New Jersey Devils (25-25-10) vs. New York Rangers (39-19-2)
5PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN
Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)
- No Morning Skate: 2:50PM Head Coach John Hynes outside Devils Locker Room.
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 vs. OTTAWA 2
The Devils finished their season-series with the Senators 0-3-0 for the first time in their history. The only other season that New Jersey failed to win a game vs. Ottawa was in 2012-13 (0-1-2).
Travis Zajac tied Wilf Paiement for 9th all-time in franchise history after scoring his 153rd career goal on the power play.
Joseph Blandisi and Kyle Palmieri assisted on Zajac’s marker. Palmieri has points in consecutive games (1g-2a). Blandisi’s helper was his first of the season and his second point in the past two games (1g-1a).
Cory Schneider stopped 21 of 23 shots and fell to 19-18-8 on the season.
Pavel Zacha (concussion) is out. Daily Evaluation.
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 136
Feb. 21- Activated Kyle Quincey from Injured Reserve.
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 I.R. Placed Kyle Quincey on I.R., retroactive to Feb. 4.
Feb. 14- Activated Jon Merrill from I.R.
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. RANGERS
Tonight is the third of four games and the first of two to be played at Prudential Center between the Devils and Rangers in 2016-17. New Jersey is 0-1-1 against New York this season, falling 0-5 on Dec. 11 and 2-3 SO on Dec. 18 at Madison Square Garden. Kyle Palmieri leads the Devils with two points (2a) against the Rangers, while four other Devils have one point each.
New Jersey is looking to improve on their 8-6-2 record against Metropolitan Division teams. The club is 15-16-5 vs. the Eastern Conference this season. New Jersey is 6-5-1 against New York at Prudential Center and were 2-0-0 at home in 2015-16.
Joseph Blandisi has three points (1g-2a) in three career games vs. the Rangers. Adam Henrique has six points (1g-5a) in his last six games vs. NYR.
Record: 0-1-1 (0-0-0 at home)
Goals For/Against: 2-8 (0-0 at home)
Shots For/Against: 50-58 (0-0 at home)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-9 (11.1%)/6-8 (75.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ- Palmieri (2a-2pts), four players with 1pt. each; NYR- Kreider (2g-1a-3pts), six players with 2pts. each.
Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 save%); NYR- Lundqvist (1-0-0, 1.85 GAA, .935 save%), Raanta (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00, 1.000).
Record: 88-84-29 (56-36-8 at home)
Goals For/Against: 587-631 (327-296 at home)
Career Leading Scorers: Zajac (13g-13a-26pts), Parenteau (9g-9a-18pts), Cammalleri (7g-11a-18pts); NYR- Stepan (12g-13a-25pts), Girardi (2g-16a-18pts), Zuccarello (4g-9a-13pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-0, 3.79 GAA, .885 save%), Schneider (4-6-2, 1 ShO, 2.40, .916); NYR- Lundqvist (35-16-7, 8 ShO, 1.90 GAA, .931 save%), Raanta (3-0-0, 1 ShO, 1.67, .914)
VP/GM Ray Shero’s father, Fred, played three seasons with the Rangers from 1947-50 & served as their Head Coach from 1978-80…John Moore spent parts of three seasons with New York from 2013-15…Cory Schneider played under Rangers’ Head Coach Alain Vigneault from 2008-13 when Vigneault served as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks…Devils’ Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald and Rangers’ F Kevin Hayes are cousins…P.A. Parenteau played 22 games for the Rangers in 2009-10…Rangers SVP/Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld was New Jersey’s Head Coach for parts of three seasons from Jan. 26, 1988-Nov. 6 1989.
Jon Merrill- Needs 3GP 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 6GP for 400 in his career.
Kyle Palmieri– Needs 7a for 100 in his career.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
ACE IN THE DOT
Travis Zajac was 22-29 in the faceoff circle on Feb. 19 at the NY Islanders. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Zajac’s 75.9% winning-percentage was the second highest in the NHL out of the 75 prior instances of a player taking 29+ faceoffs in a game this season (Patrice Bergeron, 23-29 (79.3%)).
Zajac’s 29 faceoffs on Feb. 19 was only the third-most he’s taken in one game this season. On Nov. 5 at TB, he won 18-30 (60.0%) and on Nov. 8 vs. CAR, he won 17-32 (53.2%).
Cory Schneider ranks 2nd in the NHL in save-percentage (.931) among goaltenders that have played in at least 10 games since Jan. 1 (1st, J. Gibson-ANA; .941) . He has stopped 500 of 537 shots in his last 19 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).
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.
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.
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 13-12-4 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.
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 and is tied with Travis Zajac for second on the club in assists. 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.
The Devils will play two more games at Prudential Center in February. They are at home in nine of 11 games and are 4-4-1 in February. New Jersey completed their season-long five-game home-stand, 3-2-0 at the Rock from Feb. 6-18.
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.
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 the Western Conference.
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 Wilf Paiement (153g) for 9th all-time in franchise history. On Feb. 21 vs. Ott., he passed Bobby Holik for 9th all-time in franchise history with 271 assists.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Feb. 25, 1997- New Jersey obtained Dave Ellett, Doug Gilmour, New Jersey’s #4 1998 or #3 1999 Draft Pick (previously acquired – Andre Lakos) from Toronto for Jason Smith, Steve Sullivan, rights to Alyn McCauley.
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