New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) at Florida Panthers (0-0-0)
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11:30 Morning Skate- BB&T Center
LAST GAME: PRESEASON ROUNDUP
The Devils concluded preseason action with a 3-5-0 record. Yohann Auvitu led New Jersey in points and assists during preseason with 6a-6pts. Five other Devils were tied for second with three pts. each; Adam Henrique (3g-0a-3pts), Nick Lappin (2g-1a-3pts), Miles Wood (2g-1a-3pts), Taylor Hall (1g-2a-3pts) and Kyle Palmieri (0g-3a-3pts).
Keith Kinkaid finished with the team’s best goals against average (1.11) and the best save-percentage (.949) through 108 minutes of play.
The New Jersey Devils fell short, 2-4, in their final preseason game against the Florida Panthers at the United States Military Academy at Tate Rink.
Captain Andy Greene opened the scoring in the first period with an even-strength goal. Palmieri and Jacob Josefson recorded helpers on Greene’s tally. Michael Cammalleri scored the Devils’ second goal for New Jersey on the power play at 4:35 of the third period. Auvitu and Devante Smith-Pelly added assists to the goal.
Cory Schneider started in net for the Devils and stopped 10 of 14 shots through two periods. Keith Kinkaid back-stopped the net in the third period and stopped all 9 shots that he faced.
Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot) is out four weeks.
Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger) is out four weeks.
Sergey Kalinin (I.R., illness) is out.
Kyle Quincey (I.R., lower body) is out.
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 0
Oct. 12 – Seth Helgeson cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany (AHL).
Oct. 11 – P.A. Parenteau was claimed on waivers from the NY Islanders. Scott Wedgewood cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany (AHL). Seth Helgeson was placed on waivers. Sergey Kalinin was placed on I.R., retroactive to Oct. 10. Kyle Quincey was placed on I.R., retroactive to Oct. 5.
Oct. 10 – Luke Gazdic was placed in I.R., retroactive to Sept. 26. Jon Merrill was placed on I.R., retroactive to Oct. 1. Scott Wedgewood was placed on waivers.
Oct. 7 – Michael McLeod signed a three-year, entry-level contract. Joseph Blandisi and Nick Lappin were assigned to Albany (AHL).
DEVILS VS. PANTHERS
Tonight’s game is the first of three against Florida in 2016-17. The clubs meet again Nov. 3 at BB&T Center and Jan. 9 at Prudential Center.
New Jersey was 1-2-0 vs. Florida in 2015-16 and were outscored 10-7 through three games. They were 2-11 (18.2%) on the power play and 8-9 (88.9%) on the penalty kill.
Adam Henrique led the Devils in scoring with 1g-3a-4pts including a game-winning goal, Dec. 6, 2015.
Cory Schneider was 1-1-0 vs. Florida last season and is 4-3-0 with a 2.37 GAA vs. the Panthers in his career. Keith Kinkaid was 0-1-0 vs. Florida last season and is 1-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA vs. the Panthers in his career.
Travis Zajac leads all current Devils with 24pts (9g-15a) against Florida. Taylor Hall had 2g-1a-3pts over two games against the Panthers last season.
Record: 1-2-0 (0-1-0 on road)
Goals Against: 7-10 (2-3 on road)
Shots For/Against: 59-102 (25-40 on road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-11 (18.2%)/8-9 (88.9%)
Leading Scorers: NJ – Adam Henrique (1g-3a-4pts), three others with 2pts. each; Fla: Jaromir Jagr (5a-5pts), three others with 3pts. each.
Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 3.07 GAA, .925 save %), Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 3.01 GAA, .902 save %); Fla: R. Luongo (0-1-0, 4.22 GAA, .778 save %), James Reimer (1-0-0, 1.86 GAA, .941 save %), Reto Berra (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .964 save %).
Record: 52-27-10 (22-16-6 on road)
Goals For/Against: 254-196 (113-105 on road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (9g-15a-24pts), Michael Cammalleri (8g-7a-15pts), P.A. Parenteau (3g-8a-11pts); Fla: Jaromir Jagr (36g-60a-96pts), Jussi Jokinen (8g-6a-14pts), Keith Yandle (1g-9a-10pts).
