Devils Pre-Game 4/6/17

New Jersey Devils (28-37-14) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (49-19-11)

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

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 10:30AM Morning Skate at Prudential Center

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 vs. PHILADELPHIA 0 (OT)

The New Jersey Devils finished their season-series against Philadelphia with a 4-1-0 record. It was the second time the Devils shut out the Flyers at home in 2016-17. Cory Schneider also recorded 16-save shutout vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 22 (4-0).

Keith Kinkaid stopped all 35 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season and the third of his NHL career.

John Moore scored the Devils’ game-winning goal in overtime. It was the fifth OT goal of his career, his fourth with New Jersey and his first of the season. He ranks second in franchise history among defensemen in overtime goals. Scott Niedermayer (8) ranks first. Moore also set a new career-high, scoring his 20th point of the season (10g-10a).

Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri assisted on Moore’s OT winner. 

 

INJURIES

Jacob Josefson (upper body, 17 games missed) is day-to-day. Has resumed skating with team.

Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body, 12 games missed) is out.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 191

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Apr. 4- Recalled Ben Thomson and Luke Gazdic from Albany (AHL).

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)

 

DEVILS VS. PENGUINS

Tomorrow is the fifth and final game between New Jersey and Pittsburgh in 2016-17. The Devils are 0-3-1 this season against the Penguins and are 0-1-0 at home. The club is looking to avoid going win-less vs. Pittsburgh for the first time since the 1994-95 season (0-1-2). New Jersey is hosting Pittsburgh for the second time this season after losing, 5-2, on Dec. 27 at Prudential Center.

The Devils have one game remaining against a Metropolitan Division opponent when they face-off against the NY Islanders on Saturday at Prudential Center. New Jersey is 11-14-3 vs. the Metro Division and is 18-26-7 against Eastern Conference opponents.

Kyle Palmieri has points (6g-2a-8pts) in each of his last six games against Pittsburgh. 

 

2016-17

Record: 0-3-1 (0-1-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 10-19 (2-5 at home)

Shots For/Against: 113-160 (23-29 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 3-15 (20.0%)/11-14 (78.6%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Palmieri (3g-2a-5pts), Moore (3a-3pts), Hall (3a-3pts); PIT- Crosby (5g-3a-8pts), Malkin (1g-6a-7pts), three players with 3pts each.

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-1-1, 3.87 GAA, .912 save%), Cory Schneider (0-2-0, 4.04, .881); PIT- Fleury (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .936 save%), Murray (2-0-0, 3.40, .894).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 103-77-16 (55-33-12 at home)

Goals For/Against: 641-607 (340-292 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (12g-18a-30pts), Greene (6g-13a-19pts), Cammalleri (8g-6a-14pts); PIT- Crosby (30g-33a-63pts), Malkin (20g-29a-49pts), Kessel (13g-21a-34pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-2-1, 4.56 GAA, .884 save%), Schneider (3-7-1, 2 ShO, 2.36, .921), Wedgewood (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00, 1.000); PIT- Fleury (23-24-4, 6 ShO, 2.35 GAA, .918 save%), Murray (3-0-0, 2.62, .905).

 

PENGUINS CONNECTIONS

Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero was Pittsburgh’s EVP/GM from 2006-14…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald held several positions with Pittsburgh from 2007-15, including serving as Assistant GM in 2014-15…Head Coach John Hynes spent six seasons with the Penguins’ organization from 2009-15, including five seasons as Head Coach of their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine played for the Pens’ organization from 2004-08 and served as an assistant coach under Hynes with W-B/Scranton from 2010-15…Senior Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon spent the previous 10 seasons with Pittsburgh, including the last seven as Director of Player Personnel; he served in that role for their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship Team…Ben Lovejoy spent five-plus seasons with the Penguins (2008-13, 2014-16) and was part of their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship team…Beau Bennett played 129 games with Pittsburgh from 2012-16, scoring 16g-29a-45pts…Penguins’ Assistant GM Bill Guerin was the Devils’ first choice (5th overall) in the 1989 NHL Draft. He skated in 380 games with New Jersey over the course of seven seasons 1991-98, and was a member of the 1995 Stanley Cup Championship team.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Andy Greene– Needs 4pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 2g for 100 in career, 1a for 100 in his career, 3pts 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 before 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 (6PM) at The Rock. He will practice with team tomorrow in front of Devils’ fans for the last time.

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. 

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 51 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 28 games. The Devils are 19-73 (26.0%) 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 tied for third in points thus far in the OHL Playoffs. He was named the OHL Player of the Week (Apr. 2).

Alexander Kerfoot (Harvard) was named one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. 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. Harvard and Minnesota-Duluth will face-off tonight 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. He scored an OT goal Apr. 4 vs. Phi and has four overtime tallies as a Devil which ranks second among blueliners in franchise history (S. Niedermayer, 8).

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 16-15-8 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, Michael Kapla, and Ben Thomson 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, Thomson do 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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