Devils Pre-Game 4/1/17

New Jersey Devils (27-36-14) at Philadelphia Flyers (37-32-8)

7PM ET • Wells Fargo Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • No morning skate: Head Coach John Hynes will be available at 4:50PM outside the Devils’ Locker Room.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 at NY ISLANDERS 2

The Devils were shorthanded 10 times, which is a season-high. They were 9-10 on the penalty-kill and are 17-21 (81.0%) over the last five games.

Keith Kinkaid has a new career high after starting for the 21st time this season. He stopped 36 of 38 shots to fall to 7-12-3 on the campaign.

Adam Henrique scored his 20th goal of the season on the power play. He has 20 goals for the third time in his six season NHL career. He is one of two Devils (B. Lovejoy) to play in all 77 games this season.

Pavel Zacha and John Quenneville notched the assists on Henrique’s goal. Zacha has eight assists over the last 10 games and is tied for third on New Jersey (D. Severson) with 13 points on the power play. Quenneville’s assist was his third of the season.

Defenseman Michael Kapla made his NHL debut tonight and played in 15:07 of action and blocked one shot. Michael Cammalleri returned to the lineup after missing the last 13 games with an upper body injury.

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (upper body, 15 games missed) is day-to-day. Has resumed skating with team.

Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body, 10 games missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 186

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Mar. 30- Assigned Blake Pietila to Albany (AHL).

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. FLYERS

Tomorrow is the fourth of five meetings between New Jersey and Philadelphia this season. The clubs will play their season-series finale on Apr. 4 at Prudential Center. The Devils are 3-0-0 against the Flyers, out-scoring their opponent, 14-3. The Devils have not lost at Wells Fargo Center since Dec. 11, 2014 (3-0-0).

Tomorrow concludes New Jersey’s 17th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The club is 5-8-4 in first games and is 7-5-4 in second games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 10-13-3 vs. the Metro Division and are 17-25-7 against Eastern Conference opponents.

Travis Zajac’s 34 career points vs. the Flyers are his most against any other opponent (tie, NYI). Kyle Palmieri has 10pts (6g-4a) over his last seven games vs. PHI.

 

 

2016-17

Record: 3-0-0 (1-0-0 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 14-3 (4-1 on the road)

Shots For/Against: 80-71 (29-36 on the road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 5-16 (31.3%)/11-11 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Henrique (3g-1a-4pts), Palmieri (3g-1a-4pts), Hall (2g-2a-4pts); PHI- Del Zotto (1g-1a-2pts), Filppula (1g-1a-2pts), Streit (2a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .945 save%), Schneider (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00, 1.000); PHI- Mason (0-2-0, 5.15 GAA, .800 save%), Neuvirth (0-1-0, 4.14, .867), Stolarz (0-0-0, 3.00, .857).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 104-76-21 (41-47-12 on the road)

Goals For/Against: 615-600 (273-321 on the road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (12g-22a-34pts), Henrique (13g-7a-20pts), Greene (2g-14a-16pts); PHI- Giroux (9g-26a-35pts), Simmonds (10g-7a-17pts), Voracek (6g-10a-16pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (3-0-0, 1.67 GAA, .939 save%), Schneider (5-3-1, 1 ShO, 2.40, .913); PHI- Mason (0-9-0, 3.93 GAA, .852 save%), Neuvirth (6-3-5, 1 ShO, 2.23, .919), Stolarz (0-0-0, 3.00, .857).

 

FLYERS CONNECTIONS

Executive VP/GM Ray Shero’s father, Fred, served as Philadelphia’s Head Coach from 1971-78; the Flyers went to four Stanley Cup Finals under Shero and won back-to-back championships in 1974 & 75…Flyers’ President Paul Holmgren & Senior VP Bobby Clarke both played for Fred Shero during his tenure as Head Coach…Travis Zajac played under Flyers Head Coach Dave Hakstol at the University of North Dakota from 2004-06…John Moore was teammates with Steve Mason and Jakub Voracek during his time spent with Columbus…Flyers’ prospect Anthony Stolarz was born in Edison, NJ and played youth hockey with the New Jersey Youth Devils, NJ Jr. Titans and New Jersey Hitmen.

 

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– Expected to play in his 200th NHL game/as a Devil tonight.

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

PATTY’S LAST LAP

Patrik Elias announced his retirement from the NHL yesterday. The Devils have also announced that the team will retire Elias’ No. 26 jersey prior to a home game next season. Elias will be the fifth player in franchise history to have his number retired, joining No. 4 Scott Stevens (Feb. 3, 2006), No. 3 Ken Daneyko (Mar. 24, 2006), No. 27 Scott Niedermayer (Dec. 16, 2011) and No. 30 Martin Brodeur, whose jersey was raised to the Prudential Center rafters on February 9, 2016.

Elias will bid farewell to Devils’ fans with one final skate on the Prudential Center ice during warm-ups before the team’s final home game of the season on April 8 against the New York Islanders (6p.m.) at The Rock.

CONGRATS MATT LOUGHLIN!

Devils’ radio play-by-play broadcaster Matt Loughlin was named this week to the WSOU 89.5, Seton Hall University’s student-run radio station, Hall of Fame. The WSOU Hall of Fame honors distinguished alumni who have made significant contributions to their professions and recognizes their involvement with SHU’s student-run radio station.

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 50 points and leads the team with 25 goals. 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 19 times over the last 26 games. The Devils are 19-64 (29.7%) on the power play since Feb. 1, which ranks second in the NHL during that time-frame.

PAVEL PLAY POINTS

Thirteen (5g-8a) of Pavel Zacha’s 24 points this season have been on the power play. He ranks fourth among NHL rookies (tie; J. Vesey, S. Aho) in PP goals and is seventh with 13 points on the PP.

Q THE HIGHLIGHT REEL

Since being recalled from Albany (AHL) on Mar. 15, rookie John Quenneville has recorded 4pts. 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.

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 QuennevilleNick Lappin and Michael Kapla have all made their NHL debuts with New Jersey this season. The Devils have had 11 rookies play in at least one game this season which is the second most 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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