New Jersey Devils (3-2-1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (3-3-1)
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10:30 AM Morning Skate: Prudential Center
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 5 vs. ARIZONA 3
New Jersey is now 3-2-1 on the season and is 3-0-0 at home. This is the first time the Devils are starting a season 3-0 at home since the 2002-03 season.
New Jersey’s season-high five goals scored is the first time this season that the Devils have tallied more than two goals in a game in 2016-17.
The Devils were 2-3 on the power play and were 2-3 on the penalty kill. The Devils have stopped 18-20 (90.0%) opponent power plays this season. New Jersey outshot Arizona 35-31, including 17-6 in the second period.
Taylor Hall tied the game at one apiece with his fourth goal of the season at 8:43 of the first period. Hall then scored a power play goal at 9:40 of the second period to give New Jersey a 2-1 lead. He now has five goals over the last four games and leads New Jersey in goals and points (6). It was his second two-goal game of 2016-17.
Pavel Zacha assisted on each of Hall’s goals. The helpers were his second and third of the season. It was his first two-point night since Apr. 9, 2016 (2a).
Damon Severson assisted on Hall’s second power play goal and Travis Zajac’s game-winner. He now how has four assists (all PP) over the last four games.
Adam Henrique scored his first goal of the season when a Reid Boucher (assist) shot deflected off of his skate and into the Arizona net. Devante Smith-Pelly also tallied a secondary assist on Henrique’s goal.
Zajac notched the game-winner on the power play at 17:59 of the third period. He helped seal the victory with an empty-net goal. It was Zajac’s first multi-goal game of the season and his first since Mar. 10, 2016 vs San Jose (2g).
Ben Lovejoy assisted on Zajac’s second marker. It was his first point of the season and his first point as a Devil. He also led the Devils in ice-time with 22:49.
Cory Schneider made his sixth consecutive start in goal and stopped 28 of 31 shots (.903 save %). He improved to 3-2-1 on the season.
Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot, six games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10
Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger, six games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 16
Oct. 26- Steven Santini was assigned to Albany (AHL).
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. BLACKHAWKS
Tonight is the first of two games between New Jersey and Chicago this season. The clubs will meet again Dec. 1 at United Center for their season-series finale. The Devils are currently 1-0-0 vs. Central Division teams this season.
The Devils were 2-0-0 vs. the Blackhawks last season, outscoring Chicago 7-4. New Jersey is 4-3-1 vs. the Blackhawks since the 2010-11 season and is 2-1-1 at Prudential Center since 10-11. Travis Zajac and Sergey Kalinin each scored game-winners against Chicago in 2015-16.
Keith Kinkaid is 0-0-1 all-time vs. Chicago with a 1.85 GAA and .949 save-percentage.
Taylor Hall has 22 points (9g-13a) in 18 games vs. the Blackhawks.
Record: 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home)
Goals Against: 7-4 (4-2 at home)
Shots For/Against: 48-58 (26-29 at home)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-5 (20.0%)/ 7-8 (87.5%)
Leading Scorers: NJ Kyle Palmieri (2g-2a-4pts), Lee Stempniak (1g-3a-4pts), P.A. Parenteau (1g-2a-3pts); Chi. Patrick Kane (2g-1a-3pts), four players with 2pts.
Goaltending: NJ Cory Schneider (2-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .931 save %); Chi. Corey Crawford (0-2-0, 4.59, .829), Scott Darling (0-0-0, 1.76, .923).
Record: 29-21-14 (16-8-8 at home)
Goals For/Against: 192-197 (94-85 at home)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ Taylor Hall (9g-13a-22pts), Vernon Fiddler (10g-7a-17pts), Michael Cammalleri (9g-8a-17pts); Chi. Marian Hossa (19g-23a-42pts), Brian Campbell (4g-12a-16pts), Michal Rozsival (3g-9a-12pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .949 save %) Cory Schneider (4-3-1, 2.93, .912); Chi. Corey Crawford (1-2-1, 2.36, .904), Scott Darling (1-0-0, 1.82, .919).
John Moore hails from Winnetka, Illinois…Chicago’s Head Coach Joel Quenneville and Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen were members of the first New Jersey Devils team in 1982-83…John Quenneville, New Jersey’s first pick, 30th overall, in the 2014 Entry Draft is Joel’s second cousin…Travis Zajac and Jonathan Toews are both from Winnipeg & were teammates on the University of North Dakota club that advanced to the Frozen Four in 2005-06…Trevor van Riemsdyk is a native of Middletown, NJ…Jordin Tootoo played for two seasons with the Devils from 2014-16; he skated in 134 games recording 14g-10a-24pts and 174 PIM…Mike Mottau serves Chicago as a pro scout…He played for three seasons, 2007-10, with the Devils and had 7g-43a-50pts and 124 PIM in 235 games.
Adam Henrique – Needs 1g for 100 in his NHL career.
Taylor Hall – Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
Travis Zajac – Needs 5pts. for 400 in career.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
On Oct.22, the Devils began a four-game home-stand at Prudential Center, which concludes with their game Oct. 29 vs. Tampa Bay. New Jersey won two of their four games with a 2-1 OT victory over the Minnesota Wild and a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Devils are 3-0-0 at home in 2016-17, which is the first time New Jersey has started a season 3-0-0 at home since 2002-03. New Jersey will then play its next 10 of 14 games on the road in November.
Cory Schneider is ranked sixth in the NHL with a .936 save-percentage and is ninth in the league with a 2.00 goals against average. New Jersey has allowed the second-lowest goal-totals in the league with 1.98 goals-against per game.
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 11th all-time in franchise history with 144g-251a-395pts. Bruce Driver is 10th all-time with 83g-316a-399pts Zajac passed Claude Lemieux and Jamie Langenbrunner (142) for sole possession of 13th all-time in Devils’ history for goals on Oct. 25 (2g). Captain Andy Greene is the second-most current-tenured Devil, having played in 647 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 317 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 MONTH
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. On Oct. 25 vs. Arizona, he scored 2g (1 PP, 1 even-strength) and added an assist for his first 3pt. night as a Devil. Hall is tied for first in the NHL with two game-winning goals and is second (tie) in the league with five.
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.
New Jersey is ranked sixth in the NHL on the penalty-kill overall. The Devils stopped 18 of 20 (90.0%) opponent power plays through the first six games of the season. The Devils have the best PK on the road, killing-off 10 of 10 when shorthanded.
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
In 1989, the Devils defeated the Blackhawks, 3-2, at Brendan Byrne Arena. Brendan Shanahan and Patrik Sundstrom each had 1g-1a in the contest. Chris Terreri stopped 37 of 39 shots.