New Jersey Devils (10-6-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (12-6-3)
7PM ET • PPG Paints Arena • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 vs DETROIT 5 (OT)
The Devils fell to 7-0-2 at Prudential Center this season and to 10-6-4 overall. Despite the defeat, New Jersey is still undefeated in regulation through nine home games, which ties a franchise record dating back to 1987-88 when the Devils began their season 8-0-1. New Jersey is now 3-4 in OT this season and is 1-2 at home.
The Devils were 1-5 (20.0%) on the power play and are 2-16 (12.5%) over the last five games. New Jersey was 3-3 on the penalty kill and is 12-14 (85.7%) over the last five games.Adam Henrique tied the game at four apiece at 14:49 of the third period to force OT. It was his fourth goal of the season.
Pavel Zacha scored a power play goal at 5:56 of the second period.
Michael Cammalleri notched his fifth goal of the season and his second in two games at 4:06 of the second period. Cammalleri now has nine points over his last four games played (5g-4a).
John Moore scored his fourth goal of the season to open the scoring at 6:01 of the first period. That goal ties his career high (two times, 2013-14 in 74 GP & 2015-16 in 73 GP).
Kyle Palmieri skated in his 100th game as a Devil and recorded his fifth assist of the season in his first game returning from injury (upper body soreness, two games).
Cory Schneider made his 16th start of the season and fell to 8-5-3 on the season. He stopped 28 of 33 shots (.848 save %). He is now 7-0-1 at home this season.
Taylor Hall (I.R., torn meniscus in left knee, six games missed) is out 3-4 weeks from Nov. 16.
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 43
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. PENGUINS
Tonight is the first of five games between the Devils and Penguins this season. The teams will meet again Dec. 23 at PPG Paints Arena.
The Devils are 2-0-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division this season and are 6-3-3 vs. the Eastern Conference. New Jersey is 3-6-2 away from Prudential Center in 2016-17.
Tonight the Devils close-out their fourth of 18 sets of back to back games. New Jersey is 1-1-2 in first games and is 3-0-0 in second games.
New Jersey and Pittsburgh split their season series in 2015-16, with each club going 2-2-0. The Devils and Penguins also were even with eight goals scored for each club. New Jersey is 1-5-0 at PPG Paints Arena and is 6-6-1 overall vs. Pittsburgh since the 2013-14 season.
Reid Boucher, Michael Cammalleri, Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri, and Damon Severson each had three points vs. Pittsburgh last year.
Andy Greene has more career points vs. the Penguins than any other opponent (6g-13a-19pts).
Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 3-6-1 in their careers vs. the Penguins.
Record: 2-2-0 (1-1-0 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 8-8 (3-2 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 104-121 (49-70 on the road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-14 (14.3%)/10-12 (83.3%)
Leading Scorers: NJ- Five players with three points each.; Pit.- Sidney Crosby (1g-2a-3pts), Bryan Rust (1g-2a-3pts), four players with two points each.
Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 6.00 GAA, .800 save %), Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.02, .962), Scott Wedgewood (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00, 1.000); Pit.- Marc-Andre Fleury (1-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.55 GAA, .939 save %), Matt Murray (1-0-0, 1.01, .944).
ALL-TIME-Record: 103-75-16 (48-43-4 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 631-588 (293-301 on the road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (12g-17a-29pts), Andy Greene (6g-13a-19pts), Michael Cammalleri (6g-6a-12pts); Pit.- Sidney Crosby (25g-30a-55pts), Evgeni Malkin (19g-23a-42pts), Phil Kessel (12g-19a-31pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 6.00 GAA, .800 save %), Cory Schneider (3-5-1, 2 ShO, 1.97, .931), Scott Wedgewood (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00, 1.000); Pit.- Marc-Andre Fleury (21-24-4, 6 ShO, 2.39 GAA, .917 save %), Matt Murray (1-0-0, 1.01, .944).
Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero was Pittsburgh’s EVP/GM from 2006-14…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald held several positions with Pittsburgh from 2007-15, including serving as Assistant GM in 2014-15…Head Coach John Hynes spent six seasons with the Penguins’ organization from 2009-15, including the past five seasons as Head Coach of their AHL affiliate in WilkesBarre/Scranton…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine played for the Pens’ organization from 2004-08 and served as an assistant coach under Hynes with W-B/Scranton from 2010-15…Senior Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon spent the previous 10 seasons with Pittsburgh, including the last seven as Director of Player Personnel; he served in that role for their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship Team…Ben Lovejoy spent five-plus seasons with the Penguins (2008-13, 2014-16) and was part of their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship team…Beau Bennett played 129 games with Pittsburgh from 2012-16, scoring 16g-29a-45pts.
Kyle Palmieri – 2GP for 300 career.
Taylor Hall – Needs 5GP for 400 in career.
Michael Cammalleri – Needs 7GP for 800 in career.
John Moore – Needs 7GP for 100 as a Devil.
Sergey Kalinin – Needs 7GP for 100 as a Devil.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
The Devils are 7-0-2 at home this season and have won three of their last four games at Prudential Center. The Devils tied a franchise record for the longest streak of being undefeated at home (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 30-22 on home ice.
Damon Severson leads defensemen and is tied for second with Taylor Hall and Michael Cammalleri on the Devils in scoring with 3g-9a-12pts through the first 20 games of 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 15th (tie, 5 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 seven of the team’s last 21 goals over the last seven games. The team’s blueliners have scored 13 of New Jersey’s 49 goals (26.5%) through the first 20 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 nine points (5g-4a) in his last four games.
HIT THE ROAD
The Devils play 4 of their next 5 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.
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 661 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 331 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.
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.