Devils Pre-Game 1/20/17

New Jersey Devils (19-18-9) vs. Montreal Canadiens (27-13-6)

 7:30PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN

*Devils coverage on The One Jersey Network will begin at 7PM with exclusive pre-game content.

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 at MINNESOTA 3

The Devils finished 2-0-0 against the Wild in 2016-17 and closed-out their four-game Western Conference road-trip 3-0-1.

Pavel Zacha opened the scoring for the Devils with a power play goal in the second period. Adam Henrique notched his 11th goal of the season in the third period. Kyle Palmieri scored his 10th goal of the campaign and added an assist on Zacha’s power play goal. Beau Bennett had the game-winning goal at 17:43 of the third period.

Taylor Hall assisted on Henrique’s goal in the third period and now leads the team with 29 points. Damon Severson set a new career-high in points (3g-19a-22pts) with his assist on Palmieri’s goal. He is now tied for the team-lead with 19 assists (tie, T. Zajac).

Blake Coleman recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Bennett’s game-winner. Karl Stollery, P.A. Parenteau, Michael Cammalleri and Miles Wood each added an assist.

Cory Schneider stopped 32 of 35 shots against the Wild and improved to 14-14-7.

 

INJURIES

Vernon Fiddler (I.R., lower body, 11 games missed).

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

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

Yohann Auvitu (I.R., lower body, five games missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 101

 

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. CANADIENS

Tonight is the second of three meetings between the Devils and Canadiens in 2016-17. New Jersey fell, 5-2, against Montreal in their first match-up Dec. 8 at Bell Centre. Despite the loss Cory Schneider made a season-high 44 saves. Taylor Hall (1g-1a) and Adam Henrique (1g-1a) each had two point nights in the game. Henrique has six points (3g-3a) in his last four games against the Habs. The clubs will finish their season-series Feb. 27 at Prudential Center.

Tonight opens the club’s 11th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 3-4-3 in first games and is 5-2-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 5-7-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 10-11-5 against Eastern Conference opponents.

New Jersey is 3-3-2 at Prudential Center and is 7-6-3 against Montreal overall since the 2011-12 season.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home) 

Goals For/Against: 2-5 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 21-49 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-3 (33.3%)/2-2 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Hall (1g-1a-2pts), Henrique (1g-1a-2pts), two players with 1a each.; Mtl.- Four players with 2pts. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-1-0, 5.00 GAA, .898 save%); Mtl.- Price (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .905 save%).

ALL-TIME

Record: 63-44-11 (35-17-6 at home)

Goals For/Against: 339-305 (188-157 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (3g-12a-15pts), Henrique (4g-7a-11pts), two players with 8pts. each.; Mtl.- Plekanec (9g-8a-17pts), Pacioretty (9g-6a-15pts), Markov (2g-13a-15pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-2-0, 3.60 GAA, .892 save%), Schneider (1-2-2, 2.70, .914); Mtl.- Montoya (5-2-2, 1 ShO, 1.55 GAA, .938 save%, Price (11-10-1, 1 ShO, 2.37, .913). 

 

CANADIENS CONNECTIONS

Michael Cammalleri played three seasons with Montreal from 2009-12…Devante Smith-Pelly played in 66 games for the Habs between 2014-16, scoring 7g-8a-15pts…New Jersey traded Stefan Matteau to acquire Smith-Pelly on Feb. 29, 2016. Matteau played in 44 games for the Devils between 2013-16, scoring 3g-2a-5pts…P.A. Parenteau, a Hull, Que. native, skated in 56 games with Montreal in 2014-15…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine was born in Montreal; he played eight games for the Canadiens during the 1998-99 season…Nasreddine also saw action for both Quebec and Hamilton of the AHL during the 1999-00 campaign…Consultant Jacques Laperriere played his entire Hall-of-Fame career with the Canadiens and was a member of six Stanley Cup Championship teams…IceCaps’ forward Bobby Farnham skated in 50 games with New Jersey in 2015-16…Canadiens’ Associate Coach Kirk Muller played seven seasons with the Devils from 1984-91, served as captain for four seasons from 1987-1991 and ranks third in team history with 185g-335a-520pts. 

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Adam Henrique– Needs 5GP for 400 as a Devil/career.

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

The Devils were 3-0-1 on their most-recent, four-game Western Conference road-trip, which made stops in Edmonton(2-3 OT), Calgary (2-1), Vancouver (2-1 OT), and Minnesota (4-3). Last season, the Devils were 2-2-0 when visiting those cities. New Jersey is 5-3-2 vs. the Pacific Division, 4-4-2 vs. the Central Division, and is 9-7-4 overall against Western Conference opponents.

WILD WIN

The Devils defeated the Minnesota Wild, 4-3, on Jan. 17. Entering that game the Wild were 17-1-2 over their last 20 games and were in first place in the Western Conference. Trailing 2-1 after the second period, New Jersey scored three goals in the third period to secure the victory. It was the sixth time in 2016-17 that the Devils were able to win a game when trailing after two periods.

SCHNEIDER SAVING

Cory Schneider has stopped 204 of 218 shots over his last eight starts (.936 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-19a-22pts. He has four multi-point games this season. Severson surpassed his career-high of 21pts with an assist Jan. 17 at Min. in his 46th game of 2016-17. He 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 19:41. He ranks 19th in TOI in the NHL among forwards (11th- Zajac, 20:06). 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 passed Colin White for 10th all-time among skaters with 744 games Jan. 17 at 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 10th 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. 

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. 20, 2012- New Jersey obtained Alexei Ponikarovsky from Carolina in exchange for Joe Sova and a fourth-round 2012 Draft Pick (Jaccob Slavin).

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

 

GAME RESOURCES

Game Notes 1-20-17

NHL Stats 1-20-17

 

 

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