Devils Pre-Game 12/8

New Jersey Devils (12-7-6) at Montreal Canadiens (17-6-3)

 7:30 PM ET • Bell Centre • MSG+2 • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 AM morning skate: Bell Centre

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 vs VANCOUVER 2

The Devils established a new team record, starting the season undefeated in regulation through the first 10 home games, 8-0-2 (previously 8-0-1, 1987-88). New Jersey is the only team in the NHL to not have a regulation loss on home ice.

Taylor Hall opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season for New Jersey at 3:42 of the first period. He also assisted on Kyle Palmieri’s marker giving him 1g-1a-2pts on the night.

Ben Lovejoy scored his first goal of the season/as a Devil in the second period. It was also a game-winner; the third of his NHL career.

Kyle Palmieri scored his fourth goal of the season on the power play. 

Travis Zajac had an assist on Lovejoy’s game-winner. He has 6 points (3g-3a) over the last three games.

Kyle Quincey notched two assists tonight for his second multi-point game of the season.

Cory Schneider stopped 22 of 24 shots for his ninth win of the season.

 

INJURIES

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 51

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Dec. 6- Beau Bennett was removed from Injured Reserve. John Quenneville was assigned to Albany (AHL).

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

Dec. 1- Taylor Hall was removed from I.R. Placed Reid Boucher on waivers.

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

 

DEVILS VS. CANADIENS

Tonight is the first of three games between the Devils and Canadiens this season and the sole match to be played at Bell Centre. The clubs will meet next on Jan. 20 at Prudential Center before playing their season-series finale Feb. 27 in New Jersey.

 

Tonight is also opens the Devils’ fifth of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 1-1-2 in first games of back-to-backs and 3-0-1 in the second contest.

The Devils are 4-3-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 6-3-4 against Eastern Conference opponents this season. The Devils are 2-3-0 at Bell Centre and are 3-4-2 vs. Montreal overall since the 2013-14 season.

Adam Henrique has four points (2g-2a) in his last three games vs. the Canadiens. Beau Bennett’s has more points vs. Montreal (2g-5a-7pts) than any other opponent.

 

 

2015-16

Record: 1-1-1 (1-1-0 on the road)

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

Shots For/Against: 78-84 (51-57 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-9 (11.1%)/7-9 (77.8%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Adam Henrqiue (2g-2a-4pts), John Moore (1g-2a-3pts), Lee Stempniak (1g-2a-3pts); Mtl.- Alex Galchenyuk (3g-3pts), Max Pacioretty (1g-2a-3pts), 3 players with 2pts. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (1-1-1, 1.94 GAA, .929 save %); Mtl.- Al Montoya (2-0-0, 1.51 GAA, .927 save %).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 63-43-11 (28-26-5 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 337-300 (149-144 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (3g-12a-15pts), Adam Henrique (3g-6a-9pts), two players with 7pts. each.; Mtl.- Tomas Plekanec (9g-8a-17pts), Andrei Markov (2g-13a-15pts), Max Pacioretty (8g-6a-14pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (1-2-0, 3.60 GAA, .892 save %), Cory Schneider (1-1-2, 2.15, .921); Mtl.- Al Montoya (5-2-2, 1 ShO, 1.55 GAA, .938 save %), Carey Price (10-10-1, 1 ShO, 2.39, .913 save %).

 

CANADIENS CONNECTIONS

Michael Cammalleri played three seasons with Montreal from 2009-12…Devante Smith-Pelly played in 66 games for the Habs between 2014-16, scoring 7g-8a-15pts…New Jersey traded Stefan Matteau to acquire Smith-Pelly on Feb. 29, 2016. Matteau played in 44 games for the Devils between 2013-16, scoring 3g-2a-5pts…P.A. Parenteau, a Hull, Que. native, skated in 56 games with Montreal in 2014-15…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine was born in Montreal; he played eight games for the Canadiens during the 1998-99 season…Nasreddine also saw action for both Quebec and Hamilton of the AHL during the 1999-00 campaign…Consultant Jacques Laperriere played his entire Hall-of-Fame career with the Canadiens and was a member of six Stanley Cup Championship teams…IceCaps’ forward Bobby Farnham skated in 50 games with New Jersey in 2015-16…Canadiens’ Associate Coach Kirk Muller played seven seasons with the Devils from 1984-91, served as captain for four seasons from 1987-1991 and ranks third in team history with 185g-335a-520pts.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Taylor Hall – Needs 2GP for 400 in career.

Michael Cammalleri – Needs 1pt. for 600 in career. Needs 3pts for 100 with NJ. Needs 2GP for 800 in career. 

John Moore – Needs 2GP for 100 as a Devil.

Sergey Kalinin – Needs 4GP for 100 as a Devil/career.

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

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HOMELAND

The Devils are 8-0-2 at home and have established a new franchise record for the longest streak of being undefeated in regulation at home (previously 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 33-24 on home ice.

CONGRATS COACH RICK!

The ECHL announced on Wednesday that Albany Devils’ Head Coach Rick Kowalsky was among the three inductees to the  2017 ECHL Hall of Fame class. Kowalsky served four seasons as head coach of the ECHL Trenton franchise; receiving the 2009 John Brophy Award as the league’s top coach. He is tied for 30th all-time in League history in games played while ranking 19th with 221 goals, 21st with 329 assists and tied for 15th with 550 points. Kowalsky won AHL Coach of the year honors in 2015-16 as he led the club to their most successful season to date with 46 wins and 102pts

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 21 points (8g-13a). Zajac is currently on pace to score 26 goals and 71 points this season. 27 goals and 71 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-12a-15pts through 25 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 17th (tie, K. Letang) 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 nine of the team’s last 35 goals over the last 12 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 15 of New Jersey’s 64 regulation/OT goals (23.4%) through 25 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 (tie, T. Hall) on the club in points and is first in goals with 9g-8a-17pts.

HIT THE ROAD

The Devils play 5 of their next 6 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 passed Zach Parise (410pts) for 9th in Devils’ history on Dec. 6 vs. Van.  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 666 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 336 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. 

Joey Anderson was named to the U.S. Nat’l Jr. Team’s Preliminary roster. He was the Devils’ third choice (73rd overall) pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. 

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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