Devils Pre-Game 3/21/17

New Jersey Devils (26-33-12) vs. New York Rangers (45-24-3)

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 vs. COLUMBUS 4

New Jersey finished its 2016-17 season-series with Columbus, 0-2-0 at Prudential Center and 1-3-0 overall.

New Jersey surrendered a shorthanded goal when Columbus’ Lukas Sedlak was awarded a penalty shot at 6:42 of the first period. It was the first successful penalty shot for an opponent against the Devils this season (three previous chances). Columbus was awarded with a second penalty shot during the second period and scored (Brandon Dubinsky). It the first time the Devils have faced multiple penalty shots in team history.

Cory Schneider stopped 23 of 36 shots in his 53rd start and fell to 19-23-10 on the season. He had stopped the previous six penalty shots he faced before Sunday and is now 14 for 18 in his career.

Adam Henrique scored his 19th goal of the season, his fifth on the power play, in the first period. With the goal, Henrique increased his point-streak to four games (3g-2a). Pavel Zacha had the lone assist on Henrique’s marker. Zacha has a four-game, assist-streak (4a). Ten of his 20 points have come from the man-advantage this season.

 

INJURIES

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

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

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

Miles Wood (upper body, one game missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 168

 

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. RANGERS

Tonight is the fourth and final game between the Devils and Rangers in the 2016-17 season. New Jersey is 0-1-2 vs. New York and is looking to avoid going win-less against the Rangers for the first time since 2014-15 (0-3-1). The Devils lost their last match-up, 4-3 OT, Feb. 25 at Prudential Center. Cory Schneider stopped 36 of 40 shots in the OT loss.

The Devils are 16-22-7 against the Eastern Conference and are 9-11-3 vs. Metro Division rivals this season. New Jersey is 3-3-1 at home and is 6-7-3 overall vs. New York since the 2013-14 season.

Kyle Palmieri has five points (3g-2a) over his last four games vs. the Rangers.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-1-2 (0-0-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 5-12 (3-4 at home)

Shots For/Against: 88-98 (38-40 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-11 (18.2%)/7-9 (77.8%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Palmieri (2g-2a-4pts), three players with 3pts each.; NYR- Kreider (3g-2a-5pts), Skjei (1g-2a-3pts), Zuccarello (3a-3pts).

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-1-2, 3.55 GAA, .888 save%); NYR- Lundqvist (1-0-0, 1.85 GAA, .935 save%), Raanta (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 1.49, .947).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 88-84-30 (56-36-9 at home)

Goals For/Against: 590-635 (330-300 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (13g-15a-28pts), Cammalleri (7g-11a-18pts), Greene (12a-12pts); NYR- Stepan (12g-13a-25pts), Girardi (2g-17a-19pts), Zuccarello (4g-10a-14pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-0, 3.79 GAA, .885 save%), Schneider (4-6-3, 1 ShO, 2.52, .914); NYR- Lundqvist (35-16-7, 8 ShO, 1.90 GAA, .931 save%), Raanta (4-0-0, 1 ShO, 1.99, .917).

 

RANGERS CONNECTIONS

VP/GM Ray Shero’s father, Fred, played three seasons with the Rangers from 1947-50 & served as their Head Coach from 1978-80…John Moore spent parts of three seasons with New York from 2013-15…Cory Schneider played under Rangers’ Head Coach Alain Vigneault from 2008-13 when Vigneault served as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks…Kyle Palmieri was born in Smithtown, NY…Steven Santini is from Bronxville, NY…Devils’ Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald and Rangers’ F Kevin Hayes are cousins…Rangers SVP/Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld was New Jersey’s Head Coach for parts of three seasons from Jan. 26, 1988-Nov. 6 1989.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

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

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

Damon Severson– Needs 7GP 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 13 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 16 times over the last 20 games. The Devils are 16-52 (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. Ten of Zacha’s 20 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 14-14-6 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. 21, 1994 – New Jersey obtained Roy Mitchell and Reid Simpson from Dallas for future considerations.

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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