Devils Pre-Game 11/6/16

New Jersey Devils (4-3-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (3-4-3)

6:00 PM ET • PNC Arena • MSG+ • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 4PM- Head Coach John Hynes outside visitor’s locker room

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 at TAMPA BAY 4

The Devils fell to 4-3-3 on the season and finished their season-series with Tampa Bay 1-2-0. New Jersey has not defeated the Lightning in Tampa Bay since Oct. 14, 2014 (four games). New Jersey is now 0-3-2 on the road this season and is 1-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division.
The Devils have not started a season win-less on the road through their first five games since 2013-14 (0-5-2).
The Devils were 0-4 on the power-play and are 2-17 (11.8%) with the man-advantage through the first five road games this season. New Jersey’s penalty-kill was 3-4 (75.0%) and is 14-17 (82.3%) through the first five road games of the season.

New Jersey outshot Tampa Bay, 38-35, including 18-6 in the final frame.

Damon Severson scored his second goal of the season at 14:39 of the first period to put the Devils ahead 1-0. His first goal of the season was a game-winning goal, Oct. 29, vs. Tampa Bay. He now has 2g-7a-9pts through the first ten games of the season and leads the Devils in points. Severson has 2g-3a-5pts over his last three games.

Severson is one of six NHL defensemen to lead their team in scoring.

Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac assisted on Severson’s marker. Hall now has 199 career assists. Zajac led New Jersey with a season-high five shots on goal and a season-high four hits. He was 18-30 (60.0%) in the faceoff circle.

Andy Greene played in his 321st consecutive game, tying Kirk Muller for the fourth-longest games-played stretch in Devils’ history. Muller played in 321 consecutive games from Apr. 5, 1987-Mar. 31, 1991. Sergei Brylin is third all-time on the list, having played in 328 straight games from Oct. 8, 2003-Apr. 6, 2008. Greene also led New Jersey with 21:56 of ice-time.

Cory Schneider made his ninth start of the season and fell to 4-3-2. He stopped 31 of 35 shots (.886 save %). He is now 3-4-1 vs. Tampa Bay in his career.

 

INJURIES

Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot suffered on Sept. 26, 10 games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10

Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger suffered on Oct. 1, 10 games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 24

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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. HURRICANES

Tonight is the first of four games between New Jersey and Carolina in 2016-17 and is the Devils’ first game vs. a Metropolitan Division opponent. The teams meet again Nov. 8 at Prudential Center. The Devils are 4-3-0 at PNC Arena since the 2013-14 season and are 7-4-1 against the Hurricanes overall since 2013-14.

The Devils were 2-3-0 vs. Carolina in 2015-16.  New Jersey scored 12 goals and surrendered 12 goals against in their five-game season-series.

Michael Cammalleri has 2g-4a-6pts over his last five games against Carolina. Adam Henrique had 2g-1a-3pts vs. Carolina in 2015-16, including a game-winner on Dec. 3 at PNC Arena.

Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid are a combined 7-4-1 all-time vs. the Hurricanes.

2015-16

Record: 2-3-0 (1-2 on the road)

Goals Against: 12-12 (8-7 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 126-126 (72-79 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-11 (9.0%)/9-11 (81.8%)

Leading Scorers: NJ Michael Cammalleri (2g-2a-4pts), four players with 3pts. each; Car. Joakim Nordstrom (2g-1a-3pts), Eric Staal (2g-1a-3pts) Justin Faulk (1g-2a-3pts), two with 3a/3pts. each.

Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (2-0-0, 1.51 GAA, .949 save %), Cory Schneider (0-2-0, 2.56, .884), Scott Wedgewood (0-1-0, 3.08, .870); Car. Eddie Lack (1-1-0, 3.04, .895), Cam Ward (2-1-0, 2.02, .913).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 65-46-11 (28-25-8 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 382-339 (181-168 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ Travis Zajac (9g-15a-24pts), Michael Cammalleri (7g-8a-15pts), Andy Greene (4g-11a-15pts); Car. Jordan Staal (11g-11a-22pts), Jeff Skinner (10g-4a-14pts), Ron Hainsey (5g-6a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (3-1-0, 1.70 GAA, .944 save %), Cory Schneider (4-3-1, 1.89, .936), Scott Wedgewood (0-1-0, 3.08, .870); Car. Eddie Lack (1-2-0, 3.07, .892), Cam Ward (12-15-2, 2.64, .901).

HURRICANES CONNECTIONS

Lee Stempniak skated in 63 games with New Jersey in 2015-16; scoring 16g-25a-41pts and adding 34 PIM…Jordan Staal (1st round/2nd overall) was the first player Devils’ Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero selected in his first year as Pittsburgh’s GM in 2006…Hurricanes’ Pro Scout/Advisor Joe Nieuwendyk was a member of New Jersey’s 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team…Carolina D Brett Pesce was born in Tarrytown, NY.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Taylor Hall – Needs 1a for 200 in his NHL career.

Travis Zajac – Needs 3pts. for 400 in career.

Kyle Palmieri – Needs 8GP for 100 as a Devil.

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HOMELAND

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).

 SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads the Devils in scoring with 2g-7a-9pts through the first nine games of 2016-17. He has 2g-5a-7pts over his last five games. He is ranked seventh (tie, seven others) in the NHL in points and tied for fourth (Kucherov, TB) in the league with five power play assists. He is one of six NHL defensemen to lead their team in scoring.

HIT THE ROAD

The Devils play 10 of their next 14 games in the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 0-3-2 away from Prudential Center this season.

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 11th all-time in franchise history with 145g-252a-397pts. 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 651 games with New Jersey.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 321 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012. On Nov. 5, 2016 at Tampa Bay, he tied Kirk Muller for fourth on the team’s all-time list, having played in 321 consecutive games from Apr. 5, 1987-Mar. 31, 1991. Sergei Brylin is third all-time on the list, having played in 328 straight games from Oct. 8, 2003-Apr. 6, 2008. 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.

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.
THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

On Nov. 6, 1996, the Devils defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 2-0, at Joe Louis Arena. John MacLean scored the game-winning goal and Bobby Holik had New Jersey’s other goal. Martin Brodeur stopped 36 of 36 shots for his 13th career shutout.

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