Devils Pre-Game 1/26/17

New Jersey Devils (20-20-9) vs. Washington Capitals (32-10-6)

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 vs. LOS ANGELES 3

The New Jersey Devils finished their two-game, season-series 0-2-0 against the Los Angeles Kings. This is the first time the Devils have been win-less against the Kings in a season since the clubs played only one match during the 2010-11 season (0-1-0). New Jersey is now 10-8-3 at home in 2016-17.

Kyle Quincey scored the Devils lone goal, his fourth of the season, to bring New Jersey within two goals. He has two points (1g-1a) over the last two games. Quincey leads New Jersey with a +7 rating.

Michael Cammalleri and Miles Wood were credited with the assists on Quincey’s marker. Cammalleri has three assists over his last two games. Wood has two goals and one assist over his last two games.

Cory Schneider made his 36th start of the season and was credited with the loss. He was relieved by Keith Kinkaid at the start of the second period. Schneider stopped nine of 12 shots in 20:00 of action. Kinkaid stopped all 13 shots he faced during the final two periods.

 

INJURIES

John Moore (I.R., concussion, 12 games missed).

Andy Greene (I.R., upper body, 10 games missed).

Beau Bennett (I.R., lower body, two games missed).

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 112

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 25- Placed Beau Bennett (lower body) on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Jan. 20. Claimed Stefan Noesen off waivers from Anaheim.

Jan. 24- Activated Yohann Auvitu off I.R. and assigned him to Albany (AHL).

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

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). 

DEVILS VS. CAPITALS

 

Tonight is the third of four meetings between the Devils and Capitals this season. New Jersey is 1-1-0 vs. Washington in 2016-17, having defeated the Caps, 2-1 SO, on Dec. 29; then fell, 6-2, on Dec. 31. The clubs will meet for their season-series finale on Mar. 2 at Verizon Center.

The Devils are looking to end their season-long, five-game win-less streak at Prudential Center (0-4-1). The Devils last home win came on Jan. 2 vs. Boston (3-0). New Jersey is 6-4-2 against Metropolitan Division opponents and is 11-12-5 vs. the Eastern Conference in 2016-17.

New Jersey is 2-3-2 at home and are 5-7-3 vs. Washington overall since the 2013-14 season. The Devils have killed-off 8-8 (100%) Capitals power play opportunities this season.  Michael Cammalleri has five points (2g-3a + 1 GDG) in seven games vs. the Capitals as a Devil.

 

2016-17

Record: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 4-7 (2-6 at home)

Shots For/Against: 50-70 (22-26 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-13 (0.0%)/8-8 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Five players with one point each.; Wsh.- seven players with two points each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-1-0, 3.36 GAA, .900 save%); Wsh.- Grubauer (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .913 save%), Holtby (0-0-1, 0.92, .963).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 77-85-11 (44-35-6 at home)

Goals For/Against: 483-551 (240-238 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (5g-19a-24pts), Cammalleri (7g-8a-15pts), Parenteau (5g-7a-12pts); Wsh.- Ovechkin (20g-25a-45pts), Williams (5g-22a-27pts), Backstrom (6g-20a-26pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-2-0, 3.62 GAA, .885 save%), Schneider (3-5-2, 1 ShO, 2.36, .914), Wedgewood (0-0-1, 0.96, .962); Wsh.- Grubauer (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .913 save%), Holtby (10-3-2, 3 ShO, 1.91, .929).

 

CAPITALS CONNECTIONS

Travis Zajac and Washington forwards Taylor Chorney and T.J. Oshie were teammates at the University of North Dakota in 2005-06…P.A. Parenteau and Caps’ forward Lars Eller were teammates on Montreal in 2014-15…Capitals’ defenseman John Carlson played for the NJ Rockets (ATJHL) for two seasons from 2005-07…New Jersey’s Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald played under Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz from 1998-2002; Fitzgerald served the Predators as team captain during each of those four seasons…Washington’s Associate Coach Todd Reirden was New Jersey’s 14th choice (12th round) and the 242nd overall pick in the 1990 Entry Draft…Head Coach John Hynes served as an assistant under Reirden with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2009-10 and succeeded him as Head Coach of the Penguins the following season.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Adam Henrique– Needs 2GP 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 this Saturday and Sunday 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 5-4-2 vs. the Pacific Division, 4-4-2 vs. the Central Division, and is 9-8-4 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 213 of 230 shots over his last nine starts (.926 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. He stopped 13 of 13 shots in relief of Cory Schneider on Jan. 24 vs. LA. Has a .925 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, 8-0-2, for the longest streak of being undefeated in regulation at home to start a season (previously, 1987-88, 8-0-1). The Devils are 10-8-3 at home.

SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads defensemen and is sixth (tie, Parenteau) 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.

HOMEWARD BOUND

The Devils will play 10 of their next 13 games, including tonight, at Prudential Center. They are at home in nine of 11 games in February. New Jersey will play a season-long five-game home-stand at the Rock from Feb. 6-18. 

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 eighth in points among AHL rookies (10g-18a-28pts) and leads Albany in points. Blandisi has 7g-14a-21pts in 26 games played. Mozik, a defenseman, has 5g-5a-10pts and is a +12 in 36 games played.

RETRO NIGHT

The Devils will wear their retro red and green jerseys tonight vs. Washington. It will be just the ninth time New Jersey has worn its original colors since donning the current red and black sweaters at the start of the 1992-93 season. The Devils are 2-6-0 in their eight previous retro games. 

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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