New Jersey Devils (9-10-4) at New York Islanders (16-7-0)
7:00 PM ET • Nassau Coliseum • MSG • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
New Jersey will have an 11:30 AM morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.
New Jersey is opening a three-game road trip tonight. The Devils are playing in their Eastern Conference-leading 15th road contest overall (6-7-1).
The Devils are 3-2-1 vs. the Metropolitan Division.
Tonight’s contest closes-out club’s sixth of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 2-2-2 in first games and 2-2-1 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
The Devils were 2/4 on the power play last night vs. Detroit and are 4/10 (40.0%) with the man-advantage over the past five games.
The Islanders lost, 5-2, at Washington yesterday afternoon but have won ten of their last 12 games.
John Tavares leads New York with 10g-12a-22pts, including 3g-1a-4pts over the last four games.
Jaroslav Halak is 11-4-0 with three shutouts, a 2.20 goals-against average and .923 save-percentage this season; Chad Johnson is 5-3-0 with a 3.42 GAA & .873 save % in nine games played.
Last Game: November 28 – Devils 4 vs. Detroit 5 (SO)
Cory Schneider (28 saves + 2/3 SO) fell to 9-9-3 on the season.
Jaromir Jagr scored the 709th goal of his NHL career to pass Mike Gartner for sole-possession of sixth-place in NHL history. Phil Esposito is fifth with 717g.
Jagr later added an assist and now has 1,061a in his career, which places him just two behind Steve Yzerman for seventh in NHL history.
With 1,770 career points, Jagr trails Marcel Dionne (731g-1,040a-1,771pts) by just one point for fifth-place all-time.
Jagr appeared in his 1,496th career game and passed Phil Housley for sole-possession 16th in NHL history. Mike Modano (1,499 GP) is fifth.
Mike Cammalleri scored two power play goals, his second 2g/fourth multiple-point game of the season. He leads the Devils with 10g/four power play goals and is second (tie) with 14pts.
Cammalleri now has 89 power play goals since 2005-06, which ranks ninth among active players/11th overall.
Peter Harrold scored his first NHL goal since March 21, 2013 at Carolina.
Adam Henrique notched a pair of assists for his first multi-assist/fourth multiple-point game of 2014-15. He has 2g-3a-5pts over his last four games and is tied for second (Cammalleri) on the club with 6g-8a-14pts overall.
Andy Greene appeared in his 500th NHL game and posted an assist on Jagr’s tally. He becomes just the eighth defenseman/25th player in team history to reach the 500 games-played milestone.
Damon Severson collected 2a for his fourth multiple-point game of the year & first assists/points since November 1 vs. Columbus.
Marek Zidlicky recorded the lone assist on Cammalleri’s first goal and leads New Jersey with 2g-5a-7pts on the power play.
Seth Helgeson was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. He had played in seven straight dating back to November 11 vs. Minnesota.
Damien Brunner and Jordin Tootoo also did not play.
Devils vs. Islanders
Tonight’s game is the first of four meetings between the Metropolitan Division rivals and one of two to be played at Nassau Coliseum.
The Devils were 2-0-3 vs. the Islanders last season, including 2-0-1 on the road. New Jersey outscored New York, 14-11, and held a 140-126 advantage in total shots on goal.
New Jersey trails the all-time series 82-85-24 and is 35-49-13 in the previous 97 games played on Long Island. The Devils are 8-3-1 at Nassau Coliseum since 2010-11.
Adam Henrique (3g-1a), Patrik Elias (1g-3a), Jaromir Jagr (1g-3a) and Marek Zidlicky each had 4pts vs. New York last season, while Frans Nielsen posted 3g-2a-5pts to lead the Isles.
Cory Schneider (1-0-1, 0.96 goals-against average & .961 save-percentage) and Martin Brodeur (1-0-2, 1.90 GAA & .920 save %) shared the goaltending duties for the Devils; Anders Nilsson (2-0-0, 1.60 GAA & .940 save %) and Evgeni Nabokov (1-2-0, 3.66 GAA & .863 save %) both saw action in goal for New York.
Elias (33g-52a-85pts in 87 career games) and Jagr (61g-89a-150pts in 103 games) have both scored more points vs. the Islanders than any other team in their careers.
Schneider’s starts last season were the first of his career vs. the Isles; Scott Clemmensen is 1-4-2 with a 2.76 GAA & .900 save % in nine games.
The remainder of the series is as follows: Jan. 9, Mar. 21 at New Jersey; Dec. 15 at New York Islanders.
New York Connections
Peter DeBoer and Islanders’ Head Coach Jack Capuano were teammates with Milwaukee (IHL) for two seasons from 1989-91.
Dainius Zubrus and New York’s General Manager Garth Snow were both members of the Philadelphia Flyers team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996-97.
Michael Ryder and Johnny Boychuk were members of Boston’s 2010-11 Stanley Cup Championship team.
Adam Henrique and Josh Bailey both played for Windsor (OHL) during the 2007-08 season.
Seth Helgeson and Nick Leddy were teammates at the University of Minnesota in 2009-10.
Islanders’ Assistant Coach Bob Corkum played 17 regular season/12 playoff games for the Devils’ Eastern Conference Championship squad in 2000-01; he was acquired from Los Angeles on February 24, 2001 for future considerations.
