Devils Pre-Game 12/1/16

 

New Jersey Devils (10-7-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (15-6-3)

8:30 PM ET • United Center • MSG+2 • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 AM- Morning Skate at United Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at WINNIPEG 3

New Jersey had their three-game points-streak (1-0-2) snapped and fell to 0-1-1 on their four-game road-trip. The Devils are now 3-7-3 on the road this season and 10-7-5 overall. The club matched its season-high win-less streak of three games (also Nov. 17-21, 0-3-0).

The Devils were 0-4 on the power play and are 3-17 (17.6%) over the last five games with the man-advantage.

New Jersey’s penalty-kill units were a perfect 5-5 and have not surrendered a shorthanded goal in the past three games (13-13). The Devils were successful in eliminating a Jets’ five-on-three power play for 1:41 in the second period. The Devils are 3-for-3 when facing a five-on-three shorthanded situation in 2016-17.

Miles Wood scored the first goal (and point) of his NHL career in his first appearance since Oct. 15 at TB (19 games).

Nick Lappin scored his fourth goal of the season. It was Lappin’s first goal since Nov. 19 at LA (four games).

Damon Severson notched the sole assist on Lappin’s tally and leads all Devils’ defensemen with 13pts (3g-10a).

Adam Henrique had the assist on Wood’s goal. He has two points (1g-1a) over his last three games.

Kyle Palmieri skated in his 300th career NHL game and led New Jersey with four shots on goal.

Cory Schneider made his 17th start of the season and fell to 8-6-3 on the season. He stopped 26 of 29 shots (.897 save %).

 

INJURIES

Taylor Hall (I.R., torn meniscus in left knee, eight games missed) has resumed skating.

Beau Bennett (I.R. right leg laceration, one game missed). 

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 46

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 30- Beau Bennett was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 28. Recalled John Quenneville from Albany (AHL).

Nov. 28- Miles Wood was recalled from Albany (AHL).

Nov. 23- 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.

 

DEVILS VS. BLACKHAWKS

Tonight is the second and final meeting between the Devils and Blackhawks in 2016-17. Chicago ousted New Jersey, 3-2, in overtime on Oct. 28 at Prudential Center. 

P.A. Parenteau and John Moore scored for New Jersey in their last meeting. Parenteau has 2g-2a-4pts in his last three games vs. Chi. Moore has points (1g-1a) in his last two games vs. the Blackhawks.  

Kyle Palmieri has 2g-3a-5pts in his last three games against Chicago. 

The Devils are 1-2-0 at United Center and are 2-3-2 vs. Chicago since the 2012-13 season.

New Jersey is 2-1-1 vs. the Central Division and is 4-4-1 vs. the Western Conference in 2016-17

The Devils are looking for their first win (currently, 0-1-1) on their four-game road-trip.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-0-1 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 2-3 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 32-29 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-4 (25.0%)/3-5 (60.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Six players with 1pt. each; Chi.- Artemi Panarin (1g-1a-2pts), seven players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 2.95 GAA, .897 save %); Chi.- Corey Crawford (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .938 save %).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 29-21-15 (13-13-6 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 194-200 (98-112 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Taylor Hall (9g-14a-23pts), Vernon Fiddler (10g-7a-17pts), Michael Cammalleri (9g-8a-17pts); Chi.- Marian Hossa (20g-23a-43pts), Brian Campbell (4g-12a-16pts), three players with 12pts. each.

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-0-2, 2.38 GAA, .926 save %), Cory Schneider (4-3-1, 2.93, .912); Chi.- Corey Crawford (2-2-1, 2.28 GAA, .913 save %), Scott Darling (1-0-0, 1.82, .919).

 

BLACKHAWKS CONNECTIONS

John Moore hails from Winnetka, Illinois…Chicago’s Head Coach Joel Quenneville and Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen were members of the first New Jersey Devils team in 1982-83…John Quenneville, New Jersey’s first pick, 30th overall, in the 2014 Entry Draft is Joel’s second cousin…Travis Zajac and Jonathan Toews are both from Winnipeg & were teammates on the University of North Dakota club that advanced to the Frozen Four in 2005-06…Trevor van Riemsdyk is a native of Middletown, NJ…Mike Mottau serves Chicago as a pro scout…He played for three seasons, 2007-10, with the Devils and had 7g-43a-50pts and 124 PIM in 235 games…Nick Lappin was born in Geneva, IL…Jordin Tootoo played for two seasons with the Devils from 2014-16; he skated in 134 games recording 14g-10a-24pts and 174 PIM.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Taylor Hall – Needs 5GP for 400 in career.

Michael Cammalleri – Needs 5GP for 800 in career. Needs 4pts for 600 in career.

John Moore – Needs 5GP for 100 as a Devil.

Sergey Kalinin – Needs 5GP for 100 as a Devil/NHL.

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HOMELAND

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.

 SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads defensemen and is third on the Devils in scoring with 3g-10a-13pts through 22 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 14th (tie, 4 others) among defensemen in the NHL in points. Severson had 1g-20a-21pts in 72 games played in 2015-16.

 DEFENSE PROVIDING OFFENSE

New Jersey’s defensemen have provided seven of the team’s last 24 goals over the last nine games. The team’s blueliners have scored 13 of New Jersey’s 53 regulation/OT goals (24.5%) through the first 22 games. In 2015-16, the Devils’ defense provided 20 of the team’s 182 goals last season (10.9%).

TWO MONTHS IN THE BOOKS

The Devils finished 6-5-3 in the month of November. The Devils are 10-7-5=25pts through 22 games this season. New Jersey was 11-9-2=24pts through the first 22 games in 2015-16.

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 had 11 points (7g-4a) from Nov. 6-25 (5GP).

 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 3 of their next 4 games on the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 3-7-3 away from Prudential Center this season. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 38 of 43 (88.4%) power play attempts on the road, which is fourth-best in the NHL. They are 19-21 (90.5%) on the PK over their last five 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 needs one goal to tie Stephane Richer (147g) for 12th all-time in goals.  Captain Andy Greene is the second-most current-tenured Devil, having played in 663 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 333 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.

A-DEVILS UPDATE

The Albany Devils (AHL) lead the North Division in points with 19 games played this season. The team improved to 12-6-0-1 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 Dec. 1, 1992 the Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 8-3, at Brendan Byrne Arena. Stephane Richer led the club with 2g-2a-4pts, while Ken Daneyko (1g-1a), John MacLean (2a), Claude Lemieux (2a), Randy McKay (1g-1a), Peter Stastny (1g-1a-2pts) and Kevin Todd (1g-1a) each had two points. Chris Terreri stopped 38 of 41 shots in the win.

MEDIA GUIDE

The 2016-17 New Jersey Devils Media Guide and the latest NJD media information can be found at NJDevilsPR.com          

Media Guide Link: https://devilsmedia.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/2016-17-devils-media-guide-lr.pdf

GAME RESOURCES

12-1-16: Game Notes

NHL Stats 12-1-16

 

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