New Jersey Devils (4-2-2) at Florida Panthers (4-5-1)
7:30 PM ET • BB&T Center • MSG+2 • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
No Morning Skate: Head Coach John Hynes available 5:30 PM
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 vs. TAMPA BAY 1
New Jersey finished its four-game home-stand, 3-0-1, capturing seven of a possible eight points.
The Devils are now 4-2-2 on the season and are 1-2-1 against the Atlantic Division. New Jersey is 1-1-0 vs. Tampa Bay in 2016-17.
New Jersey was 0-1 on the power play on Saturday, and are 4-14 (28.6%) through the first five home games. The penalty kill was a perfect 4-4, and are 15 for 19 (78.9%) while shorthanded through the first five home games in 2016-17.
New Jersey was outshot, 33-23, by the Lightning, which was the only time the Devils were outshot during their four-game home-stand.
Adam Henrique scored New Jersey’s first goal of the night at 3:57 of the first period. It was his 100th career NHL goal. Damon Severson and Michael Cammalleri assisted on Henrique’s marker.
Severson (GWG) put the Devils ahead, 2-0, with his first goal of the season at 13:13 of the first period. Severson now has four points (1g-3a) over his last three games. Henrique and Andy Greene assisted on Severson’s game-winner. Henrique now has 2g-1a-3pts over his last three games.
Devante Smith-Pelly recorded his first goal of the season at 5:22 of the second period. Nick Lappin and Kyle Quincey recorded the assists on Smith-Pelly’s goal. The assist was the first of Lappin’s NHL career (first point). It was also Quincey’s first point as a Devil.
Cory Schneider made the start in goal for New Jersey and stopped 32 of 33 (97.0%) shots. He improved to 4-2-1 on the season.
Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot, eight games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10
Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger, eight games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 20
Nov. 1- Vojtech Mozik was recalled from Albany (AHL).
Oct. 28- Nick Lappin was recalled from Albany (AHL).
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).
DEVILS VS. PANTHERS
Tonight is the second of three games against the Panthers in 2016-17. The clubs will meet for the final time this season Jan. 9 at Prudential Center.
Florida defeated New Jersey, 1-2 OT, Oct. 13 at BB&T Center. P.A. Parenteau scored the lone goal for the Devils in their season-opener.
The Devils are 1-3-1 in their last five games at BB&T Center. Their last win at Florida came on Oct. 11, 2014, winning 5-1.
Adam Henrique has four points (1g-3a-4pts) over his last four games against Florida. Parenteau has 2g-1a-3pts over his last three games vs. the Panthers. Taylor Hall has 7pts (2g-5a) in seven career games vs. Florida.
Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid are a combined 5-4-1 in their careers vs. Florida.
Record: 0-0-1 (0-0-1 on the road)
Goals Against: 1-2 (1-2 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 24-34 (24-34 on the road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-3 (0.0%)/2-2 (100.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ P.A. Parenteau (1g-1pt.), Yohann Auvitu (1a-1pt.), Pavel Zacha (1a-1pt.); Fla. Aleksander Barkov (1g-1a-2pts), three with 1pt. each.
Goaltending: NJ Cory Schneider (0-0-1, 1.91 GAA, .941 save %); Fla. Roberto Luongo (1-0-0, 0.96 GAA, .958 save %).
Record: 30-11-5 (22-16-7 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 255-198 (114-107 on the road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ Travis Zajac (9g-15a-24pts), Michael Cammalleri (8g-7a-15pts), P.A. Parenteau (4g-8a-12pts); Fla. Jaromir Jagr (36g-60a-96pts), Jussi Jokinen (8g-6a-14pts), Keith Yandle (1g-9a-10pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ – Keith Kinkaid (1-1-0, 2.02 GAA, .940 save %), Cory Schneider (4-3-1, 2.32, .915); Fla. Reto Berra (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .964 save %), Roberto Luongo (11-16-0, 3 ShO, 2.86, .909), James Reimer (5-3-2, 1 ShO, 2.47, .919).
Panthers’ assistant coach Dave Barr played for the Devils from 1991-1993, scoring 12g-20a-32pts in 103 GP. He also served as an assistant coach for the Devils from 2011-2014. Jaromir Jagr was traded by the Devils to Florida on Feb. 26, 2015 for the Panthers’ second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2016. Jagr scored 35g-61a-96pts in 139 GP over parts of two seasons with New Jersey. On June 6, 2016 the Devils obtained Marc Savard and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from Florida for Paul Thompson and Graham Black.
Taylor Hall – Needs 2a for 200 in his NHL career.
Travis Zajac – Needs 5pts. for 400 in career.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
On Oct.29, the Devils finished a four-game home-stand at Prudential Center. New Jersey won three of their four games with a 2-1 OT victory over the Minnesota Wild, a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes and a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. New Jersey only lost one game, 2-3 OT, to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 28. New Jersey is undefeated in regulation at home, 4-0-1, in 2016-17. The last time the Devils started a season without a regulation loss at home through the first five games was in 2012-13 (5-0-1).
Cory Schneider is ranked seventh (tie) in the NHL with a .941 save-percentage and is eighth in the league with a 1.86 goals against average. He is also ranked ninth (tie) with four wins. New Jersey has allowed the second-lowest goal-totals (tie, Wsh.) in the league with 1.98 goals-against per game.
HIT THE ROAD
The Devils play 12 of their next 16 games in the road. New Jersey is currently 0-2-1 away from Prudential Center this season.
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 649 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 319 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. He added one assist Oct. 28 vs. Chicago to have his first three-game point-streak (3g-2a) as a Devil. Hall is tied for second in the NHL with two game-winning goals. In the month of October, Hall scored 5g-2a-7pts in eight games.
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.
THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY
In 1990, the Devils defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 5-2, at Northlands Coliseum. John MacLean scored two goals, while Alexei Kasatonov had 1g-1a, including the game-winner. Chris Terreri made 20 saves for the victory.
Defenseman Colby Sissons has 2g-8a-10pts through the first 12 games with Swift Current (WHL). He had a season-high three assist (3pt.) night Oct. 18 at Prince George. Sissons was signed as a free agent by New Jersey Oct. 3, 2016.