Devils Pre-Game 2/16/17

New Jersey Devils (24-22-10) vs. Ottawa Senators (29-19-6)

7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • *10:30 Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 vs. COLORADO 2

The Devils improved to 2-1-0 on their season-long, five-game home-stand.

Pavel Zacha opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season. He has five goals and two assists (7 points) over his last 10 games. Andy Greene scored his fourth goal of the season on the power play. Kyle Palmieri had the Devils’ third goal of the evening and the eventual game-winner. He has six goals and two assists (8pts) over the last 11 games.

Stefan Noesen and Jacob Josefson recorded the assists on Zacha’s marker. It was the first assist of Noesen’s NHL career. Travis Zajac had the lone helper on Greene’s power play goal, which tied him with Bobby Holik for 9th all-time in franchise history with 270 assists. Taylor Hall picked-up his team-leading 24th assist on Palmieri’s goal.

Cory Schneider made his 42nd start of the season and stopped 28 of 30 shots for his 18th win of 2016-17.

 

INJURIES

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

Kyle Quincey (upper body, three games missed).

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 133

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 14- Activated Jon Merrill from Injured Reserve.

Feb. 12- Activated John Moore from I.R.

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- Activated Andy Greene from I.R. Assigned Luke Gazdic to Albany (AHL) 

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

 

DEVILS VS. SENATORS

Tonight is the second of three games between New Jersey and Ottawa in 2016-17. The clubs will meet for their season-series finale Feb. 21 at Prudential Center. The Devils fell, 3-1, against Ottawa on Dec. 17 at Canadian Tire Centre. Keith Kinkaid stopped 28 of 30 shots in the loss. John Moore notched the Devils’ lone goal.

The Devils are playing their fourth of five consecutive home games. The club is 7-8-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and is 14-13-5 against Eastern Conference opponents.

New Jersey is 3-1-0 at Prudential Center and is 6-3-1 overall vs. Ottawa since the 2013-14 season. 

Cory Schneider has a career .945 save-percentage vs. the Senators, which is his best save-percentage among Eastern Conference opponents.  Michael Cammalleri has seven points (3g-4a) over his last five games against Ottawa.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 1-3 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 30-31 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-1 (0.0%)/1-1 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Moore (1g-1pt), Cammalleri (1a-1pt), Zajac (1a-1pt); OTT- Smith (1g-1a-2pts), Kelly (2a-2pts), five players with 1pt each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 2.06 GAA, .933 save%); OTT- Condon (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .967 save%).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 52-27-9 (27-13-3 at home)  

Goals For/Against: 231-204 (122-98 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (10g-13a-23pts), Zajac (4g-17a-21pts), Greene (1g-9a-10pts); OTT- Kelly (7g-12a-19pts), Karlsson (2g-14a-16pts), two with 11pts each.

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 2.06 GAA, .933 save%), Schneider (6-1-1, 1 ShO, 1.59, .945); OTT- Anderson (8-3-1, 2 ShO, 2.18 GAA, .939 save%), Condon (3-0-1, 1.70, .935), Hammond (0-1-1, 2.51, .891).

 

SENATORS CONNECTIONS

Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero was Ottawa’s Assistant GM from 1993-98…Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron served the Senators as an amateur scout for eight years, 1991-1999…Stefan Noesen was drafted by Ottawa in the first round (2nd choice, 21st overall) in the 2011 Draft. He was traded to Anaheim with J. Silfverberg and Ott. 1st rnd pick (N. Ritchie) in the 2014 Draft for Bobby Ryan…P.A. Parenteau was born in nearby Hull, Que…Ottawa goaltender Mike Condon attended and skated for Princeton University from 2009-13…Bobby Ryan was born in Cherry, Hill, NJ.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Andy Greene– Needs 5pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.

P.A. Parenteau– Needs 7pts. for 300 in his career.

Jon Merrill– Needs 7GP for 200 as a Devil/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 5-5-3 vs. the Pacific Division, 5-4-2 vs. the Central Division, and is 10-9-5 overall against Western Conference opponents.

PROSPECT WATCH

Devils’ prospect Yegor Rykov was named the 2017 Sweden Hockey Games Tournament’s Best Defenseman which took place in Gothenburg, Swe. from Feb. 9-12. The Sweden Hockey Games is the third of four Euro Hockey Tour tournaments during the 2016-17 season. Rykov, New Jersey’s 7th choice (5th rnd/132nd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, represented the Russian national team that won the tournament, defeating the Czech Republic, 4-2, in the final contest. He had two assists in three games for Team Russia.

SCHNEIDER SAVING

Cory Schneider has stopped 407 of 438 shots against in his last 16 games for a .929 save-percentage. 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 12-10-4 at home.

PERCENTAGE FOR MILES

Rookie forward Miles Wood is 10th (tie, Marner, TOR) among NHL rookies with a 10.8 shooting-percentage. He has seven goals on 65 shots in 37 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). Noesen had his first NHL assist Feb. 14 vs. Col.

SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads defensemen and is seventh 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 five of their next six games at Prudential Center. They are at home in nine of 11 games in February. New Jersey has 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 Feb. 14 vs. Col., he tied Bobby Holik for 9th all-time in franchise history with 270 assists. 

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

Feb. 16, 1984- New Jersey defeated Hartford, 6-5 OT, Brendan Byrne Arena after Jan Ludvig scored in overtime. Tim Higgins (2g), Mel Bridgeman (2a) and Tom Lever (2a) led the way for the Devils with 2pts each. Glenn Resch stopped 26 of 31 shots in the victory.

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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