Devils Pre-Game 2/21/17

New Jersey Devils (25-24-10) vs. Ottawa Senators (31-20-6)

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • *10:30 Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 at NY ISLANDERS 6 

The Devils split their home-and-home series with the Islanders and concluded their 13th of 18 sets of back-to-back games in 2016-17. New Jersey is 4-5-4 in first games and is 7-3-3 in second games of back-to-backs.

The club’s eight-game road point-streak (7-0-1) was snapped with the loss.

Miles Wood opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season on the power play. Kyle Palmieri scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season and added an assist on Wood’s power play goal. Joseph Blandisi recorded his first goal of 2016-17.

Taylor Hall added a goal and two assists for his third three-point game of the campaign. Hall leads the team and was the first Devil to 40 points (14 g-26a) this season. Travis Zajac assisted Palmieri’s goal in the second, and also won 22 of 29 (76%) faceoffs on the night.

Keith Kinkaid made his 15th start of the season and fell to 6-7-2, while stopping 26 of 32 shots on goal. Kinkaid also recorded the first point of his NHL career with an assist on Hall’s power play goal.

 

INJURIES

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 136

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. SENATORS

Tonight is the third and final meeting between the Devils and Senators this season. New Jersey has never been held without a point in a season-series vs. Ottawa. The only season ever that New Jersey failed to win a game vs. the Senators was the 2012-13 season (0-1-2). The Devils were shut-out, 3-0, when the teams last met at Prudential Center on Feb. 16.

New Jersey is 3-2-1 at Prudential Center this month. The Devils are 7-9-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 15-15-5 against Eastern Conference opponents this 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 six games against Ottawa.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 1-6 (0-3 at home)

Shots For/Against: 51-66 (21-35 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-2 (0.0%)/2-3 (66.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Moore (1g-1pt), Cammalleri (1a-1pt), Zajac (1a-1pt); OTT- Smith (1g-2a-3pts), three players with 2pts each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 2.06 GAA, .933 save%), Schneider (0-1-0, 2.03, .941); OTT- Condon (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.50 GAA, .980 save%).

ALL-TIME

Record: 52-28-9 (27-14-3 at home)  

Goals For/Against: 231-207 (122-101 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (10g-13a-23pts), Zajac (4g-17a-21pts), Greene (1g-9a-10pts); OTT- Kelly (7g-12a-19pts), Karlsson (3g-14a-17pts), two with 11pts each.

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 2.06 GAA, .933 save%), Schneider (6-2-1, 1 ShO, 1.63, .945); OTT- Anderson (8-3-1, 2 ShO, 2.18 GAA, .939 save%), Condon (4-0-1, 1.37, .946), 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 rd 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

Jon Merrill- Needs 4GP for 200 as a Devil/career.

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

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

Ben Lovejoy- Needs 7GP for 400 in his career.

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 8a 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 had points in eight straight games away from Prudential Center (7-0-1) until falling to the NY Islanders on Feb. 19. The Devils have out-scored their opponents 25-16 in the last seven road contests. The club is ranked first in the NHL with a 88.0% 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 .913 save-percentage this season.

Had first career point Feb. 19 at NYI when credited with a secondary assist on Taylor Hall’s PP goal.

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 sixth (tie, Parenteau) on the Devils in scoring with 3g-23a-26pts. 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. 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Feb. 21, 2004- The New Jersey Devils defeated the NY Rangers, 7-3, at MSG. Scott Gomez had a career-high five points (2g-3a) and Patrik Elias scored two goals and two assists for a four-point night.

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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