Devils Pre-Game 3/2/17

New Jersey Devils (25-25-12) at Washington Capitals (42-13-7)

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30AM Morning Skate at Verizon Center.

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

Travis Zajac had one goal and one assist and is on a five-game point-streak (3g-5a). He was also 20-30 (67%) in the faceoff circle. Zajac played in the 760th game of his NHL career (all with New Jersey) tying Randy McKay for 9th all-time in franchise history.

Kyle Palmieri also had one goal and one assist on the evening. He has seven points (4g-3a) over his last four games and needs 3pts for 100 in his Devils’ career.

John Moore scored his sixth goal of the campaign, his first since Dec. 17 at OTT (12 games). Damon Severson, Miles Wood, and Joseph Blandisi also had helpers.

Cory Schneider stopped 29 of 33 shots and fell to 19-18-10 this season. Andy Greene skated in a season-high 26:19.

 

INJURIES

Pavel Zacha (I.R., concussion, two games missed).

Jacob Josefson (upper body) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 139

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mar. 1- Recalled Kevin Rooney from Albany (AHL). Acquired Dalton Prout from Columbus in exchange for Kyle Quincey. Acquired Shane Harper from Florida in exchange for Reece Scarlett. Acquired Nashville’s 2017 6th round pick in exchange for P.A. Parenteau. Assigned Seth Helgeson to Albany (AHL). Loaned/Recalled Joseph BlandisiBlake ColemanMiles WoodSteven Santini to/from Albany (AHL).

Feb. 27- Placed Pavel Zacha on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Feb. 21. Recalled Blake Coleman from Albany (AHL). Signed Kevin Rooney to a one-year, entry-level contract.

Feb. 25- Seth Helgeson cleared waivers.

Feb. 24- Placed Seth Helgeson on waivers.

Feb. 21- Activated Kyle Quincey from I.R.

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).

 

DEVILS VS. CAPITALS

Tonight is the fourth and final game between the Devils and Capitals in 2016-17. New Jersey is 1-2-0 against Washington this season, with their sole win coming from a 2-1 shootout victory on Dec. 29 at Verizon Center. The Devils fell in both of their games at Prudential Center, 2-6, on Dec. 31 and 2-5 on Jan. 26.

The Devils are 8-6-3 vs. the Metro Division and are 15-16-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. The Devils are 6-5-1 at Verizon Center since the 2011-12 season.

Starting tonight, New Jersey will play eight of 15 games on the road in March. The Devils are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games away from Prudential Center.

 

2016-17

Record: 1-2-0 (1-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 6-12 (2-1 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 79-106 (27-44 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-16 (6.3%)/10-12 (83.3%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Parenteau (1g-1a-2pts), nine players with 1pt each; WSH- Ovechkin (2g-2a-4pts), three players with 3pts each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-2-0, 4.25 GAA, .874 save%), Schneider (0-0-0, 0.00, 1.000); WSH- Grubauer (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .913 save%); Holtby (1-0-1, 1.44 GAA, .946).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 77-86-11 (33-50-5 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 485-556 (243-313 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (5g-19a-24pts), Cammalleri (7g-9a-16pts), Parenteau (5g-8a-13pts); WSH- Ovechkin (21g-26a-47pts), Williams (5g-22a-27pts), Backstrom (6g-20a-26pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-3-0, 4.23 GAA, .867 save%), Schneider (3-5-2, 1 ShO, 2.25, .920), Wedgewood (0-0-1, 0.96, .962); WSH- Grubauer (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .913 save%), Holtby (11-3-2, 3 ShO, 1.92, .929).

 

CAPITALS CONNECTIONS

Travis Zajac and Washington’s Taylor Chorney and T.J. Oshie were teammates at the University of North Dakota in 2005-06..Capitals’ defenseman John Carlson played for the NJ Rockets (ATJHL) for two seasons from 2005-07…Kevin Shattenkirk is from New Rochelle, NY and played with the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Association…New Jersey’s Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald played under Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz from 1998-2002; Fitzgerald served the Predators as team captain during each of those four seasons…Washington’s Associate Coach Todd Reirden was New Jersey’s 14th choice (12th round) and the 242nd overall pick in the 1990 Entry Draft…Head Coach John Hynes served as an assistant under Reirden with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2009-10 and succeeded him as Head Coach of the Penguins the following season.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Jon Merrill- Could play in the 200th game of career/with Devils tonight.

Andy Greene– Needs 4pts. for 200 as a Devil/career, 9GP for 700 as a Devil/career.

Ben Lovejoy- Needs 4GP for 400 in his career.

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 6a for 100 in his career, 8g for 100 in career, 3pts for 100 with NJ.

 

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 fourth-most he’s taken in one game this season. On Feb. 27 vs. MTL, he won 20 of 30 draws (66.7%).

SCHNEIDER SAVES

Cory Schneider ranks 3rd in the NHL in save-percentage (.926) among goaltenders that have played in at least 10 games since Jan. 1. He has stopped 558 of 602 shots in his last 21 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 four games and have scored on the man-advantage in nine of the last 11. The Devils are 11-26 (46.1%) over the last 11 games on the PP and are ranked first in the NHL with the man-advantage since Feb. 1.

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 13-12-6 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 on Feb. 14 vs. Col.

 SEVERSON SCORING

Damon Severson leads defensemen and is sixth on the Devils in scoring with 3g-24a-27pts. He has four multi-point games this season and is third 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.

  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 10th all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 7th all-time among forwards. He tied Randy McKay for 9th all-time among skaters with 760 games Feb. 27 vs. Mtl.  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

Mar. 2, 2015 – New Jersey obtained a 3rd round Draft Pick (later traded to Pittsburgh for Beau Bennett – Pittsburgh selected Connor Hall, 77th overall) from Detroit in exchange for Marek Zidlicky.

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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