Devils Pre-Game 1/19/15

New Jersey Devils (16-22-8) at San Jose Sharks (24-16-6)

10:30 PM ET • SAP Center at San Jose • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 11:30 AM (PT) morning skate at SAP Center at San Jose.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey will conclude its three-game, Western Conference road trip tonight. The Devils are 4-8-3 vs. the West this season, including 2-5-1 on the road, following Friday’s 5-1 loss at Anaheim.
  • Since 2010-11, New Jersey is 5-4-0 in games played in California, including 0-2-0 at San Jose (last win at SJ, March 2, 2010, 4-3).
  • Tonight’s contest is the Devils’ 27th on the road, which is the most in the NHL.
  • Following the All-Star break, New Jersey will play five straight at Prudential Center; 21 of the team’s final 35 games will be played at The Rock.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • San Jose is 4-2-1 over its last seven games following a 4-3 overtime loss to Calgary on Saturday.
  • San Jose is 11-7-3 at SAP Center this season.
  • Joe Pavelski leads the Sharks with 22g-18a-40pts this season. His 22g ranks sixth in the NHL.
  • Logan Couture is second on the team with 16g-23a-39pts in 2014-15, including 3g-7a-10pts over the last ten games.
  • Melker Karlsson has 7g-4a-11pts in his first 17 NHL games and tied a franchise rookie-record with goals in five straight from January 2-10 (5g).
  • Brent Burns is third among NHL defensemen with 11g-24a-35pts. Justin Braun has assists in three consecutive games (5a).
  • Antti Niemi is 18-11-5 with three shutouts, a 2.59 goals-against average and .911 save-percentage in 34 games this season. He’s 4-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA & .931 save % in five career appearances vs. the Devils.
  • Alex Stalock is 5-4-1 with 1 ShO, a 2.43 GAA & .912 save % in 12 games in 2014-15.

Last Game: January 16 – Devils 1 at Anaheim 5

  • The Devils fell to 4-8-3 vs. the Western Conference, to 9-15-2 on the road and to 16-22-8 on the season. Anaheim outshot New Jersey, 40-15.
  • The Devils recorded just one shot on goal in the second period, which tied a season low (Dec. 31 at Detroit, 2nd).
  • Cory Schneider (ND, 20:00, 1 Goal Allowed/14 Saves ) made his league-leading 40th start of the season but was relieved after the first period. 
  • Keith Kinkaid (L, 40:00, 4 Goals Allowed/21 Saves) fell to 1-3-3 on the season.
  • Martin Havlat scored a power play goal and has goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
  • Patrik Elias recorded the primary assist and now has points in three straight games (3a) & 2g-5a-7pts over his last six appearances. 
  • Marek Zidlicky also collected an assist and leads the team with 3g-8a-11pts on the power play this season.
  • Michael Ryder appeared in his 800th NHL game.
  • Tim Sestito appeared in his 100th NHL contest and posted a team season-high 17 PIM (Misconduct, Major, Minor).

Devils vs. Sharks

  • Tonight’s game is the second/final meeting between the clubs this season.
  • San Jose won, 4-2, at Prudential Center on October 18, despite being outshot, 37-32.
  • Mike Cammalleri and Adam Henrique scored for the Devils, while Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each posted 1g-2a-3pts to lead the Sharks.
  • Cory Schneider (28 saves + ENG) made the start in goal for New Jersey and stopped Tommy Wingels’s penalty shot attempt in the third period, while Antti Niemi (35 saves) earned the win for San Jose.
  • Patrik Elias is the Devils’ career leader with 10g-10a-20pts in 20 career games vs. the Sharks.
  • Schneider is now 3-5-1 with a 3.55 GAA & .896 save % in nine games vs. San Jose.
  • The Devils are 0-3-1 in their last four meetings with the Sharks (last win, 2-1, February 11, 2011 in NJ), but lead the all-time series vs. San Jose 17-12-3, including a 7-6-1 mark in the previous 14 games played in California.

San Jose Connections

  • Steve Bernier was San Jose’s second choice (first round), 16th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft. He played three seasons with the Sharks from 2005-08.
  • Ryane Clowe was San Jose’s fifth choice (sixth round), 175th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. He played eight seasons with the Sharks from 2005-13.
  • Martin Havlat played three seasons with San Jose from 2011-14 before signing with the Devils as a free agent this past July.
  • Goaltending Coach Chris Terreri played two seasons with the Sharks from 1995-97.
  • San Jose’s Associate Coach and Director of Player Development Larry Robinson spent 15 seasons with the Devils organization as a Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Special Assignment Coach. He served as Head Coach of New Jersey’s second Stanley Cup Championship team in 2000.
  • Sharks Goaltending Development Coach Corey Schwab played three seasons with the Devils (1995-96, 2002-04) and was a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team.

