over his last eight games vs. the Lightning…Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid are a combined 3-2-2 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…Joseph Blandisi and Steven Stamkos both hail from Markham, Ont.
Devils in Detail
COUNT ON CORY
Cory Schneider started in goal for the first time since Mar. 4 at Dallas, Apr. 2 at Tampa Bay. He served as Keith Kinkaid’s back-up on Mar. 31 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 37 of his last 50 starts since Oct. 29 and is 22-23-5 with four shutouts during that stretch. Schneider is ranked fourth in the NHL with a 2.17 GAA, sixth with a .923 save-percentage, and eighth (tie) with four shutouts. New Jersey was 6-4-1=13pts during Schneider’s absence.
Andy Greene has skated in 309 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012. On Mar. 31 at Florida, he passed 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 (current, 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 second in the NHL with a 19.6 shooting percentage; scoring 28 goals on 143 shots. (*as of Apr. 6).
PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR
Kyle Palmieri has established new career-highs with 29 goals (previously, 14g, 2014-15 & 2013-14) and 55 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. 31 at Florida, has points in seven of the last 13 games (5g-4a-9pts) and has 7g-5a-12pts in 16 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.
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 tomorrow vs. the Quinnipiac Bobcats at 5 p.m.
- Adam Henrique- Needs four goals for 100 in his NHL career
- Tuomo Ruutu- Needs three assists for 200 in his NHL career
- Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 30 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
- Jon Merrill (shoulder, eight games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
- Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 38 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
- Jordin Tootoo (upper body, 12 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
- Joseph Blandisi (lower body, one game missed) is day-to-day.
- Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 321
- Apr. 5- Activated F Patrik Elias off Injured Reserve.
- Apr. 4- Assigned D Seth Helgeson to Albany (AHL).
- Mar. 30 – Assigned G Scott Wedgewood to Albany. Activated G Cory Schneider off I.R.
- 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).