Devils Pre-Game 12/11

New Jersey Devils (12-9-6) at New York Rangers (19-9-1)

 7:00 PM ET • Madison Square Garden • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 Morning Skate at Madison Square Garden

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 vs. ST. LOUIS 4

The New Jersey Devils suffered their first regulation loss at home after establishing a franchise-record 8-0-2 start through the first 10 home games of 2016-17.

The Devils finished their fifth of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. They are 1-2-2 in first games and 3-1-1 in second games of back-to-backs.

The Devils were 0-3 on the power play but are 4-13 (30.8%) with the man-advantage over the past five games.

New Jersey was 1-3 on the penalty-kill and are 12-14 (85.7%) while shorthanded over the past five games.

P.A. Parenteau scored his sixth goal of the season and New Jersey’s lone goal. It was his first goal since Nov. 8 vs. Car (14 games).

Taylor Hall notched an assist on Parenteau’s marker in his 400th career NHL game. He extended his points streak to four games (3g-5a-8pts).

Adam Henrique also had an assist to Parenteau’s tally. He has three points (1g-2a) over the last two games.

Keith Kinkaid made his seventh start of the season in goal and fell to 3-2-1. He stopped 28 of 32 shots.

 

INJURIES

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 53

 

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. RANGERS

Tonight is the first of four meetings between New Jersey and New York this season. The clubs will meet again next Sunday at Madison Square Garden, before playing their last two matches (Feb. 23 & Mar. 21) at Prudential Center.

The Devils are 2-0-1 vs. the Metropolitan Division and is 6-4-4 against Eastern Conference opponents this season. The Devils were 3-1-0 vs. the Rangers last season and are 3-3-0 against them on the road since the 2013-14 season.

Adam Henrique (1g-4a) and Taylor Hall (3g-2a) each had five points vs. the Rangers in 2015-16.

Cory Schneider started each game for the Devil had a 1.74 GAA and .940 save-percentage.

2015-16

Record: 3-1-0 (1-1-0 on the road).

Goals For/Against: 11-7 (3-3 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 113-116 (52-64 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 3-8 (37.5%)/11-11 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Taylor Hall (3g-2a-5pts), Adam Henrique (1g-4a-5pts), Lee Stempniak (3g-1a-4pts); NYR- J.T. Miller (3g-3pts), Mika Zibanejad (2g-1a-3pts), Jesper Fast (2a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (3-1-0, 1.74 GAA, .940 save %); NYR- Henrik Lundqvist (1-2-1, 2.49 GAA, .911 save %).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 88-83-28 (32-47-20 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 585-623 (258-327 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (13g-13a-26pts), Michael Cammalleri (7g-11a-18pts), Andy Greene (0g-11a-11pts); NYR- Derek Stepan (11g-12a-23pts), Dan Girardi (2g-16a-18pts), Mats Zuccarello (4g-7a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 3.79 GAA, .885 save %), Cory Schneider (4-5-1, 1 ShO, 2.19, .924); NYR- Henrik Lundqvist (34-16-7, 8 ShO, 1.90 GAA, .931 save %), Antti Raanta (2-0-0, 2.50, .872).

RANGERS CONNECTIONS

VP/GM Ray Shero’s father, Fred, played three seasons with the Rangers from 1947-50 & served as their Head Coach from 1978-80…John Moore spent parts of three seasons with New York from 2013-15…Cory Schneider played under Rangers’ Head Coach Alain Vigneault from 2008-13 when Vigneault served as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks…Devils’ Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald and Rangers’ F Kevin Hayes are cousins…Rangers SVP/Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld was New Jersey’s Head Coach for parts of three seasons from Jan. 26, 1988-Nov. 6 1989.

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

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

Sergey Kalinin – Needs 2GP 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

New Jersey suffered its first regulation loss at home on Friday (Stl., 1-4) after establishing a new franchise record for the longest streak of being undefeated in regulation at home (previously, 1987-88, 8-0-1). The Devils are 8-1-2 at home and have out-scored their opponents 34-28 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 24 goals and 63 points this season. 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 27 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 20th (tie, A. Pietrangelo) 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 38 goals over the last 14 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 15 of New Jersey’s 67 regulation/OT goals (22.4%) through 27 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 begin a four game road trip tonight. 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 668 games with New Jersey.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 338 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-22a-28pts in 26 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 5g-11a-16pts with U. of Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC) this season.

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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