New Jersey Devils (25-31-12) vs. Winnipeg Jets (30-33-6)
7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN
Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 at ARIZONA 5
Kyle Palmieri notched two goals and leads the team with 22 goals. He tied his season-high with six shots on net. Beau Bennett netted his fourth goal of the season and his first since Jan. 17 at Min. John Moore scored his seventh goal of the season.
Taylor Hall and Joseph Blandisi assisted Palmieri’s power play goal. Both Hall and Blandisi each have two assists in their last two games.
Hall was awarded a penalty shot at 17:22 of the third period. He was unsuccessful in his attempt, and is now 1-4 in his career on penalty shots.
Damon Severson had his 5th multi-point game of the year after recording two assists. Severson is now tied with Travis Zajac for second on the team with 26 assists. Adam Henrique added an assist on Palmieri’s second goal and led the team with four hits. Pavel Zacha and Miles Wood had the assists on Moore’ s goal.
Cory Schneider stopped six of 10 shots and was replaced by Keith Kinkaid at 4:13 of the second period. Kinkaid stopped 20 of 21 shots and fell to 6-9-2.
Jacob Josefson (upper body, six games missed) is day-to-day.
Michael Cammalleri (upper body, five games missed) is week-to-week.
Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body, one game missed) is day-to-day.
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 156
Mar. 11- Assigned Ken Appleby to Albany (AHL). Recalled Blake Pietila from Albany (AHL).
Mar. 8- Recalled Kevin Rooney and Ken Appleby from Albany (AHL)
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 Blandisi, Blake Coleman, Miles Wood, Steven 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.
DEVILS VS. JETS
Tonight is the second and final meeting between New Jersey and Winnipeg this season. The Devils lost their first match-up vs. the Jets, 2-3, on Nov. 29 at MTS Centre. Nick Lappin and Miles Wood scored the goals in the loss. The goal was the first of Wood’s NHL career.
The Devils are 5-5-2 vs. the Central Division and are 10-11-5 against Western Conference opponents. New Jersey is searching for its first win at home since a 3-2 victory Feb. 18 vs. NYI (4 games).
New Jersey is 2-3-0 in its last five games overall against Winnipeg and are 16-9-4 all-time at home vs. the Jets/Thrashers franchise.
Taylor Hall has 16 points (5g-11a) in 10 career games vs. the Jets.
Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home)
Goals For/Against: 2-3 (0-0 at home)
Shots For/Against: 25-29 (0-0 at home)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-4 (0.0%)/5-5 (100.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ- Lappin (1g-1pt), Wood (1g-1pt), two players with 1a each.; WPG- Scheifele (1g-1a-2pts), seven players with 1pt each.
Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-1-0, 3.09 GAA, .897 save%); WPG- Hellebuyck (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .920 save%).
Record: 32-18-8 (16-9-4 at home)
Goals For/Against: 169-135 (81-65 at home)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (8g-9a-17pts), Hall (5g-11a-16pts), Cammalleri (4g-11a-15pts); WPG- Wheeler (8g-5a-13pts), Byfuglien (3g-10a-13pts), Little (10a-10pts)
Career Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (3-4-0, 2.16 GAA, .928 save%); WPG- Hellebuyck (1-1-0, 2.55 GAA, .878 save%), Hutchinson (2-0-0, 1.00, .953), Pavelec (6-3-4, 2.06, .922).
Travis Zajac was born in/spends his summers in Winnipeg…Damon Severson was born in Brandon, Manitoba…Jon Merrill and Jacob Trouba were teammates at the University of Michigan for the 2012-13 season and with Team USA at the 2011-12 World Junior Championships…Blake Pietila, Andrew Copp and Jacob Trouba all played for the US Nat’l Development Program in 2010-11…Manitoba Moose forward Patrice Cormier was the Devils’ third choice (2nd round), 54th overall, in the 2008 Draft…Devils’ pro scout Claude Noel served as head coach of the Jets for two-plus seasons from 2011-14.
Andy Greene– Needs 4pts. for 200 as a Devil/career, 7GP for 700 as a Devil/career.
Kyle Palmieri– Needs 5a for 100 in his career, 5g 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 fifth-most he’s taken in one game this season. On Feb. 27 vs. MTL, he won 20 of 30 draws (66.7%).
PALMIERI’S HOT STREAK
Kyle Palmieri has seven goals and four assists over his last ten games. He leads New Jersey with 22 goals and 44 points (tie, Taylor Hall). Palmieri set a career-high 30 goals and 57 points in the 2015-16 season. He also leads all Devils’ skaters with 109 hits this season.
POWER PLAY HEATING UP
The Devils have scored on the power play 13 times over the last 17 games. The Devils are 13-38 (34.2%) 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, S. Aho) with five power play goals. Eight of Zacha’s 17 points this season have come on the man-advantage.
Joey Anderson (Minnesota-Duluth) was named to the 2016-17 NCHC All-Rookie Team. Anderson leads all NCHC freshmen with 19 assists (28pts) in 33 games.
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 club is ranked first in the NHL with a 86.4% penalty-kill on the road and is second (tie, CGY, CAR, FLA, NSH) 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 20 of 21 shots in relief of Cory Schneider on Mar. 11 at Ari. Has a .917 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 13-13-6 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.
Damon Severson leads defensemen and is sixth on the Devils in scoring with 3g-26a-29pts. He has five multi-point games this season and is tied for second (T. Zajac) 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.
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.
Kevin Rooney, Blake Speers, Blake Coleman, Yohann Auvitu, John Quenneville and Nick Lappin have all made their NHL debuts with New Jersey this season. The Devils have had 10 rookies play in at least one game this season which is the second most (tie, Arizona) in the NHL.
*Note- Auvitu does not count as a rookie.
ZAJAC CLIMBING THE FRANCHISE LEADERBOARD
Travis Zajac appeared in his 700th career game, all with New Jersey, on Oct. 13, 2016. He ranks 9th all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 7th all-time among forwards. He tied Sergei Brylin for 8th all-time among skaters with 765 games Mar. 9 at Col. 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. 14, 2009- In his hometown of Montreal, Que., Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy’s NHL record of 551 career regular-season victories. With 1g-1a-2pts, Patrik Elias tied John MacLean’s franchise record of 701 career points.
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