New Jersey Devils (16-16-7) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (17-12-8)
7:30PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN
Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)
- 10:30AM Morning Skate: Prudential Center
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 at CAROLINA 1
The Devils won two straight games for the first time since Dec. 3-6.
Cory Schneider stopped 29 of 30 shots and has secured victories in his last two starts. The last time Schneider won consecutive games was from Nov. 8-15 (3-0-0).
Michael Cammalleri scored his third game-winning goal of the season. Cammalleri also assisted on Adam Henrique’s second period marker giving him a two-point night. Henrique opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season and assisted on Cammalleri’s game-winner for his sixth multiple point game of 16-17.
Kyle Palmieri sealed the win with an empty net goal. It was his eighth goal of the season. Palmieri also notched an assist on Cammalleri’s goal, giving him his third multiple-point performance of the season.
The line of Cammalleri, Henrique and Palmieri was a combined +9.
Damon Severson had an assist. He leads all Devils’ defensemen with 19 points (3g-16a).
Vernon Fiddler (I.R., lower body, four games missed).
John Moore (I.R., concussion, two games missed).
Jacob Josefson (illness, two games missed).
Andy Greene (upper body) is day-to-day.
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 70
Jan. 5- Recalled Seth Helgeson from Albany (AHL).
Jan. 4- Reid Boucher was claimed on waivers by Vancouver (NHL).
Jan. 3- Placed Reid Boucher on waivers.
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).
DEVILS VS. MAPLE LEAFS
Tonight is the second of three games between New Jersey and Toronto this season. The clubs will wrap-up their season series Mar. 23 at Air Canada Centre. The Devils defeated the Leafs, 5-4 SO, in their first match-up Nov. 23 at Prudential Center. The team responded by scoring four goals in the final two periods when they trailed Toronto, 3-0, after the first period.
Jacob Josefson scored the game-deciding goal for New Jersey. Yohann Auvitu tied the game with 6:50 remaining to force overtime. Michael Cammalleri had a four-point night (1g-3a) and Travis Zajac also scored three points (1g-2a).
The Devils have won their last five games vs. Toronto at Prudential Center. They have not lost in regulation against the Maple Leafs since Apr. 15, 2013 (6-0-4).
New Jersey is 5-5-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and is 10-9-5 against the Eastern Conference. The club opens its ninth of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 3-3-2 in first games and is 4-2-2 in second games.
At 6-0-3, Cory Schneider has not lost a game in regulation against Toronto in his career.
Record: 1-0-0 (1-0-0 at home)
Goals For/Against: 5-4 (5-4 at home)
Shots For/Against: 30-31 (30-31 at home)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-3 (33.3%)/2-3 (66.7%)
Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (1g-3a-4pts), Zajac (1g-2a-3pts), five players with 1pt. each.; Tor.- Matthews (2g-1a-3pts), Hyman (2a-2pts), six players with 1pt. each.
Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (1-0-0, 3.69 GAA, .871 save%); Tor.- Enroth (0-0-1, 3.71 GAA, .867 save%).
ALL-TIME-Record: 44-40-20 (26-15-10 at home)
Goals For/Against: 313-311 (175-150 at home)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (6g-9a-15pts), Parenteau (4g-10a-14pts), Zajac (5g-7a-12pts); Tor.- van Riemsdyk (9g-6a-15pts), Lupul (7g-8a-15pts), Bozak (7g-7a-14pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-1, 1.85 GAA, .949 save%), Schneider (6-0-3, 1.81, .935); Tor.- Andersen (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .957 save%), Enroth (1-3-2, 2.85, .888), Sparks (1-1-0, 2.89, .903).
MAPLE LEAFS CONNECTIONS
Michael Cammalleri was born in Toronto…Adam Henrique is from nearby Brantford, Ont…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald played two seasons with Toronto from 2002-04…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served as Head Coach of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Toronto in 2003-04…Maple Leafs’ General Manager Lou Lamoriello served the Devils as GM for 28 seasons from 1987-2015 & guided New Jersey to 3 Stanley Cup Championships…P.A. Parenteau was a member of the Maple Leafs for one season, 2015-16, in which he led the Maple Leafs with 20 goals…Devante Smith-Pelly was born in Scarborough, Ont…Toronto’s President Brendan Shanahan was New Jersey’s first choice, 2nd overall, in the 1987 Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Devils from 1987-91 and rejoined the club midway through the 2008-09 campaign…Former Devils’ Head Coach/Special Assignment Coach Jacques Lemaire is now a Special Assignment Coach for Toronto…James van Riemsdyk is from Middletown, NJ.
Cory Schneider– Could appear in his 300th career NHL game tonight.
Andy Greene– Needs 7pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The Devils are 2-0-0 in the 2017 calendar year. New Jersey was 33-38-10 and was 20-13-4 at Prudential Center in 2016.
Cory Schneider has two shutouts in his last five 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.
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.
Damon Severson leads defensemen and is sixth on the Devils in scoring with 3g-16a-19pts. 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 20:14. He ranks 10th in TOI in the NHL among forwards (9th- Zajac, 20:18) and is averaging appx. 1:14 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 60 goals over the last 25 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 86 regulation/OT goals (18.6%) 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.
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 680 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 350 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.
John Quenneville and Joseph Blandisi were named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic which will be held from Jan.29-30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA.
DEVILS AT WORLD JUNIORS
Four Devils’ participated in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships which took place from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Montreal and Toronto.
F Blake Speers (3rd round, 2015) and F Michael McLeod (1st, 2016) skated 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 six games played for Canada.
F Joey Anderson (3rd, 2016) is played for the United States and has two assists in 6GP. Anderson is in his first collegiate season at University of Minnesota-Duluth.
D Yegor Rykov (5th, 2016) is represented Russia as an alternate captain. Rykov 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).
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