Devils Pre-Game 4/4/17

New Jersey Devils (27-37-14) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (38-33-8)

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center
  • Patrik Elias Press Conference: 4:30PM in the Prudential Center Epic Room (Event Level, adjacent to Media Press Room). Elias will also drop the ceremonial puck before the game.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 0 at PHILADELPHIA 3

The Devils were shut out for the eighth time as they fell to 3-1-0 vs. the Flyers this season. It was New Jersey’s first loss at Wells Fargo Center since Dec. 11, 2014 (three games).

Cory Schneider made his 57th start of the season and stopped 38 of 41 shots to fall to 20-25-11.

Dalton Prout accumulated a career-high 20 penalty minutes (2 majors, 1 game misconduct). Ben Lovejoy led all New Jersey players with 23:15 and three blocked shots. Seven Devils each had three shots on goal as the club failed to score on Michael Neuvirth or Anthony Stolarz.

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (upper body, 16 games missed) is day-to-day. Has resumed skating with team.

Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body, 11 games missed) is day-to-day.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 188

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Apr. 2- Assigned John Quenneville to Albany (AHL).

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

Tonight is the fifth and final meeting between New Jersey and Philadelphia this season. The Devils are 3-1-0 against the Flyers, out-scoring their opponent, 14-6. New Jersey was shut out, 3-0, by Philadelphia on Saturday. The club is 14-4-1 overall vs. the Flyers since the 2012-13 season.

New Jersey has two home games remaining after tonight’s contest, both of which are against Metropolitan Division opponents (PIT, NYI). The Devils are 10-14-3 vs. the Metro Division and are 17-26-7 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 eight games vs. PHI. Keith Kinkaid is 3-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .939 save-percentage in his career against the Flyers.

 

2016-17

Record: 3-1-0 (2-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 14-6 (10-2 at home)

Shots For/Against: 112-112 (51-35 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-20 (25.0%)/14-16 (87.5%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Henrique (3g-1a-4pts), Palmieri (3g-1a-4pts), Hall (2g-2a-4pts); PHI- Del Zotto (1g-2a-3pts), six players with 2pts each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .945 save%), Schneider (1-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.50, .947); PHI- Mason (0-2-0, 5.15 GAA, .800 save%), Neuvirth (1-1-0, 3.66, .889), Stolarz (0-0-0, 1.30, .950).

ALL-TIME

Record: 104-77-21 (63-29-9 at home)

Goals For/Against: 615-603 (342-279 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (12g-22a-34pts), Henrique (13g-7a-20pts), Greene (2g-14a-16pts); PHI- Giroux (9g-27a-36pts), Simmonds (10g-7a-17pts), Voracek (6g-11a-17pts).

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 (7-3-5, 1 ShO, 2.21, .920), 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.

 

DEVILS IN DETAIL

PATTY’S LAST LAP

Patrik Elias announced his retirement from the NHL last week. 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.

He will drop the ceremonial puck before tonight’s game vs. the Flyers.

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.

KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE

O’Leary, Prince Edward Island was officially named this year’s winner of Kraft Hockeyville, announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during Hockey Night in Canada. The New Jersey Devils will make their first-ever Kraft Hockeyville appearance when they face the Ottawa Senators on September 25, 2017 for a preseason game in O’Leary, P.E.I. Nearly 3,000 nominations from communities across Canada were submitted for the eleventh annual campaign.

CONGRATS MATT LOUGHLIN!

Devils’ radio play-by-play broadcaster Matt Loughlin was named last 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 SCORING

The Devils have scored on the power play 19 times over the last 27 games. The Devils are 19-68 (27.9%) on the power play since Feb. 1, which ranks fourth 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) with five PP goals and is seventh (tie; M. Tkachuk) with 13 points on the PP.

PROSPECT WATCH

Michael McLeod and the Mississauga Steelheads advanced to the second round of the OHL Playoffs after defeating the Ottawa 67s in six games. McLeod led Mississauga, scoring six goals and five assists for 11 points in the six game series. He is ranked second in points (tie, D. Strome, P. Palmu, T. Raddish) thus far in the OHL Playoffs. He was named the OHL Player of the Week.

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 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 (Van., 13).

*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

Apr. 4, 2006 – New Jersey signs Andy Greene as a free agent.

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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