Devils Pre-Game 2/3/15

New Jersey Devils (19-22-9) vs. Ottawa Senators (20-19-9)

7:00 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

  • Tonight’s contest is the fourth of a five-game homestand. Eighteen of the team’s final 32 games will be played at Prudential Center.
  • The Devils are looking to extend their points-streak to five games for the first time since March 23-April 5, 2014 (seven games, 4-0-3).
  • New Jersey was 2/2 on the penalty-kill on Saturday vs. Florida & is 23/25 (92.0%) over the last seven games.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Ottawa scored a season-high seven goals in its win over Arizona on Saturday. 
  • The Senators are currently sixth in the Atlantic Division/11th in the Eastern Conference.
  • New Jersey native Bobby Ryan leads Ottawa with 14g-23a-37pts this season, including 2g-4a-6pts over the last three games.
  • Mark Stone (12g-26a-28pts) and Mike Hoffman (17g-9a-26pts) rank third (tie, Aaron Ekblad) and fifth, respectively, in scoring among NHL rookies. Stone has 3g-7a-10pts over his last nine games, while Hoffman has scored 9g over the last 18.
  • Goaltender Craig Anderson is on Injured Reserve (hand). Robin Lehner is 1-2-1 with a 2.68 goals-against average & .918 save-percentage in four career games vs. New Jersey.

Last Game: January 31 – Devils 3 vs. Florida 1

  • New Jersey now has points in a season-high four straight games (3-0-1), in eight of their last ten games (6-2-2) and is 5-1-2 over its last eight at Prudential Center.
  • The Devils closed-out their 11th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The team is now 4-4-3 in first games and 4-4-3 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • Florida outshot New Jersey, 27-14. The Devils posted a season-low (tie) one shot on goal in the second period.
  • Keith Kinkaid (26 saves) made his sixth start of the season (first since January 9 vs. the New York Islanders) and improved to 2-3-3. His shutout bid ended with 1:29 remaining in the third period.
  • Mike Cammalleri scored his team-leading 16th goal/seventh power play goal/sixth game-winner & added an assist for his seventh multiple-point game. Cammalleri’s six game-winning tallies lead the NHL (tie, Alex Ovechkin, Matt Beleskey & Oliver Ekman-Larsson). He has 11 GWG over his last 51 appearances dating back to March 12, 2014.
  • Steve Bernier posted 1g-1a-2pts and now has points in back-to-back games (2g-1a-3pts) & 5g-1a-6pts over his last six appearances. With 8g-8a-16pts this season, he’s posted his highest point-total since totaling 11g-11a-22pts with Vancouver in 2009-10.
  • Jaromir Jagr scored his 10th goal of the season/the 715th of his career and now trails Phil Esposito (717g) by two goals for fifth-place in NHL history. It was his first goal since he recorded a hat trick on January 3 vs. Philadelphia.
  • Scott Gomez picked up an assist and, with 120g-347a-467pts in his Devils’ career, is now just five points behind Bobby Holik (202g-270a-472pts) for fifth in team history.
  • Adam Henrique notched 1a and leads the Devils with 10g-17a-27pts overall.
  • Dainius Zubrus was credited with the primary assist on Jagr’s goal, his first point since January 14 at Los Angeles (a).
  • Andy Greene played in his 197th straight game, dating back to March 6, 2012, and has passed Scott Stevens (196 games, November 23, 1993-October 5, 1996) for the second-longest consecutive games-played streak by a defenseman in Devils’ history. Ken Daneyko (388 games, November 4, 1989-March 29, 1994) holds the record.

