Devils Pre-Game 10/30/14

New Jersey Devils (4-3-2) vs. Winnipeg Jets (4-5-0)

7:00 PM • Prudential Center • MSG Network • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 10:30 AM morning skate at Prudential Center.

Tonight’s Game

  • The Devils are looking for their first win at Prudential Center (0-1-2) as they open a three-game homestand tonight. New Jersey is 1-3-2 over its last six after beginning the season 3-0-0. The Devils are 0-1-1 vs. Western Conference opponents this season.
  • Winnipeg opened its four-game road trip with a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday. The Jets have won three of their last four games after beginning the season 1-4-0. Captain Andrew Ladd (4g-2a-6pts) and leading-scorer Bryan Little (2g-4a-6pt) enter tonight with points in four straight. Ondrej Pavelec has started eight of Winnipeg’s first nine games and is 4-4-0 with a 2.52 goals-against average and .901 save-percentage.

Last Game: Oct. 28 – Devils 3 at Pittsburgh 8

  • New Jersey fell to 4-2-0 on the road and saw its points streak snapped at three games (1-0-2).
  • The eight goals-against were the team’s most since October 21, 2006 at Ottawa (8-1).
  • Dainius Zubrus scored 0:09 into the game, the second-fastest goal to start a road game in Devils’ history (tie, Greg Adams, December 21, 1985 at Hartford). Alexander Semak (March 9, 1993 at Vancouver) and Kirk Muller (December 13, 1988 vs. St. Louis) hold the team record for the fastest goal to start a game at 0:08.
  • Jacob Josefson netted the second shorthanded goal of his career and the team’s first of the season.
  • Tuomo Ruutu also scored for the Devils, his second of the season.
  • Stephen Gionta posted two assists, including one on Josefson’s SHG, for his third career multiple-point game.
  • Jaromir Jagr notched 1a and now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts).
  • Reid Boucher, who was recalled from Albany (AHL) the day before, made his season debut/first NHL appearance since Jan. 21 vs. St. Louis.
  • Cory Schneider (40:00, L, 5 goals allowed/23 shots against) made his ninth straight start in goal and fell to 4-3-2.
  • Scott Clemmensen (20:00, ND, 3 GA/10 SA) relieved Schneider at the start of the third period for his second appearance of the year.

Devils vs. Jets

  • Tonight’s game is the first of two games between the Devils and Jets and the only contest to be played at Prudential Center.
  • Winnipeg won last season’s series 2-0-0, outscoring New Jersey 6-1 with a 57-50 advantage in total shots on goal.
  • The Devils are 5-2-0 vs. the Jets/Thrashers at home over the last four seasons. New Jersey leads the all-time series 30-15-8, including a 15-8-4 mark in its previous 27 home contests.
  • Patrik Elias scored the Devils’ lone goal, while Evander Kane (3g) and Michael Frolik (3a) each had three points to lead the Jets.
  • Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 2.03 goals-against average & .941 save-percentage) and Martin Brodeur (0-1-0, 2.03 GAA, .903 save %) split the goaltending duties for New Jersey, while Ondrej Pavelec (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA & .962 save %) and Al Montoya (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA & 1.000 save %) each made one start for Winnipeg.
  • Elias is the Devils’ career leader with 19g-23a-42pts in 46 games vs. the Jets/Thrashers. Jaromir Jagr leads New Jersey’s active skaters in career scoring with 22g-29a-51pts in 40 appearances.
  • Schneider is 1-1-0, with a 2.02 GAA & .939 save % in two appearances, while Scott Clemmensen is 3-3-2 with a 2.45 GAA & .915 save % in 11 career games vs. Winnipeg/Atlanta.
  • The teams will face-off again at MTS Centre on November 18.


