Devils Pre-Game 1/15/17

New Jersey Devils (17-18-9) at Vancouver Canucks (20-19-5)

 7PM ET • Rogers Arena • MSG+ • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media in the hallway outside of the Devils’ locker room at 1:50PM PT.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at CALGARY 1

New Jersey improved to 7-12-6 on the road and 17-18-9 overall as they defeated the Flames for the first time in Calgary since Dec. 23, 2007 (1-0 OT). The Devils snapped their four game losing streak (0-2-2) and improved to 1-0-1 on their current four-game Western Conference road-trip.

New Jersey completed their 10th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils are 3-4-3 in first games and are 5-3-2 in second games of back-to-backs. 

Kyle Palmieri scored the Devils first marker and added an assist on Taylor Hall’s power play goal. Palmieri has three points (1g-2a) in his last two games.

Hall scored the eventual game-winning goal on the power play at 18:31 of the first period. It was his 10th goal and his team-leading 27th point (tie, T. Zajac).

Travis Zajac had his team-leading 18th assist on Palmieri’s goal. Zajac has two points (1g-1a) in his last two games played and is tied with Hall for the team-lead in points with 27.

Jon Merrill recorded his third assist of the season on Palmieri’s goal.

Karl Stollery got his first career NHL point with an assist on Hall’s second period goal.

Keith Kinkaid stopped 31 of 32 shots in his 11th start of the season, while improving to 5-4-2.

 

INJURIES

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

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

Andy Greene (I.R., upper body, five games missed) is day-to-day.

Yohann Auvitu (I.R., lower body, three game missed) is day-to-day.

Sergey Kalinin (lower body/blocked shot, one game missed) is day to day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 93

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 13- Assigned Nick Lappin to Albany (AHL). Activated Jacob Josefson off Injured Reserve.

Jan. 10- Placed Andy Greene (upper body) on I.R., 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 I.R., 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 I.R. 

Dec. 28- Placed Vernon Fiddler on I.R. Recalled Luke Gazdic from Albany (AHL).

 

DEVILS VS. CANUCKS

Tonight is the second and final game between the Devils and Canucks in 2016-17. New Jersey defeated Vancouver, 3-2, in their first match-up on Dec. 6 at Prudential Center. Ben Lovejoy scored the game-winning goal for New Jersey while Taylor Hall (1g-1a) and Kyle Quincey (2a) led the way with two points each.

The Devils are 4-3-2 vs. the Pacific Division and are 7-7-4 against the Western Conference this season. 

Cory Schneider is 3-1-2 with a .925 save% against his former team. Michael Cammalleri has seven points (4g-3a) over his last four games against Vancouver. Taylor Hall has scored 2g-4a-6pts in his last three games vs. the Canucks.

New Jersey is 1-1-1 at Rogers Arena and is 4-1-2 overall against the Canucks since the 2013-14 season. 

 

2016-17

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 3-2 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 22-24 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-2 (50.0%)/2-3 (66.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Hall (1g-1a-2pts), Quincey (2a-2pts), five players with 1pt. each.; Van.- D. Sedin (1g-1a-2pts), four players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .917 save%); Van.- Markstrom (0-1-0, 3.06 GAA, .864 save%).

 

ALL-TIME-Record: 23-32-6 (7-19-3 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 170-191 (70-105 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ-  Cammalleri (17g-15a-32pts), Hall (7g-19a-26pts), two players with 8pts. each.; Van.- Henrik Sedin (3g-12a-15pts), Loui Eriksson (7g-6a-13pts), two players with 12pts. each.

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-0-0, 2.85 GAA, .903 save%), Schneider (3-1-2, 2.14, .925); Van.- Markstrom (1-5-0, 3.39 GAA, .868 save%), Miller (13-11-6-, 3 ShO, 2.14, .926)

 

CANUCKS CONNECTIONS

Cory Schneider was Vancouver’s first choice, 26th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft and played parts of five seasons with the Canucks from 2008-13. New Jersey traded the ninth overall selection in the 2013 Draft to acquire Schneider on Jun. 30, 2013. The Canucks used that pick to select Bo Horvat…John Moore and Derek Dorsett were teammates in both Columbus and with the NY Rangers; they were both acquired by NY in the trade that sent Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets…Brandon Sutter is the son of former Head Coach Brent Sutter.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

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

Adam Henrique– Needs 7GP for 400 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 continue their 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 4-3-2 vs. the Pacific Division, 3-4-2 vs. the Central Division, and is 7-7-4 overall against Western Conference opponents. 

SCHNEIDER SAVING

Cory Schneider has stopped 151 of 161 shots (.938 save%) over 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 STONEWALLING

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. On Jan. 13 at Cgy. he saved 31 of 32 shots for his fifth win 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 third in NHL in average ice-time per game among left-wingers with 19:52. He ranks 17th in TOI in the NHL among forwards (10th- Zajac, 20:12). 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.)

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.  On Jan. 13 vs. Cgy, he tied Brian Rafalski for 10th all-time in assists in franchise history with 267. 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, 96 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 fifth in points among AHL rookies (10g-17a-27pts) and leads Albany in points. Blandisi has 6g-14a-20pts in 24 games played.

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

On Jan. 15, 2009 the Devils signed Brendan Shanahan as a free agent for his second stint with the club. He scored six goals and eight assists over the last 34 games of his Hall of Fame career with the Devils.

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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