Devils Pre-Game 12/20

New Jersey Devils (12-12-7) vs. Nashville Predators (13-12-5)

 7PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 10:30 AM: Morning Skate at Prudential Center. 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at NY RANGERS 3 (SO)

The New Jersey Devils fell to 12-12-7 on the season and to 4-11-5 on the road.

The Devils are now 1-3-2 in first games of back-to-backs and are 3-1-2 in second games.

P.A. Parenteau scored his seventh goal of the season on the power play.  Miles Wood scored his third goal of the season and also led New Jersey with six shots and four hits.

Kyle Palmieri notched two assists for his second multi-point game of the season. Adam Henrique and Damon Severson also had one assist each.

Cory Schneider made his 23rd start of the season and is now 9-9-5. Schneider stopped 25 of 27 shots and was 2-4 in the shootout.

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (upper body, one game missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 55

 

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. PREDATORS

Tonight is the second and final regular season game between the Devils and Predators this season. New Jersey defeated Nashville, 5-4 OT, Dec. 3 at Bridgestone Arena in their first meeting.

Michael Cammalleri scored two goals, including the overtime winner, to lead New Jersey to victory. Taylor Hall had 1g-2a-3pts on the night. Andy Greene (1g-1a-2pts) and Travis Zajac (2a-2pts) also had multiple-point games.

Keith Kinkaid stopped 38 of 42 shots for his second career victory over Nashville.

The Devils are 3-3-2 vs. Central Division opponents and are 6-6-2 against the Western Conference this season. New Jersey is 2-1-0 vs. Nashville at Prudential Center and is 4-2-1 vs. the Predators overall since the 2013-14 season.

 

2016-17

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 5-4 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 22-42 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-3 (33.3%)/2-2 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Taylor Hall (1g-2a-3pts), three others with 2pts each.; Nsh.- Kevin Fiala (2g-2pts), Mike Ribeiro (2a-2pts), seven others with 1pt each.

Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 3.71 GAA, .905 save%); Nsh.- Pekka Rinne (0-0-1, 4.64 GAA, .773 save%).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 14-7-3 (5-5-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 72-59 (33-27 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (14g-9a-23pts), Taylor Hall (7g-10a-17pts), four others with 10pts each.; Nsh.- Mike Ribeiro (6g-12a-18pts), Mike Fisher (6g-6a-12pts), P.K. Subban (4g-8a-12pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (2-1-0, 2.94 GAA, .904 save%), Cory Schneider (1-1-1, 3.00, .909); Nsh.- Pekka Rinne (3-2-3, 2.67 GAA, .904 GAA).

 

PREDATORS CONNECTIONS

Vernon Fiddler played the first six seasons of his NHL career with the Predators, scoring 45g-48a-93pts in 305 games…Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero served as Nashville’s Assistant GM from 1998-2006…New Jersey’s Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald played with Nashville from 1998-2002; Fitzgerald served the Predators as team captain during each of those four seasons…Senior Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon spent six seasons, 2000-06, with the Predators’ organization working as a scouting coordinator (two years) and as a pro scout (four years)…Predators’ Assistant Coach Phil Housley appeared in 22 games for New Jersey during the 1995-96 season…Preds’ D Anthony Bitetto was born in Island Park, NY.

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Michael Cammalleri – Needs 2pts for 100 with NJ.

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

Cory Schneider– Needs 7GP 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.

The Devils play 8 of their next 11 games at home.

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 21 goals and 61 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 (tie, K. Palmieri) on the Devils in scoring with 3g-13a-16pts through 31 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. Severson had 1g-20a-21pts in 72 games played in 2015-16.

TAYLOR’S TIME

Taylor Hall leads the NHL in average ice-time per game among left-wingers with 20:40. He ranks seventh in TOI in the NHL among forwards and is averaging appx. 1:30 more than his career average of ice-time per game this season. Had a season-high 25:54 TOI on Nov. 8 vs. Car. That is the second-most ice time Hall’s ever had in a game in his NHL career. (Mar. 20, 2014, 27:10, Buf. at Edm.)

DEFENSE PROVIDING OFFENSE

New Jersey’s defensemen have provided 10 of the team’s last 43 goals over the last 17 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 72 regulation/OT goals (22.2%) through 31 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

The Devils play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 4-11-5 away from Prudential Center this season. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 56 of 64 (87.5%) power play attempts on the road, which is third-best (tie, NYR, Fla.) in the NHL. They are 12-15 (80.0%) 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 672 games with New Jersey.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 342 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. 20, 1996- The Devils defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, at Edmonton Colesium. Scott Stevens had the game-winner, while Martin Brodeur stopped 30 of 32 shots.

GAME RESOURCES

Game Notes 12-20-16

NHL Stats 12-20-16

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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