Devils Pre-Game 3/23/17

New Jersey Devils (27-33-12) at Toronto Maple Leafs (33-23-15)

7:30PM ET • Air Canada Centre • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 11:30AM Morning Skate at Air Canada Centre

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 vs. NY RANGERS 2 (OT)

The Devils won the final match of their four-game, season-series in overtime against New York and finished 1-1-2 overall. New Jersey was undefeated in regulation at home, 1-0-1, vs. the Rangers this season. The club is 6-10 in the three-on-three OT period in 2016-17. The Devils’ last overtime win was on Jan. 15 at Van. (2-1 OT)

Joseph Blandisi scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career with 55 seconds remaining in the extra frame. He also had an assist on John Quenneville’s first career NHL goal in the second period, giving him two points on the evening. Quenneville notched his first career goal on the power play. He also assisted on Blandisi’s overtime goal, giving him the first multi-point effort of his career.

Taylor Hall scored his 18th goal of the season. Hall has four goals and two assists over his last six games and is second on the squad with 48 points. Kyle Palmieri had the lone assist on Hall’s score and leads New Jersey with 49 points (25g-24a). Pavel Zacha also notched a helper on Quenneville’s power play goal. Eleven of Zacha’s 21 points this season have been on the power play.

Cory Schneider made his second consecutive start in net and stopped 38 of 40 shots in the win to improve to 20-23-10.

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (upper body, 10 games missed) is day-to-day.

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

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 171

 

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).

 

 

DEVILS VS. MAPLE LEAFS

Tonight is the third and final meeting between New Jersey and Toronto this season. The Devils are 1-1-0 vs. Toronto thus far with both games having taken place at Prudential Center. New Jersey defeated Toronto, 5-4 SO, on Nov. 23 and fell, 2-4, on Jan. 6. Jacob Josefson had the game-deciding goal in the shootout for NJ, while Auston Matthews scored the GWG for Toronto in their second meeting.

Toronto native, Michael Cammalleri, (upper body, week-to-week) had a season-high, four-point night vs. the Maple Leafs on Nov. 23. Cory Schneider is 6-1-3 in 10 career games vs. Toronto. His only regulation loss against the Leafs was on Jan. 6 of this season.

New Jersey is 7-11-4 against the Atlantic Division this season and is 17-22-7 vs. the Eastern Conference in 2016-17. New Jersey has only won one game at Air Canada Centre since the 2012-13 season (Dec. 4, 2013, 5-3) but have points in 10 of their last 11 games overall vs. the Leafs (6-1-4).

 

2016-17

Record: 1-1-0 (0-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 7-8 (0-0 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 62-45 (0-0 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-7 (28.6%)/3-6 (50.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (1g-3a-4pts), Zajac (1g-2a-3pts), Smith-Pelly (2a-2pts); TOR- Matthews (3g-1a-4pts), Kadri (2g-1a-3pts), Hyman (3a-3pts).

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-0, 1.38 GAA, .889 save%), Schneider (1-1-0, 5.27, .806); TOR- Andersen (1-0-0, 2.01 GAA, .938 save%), Enroth (0-0-1, 3.71, .867).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 44-41-20 (180-25-10 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 315-315 (138-161 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (6g-9a-15pts), Zajac (5g-7a-12pts), two players with 11pts each.; TOR- van Riemsdyk (9g-8a-17pts), Bozak (8g-8a-16pts), Lupul (7g-8a-15pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ-  Kinkaid (0-0-1, 1.66 GAA, .938 save%), Schneider (6-1-3, 2.07, .925); TOR- Andersen (3-0-0, 1.34 GAA, .949), McElhinney (3-1-0, 1.61, .934), Sparks (1-1-0, 2.89, .903).

 

MAPLE LEAFS CONNECTIONS

Michael Cammalleri was born in Toronto…Adam Henrique is from nearby Brantford, Ont…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald played two seasons with Toronto from 2002-04…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served as Head Coach of Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Toronto in 2003-04…Maple Leafs’ General Manager Lou Lamoriello served the Devils as GM for 28 seasons from 1987-2015 & guided New Jersey to 3 Stanley Cup Championships…Devante Smith-Pelly was born in Scarborough, Ont…Toronto’s President Brendan Shanahan was New Jersey’s first choice, 2nd overall, in the 1987 Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Devils from 1987-91 and rejoined the club midway through the 2008-09 campaign…Former Devils’ Head Coach/Special Assignment Coach Jacques Lemaire is now a Special Assignment Coach for Toronto…James van Riemsdyk is from Middletown, NJ.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Andy Greene– Needs 4pts. for 200 as a Devil/career, 3GP for 700 as a Devil/career.

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 2g for 100 in career, 3a for 100 in his career, 5pts for 200 in career.

Damon Severson– Needs 6GP 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 six assists over his last 14 games. He leads New Jersey with 25 goals and 49 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 17 times over the last 21 games. The Devils are 17-51 (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. Eleven of Zacha’s 21 points this season have come on the man-advantage.

Q THE HIGHLIGHT REEL

Since being recalled from Albany (AHL) on Mar. 15, rookie John Quenneville has recorded 3pts in his last three games. He recorded his first assist on Mar. 17 at Pit., then notched his first goal Mar. 21 vs. NYR. Quenneville capped off his first career NHL goal with an overtime game-winning assist for the first multi-point game of his NHL career.

PROSPECT WATCH

Alexander Kerfoot (Harvard) was named one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award last week. Kerfoot had a career-high 16 goals and 41 points in 33 games with the Crimson this season. He was also a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year Award and was awarded with ECAC First Team All-League status.

Joey Anderson (Minnesota-Duluth) was named to the 2016-17 NCHC All-Rookie Team. Anderson leads all NCHC freshmen with 20 assists (30pts) in 35 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 15-14-6 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. 23, 2013- Martin Brodeur wins his 100th game at Prudential Center, becoming the first NHL goalie to win 100 games in two different arenas.

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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