Devils Pre-Game 1/31/17

New Jersey Devils (20-21-9) at Detroit Red Wings (20-20-9)

 7:30PM ET • Joe Louis Arena • MSG+2 • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30AM Morning Skate at Joe Louis Arena

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 vs. WASHINGTON 5

New Jersey fell to 1-2-0 in their four-game season-series with Washington. The clubs will meet for their season-series finale on Mar. 2 at Verizon Center. Through 50 games, New Jersey is 10-9-3 at Prudential Center and is 20-21-9 overall this season. The Devils have lost six consecutive games on home ice (0-5-1).

Stefan Noesen scored his first goal as a Devil, his third of the season, in his New Jersey debut. It was the second time this season that a player has scored in his first game with New Jersey (P.A. Parenteau; 1g, Oct. 13 vs. Fla.). Pavel Zacha and Jacob Josefson had assists on Noesen’s goal. Zacha has 1g-1a over his last three games. Josefson has 2a over his last three games.

Adam Henrique notched his team-leading 12th goal (tie, Parenteau) of 2016-17. Michael Cammalleri and Parenteau recorded the helpers on Henrique’s marker. 

Keith Kinkaid made his 14th start of the season and was credited with the loss. He stopped 13 of 17 shots in 30:18 of action. Cory Schneider relieved Kinkaid at 10:19 of the second period. Schneider stopped all 18 shots he faced on the night.

 

INJURIES

John Moore (I.R., concussion, 13 games missed).

Andy Greene (I.R., upper body, 11 games missed).

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 115

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 30- Recalled Seth HelgesonSteven Santini and Karl Stollery from Albany (AHL).

Jan. 26-  Assigned Seth Helgeson, Steven Santini and Karl Stollery to Albany (AHL).

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. RED WINGS

Tomorrow is the second of three games between the Devils and Red Wings in 2016-17. New Jersey fell, 5-4 OT, to Detroit at Prudential Center on Nov. 25. John MooreMichael CammalleriAdam Henrique and Pavel Zacha each scored in the contest. Moore (1g-1a), Cammalleri (1g-1a), and Travis Zajac (2a) each collected two points. The clubs will meet for their their season-series and regular season finale on Apr. 9 at Joe Louis Arena. It will be the final regular season NHL game at The Joe. 

New Jersey is 5-8-3 vs. Atlantic Division opponents and is 11-13-5 against the Eastern Conference in 2016-17. The Devils are 2-3-0 at Joe Louis Arena and are 4-5-2 overall vs. Detroit since the 2011-12 season. The Devils have won their previous four road games.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-0-1 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 4-5 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 19-33 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-5 (20.0%)/3-3 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Moore (1g-1a-2pts), Cammalleri (1g-1a-2pts), Zajac (2a); Det.- Nielsen (2g-1a-3pts), three players with 2pts each.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-0-1, 4.83 GAA, .848 save%); Det.- Howard (0-0-0, 5.21 GAA, .667 save%), Mrazek (1-0-0, 3.48, .813).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 28-28-10 (12-19-2 on the road) 

Goals For/Against: 208-204 (105-117 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (12g-17a-29pts), Palmieri (4g-6a-10pts), three players with 7pts each.; Det.- Nielsen (10g-15a-25pts), Green (9g-10a-19pts), Vanek (11g-5a-16pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save%), Schneider (3-6-2, 3.16, .892); Det.- Howard (3-2-1, 2.63 GAA, .887 save%), Mrazek (3-1-0, 1 ShO, 2.18, .892).

 

RED WINGS CONNECTIONS

John Hynes spent six seasons, 2003-09, as Head Coach of USA Hockey’s National Development Program, which was based out of Ann Arbor during his tenure…Kyle Palmieri (2007-09) and Jon Merrill (2008-10) also played for the Nat’l Program…Kyle Quincey spent parts of eight seasons with the Red Wings (2005-08, 2012-16)…Andy Greene hails from Trenton, MI…Jon Merrill was born in Oklahoma City, OK but grew up in Brighton, MI…Merrill and Michael Cammalleri both attended the University of Michigan…Merrill and Detroit’s Luke Glendening were teammates at UM for two seasons 2010-12…Red Wings’ F Drew Miller was born in Dover, NJ…Kyle Palmieri and Riley Sheahan were teammates at Notre Dame (CCHA) in 2009-10. Stefan Noesen played for the Plymouth Whalers OHL from 2009-13.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

Adam Henrique– Expected to play in his 400th NHL game/as a Devil tonight.

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

P.A. Parenteau– Needs 9pts. for 300 in his career

Jon Merrill– Needs 9GP for 200 as a Devil/career.

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HALLSTAR REPEAT

Metropolitan Division forward Taylor Hall became the only player to win back-to-back All-Star Game titles under the 3-on-3 format. Hall was a member of the Pacific Division team that won in 2016. Hall was a combined 1g-3a-4pts in two games, recording the lone assist on MVP Wayne Simmonds’ game-winning goal in the Final.

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 231 of 248 shots over his last ten games (.931 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 all-time 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 .920 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 10-9-3 at home.

SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads defensemen and is seventh 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 9 of their next 12 games 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. 

A-DEVIL ALL-STARS

John Quenneville, Joseph Blandisi, and Vojtech Mozik were named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic but were sidelined from the contest due to illess. Quenneville is seventh (tie) in points among AHL rookies (10g-18a-28pts). Blandisi has 7g-16a-23pts in 28 games played. Mozik, a defenseman, has 6g-5a-10pts and is a +13 in 38 games played.

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

Jan. 31, 1984- Glenn Resch is the winning goaltender and Joe Cirella scores a goal as the Wales Conference defeats the Campbell Conference at the 36th NHL All-Star Game, played at Meadowlands Arena before a capacity crowd of 18,939. 

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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