Devils’ Pre-Game 12/3

New Jersey Devils (10-7-6) at Nashville Predators (11-8-3)

 2PM ET • Bridgestone Arena • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • TBA

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 at CHICAGO 4 (OT)

The Devils fell, 4-3 OT, in their league-leading 11th overtime game this season and are now 0-1-2 on their four-game road-trip.

New Jersey was a perfect 4-4 on the penalty-kill and have not allowed a shorthanded goal in the last four games (17-17).

Travis Zajac recorded the second hat-trick of his NHL career. He leads the Devils in goals (8) and points (18).  Zajac has passed Stephane Richer for 12th all-time in franchise history with 149 career goals. It was his fourth multi-point game of the season. He had a season-high 6 shots (tie, Nov. 15 at Dal.)

Damon Severson, Kyle Palmieri (2a) and Michael Cammalleri all tallied assists in the game.

John Quenneville made his NHL debut and recorded two penalty minutes in 9:03 TOI.

Cory Schneider made his 18th start of the season in goal and fell to 8-6-4. He stopped 29 of 33 shots (.879 save %) and is 4-3-2 in his career vs. Chicago.

 

INJURIES

Beau Bennett (I.R., right leg laceration, two games missed).

Sergey Kalinin (illness, one game missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 48

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Dec. 1- Taylor Hall was removed from Injured Reserve. Placed Reid Boucher on waivers.

Nov. 30- Beau Bennett was placed on I.R., 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 I.R. Recalled Blake Pietila from Albany (AHL).

Nov. 15- Jon Merrill was removed from I.R.

 

DEVILS VS. PREDATORS

Tomorrow is the first of two games between the Devils and Predators in 2016-17. The clubs meet for their season-series finale on Dec. 20 at Prudential Center. The Devils are 2-1-2 vs. the Central Division and are 4-4-2 against Western Conference opponents in 2016-17.

New Jersey is 1-1-1 at Bridgestone Arena and is 3-2-1 vs. Nashville overall since the 2013-14 season. The Devils won their last meeting at Bridgestone Arena, 5-4 OT. Adam Henrique scored the overtime goal for New Jersey. 

Kyle Palmieri has 5pts (3g-2a) over his last three games vs. the Predators. P.A. Parenteau has 1g-3a-4pts in his last four outings against Nashville.

Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid are a combined 2-2-1 vs. the Preds in their career.

 

2015-16

Record: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 6-7 (5-4 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 56-54 (33-34 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 4-5 (80.0%)/1-4 (75.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Kyle Palmieri (2g-2a-4pts), five players with 2pts. each; Nsh.- Filip Forsberg (1g-3a-4pts), Roman Josi (2g-1a-3pts), four players with 2pts. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (1-1-0, 2.52 GAA, .904 save %); Nsh.- Pekka Rinne (1-0-1, 2.95 GAA, .893 save %).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 13-7-3 (8-2-2 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 67-55 (34-28 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (12g-9a-21pts), Taylor Hall (6g-8a-14pts), two players with 10pts. each.; Nsh.- Mike Ribeiro (6g-10a-16pts), Mike Fisher (6g-6a-12pts), P.K. Subban (3g-8a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (1-1-0, 2.52 GAA, .904 save %), Cory Schneider (1-1-1, 3.00, .909); Nsh.- Pekka Rinne (3-2-2, 2.37 GAA, .918 save %).

 

PREDATORS CONNECTIONS

Vernon Fiddler played the first six seasons of his NHL career with the Predators, scoring 45g-48a-93pts in 305 games…Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero served as Nashville’s Assistant GM from 1998-2006…New Jersey’s Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald played with Nashville from 1998-2002; Fitzgerald served the Predators as team captain during each of those four seasons…Senior Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon spent six seasons, 2000-06, with the Predators’ organization working as a scouting coordinator (two years) and as a pro scout (four years)…Predators’ Assistant Coach Phil Housley appeared in 22 games for New Jersey during the 1995-96 season…Preds’ D Anthony Bitetto was born in Island Park, NY.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Taylor Hall – Needs 4GP for 400 in career.

Michael Cammalleri – Needs 4GP for 800 in career. Needs 3pts for 600 in career.

John Moore – Needs 4GP 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 in regulation 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.

ZAJAC ON CAREER PACE

Travis Zajac notched his second career hat-trick on Dec. 1 at Chicago (3g-3pts). He currently leads New Jersey with eight goals and 18 points. Zajac is currently on pace to score 28 goals and 64 points this season. 28 goals would be a new career-high. Zajac’s best offensive season came in 2009-10 when he notched 25g-42a-67pts. 

SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads defensemen and is third on the Devils in scoring with 3g-11a-14pts through 23 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 13th (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 27 goals over the last 10 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 13 of New Jersey’s 56 regulation/OT goals (23.2%) through 23 games this season. 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 were 10-7-5=25pts through the first two months of this season. New Jersey was 12-9-2=26pts through the first two months of the 2015-16 season.

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 second in goals with 7g-8a-15pts.

HIT THE ROAD

The Devils play 6 of their next 8 games on the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 3-7-4 away from Prudential Center this season. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 42 of 47 (89.4%) power play attempts on the road, which is second-best in the NHL. They are 19-20 (95.0%) on the PK over their last five road games.

ZAJAC CLIMBING THE FRANCHISE LEADERBOARD

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.  He needs 2pts to tie Zach Parise (410pts) for 9th in Devils’ history.  Zajac scored 3g on Dec. 1 to pass Stephane Richer (147g) for sole possession 12th all-time in franchise history.  Captain Andy Greene is the second-most current-tenured Devil, having played in 664 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 334 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.

DEVILS WJC INVITES

Prospects F Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) and F Michael McLeod (Mississauga, Ont.) were invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp, which will take place in Blainville, Que., Dec. 10-14. Speers, a Devils’ third-round choice in 2015, signed a three-year, entry-level contract in September and skated in three games with New Jersey before being assigned to Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) on Oct. 24. McLeod was New Jersey’s first selection (12th overall) at the 2016 NHL Draft. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with NJ on Oct. 7. McLeod has 5g-17a-22pts in 22 GP with the Steelheads this season.

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

On Dec. 3, 1987, the Devils defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, at Brendan Byrne Arena. Joe Cirella scored the game-winner, while Alain Chevier stopped 18 of 20 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

 

 

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