Devils Pre-Game 10/2/14

New Jersey Devils (2-1-1) vs. New York Islanders (4-1-0)

7:00 PM • Prudential Center

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 10:30 AM morning skate today at Prudential Center. Media looking to attend should enter the Event Staff Entrance off Lafayette Street (between the Ford VIP Parking Deck and the arena). Television crews looking to shoot the session should be in place and ready for 10:15 AM.

Last Game

New Jersey improved to 2-1-1 in the pre-season. The Devils out shot the Flyers, 41-16, including a 35-7 margin over the first two periods.

Scott Gomez scored two goals, both on the power play. He now has 2g-1a-3pts over the past two games after collecting a power play assist on Friday at the NY Islanders. Damien Brunner assisted on each of Gomez’s tallies, his first points of the pre-season. Marek Zidlicky scored an empty-net goal and added an assist for his first points of the pre-season.

Scott Clemmensen (15 saves) made his second start of the pre-season and improved to 1-0-0. It was his first start at Prudential Center as a Devil since Feb. 15, 2009 vs. San Jose (W 6-5).

Pre-Season Notes

  • Tonight’s contest marks the fifth of six games in the Devils’ 13-day pre-season schedule, all vs. Metropolitan Division opposition. New Jersey will open the 2014-15 regular-season/four-game road trip on Thursday, October 9 at Philadelphia (7:00 PM, MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN). The Devils will host San Jose in their home-opener on October 17 at Prudential Center (7:00 PM, MSG Plus, WFAN).
  • Among the new faces in Devils’ training camp were: goaltender Scott Clemmensen (f.a., July 1); defensemen Joe Faust (4th rd./2010), Tomas Kaberle (tryout), Mike Komisarek (tryout), Renat Mamashev (tryout) and Ryan Rehill (5th rd./2014); and forwards Brandon Baddock (6th rd./2014), Mike Cammalleri (f.a., July 1), Connor Chatham (3rd rd./2014), Ruslan Fedotenko (tryout), Scott Gomez (tryout), Martin Havlat (f.a., July 1), John Quenneville (1st rd./2014), Paul Thompson (AHL f.a., August 6) and Jordin Tootoo (tryout).
  • Jaromir Jagr enters the season tied with Steve Yzerman for sixth-pace in NHL history with 1,755pts. He tied Yzerman with 2a in the 2013-14 regular-season finale on Apr. 13 vs. Boston. Marcel Dionne is fifth all-time with 731g-1,040a-1,771pts. Jagr’s 705 career goals are just three behind Mike Gartner (708g) for sixth place all-time. His 1,050a places him just 13 helpers behind Yzerman for seventh in league history. In addition, Jagr’s next game played will be the 1,474th of his career, tying Doug Gilmour for 19th all-time. Jagr is also just two power play goals behind Yzerman (202 PPG) for 15th and is 45 shots behind Al MacInnis for third place in NHL history.
  • Among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of the 2010-11 season, Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.05 goals-against average (2nd, J. Quick, 2.14) and a .928 save-percentage (2nd, T. Rask, 2.14). Schneider finished his first season in New Jersey with a 1.97 GAA, which ranked third in the NHL and first among goaltenders who appeared in at least 35 games. Schneider posted the third-best single-season GAA in franchise history behind Martin Brodeur’s 1996-97 (1.88 GAA) and 1997-98 (1.89 GAA) campaigns.
  • Patrik Elias enters the season with career totals of 393g-590a-983pts in 1,155 games. He’s looking to become just the 91st player in league history to reach the 400-goal mark, the 79th to collect 600 assists, the 80th to compile 1,000 points and the 101st to appear in 1,200 games.
  • Jaromir Jagr (705-1,050a-1,755pts), Patrik Elias (393g-590a-983pts) are the two highest-scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history, while Martin Havlat (236g-343a-579pts) ranks third among active players and 15th all-time. Marek Zidlicky is fifth among all Czech defensemen with 78g-289a-367pts and 27th overall.
  • Mike Cammalleri has scored 85 power play goals since the start of the 2005-06 season, which ranks ninth among active players and 11th overall during that span.
  • Dainius Zubrus has appeared in 480 games with New Jersey, while Andy Greene enters the season with 477 games played with the Devils. They are looking to become the 24th/25th players in team history to reach the 500 games-played mark. Greene would be just the eighth defenseman to reach that milestone.
  • Goaltender Scott Clemmensen was signed as a free agent on July 1, rejoining New Jersey for the third time. The only player who’s had three separate stints playing for the Devils, having played for another NHL team (or teams) between each New Jersey tenure, is Pascal Rheaume (1996-97, 2002-03, 2005-06).
  • New Jersey was 228/264 (86.4%) on the penalty-kill in 2013-14 and led the league for the second time in the last three seasons. In 2011-12, the Devils allowed a league-low and team record 27 power plays goals, with an NHL modern era record 89.6% (previously, Dallas, 89.3% 1999-00).
  • The Devils averaged 8.0 PIM-per-game last season, which was second in the league behind Carolina’s 7.9. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, New Jersey and Carolina became the first two teams to average eight-or-fewer since Pittsburgh (7.4) and Chicago (7.9) did so in 1967-68.
  • On Apr. 10 vs. the New York Islanders, New Jersey lost its 17th consecutive shootout dating back to Mar. 15, 2013 at Philadelphia, extending its NHL-record losing streak. Reid Boucher was the Devils’ first shooter on Dec. 4 vs. Montreal and scored to snap New Jersey’s NHL record (tie, Tampa Bay, ‘09) stretch of 20 consecutive shootout attempts without a goal. New Jersey was 4/45 (8.9%) in overall attempts in 2013-14.

