New Jersey Devils (9-4-3) at Los Angeles Kings (8-9-1)
4PM ET • Staples Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN
- Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media in the hallway outside of the Devils’ locker room in Staples Center at 10:50am.
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at ANAHEIM 3
New Jersey finished its 2016-17 season series 1-1-0 vs. Anaheim and is 1-1-0 on its four-game Western Conference road trip.
The Devils had their five-game winning-streak snapped and are 6-2-2 over their last 10 games and are 3-4-2 on the road.
The Devils were 0-3 with the man-advantage and are 0-24 over the last seven games. New Jersey was 2-2 on the penalty-kill and have not allowed a power play goal in the past three games (5-5).
The Devils out-shot Anaheim, 29-23, including 12-6 in the third period. The Devils have out-shot their opponents in their last five games and in seven of their last eight.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored his second goal of the season to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead at 10:32 of the first period. He also led the team with four hits. Kyle Quincey and John Moore recorded the assists on Smith-Pelly’s marker.
Quincey scored his second goal of the season to give New Jersey a 2-0 lead at 14:09 of the second period. It was Quincey’s first multi-point game (1g-1a) of the season and his first two-point game since Oct. 13, 2015 (1g-1a).
Pavel Zacha and Adam Henrique assisted on Quincey’s goal. Henrique has four points over his last three games (1g-3a).
Jon Merrill made his season debut after missing the first 14 games of the season due to a broken right index-finger and logged 14:06 of ice-time.
Cory Schneider made his 13th start of the season and fell to 7-4-2 on the season. He stopped 20 of 23 shots (.870 save %).
Taylor Hall (I.R., torn meniscus in left knee, two games missed) is out 3-4 weeks.
Yohann Auvitu (day-to-day, upper body, one game missed)
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 35
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. KINGS
Tonight is the first of two games between the Devils and Kings in 2016-17. The team’s will meet again Jan. 24 at Prudential Center for their season series finale.
The Devils are 4-1-1 vs. the Western Conference and are 2-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division this season.
New Jersey is 4-2-0 vs. LA since the 2013-14 season and is 3-0-0 at Staples Center since 2013-14.
New Jersey was 2-0-0 vs. Los Angeles in 2015-16. Joseph Blandisi and John Moore (OT) scored the game-winners for the Devils.
Keith Kinkaid recorded the first shutout of his NHL career against Los Angeles on Feb. 14, 2016 (28 saves) and was 2-0-0 vs. the Kings last season.
Record: 2-0-0 (1-0-0 on the road)
Goals Against: 3-1 (2-1 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 42-51 (24-23 on the road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-4 (25.0%)/6-6 (100.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ- Taylor Hall (2g-2a-4pts), Joseph Blandisi (1g-1a-2pts), four players with 1pt. each; LA- Kris Versteeg (3a-3pts), six players with 1pt. each.
Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.48 GAA, .980 save %); LA- Jonathan Quick (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .917 save %), Jeff Zatkoff (0-1-0, 4.00, .892)
Goals For/Against: )
Career Leading Scorers: NJ-
Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.48 GAA, .980 save %), Cory Schneider (4-2-0, 1 ShO, 1.67, .939); LA- Peter Budaj (1-0-0, 2.78 GAA, .912 save %), Jonathan Quick (4-2-2, 2.05, .929), Jeff Zatkoff (0-1-0, 4.00, .892).
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero was selected by Los Angeles in the 11th round (216th overall) of the 1982 NHL Draft…Michael Cammalleri was Los Angeles’ third choice (second round), 49th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. He played five seasons with the Kings from 2002-08…Andy Greene, Jeff Zatkoff and Alec Martinez were teammates at the University of Miami of Ohio (CCHA) in 2005-06…Travis Zajac and Matt Greene both played for the University of North Dakota (WCHA) in 2004-05…Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall and Jordan Nolan were teammates with Windsor (OHL) for two seasons 2006-08…Kings’ Head Coach Darryl Sutter is the brother of former Devils’ Head Coach Brent Sutter…Beau Bennett hails from Gardena, California.
Kyle Palmieri – Needs 2GP for 100 as a Devil. 4GP for 300 career.
Taylor Hall – Needs 5GP for 400 in career.
Michael Cammalleri – Needs 9GP for 800 in career.
John Hynes – Needs 2 GC for 100 in his NHL career.
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, 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).
Damon Severson leads defensemen and is tied for first with Taylor Hall on the Devils in scoring with 3g-9a-12pts through the first 16 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 six of the team’s last nine goals over the last four games. The team’s blueliners have scored ten of New Jersey’s 39 goals (25.6%) through the first 16 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 6 of their next 8 games in the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 3-4-2 away from Prudential Center this season and have won three of their last four road games.
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.
Andy Greene has skated in 327 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.
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. 19, 1998, the Devils defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 OT at Continental Airlines Arena. Jason Arnott had 1g-1a-2pts and Jay Pandolfo scored the overtime goal. Martin Brodeur stopped 18 of 20 shots in the win.