Devils Pre-Game 3/14/15

New Jersey Devils (28-29-11) at Arizona Coyotes (21-39-8)

9:00 PM ET • Gila River Arena • MSG Plus • News Radio 880 WCBS

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have an 10:30 AM morning skate at Gila River Arena.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is concluding its three-game, Western Conference road trip tonight.
  • The Devils have played in consecutive games on the road for the first time since February 13-14.
  • New Jersey is 3-8-2 vs. the West on the road this season & is 8-13-4 overall following Thursday’s 2-1 SO loss at Colorado.
  • The Devils are 1-4-1 in their last six games away from Prudential Center but are 7-3-2 over their last 12 contests overall.
  • The team’s penalty kill unit was 3/3 on Thursday and is 32/34 (94.1%) over the last 12 games.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • The Coyotes are closing-out a six-game homestand tonight. Arizona is 1-3-1 on the homestand thus far & 1-12-1 over its last 14 games following Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Chicago. 
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson is second (Erik Karlsson, 18) among all NHL defensemen with 17 goals this season and ranks first with nine power play goals and seven game-winners.
  • Shane Doan needs eight points to reach 900 in his NHL career (366g-526a-892pts).
  • Mark Arcobello has 5g-2a-7pts in 13 games with the Coyotes since being claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh on February 11.

Last Game: March 12 – Devils 1 Colorado 2 (SO)

  • New Jersey fell to 4-7 in the shootout this season.
  • The Devils are now 0-2-2 in their last four visits to Colorado & finished the season series vs. the Avalanche 0-1-1.
  • Colorado outshot New Jersey, 29-24, including by a 26-11 margin over the final two periods + overtime.
  • Cory Schneider (28 saves + 0/2 SO) made the start in goal and fell to 24-25-7 on the season.
  • Andy Greene scored his third goal of the season/in the last ten games. He now has points in five of the last six contests (2g-4a-6pts).
  • Adam Henrique picked up the primary assist on  Greene’s goal and has 2g-2a-4pts over the last four games. He leads the Devils with 14g-22a-36pts overall.
  • Adam Larsson also assisted on Greene’s tally. He’s recorded 18 of his 20pts this season over the last 28 games since January 3.
  • Jacob Josefson scored the Devils’ only goal in the shootout and is now 4/7 (57.1%)on the season.

Devils vs. Coyotes

  • Tonight’s contest is the second of two meetings between the teams this season and the only game to be played at Gila River Arena. 
  • New Jersey leads the season series 1-0-0 following a 3-0 win at Prudential Center on February 23. The Coyotes outshot the Devils, 38-28.
  • Mike Cammalleri scored twice for New Jersey, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson led the Coyotes with five shots on goal.
  • Cory Schneider stopped all 38 shots he faced to record his 15th career shutout. Mike Smith (25 saves + ENG) took the loss in goal for Arizona.
  • Cammalleri leads all Devils in career scoring vs. the Coyotes with 17g-21a-38pts in 46 games.
  • Schneider is now 4-1-1 with three shutouts, a 0.82 goals-against average & .970 save-percentage in six career games vs. Arizona.
  • The Devils are 0-4-0 in their last four visits to Glendale (last win February 12, 2003, 3-0), are 6-20-3 in the previous 29 games played at Arizona/Winnipeg and trail the all-time series 19-31-8.

Arizona Connections

  • Patrik Elias and Coyotes’ forward Martin Erat both hail from Trebic, Czech Rep.
  • Mike Cammalleri and Arizona winger David Moss were teammates at the University of Michigan in 2000-01.
  • Albany Devils’ forward Reid Boucher and Connor Murphy were teammates with Sarnia (OHL) for two seasons from 2011-13.
  • Coyotes Goaltending Coach Sean Burke spent four seasons with New Jersey from 1987-91. His 62 victories rank third in team history.
  • Arizona’s Development Coach Steve Sullivan appeared in 58 games for the Devils over three seasons (1995-97 & 2012-13).
  • Brian Rolston, who was a member of New Jersey’s 1995 Stanley Cup championship team, currently serves as a Pro Scout for Arizona.
  • Former Devils’ defenseman Cale Hulse is Arizona’s Senior Advisor, Business Development & Alumni Relations.

