Devils Pre-Game 11/1/14

New Jersey Devils (5-3-2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (4-6-0)

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

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will not have a morning skate. Head Coach Peter DeBoer will be available in the interview corridor outside of the Devils’ locker room at 4:45 PM. Select player availability to follow.
  • Columbus will have an optional skate this morning. Head Coach Todd Richards will be available at approximately 4:35 PM.

Tonight’s Game

  • On Thursday vs. Winnipeg, the Devils won in the shootout for the first time since March 10, 2013, also vs. Winnipeg. New Jersey had lost and NHL-record 18 consecutive shootouts dating back to March 15, 2013 at Philadelphia. Thursday’s win was the team’s first at Prudential Center and extended its points streak at home to three games (1-0-2).
  • Columbus has lost four straight and five of its last six games following last night’s 4-1 loss vs. Toronto. Ryan Johansen leads the Blue Jackets with 5g-8a-13pts and has points in each of the team’s ten games this season, the longest active scoring streak in the NHL. Columbus is without goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was placed on I.R. earlier this week with a fractured finger. Curtis McElhinney is 0-1-0 with a 4.83 goals-against average and .863 save-percentage. Rookie Anton Forsberg is looking to make his NHL debut.

Last Game: Oct. 30 – Devils 2 vs. Winnipeg 1 (SO)

  • The Devils won in the shootout for the first time since March 10, 2013 vs. Winnipeg. New Jersey had lost an NHL-record 18 consecutive shootouts dating back to Mar. 15, 2013 at Philadelphia.
  • New Jersey won its first game at Prudential Center this season and extended its point streak on home ice to three games (1-0-2). 
  • Michael Ryder scored an unassisted goal at 16:33 of the third period to tie the game and force overtime. It was his second goal of 2014-15 and first since the season-opener on October 9 at Philadelphia.
  • Jacob Josefson scored the game-determining goal, the first of his career. He’s now 2/4 all-time in the shootout.
  • Travis Zajac led the Devils with a season-high four shots on goal.
  • Adam Larsson made his second appearance of the season/first since October 21 vs. the NY Rangers.
  • Cory Schneider (24 saves + 1/1 SO) improved to 5-3-2 on the year.

Devils vs. Blue Jackets

  • Tonight’s game is the first of four games between the Metropolitan Division rivals and one of two to be played at Prudential Center.
  • Columbus won last season’s series 3-1-0, outscoring New Jersey 13-11 despite being out shot 111-96 overall.
  • Patrik Elias led the Devils with 1g-5a-6pts, while Brandon Dubinsky had 2g-5a-7pts to lead the Blue Jackets. 
  • Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 2.54 goals-against average & .881 save-percentage) and Martin Brodeur (0-1-1, 2.92 GAA, .887 save %) split the goaltending duties for New Jersey, while Curtis McElhinney (2-0-0, 2.40 GAA & .902 save %) and Sergei Bobrovsky (1-1-0, 2.56 GAA & .915 save %) each made two starts for Columbus.
  • Elias is the Devils’ career leader with 4g-11a-15pts in 14 games vs. the Jackets. Marek Zidlicky leads New Jersey’s active skaters in career scoring with 7g-29a-36pts in 46 games vs. Columbus.
  • Schneider is 7-2-1, with a 2.05 GAA & .929 save % in ten appearances, while Scott Clemmensen is 0-1-1 with a 2.90 GAA & .910 save % in two career games vs. the Blue Jackets.
  • The Devils are 5-0-2 at home and 9-4-3 all-time vs. Columbus. 
  • The remainder of the series is as follows: March 6 at NJ; February 28, March 31 at Columbus.

Notes

  • SHOOTOUT LOSING STREAK SNAPPED: On Thursday vs. Winnipeg, New Jersey won in the shootout for the first time since March 10, 2013 vs. Winnipeg. The Devils had lost an NHL-record 18 consecutive shootouts from March 15, 2013 at Philadelphia-October 24, 2014 vs. Dallas.
  • HOME, FOR NOW: Tonight’s contest is the second of 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 FIVE ON THE POWER PLAY: New Jersey is 8/32 (25.0%) on the power play this season, which ranks fourth in the league. The Devils are 3/9 (33.3%) at home, which is third (tie, Boston & Tampa Bay) in the NHL.
  • JAGR CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Jaromir Jagr has played in 1,483 games and is expected to tie Rod Brind’Amour for 18th all-time tonight. Jagr skated in his 1,475th game on October 11, passing former Devil Doug Gilmour for 19th. He recorded 1a October 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. Jagr passed Steve Yzerman (692g-1,063a-1,755pts) for sole-possession of sixth-place with 2a on October 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. 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 30 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.
  • STRAIGHT TENS: Cory Schneider has now started ten consecutive games to begin the season, marking the seventh time in Devils’ history that a goaltender has done so: Martin Brodeur, 19 games, October 6-November 20, 2001; Brodeur, 17, October 10-November 21, 2002; Chris Terreri, 12, October 5-29, 1991; Brodeur, 11, October 8-November 5, 2003; Brodeur, 10, October 10-November 1, 2008; and Brodeur, 10, October 3-28, 2009. (credit Elias Sports Bureau). Schneider is expected to start his 11th straight game on Saturday, which would tie his career high (March 9-April 8, 2013, 9-2-0, 4 ShO, 1.29 goals-against average & .954 save-percentage).
  • GREENE ENERGY: Andy Greene was +3 on Tuesday at Pittsburgh and is second (tie, Ryan Suter) among NHL defensemen with a +9 mark on the season (Anton Stralman, +11). Among all skaters, Greene ranks fifth (tie, 2 others) behind Tyler Toffoli (+12), Jeff Carter (+11) Stralman and Filip Forsberg (+11).
  • 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 2.11 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 1,165 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 81st 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 490 games with New Jersey, while Andy Greene has skated in 4867games 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).
  • 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.
  • Dainius Zubrus needs ten games played to reach 500 with New Jersey. 

Injuries

  • Mike Cammalleri (jaw, two games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Martin Havlat (lower body, four games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve October 27, retroactive to October 21.
  • Jordin Tootoo (foot, four games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve on October 24, retroactive to October 21.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 11.

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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