Devils Pre-Game 3/9/17

New Jersey Devils (25-29-12) at Colorado Avalanche (18-44-3)

9PM ET • Pepsi Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30AM MT Morning Skate at Pepsi Center

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 0 at COLUMBUS 2

New Jersey was shut out for the second consecutive game and for the seventh time this season. The Devils are win-less in their last eight games (0-6-2).

Ben Lovejoy appeared in the 400th game of his NHL career.

Keith Kinkaid made his 16th start of the season, his first since Feb. 19 at NYI. Stopped 23 of 24 shots (.958 save%) and fell to 6-8-2 on the campaign.

Jon Merrill led all Devils with 22:17 of ice-time and also chipped-in with two shots on net. Travis Zajac won 19 of 31 faceoffs (61%) and led all forwards in ice-time with 21:46. Beau Bennett and Kyle Palmieri each had five shots on net.

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (upper body, four games missed) is day-to-day.

Michael Cammalleri (upper body, three games missed) is week-to-week.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 150

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mar. 7- Assigned Kevin Rooney and Karl Stollery to Albany (AHL).

Mar. 6- Traded Brandon Gormley to Ottawa in exchange for future considerations.

Mar. 5- Recalled Karl Stollery from Albany (AHL).

Mar. 4- Recalled Nick Lappin from Albany (AHL).

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.

 

DEVILS VS. AVALANCHE

Tomorrow is the second and final game between New Jersey and Colorado this season. The Devils defeated the Avalanche, 3-2, on Feb. 14 at Prudential Center. Pavel ZachaAndy Greene (PP) and Kyle Palmieri (GWG) each scored in the contest. Cory Schneider stopped 28 of 30 shots in the victory.

This is the second contest of the club’s three-game, road-trip. New Jersey lost, 0-2, Mar. 7 at CBJ and will conclude their final game of the trip on Mar. 11 at Arizona.

The Devils are 5-4-2 against the Central Division and are 10-9-5 vs. Western Conference opponents. New Jersey has not defeated Colorado at Pepsi Center since Mar. 15, 2008 (4-2) and are 0-3-2 in their last games in Colorado. The Devils are 32-30-12 all-time vs. the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise.

Taylor Hall has eight goals and four assists (12pts) in his last 11 games vs. Colorado.

 

2016-17

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 3-2 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 40-30 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-3 (33.3%)/2-3 (66.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Seven players with 1pt. each; COL- Five players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .933 save%); COL- Smith (0-1-0, 3.08 GAA, .925 save%).

ALL-TIME

Record: 32-30-12 (12-18-6 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 231-234 (87-117 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (14g-15a-29pts), Hall (13g-13a-26pts), Zajac (1g-5a-6pts); COL- Comeau (7g-8a-15pts), Mitchell (5g-4a-9pts), Duchene (3g-6a-9pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (6-4-4, 2 ShO, 1.69 GAA, .944 save%); COL- Pickard (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save%), Smith (0-1-0, 3.08, .925), Varlamov (4-1-0, 1.56, .940).

 

AVALANCHE CONNECTIONS

Damon Severson and Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie were teammates with Kelowna (WHL) in 2010-11…Jacob Josefson and Avs’ winger Gabriel Landeskog played together with Djurgardens (Swe.) during the 2008-09 season…Joseph Blandisi was drafted by the Avalanche in 2012 (6th round, 162nd overall)…Eric Gelinas was drafted 54th overall (2nd round) by the Devils in the 2009 Draft and spent two-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2012-2016. He was traded the Avs for Colorado’s 2017 3rd rd pick…Colorado’s Assistant GM Craig Billington played five seasons with New Jersey over two separate stints: 1985-89 & 1991-93…Colorado Assistant Coach Dave Farrish served the Devils in the same capacity during the 1992-93 season…Avs’ television broadcaster Peter McNab played two seasons with the Devils from 1985-87.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Andy Greene– Needs 4pts. for 200 as a Devil/career, 8GP for 700 as a Devil/career.

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 5a for 100 in his career, 7g for 100 in career, 1pt for 100 as a Devil.

 

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 fifth-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 5th in the NHL in save-percentage (.925) among goaltenders that have played in at least 10 games since Jan. 1. He has stopped 644 of 696 shots in his last 24 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 12 times over the last 15 games. The Devils are 12-35 (34.3%) on the power play since Feb. 1, which ranks first in the NHL during that time-frame.

PAVEL PLAY GOAL

Pavel Zacha ranks third among NHL rookies (tie, J. Vesey, A. Matthews) with five power play goals. Eight of Zacha’s 16 points this season have come on the man-advantage.

PROSPECT WATCH

Devils’ prospect, Michael McLeod, was named the CHL’s Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 26. He had 11 points in three games (5g-6a) and was a +8 rating. The Mississauga (OHL) forward ranks second on his club with 65pts (22g-43a) in 51 games this season.

Joey Anderson (Minnesota-Duluth) was named to the 2016-17 NCHC All-Rookie Team. Anderson leads all NCHC freshmen with 17 assists (26pts) in 31 games.

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 27-22 in the last 10 road contests. The club is ranked first in the NHL with a 87.5% 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 .915 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 13-13-6 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.

THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY

Mar. 9, 1985- New Jersey defeats the Red Wings, 8-5, at Joe Louis Arena. Greg Adams led the way for the Devils with one goal and three assists while Glenn Resch stopped 25 shots for the win.

MEDIA GUIDE

The 2016-17 New Jersey Devils Media Guide and the latest NJD media information can be found at NJDevilsPR.com

Media Guide Linkhttps://devilsmedia.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/2016-17-devils-media-guide-lr.pdf

 

 

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