Devils Pre-Game 3/4/17

New Jersey Devils (25-26-12) at Boston Bruins (33-25-6)

7PM ET • TD Garden • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30AM Morning Skate at TD Garden.

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 0 at WASHINGTON 1

New Jersey suffered their fifth consecutive loss (0-3-2) and are now 8-2-1 in their last 11 road games. It was the fifth time the Devils have been shut out by an opponent this season.

Cory Schneider stopped 23 of 24 shots and fell to 19-19-10 in 2016-17. Travis Zajac played in the 761st game of his NHL career (all with New Jersey) passing Randy McKay for 9th all-time among skaters in franchise history.

Jon Merrill skated in the 200th game of his career/as a Devil and contributed two shots and one hit on the night. Kevin Rooney made his NHL debut and added one hit and a blocked shot in 9:58 of action.

 

INJURIES

Pavel Zacha (I.R., concussion, three games missed) has resumed skating with the team.

Jacob Josefson (upper body, one game missed) is day-to-day.

Michael Cammalleri (upper body) is day-to-day/will be evaluated further.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 141

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. BRUINS

Tomorrow is the third and final meeting between New Jersey and Boston in 2016-17. The Devils are 1-1-0 against the Bruins this season. The club fell, 2-1, on Oct. 20 at TD Garden, then defeated the B’s, 3-0, on Jan. 2 at Prudential Center.

Tomorrow also opens-up New Jersey’s 14th of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Devils are 4-5-4 in first games and are 7-3-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The club is 7-10-4 against the Atlantic Division and is 15-17-7 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

New Jersey is 1-3-1 at TD Garden but is 4-5-2 overall against the Bruins since the 2013-14 season. Taylor Hall had two points (1g-1a) in his last game vs. Boston on Jan. 2. Cory Schneider shut-out the Bruins for the first time in his career, stopping 22 shots, in that same contest.

 

2016-17

Record: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 4-2 (1-2 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 55-58 (29-36 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-9 (11.1%)/6-6 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Hall (1g-1a-2pts), Kalinin (1g-1a-2pts), seven players with 1pt. each.; BOS- Marchand (1g-1a-2pts), four players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (1-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.01 GAA, .966 save%); BOS- Rask (1-1-0, 1.50 GAA, .944 save%).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 45-56-19 (20-30-11 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 318-376 (170-208 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (7g-10a-17pts), Zajac (7g-7a-14pts), Greene (4g-4a-8pts); BOS- Bergeron (12g-16a-28pts), Chara (5g-20a-25pts), Krejci (5g-14a-19pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .975 save%), Schneider (2-4-2, 1 ShO, 2.37, .929); BOS- Khudobin (2-2-0, 3.09 GAA, .873 save%), Rask (5-4-2, 2 ShO, 1.56, .944).

 

BRUINS CONNECTIONS

Cory Schneider is from Marblehead, MA…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served with the Bruins in the same role from 2007-14…Schneider, Steven Santini, Miles Wood and Goaltending Development Coach Scott Clemmensen all attended Boston College…Kevin Rooney was born in Canton, MA and played high school hockey for Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA…Prospect J.D. Dudek (6th round/2014), currently plays for B.C…Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero’s son, Chris, also plays for the Eagles, as does Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald’s son, Casey, (Buffalo’s third round pick in 2016)…Fitzgerald hails from Billerica, MA…Head Coach John Hynes played three seasons at Boston University and also served as an Assistant Coach at B.U. for two seasons from 1996-98…Development/Skills Coach Pertti Hasanen served B.U. as an assistant coach for five seasons (1988-90, 1995-98)…Boston’s Assistant Coach Jay Pandolfo played 13 seasons in New Jersey and was a member of its 1999-00 and 2002-03 Stanley Cup Championship teams…Bruins’ Development Coach Jamie Langenbrunner played nine seasons with the Devils from 2002-11, served as captain from Dec. 5, 2007-Jan. 7, 2011 & was a member of the 2003 Championship team…Boston’s scout Tom McVie served as Devils’ Head Coach for parts of three seasons: 1983-84, 1990-91 & 1991-92.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Dalton Prout– Could make his Devils’ debut tonight.

Ben Lovejoy- Needs 3GP for 400 in his career.

Andy Greene– Needs 4pts. for 200 as a Devil/career, 8GP for 700 as a Devil/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 4th in the NHL in save-percentage (.927) among goaltenders that have played in at least 10 games since Jan. 1. He has stopped 588 of 634 shots in his last 22 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 nine of the last 12 games. The Devils are 12-30 (40.0%) on the power play since Feb. 1, which ranks first in the NHL during that time-frame.

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 25-17 in the last eight road contests. The club is ranked first in the NHL with a 87.6% penalty-kill on the road and is second (tie, CGY, CAR, FLA) 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 passed Randy McKay for 9th all-time among skaters with 761 games Mar. 2 at Wsh.  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. 

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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