Devils Pre-Game 12/6

New Jersey Devils (11-7-6) vs. Vancouver Canucks (11-12-2)

 7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+2 • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 10:30 Morning Skate: Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 5 at NASHVILLE 4 (OT)

The Devils scored four unanswered goals to defeat Nashville, 5-4, in overtime and finish their four-game road-trip 1-1-2.

The Devils scored two goals (M. Cammalleri, A. Greene) within 30 seconds of each other in the opening minute of the third period to begin their comeback.

New Jersey was 1-3 (33.3%) on the PP and is 4-16 (25.0%) over the past five games. The Devils were 2-2 on the PK and have not allowed a power play goal in five straight games (19-19).

Michael Cammalleri scored his fourth career OT goal, his ninth of the season, to give the Devils the victory. Cammalleri also scored 0:25 into the third period. He has 6g-5a-11pts since Nov. 23 (six games).

Adam Henrique scored the Devils’ fourth goal, his fifth of the season, on the power play to force overtime.

Taylor Hall had 1g-2a-3pts. It was his first goal since Oct. 25 vs. Arizona (nine games). He assisted on Cammalleri’s overtime goal.

Andy Greene had 1g-1a-2pts for his first multi-point game 2016-17.

Keith Kinkaid made his sixth start of 2016-17 and improved to 3-1-2 on the season. He stopped 38 of 42 shots (.905 save %).

 

INJURIES

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

Pavel Zacha (facial laceration) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 50

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Dec. 3- Reid Boucher was claimed off waivers by Nashville from New Jersey.

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. CANUCKS

Tomorrow is the first of two games between the Devils and Canucks in 2016-17. The clubs will meet for their season-series finale on Jan. 15 at Rogers Arena. 

New Jersey is 2-3-0 vs. the Pacific Division and is 5-4-2 against Western Conference opponents in 2016-17. 

The Devils were 2-0-0 vs. Vancouver in 2015-16.  Kyle Palmieri (OT) and Adam Henrique scored the game-winners for the Devils. 

New Jersey is 2-0-1 at Prudential Center and is 3-1-2 vs. the Canucks overall since the 2013-14 season.

Michael Cammalleri has seven points (4g-3a) in his last three contests vs. Vancouver.

Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 3-1-2 all-time vs. Vancouver.

 

2015-16

Record: 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 7-5 (4-3 at home)

Shots For/Against: 50-69 (28-31 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-10 (20.0%)/13-14 (92.9%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (2g-3a-5pts), Taylor Hall (1g-3a-4pts), three players with 3pts. each.; Van.- Sven Baertschi (1g-1a-2pts), Alexander Edler (1g-1a-2pts), Bo Horvat (2a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 2.85 GAA, .903 save %), Cory Schneider (1-0-0, 2.00, .947); Van.- Jacob Markstrom (0-1-0, 3.14 GAA, .864 save %), Ryan Miller (0-0-1, 3.80, .857 save %).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 22-32-6 (15-13-3 at home)

Goals For/Against: 167-189 (97-84 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (17g-15a-32pts), Taylor Hall (7g-19a-26pts), two players with 8pts. each.; Van.- Henrik Sedin (3g-12a-15pts), Loui Eriksson (7g-6a-13pts), two players with 12pts. each.

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 2.85 GAA, .903 save %), Cory Schneider (2-1-2, 2.17, .927); Van.- Richard Bachman (0-1-0, 6.00 GAA, .806 save %), Jacob Markstrom (1-4-0, 3.46, .869), Ryan Miller (13-11-6, 2.14, .926).

 

CANUCKS CONNECTIONS

Cory Schneider was Vancouver’s first choice, 26th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft and played parts of five seasons with the Canucks from 2008-13. New Jersey traded the ninth overall selection in the 2013 Draft to acquire Schneider on Jun. 30, 2013. The Canucks used that pick to select Bo Horvat…John Moore and Derek Dorsett were teammates in both Columbus and with the NY Rangers; they were both acquired by NY in the trade that sent Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets…Brandon Sutter is the son of former Devils’ Head Coach Brent Sutter.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Taylor Hall – Needs 3GP for 400 in career.

Michael Cammalleri – Needs 1pt. for 600 in career. Needs 3pts for 100 with NJ. Needs 3GP for 800 in career. 

John Moore – Needs 3GP for 100 as a Devil.

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

Andy Greene– Needs 9pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.

 

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 20 points (8g-12a). Zajac is currently on pace to score 27 goals and 68 points this season. 27 goals and 68 points 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 fourth on the Devils in scoring with 3g-11a-14pts through 24 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 16th (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 eight of the team’s last 32 goals over the last 11 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 14 of New Jersey’s 61 regulation/OT goals (22.9%) through 24 games this season. In 2015-16, the Devils’ defense provided 20 of the team’s 182 goals last season (10.9%).

DEVILS TUNE UP IN MUSIC CITY

The Devils rallied from a 4-1 deficit on Dec. 3 in Nashville to defeat the Predators, 5-4, in overtime. The comeback started when Michael Cammalleri and Andy Greene scored within 30 seconds of each other in the opening minute of the third period to bring New Jersey within one goal of the Preds. Adam Henrique then tied the game at 12:37 of the third period to force OT. Cammalleri then struck again in overtime with his fourth career OT goal as the Devils scored four straight to win the game.

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. 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).

 On Dec. 3, Cammalleri scored two goals, including his fourth career OT goal to lead the Devils’ four-goal comeback to defeat the Nashville Predators 5-4 OT.

 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 9g-8a-17pts.

HIT THE ROAD

The Devils play 5 of their next 7 games on the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 4-7-4 away from Prudential Center this season. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 44 of 49 (89.8%) power play attempts on the road, which is second-best in the NHL (Car. 40-43, 93.0%). They are 19-19 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 vs. Buf.  He tied Zach Parise (410pts) for 9th in Devils’ history on Dec. 3 at Nsh.  Zajac scored 3g on Dec. 1 at Chi. 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 665 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 335 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-18a-223pts in 23 GP with the Steelheads this season.

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

On Dec. 6, 1992, the Devils defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 7-3, at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. Alexander Semak and Valeri Zelepukin each scored 1g-2a-3pts for the Devils, while Craig Billington stopped 31 of 34 shots (.912 save %) in the victory.

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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