Devils Pre-Game 2/3/17

New Jersey Devils (21-21-9) vs. Calgary Flames (26-24-3)

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 at DETROIT 3

New Jersey improved to 1-0-1 in their three-game season-series with Detroit. The clubs will meet for their season-series and regular-season finale on Apr. 9 at Joe Louis Arena.

New Jersey scored two shorthanded goals and now have five on the season. It was the first time the Devils had two shorthanded goals in a game since Dec. 8, 2011 vs. OTT.

Stefan Noesen opened the scoring and has two goals in his first two games as a Devil. Kyle Palmieri recorded two goals on the night including his first career shorthanded goal.

Adam Henrique appeared in his 400th NHL game/as a Devil and scored his team-leading 13th goal (tie, Palmieri) and his second shorthanded goal of the season. With the goal Henrique passed Jason Arnott for 21st in franchise history with 111 goals.

Pavel Zacha and Jacob Josefson had the assists on Noesen’s goal and they each have two assists in their last two games. Taylor Hall picked up his team-leading 21st assist and 32nd point on Palmieri’s goal in the second.

Cory Schneider improved to 15-15-7 on the season and stopped 27 of 30 shots. Schneider has stopped 258 of 278 shots over his last 11 games (.928 save%).

 

INJURIES

John Moore (I.R., concussion, 14 games missed).

Andy Greene (I.R., upper body, 12 games missed).

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

Jon Merrill (I.R., upper body).

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 118

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 2- Placed Luke Gazdic on waivers. Placed Jon Merrill on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Jan. 31. 

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 I.R., 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).

 

DEVILS VS. FLAMES

Tonight is the second and final regular-season meeting between New Jersey and Calgary in 2016-17. The Devils defeated the Flames, 2-1, Jan. 13 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall scored for New Jersey in the contest. Keith Kinkaid stopped 31 of 32 shots for the win in his first career game vs. the Flames.

New Jersey is 5-4-2 vs. the Pacific Division and is 9-8-4 against Western Conference opponents this season. The Devils are 1-2-0 at Prudential Center and are 2-4-1 overall vs. the Flames since the 2013-14 season.

Hall has nine points (3g-6a) in his last six games vs. Calgary.

 

2016-17

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 2-1 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 36-32

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-4 (25.0%)/2-2 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Palmieri (1g-1a-2pts), Hall (1g-1pt), three players with 1a each.; Cgy.- Monahan (1g-1pt), two players with 1a each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .969 save%); Cgy.- Johnson (0-1-0, 2.05 GAA, .944 save%).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 19-33-8 (12-18-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 170-215 (82-104 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Hall (8g-16a-24pts), Fiddler (7g-14a-21pts), two players with 14pts each.; Cgy.- Versteeg (9g-9a-18pts), Wideman (8g-7a-15pts), Stajan (8g-6a-14pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .969 save%), Schneider (5-5-0, 2.09, .932); Cgy.- Elliott (3-4-0, 1 ShO, 2.59 GAA, .894 save%), Johnson (2-2-0, 2.01, .927).

 

FLAMES CONNECTIONS

Taylor Hall was born in Calgary…Michael Cammalleri played three-plus seasons with Calgary: 2008-09 & 2012-14…Johnny Gaudreau is from Salem, NJ and played for Gloucester Catholic High School from 2007-10…Flames’ Director of Player Development Troy Crowder spent three years in the Devils’ organization as a player from 1988-1991…Flames’ Assistant Coach Dave Cameron spent two seasons with New Jersey as a player from 1982-1984.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

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

Jon Merrill– Needs 8GP for 200 as a Devil/career.

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

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

HALL-STAR 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. He 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 258 of 278 shots over his last 11 games (.928 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).

ROAD REVENGE

After starting the season 0-3-2 in their first five road games, New Jersey has won their last five games away from Prudential Center and has points in their last six (5-0-1). The Devils have out-scored their opponents 16-9 in the last five road contests. The club is ranked third in the NHL with a 88.5% penalty-kill on the road and is second (tie, CGY) with five shorthanded goals.

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.

PERCENTAGE FOR MILES

Rookie forward Miles Wood is seventh among NHL rookies with a 12.7 shooting-percentage. He has seven goals on 55 shots in 32 games played this season.

NOES-EN FOR THE NET

Stefan Noesen has two goals in his first two games with New Jersey since being claimed off waivers from Anaheim on Jan. 25. Noesen is the first Devil to score in his first two games with the club since Devante Smith-Pelly (Mar. 1-3, 2g-1a).

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 nine of their next 11 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. 

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

Feb. 3, 2006- The Devils honor former captain Scott Stevens by retiring his no. 4 jersey.

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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