Devils Pre-Game 12/15/14

New Jersey Devils (11-15-5) at New York Islanders (20-10-0)

7:00 PM ET • Nassau Coliseum • MSG • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have an 11:30 AM morning skate at Nassau Coliseum.

Tonight’s Game

  • New Jersey is concluding its three-game road trip tonight (0-2-0).
  • Tonight’s contest is the Devils’ league-leading 21st road game (8-11-1). Fourteen of the Devils’ last 19 games have been on the road (5-11-3). New Jersey has not played consecutive games at Prudential Center since Nov. 1-4.
  • The Devils are 4-6-1 vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 3-5-0 on the road.
  • New Jersey was 1/2 on the power play on Saturday at Dallas and is 6/12 (50.0%) with the man-advantage over the last six games.
  • The Devils’ penalty-kill unit was 2/2 on Saturday and is 50/55 (90.9%) over the past 16 games.
  • New York ended Chicago’s eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 win at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday. The Islanders are second in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 20-10-0=2opts, including 11-3-0=22pts mark at home. John Tavares (12g-15a) and Kyle Okposo (7g-20a) are tied for the team scoring lead with 27pts each. Tavares has points in four straight games (2g-2a-4pts), while Okposo has 2g-1a-3pts over the last two.
  • Jaroslav Halak is 15-6-0 with three shutouts, a 2.38 goals-against average and a .916 save-percentage in 21 games this season. Chad Johnson is 5-4-0 with a 3.59 GAA & .868 save % in 10 appearances.

Last Game: December 13 – Devils 3 at Dallas 4

  • New Jersey fell to 3-7-3 vs. the Western Conference, to 8-11-1 on the road and to 11-15-5 overall. 
  • The Devils were out shot 36-31 on the night and allowed a season-high 20 shots against in the second period.
  • Jaromir Jagr recorded the 1,063rd assist of his career to tie Steve Yzerman for seventh in NHL history.
  • Jon Merrill (PP), Eric Gelinas and Scott Gomez each scored in the contest.
  • For Gomez, it was his first goal of the season/first as a Devil since March 28, 2007 at Buffalo and gives him points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts). 
  • Adam Henrique notched 2a for his fifth multiple-point game of the season.
  • Steve Bernier collected an assist on Gelinas’ tally for the 200th point of his NHL career (90g-110a).
  • Cory Schneider (L, 40:00, 4 goals allowed/33 shots against) made his NHL-leading 29th start of the season and fell to 11-14-3.
  • He was relieved by Keith Kinkaid (ND, 17:33 0 GA/3 SA) at the start of the third period.

Devils vs. Islanders

  • Tonight’s game is the second of four meetings between the Metropolitan Division rivals this season and the second of two to be played at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders lead the series 1-0-0 following a 3-1 victory on November 29. New Jersey outshot New York, 35-28, in the contest.
  • Damien Brunner scored the Devils’ goal, with Adam Larsson and Michael Ryder picking up the assists. Casey Cizikas had 1g-1a-2pts to lead the Isles. Cory Schneider (25 saves + ENG) made the start for New Jersey, while Jaroslav Halak (34 saves) earned the win in goal for New York.
  • Patrik Elias (33g-52a-85pts in 88 career games) and Jaromir Jagr (61g-89a-150pts in 104 games) have both scored more points vs. the Islanders than any other team in their careers. Schneider is now 1-1-1 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .949 save-percentage in three career games vs. the Islanders. 
  • New Jersey trails the all-time series 82-86-24 and is 35-50-13 in the previous 98 games played on Long Island. The Devils are 8-4-1 at Nassau Coliseum since 2010-11. The remainder of the series is as follows: January 9, March 21 at NJ.

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 Feb. 24, 2001 for future considerations.
  • Isles’ Goaltending Coach Mike Dunham played two seasons with New Jersey from 1996-98.

