New Jersey Devils (10-6-4) at Winnipeg Jets (10-12-2)
8PM ET • MTS Centre • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 at PITTSBURGH 4 (SO)
New Jersey gained a point in its third straight game but fell, 4-3 SO, to Pittsburgh in the first of five matches between the clubs. New Jersey is now 3-6-3 on the road this season and is 10-6-5 overall.
The Devils are 2-1 in the shootout this season.
The Devils had a season-high 49 shots against and was out-shot 30-49.
Michael Cammalleri scored two goals (EV, PP). He has three goals and one assist over the last two games and has 4g-4a-8pts over the last three games.
Vernon Fiddler scored his first goal (SH) of the season and his first as a Devil at 4:00 of the second period.
Pavel Zacha recorded an assist on Cammalleri’s second goal and has points in two straight games (1g-1a, both PP).
John Moore also assisted on Cammalleri’s second goal and has three points (1g-2a) over the last two games. He also had a team season-high seven hits.
Kyle Palmieri had the lone assist, his second in two games, on Cammalleri’s first goal.
Keith Kinkaid made a career-high 46 saves (2-3 in the shootout) in his fifth start of the season. He is now 2-1-2 in 2016-17.
Taylor Hall (I.R., torn meniscus in left knee, seven games missed) is out 3-4 weeks from Nov. 16.
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 44
Nov. 28- Miles Wood was recalled from Albany (AHL).
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.
DEVILS VS. JETS
Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Devils and Jets in 2016-17. The clubs will play their season-series finale Mar. 14 at Prudential Center. New Jersey is 2-0-1 vs. the Central Division and is 4-3-1 vs. Western Conference opponents this season.
New Jersey was 1-1-0 vs. Winnipeg in 2015-16. Jacob Josefson scored the game-winning goal in their last meeting, Jan. 23, at MTS Centre. The Devils are 1-2-0 at MTS Centre and are 2-4-0 vs. the Jets since the 2013-14 season.
Michael Cammalleri has six points (2g-4a) in his last five games vs. Winnipeg. Cory Schneider is 3-3-0 in his career vs. the Jets.
Record: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 4-4 (3-1 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 37-53 (16-23 on the road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-6 (33.3%)/ 3-5 (60.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ- Taylor Hall (4a-4pts), Vernon Fiddler (2g-1a-3pts), Michael Cammalleri (3a-3pts); Wpg.- Blake Wheeler (1g-2a-3pts), Nikolaj Ehlers (2a-2pts), Mathieu Perreault (2a-2pts).
Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 2.06 GAA, .925 save %); Wpg.- Connor Hellebuyck (0-1-0, 3.13 GAA, .813 save %), Michael Hutchinson (1-0-0, 1.00, .952).
ALL-TIME-Record: 32-17-8 (16-8-4 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 167-132 (86-67 on the road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (8g-9a-17pts), Taylor Hall (5g-11a-16pts), Michael Cammalleri (4g-11a-15pts); Wpg.- Blake Wheeler (7g-5a-12pts), Dustin Byfuglien (3g-9a-12pts), Bryan Little (0g-10a-10pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (3-3-0, 2.00 GAA, .933 save %); Wpg.- Connor Hellebuyck (0-1-0, 3.13 GAA, .813 save %), Michael Hutchinson (2-0-0, 1.00, .953), Ondrej Pavelec (6-3-4, 2.06, .922).
Travis Zajac was born in/spends his summers in Winnipeg…Zajac and Drew Stafford both played for the University of North Dakota from 2004-06…Damon Severson was born in Brandon, Manitoba…Jon Merrill and Jacob Trouba were teammates at the University of Michigan for the 2012-13 season and with Team USA at the 2011-12 World Junior Championships…Manitoba Moose forward Patrice Cormier was the Devils’ third choice (2nd round), 54th overall, in the 2008 Draft…Devils’ pro scout Claude Noel served as head coach of the Jets for two-plus seasons from 2011-14.
Kyle Palmieri – 1GP for 300 career.
Taylor Hall – Needs 5GP for 400 in career.
Michael Cammalleri – Needs 6GP for 800 in career.
John Moore – Needs 6GP for 100 as a Devil.
Sergey Kalinin – Needs 6GP for 100 as a Devil/NHL.
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 third with Taylor Hall on the Devils in scoring with 3g-9a-12pts through the first 21 games of 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 15th (tie, 7 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 24 goals over the last eight games. The team’s blueliners have scored 13 of New Jersey’s 52 goals (25.0%) through the first 21 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 11 points (7g-4a) in his last five games played.
Cammalleri was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the period ending Nov. 27. He led the league that week with 4g-4a-8pts, including a four-point performance against Toronto on Nov. 23. Cammalleri ranks second on the club in points and is first in goals with 7g-7a-14pts.
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 3-6-3 away from Prudential Center this season. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 33 of 38 (86.8%) power play attempts on the road. They are 14-15 (93.3%) on the PK over their last five 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 662 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 332 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.
The Albany Devils (AHL) have moved into first place in the North Division standings with about a quarter of the season completed. The team improved to 12-6-0-0 thanks to three consecutive wins last week.
John Quenneville had a team-best five points (1g-4a) and was a plus-3 last week. Blake Coleman and Miles Wood each posted two goals and an assist.
THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY
On Nov. 20, 1995, the Devils defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3 OT, in their first-ever match-up at Continental Airlines Arena. Stephane Richer scored the overtime goal while Bill Guerin, Scott Pellerin and Petr Sykora notched goals for NJ in regulation.