New Jersey Devils (4-2-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (6-4-1)
7:00 PM ET • Amalie Arena • MSG+2 • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
11:30 Morning Skate: Amalie Arena
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 at FLORIDA 4 OT
New Jersey is now 0-0-2 against Florida in 2016-17 and is 1-2-2 against the Atlantic Division. New Jersey is 0-2-2 on the road and is 4-2-3 overall this season. The Devils are 3-0-2 over their last five games.
New Jersey was 1/5 (20.0%) on the power play and is 4/16 (25.0%) with the man-advantage over the last five games. The Devils were 1/3 (33.3%) on the penalty-kill and are 13/18 (72.2%) while shorthanded over the last five games.
New Jersey outshot Florida, 34-31, including 15-8 in the second period.
Travis Zajac opened the scoring on the power play for New Jersey with his fourth goal of the season at 18:04 of the second period. Zajac is now ranked second (tie, Parenteau) on the club in goals. Zajac was also 10/16 (63%) in the faceoff circle.
Kyle Palmieri and Damon Severson recorded assists on Zajac’s marker. Severson now has five assists (six points) over his last four games. He ranks third (tie) in the league with five power play assists.
It was also Severson’s third multi-point game of 2016-17 and the 11th multiple point game of his career.
P.A. Parenteau scored his fourth goal of the season at 4:49 of the third period to bring the Devils within one goal of Florida. It was his second goal over the last three games. He is now tied for second (Zajac) on the club in goals. Parenteau has scored in each of the Devils’ two games against Florida this season.
John Moore and Nick Lappin recorded assists on Parenteau’s goal. The helper was the second of Lappin’s career and his second over the last two games.
Pavel Zacha tied the game at 3-3 with his first career NHL goal at 16:05 of the third period. Beau Bennett and Damon Severson notched the assists on Zacha’s tally. The assist was the first point of the season for Bennett and his first as a Devil.
Cory Schneider started in net for the eighth time this season and stopped 27 of 31 shots (.871 save %). He fell to 4-2-2 on the season overall and is 4-3-2 in his career against the Panthers.
Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot, nine games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10
Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger, nine games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 22
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. LIGHTNING
Tonight’s game is the Devils’ final match against Tampa Bay in 2016-17. After tonight, the clubs will have played their entire season-series in a span of 22 days.
The Devils are 1-1-0 vs. Tampa in 2016-17. New Jersey fell, 2-3, to the Lightning on Oct. 15 at Amalie Arena and won, 3-1, Oct. 29 at Prudential Center. Their win was the first against the Lightning since Dec. 19, 2014.
Adam Henrique has 16 points (7g-9a) in 18 career games vs. Tampa Bay.
Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid are a combined 4-4-2 vs. the Lightning all-time.
Record: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 on the road)
Goals Against: 5-4 (2-3 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 67-57 (34-34 on the road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-4 (0.0%)/7-7 (100.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ Adam Henrique (1g-1a-2pts), Damon Severson (1g-1a-2pts), nine players with 1pt. each; TB Tyler Johnson (1g-1a-2pts), Brayden Point (2a-2pts), seven players with 1pt. each.
Goaltending: NJ Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 2.03 GAA, .940 save %); TB Andrei Vasilevskiy (1-1-0, 2.59 GAA, .912 save %)
Record: 55-27-11 (23-13-8 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 297-215 (133-108 on the road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ Travis Zajac (6g-13a-19pts), Adam Henrique (7g-9a-16pts), two players with 11pts. each; TB Ryan Callahan (10g-18a-28pts), Steven Stamkos (16g-11a-27pts), three players tied with nine points each.
Career Goaltending: NJ – Keith Kinkaid (1-1-1, 2.84 GAA, .892 save %), Cory Schneider (3-3-1, 2.84, .909); TB Ben Bishop (7-2-1, 2 ShO, 1.31 GAA, .949 save %), Andrei Vasilevskiy (1-1-0, 2.59, .912)
John Moore and Lightning forward Ryan Callahan were teammates with the NY Rangers for parts of two seasons from 2012-13 to 2013-14…Cory Schneider and Lightning forward Brian Boyle were teammates at Boston College for two seasons from 2004-06…Lightning defenseman Matt Taormina played in 47 games for New Jersey from 2010-12…Tampa Bay Assistant GM/Director of Player Personnel, Pat Verbeek, played seven seasons with New Jersey from 1982-89…Tampa Bay’s Senior Adviser to the GM, Tom Kurvers, played two-plus seasons with the Devils from 1987-89…He was traded to Toronto for its first-round pick in the 1991 Entry Draft (Scott Niedermayer) on Oct. 16, 1989. Kyle Palmieri and Cory Schneider were teammates with Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Taylor Hall – Needs 2a for 200 in his NHL career.
Travis Zajac – Needs 4pts. for 400 in career.
Kyle Palmieri – Needs 9GP for 100 as a Devil.
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).
Damon Severson leads the Devils in scoring with 1g-7a-8pts through the first nine games of 2016-17. He has 1g-5a-6pts over his last four games. He is ranked ninth (tie, four others) in the NHL in points and tied for third in the league with five power play assists.
Cory Schneider is ranked 12th in the NHL with a .933 save-percentage and is 12th in the league with a 2.11 goals against average. New Jersey has allowed the fourth-lowest goal-totals in the league with 2.19 goals-against per game.
HIT THE ROAD
The Devils play 11 of their next 15 games in the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 0-2-2 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 145g-251a-396pts. 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 650 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 320 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 fourth 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 2008, the Devils defeated the Lightning, 4-3, in a shootout at Prudential Center. Jamie Langenbrunner scored the game-deciding goal in the third round of the shootout. Patrik Elias had 1g-1a-2pts in the match and Dainius Zubrus recorded two assists. Kevin Weekes stopped 24 of 27 shots in the win.