Devils vs. Senators

  • Tonight’s game is the third/final meeting between the Eastern Conference rivals this season and the second to be played at Prudential Center.
  • The Senators lead the series 1-0-1=3pts following a 2-0 victory on December 17 at The Rock.
  • Ottawa has outscored New Jersey, 4-3, overall, but the Devils hold a 63-51 advantage in total shots on goal.
  • Damon Severson leads the Devils with 1g-1a-2pts.
  • Jaromir Jagr scored the OT goal in the first meeting on October 25.
  • Kyle Turris (2g), Bobby Ryan (1g-1a) Erik Karlsson (2a) and Milan Michalek (2a) each have 2pts to lead the Sens.
  • Cory Schneider (1-1-0, 1.48 goals-against average & .940 save-percentage) has started both games in goal for New Jersey.
  • Craig Anderson (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA & 1.000 save %) & Robin Lehner (0-0-1, 2.87 GAA & .897 save %) have split the goaltending duties for Ottawa.
  • Patrik Elias is the Devils’ all-time leader with 11g-26a-37pts in 58 career games vs. the Sens.
  • Schneider is now 2-1-1 with a 1.20 GAA and .955 save % in four career games vs. Ottawa.
  • New Jersey leads the all-time series 48-25-10 and is 25-13-3 in the previous 41 games played in New Jersey.
  • The Devils are 9-4-1 vs. the Senators at Prudential Center since 2007-08.

Ottawa Connections

  • Martin Havlat was Ottawa’s first choice, 26th overall, in the 1999 Entry Draft. He played five seasons with the Senators from 2000-06.
  • Eric Gelinas hails from nearby Vanier, Ontario.
  • Tuomo Ruutu’s older brothers, Mikko & Jarkko, both have ties to the Senators’ organization. Mikko is currently a European Scout for the club, and Jarkko played three seasons with the Senators from 2008-11.
  • Andy Greene and Erik Condra are both from Trenton, MI.
  • Ottawa’s Head Coach Dave Cameron played two seasons for the Devils from 1982-84.
  • Senators’ Assistant Coach Jason Smith was New Jersey’s first choice,18th overall, in the 1992 Entry Draft. He played four seasons with the Devils from 1993-97.
  • Bobby Ryan was born in Cherry, Hill, NJ.

Notes

  • BERN, BABY, BERN: Steve Bernier has five goals in six games since January 14, which ranks third (tie, with nine others) in the NHL during that span behind Alex Ovechkin (9g) and Zach Parise (7g).
  • WINNING TOUCH: Mike Cammalleri leads the NHL (tie, Alex Ovechkin, Matt Beleskey & Oliver Ekman-Larsson) with six game-winning goals and has 11 in his last 51 appearances dating back to March 12, 2014
  • 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).
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene played in his 197th straight game, dating back to March 6, 2012, on Saturday vs. Florida to pass Scott Stevens (196 games, November 23, 1993-October 5, 1996) for the second-longest consecutive games-played streak by a defenseman in Devils history. Ken Daneyko (388 games, November 4, 1989-March 29, 1994) holds the record.
  • 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
  • JAGR CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Jaromir Jagr has career totals of 715g-1,066a-1,781pts in 1,519 NHL games. He scored his tenth goal of the season on January 31 vs. Florida and now trails Phil Esposito (717g) by two 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.
  • 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
  • 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-347a-467pts; 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.
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.12 goals-against average (2nd, Henrik Lundqvist, 2.18) 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.
  • 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 
  • 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)
  • CZECH IT OUT: Jaromir Jagr (715g-1,066a-1,781pts), Patrik Elias (399g-605a-1,004pts) are the two highest-scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history, while Martin Havlat (241g-351a-592pts) 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

  • Steve Bernier needs four goals to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Bernier needs eight games to reach 200 with New Jersey.
  • Patrik Elias needs one goal to reach 400 in his NHL career.
  • Elias needs five games to reach 1,200 in his NHL career.
  • Mark Fraser needs five games played to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Eric Gelinas needs five games played to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Martin Havlat needs eight points to reach 600 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu needs six assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Travis Zajac needs seven games to reach 600 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Stephen Gionta (I.R., broken hand, 12 games missed) is out.
  • Damon Severson (I.R., left ankle, 18 games missed) is out.
  • Bryce Salvador (I.R., lower body, 35 games missed) is out.
  • Ryane Clowe (I.R., hit to head, 37 games missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 222.

Recent Transactions

  • January 28 – Tuomo Ruutu was activated from Injured Reserve.
  • January 27 – Tim Sestito cleared waivers/was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • January 20 – Joe Whitney was assigned to Alb.
  • 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.

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