Devils Pre-Game 2/4/17

New Jersey Devils (21-21-10) at Columbus Blue Jackets (33-12-5)

 7PM ET • Nationwide Arena • MSG • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30AM Morning Skate at Nationwide Arena

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 vs. CALGARY 4 (OT)

Adam Henrique notched his 14th goal of the season. He has a three-game, goal-streak and leads NJD in goals (tie, Palmieri). Henrique also assisted on Pavel Zacha’s PPG to give him his seventh multiple-point game. Zacha extended his point-streak to three games with his fifth goal (3 PP) of the season. Kyle Palmieri scored a power play goal and has three goals (3pts) over the last two games.

Miles Wood had the lone assist, his fifth, on Henrique’s goal and an assist on Palmieri’s PPG. Taylor Hall and Michael Cammalleri each recorded one assist.  Cammalleri has five assists (5pts) over his last five games. 

Cory Schneider fell to 15-15-8 on the season, stopping 34 of 38 shots.

 

INJURIES

John Moore (I.R., concussion, 15 games missed).

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

Jon Merrill (I.R., upper body, one game missed).

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 121

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 3- Removed Andy Greene from Injured Reserve. Assigned Luke Gazdic to Albany (AHL) 

Feb. 2- Placed Luke Gazdic on waivers. Placed Jon Merrill on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Jan. 31. Recalled Joseph Blandisi from Albany (AHL).

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.

 

DEVILS VS. BLUE JACKETS

Tonight is the first of four games between the Devils and Blue Jackets in 2016-17. The clubs will face-off again, Mar. 5 at Prudential Center. New Jersey was 1-4-0 against Columbus in the 2015-16 season. Kyle Palmieri had the most points of any Devil, scoring 3g-2a-5pts in five games vs. CBJ. The Devils only victory against the Blue Jackets last season was a 2-1 win on Mar. 20, 2016, in which Scott Wedgewood stopped 27 of 28 shots.

The Devils are closing out their 12th of 18 sets of back-to-back games tonight. New Jersey is 3-5-4 in first games and is 6-2-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The club is 6-5-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents and is 12-13-5 against the Eastern Conference in 2016-17.

New Jersey is 3-5-1 overall vs. Columbus and is 1-2-1 at Nationwide Arena since the 2014-15 season. Palmieri has four points (2g-2a) in his last two games vs. CBJ. Taylor Hall has 14pts (5g-9a) in 12 career games against the Blue Jackets.

 

2015-16

Record: 1-4-0 (0-2-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 8-18 (4-12 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 130-125 (56-58 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 3-20 (15.0%)/12-14 (85.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Palmieri (3g-2a-5pts), Zajac (4a-4pts), Boucher (2g-1a-3pts); CBJ- Calvert (1g-5a-6pts), Foligno (3g-2a-5pts), Karlsson (2g-3a-5pts). 

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-0, 5.73 GAA, .813 save%), Schneider (0-3-0, 3.54, .840), Wedgewood (1-0-0, 1.00, .964); CBJ- Bobrovsky (3-0-0, 1.67 GAA, .939 save%), Korpisalo (1-1-0, 1.52, .938).

ALL-TIME

Record: 12-9-4 (5-6-2 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 62-64 (33-41 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (11g-11a-22pts), Hall (5g-9a-14pts), Fiddler (8g-5a-13pts); CBJ- Dubinsky (15g-17a-32pts), Hartnell (12g-11a-23pts), Foligno (8g-8a-16pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-0, 5.73 GAA, .813 save%), Schneider (9-6-2, 2 ShO, 2.25, .920), Wedgewood (1-0-0, 1.00, .964); CBJ- Bobrovsky (7-3-1, 2.86 GAA, .903 save%), Forsberg (0-1-0, 3.04, .897), Korpisalo (1-1-0, 1.52, .938).

 

BLUE JACKETS CONNECTIONS

Devils Head Coach John Hynes served as an assistant coach with Columbus Head Coach John Tortorella on the United States’ 2016 World Cup of Hockey team…John Moore was Columbus’ first choice, 21st overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft; he saw action in 86 games with the Blue Jackets from 2011-13…Columbus forward David Clarkson played six-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2006-13…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald and Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell were teammates with Nashville for parts of two seasons from 2000-02…Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron held the same position with Columbus for nine seasons prior to being hired by the Devils on July 31, 2015.

 

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 5-4-3 vs. the Pacific Division, 4-4-2 vs. the Central Division, and is 9-8-5 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 292 of 316 shots over his last 12 games (.924 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 10-9-4 at home.

PERCENTAGE FOR MILES

Rookie forward Miles Wood is eighth among NHL rookies with a 12.7 shooting-percentage. He has seven goals on 55 shots in 33 games played this season.

NOES-EN FOR THE NET 

Stefan Noesen had 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 eight of their next 10 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. 4, 2010- New Jersey obtained Ilya KovalchukAnssi Salmela, #2 2010 Draft Pick (Jon Merrill) from Atlanta for Niclas Bergfors, Johnny Oduya, Patrice Cormier, #1 (later traded to Chicago- Kevin Hayes), #2 (later traded to Chicago- Justin Holl) 2010 Draft Picks.

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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