Devils Pre-Game 12/31

New Jersey Devils (14-15-7) vs. Washington Capitals (20-9-5)

 1PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 10:45 AM: Head Coach John Hynes

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 vs. WASHINGTON 1 (SO)

The Devils improved their shootout record to 3-2 in 2016-17.

P.A. Parenteau opened the scoring with his team-leading 10th goal of the season. Parenteau has four points (3g-1a) in the last four games.

Michael Cammalleri scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout. He is 2-4 (50.0%) in the shootout this season and is 16-55 (29.1%) with eight game-deciding goals in his career. Jacob Josefson scored the second goal in the shootout. He is now 2-3 on the season and is 11-21 (52.4%) in his career.

Keith Kinkaid made his ninth start in goal and improved to 4-3-2 on the season. He stopped 43 of 44 shots and was 2-2 in the shootout.

 

INJURIES

Taylor Hall (lower body, one game missed) is day-to-day.

Vernon Fiddler (I.R., lower body, one game missed).

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 61

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Dec. 28- Placed Vernon Fiddler on Injured Reserve. Recalled Luke Gazdic from Albany (AHL).

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 I.R., 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 second of four games between the Devils and Capitals in 2016-17 and is this home-and-home series’ finale. The Devils won the first match-up on Thursday at Verizon Center, 2-1 SO. The clubs will face-off again Jan. 26 at Prudential Center.

The Devils are 4-3-2 against Metropolitan Division opponents and are 8-8-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. New Jersey is 9-3-2 at home this season.

The Devils are 2-2-2 at Prudential Center and are 5-6-3 overall vs. Washington since the 2013-14 season. Thursday’s win was the Devils first victory vs. Washington since Nov. 14, 2014 (1-0).

Michael Cammalleri has five points (2g-3a + 1 GDG) in six games vs. the Capitals as a Devil. He also has 15 points in 17 games in his career against Washington. 

 

2016-17

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 2-1 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 27-44 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-4 (0.0%)/4-4 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Parenteau (1g-1pt); Wsh.- Winnik (1g-1pt), Beagle (1a-1pt), Carlson (1a-1pt).

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-0-0, 0.92 GAA, .977 save%); Holtby (0-0-1, 0.92 GAA, .963 save%).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 77-84-11 (44-34-6 at home)

Goals For/Against: 481-545 (238-232 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (5g-19a-24pts), Cammalleri (7g-8a-15pts), Parenteau (5g-7a-12pts); Wsh.- Ovechkin (19g-24a-43pts), Backstrom (6g-19a-25pts), Williams (4g-21a-25pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-1-0, 2.45 GAA, .929 save%), Schneider (3-5-2, 1 ShO, 2.36, .914), Wedgewood (0-0-1, 0.96, .962); Wsh.- Holtby (10-3-2, 3 ShO, 1.99 GAA, .926 save%).

 

CAPITALS CONNECTIONS

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.

 

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

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

Cory Schneider– Could appear 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

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tonight is New Jersey’s final game of the 2016 calendar year. The Devils are 33-37-10 in the 2016 and are 20-12-4 at Prudential Center.

BLOCKAID STONEWALLS CAPS

Keith Kinkaid stopped 43 of 44 shots and 2 of 2 shootout attempts in a winning effort Dec. 29 at Wsh. It was his second 40+ save performance of the season. Through nine games played, Kinkaid has a .930 save-percentage (304 saves/327 shots).

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 9-3-2 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. 

SEVERSON SCORING

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’S TIME

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 52 goals over the last 22 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 81 regulation/OT goals (19.8%) 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.

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 677 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 347 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 two goals 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 two assists in three games played for Canada.

F Joey Anderson (3rd, 2016) is playing for the United States and has one assist in 3GP. 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 leads all d-men with one goal and five assists. He currently plays for 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

 

RESOURCES

Game Notes 12-31-16

NHL Stats 12-31-16

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