Devils Pre-Game 11/12/16

New Jersey Devils (7-3-3) vs. Buffalo Sabres (5-5-4)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability

  • No morning skate
  • 4:45PM: Head Coach John Hynes


The Devils recorded their second-consecutive road win and improved to 7-3-3=17pts on the season. New Jersey is now 2-3-2 on the road and is 2-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division.
It was New Jersey’s second overtime win of the season and its first OT win on the road.

The Devils won three consecutive games for the first time in 2016-17. New Jersey is 1-1-1 in the first of back-to-back games. The Devils conclude their third set of 18 back-to-back games tomorrow at Prudential Center vs. Buffalo.

The club was 0-6 on the power play. The Devils are 1-19 (5.3%) over their last five games with the man-advantage.

New Jersey was 1-2 on the penalty-kill. They are 9-14 (64.3%) while shorthanded over their last five games.

The Devils have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine games (6-1-2).

New Jersey had a season-high 43 shots on goal, out-shooting Buffalo, 43-26.

Andy Greene scored the overtime goal on a penalty shot at 0:29 into the extra frame. It was the third overtime goal of his NHL career. It was the first penalty shot of his career.

Yohann Auvitu scored the first goal of his NHL career at 3:13 of the third period to tie the game at one apiece.

Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac recorded the assists on Auvitu’s goal. Zajac and Hall are tied for first on the club with 10 points each. The assist gave Zajac the 400th point of his NHL career. He is also on a team season-high five-game point-streak (1g-4a).

Keith Kinkaid made his third start of the season in net and improved to 2-0-1. He stopped 25 of 26 shots in the contest and is 2-0-0 vs. the Sabres in his career.

Michael Cammalleri missed the game (personal reasons).



Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot suffered on Sept. 26, 13 games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10

Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger suffered on Oct. 1, 13 games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 30



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).



Tonight is the second of three games between the Devils and Sabres. New Jersey defeated the Sabres last night, 2-1 OT. Andy Greene scored the overtime goal on a penalty shot 29 seconds into the extra frame.

The teams play their final match of the season Feb. 6 at Prudential Center.

New Jersey is 2-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division in 2016-17. Henrique has 15pts. (4g-11a) in 17 career games vs. the Sabres. P.A. Parenteau has 5g-10a-15pts in 20 games against Buffalo, including three points (1g-2a) over his last four games vs. the Sabres.

Ben Lovejoy has 3pts (2g-1a) over his last three games vs. the Sabres.

Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 7-3-2 against Buffalo.



Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals Against: 2-1 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 43-26 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-6 (0.0%)/1-2 (50.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Yohann Auvitu (1g-1pt), Andy Greene (1g-1pt), two players with 1a each.; Buf. Matt Moulson (1g-1pt), Kyle Okposo (1a-1pt), Ryan O’Reilly (1a-1pt).

Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 0.99 GAA, .962 save %); Buf. Anders Nilsson (0-0-1, 1.99 GAA, .953 save %)


Record: 56-42-20 (29-21-8 at home)

Goals For/Against: 347-337 (161-157 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ Michael Cammalleri (8g-7a-15pts), P.A. Parenteau (5g-10a-15pts), Adam Henrique (4g-11a-15pts); Buf. Kyle Okposo (8g-13a-21pts), Matt Moulson (9g-5a-14pts), three players with 11pts. each.

Career Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .966 save %), Cory Schneider (5-3-2, 2 ShO, 1.57, .932); Buf. Robin Lehner (1-3-1, 2.55 GAA, .915 save %), Anders Nilsson (4-1-1, 1 ShO, 1.28, .952), Linus Ullmark (0-2-0, 3.12 GAA, .878).



Sabres’ captain Brian Gionta played seven seasons with the Devils from 2001-09 and was a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team…Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero and Buffalo’s Head Coach Dan Bylsma served in the same capacity and won a Stanley Cup Championship with Pittsburgh in 2008-09…John Hynes (2010-15) and Bylsma (2008-09) both served as Head Coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)…Hynes (1993-97) and Buffalo forward Jack Eichel (2014-15) both played college hockey at Boston University…Assistant General Manger Tom Fitzgerald’s son, Casey Fitzgerald, was drafted by the Sabres in the third round (86th overall) at the 2016 NHL Draft…Sabres Assistant Coach Bob Woods was drafted by the Devils in the 10th round (201st overall) at the 1988 NHL Draft…Sabres’ Player Development Coach Adam Mair played in 65 games with the Devils in 2010-11, recording 1g-3a-4pts and accumulating 45 penalty minutes…Devils’ prospect Miles Wood was born in Buffalo…His father, Randy Wood, scored 60g-57a-117pts in 236 games with the Sabres from 1991-94.


Kyle Palmieri – Needs 5GP for 100 as a Devil. 7 GP for 300 career.

Taylor Hall – Needs 6GP for 400 in career.

Michael Cammalleri – Needs 9GP for 800 in career.




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, 5-0-1, in 2016-17. The last time the Devils started a season without a regulation loss at home through the first six games was in 2012-13 (5-0-1).


Damon Severson leads defensemen on the Devils in scoring with 2g-7a-9pts through the first 13 games of 2016-17. He has 2g-5a-7pts over his last seven games. He is ranked 13th among defensemen (tie, six others) in the NHL in points and is sixth (tie, six others) in the league with five power play assists.


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 Devil to register three goals in a game was Jaromir Jagr on Jan. 3, 2015 (Phi. 2 at NJ 5).


The Devils play 7 of their next 11 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.

700 CLUB

Travis Zajac appeared in his 700th career game, all with New Jersey, on Oct. 13, 2016.  He ranks 12th (tie, J. Madden) all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 8th all-time among forwards.  He tied John Madden for 12th all-time with 712 career games with the Devils on Nov. 11.  His 145g-255a-400pts passed Bruce Driver for 10th all-time in Devils’ history.  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 654 games with New Jersey.


Andy Greene has skated in 324 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.


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.


On Nov. 12, 2007, Scott Stevens, who captained the Devils to three Stanley Cup Championships, is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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