  • HOME, FOR NOW: Tonight’s contest opens a three-game homestand. Beginning November 6 at St. Louis, New Jersey will play 15 of its next 20 games on the road. The Devils won’t have consecutive games at Prudential Center until a four-game home-stretch December 17-23.
  • TOP THREE ON THE POWER PLAY: New Jersey is 8/31 (25.8%) on the power play this season, which ranks third in the league. The Devils are 3/8 (37.5%) at home, which is second (tie, Montreal) in the NHL.
  • JAGR CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Jaromir Jagr recorded 1a Oct. 28 at Pittsburgh and now has 707g-1,055a-1,762pts in his career, which ranks sixth in league history. Marcel Dionne is fifth all-time with 731g-1,040a-1,771pts. He passed Steve Yzerman (692g-1,063a-1,755pts) for sole-possession of sixth-place with 2a on Oct. 9 at Philadelphia. Jagr now trails Mike Gartner (708g) by one goal for sixth place all-time. His 1,054a places him just eight helpers behind Yzerman for seventh in NHL history. In addition, Jagr ‘s 1,482 games played are two shy of Rod Brind’Amour for 18th all-time. Jagr skated in his 1,475th game on October 11, passing former Devil Doug Gilmour for 19th. With 202 power play goals, he’s tied Yzerman for 15th-place; Wayne Gretzky is next on the list with 204 PPG. In addition, Jagr is only 33 shots away from tying Al MacInnis (5,157) for third place all-time. He extended his NHL records with the 19 OT/125th GWG of his career on October 25 at Ottawa.
  • GREENE ENERGY: Andy Greene was +3 on Tuesday at Pittsburgh and leads all NHL defensemen with a +9 mark on the season (tie, Anton Stralman). Among all skaters, Greene ranks fourth (tie, 2 others) behind Jeff Carter (+13), Tyler Toffoli (+12) and Filip Forsberg (+10).
  • QUITE AN INTRODUCTION: Mike Cammalleri scored a goal in his first three games (4g) with New Jersey, becoming just the second player in Devils’ history to do so. Doug Gilmour scored in each of his first four games with New Jersey from February 26-March 4, 1997 (4g). Cammalleri recorded a point in each of his first five games (5g-2a-7pts) with New Jersey and joined Neal Broten (7 games, March 2-14, 1995, 3g-6a-9pts) and Bobby Holik (5 games, October 6-14, 1992, 5g-2a-7pts) as the only players to begin their Devils’ career with a point-scoring streak of five-or-more games. In the season-opener October 9 at Philadelphia, Cammalleri became just the sixth player to score 2g in his first game as a Devil, joining: Gary McAdam (11/2/83), Sylvain Turgeon (3g, 10/5/89), Claude Lemieux (10/4/90), Stephane Richer (10/5/91) and Mike Rupp (1/13/03). (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
  • MULTI-TALENTED: With 1g-1a-2pts on October 25 at Ottawa, Damon Severson recorded multiple points for the third time in his first eight NHL games, becoming the first defenseman in franchise history to do so. Tapio Levo set the previous mark with three multi-pt. games in his first 11 contests for the Colorado Rockies in 1981-82. (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
  • SEVERSON SCORES TWICE: Damon Severson scored 2g on October 16 at Washington, becoming just the second rookie defenseman in Devils’ history to do so. He joined Uli Hiemer, who recorded a hat trick on October 31, 1984 vs. Pittsburgh. At 20 years, 70 days-old, Severson is the youngest Devil with multi-goal game since Scott Gomez scored three on December 26, 1999 at the New York Rangers (20y 3d).
  • CHANGING OF THE GUARD: On October 18 vs. San Jose, Cory Schneider became the first Devils’ goaltender other than Martin Brodeur to start a home-opener since October 6, 1993 vs. Tampa Bay (Chris Terreri, W 2-1, 17 saves). On October 9 at Philadelphia, Schneider became the first Devils’ goaltender other than Brodeur to win a season-opener since Terreri on October 6, 1993 and the first to do so on the road since Alain Chevrier on October 9, 1986 at the New York Rangers.
  • SCHNEIDER’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.12 goals-against average (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.13) and a .926 save-percentage (tie, T. Rask, .926) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11. 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.
  • ELIAS APPROACHING MILESTONES: Patrik Elias recorded 1a on October 25 at Ottawa and now has career totals of 394g-594a-988pts in 1,164 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.
  • CZECH IT OUT: Jaromir Jagr (707g-1,055a-1,762pts), Patrik Elias (394g-594a-988pts) are the two highest-scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history, while Martin Havlat (237g-345a-582pts) ranks third among active players and 15th all-time. Marek Zidlicky is fifth among all Czech defensemen with 79g-292a-371pts and 27th overall.
  • POWERFUL ADDITION: Mike Cammalleri scored his second power play goal of the season on October 14 at Tampa Bay and now has 87 since the start of the 2005-06 season, which ranks ninth among active players and 11th overall during that span.
  • ZUBRUS, GREENE APPROACHING 500 GAMES: Dainius Zubrus has appeared in 489 games with New Jersey, while Andy Greene has skated in 486 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.
  • THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM: Goaltender Scott Clemmensen was signed as a free agent on July 1, rejoining New Jersey for the third time. With his relief appearance on October 16 at Washington, he became the second player to have three separate stints with the Devils, having played for another NHL team (or teams) between each New Jersey tenure, joining Pascal Rheaume (1996-97, 2002-03, 2005-06).
  • YOUTH MOVEMENT ON THE BLUE LINE: The Devils’ roster features four defensemen who are 23-years-old or younger: Eric Gelinas (23 years, 5 months), Jon Merrill (22y, 8m), Adam Larsson (21y, 11m) and Damon Severson (20y, 2m).
  • CONSECUTIVE SHOOTOUT LOSSES: On October 24 vs. Dallas, New Jersey lost its 18th consecutive shootout dating back to March 15, 2013 at Philadelphia, and extended its NHL-record losing streak.
  • PAT BURNS TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME: Former Head Coach Pat Burns will be posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 17 in Toronto. Burns coached the Devils for two seasons and led them to their third Stanley Cup Championship in 2003-04.

Milestone Watch

  • Ryane Clowe needs three assists to reach 200 in his NHL career. 
  • Patrik Elias needs six goals to reach 400 and six assists to reach 600 in his NHL career. 
  • Tuomo Ruutu needs nine assists to reach 200 in his NHL career. 


  • Mike Cammalleri (jaw, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Martin Havlat (lower body, three games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve October 27, retroactive to October 21.
  • Jordin Tootoo (foot, three games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve on October 24, retroactive to October 21.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 8.

Recent Transactions

  • On October 27, Martin Havlat (lower body, two games missed) was placed on I.R. retroactive to October 21 and Reid Boucher was recalled from Albany (AHL).
  • On October 24, forward Jordin Tootoo was placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Oct. 21.

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