Devils Pre-Game 2/19/17

New Jersey Devils (25-23-10) at New York Islanders (26-21-10

6PM ET • Barclays Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • *Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media in the hallway outside of the Devils’ Locker Room at 3:50pm

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 vs. NY ISLANDERS 2

The New Jersey Devils completed their season-long, five-game home-stand with a record of 3-2-0. The club is now 13-11-4 at Prudential Center this season.

Travis Zajac scored the first shorthanded goal for New Jersey at home this season, which gives the club six overall in 2016-17. The Devils are ranked sixth (tie, CAR & CBJ) in the league in SHGs.

Devante Smith-Pelly opened the scoring for New Jersey with his third goal of the season. Zajac notched his 11th goal of the season; his eighth career shorthanded goal. The goal was the 152nd of his career, which ties Brian Gionta for 10th in franchise history. Pavel Zacha scored his eighth goal, the game-winner, in the third period.

Cory Schneider started in his season-high eighth consecutive game. He stopped 40 of 42 shots to improve to 19-17-8. Schneider successfully stopped a John Tavares penalty shot at 8:10 of the first period. He has not allowed a goal in the last six penalty shots he has faced.

 

INJURIES

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 135

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 18- Sergey Kalinin cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany (AHL). Acquired Viktor Loov from Toronto in exchange for Sergey Kalinin.

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

Tomorrow is the second of four games between the Devils and Islanders in 2016-17. New Jersey won the first game of this home-and-home set 3-2 last night at Prudential Center. The clubs will meet again on Mar. 31 at Barclays Center before wrapping up their season-series Apr. 8 at The Rock.

This is New Jersey’s 13th of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. The club is 4-5-4 in first contests and is 7-2-3 in second games on consecutive days.

The club is 8-5-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and is 15-14-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. The Devils have not defeated the Isles on the road since Mar. 1, 2014 (0-3-2), but is 10-9-6 overall against them since the 2011-12 season.

Travis Zajac’s has more points vs. the Islanders, 33pts (12g-21a), than any other opponent in his career.

 

2016-17

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 3-2 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 21-42 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-2 (50.0%)/3-3 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (1g-1a-2pts), six players with 1pt each; NYI- Ladd (1g-1pt), Beauvillier (1g-1pt), three players with 1pt each.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .952 save%); NYI- Greiss (0-1-0, 3.08 GAA, .857 save%).

ALL-TIME

Record: 84-90-26 (35-52-14 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 599-632 (276-335 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (12g-21a-33pts), Henrique (5g-8a-13pts), Cammalleri (3g-7a-10pts); NYI- Tavares (12g-9a-21pts), Bailey (8g-10a-18pts), Ladd (9g-6a-15pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-2, 2.24 GAA, .921 save%), Schneider (3-5-1, 1.88, .936); NYI- Greiss (2-3-0, 1 ShO, 1.80 GAA, .921 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 5GP for 200 as a Devil/career.

P.A. Parenteau– Needs 6pts. for 300 in his career.

Ben Lovejoy- Needs 8GP for 400 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 5-5-3 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 479 of 514 shots (.932 save%) in his last 18 games.games. 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 13-11-4 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-22a-25pts. 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 three of their next four games at Prudential Center. They are at home in nine of 11 games in February. New Jersey completed their season-long five-game home-stand, 3-2-0 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. 18 vs. NYI to tie Brian Gionta (152g) for 10th all-time in franchise history.  On Feb. 18 vs. NYI, he passed Bobby Holik for 9th all-time in franchise history with 271 assists. 

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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