Devils Pre-Game 1/7/17

New Jersey Devils (16-17-7) vs. Edmonton Oilers (20-13-7)

 7PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • No Morning Skate
  • Taylor Hall will be available to the media at 4:35 at the banner outside of the Devils’ Locker Room. At 4:50, Head Coach John Hynes will be available at the same place.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 vs. TORONTO 4

The Devils out-shot the Maple Leafs, 32-14, including 14-0 in the third period. New Jersey not allowing a single shot in the third period ties a franchise record (also, Oct. 29, 2002 in 3rd period of a 2-1 loss vs. Carolina & Oct. 10, 1998 in 1st period of a 2-1 loss at Chicago).

Cory Schneider started his 300th career NHL game. He stopped two of five shots before being relieved by Keith Kinkaid. Schneider was credited with the loss. Kinkaid stopped eight of nine shots in 43:26 of action.

P.A. Parenteau scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season on the power play. He has six goals over his last 10 games.

Jon Merrill scored his first goal of the season at 17:13 of the third period. It was his first goal in 48 games.

Miles Wood, Damon Severson, Adam Henrique and Devante Smith-Pelly each recorded one assist.

 

INJURIES

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

John Moore (I.R., concussion, three games missed). 

Jacob Josefson (illness, three games missed).

Andy Greene (upper body, one game missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 74

 

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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. OILERS

Tonight is the first of two games between the Devils and Oilers this season. New Jersey was 1-1-0 against Edmonton in 2015-16.

New Jersey is 2-1-0 vs. Edmonton at Prudential Center and is 3-2-1 overall since the 2013-14 season.

The Devils are 3-3-0 vs. Pacific Division opponents this season and are 6-7-2 against the Western Conference.

Cory Schneider has a 1.57 GAA in 12 career games vs. Edmonton.

 

2015-16

Record: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 3-6 (2-1 at home)

Shots For/Against: 46-47 (20-26 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 3-9 (33.3%)/8-9 (88.9%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Henrique (1g-1a-2pts), Boucher (1g-1a-2pts), seven with 1pt. each.; Edm.- Draisaitl (1g-2a-3pts), Hall (1g-2a-3pts), Eberle (2a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 4.12 GAA, .846 save%), Schneider (1-0-0, 1.00, .950); Edm.- Gustavsson (2-0-0, 0.96 GAA, .960 save%), Talbot (0-1-0, 2.08, .923).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 25-27-8 (13-16-2 at home)

Goals For/Against: 190-206 (92-95 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (12g-14a-26pts), Fiddler (4g-12a-16pts), Palmieri (4g-5a-9pts); Edm.- Lucic (8g-9a-17pts), Sekera (1g-8a-9pts), Eberle (2g-4a-6pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 4.12 GAA, .846 save%), Schneider (7-3-0, 2 ShO, 1.57, .936); Edm.- Gustavsson (7-1-1, 2.39 GAA, .907 save%), Talbot (2-1-1, 2.05, .915).

OILERS CONNECTIONS

Mark Fayne was the Devils’ fifth choice (155th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft and played four seasons with NJ from 2010-14…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward spent five years with the Oilers’ organization from 2001-06, including two-plus seasons as head coach of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate; spent 2005-06 as Oilers’ Development Coach…Vernon Fiddler was born in Edmonton, Alta…Taylor Hall spent six seasons with the Oilers before being traded to New Jersey for Adam Larsson…Larsson was the Devils’ first choice (4th overall) at the 2011 NHL Draft.

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

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

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Devils are 2-1-0 in the 2017 calendar year. New Jersey was 33-38-10 and was 20-13-4 at Prudential Center in 2016.

SCHNEIDER SAVING

Cory Schneider has two shutouts in his last six 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 10-5-2 at home.

SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads defensemen and is sixth on the Devils in scoring with 3g-17a-20pts. 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 ranks second in NHL in average ice-time per game among left-wingers with 20:10. He ranks 12th in TOI in the NHL among forwards (10th- Zajac, 20:15) and is averaging appx. 1:10 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 62 goals over the last 26 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 88 regulation/OT goals (18.1%) 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 681 games with New Jersey. 

IRON MAN STREAK SNAPPED

Andy Greene’s 350 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012-Jan. 3, 2017, came to a close on Jan. 6 vs. Tor. 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.

Adam Henrique, 92 consecutive games played, now has the longest streak among current Devils.

A-DEVIL ALL-STARS

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. All four prospects received medals with their respective countries.

F Blake Speers (3rd round, 2015) and F Michael McLeod (1st, 2016) won silver medals with Team Canada. McLeod had 2g-1a-3pts and Speers had 1g-2a-3pts in the tournament.

F Joey Anderson (3rd, 2016) won gold with the United States. He had 2a in the tournament. Anderson is in his first collegiate season at University of Minnesota-Duluth. 

D Yegor Rykov (5th, 2016) won a bronze medal representing Russia as an alternate captain. Rykov was second among d-men in the tournament with 1g-6a-7pts. He currently plays for SKA St. Petersburg (KHL). 

GAME RESOURCES

Game Notes 1-7-17

NHL Stats 1-7-17

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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