Notes

  • GOMEZ PASSES MacLEAN, NIEDERMAYER: Scott Gomez scored his sixth goal of the season on March 10 at Minnesota and, with 122g-355a-477pts in his Devils’ career, has surpassed Scott Niedermayer (112g-364a-476pts) for sole-possession of fourth-place on the team’s all-time scoring list. On  March 8 vs. Philadelphia, Gomez recorded 2a, his 354th/355th with New Jersey, to tie/surpass John MacLean for third-place in Devils’ history.  Gomez scored his fifth goal of the season on February 23 vs. Arizona to pass Bobby Holik (202g-270a-472pts) for sole-possession of fifth-place on the team’s all-time scoring list. He posted the 338th assist of his Devils’ career on December 15 at the NY Islanders to pass Scott Stevens (337a) for fourth-place. On December 8 at Carolina, he recorded 2a to tie/surpass Kirk Muller (335a) on New Jersey’s all-time list.
  • SCHNEIDER AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS: Cory Schneider leads all NHL goaltenders in shots against (1,702) and saves (1,577). Additionally, he ranks second in the NHL with 59 games-played and 58 games started and a .927 save-percentage (tie, Devan Dubnyk & Pekka Rinne), is third with 3,378 minutes, is eighth with a 2.22 goals-against average & is 11th (tie, three others) with four shutouts this season.
  • ROCK SOLID: Cory Schneider is 13-9-6 with one shutout, a 1.84 goals-against average & .933 save-percentage in 29 games at Prudential Center this season. Schneider is 25-13-10 with four shutouts, a 1.70 GAA & .934 save % in 50 career games played at The Rock. 
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.10 goals-against average (2nd, Henrik Lundqvist & Jonathan Quick, 2.18) and a .927 save-percentage (2nd, Tuukka Rask, .926) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11.
  • LARSSON GETTING OFFENSIVE: Adam Larsson has posted 2g-14a-16pts in 28 games since January 3; he had 2g-11a-13pts in his previous 85 appearances dating back to the start of 2012-13. He posted a career-high 3a/pts Feb. 20 vs. Vancouver and, with 3g-16a-19pts on the season, has matched his career-high (2g-16a-18pts, 2011-12).
  • WINNING TOUCH: Mike Cammalleri scored his eighth game-winning goal of the season on February 20 vs. Vancouver,  which ties his career-high (also, 2013-14) & is second the NHL (tie, Rick Nash, Matt Beleskey & Max Pacioretty) this season. Cammalleri has 13 GWG over his last 71 appearances dating back to March 12, 2014. He scored the game-winning goal in four consecutive non-shootout victories from January 14-February 3, matching the longest single-season streak of its kind in franchise history. The only other player to do so was Colorado’s Denis Dupere in 1977-78. Montreal’s Lars Eller (October 25 – November 13) is the only other NHL player to do so this season. credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • ZAJAC APPEARS IN 600TH GAME: On February 17 vs. Buffalo, Travis Zajac became the 14th player (eighth forward) to play in 600 games with Devils. Zajac made his NHL debut on October 6, 2006 in the season-opener at Carolina and played in a franchise record 401 consecutive games from October 26, 2006-April 10, 2011.
  • PATRIK PLAYS IN 1,200TH GAME: Patrik Elias appeared in his 1,200th career game on February 13 at Chicago, becoming the 103rd player in NHL history to do so. Dainius Zubrus was the last NHL player to reach the milestone on December 31 at Detroit. Elias made his NHL debut on December 7, 1995 vs. Toronto and has spent his entire career with New Jersey; he ranks 16th all-time (tie, Larry Robinson, Montreal) in games played for one NHL franchise.
  • ELIAS REACHES THREE NHL MILESTONES: Patrik Elias scored the 400th goal of his career on February 6 vs. Toronto, becoming the 91st player in NHL history to reach the milestone. He posted 1g-2a-3pts Jan. 6 vs. Buffalo, including his 600th assist/1,000th point. Elias was the 80th player to record 600a and the 82nd to compile 1,000pts. 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
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 215 straight games dating back to March 6, 2012 and is just the sixth player (Aaron Broten did so twice) in team history to appear in 200-or-more consecutive games. The stretch is the second-longest ever by a Devils’ defenseman; he passed Scott Stevens (196 games, November 23, 1993-October 5, 1996) on January 31 vs. Florida. Ken Daneyko (388 games, November 4, 1989-March 29, 1994) holds the record for d’men, while Travis Zajac (401 games, October 26, 2006-April 10, 2011) is first overall.
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • RETRO NIGHT: The Devils will wear their retro red and green jerseys on Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh. It will be just sixth time New Jersey has worn its original colors since donning the current red and black sweaters at the start of the 1992-93 season. The Devils are 1-4-0 in their five previous retro games: 5-2 W vs. Pittsburgh, Mar. 17, 2010; 0-3 L vs. Washington, Mar. 18, ‘201; 2-5 L vs. Pittsburgh, Mar.17, 2012; 3-7 L vs. New York Rangers, Jan. 26, 2014 at Yankee Stadium; and 2-4 L vs. Boston, Mar. 18, 2014.

Milestone Watch

  • Steve Bernier needs two goals to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Bernier needs five games played to reach 600 in his NHL career.
  • Mike Cammalleri needs three power play goals to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Scott Gomez needs eight games played to reach 600 with New Jersey.
  • Martin Havlat needs seven points to reach 600 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu needs four assists to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Cory Schneider needs five wins to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Jordin Tootoo needs seven games played to reach 600 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Bryce Salvador (I.R., lower body, 53 games missed) is out.
  • Ryane Clowe (I.R., hit to head, 55 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 278.

Recent Transactions

  • March 3 – Damon Severson was activated from Injured Reserve.
  • March 2 – Acquired a conditional third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft from Detroit for Marek Zidlicky.
  • March 1 – Scott Clemmensen was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • February 26 – Acquired Florida’s second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and New Jersey’s option of Florida or Minnesota’s (acquired by Florida, February 25, 2015) third-round selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for right wing Jaromir Jagr.

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