Devils Pre-Game 12/9

New Jersey Devils (12-8-6) vs. St. Louis Blues (15-8-4)

 7:30 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 5:15 PM- Head Coach John Hynes (hallway outside of the Devils’ Locker Room)

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at MONTREAL 5

The Devils had their three-game point-streak (2-0-1) snapped.

New Jersey was 1-3 (33.3%) on the power play and is 4/14 (28.6%) over the past five games. The Devils have scored a power play goal in 7 of their last 8 games.

The Devils were 2-2 (100%) on the penalty kill and are 15/16 (93.8%) over the past five games.

Taylor Hall (PP) and Adam Henrique each scored for New Jersey.

Cory Schneider made his 20th start of the season and stopped 44 of 49 shots and fell to 9-7-4 on the season.

 

INJURIES

Pavel Zacha (facial laceration, two games missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 52

 

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. BLUES

Tonight is the first of two games between the Devils and Blues this season. The clubs meet again for their season-series finale on Dec. 15 at Scottrade Center.

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

New Jersey was 0-2-0 vs. the Blues in 2015-16 and were outscored 2-7. The Devils are 1-2-0 at Prudential Center and 1-5-0 vs. St. Louis overall since the 2013-14 season.

The Devils are 3-1-2 vs. the Central Division and are 6-4-2 vs. Western Conference opponents this season.

Taylor Hall has two goals in his last two games vs. St. Louis.

Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 3-6-1 in their careers vs. the Blues.

2015-16

Record: 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 2-7 (0-2 at home)

Shots For/Against: 48-65 (24-37 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-4 (0.0%)/6-8 (75.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Four players with 2pts. each.; Stl.- Four players with 2pts. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 4.13 GAA, .889 save %), Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 2.04, .929); Stl.- Jake Allen (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 27-27-7 (16-11-3 at home)

Goals For/Against: 191-195 (89-74 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (13g-10a-23pts), Vernon Fiddler (5g-10a-15pts), Taylor Hall (7g-7a-14pts).; Stl.- Scottie Upshall (7g-9a-16pts), Alexander Steen (7g-4a-11pts), Jay Bouwmeester (4g-5a-9pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-2-0, 4.38 GAA, .875 save %), Cory Schneider (3-4-1, 1.93 GAA, .934 save %); Stl.- Jake Allen (3-0-0, 2 ShO, 1.00 GAA, .961 save %), Carter Hutton (1-2-0, 3.03, .875).

BLUES CONNECTIONS

St. Louis Blues Assistant General Manager Martin Brodeur had his no. 30 retired by the Devils on Feb. 9, 2016; he won 3-Stanley Cups with New Jersey, 1995, 2000, 2003….Paul Stastny is the son of former Devil Peter Stastny…Kevin Shattenkirk is from New Rochelle, NY and played with the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Association…Head Coach John Hynes coached St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from 2009-13…Devils’ forward Taylor Hall and Blues’ forward Blues’ forward Nail Yakupov were teammates in Edmonton for four seasons, 2012-16…Blues’ assistant coach Steve Thomas played three seasons with the Devils, 1995-98, scoring 119pts (55g-64a) in 193 GP.

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Taylor Hall – Needs 1GP for 400 in career.

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

John Moore – Needs 1GP for 100 as a Devil.

Sergey Kalinin – Needs 3GP for 100 as a Devil/career.

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

Cory Schneider– Needs 10GP for 400 in 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 68 points this season. 26 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-12a-15pts through 25 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 17th (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 nine of the team’s last 37 goals over the last 13 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 15 of New Jersey’s 66 regulation/OT goals (22.7%) 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 third on the club in points and is first in goals with 9g-8a-17pts.

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 4-8-4 away from Prudential Center this season. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 46 of 51 (90.2%) power play attempts on the road, which is second-best in the NHL (Car. 46-49, 93.9%). They are 21-21 on the PK over their last six 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 667 games with New Jersey.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 337 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 6g-20a-26pts in 25 GP with the Steelheads this season.

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. Anderson has 4g-11a-15pts with U. of Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC) this season.

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

On Dec. 9, 1999 the Devils defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0, at United Center. Martin Broduer stopped 23 of 23 shots while Sergei Nemchinov scored the game-winner.

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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