Devils Pre-Game 4/9/16

New Jersey Devils (37-36-8) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (29-41-11)

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 14 games (6-7-1=13pts). At 37-36-8=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 seven home games (3-3-1=7pts), and are 18-17-5=41pts at Prudential Center overall.
  • The Devils will play their 2015-16 season finale at home.New Jersey is playing its final game vs. the Atlantic Division.  The Devils are 10-9-4=24pts vs. the Atlantic Division, including 4-6-1=9pts at home.
  • New Jersey was 0/1 on the power play last game and is 6/26 (23.1%) over the last six games.
  • The Devils were 2/2 on the penalty kill last game and is 21/24 (87.5%) over the last six games.
  • The Devils have lost a season-high four consecutive games.

Last Game – Apr. 7- Devils 2 at Tampa Bay Lightning

  • The Devils finished their season series 0-3-0 against Tampa Bay.  It is the third time in franchise history that New Jersey has been swept by Tampa Bay in a season series, (previously; 2001-02, 0-3-1 & 2003-04, 0-4-0).
  • Keith Kinkaid (18 saves/21 shots against + ENG) made the start in goal tonight and fell to 9-9-1 on the season.
  • Sergey Kalinin scored his seventh goal of the season at 7:16 of the second period.  It was his first goal since Feb. 23 vs. NYR. (19 games). John Moore and Stephen Gionta recorded the assists.
  • Kalinin scored his second goal, his eighth of the season at 9:26 of the third period, to record his first career mulit-goal game.  Bobby Farnham and Gionta had the assists on the goal.
  • Gionta’s two point night was his first multi-point game of the season, and the third time in his career that he recorded 2a in a game. (previously, Oct. 28, ’14 & Jan. 31 ’13).
  • Gionta has 10 assists this season which matches his career high, (also, 2012-13). 
  • Farnham’s assist comes after being a healthy scratch in the previous two games. (Apr. 2-5).
  • Adam Larsson led the Devils with 24:05 minutes of playing time.
  • Kalinin, Jacob Josefson and David Schlemko each had a team-leading three shots on goal.
  • Travis Zajac was 9/13 (69.2%) in the faceoff circle.
  • Joseph Blandisi had a season-high six penalty minutes.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • The Maple Leafs are 30th in the NHL with a 29-41-11=69pts.
  • Toronto won its last game, 4-3 OT, at Philadelphia on Thursday.  Jake Gardiner scored the game-winning goal at 2:51 of the extra frame.  William Nylander had 1g-2a-3pts vs. the Flyers, leading his squad.
  • Nylander has 5g-5a-10pts in his last 17 GP.
  • Nazem Kadri (suspended four games, cross-checking) leads the Maple Leafs with 45 points (17g-28a).  
  • Tyler Bozak leads Toronto in scoring vs. New Jersey this season with 1g-2a-3pts.
  • P.A. Parenteau and Leo Komarov lead TOR with 19 goals each. Parenteau leads TOR with seven power play goals.
  • Morgan Reilly has played in all 81 of the Maple Leafs’ games this season. He also leads Toronto’s defensemen in scoring with 9g-27a-38pts.

Devils vs. Maple Leafs

Last Game – Feb. 4 – Devils 2 at Toronto 3 SO

New Jersey lost in the shootout and fell to 0-0-2=2pts in the season series vs. Toronto. Toronto out shot New Jersey, 39-34.

Jacob Josefson scored a power play goal. David Schlemko recorded 1g-1a-2pts.

Keith Kinkaid made 37 saves (+2/3 SO) in the loss.

