Devils Pre-Game 10/20/15

New Jersey Devils (1-3-1) vs. Arizona Coyotes (3-2-0)

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

Pre-Game Availability

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

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey enters tonight’s game on a two-game points streak (1-0-1=3pts). The Devils won their first game of the season with a 2-1 OT victory over the New York Rangers Sunday afternoon. The team earned its first point of the season in a 2-1 SO loss to San Jose at Prudential Center on Friday.
  • The Devils swept the 2014-15 series with Arizona, 2-0-0, and outscored the Coyotes by a 7-1 margin.
  • New Jersey is looking for its first win vs. a Western Conference opponent (0-2-1).
  • Three of the club’s next four games will be played on the road, beginning Thursday night at Ottawa (7:30 PM, MSG Plus, Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN).
  • The Devils will return to Prudential Center next Tuesday, Oct. 27 vs. Columbus.

Last Game – Devils 2 at New York Rangers 1 (OT)

  • New Jersey snapped a six game winless stretch vs. New York (0-5-1) and is 3-2-0 in its last five games at Madison Square Garden.
  • New Jersey won its first three-on-three overtime game and improved to 115-93-205 in OT all-time (57-50-118 on the road).
  • The Devils also earned their 200th & 201st points in the all-time series vs. the Rangers (86-82-28=201pts).
  • New Jersey was 0/3 on the power play; they had scored with the man-advantage in each of their first four games. The penalty-kill unit was 2/2 Sunday and is 3/3 over the past two contests.
  • The Rangers outshot the Devils, 27-24.
  • John Hynes won his first game as an NHL Head Coach. He became the third Devils’ Head Coach to have his first win come vs. the Rangers, joining Robbie Ftorek (Oct. 16, 1998) & Lou Lamoriello (Dec. 20, 2005), and is just the second to have his first win come in overtime (also, John MacLean, Oct. 13, 2010 at Buffalo).
  • Cory Schneider (26 saves) picked up his first win of the season.
  • Lee Stempniak scored the game-winning goal at 3:07 of overtime. It was his first goal as a Devil & came in his first game vs. New York since the Rangers traded him to Winnipeg on March 1.
  • The goal was the fourth OT game-winner of Stempniak’s career and first since November 21, 2008 with St. Louis vs. Anaheim (3-2, 2:39 of OT vs. J.S. Giguere).
  • Adam Henrique scored his team-leading third goal of the season and assisted on Stempniak’s goal for a multiple-point game. Henrique now has points in back-to-back games (2g-1a-3pts) and in three of the last four contests (3g-1a-4pts).
  • Andy Greene also assisted on the game-winner and has 2a over the last three games.
  • Mike Cammalleri collected the primary assist on Henrique’s goal and snapped a two-game point-less drought. He leads the Devils with 1g-3a-4pts (tie, Henrique) this season. Cammalleri is averaging a point per-game in his career vs. the Rangers (7g-11a-18pts in 18 games).
  • Damon Severson also assisted on Henrique’s marker and has points in two straight (0g-2a-2pts) for the first time since December 9-11, 2014 (0g-2a-2pts).
  • Kyle Palmieri fought Kevin Klein with 0:57 remaining in the first period, the fourth fight of his NHL career & first since January 5, 2014 (vs. Brad Richardson, Vancouver). He was tied (Stempniak) for the team lead with four shots on goal.
  • Adam Larsson led the Devils with 23:15 of TOI overall.
  • Travis Zajac returned to the lineup after missing Friday’s game due to a lower body injury.
  • Stefan Matteau and Eric Gelinas, who were both healthy scratches on Friday, also returned to the lineup this afternoon.
  • Jon Merrill (illness) and Tuomo Ruutu (lower body maintenance) missed the game due to injury.
  • Brian O’Neill was a healthy scratch; he had played in three straight games since making his NHL debut October 10 at Washington.

Today’s Opponent

  • Arizona has lost two straight following a 5-3 loss vs. Boston on Saturday. The Coyotes opened the season with three straight victories, outscoring their opponents 10-2 during the stretch.
  • The Coyotes are opening a five game road trip tonight. They won’t play at home again until October 30 vs. Vancouver.
  • Shane Doan is expected to appear in his 1,400th career game tonight. He’ll become just the 34th player in NHL history to reach the milestone. Doan recorded his 900th NHL point  with a goal on October 17 vs. Boston.
  • Martin Hanzal leads Arizona with 0g-7a-7pts; his 7a are tied (Henrik Zetterberg ) for second in the NHL behind Erik Karlsson (8a).
  • Anthony Duclair leads all NHL rookies with 4g (tie, Oscar Lindberg). Duclair recorded a hat trick on October 14 at Anaheim.
  • Max Domi is tied (Connor McDavid) for third among all first-year players with 3g. He recorded 1g-1a-2pts in his NHL debut on October 9 at Los Angeles.
  • Mike Smith has started all five games for the Coyotes thus far and is 3-1-0 with one shutout, a 2.26 GAA & .940 save-percentage. He was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the period ending October 11.

