Devils Pre-Game: 10/15/16

New Jersey Devils (0-0-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0-0)

7:00 PM ET • Amalie Arena • MSG+2 • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 AM at Amalie Arena

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 at FLORIDA PANTHERS 2 (OT)

The New Jersey Devils fell short, 2-1 OT, against the Florida Panthers on Thursday at BB&T Center.  New Jersey is now 0-0-1 on the season and 9-6-3 all-time when starting the season on the road.

P.A. Parenteau scored the Devils’ lone-goal in his first game with New Jersey at 19:31 of the opening-period.  Yohann Auvitu and Pavel Zacha notched assists on the marker. Zacha now has three assists (3pts.) in two career NHL games. The assist was Auvitu’s first career NHL point.

Seven Devils made their debut with New Jersey on Thursday: Taylor Hall, P.A. Parenteau, Vernon Fiddler, Ben Lovejoy, Yohann Auvitu (NHL debut), Blake Speers (NHL debut), and Kyle Quincey. 

Quincey was activated off of injured reserve (lower body) Thursday afternoon.

Cory Schneider started in net for New Jersey. He stopped 32 of 34 shots (.941 save %). His 32 save-performance earned him third-star of the game honors.

 

INJURIES

Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot, one game missed) is out four weeks

Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger, one game missed) is out four weeks.

Sergey Kalinin (I.R., illness, one game missed) is out.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 3

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Oct. 13- Kyle Quincey activated from Injured Reserve.

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.  Anders Lindback no longer in camp. 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. LIGHTNING

Tonight’s game is the first of three against Tampa Bay in 2016-17.  The two teams will finish their season-series in the span of three weeks.  The clubs meet again Oct. 29 at Prudential Center and Nov. 5 at Amalie Arena.

New Jersey was 0-3-0 vs. Tampa Bay in 2015-16 and was outscored 11-3 over three games.  New Jersey was 1-8 (12.5%) on the power play and 14-15 (93.3%) on the penalty kill. Despite being swept in the season series last season, the Devils are 8-3-2 against the Lightning on the road and 18-8-2 overall vs. Tampa since 2008-09.

Adam Henrique has 14 points (6g-8a) in 16 career games vs. the Lightning.

Sergey Kalinin led the Devils in scoring with two goals (2pts) vs. Tampa Bay in 2015-16.

Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid are a combined 3-3-2 vs. Tampa Bay all-time.

 

2015-16

Record: 0-3-0 (0-1-0 on road)

Goals Against: 3-11 (1-3 on road)

Shots For/Against: 69-94 (26-36 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-8 (12.5%)/14-15 (93.3%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Sergey Kalinin (2g-2pts), three others with 1pt. each; TB: Nikita Kucherov (1g-3a-4pts), Cedric Paquette (1g-2a-3pts), seven others with 2pts. each.

Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 3.02 GAA, .875 save %), Cory Schneider (0-2-0, 3.02 GAA, .915 save %); TB: Ben Bishop (3-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .957 save %)

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 54-26-11 (23-13-8 on road)

Goals For/Against: 292-211 (131-105 on road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (5g-13a-18pts), Adam Henrique (6g-8a-14pts), Andy Greene (2g-8a-10pts); TB: Ryan Callahan (10g-18a-28pts), Steven Stamkos (15g-11a-26pts), two others tied with 9pts. each.

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (1-1-1, 2.84 GAA, .892 save %), Cory Schneider (2-2-1, 3.15 GAA, .895 save %); TB: Ben Bishop (7-2-1, 1.31 GAA, .949 save %).

 

 

Tampa Bay Connections

John Moore and Lightning forward Ryan Callahan were teammates with the NY Rangers for parts of two seasons from 2012-13 to 2013-14…Cory Schneider and Lightning forward Brian Boyle were teammates at Boston College for two seasons from 2004-06…Lightning defenseman Matt Taormina played in 47 games for New Jersey from 2010-12…Tampa Bay 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 1987-98…He was traded to Toronto for its first-round pick in the 1991 Entry Draft (Scott Niedermayer) on Oct. 16, 1989.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Adam Henrique – Needs 2g for 100 in his NHL career.

Taylor Hall – Needs 4a for 200 in his NHL career.

Kyle Quincey – Needs 4GP for 500 in his NHL career.

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

700 CLUB

Travis Zajac appeared in his 700th career game, all with New Jersey, on Oct. 13, 2016.  His games-played ranks 14th all-time in Devils’ history and 8th all-time among forwards.  Bruce Driver is 13th all-time with 702 career games with the Devils.  Zajac ranks 12th all-time in franchise history with 141g-249a-390pts. Petr Sykora, 141g-228a-394pts, ranks 11th all-time in points.  Zajac is also one goal away (141) from tying Claude Lemieux and Jamie Langenbrunner (142) for 13th all-time in Devils’ history for goals.  Captain Andy Greene is the second-most current-tenured Devil, having played in 642 games with New Jersey.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 312 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.

TAKE TWO!

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. Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero and Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald are also back for their sophomore season leading the Devils.

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.

YOUNG BLOOD

Yohann Auvitu and Blake Speers made their NHL debuts on Oct. 13 at Fla.  Auvitu, who had one assist in his Devils’ debut, 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 currently has three assists (3pts) in two career NHL games.

TAYLOR HALL MAKES NJ DEBUT

Taylor Hall, who was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on Jun. 29, 2016, is made his debut with New Jersey on Oct. 13 at Fla.  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 382GP.

WINNING EXPERIENCE

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 (Connor Hall). Bennett signed a one-year contract with the Devils on Jul. 1, 2016.

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

The Devils began their 1995-96 season 4-0 after defeating the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.  Jim Dowd and Stephane Richer each scored one goal and one assist, while Sergei Brylin and Valeri Zelepukin added markers of their own. Martin Brodeur made 16 saves on 19 shots in the victory.

PROSPECT PIPELINE

Michael McLeod, the Devils’ 2016 first-round, 12th overall, draft choice, has 1g-6a-7pts in four games with Mississauga (OHL).  The 18-year-old signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Devils on Oct. 7 after attending Devils Training Camp.

GAME RESOURCES

Game Notes NJ @ TB

NHL Stats 10-15-16

 

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