Devils Pre-Game 3/19/17

New Jersey Devils (26-32-12) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (45-18-6)

1PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • No Morning Skate: Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media outside the Devils Locker Room at 10:50 AM.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 at PITTSBURGH 6

Kyle Palmieri increased his goal-streak to three games when he opened the scoring for New Jersey in the first period and scored again on the power play in the third period. Palmieri leads the team with 25 goals and has scored 10 times over the last 12 games. Stefan Noesen notched his sixth goal of the season (4th with NJD). Beau Bennett has a three-game, point-streak (1g-2a) after scoring his fifth goal of 2016-17.

Taylor Hall and John Moore assisted on Palmieri’s marker. Hall has five points over his last four games (3g-2a). John Quenneville recorded the first point of his NHL career with an assist on Noesen’s goal. Pavel Zacha had the primary assist of Noesen’s score and has assists in each of the last three games.

Adam Henrique and Jon Merrill each assisted on Bennett’s goal. Henrique has four points over his last three games (2g-2a). Merrill has six points on the season which surpasses his 2015-16 total of 1g-4a-5pts. Joseph Blandisi added an assist on Palmieri’s second goal of the night and has a career-high four-game, point-streak (1g-3a).

Keith Kinkaid started in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 20-21 and fell to 7-10-2 on the season. He stopped 37 of 42 shots (1 ENG) and denied a penalty shot against Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel at 19:38 of the second period. It was the first penalty shot he has faced in his NHL career.

 

INJURIES

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

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

Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body, three games missed) is day-to-day.

Blake Coleman (upper body, two games missed) is day to day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 164

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mar. 15- Recalled John Quenneville from Albany (AHL).

Mar. 14- Assigned Kevin Rooney to Albany (AHL).

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 (NHL) in exchange for future considerations.

Mar. 5- Recalled Karl Stollery from Albany (AHL). Removed Pavel Zacha from I.R.

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).

 

DEVILS VS. BLUE JACKETS

Tonight is the fourth and final meeting between the Devils and Blue Jackets in 2016-17. New Jersey is 1-2-0 against their division rival this season and have been shut out in their last two games, 0-3 and 0-2, respectively.

New Jersey is 3-4-1 at Prudential Center and is 5-9-2 overall vs. Columbus since the 2013-14 season. The Devils are 9-10-3 vs. Metro Division opponents and are 16-21-7 against the Eastern Conference.

The club is 1-3-0 overall and is 0-2-0 at Prudential Center in matinee games this season.

 

2016-17

Record: 1-2-0 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 5-6 (0-3 at home)

Shots For/Against: 54-82 (20-22 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-6 (16.7%)/5-5 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Hall (2g-2pts), Zajac (1g-1a-2pts), Henrique (2a-2pts); CBJ- Bjorkstrand (2g-1a-3pts), Gagner (1g-2a-3pts), three players with 2pts each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 save%), Schneider (1-1-0, 2.00, .926); CBJ- Bobrovsky (2-1-0, 2 ShO, 1.34 GAA, .951 save%).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 13-11-4 (7-4-2 at home)

Goals For/Against: 67-70 (29-26 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- NJ- Cammalleri (11g-11a-22pts), Hall (7g-9a-16pts), Zajac (6g-6a-12pts); CBJ- Dubinsky (15g-19a-34pts), Hartnell (12g-13a-25pts), Foligno (8g-8a-16pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 save%), Schneider (10-7-2, 2 ShO, 2.22, .921), Wedgewood (1-0-0, 1.00, .964); CBJ- Bobrovsky (9-4-1, 2 ShO, 2.52 GAA, .913 save%), Forsberg (0-1-0, 3.04, .897), Korpisalo (1-1-0, 1.52, .938).

 

BLUE JACKETS CONNECTIONS

Devils Head Coach John Hynes served as an assistant coach with Columbus Head Coach John Tortorella on the United States’ 2016 World Cup of Hockey team…Kyle Palmieri, Cory Schneider and Brandon Dubinsky were teammates on Team USA’s 2016 WCH squad…John Moore was Columbus’ first choice, 21st overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft; he saw action in 86 games with the Blue Jackets from 2011-13…Dalton Prout was Columbus’ seventh choice, 154th overall in the 2010 Entry Draft; he appeared in 224 games with Columbus from 2011-17; traded to the Devils on Mar. 1 for Kyle Quincey…Columbus forward David Clarkson played six-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2006-13…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald and Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell were teammates with Nashville for parts of two seasons from 2000-02…Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron held the same position with Columbus for nine seasons prior to being hired by the Devils on July 31, 2015.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Andy Greene– Needs 4pts. for 200 as a Devil/career, 5GP for 700 as a Devil/career.

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 4a for 100 in his career, 2g for 100 in career, 6pts for 200 in career.

Damon Severson– Needs 8GP for 200 as a Devil/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 10 goals and five assists over his last 12 games. He leads New Jersey with 25 goals and 48 points. Palmieri set a career-high 30 goals and 57 points in the 2015-16 season.

POWER PLAY HEATING UP

The Devils have scored on the power play 15 times over the last 19 games. The Devils are 15-45 (33.3%) 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, S. Aho) with five power play goals. Nine of Zacha’s 19 points this season have come on the man-advantage.

PROSPECT WATCH

Alexander Kerfoot (Harvard) was named one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award on Wednesday. Kerfoot had a career-high 16 goals and 40 points in 32 games with the Crimson this season. He is also a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year Award.

Joey Anderson (Minnesota-Duluth) was named to the 2016-17 NCHC All-Rookie Team. Anderson leads all NCHC freshmen with 19 assists (28pts) in 34 games.

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 20 of 21 shots in relief of Cory Schneider on Mar. 11 at Ari. 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 14-13-6 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 fifth (tie, Cammalleri) on the Devils in scoring with 3g-27a-30pts. He has five 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.

 DEVILS DEBUTS

Kevin RooneyBlake SpeersBlake ColemanYohann 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 for rookie status.

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 passed Sergei Brylin for 8th all-time among skaters with 766 games Mar. 16 vs. Phi.  He notched 2a on Mar. 16 vs. Phi to pass Scott Stevens with 431 points in franchise history.  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. 19, 2002- Obtained Jamie Langenbrunner and Joe Nieuwendyk from Dallas in exchange of Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and New Jersey’s 2002 1st round pick (later traded to Buffalo – Daniel Paille). Obtained Stephane Richer from Pittsburgh in exchange of New Jersey’s 2003 7th round pick (Stephen Dixon).

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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