Devils Pre-Game 3/25/17

New Jersey Devils (27-34-12) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (32-27-13)

7PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+2 • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 at TORONTO 4

The Devils finished their season-series with Toronto 1-2-0. It was just the second time in their last 12 match-ups that New Jersey lost in regulation against the Maple Leafs (6-2-4).

John Moore scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season and leads all Devils’ defensemen in goals. Moore has tied his career-high with 19 points, which he set in the 2015-16 season. It was the first two-goal game of his career.

Damon Severson and Kyle Palmieri had the assists on Moore’s first tally. Severson leads all Devils’ blueliners and is fifth overall on the club with 31 points.

Palmieri reached the 50-point mark for the second time in his career and is the first Devil to do so this season. He has assists in two consecutive games and has eight points (5g-3a) over the last six games. Palmieri needs two assists for 100 in his career.

Pavel Zacha picked up a power play assist on Moore’s second goal and has a team season-high six-game, point-streak (tie, T. Hall; Jan. 12-21, 2g-4a) with six assists in his last six games. Twelve of Zacha’s 22 points this season have been on the man-advantage. Taylor Hall also had an assist on Moore’s PP goal and has seven points (4g-3a) over his last seven games.

Keith Kinkaid made his 19th start of the season and stopped 26 of 29 shots (+1 ENG) to fall to 7-11-2 on the season.

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (upper body, 11 games missed) is day-to-day.

Michael Cammalleri (upper body, 10 games missed) is week-to-week.

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 174

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mar. 24- Assigned Nick Lappin to Albany (AHL).

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. HURRICANES

Tomorrow is the fourth and final game between the Devils and Hurricanes this season. New Jersey has won each match-up against Carolina this season; 4-1 on Nov. 6, 3-2 SO on Nov. 8 and 3-1 on Jan. 3. The Devils have not swept the Hurricanes/Whalers franchise in a season-series since the 1991-92 season (3-0-0).

Tomorrow opens the Devils’ 16th of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. New Jersey is 5-6-4 in first games and is 7-5-3 in second games of back-to-back contests. The club is 10-11-3 vs. the Metropolitan Division and is 17-23-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. The Devils are 10-3-1 at Prudential Center and are 20-10-1 overall vs. the Hurricanes since the 2009-10 season.

Cory Schneider (1.81 GAA) and Keith Kinkaid (1.55 GAA) both have under a 2.00 goals-against average vs. Carolina in their careers.

 

2016-17

Record: 3-0-0 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 10-4 (3-2 at home)

Shots For/Against: 80-97 (41-33 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-7 (0.0%)/8-9 (88.9%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (4g-1a-5pts), five players with 2pts each; CAR- Staal (1g-1a-2pts), eight players with 1pt. each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .971 save%), Schneider (2-0-0, 1.44, .952 save%); CAR- Lack (0-1-0, 3.17 GAA, .850 save%), Ward (0-1-1, 1.96, .931).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 68-46-11 (38-21-3 at home)

Goals For/Against: 392-342 (204-173 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (9g-17a-26pts), Cammalleri (11g-9a-20pts), Greene (5g-11a-16pts); CAR- Staal (12g-12a-24pts), Skinner (10g-4a-14pts), Faulk (4g-5a-9pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (4-1-0, 1.55 GAA, .951 save%), Schneider (6-3-1, 1.80, .939), Wedgewood (0-1-0, 3.08, .870); Car.- Lack (1-3-0, 3.09 GAA, .884 save%), Ward (12-16-3, 2.60, .903).

 

HURRICANES CONNECTIONS

Lee Stempniak skated in 63 games with New Jersey in 2015-16; scoring 16g-25a-41pts and adding 34 PIM…Jordan Staal (1st round/2nd overall) was the first player Devils’ Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero selected in his first year as Pittsburgh’s GM in 2006…Hurricanes’ Pro Scout/Advisor Joe Nieuwendyk was a member of New Jersey’s 2003 Stanley Cup team…Carolina D Brett Pesce was born in Tarrytown, NY.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Andy Greene– Needs 4pts. for 200 as a Devil/career, 2GP for 700 as a Devil/career.

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

Damon Severson– Needs 5GP 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 seven assists over his last 15 games. He leads New Jersey with 25 goals and 50 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 18 times over the last 22 games. The Devils are 18-55 (32.7%) on the power play since Feb. 1, which ranks first in the NHL during that time-frame.

PAVEL PLAY GOAL

Pavel Zacha ranks fourth among NHL rookies (tie, J. Vesey, S. Aho) with five power play goals. Twelve of Zacha’s 22 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 four 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

Yegor Rykov was named the KHL’s Top Rookie for the second round of the Gagarin Cup Playoffs. Rykov (SKA St. Petersburg) played in all five games against HC Dynamo Moscow, blocked five shots and averaged 11:10 of ice-time per game.

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.

MOORE GOALS

John Moore scored two goals on Mar. 23 at Toronto to match his previous career high of 19 points (2015-16). Moore has the most goals by a Devils’ defenseman in a single-season since Marek Zidlicky scored 12 goals in 2013-14.

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 on the Devils in scoring with 3g-27a-31pts. He has five multi-point games this season and is second 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. 25, 1987- The Devils defeat the NY Rangers, 8-2, Pat Verbeek had a hat-trick, while Aaron Broten had four points (1g-3a) in the contest. Alain Chevrier stopped 42 shots in goal for the Devils.

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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