Devils Pre-Game 3/29/15

New Jersey Devils (31-32-12) vs. Anaheim Ducks (48-22-7)

7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Network • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will not have a morning skate. President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello will be available outside of the Devils’ locker room at approximately 4:45 PM. Select player availability to follow.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is 10-5-1 in its last 16 games at Prudential Center following Monday’s 3-1 loss to Los Angeles.
  • Tonight’s contest closes-out the team’s 17th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 7-6-4 in first games and 6-7-3 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • The Devils are 9-14-4 vs. the Western Conference this season, including 5-6-2 at home.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Anaheim clinched a playoff spot with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders last night at Nassau Coliseum. The Ducks lead the President’s Trophy race with 103pts coming into tonight.
  • Ryan Getzlaf leads Anaheim & is 11th in the NHL with 24g-44a-68pts this season. 
  • Corey Perry is the Ducks leading goal-scorer with 32g in 62 games this season. He’s reached the 30-goal mark for the sixth time; only Teemu Selanne (7) and Paul Kariya (6) have six-or-more 30g seasons with Anaheim. Perry is just one point shy of 600 for his NHL career (295g-304a-599pts).
  • Hampus Lindholm ranks fourth among NHL defensemen with a +22 mark this season. 
  • Frederik Andersen has started each of the Ducks last two games, going 2-0-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .933 save-percentage.

Last Game: March 28 – Devils 1 at Carolina 3

  • The Devils dropped their fourth straight game (0-3-1).
  • Despite the loss, New Jersey won the season series vs. Carolina 2-1-1=5pts. 
  • The club’s power play unit went 1/1 after being held scoreless over the previous five games (0/7). 
  • Carolina outshot New Jersey, 32-22.
  • Keith Kinkaid (29 saves) made the start in goal and fell to 5-5-3 on the season.
  • Patrik Elias scored his fourth power play goal of the season, 11th overall, at 11:03 of the first period. He now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts). 
  • Mike Cammalleri picked up the lone assist on Elias’ goal, giving him points in two straight (2a) and 1g-3a-4pts over his last five appearances. 
  • Jordin Tootoo appeared in his 600th NHL game.

Devils vs. Ducks

  • Tonight’s game is the second of two meetings between the teams this season, and the only contest to be played at Prudential Center. Anaheim leads the season series 1-0-0 following a 5-1 win at Honda Center on January 16.
  • The Ducks outshot the Devils, 40-15, that night.
  • Martin Havlat (PP) scored New Jersey’s only goal in the first meeting, while Jakob Silfverberg (2g), Hampus Lindholm (1g-1a) and Patrick Maroon (1g-1a) each had 2pts to lead Anaheim.
  • Cory Schneider (ND, 20:00, 1 goal allowed/15 shots against) made the start in goal but was relieved by Keith Kinkaid (L, 40:00, 4 GA/ 25 SA) at the start of the second period.
  • Ilya Bryzgalov (14 saves) earned the win for the Ducks.
  • Mike Cammalleri leads the Devils with 15g-18a-33pts in 41 career appearances vs. the Ducks.
  • Schneider is now 4-2-1, with two ShO, a 2.55 goals-against average and .904 save-percentage in ten career games vs. Anaheim.
  • The Devils lead the all-time series 16-9-2 and are 9-2-1 in the previous 12 games played in New Jersey.

Anaheim Connections

  • Mark Fraser was traded to Anaheim by New Jersey along with Rod Pelley and a seventh-round choice in the 2012 Entry Draft (Jaycob Menga) for Kurtis Foster and Timo Pielmeier on December 12, 2011. Fraser spent the remainder of the season with the Ducks organization but did not see any NHL action.
  • Anaheim’s Assistant Coach Scott Niedermayer was a member of each of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup Championship teams. He became the third player in franchise history to have his number (27) retired on Dec. 16, ’11.
  • Kyle Palmieri is from Montvale, NJ and played two seasons, 2005-07, at St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City).
  • Ducks’ Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations David McNab is the son of former Devils’ General Manager Max McNab.

