Devils Pre-Game 11/15/16

New Jersey Devils (8-3-3) at Dallas Stars (6-6-4)

8:30 PM ET • American Airlines Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 Morning Skate- American Airlines Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 vs BUFFALO 2

The Devils swept the Sabres in their home-and-home series and improved to 8-3-3 on the season. The Devils are now 3-0-0 in second-games of back-to-backs.

At 6-0-1, New Jersey is still undefeated in regulation at home through the first seven games of the 2016-17 season. The last time the Devils started a campaign without a regulation loss through the first seven home games was in 1990-91 (7-0-1).

The Devils are now 3-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division and is 7-1-2 over its last 10 games.

The Devils were 0-5 on the power play and are 0-20 over the last five games. The club’s penalty kill unit was 1-1 tonight and is 9-12 (75.0%) over the last five games.

New Jersey out-shot Buffalo 27-23. The Devils have out-shot their opponents in five of the last six games.

Kyle Quincey put New Jersey ahead 1-0 with his first goal of the season and as a Devil at 4:01 of the first period. Damon Severson and Adam Henrique assisted on Quincey’s goal. Severson now has 11 points on the season (2g-9a), which leads all Devils’ defensemen and is good for second on the club (T. Hall, 12). It was Severson’s fourth multi-point effort of the season.

Nick Lappin recorded his second goal of the season at 6:11 of the second period. Taylor Hall and Ben Lovejoy assisted on Lappin’s marker. Hall now leads New Jersey in points with 5g-7a-12pts.

Kyle Palmieri scored his third goal of the season and the eventual game-winner to put the Devils ahead 3-1 at 11:17 of the second period. Severson and Andy Greene assisted on Palmieri’s goal. 

John Moore recorded his second goal of the season to put New Jersey up 4-1 at 6:32 of the third period. Henrique and Hall assisted on Moore’s 4-on-4 goal. Tonight was Henrique’s second multi-point game of the year (2a).

Cory Schneider made the start in goal and improved to 6-3-2 on the season. He stopped 21 of 23 shots (.913 save %).

INJURIES

Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger suffered on Oct. 1, 14 games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 32

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 14- Luke Gazdic cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany (AHL).

Nov. 13- Luke Gazdic was removed from Injured Reserve and placed on waivers. 

Nov. 12- Signed Brandon Gignac to a three-year, entry-level contract (in Shawinigan, QMJHL). Acquired Petr Straka from Philadelphia for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NHL Draft.

Nov. 7- Vojtech Mozik was assigned to Albany (AHL).

Nov. 1- Vojtech Mozik was recalled from Albany (AHL).

 

DEVILS VS. STARS

Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Devils and Stars in 2016-17. The clubs will meet for the final time this season on Mar. 26 at Prudential Center. John Moore scored one of his three overtime goals last season vs. Dallas on Jan. 2 at Prudential Center.

P.A. Parenteau has 13 points (3g-10a) in 13 career games vs. Dallas. Taylor Hall has 3g-2a-5pts over his last five games against the Stars. 

John Moore has more points (2g-3a-5pts) vs. the Stars than any other opponent (tie; Detroit, Philadelphia).

 

2015-16

Record: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 on the road)

Goals Against: 5-6 (2-4 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 50-56 (20-25 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-7(14.3%)/6-6 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Adam Henrique (1g-2a-3pts), Taylor Hall (1g-1a-2pts), John Moore (1g-1a-2pts); Dal. Mattias Janmark (3a-3pts), Jason Spezza (1g-1a-2pts), four players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %), Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 2.91 GAA, .898 save %); Dal. Kari Lehtonen (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .900 save %), Antti Niemi (0-0-1, 2.91, .900).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 29-30-4 (13-18-1 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 188-185 (86-100 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ Michael Cammalleri (16g-16a-32pts), Taylor Hall (6g-8a-14pts), P.A. Parenteau (3g-10a-13pts); Dal. Jason Spezza (8g-26a-34pts), Tyler Seguin (4g-6a-10pts), two players with 9pts. each.

Career Goaltending: Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 0.00, 1.000 save %), Cory Schneider (8-5-1, 1 ShO, 2.39, .924); Dal. Kari Lehtonen (10-6-1, 1 ShO, 2.64 GAA, .917 save %), Antti Niemi (4-1-1, 1.95, .925).

 

STARS CONNECTIONS

Cory Schneider and Stars’ F Patrick Eaves both played for Boston College during the 2004-05 season…Stars’ D Johnny Oduya played the first three-plus seasons (2006-09) of his NHL career with the Devils…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward and Stars’ F Tyler Seguin were both members of Boston’s 2011 Stanley Cup Championship team…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald played under Dallas’ Head Coach Lindy Ruff in Florida from 1993-97 when Ruff served as an assistant coach for the Panthers…Vernon Fidder spent five seasons, 2011-16, with Dallas and scored 43g-69a-112pts in 366 GP with the organization. 

 UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Kyle Palmieri – Needs 4GP for 100 as a Devil. 6GP for 300 career.

Taylor Hall – Needs 5GP for 400 in career.

Michael Cammalleri – Needs 9GP for 800 in career.

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, 6-0-1, in 2016-17. The last time the Devils started a season without a regulation loss at home through the first seven games was in 1990-91 (7-0-1).

 SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads defensemen on the Devils in scoring with 2g-9a-11pts through the first 14 games of 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 8th among defensemen (tie, V. Hedman & A. Markov) in the NHL in points and is eighth (tie, 10 others) in the league with five power play assists. 

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 Devil 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 8 of their next 10 games in the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 2-3-2 away from Prudential Center this season and have won their last two road games. 

700 CLUB

Travis Zajac appeared in his 700th career game, all with New Jersey, on Oct. 13, 2016.  He ranks 12th all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 7th 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 655 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 325 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.

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. 15, 2003, the Devils defeated the NY Rangers, 5-0, at Continental Airlines Arena. Jay Pandolfo scored the game-winner. Scott Niedermayer led New Jersey with 1g-2a-3pts, while Martin Brodeur stopped 18 of 18 shots for his fifth of nine career shutouts vs. the Rangers.

RESOURCES

Game Notes: 11-15-16

NHL Stats- 11-15-16

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