Devils Pre-Game 1/12/17

New Jersey Devils (16-18-8) at Edmonton Oilers (21-15-7)

 9PM ET • Rogers Place • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30AM MT Morning Skate at Rogers Place

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 0 vs. FLORIDA 3

New Jersey was shut out for the third time this season as they completed their season series, 0-1-2, against the Florida Panthers. The club surrendered two empty-net goals in the third period.

Despite stopping 26 of 27 shots, Cory Schneider fell to 12-14-6 on the season. He has stopped 120 of 127 shots-faced (.944 save%) over his last five games.

Kyle Quincey paced the Devils in ice-time with 23:09. Adam Henrique was 10-14 (71%) in the faceoff circle. Steven Santini recorded 5 hits and has 16 hits over five games played this season.

 

INJURIES

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

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

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

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

Yohann Auvitu (lower body, one game missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 83

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 10- Placed Andy Greene (upper body) on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Jan. 3. Placed Yohann Auvitu (lower body) on I.R., retroactive to Jan. 7. Recalled Karl Stollery and Blake Coleman from Albany (AHL). 

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. OILERS

Tonight is the second and final game between the Devils and Oilers this regular-season. New Jersey fell, 2-1 OT, against Edmonton Jan. 7 at Prudential Center. Miles Wood scored the lone goal for New Jersey in the contest.

Cory Schneider stopped 41 of 43 shots on goal in the OT loss. He is now 7-3-1 with a 1.60 GAA in his career vs. Edmonton.The Devils open their four-game Western Conference road-trip tonight and their 10th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 3-4-2 in first games and is 4-2-3 in second games of back-to-backs. New Jersey is 3-3-1 vs. the Pacific Division and is 6-7-3 against Western Conference opponents this season.

New Jersey is 1-1-1 in Edmonton and is 3-2-2 overall vs. the Oilers since the 2013-14 season.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-0-1 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 1-2 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 20-43 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-1 (0.0%)/1-2 (50.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Wood (1g-1pt), Zajac (1a-1pt), Santini (1a-1pt); Edm.- Benning (1g-1pt), Letestu (1g-1pt), four players with 1a each.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-0-1, 1.89 GAA, .953 save%); Edm.- Talbot (1-0-0, 0.94 GAA, .950).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 25-27-9 (12-11-6 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 191-208 (98-111 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (12g-14a-26pts), Fiddler (4g-12a-16pts), Palmieri (4g-5a-9pts); Edm- Lucic (8g-9a-17pts), Sekera (1g-9a-10pts), Eberle (2g-4a-6pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 4.12 GAA, .846 save%), Schneider (7-3-1, 2 ShO, 1.60, .938); Edm.- Gustavsson (7-1-1, 2.39 GAA, .907 save%), Talbot (2-1-0, 1.66, .925).

 

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…Luke Gazdic signed with the Devils this offseason after spending three seasons with the Edmonton organization.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

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

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HALLSTAR

Taylor Hall was named a representative for the Metropolitan Division for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game that will take place in Los Angeles from Jan. 28-29 at Staples Center. This will be his second consecutive all-star game as he represented the Oilers in 2015-16. 

WESTWORLD

Tonight the Devils begin a four-game Western Conference road-trip; making stops in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Minnesota. Last season, the Devils were 2-2-0 when visiting those cities. New Jersey is 3-3-1 vs. the Pacific Division, 3-4-2 vs. the Central Division, and is 6-7-3 overall against Western Conference opponents. 

SCHNEIDER SAVING

Cory Schneider has two shutouts in his last seven 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 five starts, Jan. 2-9, he has stopped 120 of 127 (.945 save%) 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 10-6-3 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, 20:15). 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 28 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, 94 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. 12, 1992- The Devils obtained Troy Mallette from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for David Maley.

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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