Devils Pre-Game 11/25/16

New Jersey Devils (10-6-3) vs. Detroit Red Wings (9-10-1)

7:30 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 10:30 Morning Skate: Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 5 vs. TORONTO 4 (SO)

New Jersey snapped its season-long, three-game skid and is now 2-0 in the shootout and is 7-0-1 at home. The last time the Devils were undefeated in regulation through the first eight games of a season was in 1990-91 (7-0-1).

The Devils improved to 10-6-3=23pts on the season and are 4-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division overall. New Jersey is 3-0-0 at home vs. Atlantic Division opponents. New Jersey is 5-0-0 at home vs. Toronto since the 2013-14 season.

New Jersey ended its 0-29 power play drought, going 1-3 (33.3%) with the man-advantage.

Michael Cammalleri returned to action after missing the last six games (personal reasons). He recorded a season-high four points (1g-3a), including a game-tying assist. The last time Cammalleri recorded four points in a game was Feb. 13, 2013 (3g-1a). Cammalleri also had a career-high (tie, three times) nine shots on goal.

Travis Zajac tallied three points (1g-2a) on the night. Zajac assisted on Cammalleri’s and Yohann Auvitu’s goals. It was Zajac’s second multi-point game of the season. He ended a five-game, point-less streak.

Auvitu tied the game at four apiece with 6:50 remaining in the third period. It was the second goal of the season for Auvitu in his first game returning from injury (upper body, three games missed).

Beau Bennett recorded his first goal of the season and his first goal as a Devil, ending the Devils’ 0-29 PP drought at 3:10 of the second period. The goal was his first since Apr. 3, 2016 (18 games).

Jacob Josefson had the game-deciding goal in the shootout for New Jersey. He is now 1-2 on the season and is 10-20 (50.0%) in his career. It was the fourth game-deciding goal of his career.

Cory Schneider made his 14th start of the season and improved to 8-5-2 on the season. He stopped 27 of 31 (.871 save %) shots and was 3-3 in the shootout.

 

INJURIES

Taylor Hall (I.R., torn meniscus in left knee, five games missed) is out 3-4 weeks from Nov. 16.

Kyle Palmieri (day-to-day, upper body soreness, two games missed)

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 42

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 18- Blake Pietila was assigned to Albany (AHL).

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.

 

DEVILS VS. RED WINGS

Tonight is the first of three meetings between the Devils and Red Wings in 2016-17. The teams meet again Dec. 31 in Detroit. The Devils and Red Wings will play in the last NHL regular-season game at Joe Louis Arena on Apr. 9 to close out their 2016-17 regular seasons.

New Jersey is 6-3-2 vs. Eastern Conference opponents and is 4-3-2 against the Atlantic Division. New Jersey has not lost to an Atlantic Div. foe at home this season (4-0-0).

The Devils were 2-1-0 vs. Detroit in 2015-16, outscoring the Wings 7-6. Kyle Palmieri (OT) and Sergey Kalinin recorded the game-winners for New Jersey vs. Detroit last season. Palmieri has six points (2g-4a) in his last five games facing the Red Wings.

Cory Schneider is 3-6-1 vs. the Red Wings in his career.

 

2015-16

Record: 2-1-0 (1-1-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 7-6 (3-3 at home)

Shots For/Against: 77-78 (60-50 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-11(18.2%)/5-9 (55.6%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Kyle Palmieri (2g-2a-4pts), Jordin Tootoo (1g-2a-3pts), four players with 2pts. each.; Det.- Brad Richards (3a-3pts), five players with 2pts. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (2-1-0, 1.97, .923); Det- Jimmy Howard (0-0-1, 4.62 GAA, .864 save %), Petr Mrazek (1-1-0, 1 ShO, 0.58, .970)

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 28-28-9 (16-9-7 at home)

Goals For/Against: 204-199 (99-82 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (11g-16a-27pts), Vernon Fiddler (3g-4a-7pts), P.A. Parenteau (3g-4a-7pts); Det.- Frans Nielsen (8g-14a-22pts), Mike Green (8g-10a-18pts), Thomas Vanek (11g-5a-16pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %), Cory Schneider (3-6-1, 2.99, .897); Det.- Jimmy Howard (3-2-1, 2.55 GAA, .892 save %), 

 

RED WINGS CONNECTIONS

John Hynes spent six seasons, 2003-09, as Head Coach of USA Hockey’s National Development Program, which was based out of Ann Arbor during his tenure…Kyle Quincey spent parts of eight seasons with the Red Wings (2005-08, 2012-16)…Andy Greene hails from Trenton, MI…Jon Merrill was born in Oklahoma City, OK but grew up in Brighton, MI…Merrill and Michael Cammalleri both attended the University of Michigan…Merrill and Detroit’s Luke Glendening were teammates at UM for two seasons 2010-12…Red Wings’ F Drew Miller was born in Dover, NJ…Kyle Palmieri and Riley Sheahan were teammates at Notre Dame (CCHA) in 2009-10.

 

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 8GP for 800 in career.

John Moore – Needs 8GP for 100 as a Devil.

Sergey Kalinin – Needs 8GP for 100 as a Devil.

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HOMELAND

The Devils are 7-0-1 at home this season and have won their last four games at Prudential Center. The last time New Jersey began a season 7-0-1 at home was in 1990-91 (7-0-1). The Devils longest streak of being undefeated at home was in 1987-88 (8-0-1). New Jersey is the only team in the NHL to not have a regulation loss at home in 2016-17. They have out-scored their opponents 26-17 on home ice.

SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads defensemen and is tied for second with Taylor Hall on the Devils in scoring with 3g-9a-12pts through the first 19 games of 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 14th (tie, 2 others) among defensemen in the NHL in points. Severson had 1g-20a-21pts in 2015-16.

DEFENSE PROVIDING OFFENSE

New Jersey’s defensemen have provided eight of the team’s last 17 goals over the last six games. The team’s blueliners have scored 12 of New Jersey’s 45 goals (26.7%) through the first 19 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). On Nov. 23, he scored four points vs. Toronto (1g-3a) after returning from a six game absence (personal reasons). He has seven points (4g-3a) in his last three games.

HIT THE ROAD

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 660 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 330 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.

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. 25, 2009, Devils’ broadcaster Sherry Ross becomes the first woman to provide play-by-play for a full 60-minute NHL game in English, when the Devils hosted the Ottawa Senators.

GAME RESOURCES

Game Notes: 11-25-16

NHL Stats 11-25-16

 

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