Devils Pre-Game 3/31/17

New Jersey Devils (27-35-14) at New York Islanders (35-28-12)

7:30PM ET • Barclays Center • MSG+2 • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • No morning skate: Head Coach John Hynes will be available at 5:20PM outside the Devils’ Locker Room.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 vs. WINNIPEG 4 (SO)
New Jersey concluded their 2016-17 schedule vs. Western Conference opponents. The club finished 5-6-3 vs. the Pacific Division, 5-5-4 vs. the Central Division and were 10-11-7 overall vs. the West

Taylor Hall notched his 19th goal of the season on a breakaway and has four points over his last five games (2g-2a). He now leads the club with 51pts. Hall has 17 points (6g-11a) in 11 career games vs. Winnipeg.

Beau Bennett tied the game at one apiece with his sixth goal of the season. His six goals ties his career-high which was set during the 2015-16 season. He has also surpassed his previous career-high with 16 points (6g-10a) on the campiagn. He needs just one assist to tie his career-best for 11 assists in a season, which he did as a rookie in 2012-13.

Stefan Noesen scored his seventh goal of the season and his fifth with New Jersey. Blake Pietila assisted on the goal for his first point of the season.

Pavel Zacha and Dalton Prout each had an assist on Bennett’s score. Travis Zajac notched the helper on Hall’s goal. He has surpassed his 2015-16 assist and point total with 29 assists and 43 points on the season.

Cory Schneider stopped 33 of 36 shots (+ 2-3 in shootout) and fell to 20-24-11 on the season.

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (upper body, 14 games missed) is day-to-day. Has resumed skating with team.

Michael Cammalleri (upper body, 13 games missed) is day-to-day. Has resumed skating with team.

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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 184

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mar. 28- Signed Michael Kapla to an entry-level contract.

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.

 

DEVILS VS. ISLANDERS

Tomorrow is the third of four games between the Devils and Islanders in 2016-17.  The clubs split their first two match-ups in a home-and-home series with New Jersey winning, 3-2, on Feb. 18 at Prudential Center and New York winning, 6-4, on Feb. 19 at Barclays Center. New Jersey is seeking its first road win against the Islanders, since they moved to the Barclays Center in the 2015-16 season (0-4-1). The teams will play their season-series finale Apr. 8 at Prudential Center.

Tomorrow begins New Jersey’s 17th of 18 sets of back-to-back contests this season. The Devils will face-off against Philadelphia tomorrow at Wells Fargo Center at 7PM. The Devils are 5-7-4 in first games and are 7-5-4 in second games of back-to-back contests. New Jersey is 10-12-3 vs. Metro Division teams and is 17-24-7 overall against the Eastern Conference.

Travis Zajac’s 34pts (12g-22a) vs. NYI is the most he has against any other opponent (tie, also vs, Phi.).

 

2016-17

Record: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 7-8 (4-6 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 51-74 (30-32 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 3-6 (50.0%)/4-5 (80.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Hall (1g-2a-3pts), Zajac (1g-2a-3pts), two players with 2pts each.; NYI- Strome (2g-1a-3pts), three players with 2pts each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-0, 6.16 GAA, .812 save%), Schneider (1-0-0, 2.00, .952); NYI- Berube (1-0-0, 4.00 GAA, .867 save%), Greiss (0-1-0, 3.08, .857)

 

Record: 84-91-26 (35-53-14 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 603-638 (280-341 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (12g-22a-34pts), Henrique (5g-8a-13pts), Cammalleri (3g-7a-10pts); NYI- Tavares (13g-9a-22pts), Bailey (8g-10a-18pts), Ladd (10g-6a-16pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-2, 3.29 GAA, .889 save%), Schneider (3-5-1, 1.88, .936); NYI- Berube (1-0-0, 4.00 GAA, .867 save%), Greiss (2-3-0, 1 ShO, 1.80, .921 save%), Halak (9-4-2, 3 ShO, 1.92, .931).

 

ISLANDERS CONNECTIONS

Kyle Palmieri was born in Smithtown, NY…Keith Kinkaid hails from Farmingville, NY…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine spent two seasons, 2002-04, with the Islanders organization; he saw action in three NHL games with the club in 2002- 03…Devils’ Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald was drafted by the Islanders in the first round (17th overall) in the 1986 NHL Draft and spent five seasons (1988-93) with the club…Stephen Gionta spent 10 seasons with the Devils’ organization between the AHL and NHL and was a member of their 2012 Eastern Conference Championship team…Eric Boulton recorded 115 PIM in 51 games for New Jersey in 2011-12; he did not see any playoff action…Isles’ Assistant Coach Bob Corkum played a combined 29 regular season & playoff games for New Jersey during the 2000-01 season…NYI Goaltending Coach Mike Dunham spent five seasons with the Devils’ organization from 1993-1998 and won the AHL Calder Cup with the Albany River Rats in 1995.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Michael Kapla– Could make is NHL/Devils’ debut tonight.

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 2GP 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 is second on 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 25 games. The Devils are 18-61 (29.5%) on the power play since Feb. 1, which ranks second 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 23 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 15-15-8 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.

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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