Notes

  • JAGR CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Jaromir Jagr has career totals of 710g-1,063a-1,773pts in 1,503 NHL games. On December 13 at Dallas, he posted the 1,063rd assist of his career to tie Steve Yzerman for seventh in NHL history. Adam Oates (1,079a) ranks sixth. He recorded 1g-1a-2pts on December 8 at Carolina to tie/surpass Marcel Dionne (731g-1,040a-1,771pts) for sole-possession of fifth-place on the NHL’s point-scoring list. Ron Francis (549g-1,249a-1,798pts) is fourth. Jagr scored the 710th goal of his career on December 8 and now trails Phil Esposito (717g) by seven for fifth in NHL history. He scored his 709th goal on Nov. 28 vs. Detroit to move past Mike Gartner for sole-possession of sixth place all-time. He also appeared in his 1,500th career game on December 8 to pass Mike Modano for sole-possession of 15th-place all-time; Yzerman (1,514) is 14th. With 202 power play goals, Jagr has tied Yzerman for 15th-place; Wayne Gretzky is next on the list with 204 PPG. He extended his NHL records with the 19 OT/125th GWG of his career on October 25 at Ottawa. Jagr recorded three shots on goal on December 2 at Pittsburgh to pass passed Al MacInnis (5,157) for third-place in NHL history.
  • BACK ON TRACK: Cory Schneider is 5-8-1 with two shutouts, a 2.21 goals-against average and .931 save-percentage over his last 11 starts from November 11-December 8, nine of which have come on the road.
  • WELCOME BACK GOMER: Scott Gomez, who signed a new contract with New Jersey on Dec. 1, made his season debut on December 2 at Pittsburgh and became the 25th player in Devils’ history to be re-acquired and see action with the team. Prior to December 2, Gomez last played for the Devils on May 5, 2007 in game six of the ECSF vs. Ottawa. Gomez posted the 337th assist of his Devils’ career on December 11 at Philadelphia to tie Scott Stevens for fourth-place in team history. He recorded 2a on December 8 at Carolina to tie/surpass Kirk Muller (335a) for fifth-place on New Jersey’s all-time list. Gomez ranks sixth in Devils’ history with 454pts; Bobby Holik (202g-270a-472pts) is fifth. In addition, Gomez posted a career-high 33g-51a-84pts in 2005-06, which is the seventh-highest single-season total in team history and led the NHL with 56a in 2003-04 (tie).
  • ELIAS APPROACHING MILESTONES: Patrik Elias scored his third goal of the season on December 6 vs. Washington and now has career totals of 396g-599a-995pts in 1,181 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.
  • POWER PLAY SPECIALIST: Mike Cammalleri scored his team-leading fifth power play goal on December 6 at Toronto. He now has 90 PPG since 2005-06, which ranks ninth among active players/11th overall.
  • SEVERSON ON RECORD PACE: Damon Severson leads New Jersey with 73 shots on goal this season. He’s currently on pace for 193 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).
  • 500 CLUB: Andy Greene skated in his 500th game with New Jersey on November 28 vs. Detroit, 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. 
  • 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 36 appearances dating back to March 12.
  • SCHNEIDER ESTABLISHES NEW FRANCHISE RECORD: Cory Schneider started 20 consecutive games from October 9-November 21 at Edmonton, the longest streak to begin a season in Devils’ history (Martin Brodeur, 19, October 6-November 2, 2001). (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
  • CORY’S AMONG THE BEST: Cory Schneider ranks second with a 2.15 goals-against average (1st, Jonathan Quick, 2.14) and is first with a .926 save-percentage (2nd, Tuukka Rask, .925) 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 (710g-1,063a-1,773pts), Patrik Elias (396g-599a-995pts) are the two highest-scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history, while Martin Havlat (239g-347a-586pts) ranks third among active players and 15th all-time. Marek Zidlicky is fifth among all Czech defensemen with 81g-301a-382pts 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 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).
  • 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).

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri needs eight games played for 700 in his NHL career.
  • Patrik Elias needs four goals to reach 400, one assist to reach 600 and five points to reach 1,000 in his NHL career. 
  • Scott Gomez needs six games played to reach 1,000 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu needs eight assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Dainius Zubrus needs three games played to reach 1,200 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Dainius Zubrus (leg lacerations, three games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., groin, fourgames missed) is out tonight.
  • Adam Larsson (mumps, six games missed) is out tonight.
  • Travis Zajac (I.R., lower body/mumps, eight games missed) is day-to-day.
  • Bryce Salvador (I.R., lower body, 16 games missed) is out tonight.
  • Ryane Clowe (I.R., hit to head, 18 games missed) is out tonight.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 106.

Recent Transactions

  • December 15 – Tim Sestito was recalled from Albany (AHL).
  • December 12 – Damien Brunner cleared unconditional waivers; contract was terminated.
  • December 10 – Reid Boucher was assigned to Alb.
  • December 9 – Patrik Elias was placed on Injured Reserve, retroactive to December 6. Scott Clemmensen was assigned to Albany; Reid Boucher and Keith Kinkaid were recalled.
  • December 8 – Adam Larsson was placed on I.R.; Martin Havlat was activated from I.R.
  • December 7 – Damien Brunner was assigned to Albany. Peter Harrold was recalled from Albany.
  • December 6 – Damien Brunner cleared waivers; he was placed on waivers Dec. 5.
  • December 4 – Martin Havlat was placed on I.R., retroactive to Nov. 29. Peter Harrold was assigned to Albany & Mike Sislo was recalled.
  • December 1 – Travis Zajac was placed on I.R., retroactive to November 28. Scott Gomez was signed to a new contract.

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