Panthers’ assistant coach Dave Barr played for the Devils from 1991-1993, scoring 12g-20a-32pts in 103 GP. He also served as an assistant coach for the Devils from 2011-2014. Jaromir Jagr was traded by the Devils to Florida on Feb. 26, 2015 for the Panthers’ second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2016. Jagr scored 35g-61a-96pts in 139 GP over parts of two seasons with New Jersey. On June 6, 2016 the Devils obtained Marc Savard and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from Florida for Paul Thompson and Graham Black.
Travis Zajac – Expected to play in his 700th career game tonight.
Adam Henrique – Needs 2g for 100 in his NHL career.
Taylor Hall – Needs 4a for 200 in his NHL career.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
Tonight is the Devils’ first game of the 2016-17 season. New Jersey is 19-9-5 in season-openers and is 15-15-3 on the road.
Andy Greene has skated in 311 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012. On Mar. 31, 2016 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.
Head Coach John Hynes is entering his second season as New Jersey’s bench boss. Last season the Devils’ finished with a 38-36-8 (84pts) record. Hynes also was the head coach for the United States at the 2016 Men’s IIHF World Championships where the American’s finished fourth. He was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Geoff Ward, Alain Nasreddine and Chris Terreri all returned with Coach Hynes for another season. Ryane Clowe was also named as an assistant coach by Hynes during this year’s Development Camp.
NEW FACES, NEW PLACES
New Jersey has nine new players on its roster who skated with a different team in 2015-16.
– No. 33: Yohann Auvitu (D) skated for HIFK Helsinki, Finland.
– No. 12: Ben Lovejoy (D) played for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
– No. 8: Beau Bennett (F) skated with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
– No. 38: Vernon Fiddler (F) played for the Dallas Stars.
– No. 9: Taylor Hall (F) skated for the Edmonton Oilers.
– No. 11: P.A. Parenteau (F) played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 15-16. NJ claimed him on waivers from the NY Islanders on Oct. 11.
– No. 74: Blake Speers (F) skated for Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).
– No. 22: Kyle Quincey (D) played for the Detroit Red Wings.
– No. 20: Luke Gazdic (F) skated for the Edmonton Oilers.
Yohann Auvitu and Blake Speers are set to make their NHL debuts tonight. Auvitu won the Pekka Rautakallio Award (SM-Liiga Best Defenseman) in 2016. He also represented France at the World Championships for the seventh time in 2016. Speers scored 26g-48a-74pts in 68GP with Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) and added 6g-4a-10pts in 12 OHL Playoff contests.
Miles Wood, Steven Santini and Pavel Zacha each made their NHL debuts in the 2015-16 season finale. Zacha talled two assists (2pts) in the game.
TAYLOR HALL MAKES NJ DEBUT
Taylor Hall, who was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on Jun. 29, 2016, is set to make his official Devils’ debut. Hall won a Gold Medal with Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Championships. He led the Oilers in scoring for three of the last four seasons and participated in the 2016 All-Star Game in Nashville. The Calgary-native scored 26g-39a-65pts last season. He has career totals of 132g-196a-328pts in 381GP.
Ben Lovejoy and Beau Bennett were members of Pittsburgh’s 2016 Stanley Cup Championship squad. Lovejoy skated in all of the Penguins’ 24 playoff games and recorded 6pts. (2g-4a). He was signed by New Jersey to a three-year contract on Jul. 1, 2016. Bennett became the first-ever Californian-born player to win the Stanley Cup. He was acquired by New Jersey at the 2016 Draft for a third-round pick. Bennett signed a one-year contract with the Devils on Jul. 1, 2016.
THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY
On Oct. 13, 1990 Peter Stastny scored the game-winning goal in a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames at Brendan Byrne Arena. Laurie Boschman had two goals for New Jersey while Bruce Driver and Walt Poddubny each tallied one score. Chris Terreri made 19 saves on 22 shots in the win.
Through four games, F Nathan Bastian has 3g-1a-4pts with the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL). Bastian was selected by New Jersey in the second-round (41st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He scored 2g-1a-3pts Oct. 2 vs. North Bay.