Devils Pre-Game 12/18

New Jersey Devils (12-12-6) at New York Rangers (21-10-1)

 7:30 PM • Madison Square Garden • MSG+2 • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability

  • TBA

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 at OTTAWA 3

The New Jersey Devils fell to 12-12-6 on the season and to 4-11-4 on the road after losing their fifth consecutive game in regulation.

The Devils were 0-1 on the power play and are 1-14 (7.1%) with the man-advantage over the last five games. New Jersey was 1-1 on the penalty kill and are 12-16 (75%) while shorthanded over the last five games.

New Jersey was out-shot, 30-31, and have been out-shot in their last seven games.

Michael Cammalleri notched the 600th point of his NHL career, assisting on John Moore’s goal.

Moore established a new career-high for goals after scoring his fifth of the season.

Travis Zajac also assisted on Moore’s tally and has two helpers (2pts) in consecutive games.

Keith Kinkaid made his eighth start of the season. He fell to 3-3-2 and stopped 28 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. NY RANGERS

Tonight is the second of four games between the Devils and Rangers and the final match to be played at Madison Square Garden in 2016-17. The Devils were shut out, 5-0, on Dec. 11. The teams will meet for the final two matches of their season series on Feb. 25 and Mar. 21 at Prudential Center.

The Devils also wrap-up their four-game road-trip tonight (0-3-0) and their second of back-to-back games. New Jersey is  1-3-2 in first games and is 3-1-1 in second games of back-to-backs.

The Devils are 4-11-4 on the road this season and is 2-1-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents. The club is 6-6-4 vs. the Eastern Conference in 2016-17.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-1-0 (0-1-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 0-5 (0-5 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 19-31 (19-31 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-5 (0.0%)/4-6 (66.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- n/a; NYR- Chris Kreider (1g-1a-2pts), Brandon Pirri (1g-1a-2pts), 10 others with 1pt each.

Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 5.01 GAA, .839 save%); NYR- Antti Raanta (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save%).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 88-84-28 (32-48-20 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 585-628 (258-332 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (13g-13a-26pts), Michael Cammalleri (7g-11a-18pts), P.A. Parenteau (8g-9a-17pts); NYR- Derek Stepan (11g-13a-24pts), Dan Girardi (2g-16a-18pts), Mats Zuccarello (4g-8a-12pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-0-0, 3.79 GAA, .885 save%), Cory Schneider (4-6-1, 1 ShO, 2.46, .915); Henrik Lundqvist (34-16-7, 8 ShO, 1.90 GAA, .931 save%),  Antti Raanta (3-0-0, 1 ShO, 1.67, .914).

 

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 Schneiderplayed 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 2pts 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 23 points (8g-15a). Zajac is currently on pace to score 22 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 fifth on the Devils in scoring with 3g-12a-15pts through 30 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. 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 10 of the team’s last 41 goals over the last 16 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 70 regulation/OT goals (22.8%) through 30 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-9a-18pts.

HIT THE ROAD

Tonight the Devils play their fourth 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 54 of 62 (87.1%) power play attempts on the road, which is third-best in the NHL. They are 12-15 (80%) 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 671 games with New Jersey.

 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 341 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. 18, 2009- Martin Brodeur surpassed Patrick Roy’s league record for most games played (1,029) among goaltenders in 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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