Devils Pre-Game 1/17/17

New Jersey Devils (18-18-9) at Minnesota Wild (28-9-5)

 8PM ET • Xcel Energy Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30AM CT Morning Skate at Xcel Energy Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at VANCOUVER 1 (OT)

The Devils swept the Canucks in their season-series, 2-0-0, and have won five straight games against Vancouver dating back to Feb. 17, 2015.

Kyle Quincey scored his third goal of the season. Taylor Hall scored the game-winning goal at 1:28 of overtime and led the Devils with four shots on net. Hall is tied with Travis Zajac for the team-lead in points with 28.

Travis Zajac recorded his team-leading 19th assist on Hall’s overtime goal. Zajac played in the 743rd game of his career, tying him with Colin White for 10th in Devils’ franchise history.

Damon Severson assisted Quincey’s goal for his 21st point of 2016-17 (3g-18a-21pts), which matches his career-high point-total from last season.

Beau Bennett also added an assist on Quincey’s goal.

Cory Schneider stopped 21 of 22 shots against and improved to 13-14-7. He has stopped 172 of 183 shots over his last seven starts (.940 save%).

 

INJURIES

Vernon Fiddler (I.R., lower body, 10 games missed).

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

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

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

Sergey Kalinin (lower body/blocked shot, two games missed) is day to day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 98

 

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 Injured Reserve. 

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

 

DEVILS VS. WILD

Tonight is the second and final regular sesaon meeting between the Devils and Wild. New Jersey defeated Minnesota, 2-1 OT, Oct. 22 at Prudential Center. Taylor Hall scored the overtime goal for the Devils and Cory Schneider stopped 28 of 29 shots against for the victory.

The Devils are 3-4-2 against the Central Division and are 8-7-4 against Western Conference opponents. New Jersey is 4-4-1 all time at Xcel Energy Center and his defeated the Wild in each of their last three games.

Adam Henrique has 6 points (3g-3a) over his last five games vs. Minnesota.

 

2016-17

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 on the road)

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

Shots For/Against: 32-29 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-3 (0.0%)/3-3 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Hall (1g-1pt), Parenteau (1g-1pt), three players with 1a each.; Min.- Eriksson Ek (1g-1pt), Zucker (1a-1pt).

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (1-0-0, 0.99 GAA, .966 save%); Min.- Dubnyk (0-0-1, 1.98 GAA, .938 save%).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 12-5-2 (4-4-1 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 60-49 (23-28 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (8g-11a-19pts), Fiddler (9g-9a-18pts), Hall (5g-7a-11pts); Min.- Staal (7g-18a-25pts), Pominville (11g-9a-20pts), two with 10pts.

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-0-0, 3.82 GAA, .875 save %), Schneider (10-6-0, 2.24, .915); Min.- Dubnyk (1-0-2, 3.29, .901), Kuemper (0-3-0, 3.04, .857), Stalock (1-1-0, 3.51, .877).

 

WILD CONNECTIONS

Seth Helgeson is a native of Faribault, MN and played college hockey for University of Minnesota (WCHA/Big 10)…Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero is a native of St. Paul, MN…Head Coach John Hynes coached Ryan Suter as an assistant with the USDP-17 in 2001-02, the 2002 World Under-18 Championships & at the 2004 World Junior Championships…Wild F Zach Parise played seven seasons with the Devils and served as captain during his final season with the club 2011-12…Former Devils’ assistant coach and captain, Scott Stevens, is an assistant coach for Minnesota…As a player, he captained the Devils from 1992-2004, won three Stanley Cup Championships, and the 2000 Conn Smythe Trophy…He served the Devils as a special assignment coach from 2009-2012, as an assistant coach in 2012-14, and as a co-coach for part of the 2014-15 season…Former Devils’ defensemen Brad Bombardir and Ricard Persson both currently hold positions with the Wild; Bombardir is Minnesota’s Director of Player Development, while Persson serves as a European scout.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

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

Adam Henrique– Needs 6GP 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 wrap-up their four-game Western Conference road-trip in Minnesota, and made stops in Edmonton(2-3 OT), Calgary (2-1), and Vancouver (2-1 OT). The Devils are 2-0-1 on the trip. Last season, the Devils were 2-2-0 when visiting those cities. New Jersey is 5-3-2 vs. the Pacific Division, 3-4-2 vs. the Central Division, and is 8-7-4 overall against Western Conference opponents.

SCHNEIDER SAVING

Cory Schneider has stopped 172 of 183 shots over his last seven starts (.940 save%). 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-18a-21pts. He has four multi-point games this season. Severson tied his career-high of 21pts with an assist Jan. 15 at Van. (also, 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 19:51. He ranks 16th in TOI in the NHL among forwards (10th- Zajac, 20:10). 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 11th all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 7th all-time among forwards. He will pass Colin White for 11th all-time with 744 games tonight vs. Min.  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. 15 at Van., he passed Brian Rafalski for 9th all-time in assists in franchise history with 268. 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, 97 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

Jan. 17, 2000- The Devils defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2, at Continental Airlines Arena. Patrik Elias, Bobby Holik, John Madden, Brendan Morrison, and Krzysztof Oliwa (GWG) each scored in the contest.

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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