Devils Pre-Game 1/2

New Jersey Devils (14-16-7) vs. Boston Bruins (20-15-4)

 7PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • 10:30 Morning Skate: Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 vs. WASHINGTON 6

New Jersey finished its home-and-home set with Washington 1-1-0.

Kyle Palmieri scored his seventh goal of the season. Beau Bennett notched his second goal in 2016-17. It was his first point in his last 11 games.

Ben Lovejoy and Jon Merrill notched the assists on Bennett’s goal. It was Merrill’s first point of the season. It was Lovejoy’s first point since Dec. 6 vs. Van. (11 games).

Keith Kinkaid made his second consecutive start and fell to 4-4-2 on the season. He stopped 20 of 26 shots.

 

INJURIES

Taylor Hall (lower body, two games missed) is day-to-day.

Vernon Fiddler (I.R., lower body, two games missed).

John Moore (I.R., concussion).

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 63

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 1- Recalled Steven Santini from Albany (AHL).

Dec. 31- Placed John Moore on Injured Reserve. 

Dec. 28- Placed Vernon Fiddler on I.R. 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. BRUINS

Tomorrow is the second of three meetings against the Bruins in 2016-17. Boston won the first game, 2-1, on Oct. 20. The clubs will wrap-up their season series on Mar. 4 at TD Garden.

The Devils are 4-5-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 8-9-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. New Jersey is 2-2-1 at Prudential Center and is 3-5-2 vs. the Bruins since the 2013-14 season.

Kyle Palmieri scored the lone goal (PP) against Boston for the Devils on Oct. 20. Michael Cammalleri has 7g-10a-17pts. in 21 career games against the Bruins.

 

 

2016-17

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 1-2 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 29-36 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-3 (33.3%)/4-4 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Palmieri (1g-1pt), Severson (1a-1pt), Josefson (1a-1pt); Bos.- Marchand (1g-1a-2pts), four players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-1-0, 2.04 GAA, .944 save%); Bos.- Rask (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .966 save%).

 

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 44-56-19 (24-26-8 at home)

Goals For/Against: 315-376 (145-168 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (7g-10a-17pts), Zajac (7g-7a-14pts), two with 8pts. each.; Bos.- Bergeron (12g-16a-28pts), Chara (5g-20a-25pts), Krejci (5g-14a-19pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .975 save%), Schneider (1-4-2, 2.70, .922); Bos.- Khudobin (2-2-0, 3.09 GAA, .873 save%), Rask (5-3-2, 2 ShO, 1.51, .946).

 

BRUINS CONNECTIONS

Cory Schneider is from Marblehead, MA…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served with the Bruins in the same role from 2007-14…Schneider, Steven Santini, Miles Wood and Goaltending Development Coach Scott Clemmensen all attended Boston College…Prospect J.D. Dudek (6th round/2014), currently plays for B.C…Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero’s son, Chris, also plays for the Eagles, as do Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald’s sons Ryan (Boston’s fourth round pick in 2013) and Casey (Buffalo’s third round pick in 2016)…Fitzgerald hails from Billerica, MA…Head Coach John Hynes played three seasons at Boston University and also served as an Assistant Coach at B.U. for two seasons from 1996-98…Development/Skills Coach Pertti Hasanen served B.U. as an assistant coach for five seasons (1988-90, 1995-98)…Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spent the majority of the 2006-07 season behind the Devils’ bench…Boston’s Assistant Coach Jay Pandolfo played 13 seasons in New Jersey and was a member of its 1999-00 and 2002-03 Stanley Cup Championship teams…Bruins’ Development Coach Jamie Langenbrunner played nine seasons with the Devils from 2002-11, served as captain from Dec. 5, 2007-Jan. 7, 2011 & was a member of the 2003 Championship team…Boston’s Scout Tom McVie served as Devils’ Head Coach for parts of three seasons: 1983-84, 1990-91 & 1991-92.

 

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 first game of the 2017 calendar year. The Devils were 33-37-10 in 2016 and were 20-13-4 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.

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 9-4-2 at home.

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 18 goals and 53 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.)

 Travis Zajac is 10th among NHL forwards, averaging 20:18 of ice-time per game.

DEFENSE PROVIDING OFFENSE

New Jersey’s defensemen have provided 10 of the team’s last 54 goals over the last 23 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 83 regulation/OT goals (19.3%) through 35 games this season. In 2015-16, the Devils’ defense provided 20 of the team’s 182 goals last season (10.9%).

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 fifth on the club in points and is second in goals (tie, A. Henrique) 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 678 games with New Jersey.

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 348 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 four games played for Canada.

F Joey Anderson (3rd, 2016) is playing for the United States and has one assist in 4GP. 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 in the  tournament with one goal and five assists. He currently plays for SKA St. Petersburg (KHL).

THIS DAY IN DEVILS’ HISTORY

Jan 2, 1992- Craig Billington stops 16 of 16 shots to lead New Jersey to a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Brendan Byrne Arena. Claude Lemieux, Scott Stevens, Claude Vilgrain, and Eric Weinrich each score for the Devils.

GAME RESOURCES

NHL Stats 1-2-17
Game Notes 1-2-17

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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