Devils Pre-Game 3/26/17

New Jersey Devils (27-35-12) vs. Dallas Stars (30-33-11)

5PM 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 in the hallway outside of  the Devils’ Locker Room at 2:50pm.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 vs. CAROLINA 3

The Devils finished their season series, 3-1-0, vs. Carolina and were 1-1-0 at Prudential Center. The club is now 15-15-6 at home this season. Despite the defeat, the Devils are 10-4-1 at Prudential Center vs. the Hurricanes since the 2009-10 season.

Travis Zajac scored his 14th goal of the season, which ties his goal-total from 2015-16. He was 17 for 24 (71%) in the faceoff circle.

Taylor Hall had the lone assist on Zajac’s marker and has tied Kyle Palmieri for the team lead in points with 50. It is the fifth time in his seven season NHL career that he has reached the 50-point mark. Hall leads New Jersey with 32 assists on the season.

Cory Schneider made his 54th start of the season and stopped 25 of 28 shots to fall to 20-24-10 on the season.

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (upper body, 12 games missed) is day-to-day.

Michael Cammalleri (upper body, 11 games missed) is week-to-week.

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 177

 

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. STARS

Tonight is the second and final meeting between New Jersey and Dallas this season. The Devils defeated the Stars, 2-1 OT, on Nov. 15 at American Airlines Center. Adam Henrique scored the overtime goal, while Damon Severson had the other Devils’ goal. The Devils are 6-3-2 against Dallas since the 2010-11 season. New Jersey has not lost to the Stars on home ice in regulation since the 1999-00 season (8-0-2).

Tonight’s game also closes New Jersey’s 16 of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. New Jersey is 5-7-4 in first games and is 7-5-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 5-5-2 vs. the Central Division and are 10-11-5 against Western Conference opponents.

Adam Henrique has six points (2g-4a) in his last four games vs. the Stars.

 

2016-17

Record: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 2-1 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 33-24 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-1 (0.0%)/2-2 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Henrique (1g-1pt), Severson (1g-1pt), four with 1a each.; DAL- Eaves (1g-1pt), Roussel (1a-1pt).

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (1-0-0, 0.99 GAA, .958 save%); DAL- Niemi (0-0-1, 1.98 GAA, .939 save%).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 30-30-4 (16-12-3 at home)

Goals For/Against: 190-186 (102-85 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (16g-16a-32pts), Hall (6g-8a-14pts), Zajac (5g-6a-11pts); DAL- Spezza (8g-26a-34pts), Seguin (4g-6a-10pts), Hemsky (2g-6a-8pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save%), Schneider (9-5-1, 1 ShO, 2.29, .926); DAL- Lehtonen (10-6-1, 1 ShO, 2.64 GAA, .917 save%), Niemi (4-1-2, 1.95, .928).

 

STARS CONNECTIONS

Assistant Coach Geoff Ward and Stars’ F Tyler Seguin were both members of Boston’s 2011 Stanley Cup Championship team…Taylor Hall and Seguin were drafted first and second overall, respectively, 2010 NHL Draft…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald played under Dallas’ Head Coach Lindy Ruff in Florida from 1993-97 when Ruff served as an assistant coach for the Panthers…Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen were born in Plano, Texas.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Andy Greene– Is expected to play in his 700th NHL game/as a Devil tonight…Needs 4pts. for 200 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 4GP 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 eight assists over his last 16 games. He leads New Jersey (tie, T. Hall) 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 23 games. The Devils are 18-57 (31.6%) 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 five 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 42 points in 34 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 15-15-6 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. 26, 2004 – The Devils defeat the Atlanta Thrashers, 5-0, at Philips Arena. Patrik Elias (1g-2a) and Scott Gomez (2g-1a) each record three points in the contest, while Scott Clemmensen stops 18 shots for his second career shutout.

 

 

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