Devils vs. Coyotes

2014-15

Record: 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals/Against: 7-1 (3-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 57-69 (29-31 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-5 (20.0%)/5-5 (71.4%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (3g-1a-4pts), Jordin Tootoo (1g-2a-3pts), four players with 2pts each; Ari. – Shane Doan (1g), Mark Arcobello (1a), Tobias Rieder (1a).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.50 GAA, .986 save %); Ari. – Mike Smith (0-2-0, 3.01 GAA, .893 save %).

All-Time 

Record: 20-31-8 (13-11-5 at home)

Goals For/Against: 173-189 (96-82 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (18g-22a-40pts), Patrik Elias (6g-10a-16pts), Tuomo Ruutu (7g-4a-11pts); Ari. – Antoine Vermette (5g-8a-13pts), Martin Hanzal (3g-5a-8pts); Steve Downie (4g-4a-8pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (5-1-1, 3 ShO, 0.85 GAA, .970 save %); Ari. – Anders Lindback (2-3-0, 2.65 GAA, .888 save %), Mike Smith (3-2-2, 2.66 GAA, .918 save %).

Notable: New Jersey is 3-0-1 in its last four games vs. Arizona at Prudential Center (last regulation loss, Dec. 15, 2007, 4-1)…Cory Schneider’s three career shutouts vs. Arizona are his most vs. any opponent…Mike Cammalleri has 3g-3a-6pts over his last six games vs. the Coyotes…Lee Stempniak scored 3g in two games vs. Arizona last season…Jordin Tootoo’s 1g-2a-3pts vs. Arizona last season was his most vs. any opponent…John Moore will face Arizona for the first time since signing with the Devils on July 1. Moore appeared in 19 games with the Coyotes last season after being acquired from the Rangers on Mar. 1…David Schlemko will be facing Arizona for the second time (also Apr. 7 with Calgary) since being waived by the Coyotes on Jan. 3.

Connections: John Moore appeared in 19 games with the Coyotes last season after being acquired from the Rangers on March 1…David Schlemko spent the first seven-plus seasons of his professional career with the Coyotes’ organization…Coyotes Goaltending Coach Corey Schwab spent three seasons with New Jersey (1995-96 & 2002-04)…Arizona’s Development Coach Steve Sullivan appeared in 58 games for the Devils over three seasons (1995-97 & 2012-13)…Coyotes Hockey Ops. Consultant Claude Loiselle played three seasons with New Jersey from 1986-89.

