Devils Pre-Game 1/24/17

New Jersey Devils (20-19-9) vs. Los Angeles Kings (22-21-4)

 7:00PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

10:30 Morning Skate at Barnabas Health Hockey House (optional skate)

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 at PHILADELPHIA 1

The Devils improved to 2-0-0 in 2016-17 against the Flyers and closed-out their 11th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 3-5-3 in first games of back-to-backs and is 6-2-3 in the second contest.

Pavel Zacha opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the year. Kyle Palmieri notched the game-winning goal and his 11th of the season on the power play at 15:51 of the second period. Miles Wood scored twice for the Devils and recorded the first multi-point game of his NHL career.

Michael Cammalleri had two assists. P.A. Parenteau assisted Palmieri’s goal and has three assists in his last three games. Taylor Hall assisted Wood’s power play goal.

Jacob Josefson, Kyle Quincey, Steven Santini and Karl Stollery each also added an assist in the Devils win.

Keith Kinkaid stopped 35 of 36 shots (.972 save%) and improved to 6-5-2 on the season.

 

 

 

INJURIES

John Moore (I.R., concussion, 11 games missed).

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

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 109

 

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 21- Assigned Blake Coleman to Albany (AHL). Activated Vernon Fiddler off Injured Reserve.

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

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. 

DEVILS VS. KINGS

Tonight is the second of two games between the Devils and Kings in 2016-17. New Jersey lost its first match-up, 4-2, vs. Los Angeles on Nov. 24 at Staples Center. John Moore and Nick Lappin each scored for New Jersey while Cory Schneider stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss.

The Devils are 5-3-2 against the Pacific Division and are 9-7-4 vs. Western Conference opponents.  New Jersey won their last game against Los Angeles at the Prudential Center, 1-0, when Keith Kinkaid stopped 28 shots for the first shutout of his NHL career. The club is 4-3-0 vs. LA since the 2013-14 season.

New Jersey has won four of its last five games entering tonight.

2016-17

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 2-4 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 23-28 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-2(0.0%)/1-1 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Moore (1g-1pt), Lappin (1g-1pt), four with 1a each.; LA- nine players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-1-0, 3.08 GAA, .889 save%); LA- Budaj (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .913 save%).

 

 

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 31-29-4 (18-13-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 202-205 (103-89 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (10g-6a-16pts), Hall (5g-8a-13pts), Fiddler (2g-9a-11pts); LA- Gaborik (11g-14a-25pts), Carter (12g-10a-22pts), Kopitar (4g-6a-10pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.48 GAA, .980 save %), Schneider (4-3-0, 1 ShO, 1.87, .932); LA- Budaj (2-0-0, 2.40 GAA, .912 save %), Quick (4-2-2, 2.05, .929), Zatkoff (0-1-0, 4.00, .892).

 

KINGS CONNECTIONS

Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero was selected by Los Angeles in the 11th round (216th overall) of the 1982 NHL Draft…Michael Cammalleri was Los Angeles’ third choice (second round), 49th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. He played five seasons with the Kings from 2002-08…Andy Greene, Jeff Zatkoff and Alec Martinez were teammates at the University of Miami of Ohio (CCHA) in 2005-06…Travis Zajac and Matt Greene both played for the University of North Dakota (WCHA) in 2004-05…Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall and Jordan Nolan were teammates with Windsor (OHL) for two seasons 2006-08…Kings’ Head Coach Darryl Sutter is the brother of former Devils’ Head Coach Brent Sutter…Beau Bennett hails from Gardena, California.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Adam Henrique– Needs 3GP 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. He stopped 35 of 36 shots Jan. 21 at Phi. Has a .923 save-percentage this 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 19:33. He ranks 21th 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-18a-28pts) and leads Albany in points. Blandisi has 7g-14a-21pts in 24 games played. Mozik, a defenseman, has 5g-5a-10pts and is a +12 in 36 games played.

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

Jan. 24, 1990- The Devils defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at Brendan Byrne Arena. John MacLean scored the game-winning goal and Sean Burke stopped 36 of 38 shots.

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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