Devils Pre-Game 3/28/17

New Jersey Devils (27-35-13) vs. Winnipeg Jets (34-35-7)

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 10:30 Morning Skate at Prudential Center.

 

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 vs. DALLAS 2 (OT)

New Jersey and Dallas split their season series 1-0-1. Both games between the two clubs were decided in overtime. Despite the OT defeat, the Devils have not lost to the Stars in regulation on home-ice since the 1999-2000 season (8-0-3).

Plano, Texas native Blake Coleman scored the first goal of his NHL career to put New Jersey ahead 1-0 in the first period. He is the second Texas-born player to score a goal for the Devils this season (Stefan Noesen).

Andy Greene played in the 700th game of his NHL career/with New Jersey. He is the 15th player to skate in 700 or more games with the Devils’ franchise.

Keith Kinkaid started in his 20th game of the season, which ties his career-high for starts and his career-high for games-played in a season (23) set in 2015-16. He stopped 30 of 32 shots and fell to 7-11-3 on the season.

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (upper body, 13 games missed) is day-to-day.

Michael Cammalleri (upper body, 12 games missed) is week-to-week.

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

Joseph Blandisi (illness, one game missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 181

 

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.

 

DEVILS VS. JETS

Tomorrow is the second and final meeting between New Jersey and Winnipeg this season. The Devils lost their first match-up vs. the Jets, 3-2, on Nov. 29 at MTS Centre. Nick Lappin and Miles Wood scored in the loss. The goal was the first of Wood’s NHL career.

Tomorrow is New Jersey’s final game against a Western Conference opponent this season. The Devils are 5-5-3 vs. the Central Division and are 10-11-6 overall against the Western Conference.

New Jersey is 2-3-0 in its last five games overall against Winnipeg and are 16-9-4 all-time at home vs. the Jets/Thrashers franchise.

Taylor Hall has 16 points (5g-11a) in 10 career games vs. the Jets.

 

2016-17

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 2-3 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 25-29 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-4 (0.0%)/5-5 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Lappin (1g-1pt), Wood (1g-1pt), two players with 1a each.; WPG- Scheifele (1g-1a-2pts), seven players with 1pt each.

Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (0-1-0, 3.09 GAA, .897 save%); WPG- Hellebuyck (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .920 save%).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 32-18-8 (16-9-4 at home)

Goals For/Against: 169-135 (81-65 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (8g-9a-17pts), Hall (5g-11a-16pts), Cammalleri (4g-11a-15pts); WPG- Wheeler (8g-5a-13pts), Byfuglien (3g-10a-13pts), Little (10a-10pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (3-4-0, 2.16 GAA, .928 save%); WPG- Hellebuyck (1-1-0, 2.55 GAA, .878 save%), Hutchinson (2-0-0, 1.00, .953), Pavelec (6-3-4, 2.06, .922).

 

JETS CONNECTIONS

Travis Zajac was born in/spends his summers in Winnipeg…Damon Severson was born in Brandon, Manitoba…Jon Merrill and Jacob Trouba were teammates at the University of Michigan for the 2012-13 season and with Team USA at the 2011-12 World Junior Championships…Blake Pietila, Andrew Copp and Jacob Trouba all played for the US Nat’l Development Program in 2010-11…Manitoba Moose forward Patrice Cormier was the Devils’ third choice (2nd round), 54th overall, in the 2008 Draft…Devils’ pro scout Claude Noel served as head coach of the Jets for two-plus seasons from 2011-14.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Andy Greene– 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 3GP 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 had 10 goals and eight assists over 15 games from Feb. 19-Mar. 23. He leads New Jersey with 25 goals and 50 points (tie, T. Hall). 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 24 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. 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 44 points in 35 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.

Kerfoot (Harvard) and Joey Anderson (Minnesota-Duluth) each advanced to the Frozen Four yesterday after winning their respective regionals. Kerfoot had three assists in two games for the Crimson, while Anderson had a goal and three assists in two games for the Bulldogs. Harvard and Minnesota-Duluth will face-off Apr. 6 in Chicago at United Center (6PM, ESPN2).

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 15-15-7 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. 28, 1992 – New Jersey defeats the Quebec Nordiques, 5-2, at Brendan Byrne Arena. Alexei Kasatonov, Randy McKay, Claude Vilgrain, Eric Weinrich and Valeri Zelepukin (GWG) each scored for New Jersey, while Martin Brodeur made 23 saves.

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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