Devils Pre-Game 1/28/15

New Jersey Devils (17-22-8) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (22-23-3)

7:30 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

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

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is opening a five-game homestand tonight. Twenty-one of the team’s final 35 games will be played at Prudential Center.
  • The Devils are 5-2-1 over their last eight games following a 5-2 win at San Jose on Jan. 19 & are 3-1-1 in their last five contests at The Rock
  • New Jersey is 4/9 (44.4%) on the power play over the last three games and ranks ninth in the NHL this season (28/134, 20.9%).

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Toronto has lost six straight and is 3-14-0 over its last 17 games.t.
  • The Leafs have been shutout three times and outscored 20-5 during their current losing streak.
  • Phil Kessel leads the Maple Leafs and is 14th (tie) in the NHL with 19g-25a-44pts this season.
  • Nazem Kadri has scored goals in two straight games and has 13g-14a-27pts on the year.
  • Jonathan Bernier is 16-14-3 with two shutouts, a 2.76 goals-against average and .914 save-percentage in 34 games this season.
  • James Reimer is 6-9-0 with a 3.32 GAA & .906 save % in 19 appearances. He’s 4-2-2 with one shutout, a 2.35 GAA & .927 save % in eight career games vs. New Jersey.

Last Game: January 19 – Devils 5 at San Jose 2

  • The Devils won in San Jose for the first time since March 2, 2010 (0-2-0).
  • New Jersey improved to 5-8-3 vs. the Western Conference, to 10-15-2 on the road and to 17-22-8 on the season.
  • The Devils scored five-or-more goals for the sixth time this season & the third time over the last seven games.
  • New Jersey went 1/3 on the power play tonight and was 4/9 (44.4%) during the three-game road trip.
  • The Sharks outshot the Devils, 36-14. New Jersey recorded 17 shots on goal in the first period tonight after posting just 15 total in Friday’s 5-1 loss at Anaheim.
  • Cory Schneider (34 saves ) made his league-leading 41st start and improved to 16-19-4 on the season.
  • Mike Cammalleri scored the game-winning/power play goal and now has 4g-2a-6pts over the last eight games. He leads the Devils with 15g/6PPG/5GWG this season. Cammalleri has scored ten game-winners over his last 35 appearances dating back to March 12, 2014.
  • Steve Bernier netted his sixth goal of the season/third in the last three games. Bernier now has 6g-7a-13pts in 32 games this season; he posted 3g-9a-12pts in 78 appearances in 2013-14.
  • Jacob Josefson returned to the lineup for the first time since December 27 and scored his second shorthanded goal of the season/third of his NHL career. He also added an assist for his second career multiple-point game (March 20, 2011 vs. NY Islanders, 1g-1a-2pts).
  • Jordin Tootoo scored his fourth goal of the season/second in the last six games.
  • Travis Zajac also scored, giving him 3g-3a-6pts over the last seven contests.
  • Scott Gomez collected 2a for his fifth multiple-point game and now has 2g-7a-9pts over the last eight contests. Gomez has 120g-346a-466pts in his Devils’ career and trails Bobby Holik (202g-270a-472pts)  by just 6pts for fifth-place in team history.
  • Adam Henrique also posted 2a tonight and, with 10g-16a-26pts, has passed Jaromir Jagr (9g-16a-25pts) for the team scoring lead.
  • Martin Havlat notched the primary assist on Zajac’s tally, and now has points in a season-high (tie, October 9-14, 1g-2a-3pts) three straight games (2g-1a-3pts).
  • Adam Larsson also picked up an assist on Zajac’s goal and now has 5a over the last seven games; he had 1g-3a-4pts over his first 22 appearances this season.
  • Jon Merrill collected an assist on Josefson’s SHG, his second helper in the last three games.
  • Tim Sestito was credited was the primary assist on Tootoo’s marker, his second of the year.
  • Eric Gelinas also made his return to the lineup after missing five games with the flu and being a healthy scratch for the previous two contests.

Devils vs. Maple Leafs

  • Tonight’s game is the second of three meetings between the Eastern Conference rivals and the first of two to be played at Prudential Center.
  • New Jersey leads the season series 1-0-0 following a 5-3 win at Air Canada Centre on December 4. The Maple Leafs outshot the Devils that night, 32-26
  • Steve Bernier (1g-1a), Eric Gelinas (1g-1a), Jon Merrill (2a), Michael Ryder (2a) and Marek Zidlicky (2a) each recorded 2pts for New Jersey in the first meeting, while Mike Santorelli led Toronto with 1g-1a-2pts.
  • Cory Schneider (29 saves) earned the win in goal for the Devils; Jonathan Bernier (21 saves) made the start for the Leafs.
  • Jaromir Jagr leads New Jersey’s active skaters in career scoring vs. Toronto with 31g-42a-73pts in 51 appearances.
  • Schneider is now 2-0-2 with a 1.93 goals-against average & .926 save-percentage in four career starts vs. the Maple Leafs.
  • The Devils are 8-7-4 vs. the Maple Leafs since 2009-10 and are 22-15-10 in the previous 47 games played in New Jersey.
  • The all-time series is currently tied, 40-40-18.
  • The teams will meet again next Friday, February 6 at Prudential Center.

Toronto Connections

  • Mike Cammalleri and Adam Henrique are from nearby Richmond Hill & Brantford, Ontario, respectively.
  • Mark Fraser was born in Ottawa and played with the Leafs’ organization from 2012-14.
  • Eric Gelinas hails from Vanier, Ont.
  • Toronto’s President Brendan Shanahan was New Jersey’s first choice and the second overall selection in the 1987 Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Devils from 1987-91 and rejoined the club midway through the 2008-09 campaign.
  • David Clarkson played six-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2006-13.
  • James van Riemsdyk is from Middletown, NJ.

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.
  • AN ALL-STAR AGAIN: Patrik Elias recorded 2a and was +5 for Team Toews in its 17-12 win over Team Foligno at the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus on Sunday. Elias now has 1g-6a-7pts in four career All-Star Games (2000, 2002 & 2011).
  • 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 194 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.
  • 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-346a-466pts; 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, Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick & Tuukka Rask, 2.19) and a .926 save-percentage (2nd, 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-350a-591pts) 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 eight games to reach 1,200 in his NHL career.
  • Mark Fraser needs eight games played to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Eric Gelinas needs six games played to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Martin Havlat needs nine points to reach 600 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu needs six assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Travis Zajac needs 10 games to reach 600 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Jaromir Jagr (ill, three games missed) has resumed practicing
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., ill, three games missed) has resumed practicing.
  • Stephen Gionta (I.R., broken hand, nine games missed) is out.
  • Damon Severson (I.R., left ankle, 15 games missed) is out.
  • Bryce Salvador (I.R., lower body, 32 games missed) is out.
  • Ryane Clowe (I.R., hit to head, 34 games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 210.

Recent Transactions

  • January 27 – Tim Sestito cleared waivers/was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • January 20 – Joe Whitney was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • 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 Alb.; Joe Whitney was recalled.

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