Devils Pre-Game 10/18/16

New Jersey Devils (0-1-1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (0-2-1)

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

Pre-Game Availability

  • 10:30 Practice: Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at TAMPA BAY 3

The Devils are now 0-1-1=1pt. on the season and are 0-1-1 against the Atlantic Division.  The Devils scored their first two goals in a span of 3:34 (Kyle Palmieri, 0:52 & Travis Zajac, 4:26; 1st). It is the fastest two goals for New Jersey since Apr. 9, 2015 when Palmieri and Patrik Elias scored in a span of 2:40 in the third period of a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

New Jersey had a goal overturned by a Lightning Coach’s Challenge at 15:33 of the second period. It was determined that Michael Cammalleri was offside prior to Andy Greene’s goal.

The Devils and Lightning each had 34 shots. New Jersey outshot Tampa Bay 12-9 in the third period. The Devils were 0-3 on the power play and are 0-5 with the man-advantage over the first two games of the season.  New Jersey was 3-3 on the penalty-kill and are 6-6 playing shorthanded over the first two contests of the season.

Beau Bennett made his Devils’ debut.  Bennett was a healthy scratch in the club’s season-opener Oct. 13 at Fla.

John Moore notched his first assist of the season on Palmieri’s goal.

Travis Zajac scored his first goal of the season at 4:26 of the first period.  It was the 142nd goal of his career (all with NJ). He ties Claude Lemieux and Jamie Langenbrunner for 13th all-time in Devils’ history for goals.

P.A. Parenteau assisted on Zajac’s tally and now has points in his first two games as a Devil.

Cory Schneider made his second consecutive start in goal and stopped 31 of 34 shots (.912 save %).

INJURIES

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

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

Sergey Kalinin (I.R., illness, two games missed) is out.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 6

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. DUCKS

Tonight’s game is the first of two between New Jersey and Anaheim this season.  The clubs will meet again, Nov. 17 at Honda Center.

New Jersey is looking for its first win of the season. In 2015-16 the Devils were winless in their first four games (0-3-1).

The Devils were 0-2-0 vs. the Ducks in 2015-16. They were outscored, 2-9, by Anaheim over two games. New Jersey is 1-4-1 vs. Anaheim since the 2013-14 season and is 0-2-1 at home.

Ryan Kesler scored both game of the Ducks’ winning goals against New Jersey in 2015-16. Taylor Hall had 1g-2a-3pts vs. the Ducks in 2015-16.

Cory Schneider did not face Anaheim last season.  He is 4-3-1 in his career against the Ducks.

2015-16

Record: 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals Against: 2-9 (1-2 at home)

Shots For/Against: 47-45 (22-18 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-5 (0.0%)/2-3 (66.6%)

Leading Scorers: NJ Taylor Hall (1g-2a-3pts), P.A. Parenteau (2g-2pts), five others with 1pt.; Ana. Jakob Silfverberg (3g-1a-4pts), Ryan Kesler (2g-2a-4pts), Andrew Cogliano (1g-2a-3pts).

Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (0-2-0, 4.57 GAA, .810 save %), Yann Danis (0-0-0, 4.37, .667); Ana. none

ALL-TIME

Record: 16-12-2 (9-4-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 81-76 (42-26 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ Michael Cammalleri (16g-18a-34pts), Vernon Fiddler (5g-12a-17pts), Taylor Hall (4g-9a-13pts); Ana. Antoine Vermette (5g-8a-13pts), Ryan Kesler (6g-6a-12pts), Corey Perry (4g-4a-8pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (0-3-0, 4.97 GAA, .821 save %), Cory Schneider (4-3-1, 2.49, .906); Ana. Jonathan Bernier (2-2-1, 2.30, .917), John Gibson (1-0-0, 1.00, .963), Dustin Tokarski (0-0-1, 1.85, .889)

 

ANAHEIM CONNECTIONS

Connections: Kyle Palmieri was Anaheim’s first choice (26th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft and spent the first five seasons of his NHL career (2010-15) with the Ducks…Devante Smith-Pelly was the Ducks’ third choice (2nd round) 42nd overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft and appeared in 129 games with the team over four seasons from 2011-15…Scott Niedermayer, Ducks’ Player Development/Off Ice, was a member of each of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup Championship teams. He became the third player in franchise history to have his number (27) retired on Dec. 16, ’11…Cory Schneider and Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler & Kevin Bieksa were teammates in Vancouver from 2010-13…Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler won the Memorial Cup with Windsor (OHL) in 2010…Albany Devils’ forward Blake Pietila and Ducks’ goaltender John Gibson both won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championships…Ben Lovejoy played 150 for the Ducks over two-plus seasons 2013-15…Anaheim’s SVP, Hockey Ops. David McNab is the son of former Devils’ General Manager Max McNab.

 

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 3GP 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.  He ranks 14th all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 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 142g-249a-391pts. Petr Sykora, 141g-228a-394pts, ranks 11th all-time in points.  Zajac tied Claude Lemieux and Jamie Langenbrunner (142) for 13th all-time in Devils’ history for goals on Oct. 15 at TB. Captain Andy Greene is the second-most current-tenured Devil, having played in 643 games with New Jersey.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 313 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 three career NHL games.

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.

P.A. PARENTEAU POINTS PRODUCING

P.A. Parenteau has points in his first two games with New Jersey (1g-1a). He was claimed on waivers by New Jersey from the NY Islanders on Oct. 11. Parenteau has a four-game points streak dating back to Apr. 7 last season while with Toronto. He’s scored 4pts (2g-2a) over his last four games played.

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

On Oct. 18, 2001, the Devils defeated the San Jose Sharks, 6-1, at Continental Airlines Arena. Patrik Elias matched his career-high with 5pts (3g-2a), Jason Arnott had 4pts (2g-2a) and Pierre Dagenais had one goal in the win. Martin Brodeur stopped 24 of 25 shots in the victory.

GAME RESOURCES

Game Notes: 10/18

NHL Stats 10-18-16

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