New Jersey Devils (5-3-3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (3-5-3)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN
10:30 AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 at CAROLINA 1
The Devils are now 5-3-3 on the season and are 2-0-0 in the tail-end of back-to-back games in 2016-17. It was New Jersey’s first road victory of the season. The Devils are 1-3-2 on the road overall. The Devils are 1-0-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents this season.
The Devils were held to a season-low two shots on goal in the second period. They were outshot 21-34.
Michael Cammalleri scored a natural hat-trick. The three goals were his first three of 2016-17. It was the sixth hat-trick of his NHL career, his first as a Devil and his first since Feb. 13, 2013. Cammalleri’s first two goals were scored 3:25 apart. He scored his third of the night at 8:30 of the third period.
Travis Zajac and Beau Bennett assisted on Cammalleri’s first marker. It was Zajac’s fourth assist of the season and his second in the past two games. Bennett also assisted on Cammalleri’s third goal and recorded his first multi-point game of the season.
Jacob Josefson had the lone assist on Cammalleri’s second goal. The assist was his second of the season.
Bennett and John Moore assisted on Cammalleri’s third goal. The helper was Moore’s third of the season and his second over the past three games.
Andy Greene scored an unassisted empty-net/shorthanded goal at 19:05 of the third period. It was the second shorthanded goal of his career (Feb. 2, 2013). It was his first goal since Jan. 19, 2016 (45 games). Greene also led the Devils with a season-high 24:27 TOI.
Keith Kinkaid made his second start of the season and improved to 1-0-1. He stopped 33 of 34 shots (.971 save %). He is now 4-1-0 vs. the Hurricanes in his career.
Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot suffered on Sept. 26, 11 games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10
Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger suffered on Oct. 1, 11 games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 26
Nov. 7- Vojtech Mozik was assigned to Albany (AHL).
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 second of four games between New Jersey and Carolina in 2016-17 and is the Devils’ second game vs. a Metropolitan Division opponent. The teams meet again Jan. 3 at PNC Arena. The Devils are 3-2-1 vs. Carolina at Prudential Center since the 2013-14 season and are 8-4-1 against the Hurricanes overall since 2013-14.
The Devils defeated the Hurricanes, 4-1, Nov. 6 at PNC Arena. Michael Cammalleri recorded a natural hat trick, which was his first hat-trick as a Devil. Andy Greene scored a shorthanded/empty-net goal. Beau Bennett recorded two assists. Keith Kinkaid stopped 33 of 34 shots (.971 save %). He is now 4-1-0 vs. the Hurricanes in his career.
Cammalleri has 5g-4a-9pts over his last six games against Carolina.
Cory Schneider and Kinkaid are a combined 8-4-1 all-time vs. the Hurricanes.
Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home)
Goals Against: 4-1 (0-0 at home)
Shots For/Against: 21-34 (0-0 at home)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-2 (0.0%)/4-4 (100.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ Michael Cammalleri (3g-3pts), Beau Bennett (2a-2pts), four players with 1pt. each.; Car. Andrej Nestrasil (1g-1pt), Noah Hanifin (1a-1pt), Jordan Staal (1a-1pt).
Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .971 GAA); Car. Eddie Lack (0-1-0, 3.16 GAA, .850 save %)
Record: 66-46-11 (37-21-3 at home)
Goals For/Against: 386-340 (201-171 at home)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ Travis Zajac (9g-16a-25pts), Michael Cammalleri (10g-8a-18pts), Andy Greene (5g-11a-16pts); Car. Jordan Staal (11g-12a-23pts), Jeff Skinner (10g-4a-14pts), Ron Hainsey (5g-6a-11pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (4-1-0, 1.55 GAA, .951 save %), Cory Schneider (4-3-1, 1.89, .936), Scott Wedgewood (0-1-0, 3.08, .870); Car. Eddie Lack (1-3-0, 3.09, .883), Cam Ward (12-15-2, 2.64, .901).
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.
Taylor Hall – Needs 1a for 200 in his NHL career.
Travis Zajac – Needs 2pts. for 400 in career.
Kyle Palmieri – Needs 7GP 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 2g-7a-9pts through the first 11 games of 2016-17. He has 2g-5a-7pts over his last six games. He is ranked ninth among defensemen (tie, six others) in the NHL in points and is fifth (tie, four others) in the league with five power play assists. He is one of four NHL defensemen to lead their team in scoring.
HATS OFF FOR CAMMALLERI
Michael Cammalleri scored a natural hat trick, the sixth hat trick of his NHL career on Nov. 6 at Carolina. The three goals were the first three of his 2016-17 season. It was his first as a Devil and his first since Feb. 13, 2013 (Dal. 4 at Cgy. 7). It was the first natural hat trick of his career. The last Devils to register three goals in a game was Jaromir Jagr on Jan. 3, 2015 (Phi. 2 at NJ 5).
HIT THE ROAD
The Devils play 9 of their next 13 games in the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 1-3-2 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-253a-398pts. 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 652 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 322 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012. On Nov. 5, 2016 at Tampa Bay, passed 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.
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. 8, 2011, the New Jersey Devils defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, at Prudential Center. Adam Henrique scored the GWG at 16:41 of the third period. Dainius Zubrus (1g-1a) and Patrik Elias each had two-point nights. Martin Brodeur stopped 25 of 27 shots in the win.