Devils Pre-Game 10/25/16

New Jersey Devils (2-2-1) vs. Arizona Coyotes (1-4-0)

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

Pre-Game Availability

  • 10:30 AM Morning Skate: Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 vs. MINNESOTA 1 OT

The Devils won their second straight home game and improved to 2-2-1=5pts on the season. New Jersey is 2-0-0 at Prudential Center.
New Jersey is now 8-1-1 at home all-time against Minnesota and is 4-0-0 vs. the Wild at Prudential Center since 2013-14.

New Jersey was 0-3 on the power play and was 3-3 on the penalty kill. The Devils are 16-17 (94.1%) playing shorthanded through the first five games of the season.
New Jersey held Minnesota to a season-low three shots on goal in the first period.

P.A. Parenteau tied the game at one apiece at 11:56 of the third period. Michael Cammalleri and Travis Zajac recorded the assists on Parenteau’s goal.

Taylor Hall scored the Devils’ game-winning goal 29 seconds into the overtime frame. The goal was Hall’s second game-winning goal of the season and his first in overtime in 2016-17. He leads New Jersey with three goals this season. It was Hall’s first OT goal since Dec. 9, 2015 vs. San Jose and the fifth overtime goal of his NHL career.

Adam Henrique tallied the assist on Hall’s winner for his first assist and point of the 2016-17 season.

Kyle Quincey appeared in his 500th career NHL game. He logged 17:19 TOI and had four penalty minutes.

Sergey Kalinin was activated off Injured Reserve after missing the first four games of the season. He made his season debut that night and logged 12:11 of ice-time, one hit and was 1-1 in the faceoff circle.

Cory Schneider made his fifth consecutive start of 2016-17. He stopped 28 of 29 shots (.966 save %) in the victory and improved to 2-2-1 on the season.


INJURIES

Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot, five games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10

Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger, five games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 14


RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Oct. 24- Steven Santini was recalled from Albany (AHL). Blake Speers was assigned to Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).

Oct. 23- Steven Santini was assigned to Albany (AHL).

Oct. 22- Sergey Kalinin activated from Injured Reserve. Miles Wood was assigned to Albany (AHL). 

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

Oct. 13- Kyle Quincey activated from I.R.  

 

DEVILS VS. COYOTES

Tonight is the first of two games between the Devils and Coyotes this season. The clubs will meet again on Mar. 11 at Gila River Arena. New Jersey is currently 1-0-0 vs. Pacific Division teams this season.

The Devils were 2-0-0 vs. the Coyotes last season, outscoring Arizona 5-2. New Jersey is 4-1-1 against Arizona since the 2012-13 season and is 2-0-1 when facing the Coyotes at Prudential Center since 2012-13. Adam Larsson (OT) and Kyle Palmieri (GWG) had game-winners against the Yotes in 2015-16. 

Cory Schneider has four shutouts vs. Arizona, which is the most of any other opponent. On Jan. 16, 2016, Schneider stopped 38 of 38 shots at Gila River Arena for his 21st career shutout.

Michael Cammalleri has more points against the Coyotes, 19g-22a-41pts, than any other opponent. He has seven points (4g-3a) over his last four games vs. Arizona.

Taylor Hall 
has scored 8g-12a-20pts in 22 career games against the Coyotes. 

Travis Zajac had 1g-3a-4pts vs. Arizona in 2015-16.

 

2015-16

Record: 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals Against: 5-2 (3-2 at home)

Shots For/Against: 41-58 (25-20 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-5 (0.0%)/9-10 (90.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ Travis Zajac (1g-3a-4pts), Adam Larsson (1g-2a-3pts), two players with 2pts.; Ari. Ryan White (1g-1a-2pts), Alex Goligoski (2a-2pts), seven players with 1pt. 

Goaltending: NJ Cory Schneider (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 1.00 GAA, .966 save %); Ari. Anders Lindback (0-1-0, 2.11, .875), Mike Smith (0-0-1, 2.11, .880).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 22-31-8 (14-11-5 at home)

Goals For/Against: 178-191 (99-84 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ Michael Cammalleri (19g-22a-41pts), Taylor Hall (8g-12a-20pts), Travis Zajac (3g-7a-10pts); Ari. Radim Vrbata (5g-9a-14pts), Martin Hanzal (3g-6a-9pts), Alex Goligoski (2g-6a-8pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ Cory Schneider (7-1-1, 4 ShO, 0.88 GAA, .969 save %); Ari. Justin Peters (1-0-0, 2.02, .920), Mike Smith (3-2-3, 2.70, .914).

ARIZONA CONNECTIONS

John Moore appeared in 19 games with the Coyotes in the 2014-15 season after being acquired from the Rangers on March 1, 2015…Vernon Fiddler spent two seasons with the Coyotes’ organization from 2009-11…He played in 147 games with Arizona, scoring 14g-38a-52pts…Coyotes Prospect Goaltending Coach Corey Schwab spent three seasons with New Jersey (1995-96 & 2002-04)…Arizona’s Director of Player Development Steve Sullivan appeared in 58 games for the Devils over three seasons (1995-97 & 2012-13)…Mike Van Ryn, Arizona’s Development Coach, was New Jersey’s first pick (26th overall) at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

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

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

Travis Zajac – Needs 7pts. for 400 in career.

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HOMELAND

On Saturday, the Devils began a four-game home-stand at Prudential Center, which concludes with their game Oct. 29 vs. Tampa Bay. New Jersey won their first of the four games with a 2-1 OT victory over the Minnesota Wild. The Devils are 2-0-0 at home in 2016-17.  New Jersey will then play its next 10 of 14 games on the road in November.

SCHNEIDER SAVING

Cory Schneider is ranked fifth in the NHL with a .943 save-percentage and is fifth in the league with a 1.80 goals against average. New Jersey has allowed the third-lowest goal-totals in the league with 1.78 goals-against per game.

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-251a-393pts. 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 646 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 316 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 WEEK

Taylor Hall scored two power play goals (his first two goals with NJ) in his Prudential Center debut Oct. 18. It was his first multi-goal game since Dec. 11, 2015 vs. NYR (2g). He then scored in overtime on Oct. 22 vs. Min. to top-off his three-goal week. Hall is tied for first in the NHL with two game-winning goals.

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 began the season with 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). Assigned to Sault Ste. Marie Oct. 24.

–  No. 22: Kyle Quincey (D) played for the Detroit Red Wings.

–  No. 20: Luke Gazdic (F) skated for the Edmonton Oilers.

PENALTY-KILLING IT

New Jersey is ranked fourth in the NHL on the penalty-kill overall. The Devils stopped 16 of 17 (94.1%) opponent power plays through the first five games of the season. The Devils have the best PK on the road, killing-off 10 of 10 when shorthanded.

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.

HIGH-SCHOOL CAPTAINS HONORED

Tonight, the Devils will honor all New Jersey High School Ice Hockey captains with an on-ice presentation during the first intermission. A record high 90 high schools, 220 team captains, and 10 girls’ H.S. team captains are participating. This marks the 25th season that the Devils will honor high school student-athletes.

RESOURCES

Game Notes: 10-25

NHL Stats 10-25-16

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