Devils Pre-Game 12/15

New Jersey Devils (12-10-6) at St. Louis Blues (16-10-4)

 8:00 PM ET • Scottrade Center • MSG+2 • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 AM Morning Skate (optional) at Scottrade Center

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 0 at NY RANGERS 5 

The Devils lost their third consecutive game and were shutout for the second time this season.

New Jersey is now 4-9-4 on the road and 12-10-6 overall.

Cory Schneider made his 21st start in goal and fell to 9-8-4. He stopped 26 of 31 shots.

Adam Henrique and Kyle Quincey led the Devils with four hits on the night. Quincey also had four blocked shots to lead the team.

Kyle Palmieri led New Jersey with four shots on net.

Damon Severson topped the Devils in ice-time for the third consecutive game, playing 21:30.

 

INJURIES

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 54

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Dec. 14- Yohann Auvitu was assigned to Albany (AHL). Recalled Luke Gazdic from Albany (AHL).

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

Tomorrow is the regular season finale between the Devils and Blues. New Jersey was edged, 4-1, against St. Louis on Dec. 9 at Prudential Center. 

P.A. Parenteau scored the lone goal for New Jersey in the contest while Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique picked up the assists. Hall has points (2g-1a) in his last three games vs. St. Louis. Keith Kinkaid started in net for the Devils, stopping 28 of 32 shots.

The Devils are 0-3-0 at Scottrade Center and are 1-6-0 vs. the Blues overall since the 2013-14 campaign. New Jersey is looking for its first win vs. St. Louis since their 7-1 victory on Jan. 28, 2014.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 1-4 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 21-32 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-3 (0.0%)/2-3 (66.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- P.A. Parenteau (1g-1pt), Taylor Hall (1a-1pt), Adam Henrique (1a-1pt); Stl- Vladimir Tarasenko (3a-3pts), Robby Fabbri (2g-2pts), seven players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 4.02 GAA, .875 save%); Stl.- Jake Allen (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .952 save%).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 27-28-7 (11-16-4 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 192-199 (102-121 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (13g-10a-23pts), Taylor Hall (7g-8a-15pts), Vernon Fiddler (5g-10a-15pts); Stl.- Scottie Upshall (7g-9a-16pts), Alexander Steen (7g-5a-12pts), Jay Bouwmeester (4g-5a-9pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-3-0, 4.21 GAA, .875 save%), Cory Schneider (3-4-1, 1.93, .934); Jake Allen (4-0-0, 2 ShO, 1.00 GAA, .959 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:

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

Sergey Kalinin – Is expected to play in his 100th NHL game/as a Devil tonight.

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

Cory Schneider– Needs 9GP for 400 in career.

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HOMELAND

New Jersey suffered its first regulation loss at home on Dec. 9 vs. 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.

 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 23 goals and 62 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 28 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 22nd (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 38 goals over the last 15 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 15 of New Jersey’s 67 regulation/OT goals (22.4%) through 28 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

Tonight the Devils play their second of four consecutive road games. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 4-9-4 away from Prudential Center this season. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 50 of 57 (88.7%) power play attempts on the road, which is third-best in the NHL. They are 17-19 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 669 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 339 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 6g-11a-17pts with U. of Minnesota-Duluth (NCHC) this season.

Mikhail Maltsev, the Devils’ fifth choice (fourth rnd, 102nd overall) and Yegor Rykov, the club’s seventh choice (fifth round, 132nd overall) were selected to Russia’s preliminary roster. Maltsev 5g-6a-11pts through 11 games with the MHL’s St. Petersburg club. Rykov, a defenseman, has five assists in 33 games with SKA St. Petersburg (KHL).

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

On Dec. 15, 1988, the Devils defeated Toronto, 6-3, at Brendan Byrne Arena. John MacLean scored his third hat-trick in five games 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

 

GAME RESOURCES

Game Notes 12-15-16

NHL Stats 12-15-16

 

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