Notes

  • DEVILS RESTRUCTURE COACHING STAFF: On December 27, New Jersey restructured its coaching staff by adding Scott Stevens and Adam Oates. They join Tommy Albelin, Mike Foligno and Chris Terreri on the team’s staff. Peter DeBoer and Dave Barr were relieved of their coaching duties.
  • QUICK STRIKE: Steve Bernier, Martin Havlat and Mike Cammalleri all scored in a span of 68 seconds in the second period of New Jersey’s 5-3 win at Los Angeles on January 14. It was the third-fastest three goals in Devils history: November 23, 1991, Kevin Todd, Peter Stastny and Douglas Brown, 0:42 of 2nd period,  5-5 tie at Philadelphia; and February 16, 1985, Tim Higgins, Uli Hiemer and Phil Russel, 0:42 of 2nd period, 6-3 win at Toronto. credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 193 straight games dating back to March 6, 2012. It is the third-longest consecutive games-played streak by a defenseman in Devils history behind Ken Daneyko (388, November 4, 1989-March 29, 1994) & Scott Stevens (196, November 23, 1993-October 5, 1996) and the ninth-longest overall.
  • AN ALL-STAR AGAIN: Patrik Elias was named to the roster for the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held January 23-25 in Columbus. A total of 36 All-Stars and six Rookies were selected by the NHL, joining the first six players elected by fans in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote, presented by SiriusXM. Elias will be participating in his fourth career All-Star Game (2000, 2002 & 2011).
  • ELIAS REACHES NHL MILESTONES: Patrik Elias posted 1g-2a-3pts January 6 vs. Buffalo, including the 600th assist & 1,000th point of his NHL career. He became the 80th player in NHL history to record 600a and the 82nd to compile 1,000pts. Elias’s goal that night was the 399th of his career; he’s looking to become the 91st player all-time to reach the 400-goal mark. Of the 81 previous players to reach 1000pts, only one matched Elias in also hitting a century milestone in either goals or assists in the same game in which he scored his 1,000th point. That was Boston’s Jean Ratelle, whose 1,000th career point was also his 600th assist (April 3, 1977 vs. Toronto). Ratelle had scored his 400th goal the day before. credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • HATS OFF TO JAROMIR: On January 3 vs. Philadelphia, Jaromir Jagr scored the 15th hat trick of his NHL career. At 42 years, 322 days, Jagr became the oldest player in NHL history to post a hat trick. Gordie Howe previously held the record, notching his final three-goal game at 41 years, 216 days on November 2, 1969. Jagr’s hat trick came 23 years, 11 months and one day after his first on February 2, 1991, which is the longest gap between a player’s first and final hat tricks. Howe previously held the record; his last three-goal game came 19 years, 264 days after his first one (on February 11, 1950). credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • JAGR CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Jaromir Jagr has career totals of 714g-1,066a-1,780pts in 1,516 NHL games. He recorded his 15th career hat trick on January 3 vs. Philadelphia and now trails Phil Esposito (717g) by three goals for fifth in NHL history. He scored his 709th goal on November 28 vs. Detroit to move past Mike Gartner for sole-possession of sixth place all-time. On December 15 at the NY Islanders, he posted the 1,064/65th assists of his career to pass Steve Yzerman (1,063a) for sole possession of seventh-place in NHL history. He now has 1,066a and trails Adam Oates (1,079a) by 13 for sixth all-time. 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 appeared in his 1,515th game January 8 at Boston and passed Yzerman for 14th all-time. Brendan Shanahan (1,524) is 13th. 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 his 127th GWG January 3 & the 19 OT goal 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.
  • GOMEZ CLOSING IN ON HOLIK: Scott Gomez, who signed a new contract with New Jersey on December 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. Gomez ranks sixth in Devils’ history with 120g-344a-464pts; Bobby Holik (202g-270a-472pts) is fifth. He posted the 338th assist of his Devils’ career on December 15 at the New York Islanders to pass Scott Stevens (337a) for sole-possession fourth-place in team history; John MacLean (354a) is fourth. He previously recorded 2a on December 8 at Carolina to tie/surpass Kirk Muller (335a) for fifth-place on New Jersey’s all-time list. 
  • THAT’S A FIRST: Keith Kinkaid (26 saves + 3/3 SO) earned the first win of his NHL career on December 19 vs. Tampa Bay. He became the first goaltender to win his first NHL game as a Devil since Scott Clemmensen (January 20, 2004 at Pittsburgh). Kinkaid also became the first goaltender in NHL history to have each of his first three starts go to the shootout.
  • ZUBRUS PLAYS IN 1,200TH GAME: Dainius Zubrus appeared in his 1,200th game on December 31, becoming just the 102nd player in NHL history to do so. He made his NHL debut as the youngest player in Flyers’ franchise history (18 years, 3 months & 19 days) on October 5, 1996 vs. Florida and scored a goal that night vs. former Devil John Vanbiesbrouck. Zubrus has played 513 games with the Devils entering tonight, the most among the five NHL teams he’s skated for, followed by Washington (331), Philadelphia (200), Montreal (139) and Buffalo (19).
  • 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.
  • 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 NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.13 goals-against average (2nd, Jonathan Quick & Henrik Lundqvist, 2.19) and 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 (714g-1,066a-1,780pts), Patrik Elias (399g-604a-1,003pts) are the two highest-scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history, while Martin Havlat (241g-349a-590pts) ranks third among active players and 14th all-time. Marek Zidlicky is fourth among all Czech defensemen with 82g-305a-387pts and 27th overall.

Milestone Watch

  • Patrik Elias needs one goal to reach 400 in his NHL career.
  • Elias needs nine games to reach 1,200 in his NHL career.
  • Eric Gelinas needs seven games played to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Martin Havlat needs ten points to reach 600 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu needs six assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Travis Zajac needs 11 games to reach 600 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Jaromir Jagr (ill, two games missed) did not make the trip.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., ill, two games missed) did not make the trip.
  • Stephen Gionta (I.R., broken hand, eight games missed) is out.
  • Damon Severson (I.R., left ankle, 14 games missed) is out.
  • Bryce Salvador (I.R., lower body, 31 games missed) is out.
  • Ryane Clowe (I.R., hit to head, 33 games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 204.

Recent Transactions

  • January 14 – Eric Gelinas was activated from Injured Reserve; Tuomo Ruutu was placed on I.R. Forward Joseph Blandisi (Barrie, OHL) was signed to an entry-level contract.
  • January 13 – Seth Helgeson was assigned to Albany (AHL); Joe Whitney was recalled.
  • January 9 – Jacob Josefson was activated from I.R. Eric Gelinas was placed on I.R., retroactive to December 31.

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