Devils Pre-Game 1/3/17

New Jersey Devils (15-16-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (16-13-7)

 7PM • PNC Arena • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 4:50PM outside Devils’ Locker Room hallway: PNC Arena

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 vs. BOSTON 0

Cory Schneider recorded the 23rd shutout of his NHL career, his 14th with New Jersey, after stopping 22 of 22 of shots. It is his second shutout of the season and the second in his last four starts (Dec. 22: 4-0 vs. Phi.).

P.A. Parenteau scored the game-winner, his 11th goal of the season. It was his second GWG in 2016-17.

Sergey Kalinin notched his second goal of the season when a Miles Wood pass deflected off his skate and into the net. Kalinin also assisted on Taylor Hall’s empty-net tally, giving him two points on the night. The assist was Wood’s first in his NHL career.

Hall also recorded two points in his first game back from injury (lower body, two games missed). He leads New Jersey in points with nine goals and 16 assists (25pts).

Steven Santini made his season-debut and recorded the first point of his NHL career with an assist on Parenteau’s goal. He had 11:53 TOI, was a +2, and recorded two hits.

Jon Merrill also notched an assist on Kalinin’s third period marker. He has two points (2a) in his last 2GP.

 

INJURIES

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

John Moore (I.R., concussion, one game missed). 

Jacob Josefson (illness, one game missed).

Travis Zajac (illness, one game missed).

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 67

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 2- Claimed Reid Boucher off waivers from Nashville (NHL). Assigned Yohann Auvitu to Albany (AHL). 

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

Dec. 31- Placed John Moore on Injured Reserve. 

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).

 

DEVILS VS. HURRICANES

Tonight is the third of four games between New Jersey and Carolina in 2016-17. The teams will meet for their season-series finale Mar. 25 at Prudential Center. 

New Jersey is 5-3-0 at PNC Arena and is 9-5-1 against the Hurricanes overall since the 2013-14 season.

The Devils defeated the Hurricanes, 4-1, Nov. 6 at PNC Arena. Michael Cammalleri recorded a natural hat trick, which was his first hat-trick as a Devil. In their second meeting, New Jersey defeated Carolina, 3-2 SO, when P.A. Parenteau scored one goal and then had the game-decider in the shootout.

The Devils are 4-4-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 9-9-5 facing Eastern Conference opponents this season. Tonight closes the eighth of 18 back-to-back sets for the team this season. New Jersey is 3-3-2 in first games and 3-2-2 in second games of back-to-back matches.

Cammalleri has 5g-4ga-9pts over his last seven games against Carolina. 

Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid are a combined 9-4-1 all-time vs. the Hurricanes.

 

2016-17

Record: 2-0-0 (1-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 7-3 (4-1 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 62-67 (21-34 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-5 (0.0%)/ 4-5 (80.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (3g-3pts), Bennett (2a-2pts), Zajac (2a-2pts); Car.- Staal (1g-1a-2pts), five players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .971 save%), Schneider (1-0-0, 1.85, .939); Car.- Lack (0-1-0, 3.17 GAA, .850 save%), Ward (0-0-1, 1.85, .951).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 67-46-11 (29-25-8 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 389-342 (185-169 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (9g-17a-26pts); Cammalleri (10g-8a-18pts), Greene (5g-11a-16pts); Car.- Staal (12g-12a-24pts), Skinner (10g-4a-14pts), Hainsey (5g-6a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (4-1-0, 1.55 GAA, .951 save%), Schneider (5-3-1, 1.89, .936), Wedgewood (0-1-0, 3.08, .870); Car.- Lack (1-3-0, 3.09 GAA, .883 save%), Ward (12-15-3, 2.61, .904).

 

HURRICANES CONNECTIONS

Lee Stempniak skated in 63 games with New Jersey in 2015-16; scoring 16g-25a-41pts and adding 34 PIM…Jordan Staal (1st round/2nd overall) was the first player Devils’ Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero selected in his first year as Pittsburgh’s GM in 2006…Hurricanes’ Pro Scout/Advisor Joe Nieuwendyk was a member of New Jersey’s 2003 Stanley Cup team…Carolina D Brett Pesce was born in Tarrytown, NY. 

 

 UPCOMING MILESTONES:

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

Cory Schneider– Needs 2GP for 300 in career.

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

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Devils are 1-0-0 in the 2017 calendar year. New Jersey was 33-38-10 and was 13-25-6 on the road in 2016.

SCHNEIDER SAVING

Cory Schneider has two shutouts in his last four starts. On Dec. 22 vs. the Flyers, he stopped 16 of 16 shots for his 13th shutout with New Jersey. On Jan. 2 he stonewalled the Bruins, saving 22 of 22 shots. Schneider has 14 shutouts as a Devil and 23 in his NHL career. He is currently ranked second on the club trailing only Martin Brodeur (124).

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 10-4-2 at home, outscoring their opponents 46-44.

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 20:20. 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 57 goals over the last 24 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, T. Hall) 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 679 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN

Andy Greene has skated in 349 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 one goal and two assists in five games played for Canada.

F Joey Anderson (3rd, 2016) is playing for the United States and has one assist in 5GP. 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 is tied for second among d-men in the tournament (J. Siegenthaler- SUI) with one goal and five assists. He currently plays for SKA St. Petersburg (KHL). 

THIS DAY IN DEVILS’ HISTORY

Jan. 3, 1995- The Devils defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 1-0, in their first-ever game at McNichols Sports Arena. Martin Brodeur made 30 saves for the shutout, while Steve Thomas scored the game-winner.

 

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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