2015-16

Record: 0-0-2 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 4-6 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 61-76 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill:  3-11 (27.3%)/8-9 (88.9%)

Leading Scorers:  NJ – David Schlemko (1g-2a-3pts), Jacob Josefson (1g-1a-2pts), eight players with 1pt each; Tor- Tyler Bozak (1g-2a-3pts), Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (1g-1a-2pts), Dion Phaneuf (0g-2a-2pts)

Goaltending:  NJ – Cory Schneider (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .946 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .949 save %); Tor – Garret Sparks (1-0-0, 1.85 GAA, .926 save %), James Reimer (1-0-0, 1.86 GAA, .941 save %)

 All-Time: 

 Record: 42-40-20 (24-15-10 at home)

 Goals For/Against: 303-306 (165-145 at home)

 Career Leading Scorers: NJ –  Patrik Elias (16g-20a-36pts), Tuomo Ruutu (6g-12a-18pts), Tyler Kennedy (5g-6a-11pts); Tor – Brooks Laich (8g-11a-19pts), James van Riemsdyk (9g-6a-15pts), Joffrey Lupul (7g-8a-15pts), Brad Boyes (5g-10a-15pts)

 Career Goaltending: Cory Schneider (4-0-3, 1.64 GAA, .943 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .949 save %); Tor – Jonathan Bernier (2-2-1, 2.31 GAA, .917 save %), Garret Sparks (1-0-0, 1.85 GAA, .926 save %)

 Notable: The Devils have earned a point in each of their last eight games vs. the Maple Leafs (4-0-4=12pts) and are 6-3-1=13pts vs. Toronto at Prudential Center since 2009-10…Patrik Elias has 2g-2a-4pts in his last four games vs. the Maple Leafs…Cory Schneider has not lost to the Maple Leafs in regulation in seven career games.

 ConnectionsJiri Tlusty was Toronto’s first choice, 13th overall, in the 2006 Draft; he played three-plus seasons with the club from 2007-09…Michael Cammalleri was born in Toronto…Adam Henrique is from nearby Brantford, Ontario…Joseph Blandisi is from Markham, Ontario, which is a suburb of Toronto…Tyler Kennedy hails from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald played two seasons with Toronto from 2002-04…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served as Head Coach of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Toronto in 2003-04…Maple Leafs’ General Manager Lou Lamoriello served the Devils as GM for 28 seasons from 1987-2015; guided New Jersey to 3 Stanley Cup Championships…Toronto’s President Brendan Shanahan was New Jersey’s first choice, 2nd overall, in the 1987 Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Devils from 1987-91 and rejoined the club midway through the 2008-09 campaign…Former Devils’ Head Coach/Special Assignment Coach Jacques Lemaire is now a Special Assignment Coach for Toronto…James van Riemsdyk is from Middletown, NJ. TJ Brennan was born in Willingboro, NJ.

Devils in Detail

CLOSING TIME

Tonight is New Jersey’s 2015-16 season finale and home finale.  The Devils are 16-13-3 overall in season closing games and are 20-9-3 when ending the season on home-ice.

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.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 310 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 19.3 shooting percentage; scoring 28 goals on 145 shots. (*as of Apr. 8).

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 14 games (5g-4a-9pts) and has 7g-5a-12pts in 17 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.

HYNES LEADING USA TO RUSSIA

On Friday, USA Hockey named John Hynes as the Head Coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship from May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero is a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group.

 

Injuries

  • Michael Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, 31 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Jon Merrill (shoulder, nine games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, 39 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Jordin Tootoo (upper body, 13 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 325

Recent Transactions

  • Apr. 8- Assigned F Blake Pietila, Mike Sislo and D Vojtech Mozik to Albany (AHL). Assigned F Pavel Zacha from Sarnia (OHL) to Albany/Recalled Zacha from Albany to New Jersey.
  • Apr. 7- F Mike Sislo cleared waivers.
  • Apr. 6- Placed F Mike Sislo on waivers.
  • Apr. 5- Activated F Patrik Elias off Injured Reserve.
  • Apr. 4- Assigned D Seth Helgeson to Albany.
  • Mar. 30 – Assigned G Scott Wedgewood to Albany. Activated G Cory Schneider off I.R.
  • Mar. 29 – Recalled G Cory Schneider from Albany.

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