Notes

  • GOMEZ TO APPEAR IN 600TH GAME AS A DEVIL: Scott Gomez is expected to appear in his 600th game with New Jersey tonight, becoming the 15th player (ninth forward) to do so. He joins Travis Zajac (February 17 vs. Buffalo) as the second player to reach the milestone this season. Gomez, who also played in his 1,000th career game on Dec. 27 at the NY Rangers, made his NHL debut on October 2, 1999 at Atlanta.
  • SCHNEIDER TIES HEDBERG: On March 17 vs. Pittsburgh, Cory Schneider tied his career-high (also, 2012-13) with his fifth shutout of the season. Schneider is the only Devils’ goaltender other than Martin Brodeur to post five-or-more shutouts in a single-season. With eight shutouts in his Devils’ career, he’s tied Johan Hedberg for second in franchise history (1st, Brodeur, 124). 
  • TOOTOO NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON: Jordin Tootoo was nominated by the New Jersey chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association for the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Tootoo was signed by the Devils on October 7 after attending training camp on a tryout basis.  He has played in 57 games with New Jersey this season after spending most of 2013-14 with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Tootoo has scored nine goals, the second-highest total of his NHL career (11, 2007-08) and leads the Devils with 70 PIM. In addition, he recorded points in a career-high five straight games from February 20-27 (2g-3a-5pts). Tootoo is looking to join Ken Daneyko (2000) and become the second Devil to win the Masterton Trophy.
  • GOMEZ PASSES MacLEAN, NIEDERMAYER: Scott Gomez has 7g-24a-31pts this season & 123g-358a-481pts in his Devils’ career. He scored his sixth goal of 2014-15 on March 10 at Minnesota to surpass 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. He posted 1a March 26 at Washington and is now just 6a behind Niedermayer for second-place. 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 the league in saves (1,720) and shots against (1,854) & is third (tie, Cam Talbot) among all NHL goaltenders in save-percentage (.928), games-played (64), games started (63, tie, Kari Lehtonen) and minutes (3,674). Additionally, he ranks sixth with a 2.19 goals-against average & is tied for seventh (with seven others) with five shutouts this season.
  • ROCK SOLID: Cory Schneider is 14-11-6 with two shutouts, a 1.83 goals-against average & .935 save-percentage in 32 games at Prudential Center this season. Schneider is 26-15-10 with four shutouts, a 1.71 GAA & .935 save % in 53 career games played at The Rock.
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.09 goals-against average (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.17) and a .928 save-percentage (2nd, Tuukka Rask, .925) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11.
  • LARSSON GETTING OFFENSIVE: Adam Larsson has posted 2g-16a-18pts in 35 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 February 20 vs. Vancouver and, with 3g-19a-22pts on the season, has established new career-highs across the board (previously, 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 third the NHL (tie, Rick Nash & Matt Beleskey) this season. Cammalleri has 13 GWG over his last 76 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
  • 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 222 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.
  • 1,200 CLUB: Dainius Zubrus and Patrik Elias each appeared in their 1,200th NHL game this season. Zubrus became the 102nd NHL player to reach the milestone on Dec. 31 at Detroit. Elias joined him on February 13 at Chicago. Zubrus has played 547 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). Elias has spent his entire career with New Jersey; he ranks 17th all-time in games played for one NHL franchise.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri needs three power play goals to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Scott Gomez is expected to appear in his 600th game with New Jersey tonight.
  • 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 three wins to reach 100 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Bryce Salvador (I.R., lower body, 60 games missed) is out.
  • Ryane Clowe (I.R., hit to head, 62 games missed) is out for the remainder of the season.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 297.

Recent Transactions

  • March 21 – Reid Boucher and Stefan Matteau were recalled from Albany (AHL) under emergency conditions.
  • 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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