Devils Pre-Game 10/20/16

New Jersey Devils (1-1-1) at Boston Bruins (2-1-0)

7:00 PM ET • TD Garden • MSG+ • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 Practice: TD Garden

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 vs. ANAHEIM 1

New Jersey recorded its first win of the 2016-17 season with its 2-1 victory over Anaheim. The Devils snapped a five-game winless streak against the Ducks dating back to Dec. 20, 2013.

New Jersey was 2-7 (28.7%) on the power play. The Devils’ penalty-kill was 1-4 (25.0%) and is 9-10 (90.0%) over the first three games this season.

Taylor Hall recorded two power play goals (his first two goals with NJ) in his Prudential Center debut.  It is his first multi-goal game since Dec. 11, 2015 vs. NYR (2g). Travis Zajac and Michael Cammalleri tallied assists on Hall’s first power play goal at 12:35 of the second period.  The assist was Cammalleri’s first point of the season. Zajac now has points in two consecutive games (1g-1a). 

Zajac tied Bruce Driver for 13th all-time in games-played in franchise history (702).

Damon Severson and Kyle Palmieri registered assists on Hall’s second power play goal (GWG) at 16:46 of the second period. Palmieri now has points in two consecutive games (1g-1a).

Cory Schneider (1-1-1) recorded his first win of the season.  He stopped 23 of 24 shots (.958 save %). Schneider also stopped a Ducks’ penalty shot when Chris Wager was hooked on a breakaway in the second period. Wagner missed the net. 

 

 INJURIES

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

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

Sergey Kalinin (I.R., illness, three games missed) has resumed skating with the team.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 9

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Oct. 19- Nathan Bastian signed a three-year, entry-level contract.

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.

 

DEVILS VS. BRUINS

Tonight is the first of three meetings against the Bruins in 2016-17. The clubs will not face-off again until Jan. 2 at Prudential Center, then wrap up their season series on Mar. 4 at TD Garden.

New Jersey is looking for its first road win of the season. The Devils are currently 0-1-1 on the road and 0-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division. New Jersey was 1-1-1 vs. Boston last season and was outscored 4-7 over three games. The Devils fell short, 1-2, in a shootout loss to the Bruins in their only meeting at TD Garden in 2015-16. New Jersey is 3-6-3 vs. Boston since 2012-13 and 1-3-2 when in Boston.

Ryan Spooner scored both a game-deciding goal and a game-winning goal against the Devils last season. He has three points (2g-1a) in three career games against New Jersey. Reid Boucher scored the game-winner for NJ on Mar. 29 in the Devils sole victory, 2-1, vs. Boston in 2015-16.

Michael Cammalleri has 7g-10a-17pts. in 20 career games against the Bruins. Travis Zajac has 14pts (7g-7a) in 32 career games vs. Boston, including 2pts (1g-1a) in their last meeting on Mar. 29 at Prudential Center.

 

2015-16

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

Goals Against: 4-7 (1-2 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 65-110 (30-39 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-9 (22.2%)/5-6 (83.3%)

Leading Scorers: NJ Reid Boucher (1g-1a-2pts.), Travis Zajac (1g-1a-2pts), three others with 1pt. each.; Bos. Colin Miller (1g-2a-3pts), Ryan Spooner (1g-1a-2pts), Zdeno Chara (2a-2pts). 

Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .975 save %), Cory Schneider (0-1-1, 2.40, .929); Bos. Tuukka Rask (0-1-0, 2.04, .867)

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 44-55-19 (20-29-11 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 314-374 (169-206 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ Michael Cammalleri (7g-10a-17pts), Travis Zajac (7g-7a-14pts), two players with 8pts. each.; Bos. Patrice Bergeron (11g-16a-27pts), Zdeno Chara (5g-20a-25pts), David Krejci (5g-14a-19pts). 

Career Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .975 save %), Cory Schneider (1-3-2, 2.81, .918); Bos. Anton Khudobin (2-2-0, 3.09, .873), Tuukka Rask (4-3-2, 1.57, .944)

 

BOSTON CONNECTIONS

Cory Schneider is from Marblehead, MA…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served with the Bruins in the same role from 2007-14…Schneider, Steven Santini, Miles Wood and Goaltending Development Coach Scott Clemmensen all attended Boston College…Prospect J.D. Dudek (6th round/2014), currently plays for B.C…Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero‘s son, Chris, also plays for the Eagles, as do Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald‘s sons Ryan (Boston’s fourth round pick in 2013) and Casey (Buffalo’s third round pick in 2016)…Fitzgerald hails from Billerica, MA…Head Coach John Hynes played three seasons at Boston University and also served as an Assistant Coach at B.U. for two seasons from 1996-98…Development/Skills Coach Pertti Hasanen served B.U. as an assistant coach for five seasons (1988-90, 1995-98)…Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spent the majority of the 2006-07 season behind the Devils’ bench…Boston’s Assistant Coach Jay Pandolfo played 13 seasons in New Jersey and was a member of its 1999-00 and 2002-03 Stanley Cup Championship teams…Bruins’ Development Coach Jamie Langenbrunner played nine seasons with the Devils from 2002-11, served as captain from Dec. 5, 2007-Jan. 7, 2011 & was a member of the 2003 Championship team…Boston’s Scout Tom McVie served as Devils’ Head Coach for parts of three seasons: 1983-84, 1990-91 & 1991-92.

 

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 2 GP 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 13th all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 8th all-time among forwards.  He tied Bruce Driver for 13th all-time with 702 career games with the Devils on Oct. 18.  Zajac ranks 12th all-time in franchise history with 142g-250a-392pts. 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 644 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 314 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.

HALL OF A GAME
Taylor Hall 
scored recorded two power play goals (his first two goals with NJ) in his Prudential Center debut. It was his first multi-goal game since Dec. 11, 2015 vs. NYR (2g).

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 four 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.

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

Martin Brodeur recorded the first shutout of his career in 1993 when the Devils defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 4-0. He stopped 17 of 17 shots. Claude Lemieux, Randy McKay, Corey Millen and Alexander Semak each had one goal for New Jersey.

RESOURCES

Game Notes- NJ @ Bos.

NHL Stats 10-20-16

 

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