Devils Pre-Game 11/23/16

New Jersey Devils (9-6-3) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (8-7-3)

7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 10:30 Morning Skate: Prudential Center


New Jersey concluded its four-game Western Conference road trip 1-3-0 and has lost in three consecutive games for the first time in 2016-17. The Devils are now 3-6-2 on the road and 9-6-3 overall.

It was the first time New Jersey has been shut out by an opponent this season. 

New Jersey surrendered a shorthanded goal for the first time this season at 1:59 of the first period. The Devils were 0-3 on the power play and are 0-29 over the last nine games.

The Devils were 4-5 (80%) on the penalty kill and are 10-11 (90.9%) over their last five games.

The Devils were successful facing a Sharks’ 5-on-3 power play for 29 seconds. New Jersey is 2-2 when being shorthanded in a 5-on-3 situation this season.

The Devils faced a season-high 41 shots against. It is the only time this season that New Jersey has faced more than 40 shots in a game. The Devils had 26 shots.

Head Coach John Hynes coached in his 100th NHL game.

Keith Kinkaid made his fourth start of the season and lost in regulation for the first time in 2016-17, falling to 2-1-1 overall. He stopped a season-high 37 of 41 (.902 save %) shots.

Kyle Palmieri (upper body soreness) did not play.



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

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

Kyle Palmieri (day-to-day, upper body soreness, one game missed)

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 40



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).



Tonight is the first of three meetings between the Devils and Maple Leafs this season. The clubs meet again Jan. 6 at Prudential Center before playing their season-series finale Mar. 23 at Air Canada Centre.

New Jersey was 1-0-2 vs. Toronto in 2015-16, but outscored the Leafs, 9-7 overall, due to a 5-1 victory in New Jersey’s season finale Apr. 9 at Prudential Center. The Devils are 4-0-0 at home against Toronto and 5-0-2 vs. the Maple Leafs since the 2013-14 season. The last time the Devils lost in regulation against Toronto was Apr. 15, 2013 (0-2).

The Devils are 3-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season and are 2-0-0 at home when facing an Atlantic Division opponent.

Devante Smith-Pelly has two goals over his last two games vs. the Maple Leafs. Kyle Palmieri has four points over his last four games against Toronto (3g-1a).

At 5-0-3, Cory Schneider has not lost a game in regulation against Toronto in his career. 



Record: 1-0-2 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 9-7 (5-1 at home)

Shots For/Against: 97-96 (36-20 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 3-17 (17.6%)/ 11-12 (91.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Patrik Elias (1g-3a-4pts), Kyle Palmieri (2g-1a-3pts), David Schlemko (1g-2a-3pts); Tor.- Four players with three pts. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .949 save %), Cory Schneider (1-0-1, 1.44, .947); Tor.- Frederik Andersen (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .957 save %), Jhonas Enroth (0-1-0, 1.02, .944), Garret Sparks (1-1-0, 2.89 GAA, .903).



Record: 43-40-20 (25-15-10 at home)

Goals For/Against: 308-307 (170-146 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- P.A. Parenteau (4g-10a-14pts), Michael Cammalleri (5g-6a-11pts), two players with 10pts. each.; Tor.- Brooks Laich (8g-12a-20pts), James van Riemsdyk (9g-6a-15pts), Tyler Bozak (7g-7a-14pts). 

Career Goaltending: Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .949 save %), Cory Schneider (5-0-3, 1.56, .943); Tor.- Frederik Andersen (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .957 save %), Jhonas Enroth (1-3-1, 2.69, .893), Garret Sparks (1-1-0, 2.89 GAA, .903).



Michael Cammalleri was born in Toronto…Adam Henrique is from nearby Brantford, Ontario…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald played two seasons with Toronto from 2002-04…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served as Head Coach of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Toronto in 2003-04…Maple Leafs’ General Manager Lou Lamoriello served the Devils as GM for 28 seasons from 1987-2015 & guided New Jersey to 3 Stanley Cup Championships…P.A. Parenteau was a member of the Maple Leafs for one season, 2015-16, in which he led the Maple Leafs with 20 goals…Devante Smith-Pelly was born in Scarborough, Ont…Toronto’s President Brendan Shanahan was New Jersey’s first choice, 2nd overall, in the 1987 Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Devils from 1987-91 and rejoined the club midway through the 2008-09 campaign…Former Devils’ Head Coach/Special Assignment Coach Jacques Lemaire is now a Special Assignment Coach for Toronto…James van Riemsdyk is from Middletown, NJ. 



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 Moore – Needs 9GP for 100 as a Devil.




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 and has outscored its opponents 21-13. 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 18 games of 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 12th (tie, A. Martinez, LA) among defensemen in the NHL in points. Severson had 1g-20a-21pts in 2015-16.


New Jersey’s defensemen have provided seven of the team’s last 12 goals over the last five games. The team’s blueliners have scored 11 of New Jersey’s 41 goals (26.8%) through the first 18 games. In 2015-16, the Devils’ defense provided 20 of the team’s 182 goals last season (10.9%).


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 4 of their next 6 games on the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 3-6-2 away from Prudential Center this season and have won three of their last six road games. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 28 of 33 (84.8%) power play attempts on the road.

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 659 games with New Jersey. 


Andy Greene has skated in 329 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012. On Nov. 21, 2016 he passed Sergei Brylin for third all-time on the list, who 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. Travis Zajac holds the franchise record, skating in 401 consecutive games from Oct. 26, 2006-Apr. 10, 2011.


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.


On Nov. 23, 2000, the Devils defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 6-1 at Staples Center. Scott Gomez led New Jersey with 1g-2a-3pts, while Sergei Brylin (2a), John Madden (2g), Alexander Mogilny (1g-1a) and Jay Pandolfo (2a) each had two pt. nights. Martin Brodeur stopped 23 of 24 shots in the win.


Game Notes: 11-23-16

NHL Stats: 11-23-16

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