Devils Pre-Game 2/12/17

New Jersey Devils (23-21-10) vs. San Jose Sharks (33-18-5)

 12:30PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • *10:20AM Head Coach John Hynes availability outside Devils’ Locker Room

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 vs. BUFFALO 1

New Jersey snapped its seven-game win-less streak (0-5-2) at home and improved to a 11-9-4 record overall at Prudential Center in 2016-17. The Devils swept Buffalo (3-0-0) in their three-game season-series for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

The Devils out-shot Buffalo, 39-23. It was the most shots New Jersey has had in 40 games.

Pavel Zacha scored the game-winning goal on the power play. The rookie has four goals, three assists and seven points over the last nine games. He had just seven points (2g-5a) over the first 37 games he played this season. Zacha also had an assist on Adam Henrique’s power play goal. Seven of Zacha’s 14 points this year have been on the power play.

Henrique extended his point-streak to five games when he scored a power play goal. He has four goals and three assists (7pts) since Jan. 26. Henrique leads the Devils with 15 goals and is third on the squad with 31 points.

Michael Cammalleri recorded two assists and is tied for second on the club with 20 helpers (T. Zajac, D. Severson).

Cory Schneider improved to 17-15-8 on the season, stopping 22 of 23 shots.

 

INJURIES

John Moore (I.R., concussion, 17 games missed).

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

Jon Merrill (I.R., upper body, three games missed).

Kyle Quincey (upper body, one game missed) is out.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 128

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 11- Recalled Joseph Blandisi from Albany (AHL).

Feb. 7- Assigned Karl Stollery and Joseph Blandisi to Albany (AHL).

Feb. 6- Recalled Karl Stollery from Albany (AHL).

Feb. 5- Assigned Karl Stollery to Albany (AHL).

Feb. 4- Traded Vernon Fiddler to the Nashville Predators, in exchange for Nashville’s fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. 

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

 

DEVILS VS. SHARKS

Tonight is the second of two meetings between the Devils and Sharks in 2016-17. New Jersey fell, 4-0, to San Jose in their first match-up, Nov. 21, at SAP Center. Keith Kinkaid stopped 37 of 41 shots in the loss. It was the first of three times the club has been shut out by an opponent this season. 

The Devils are 1-2-0 in matinee games this season and are 0-1-0 at Prudential Center. New Jersey is 5-4-3 against the Pacific Division and is 9-8-5 against Western Conference teams. The Devils have not defeated San Jose at Prudential Center since Feb. 11, 2011 (0-2-2) and are 2-4-2 overall vs. the Sharks since the 2010-11 season.

Taylor Hall has four points (3g-1a) in his last four games against San Jose. Travis Zajac has three goals (3pts) over his last three games vs. the Sharks.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home) 

Goals For/Against: 0-4 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 26-41 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-3 (0.0%)/4-5 (80.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- none; SJ- Burns (1g-1a-2pts), six players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 4.00 GAA, .902 save%); SJ- Jones (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save%).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 19-13-4 (10-6-3 at home)

Goals For/Against: 110-88 (63-46 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (13g-15a-28pts), Hall (11g-11a-22pts), Zajac (4g-3a-7pts); SJ- Thornton (19g-28a-47pts), Marleau (11g-9a-20pts), Pavelski (5g-7a-12pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-1-0, 1 ShO, 2.00 GAA, .944 save%), Schneider (4-5-2, 3.14, .908); SJ- Jones (2-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.55 GAA, .930 save%).

 

SHARKS CONNECTIONS

Goaltending Coach Chris Terreri played parts of two seasons with the Sharks from 1995-97…Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer served the Devils in the same capacity from Jul. 19, 2011-Dec. 26, 2014…San Jose’s Director of Player Development Larry Robinson served as Head Coach and led the Devils to the 2000 Stanley Cup Championship; he also served as an Assistant Coach for the team’s 1995 Cup & as a Special Assignment Coach on the 2003 Cup-winning squad…Sharks’ Assistant/Goaltending coach Johan Hedberg played for the Devils for three seasons from 2010-2013 & served as Albany’s (AHL) goaltending coach in 2014-15…San Jose defenseman Paul Martin was New Jersey’s fifth choice (second round), 62nd overall, in the 2000 Entry Draft and played six seasons with the Devils from 2003-10…Sharks’ D David Schlemko played 67 games with the Devils in the 2015-16 season…Devils’ Assistant Coach Ryane Clowe spent nine-plus seasons with the San Jose organization from 2003-2013, scoring 101g-170a-271pts.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Andy Greene– Needs 6pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.

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

P.A. Parenteau– Needs 8pts. for 300 in his career.

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 9a for 100 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 345 of 371 shots over his last 14 games (.930 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 six games away from Prudential Center and has points in their last seven (6-0-1). The Devils have out-scored their opponents 21-10 in the last six road contests. The club is ranked first in the NHL with a 88.8% 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 11-9-4 at home.

PERCENTAGE FOR MILES

Rookie forward Miles Wood is 10th among NHL rookies with a 11.3 shooting-percentage. He has seven goals on 62 shots in 35 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 sixth (tie, Parenteau) on the Devils in scoring with 3g-21a-24pts. 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 seven of their next eight 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 1g on Feb. 4 at CBJ to tie Randy McKay (151g) for 11th 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. 

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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