New Jersey Devils (28-39-14) at Detroit Red Wings (32-36-13)
5PM ET • Joe Louis Arena • MSG+2 • TOJN/WFAN
Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)
- 2:50PM in the hallway outside of the Devils’ Locker Room
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 2 vs. NY ISLANDERS 4
Beau Bennett scored both of the Devils goals for his second multi-point game of the season, and the second two-goal game of his career. With the two goals, Bennett now has a career-high eight on the season.
Dalton Prout and Miles Wood each chipped in an assist on Bennett’s second goal with three seconds remaining in the game.
Taylor Hall had a team-high 20:25 TOI and three blocked shots, while also chipping in with five shots on net.
Keith Kinkaid made his career-high 23rd start, while stopping 16 of 20 shots. Kinkaid fell to 8-13-3 in 2016-17.
Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body, 14 games missed) is out.
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 193
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. RED WINGS
Tonight is the New Jersey Devils final game of 2016-17. The Devils are 16-14-3 all-time in season-closing games and are 11-17-5 in final road games. Tonight also closes New Jersey’s 18th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The club is 5-9-4 in first games and is 7-6-4 in second games of back-to-backs.
Tonight’s game also marks the final NHL game at Joe Louis Arena. New Jersey is 13-19-2 all-time in Joe Louis Arena. It is the third game between the Devils and Red Wings this season. New Jersey is 1-0-1 vs. Detroit this season, falling, 5-4 OT, on Nov. 25 at Prudential Center and winning, 4-3, on Jan. 31 in Detroit. The Devils are 7-12-4 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 18-28-7 against the Eastern Conference.
Kyle Palmieri has nine points (4g-5a) over his last seven games vs. Detroit.
Record: 1-0-1 (1-0-0 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 8-8 (4-3 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 43-63 (24-30 on the road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-6 (16.7%)/7-8 (87.5%)
Leading Scorers: NJ- Palmieri (2g-1a-3pts), five players with 2pts. each; DET- Zetterberg (1g-3a-4pts), Nielsen (2g-1a-3pts), Mantha (1g-2a-3pts).
Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (1-0-1, 3.93 GAA, .873 save%); DET- Coreau (0-1-0, 4.13 GAA, .833 save%), Howard (0-0-0, 5.21, .667), Mrazek (1-0-0, 3.48, .812).
Record: 29-28-10 (13-19-2 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 212-207 (109-120 on the road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (12g-17a-29pts), Palmieri (6g-6a-12pts), three players with 7pts each.; DET- Nielsen (10g-15a-25pts), Green (9g-10a-19pts), two with 16pts. each.
Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save%), Schneider (74-6-2, 3.15, .893); DET- Coreau (0-1-0, 4.13 GAA, .833 save%), Howard (3-2-1, 2.63, .887), Mrazek (3-1-0, 1 ShO, 2.18, .892).
RED WINGS CONNECTIONS
John Hynes spent six seasons, 2003-09, as Head Coach of USA Hockey’s National Development Program, which was based out of Ann Arbor during his tenure…Kyle Palmieri (2007-09) and Jon Merrill (2008-10) also played for the Nat’l Program…Andy Greene hails from Trenton, MI…Jon Merrill was born in Oklahoma City, OK but grew up in Brighton, MI…Merrill and Michael Cammalleri both attended the University of Michigan…Merrill and Detroit’s Luke Glendening were teammates at UM for two seasons 2010-12…Red Wings’ F Drew Miller was born in Dover, NJ…Kyle Palmieri and Riley Sheahan were teammates at Notre Dame (CCHA) in 2009-10. Stefan Noesen played for the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) from 2009-13.
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.
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 first on New Jersey with 53 points (tie, T. Hall) 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 30 games. The Devils are 20-79 (25.3%) on the power play since Feb. 1, which ranks fifth 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.
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 second in points (6g-7a-13pts) 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’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).
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 finished 16-17-8 at home.
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.
Kevin Rooney, Blake Speers, Blake Coleman, Yohann Auvitu, John Quenneville, Nick 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.