Devils Pre-Game 11/21/16

New Jersey Devils (9-5-3) at San Jose Sharks (9-8-1)

10:30PM ET • SAP Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 Morning Skate- SAP Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at LOS ANGELES 4

The Devils fell to 1-2-0 on their four-game Western Conference road trip and to 3-5-2 on the road overall. New Jersey is now 9-5-3=21pts on the season.

It was the Devils’ first loss at Staples Center since Oct. 30, 2010 (1-3). The Devils are 4-1-0 in Los Angeles since the 2011-12 season. New Jersey is 6-3-0 overall vs. the Kings since the 2011-12 season.

This is the first time this season that the Devils have lost in regulation in two consecutive games.

New Jersey was 0-2 on the power play and is 0-25 with the man-advantage over the last eight games. The Devils have not scored a power play goal since Nov. 3 at Fla. The Devils were 1-1 on the penalty-kill and took a season-low (tie, 11/8 vs. Car.) two penalty minutes tonight. They have not allowed a goal while shorthanded for the past four games (6-6).

John Moore scored his third goal of the season to open the scoring at 3:38 of the first period. He has three points over the last four games (2g-1a). Reid Boucher and Devante Smith-Pelly recorded the assists on Moore’s goal. Smith-Pelly has points in two straight games (1g-1a).

Nick Lappin netted his third goal of the season after the Devils pulled the goalie for the extra attacker at 17:28 of the third period. He had a season-high four shots on net. P.A. Parenteau and Beau Bennett had the assists on Lappin’s marker. Parenteau and Bennett each have two assists over their last three games.

Andy Greene skated in his 328th consecutive game (Mar. 6, 2012-Nov. 19, 2016) tying Sergei Brylin (Oct. 8, 2003-Apr. 6, 2008) for the third-longest games-played stretch in Devils’ history.

Cory Schneider made his fourth consecutive start in goal, his 14th of the season and fell to 7-5-2 on the season. He stopped 24 of 27 shots (.889 save %).

INJURIES

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

Yohann Auvitu (day-to-day, upper body, two games missed)

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 37

 

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. SHARKS

Tonight is the first of two games between the Devils and Sharks in 2016-17. The clubs meet again, Feb. 12 at Prudential Center to close out their season-series.

New Jersey is 2-2-0 vs. the Pacific Division and is 4-2-1 against Western Conference opponents in 2016-17.

The Devils were 1-0-1 vs. San Jose last season. Devante Smith-Pelly scored the Devils’ game-winner on Mar. 10 at SAP Center. New Jersey is 2-1-0 at SAP Center and is 2-3-1 vs. the Sharks overall since the 2013-14 season.

Keith Kinkaid shut out San Jose on Mar. 10, stopping 30 of 30 shots. Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 5-5-2 all-time vs. San Jose.

 

2015-16

Record: 1-0-1 (1-0-0 on the road)

Goals Against: 4-2 (3-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 48-64 (16-30 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-7 (14.3%)/4-4 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Taylor Hall (3g-1a-4pts), Vernon Fiddler (1g-2a-3pts), Travis Zajac (2g-2pts); SJ- five players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %), Cory Schneider (0-0-1, 0.92, .971); SJ- Martin Jones (1-1-0, 1.45 GAA, .936 save %).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 19-12-4 (9-6-1 on the road).

Goals For/Against: 110-84 (47-38 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (13g-15a-28pts), Taylor Hall (11g-11a-22pts), Vernon Fiddler (7g-8a-15pts); SJ- Joe Thornton (19g-27a-46pts), Patrick Marleau (10g-9a-19pts), Joe Pavelski (5g-6a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %), Cory Schneider (4-5-2, 3.14, .908); SJ- Martin Jones (1-1-0, 2.09 GAA, .900 save %).

 

SHARKS CONNECTIONS

Goaltending Coach Chris Terreri played parts of two seasons with the Sharks from 1995-97…Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer served the Devils in the same capacity from Jul. 19, 2011-Dec. 26, 2014…San Jose’s Director of Player Development Larry Robinson served as Head Coach and led the Devils to the 2000 Stanley Cup Championship; he also served as an Assistant Coach for the team’s 1995 Cup & as a Special Assignment Coach on the 2003 Cup-winning squad…Sharks’ Assistant/Goaltending coach Johan Hedberg played for the Devils for three seasons from 2010-2013 & served as Albany’s (AHL) goaltending coach in 2014-15…San Jose defenseman Paul Martin was New Jersey’s fifth choice (second round), 62nd overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft and played six seasons with the Devils from 2003-10…Sharks’ D David Schlemko played 67 games with the Devils in the 2015-16 season…Devils’ Assistant Coach Ryane Clowe spent nine-plus seasons with the San Jose organization from 2003-2013, scoring 101g-170a-271pts.

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Kyle Palmieri – Needs 1GP for 100 as a Devil. 3GP for 300 career.

Taylor Hall – Needs 5GP for 400 in career.

Michael Cammalleri – Needs 9GP for 800 in career.

John Hynes – Needs 1 GC for 100 in his NHL 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 17 games of 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 10th among defensemen in the NHL in points. Severson had 1g-20a-21pts in 2015-16.

DEFENSE PROVIDING OFFENSE

New Jersey’s defensemen have provided seven of the team’s last 12 goals over the last four games. The team’s blueliners have scored 11 of New Jersey’s 41 goals (26.8%) through the first 17 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 5 of their next 7 games in the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 3-5-2 away from Prudential Center this season and have won three of their last five 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 658 games with New Jersey.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 328 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012. On Nov. 19, 2016 he tied Sergei Brylin for 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. 21, 2003 the Devils defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1 OT, at Continental Airlines Arena. Patrik Elias scored both of New Jersey’s goals while Martin Brodeur stopped 18 of 19 shots in the win.

 

 

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