Isles’ Goaltending Coach Mike Dunham played two seasons with New Jersey from 1996-98.
500 CLUB: Andy Greene skated in his 500th game with New Jersey last night, becoming the eighth defenseman/25th player in team history to reach the milestone. Dainius Zubrus appeared in his 500th game with the Devils on November 21 at Edmonton, becoming the 24th player in franchise history to do so.
POWER PLAY SPECIALIST: Mike Cammalleri scored two power play goals last night vs. Detroit and leads the team with four this season. He now has 89 PPG since 2005-06, which ranks ninth among active players/11th overall.
ELIAS APPROACHING MILESTONES: Patrik Elias recorded 1a on November 22 at Calgary and now has career totals of 395g-599a-994pts in 1,178 games. He’s looking to become just the 91st player in league history to reach the 400-goal mark, the 80th to collect 600 assists, the 81st to compile 1,000 points and the 101st to appear in 1,200 games.
JAGR CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Jaromir Jagr scored the 709th goal of his career last night to move past Mike Gartner for sole-possession of sixth place in NHL history; he had tied Gartner November 10 at Boston. Jagr also appeared in his 1,496th game last night and passed Phil Housley for 16th-place in NHL history. Mike Modano (1,499 GP) is 15th. Jagr also recorded 1a last night and now has 709g-1,061a-1,770pts in his career. He now trails Marcel Dionne (731g-1,040a-1,771pts) by one point for fifth place all-time. He passed Steve Yzerman (692g-1,063a-1,755pts) for sole-possession of sixth-place with 2a on October 9 at Philadelphia. Jagr now trails Phil Esposito (717g) by eight goals for fifth place all-time. His 1,061a places him just two 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 2 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 Oct. 25 at Ottawa.
WINNING TOUCH: Mike Cammalleri leads the Devils with three game-winning goals (November 14 at Washington, November 11 vs. Minnesota & October 14 at TB) and has eight in his last 32 appearances dating back to March 12.
SCHNEIDER ESTABLISHES NEW FRANCHISE RECORD: Cory Schneider started his 20th consecutive game on November 21 at Edmonton and passed Martin Brodeur (19, October 6-November. 2, 2001) for the longest start streak to begin a season in Devils’ history. (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
SEVERSON ON RECORD PACE: Damon Severson leads New Jersey with 57 shots on goal this season. He’s currently on pace for 203 shots; the Devils’ single-season record by a defenseman is 215 (Scott Stevens, 1993-94). Bruce Driver holds the team-record for shots on goal by a rookie d’man (143, 1984-85), while Scott Gomez is tops among all first-year players in Devils’ history (204, 1999-00).
CORY’S NUMBER ONE:Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.13 goals-against average (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.15) and a .926 save-percentage (tie, Tuukka Rask) 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.
CZECH IT OUT: Jaromir Jagr (709g-1,061a-1,770pts), Patrik Elias (395g-599a-994pts) are the two highest-scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history, while Martin Havlat (238g-347a-585pts) ranks third among active players and 15th all-time. Marek Zidlicky is fifth among all Czech defensemen with 81g-298a-379pts and 27th overall.
SHOOTOUT LOSING STREAK SNAPPED: On October 30 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.
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 Seversonscored 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 sinceScott Gomezscored three on December 26, 1999 at the New York Rangers (20y 3d).
YOUTH MOVEMENT ON THE BLUE LINE: The Devils’ roster features five defensemen who are 24-years-old or younger: Seth Helgeson (24), Eric Gelinas (23 years), Jon Merrill (22), Adam Larsson (22) and Damon Severson (20).
RAFALSKI, VAIRO TO BE INDUCTED INTO U.S. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME: The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for December 4 in Minneapolis, MN. This year’s class includes former Devils’ defenseman Brian Rafalski and Assistant Coach Lou Vairo. Rafalski spent eight seasons with New Jersey and was a member of its 2000 and 2003 Stanley Cup Championship teams. Vairo served the organization during the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons.
Steve Bernier needs five assists for 200 in his NHL career.
Patrik Elias needs five goals to reach 400, oneassist to reach 600 and six points to reach 1,000 in his NHL career.
Jaromir Jagr needs four games played to reach 1,500 in his NHL career.
Tuomo Ruutu needs eight assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
Marek Zidlickyneeds two assists to reach 300 in his NHL career.
Dainius Zubrus needs eight games played to reach 1,200 in his NHL career.
Bryce Salvador (I.R., lower body, eight games missed) is day-to-day.
Ryane Clowe (I.R., hit to head, ten games missed) is day-to-day.
Jon Merrill (I.R., arm, suffered November 1, 12 games missed) is day-to-day.
Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 59.
November 17 – Bryce Salvador was placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Nov. 10. Keith Kinkaid was assigned to Albany (AHL). Scott Clemmensen and Peter Harrold were recalled from Albany.
November 11: Martin Havlat was activated from I.R.; he was placed I.R. on October 27, retroactive to October 21. Ryane Clowe was placed on I.R., retroactive to November 6, and Seth Helgeson was recalled from Albany (AHL).
November 8: Mike Sislo was assigned to Albany. He had been recalled on Nov. 6.
November 7: Jon Merrill was placed on I.R., retroactive to November 1, and Jordin Tootoo was activated from I.R.