Devils Pre-Game 2/18/17

New Jersey Devils (24-23-10) vs. New York Islanders (26-20-10

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • *10:30 Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 0 vs. OTTAWA 3

New Jersey was shut out by an opponent for the fourth time this season and the first time since Jan. 9 vs. FLA (0-3).

Cory Schneider stopped 32 of 34 shots (+1 ENG) in the loss. It was his seventh consecutive start, which is the longest for him this season.

Beau Bennett was activated off I.R. after missing nine games with a lower body injury. He hit the post with a chance in the second period and skated in 13:47. Taylor Hall led the team with three shots on net. Jon Merrill had a season-high four blocked shots (also, Jan. 21 at PHI).

 

INJURIES

Kyle Quincey (I.R., upper body, three games missed).

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 134

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 17- Placed Sergey Kalinin on waivers.

Feb. 16- Activated Beau Bennett from Injured Reserve. Placed Kyle Quincey on I.R., retroactive to Feb. 4.

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. 

 

DEVILS VS. ISLANDERS

Tonight is the first of four games between the Devils and Islanders in 2016-17. The teams will meet for the conclusion of this home-and-home set tomorrow at Barclays Center. In 2015-16, New Jersey was 1-3-0 against New York, winning their only game in a shootout on Oct. 31, 2015 at Prudential Center.

This is New Jersey’s 13th of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. The club is 3-5-4 in first contests and is 7-2-3 in second games on consecutive days. The Devils are also facing-off in the final game of their season-long, five-game home-stand, in which they are 2-2-0.

The club is 7-5-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and is 14-14-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. Despite owning a 48-38-12 all-time record at home vs. the Isles, the Devils are 3-4-4 at the Rock against them since the 2011-12 season. However, New Jersey is 6-5-2 vs. the Islanders on the road since the 2011-12 season.

 

2015-16

Record: 1-3-0 (1-1-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 4-9 (3-3 at home)

Shots For/Against: 95-114 (44-50 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-12 (8.3%)/10-11 (90.9%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Parenteau (1g-1a-2pts), Quincey (1g-1a-2pts), Farnham (1g-1a-2pts); NYI- Zidlicky (2g-2a-4pts), Cizikas (2g-1a-3pts), Chimera (1g-2a-3pts).

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-0, 1.84 GAA, .917 save%), Schneider (1-3-0, 2.29, .922); NYI- Greiss (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save%), Halak (2-0-1, 1 ShO, 0.97, .956).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 83-90-26 (48-38-12 at home)

Goals For/Against: 596-630 (320-295 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (11g-20a-31pts), Henrique (5g-7a-12pts), Cammalleri (3g-7a-10pts); NYI- Tavares (12g-9a-21pts), Bailey (8g-10a-18pts), Ladd (8g-6a-14pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-2, 2.24 GAA, .921 save%), Schneider (2-5-1, 1.86, .933); NYI- Greiss (2-2-0, 1 ShO, 1.49 GAA, .935 save%), Halak (9-4-2, 3 ShO, 1.92, .931).

 

ISLANDERS CONNECTIONS

Kyle Palmieri was born in Smithtown, NY…Keith Kinkaid hails from Farmingville, NY…P.A. Parenteau skated in 161 games for the Islanders from 2010-2012. He was claimed off waivers by New Jersey from New York on Oct. 11, 2016…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine spent two seasons, 2002-04, with the Islanders organization; he saw action in three NHL games with the club in 2002- 03…Stephen Gionta spent 10 seasons with the Devils’ organization between the AHL and NHL and was a member of their 2012 Eastern Conference Championship team…Eric Boulton recorded 115 PIM in 51 games for New Jersey in 2011-12; he did not see any playoff action…Isles’ Assistant Coach Bob Corkum played a combined 29 regular season & playoff games for New Jersey during the 2000-01 season…NYI Goaltending Coach Mike Dunham spent five seasons with the Devils’ organization from 1993-1998 and won the AHL Calder Cup with the Albany River Rats in 1995.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

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

Jon Merrill- Needs 6GP for 200 as a Devil/career.

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

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 9a for 100 in his career. 

Ben Lovejoy– Needs 9GP for 400 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 rd/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 439 of 472 shots against in his last 17 games for a .928 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 five games away from Prudential Center and has points in their last eight (7-0-1). 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 12-11-4 at home.

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 four of their next five games at Prudential Center. They are at home in nine of 11 games in February. New Jersey is in season-long five-game home-stand at the Rock from Feb. 6-18, in which they are 2-2-0 

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 DATE IN HISTORY

Feb. 18, 2008- New Jersey defeated Carolina, 5-1, at Prudential Center. Zach PariseTravis ZajacJay PandolfoMike Mottau, and Johnny Oduya each scored in the contest. Martin Brodeur stopped 21 of 22 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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