Injuries

  • Forward Scott Gomez (maintenance) is out tonight. 
  • Defenseman Andy Greene (maintenance) is out tonight.
  • Defenseman Jon Merrill (upper body, four pre-season games missed) has resumed practicing.

Transactions

  • On Tuesday, New Jersey released defenseman Tomas Kaberle and forward Ruslan Fedotenko.
  • On Sunday, the Devils assigned goaltender Scott Wedgewood; defensemen Renat Mamashev and Corbin McPherson; and forward Joe Whitney to Albany (AHL). In addition, the club released defenseman Mike Komisarek
  • Yesterday, the Devils assigned 19 players to Albany (AHL): goaltender Maxime Clermont; defensemen Brandon Burlon, Joe Faust, Raman Hrabarenka, Dan Kelly and Reece Scarlett;  and forwards Myles Bell, Graham Black, Ben Johnson, Chris McKelvie, Rod Pelley, Tim Sestito, Mike Sislo, Ben Thomson, Paul Thompson, Scott Timmins, David Wohlberg, Darcy Zajac and Kelly Zajac.
  • On September 24, the Devils assigned six players to their junior teams: goaltender Anthony Brodeur (Gatineau, QMJHL);  defenseman Ryan Rehill (Kamloops, WHL);  and forwards Brandon Baddock (Edmonton, WHL), Connor Chatham (Plymouth, OHL), Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston, OHL), and John Quenneville (Brandon, WHL).

Current Training Camp Roster

  • Goaltenders (3): Scott Clemmensen, Keith Kinkaid, Cory Schneider.

  • Defensemen (9): Eric Gelinas, Andy Greene, Peter Harrold, Seth Helgeson, Adam Larsson, Jon Merrill, Bryce Salvador, Damon Severson, Marek Zidlicky.

  • Forwards (21): Steve Bernier, Reid Boucher, Damien Brunner, Mike Cammalleri, Ryan Carter, Ryane Clowe, Patrik Elias, Stephen Gionta, Scott Gomez, Martin Havlat, Adam Henrique, Jaromir Jagr, Cam Janssen, Jacob Josefson, Stefan Matteau, Tuomo Ruutu, Michael Ryder, Jordin Tootoo, Travis Zajac, Dainius Zubrus.

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