Devils Pre-Game 2/27/17

New Jersey Devils (25-25-11) vs. Montreal Canadiens (33-21-8)

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 vs. NY RANGERS 4 (OT)

Adam Henrique scored his 16th goal of the season to cut the Rangers’ lead to 2-1. He has seven points (2g-5a) in his last seven games against New York. Beau Bennett and P.A. Parenteau had the assists on Henrique’s marker. Parenteau has 9g-10a-19pts against his former club.

Kyle Palmieri scored the equalizer to notch the game at two apiece, 27 seconds into the third period. He then scored his second goal of the night on the power play 47 seconds later. He leads the team with 18 goals this season and has 3g-2a-5pts over his last three games. Travis Zajac had two assists tonight for his eighth multi-point game of the campaign. He has a four-game point-streak (2g-4a).

Taylor Hall and Andy Greene also had one helper each. on Saturday. Hall has surpassed the 40pt mark for the sixth time in his seven season NHL career. He leads the club with 41 points.

Cory Schneider stopped 36 of 40 shots and fell to 19-18-7 on the season.

 

INJURIES

Pavel Zacha (concussion, one game missed) is out. Daily Evaluation.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 137

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 25- Seth Helgeson cleared waivers.

Feb. 24- Placed Seth Helgeson on waivers.

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. CANADIENS

Tonight is the third and final meeting between the Devils and Canadiens in 2016-17. Montreal leads the season-series, 2-0-0. New Jersey fell, 2-5, Dec. 8 at Bell Centre and 1-3 on Jan. 20 at Prudential Center. The Devils have been out-scored 3-8 in the first two matches.

New Jersey is 7-10-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and is 15-16-6 against Eastern Conference opponents. The Devils are 3-4-2 at Prudential Center and are 7-7-3 overall vs. Montreal since the 2011-12 season.

Cory Schneider made a season-high 44 saves vs. the Canadiens on Dec. 8. Taylor Hall (2g-4a) and Adam Henrique (3g-3a) each have six points in their last five games against Montreal.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 3-8 (1-3 at home)

Shots For/Against: 38-75 (17-26 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-5 (20.0%)/6-9 (66.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Hall (1g-2a-3pts), Henrique (1g-1a-2pts), Parenteau (2a-2pts); MTL- Galchenyuk (1g-2a-3pts), Radulov (3a-3pts), six players with 2pts each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 3.15 GAA, .885 save%), Schneider (0-1-0, 5.00, .898); MTL- Montoya (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .941 save%), Price (1-0-0, 2.00, .905).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 63-45-11 (35-18-6 at home)

Goals For/Against: 340-309 (189-160 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (3g-12a-15pts), Henrique (4g-11a-15pts), Hall (3g-6a-9pts); MTL- Plekanec (9g-8a-17pts), Pacioretty (10g-6a-16pts), Markov (2g-13a-15pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-3-0, 3049 GAA, .891 save%), Schneider (1-2-2, 2.70, .914); MTL- Montoya (6-2-2, 1 ShO, 1.50 GAA, .938 save%), Price (11-10-1, 1 ShO, 2.37, .913).

 

CANDIENS CONNECTIONS

Michael Cammalleri played three seasons with Montreal from 2009-12…Devante Smith-Pelly played in 66 games for the Habs between 2014-16, scoring 7g-8a-15pts…New Jersey traded Stefan Matteau to acquire Smith-Pelly on Feb. 29, 2016. Matteau played in 44 games for the Devils between 2013-16, scoring 3g-2a-5pts…P.A. Parenteau, a Hull, Que. native, skated in 56 games with Montreal in 2014-15…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine was born in Montreal; he played eight games for the Canadiens during the 1998-99 season…Nasreddine also saw action for both Quebec and Hamilton of the AHL during the 1999-00 campaign…Consultant Jacques Laperriere played his entire Hall-of-Fame career with the Canadiens and was a member of six Stanley Cup Championship teams…IceCaps’ forward Bobby Farnham skated in 50 games with New Jersey in 2015-16…Canadiens’ Associate Coach Kirk Muller played seven seasons with the Devils from 1984-91, served as captain for four seasons from 1987-1991 and ranks third in team history with 185g-335a-520pts.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Jon Merrill- Needs 2GP for 200 as a Devil/career.

Andy Greene– Needs 4pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.

P.A. Parenteau– Needs 5pts. for 300 in his career.

Ben Lovejoy- Needs 5GP for 400 in his career.

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 7a for 100 in his career. Needs 9g for 100 in 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 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%).

SCHNEIDER SAVES

Cory Schneider ranks 2nd in the NHL in save-percentage (.929,. tie B. Holtby) among goaltenders that have played in at least 10 games since Jan. 1 (1st, J. Gibson-ANA; .941). He has stopped 536 of 577 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).

POWER PLAY HEATING UP

The Devils have scored on the power play in their last three games and have scored on the man-advantage in eight of the last 10. The Devils are 11-24 (45.8%) over the last 10 games on the PP.

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 13-12-5 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-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.

HOMEWARD BOUND

Tonight is the final of nine home games for the Devils in February. The club is 4-4-2 this month. New Jersey completed their season-long five-game home-stand, 3-2-0 at the Rock from Feb. 6-18.

 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 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. 27, 2004 – Pat Burns becomes just the 11th individual (since surpassed) in history to reach the 1,000 games-coached mark. He is honored by the Devils and NHL just prior to that evening’s game vs. Atlanta.

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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