Devils Pre-Game 12/17

New Jersey Devils (12-11-6) at Ottawa Senators (16-11-3)

 7 PM • Canadian Tire Centre • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 11:30 AM Morning Skate at Canadian Tire Centre.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at ST. LOUIS BLUES 5

The Devils lost their fourth consecutive game in regulation and finished their season-series vs. the Blues at 0-2-0.

The Devils were 0-2 on the power play and are 2-15 (13.3%) with the man-advantage over the last five games. They were 3-4 on the penalty kill and are 13-18 (72.2%) while shorthanded over the last five games.

Adam Henrique scored the 12th shorthanded goal of his NHL career. He is now in sole possession of 3rd place all-time in franchise history for shorthanded goals. He also assisted on Miles Wood’s goal, giving him his fourth multi-point game of the season.

Wood notched his second goal of the season, his first since Nov. 29 at Wpg (six games).

Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri recorded one assist each tonight. Zajac was 17-23 (74%) in the faceoff circle.

Luke Gazdic made his season/Devils’ debut. He skated in 3:49 and had one blocked shot.

Cory Schneider made his 22nd start of the season and fell to 9-9-4. He stopped 26 of 30 shots.

 

INJURIES

None

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. SENATORS

Tonight is the first of three games between the Devils and Senators this season and the only game New Jersey will play at Canadian Tire Centre in 2016-17. The clubs will square-off again Feb. 16 in New Jersey before wrapping-up their season-series Feb. 21 at Prudential Center.

New Jersey opens its sixth of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Devils are 1-2-2 in first games and 3-1-1 in second games of back-to-back contests.

The Devils are 4-4-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 6-5-4 vs. Eastern Conference opponents this season. The Devils were 3-0-0 vs. Ottawa in 2015-16, out-scoring the Sens, 14-7. The Devils have won their last three games at Canadian Tire Centre and are 6-2-1 against Ottawa overall since the 2013-14 season.

Travis Zajac led New Jersey with six points (2g-4a) vs. Ottawa last season. Cory Schneider recorded all three of New Jersey’s victories against the Senators in 2015-16, including a shutout on Dec. 30. He is 6-1-1 in his career vs. Ottawa.

 

2015-16

Record: 3-0-0 (2-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 14-7 (8-4 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 73-107 (53-75 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 5-10 (50.0%)/11-13 (84.6%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (2g-4a-6pts), Michael Cammalleri (2g-3a-5pts), two players with 4pts. each.; Ott.- Mika Zibanejad (2g-1a-3pts), Chris Neil (1g-2a-3pts), six players with 2pts. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (3-0-0, 1 ShO, 2.29 GAA, .935 save%); Ott.- Craig Anderson (0-1-0, 17.22 GAA, .429 save%), Mike Condon (2-0-1, 1.92, .923), Andrew Hammond (0-1-1, 2.51, .891).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 52-26-9 (25-13-6 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 230-201 (108-103 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (10g-12a-22pts), Travis Zajac (4g-16a-20pts), Andy Greene (1g-9a-10pts); Ott.- Chris Kelly (7g-10a-17pts), Erik Karlsson (2g-14a-16pts), two players with 11pts. each.

Career Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (6-1-1, 1 ShO, 1.59 GAA, .945 save%); Ott.- Craig Anderson (8-3-1, 2 ShO, 2.18 GAA, .939 save%), Mike Condon (2-0-1, 1.92, .923), Andrew Hammond (0-1-1, 2.51, .891).

 

SENATORS CONNECTIONS

Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero was Ottawa’s Assistant GM from 1993-98…Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron served the Senators as an amateur scout for eight years, 1991-1999…P.A. Parenteau was born in nearby Hull, Que…Ottawa goaltender Mike Condon attended and skated for Princeton University from 2009-2013..Bobby Ryan was born in Cherry, Hill, NJ.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

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

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

Cory Schneider– Needs 8GP 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 to start a season (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 LEADING NJ

Travis Zajac notched his second career hat-trick on Dec. 1 at Chicago (3g-3pts). He currently leads New Jersey with 22 points (8g-14a). Zajac is currently on pace to score 22 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 fifth on the Devils in scoring with 3g-12a-15pts through 29 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. He is ranked 26nd (tie, O. Ekman-Larsson, M. Rielly) among defensemen in the NHL in points. Severson had 1g-20a-21pts in 72 games played in 2015-16. *as of Dec. 16

DEFENSE PROVIDING OFFENSE

New Jersey’s defensemen have provided nine of the team’s last 40 goals over the last 16 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 15 of New Jersey’s 69 regulation/OT goals (21.7%) through 29 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 third of four consecutive road games. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 4-10-4 away from Prudential Center this season. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 53 of 61 (86.9%) power play attempts on the road, which is third-best in the NHL. They are 15-18 (83.3%) 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 670 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 340 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 selected to Canada’s 2017 World Junior team. 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 rnd, 132nd overall) were selected to Russia’s preliminary roster. Maltsev has 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

Dec. 17, 2011- Patrik Elias scored two goals to equal/surpass John MacLean (347) as the all-time leader in franchise history.  

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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