Devils Pre-Game 1/9/17

New Jersey Devils (16-17-8) vs. Florida Panthers (17-16-8)

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

 

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 vs. EDMONTON 2 (OT)

New Jersey completed their ninth of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 3-4-2 in first games and are 4-2-3 in second games of back-to-backs.

Cory Schneider stopped 41 of 43 shots, falling to 12-13-5 on the season. 41 saves is the second-most he has made in a game this season (44, Dec. 8 at Mtl.).

Miles Wood scored the Devils’ lone goal, his fifth of the season in the first period. Travis Zajac and Steven Santini picked up the assists on Wood’s goal.

Damon Severson had a career-high 28:05 of ice-time tonight. 

 

INJURIES

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

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

Jacob Josefson (I.R., illness, four games missed).

Andy Greene (upper body, two games missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 78

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 7- Placed Jacob Josefson on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 31. Recalled Yohann Auvitu from Albany (AHL).

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. PANTHERS

Tonight is the third and final regular season game between New Jersey and Florida in the 2016-17 season. The Devils lost the first two games against the Panthers in overtime (0-0-2) at BB&T Center. 

The club is 5-6-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and is 10-10-5 against Eastern Conference opponents.

The Devils are 6-1-0 vs. Florida at Prudential Center since the 2012-13 season. New Jersey is 7-4-2 overall vs. the Panthers since 2012-13.

P.A. Parenteau has points in his last four games (3g-1a) against the Panthers. Beau Bennett has five assists (5pts) in six career games vs. Florida.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-0-2 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 4-6 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 58-65 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-6 (16.7%)/4-6 (66.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Parenteau (2g-2pts), Zacha (1g-1a-2pts), Severson (2a-2pts); Fla.- Trocheck (2g-2pts), Barkov (1g-1a-2pts), Marchessault (1g-1a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-0-2, 2.84 GAA, .908 save%); Fla.- Luongo (1-0-0, 0.96 GAA, .958 save%), Reimer (1-0-0, 2.81, .912)

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 52-27-12 (30-11-6 at home)

Goals For/Against: 258-202 (141-91 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (10g-15a-25pts), Cammalleri (8g-7a-15pts), Parenteau (5g-8a-13pts); Fla.- Jagr (36g-61a-97pts), Jokinen (8g-6a-14pts), Yandle (1g-10a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-1-0, 2.02 GAA, .940 save%), Schneider (4-3-2, 2.47, .910); Fla. Luongo (11-16-0, 3 ShO, 2.86 GAA, .909 save%), Reimer (6-3-2, 1 ShO, 2.51, .918).

PANTHERS CONNECTIONS

Panthers’ associate coach Dave Barr played for the Devils from 1991-1993, scoring 12g-20a-32pts in 103 GP. He also served as an assistant coach for the Devils from 2011-2014. Jaromir Jagr was traded by the Devils to Florida on Feb. 26, 2015 for the Panthers’ second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in 2016. Jagr scored 35g-61a-96pts in 139 GP over parts of two seasons with New Jersey. On June 6, 2016 the Devils obtained Marc Savard and a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from Florida for Paul Thompson and Graham Black. 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

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

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Devils are 2-1-1 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). 

Over his last four starts, Jan. 2-7, he has stopped 94 of 100 shots faced.

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 10-5-3 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 20:05. He ranks 13th in TOI in the NHL among forwards (10th- Zajac, 20:14). 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 63 goals over the last 27 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 89 regulation/OT goals (17.9%) 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. 

IRON MAN STREAK SNAPPED

Andy Greene’s 350 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012 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, 93 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. Quenneville ranks fourth in points among AHL rookies (10g-17a-27pts) and leads Albany in points. Blandisi has 6g-14a-20pts in 24 games played.

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). 

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

Jan. 9, 1987- Kirk Muller scored two goals and Mark Johnson had the game-winner in a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota North Stars at Metropolitan Sports Center. Bob Suave stopped 37 of 40 shots for the win in goal.

GAME RESOURCES

1-9-17 Game Notes

NHL Stats 1-9-17

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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