Devils Pre-Game 12/22

New Jersey Devils (12-13-7) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (19-11-4)

 7PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability

10:30AM Morning Skate: Prudential Center

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS 5

The Devils fell short, 5-1, for the seventh consecutive game (0-6-1). New Jersey is now 8-2-2 at home this season.

Sergey Kalinin scored his first goal of the season and the lone goal for New Jersey. It was his first goal in 25 games (Apr. 7 vs. TB).

Andy Greene and Damon Severson recorded the assists on Kalinin’s goal. Severson has points in two consecutive games for the fifth time this season. He leads all Devils’ defensemen with 3g-14a-17pts. Severson also led New Jersey in ice-time with 21:19.

Cory Schneider made his 24th start of 2016-17 and fell to 9-10-5. He stopped 27 of 32 shots.

 

 

INJURIES

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

Vernon Fiddler (lower body) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 56

 

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. FLYERS

Tonight is the first of five meetings between the Devils and Flyers in 2016-17. The clubs will meet again for their next match-up on Jan. 21 at Wells Fargo Center. 

This game begins New Jersey’s seventh of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 1-3-2 in first games and 3-1-2 in second games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 2-1-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 6-6-5 against the Eastern Conference in 2016-17.

New Jersey was 2-1-1 vs. Philadelphia in 2015-16. The club is 2-2-2 at home and is 7-3-2 overall against the Flyers since the 2013-14 season.

Taylor Hall has nine points (5g-4a) in six career games vs. Phi. Travis Zajac’s has more points (32) vs. the Flyers than any other opponent.

Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 5-3-1 vs. Philadelphia in their careers.

 

2016-17

Record: 2-1-1 (0-1-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 12-12 (6-10 at home)

Shots For/Against: 99-111 (42-51 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 6-18 (33.3%)/8-13 (61.5%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Kyle Palmieri (3g-3a-6pts), Taylor Hall (2g-2a-4pts), Travis Zajac (2g-1a-3pts); Phi.- Claude Giroux (1g-5a-6pts), Brayden Schenn (1g-3a-4pts), three players with 3pts. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (2-1-1, 2.68 GAA, .900 save%); Phi.- Steve Mason (0-1-0, 3.15 GAA, .906 save%), Michal Neuvirth (2-0-1, 2.58, .879).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 101-76-21 (61-29-9 at home)

Goals For/Against: 601-597 (332-277 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (12g-20a-32pts), Adam Henrique (10g-6a-16pts), Andy Greene (2g-13a-15pts); Phi.- Claude Giroux (9g-25a-34pts), Wayne Simmonds (10g-7a-17pts), Mark Streit (4g-13a-17pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .926 save%), Cory Schneider (4-3-1, 2.71, .906); Phi.- Steve Mason (0-7-0, 3.70 GAA, .861 save%), Michal Neuvirth (6-2-5, 1 ShO, 2.09, .923).

 

FLYERS CONNECTIONS

Executive VP/GM Ray Shero’s father, Fred, served as Philadelphia’s Head Coach from 1971-78; the Flyers went to four Stanley Cup Finals under Shero and won back-to-back championships in 1974 & 75…Flyers’ President Paul Holmgren & Senior VP Bobby Clarke both played for Fred Shero during his tenure as Head Coach…Travis Zajac played under Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol at the University of North Dakota from 2004-06…John Moore was teammates with Steve Mason and Jakub Voracek during his time spent with Columbus…Flyers’ goaltender Anthony Stolarz was born in Edison, NJ and played youth hockey with the New Jersey Youth Devils, NJ Jr. Titans and New Jersey Hitmen.

 

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Michael Cammalleri – Needs 2pts for 100 with NJ. 

Andy Greene– Needs 8pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.

Cory Schneider– Needs 6GP 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 8-2-2 at home and have out-scored their opponents 35-33 on home ice.

The Devils play 7 of their next 10 games at Prudential Center.

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 59 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 (tie, A. Henrique) on the Devils in scoring with 3g-14a-17pts through 32 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 20:35. He ranks seventh in TOI in the NHL among forwards and is averaging appx. 1:25 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 44 goals over the last 18 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 73 regulation/OT goals (21.9%) through 32 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 673 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 343 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).

GAME RESOURCES

Game Notes 12-22-16

NHL Stats 12-22-16

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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