Devils Pre-Game 4/8/17

New Jersey Devils (28-38-14) vs. New York Islanders (39-29-12)

6PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG • TOJN

Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)

  • 3:55PM- Head Coach John Hynes will be available outside the Devils’ locker room.

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 Feb. 9, 2016.Elias will bid farewell to Devils’ fans with one final skate on the Prudential Center ice during warm-ups tonight against the New York Islanders (6PM) at The Rock.
  • 6:10PM- Elias will be available to the media inside the Devils’ Old Locker Room.

LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 4 vs. PITTSBURGH 7

Kyle Palmieri had one goal and one assist for his 14th multiple point game of the season. He recorded the 100th assist of his NHL career on John Moore’s goal in the second period. He leads New Jersey with 26 goals and 53 points (tie, T. Hall).

Travis Zajac also notched two assists for his sixth multi-assist game of the campaign. He is second on the club with 31 assists (Hall, 33).

Taylor Hall notched his 20th goal of the season on the power play. He is tied with Palmieri for the team lead with 53 points and is second (tie, A. Henrique) in goals. It is the fifth time in his seven season NHL career that he has scored at least 20 goals.

Moore extended his career-high season, scoring his 11th goal, 10 seconds into the second period. It was the fastest goal to start a period that New Jersey has scored this season.

Stefan Noesen tallied his eighth goal of 2016-17, his sixth with New Jersey, at 4:59 of the opening frame.

Jacob Josefson notched an assist in his return to the lineup after missing the last 17 games due to an upper body injury. Andy Greene also had an assist, his ninth, and has matched his 2015-16 point total (13).

Cory Schneider surpassed his games-played total from 2015-16, playing in his 59th match of the season. He stopped 21 of 28 shots and fell to 20-26-11 on the season.

 

INJURIES

Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body, 13 games missed) is out.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 192

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Apr. 7- Assigned Steven Santini and Luke Gazdic to Albany (AHL).

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.

 

DEVILS VS. ISLANDERS

Tomorrow is the fourth and final game between New Jersey and the NY Islanders this season. The Devils trail the season-series 1-2-0, but won the only game played thus far at Prudential Center (3-2, Feb. 18). The Devils were win-less at Barclays Center this season; falling, 4-6, on Feb. 19 and most recently, 1-2, on Mar. 31. New Jersey has not defeated the Islanders at Barclays Center since the club changed arenas in 2015-16 (0-5-1).

It is also New Jersey’s final home game of 2016-17. The club is 21-9-3 in home-closers and is 16-14-3 overall in season-closing games. Tomorrow opens the Devils’ 18th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The Devils will end their 2016-17 season tomorrow at Joe Louis Arena (5PM). The club is 5-8-4 in first games and is 7-6-4 in second games of back-to-back contests. 

Tomorrow also marks the Devils final game against a Metropolitan Division opponent this season. The Devils are 11-15-3 vs. the Metro Division and are 18-27-7 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: 1-2-0 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals For/Against: 8-10 (3-2 at home)

Shots For/Against: 78-112 (21-42 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 4-9 (44.4%)/13-15 (86.7%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Hall (1g-2a-3pts), Zajac (1g-2a-3pts), four players with 2pts; NYI- Strome (2g-1a-3pts), Beauvillier (2g-1a-3pts), Boychuk (3a-3pts).

Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-2-0, 4.05 GAA, .886 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), Halak (1-0-0, 1.00, .963).

 

ALL-TIME

Record: 84-92-26 (49-38-12 at home)

Goals For/Against: 604-640 (323-297 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Zajac (12g-22a-34pts), Henrique (6g-8a-14pts), Cammalleri (3g-7a-10pts); NYI- Tavares (13g-10a-23pts), Bailey (8g-10a-18pts), Ladd (10g-6a-16pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-2-2, 3.01 GAA, .904 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), Halak (10-4-2, 3 ShO, 1.86, .933). 

 

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

Andy Greene– Needs 3pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.

Kyle Palmieri– Needs 1g for 100 in career, 1pt 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 Feb. 9, 2016.

Elias will bid farewell to Devils’ fans with one final skate on the Prudential Center ice during warm-ups tonight against the New York Islanders (6PM) at The Rock. 

KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE

O’Leary, Prince Edward Island was officially named this year’s winner of Kraft Hockeyville. 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 53 points and leads the team with 26 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 20 times over the last 29 games. The Devils are 20-76 (26.6%) 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, B. Point) 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 45 points in 36 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.

Joey Anderson (U. Minnesota-Duluth) advanced to the NCAA Championship where they will face-off against University of Denver tonight at 8PM. Anderson had a goal and an assist to help the Bulldogs advance past Harvard on Thursday.

MOORE GOALS

Moore’s 11 goals this season are 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 16-16-8 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 12 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.   

 

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