Devils Pre-Game 1/21/17

New Jersey Devils (19-19-9) at Philadelphia Flyers (22-18-6)

 7:00PM ET • Wells Fargo Center • MSG+2 • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

New Jersey will not have a morning skate on Saturday.

Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media in the hallway outside of the Devils’ Locker Room at 4:50pm.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY vs. MONTREAL

The Devils had their three game winning streak snapped tonight, falling 3-1, to Montreal. Despite the regulation loss, New Jersey has points in seven of its last 10 games.

 

The Devils are now 0-2-0 against the Canadiens in 2016-17. The clubs will wrap-up their season-series Feb. 27 at Prudential Center.

 

Steven Santini scored his second career goal, the lone goal for New Jersey, at 4:00 of the first period to put the Devils ahead 1-0. It is was his second goal in the last five games.

 

Taylor Hall and P.A. Parenteau each tallied an assist on Santini’s marker.

 

Keith Kinkaid stopped 23 of 26 shots and fell to 5-5-2 on the season.

 

 

 

INJURIES

Vernon Fiddler (I.R., lower body, 12 games missed).

John Moore (I.R., concussion, 10 games missed). 

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

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

Jon Merrill (Illness, one game missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 106

 

 

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. FLYERS

Tonight is the second of five games between the Devils and Flyers in 2016-17. New Jersey shut out Philadelphia, 4-0, on Dec. 22 at Prudential Center. Cory Schneider stopped 16 shots for his 13th shutout as a Devil. Four different Devils scored in the contest. Adam Henrique and P.A. Parenteau led the squad with one goal and one assist each. The teams will square-off again Mar. 16 at in New Jersey.

 

Tonight closes out the Devils’ 11th of 18 back-to-back sets. New Jersey is 3-5-3 in first games and is 5-2-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The club is 5-4-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division division and is 10-12-5 against Eastern Conference opponents.

 

The Devils are 6-1-1 at Wells Fargo Center and are 12-3-3 overall against Philadelphia since the 2012-13 season. 

 

Taylor Hall has 10 points (5g-5a) in seven career games vs. Phi. Travis Zajac’s has more points (32) vs. the Flyers than any other opponent.

 

 

2016-17

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 4-0 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 22-16 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-6 (33.3%)/2-2 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Henrique (1g-1a-2pts), Parenteau (1g-1a-2pts), seven players with 1pt each.; Phi.- none.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save%); Phi.- Mason (0-1-0, 6.00 GAA, .750 save%), Stolarz (0-0-0, 3.00, .857).

 

 

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 102-76-21 (40-47-12 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 605-597 (269-320 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (12g-20a-32pts), Henrique (11g-7a-18pts), Greene (2g-14a-16pts); Phi.- Giroux (9g-25a-34pts), Simmonds (10g-7a-17pts), Streit (4g-13a-17pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .926 save%), Schneider (5-3-1, 1 ShO, 2.40, .913); Phi.- Mason (0-8-0, 3.80 GAA, .856 save%), Neuvirth (6-2-5, 1 ShO, 2.09, .923), Stolarz (0-0-0, 3.00, .857).

 

FLYERS CONNECTIONS

Executive VP/GM Ray Shero’s father, Fred, served as Philadelphia’s Head Coach from 1971-78; the Flyers went to four Stanley Cup Finals under Shero and won back-to-back championships in 1974 & 75…Flyers’ President Paul Holmgren & Senior VP Bobby Clarke both played for Fred Shero during his tenure as Head Coach…Travis Zajac played under Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol at the University of North Dakota from 2004-06…John Moore was teammates with Steve Mason and Jakub Voracek during his time spent with Columbus…Flyers’ prospect Anthony Stolarz was born in Edison, NJ and played youth hockey with the New Jersey Youth Devils, NJ Jr. Titans and New Jersey Hitmen. 

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Adam Henrique– Needs 4GP 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 10-7-3 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 19:38. He ranks 19th in TOI in the NHL among forwards (12th- Zajac, 20:05). 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, Joseph Blandisi, and Vojtech Mozik 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. Mozik, a defenseman, has 4g-5a-9pts and is a +11 in 34 games played.

  

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

Jan. 21, 2014- 11,432 Devils’ fan trudged through over one foot of snow to watch the Devils defeat the St. Louis Blues, 7-1, at Prudential Center. Cory Schneider stopped 26 of 27 shots. Damien Brunner (1g-2a-3pts) and Eric Gelinas (1g-2a-3pts) each led New Jersey with 3pts.

 

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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