Devils in Detail

  • UNBE-LEE-VABLE!: Lee Stempniak’s overtime goal Sunday at the New York Rangers was the fourth of his career/first since Nov. 21, 2008 with St. Louis vs. Anaheim (3-2, 2:39 of OT vs. J.S. Giguere). Stempniak has scored four game-winning goals over his last 25 games dating back to February 26.
  • HENRIQUE HEATING UP: Adam Henrique scored his team-leading third goal of the season and assisted on Stempniak’s overtime goal on Sunday at the New York Rangers. Henrique now has points in back-to-back games (2g-1a-3pts) and in three of the last four contests (3g-1a-4pts).
  • GREENE TIES DANO: Andy Greene recorded his 142nd career assist on Sunday at the New York Rangers to tie Ken Daneyko for sixth among Devils’ defensemen all-time. Joe Cirella (147a) is fifth. With 31 career goals/173 career points, Greene is also just five goals/points behind Daneyko (36g/178pts) for sixth in team history.
  • SHERO’S DEVILS TAKE THE ICE: Ray Shero was named the fourth general manager in team history on May 4, 2015. Prior to joining the Devils, he spent eight seasons, 2006-07 through 2013-14, as executive vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. During that time, the team compiled a 373-193-56 (.645) mark, won the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship, two consecutive Eastern Conference titles in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and had three first-place divisional finishes. Shero received the General Manager of the Year Award in 2012-13, as voted on by the 30 NHL GMs, a panel of NHL executives, as well as print and broadcast media.
  • HYNES LEADS NEW COACHING STAFF: John Hynes was introduced as the 17th head coach in Devils’ history June 2, 2015. He joined the organization after spending the previous six seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), including the past five years, 2010-11 through 2014-15, as head coach. Hynes led the Penguins to a 231-126-10-17 (.637) mark during his tenure, including five straight 40-plus victory campaigns and five consecutive playoff berths, which included back-to-back AHL Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine will serve as his assistant coaches & Chris Terreri returns as goaltending coach. At, 40 years, 7 months-old, Hynes is the youngest head coach in the NHL. Upon making his debut Oct. 9 vs. Winnipeg, he also became the third-youngest coach in Devils’ history behind Jim Schoenfeld, who was 35 years-old when he took over on Jan. 26, 1988 & Billy MacMillan, the team’s first-ever head coach, who was 39 on Oct. 5, 1982
  • GREENE NAMED CAPTAIN: Andy Greene was named the 11th captain in Devils’ history on Friday. Mike Cammalleri, Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac will serve as alternates. He has played in a career-high 234 straight games since March 6, 2012, which stands as the second-longest stretch among defensemen in franchise history.
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.11 GAA (2nd, Jonathan Quick, 2.17) and a .927 save % (2nd, Henrik Lundqvist & Tuukka Rask, .924) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11.
  • A LOT OF NEW FACES: Six players (Sergey Kalinin, John Moore, Kyle Palmieri, David Schlemko, Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty) made their Devils’ debut in the season-opener Oct. 9 vs. Winnipeg, which tied a team-record. It had happened three times previously: 2007-08 (Aaron Asham, Niclas Bergfors, Mike Mottau, Vitaly Vishnevski, Dainius Zubrus), 1989-90 (Neil Brady, Viacheslav Fetisov, Walt Poddubny, Reijo Ruotsalainen, Sergei Starikov, Sylvain Turgeon) & 1984-85 (Uli Hiemer, Kirk Muller, David Pichette, Rich Preston, Doug Sulliman, Mitch Wilson). -credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: The average age of the Devils’ opening-night roster was 27.2; it was 31.0 a season ago.
  • FUN WITH NUMBERS: Mike Cammalleri became the first player in Devils’ history to wear the no. 13 on his jersey Oct. 9 vs. Winnipeg. He’s just the second player in franchise history to suit up with No. 13, joining Robin Burns – cousin of the late former Devils coach and Hall-of-Famer Pat Burns – who wore it with the Kansas City Scouts in the 1970’s. Eric Gelinas, who wore no. 22 last season, joined Stephane Richer as the second player in New Jersey history to wear no. 44. Jordin Tootoo is once again wearing no. 22, which he skated as with Nashville and Detroit from 2006-14, after wearing no. 20 last season. Sergey Kalinin, no. 51, became the first player in Devils’ history to wear any number in the 50’s.
  • WINNING TOUCH: Mike Cammalleri finished third (tie, w/ 4 others) in the NHL with 8 game-winning goals in 2014-15. He has 16 GWG over the past two seasons, which ranks fourth among all skaters behind Alex Ovechkin (21), Max Pacioretty (21) and Rick Nash (17).
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On October 20, 1993, Martin Brodeur recorded his first career shutout in a 4-0 victory over Anaheim.
  • ALBANY UPDATE: The Albany Devils won their first game of the season on Sunday, 3-2, at Toronto. Jim O’Brien, Mike Sislo and Blake Pietila (GW) scored, and Yann Danis (26 saves) earned the win in goal.

Milestone Watch

  • Mike Cammalleri – Needs 2 PPG for 100 in his career.
  • Stephen Gionta – Needs 7 GP for 200 in his career.
  • Adam Larsson – Needs 3 GP for 200 in his career.
  • Kyle Palmieri – Needs 9pts for 100 in his NHL career.
  • Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 1 GP for 100 with NJ & 3a for 200 in his career.
  • Cory Schneider – Needs 2 wins for 100 in his career.

Injuries

  • Jon Merrill (illness, one game missed) practiced on Monday.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (lower body/maintenance, one game missed) is out tonight.
  • Patrik Elias (right knee, five games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 9

Recent Transactions

  • Oct. 14 – Assigned G Yann Danis to Albany (AHL); recalled F Reid Boucher from Albany.
  • Oct. 13 – Assigned F Reid Boucher to Albany (AHL). Recalled G Yann Danis from Albany under emergency conditions.
  • Oct. 6 – Assigned D Seth Helgeson to Albany (AHL). Returned C Pavel Zacha to Sarnia (OHL). Acquired RW Brian O’Neill from Los Angeles in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in the 2017 Entry Draft.
  • Oct. 5 – Signed G Ken Appleby to a three-year, entry-level contract.
  • Oct. 4 – D Marc-Andre Gragnani cleared waivers/was assigned to Albany (AHL).
  • Oct. 3 – RW Lee Stempniak agreed to terms on a one-year/$850,000 contract.

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