Devils Pre-Game 12/23

New Jersey Devils (13-13-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (21-8-5)

 7PM • PPG Paints Arena • MSG+ • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability

  • TBA

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 vs. PHILADELPHIA 0

The New Jersey Devils snapped their season-long seven game losing streak (0-6-1) and are now 9-2-2 at home in 2016-17.

Cory Schneider stopped 16 of 16 shots for his 22nd career shutout (his 13th with New Jersey).

P.A. Parenteau and Adam Henrique led the way for New Jersey with one goal and one assist each.

Miles Wood scored his fourth goal of the season, the third in his last five games.

Kyle Palmieri also scored for New Jersey on the power play in the third period. It was his first goal in seven games (Dec. 3 vs. Van.).

Damon Severson, Michael Cammalleri, Taylor Hall, John Moore and Andy Greene each notched one assist tonight.

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (I.R., concussion, three games missed).

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 57

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Dec. 22- Placed Jacob Josefson on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 17. Recalled Seth Helgeson from Albany (AHL).

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

Dec. 6- Beau Bennett was removed from I.R. John Quenneville was assigned to Albany (AHL).

DEVILS VS. PENGUINS

Tonight is the second of five regular season games between the Devils and Penguins in 2016-17. New Jersey lost the first match-up on Nov. 26, 3-4 SO.  Keith Kinkaid made a career-high 46 saves (+2/3 in SO) in the shootout loss.

Tonight the Devils wrap-up their seventh of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 2-3-2 in first games and is 3-1-2 in second games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 3-1-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 7-6-5 against the Eastern Conference in 2016-17.

The Devils are 1-5-1 at PPG Paints Arena and are 6-6-2 overall against the Penguins since the 2013-14 season. 

Andy Greene has more points (6g-13a-19pts) vs. Pittsburgh than any other opponent. Michael Cammalleri has five points (3g-2a) over his last three games vs. Pittsburgh.

2016-17

Record: 0-0-1 (0-0-1 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 3-4 (3-4 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 30-49 (30-49 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-2 (50.0%)/5-5 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (2g-2pts), four players with 1pt. each.; Pit.- Evgeni Malkin (3a-3pts), six players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 2.77 GAA, .939 save%); Pit.- Matt Murray (1-0-0, 2.81 GAA, .900 save%).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 103-75-17 (48-43-5 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 634-592 (296-305 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (12g-17a-29pts), Andy Greene (6g-13a-19pts), Michael Cammalleri (8g-6a-14pts); Pit.- Sidney Crosby (26g-30a-56pts), Evgeni Malkin (19g-26a-45pts), Phil Kessel (12g-19a-31pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-1-1, 4.32 GAA, .886 save%), Cory Schneider (3-5-1, 2 ShO, 1.97, .931), Scott Wedgewood (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00, 1.000); Pit.- Marc-Andre Fleury (21-24-4, 6 ShO, 2.39 GAA, .917 save %), Matt Murray (2-0-0, 1.94, .917).

 

PENGUINS CONNECTIONS

Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero was Pittsburgh’s EVP/GM from 2006-14…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald held several positions with Pittsburgh from 2007-15, including serving as Assistant GM in 2014-15…Head Coach John Hynes spent six seasons with the Penguins’ organization from 2009-15, including the past five seasons as Head Coach of their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine played for the Pens’ organization from 2004-08 and served as an assistant coach under Hynes with W-B/Scranton from 2010-15…Senior Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon spent the previous 10 seasons with Pittsburgh, including the last seven as Director of Player Personnel; he served in that role for their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship Team…Ben Lovejoy spent five-plus seasons with the Penguins (2008-13, 2014-16) and was part of their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship team…Beau Bennett played 129 games with Pittsburgh from 2012-16, scoring 16g-29a-45pts.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Michael Cammalleri – Needs 1pt. for 100 with NJ. 

Andy Greene– Needs 7pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.

Cory Schneider– Needs 5GP for 300 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 9-2-2 at home and have out-scored their opponents 39-33 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 20 goals and 57 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-15a-18pts through 33 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 20:36. He ranks seventh in TOI in the NHL among forwards and is averaging appx. 1:26 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 48 goals over the last 19 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 77 regulation/OT goals (20.8%) through 33 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 (tie, A. Henrique) on the club in points and is first in goals with 9g-10a-19pts.

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 674 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 344 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).

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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