Devils Pre-Game 11/19/16

New Jersey Devils (9-3-3) at Anaheim Ducks (8-6-3)

10PM ET • Honda Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 Morning Skate- Honda Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at DALLAS 1 (OT)

The Devils have won three straight road games and have improved to 9-3-3=21 points on the season. It took New Jersey 17 games last season to reach the 20-point mark (10-6-1).

New Jersey extended its winning-streak to five games. The Devils are 8-1-2 over their last 10 games. The last time the Devils had a five-game win-streak was from Feb. 3-10, 2013.

The Devils are now 3-3 this season when the game is decided in overtime. They have won the last three games that have required extra time (two overtime wins, one shootout win).

This was the Devils’ first win in Dallas since Jan. 30, 2014 (0-2-0). The Devils are 4-2-1 vs. the Stars overall since the 2013-14 season.

New Jersey is 2-0-1 vs. the Central Division and is 4-0-1 vs. Western Conference opponents.

The Devils were 0-1 on the power play and are 0-21 over the last six games. New Jersey was 2-2 on the penalty-kill tonight and is 4-5 (80.0%) while shorthanded over the last three contests.

The Devils out-shot Dallas, 33-24, including 24-15 over the final two periods.

New Jersey’s defensemen have provided five of eight Devils’ goals over the last three games.

Adam Henrique scored in overtime to give the Devils their fifth straight win. It was the fourth overtime goal of his career. He has three points (1g-2a) over his last three games. Kyle Palmieri had the lone assist on Henrique’s game-winner. He has two points (1g-1a) over his last two games, both of which are game-winning points.

Damon Severson opened the scoring at 7:40 of the first period with his third goal of the season. He leads all Devils’ d-men with 12 points (3g-9a) and has three points over his last two games (1g, 2a). Severson is now tied with Taylor Hall (5g-7a) for the scoring lead on the club. P.A. Parenteau and Beau Bennett recorded the assists on Severson’s marker.

Cory Schneider made his 12th start of the season and improved to 7-3-2. He stopped 23 of 24 shots (.958 save %).

 

INJURIES

Taylor Hall (I.R., torn meniscus in left knee, one game missed) is out 3-4 weeks.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 33

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 16- Taylor Hall was placed on Injured Reserve. Recalled Blake Pietila from Albany (AHL).

Nov. 15- Jon Merrill was removed from I.R.

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

Nov. 13- Luke Gazdic was removed from I.R. 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).

 

DEVILS VS. DUCKS

Tonight’s game is the second of two between the Devils and Ducks this season. New Jersey defeated Anaheim, 2-1, Oct. 18 at Prudential Center in the Devils’ home-opener.

Taylor Hall (2-PP) scored both of New Jersey’s goals in the win. Cory Schneider stopped 23 of 24 shots in the victory.

The Devils are 2-0-0 vs. Pacific Division teams this season. Tonight is the Devils’ first road game against a Pacific Division opponent. New Jersey is 4-0-1 vs. the Western Conference in 2016-17.

The Devils are 2-4-1 vs. Anaheim overall since the 2013-14 season and are 1-2-0 at Honda Center since 13-14. The last time New Jersey defeated the Ducks in Anaheim was Nov. 20, 2013 (4-3 OT).

 

2016-17

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals Against: 2-1 (0-0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 28-24 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-7 (28.6%)/3-4 (75.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Taylor Hall (2g-2pts), four players with 1a each; Ana.- Sami Vatanen (1g-1pt), Cam Fowler (1a-1pt), Corey Perry (1a-1pt).

Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 save %); Ana.- John Gibson (0-1-0, 1.01 GAA, .929 save %)

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 17-12-2 (7-8-1 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 83-77 (39-50 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (16g-19a-35pts), Vernon Fiddler (5g-12a-17pts), Taylor Hall (6g-9a-15pts); Ana.- Antoine Vermette (5g-8a-13pts), Ryan Kesler (6g-6a-12pts), Corey Perry (4g-5a-9pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-3-0, 4.97 GAA, .821 save %), Cory Schneider (5-3-1, 2.33, .911); Ana.- Jonathan Bernier (2-2-1, 2.30, .917), John Gibson (1-1-0, 1.52, .945), Dustin Tokarski (0-0-1, 1.85, .889)

 

DUCKS CONNECTIONS

Kyle Palmieri was Anaheim’s first choice (26th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft and spent the first five seasons of his NHL career (2010-15) with the Ducks…Devante Smith-Pelly was the Ducks’ third choice (2nd round) 42nd overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft and appeared in 129 games with the team over four seasons from 2011-15…Scott Niedermayer, Ducks’ Player Development/Off Ice, was a member of each of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup Championship teams. He became the third player in franchise history to have his number (27) retired on Dec. 16, ’11…Cory Schneider and Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler & Kevin Bieksa were teammates in Vancouver from 2010-13…Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler won the Memorial Cup with Windsor (OHL) in 2010…Devils’ forward Blake Pietila and Ducks’ goaltender John Gibson both won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championships…Ben Lovejoy played 150 games for the Ducks over two-plus seasons from 2013-15…Anaheim’s SVP, Hockey Ops. David McNab is the son of former Devils’ General Manager Max McNab.

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Kyle Palmieri – Needs 3GP for 100 as a Devil. 5GP 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 and is tied for first with Taylor Hall on the Devils in scoring with 3g-9a-12pts through the first 15 games of 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 7th among defensemen (tie, three others) in the NHL in points and is ninth (tie, 12 others) in the league with five power play assists.

 DEFENSE PROVIDING OFFENSE

New Jersey’s defensemen have provided five of the team’s last eight goals over the last three games. The team’s blueliners have scored nine of New Jersey’s 37 goals (24.3%) through the first 15 games. In 2015-16, the Devils’ defense provided 20 of the team’s 182 goals last season (10.9%).

 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 7 of their next 9 games in the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 3-3-2 away from Prudential Center this season and have won their last three 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 passed John Madden for 12th all-time with 713 career games with the Devils on Nov. 12.  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 656 games with New Jersey.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 326 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. 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. 17, 2014, Former Devils’ Head Coach Pat Burns is posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

GAME RESOURCES

Game Notes: 11-17-16

NHL Stats: 11-17-16

 

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