New Jersey Devils (13-15-7) at Washington Capitals (20-9-4)
7PM • Verizon Center • NBCSN • TOJN/WFAN
- 11:30 Morning Skate: Verizon Center
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 vs. PITTSBURGH 5
P.A. Parenteau scored his team-leading ninth goal (tie, M. Cammalleri, A. Henrique). He has four points (3g-1a) over his last five games. Adam Henrique notched his team-leading ninth goal (tie, M. Cammalleri, P.A. Parenteau) on the power play and led the Devils with three shots. He has three points (2g-1a) over the last three games.
Taylor Hall had an assist, his 15th, and the third over the last three games. Travis Zajac tallied a helper on Henrique’s PP goal. His 16 assists and 24 points leads all New Jersey players. Kyle Palmieri also registered an assist and has a three-game points-streak (2g-1a).
Cory Schneider made his fifth straight start in goal and fell to 10-12-5 on the season. He stopped 24 of 28 shots.
Damon Severson had a season-high 25:15 of ice-time.
Jacob Josefson (I.R., concussion, five games missed).
Taylor Hall (lower body) is day-to-day.
Vernon Fiddler (lower body) is out three to four weeks.
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 59
Dec. 27- Yohann Auvitu was recalled from Albany (AHL).
Dec. 23- Seth Helgeson and Luke Gazdic were assigned to Albany (AHL).
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).
DEVILS VS. CAPITALS
Tonight is the first of four games between the Devils and Capitals in 2016-17. The teams will meet again for the tail-end of this home-and-home series on Saturday at Prudential Center at 1PM.
The Devils are 3-3-2 against Metropolitan Division opponents and are 7-8-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. New Jersey is 4-12-5 on the road this season.
New Jersey was 0-2-2 vs. Washington in 2015-16. The Devils last win against the Caps was Nov. 14, 2014 (1-0) and they are 6-7-3 vs. Washington since the 2012-13 season.
Michael Cammalleri has five points (2g-3a) in five games vs. the Capitals as a Devil. He also has 15 points in 16 games in his career against Washington.
Record: 0-2-2 (0-2-0 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 8-13 (6-9 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 95-114 (48-69 on the road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-9(22.2%)/11-13 (84.6%)
Leading Scorers: NJ- Four players with 3pts. each.; Wsh.- Alex Ovechkin (2g-2a-4pts), eight players with 3pts. each.
Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 4.17 GAA, .846 save%), Cory Schneider (0-1-1, 2.90, .902), Scott Wedgewood (0-0-1, 0.96, .962); Wsh.- Braden Holtby (4-0-0, 1 ShO, 1.95 GAA, .915 save%).
ALL-TIME-Record: 76-84-11 (32-50-5 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 479-544 (241-312 on the road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (5g-19a-24pts), Michael Cammalleri (7g-8a-15pts), P.A. Parenteau (4g-7a-11pts); Wsh.- Alex Ovechkin (19g-24a-43pts), Nicklas Backstrom (6g-19a-25pts), Justin Williams (4g-21a-25pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 4.17 GAA, .846 save%), Cory Schneider (3-5-2, 1 ShO, 2.36, .914), Scott Wedgewood (0-0-1, 0.96, .962); Wsh.- Braden Holtby (10-3-1, 3 ShO, 1.99 GAA, .926 save%).
Travis Zajac and Washington forwards Taylor Chorney and T.J. Oshie were teammates at the University of North Dakota in 2005-06…P.A. Parenteau and Caps’ forward Lars Eller were teammates on Montreal in 2014-15…Capitals’ defenseman John Carlson played for the NJ Rockets (ATJHL) for two seasons from 2005-07…New Jersey’s Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald played under Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz from 1998-2002; Fitzgerald served the Predators as team captain during each of those four seasons…Washington’s Associate Coach Todd Reirden was New Jersey’s 14th choice (12th round) and the 242nd overall pick in the 1990 Entry Draft…Head Coach John Hynes served as an assistant under Reirden with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2009-10 and succeeded him as Head Coach of the Penguins the following season.
Michael Cammalleri – Needs 1pt. for 100 with NJ.
Cory Schneider– Playing in 200th game as a Devil tonight.Needs 3GP for 300 in career.
Andy Greene– Needs 7pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
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 9-3-2 at home and have out-scored their opponents 41-38 on home ice.
ZAJAC LEADING NJ
Travis Zajac notched his second career hat-trick on Dec. 1 at Chi. He currently leads New Jersey with 24 points (8g-16a). Zajac is currently on pace to score 19 goals and 56 points this season. Zajac’s best offensive season came in 2009-10 when he notched 25g-42a-67pts.
Damon Severson leads defensemen and is sixth on the Devils in scoring with 3g-15a-18pts. He has four multi-point games this season. Severson had 1g-20a-21pts in 72 games played in 2015-16.
Taylor Hall leads the NHL in average ice-time per game among left-wingers with 20:26. He ranks ninth in TOI in the NHL among forwards and is averaging appx. 1:15 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 51 goals over the last 21 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 80 regulation/OT goals (20.0%) through 35 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 fourth (tie, K. Palmieri) on the club in points and is first in goals (tie, A. Henrique, P. Parenteau) with 9g-10a-19pts.
HIT THE ROAD
Tonight is the final road game for New Jersey in the 2016 calendar year. New Jersey is 4-12-5 on the road in 2016-17 and is 12-25-6 through the 2016 calendar year. The Devils play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 57 of 66 (86.4%) power play attempts on the road, which is fifth in the NHL. They are 11-15 (73.3%) 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 676 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 346 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 AT WORLD JUNIORS
Four Devils’ prospects are participating in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships which take place from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Montreal and Toronto.
F Blake Speers (3rd round, 2015) and F Michael McLeod (1st, 2016) are skating for Canada. McLeod, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey on Oct. 7, has one goal thus far. Speers, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract on Sept. 21, played for three games with New Jersey at the start of this season before being assigned to Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) on Oct. 24. He has one assist in two games played for Canada.
F Joey Anderson (3rd, 2016) is playing for the United States. Anderson is in his first collegiate season at University of Minnesota-Duluth.
D Yegor Rykov (5th, 2016) is representing Russia as an alternate captain. Rykov ranks second in the tournament (tie, M. Vorobyov) and leads all d-men with 1 goal and four assists *as of 12/28. He currently plays for SKA St. Petersburg (KHL).
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