New Jersey Devils (8-5-1) vs. St. Louis Blues (10-3-1)
7:00 PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
- New Jersey will have a 10:30 AM morning skate at Prudential Center.
Coming Into Tonight
- New Jersey has won four of its last five games & has points in nine of its last 11 contests (8-2-1=17pts).
- The Devils will conclude their three-game homestand tonight. New Jersey has won three consecutive home games for the first time since Feb. 17-23, 2015 (4-0-0) & is 4-3-1 at Prudential Center overall.
- Tonight’s contest also continues a stretch of four consecutive games vs. Western Conference opponents. New Jersey is 3-2-1 vs. the West this season following Sunday’s 4-3 OT win over Vancouver.
- New Jersey is looking to snap a three-game losing streak to St. Louis (last win, Jan. 21, 2013 at Prudential Center, 7-1).
Last Game – November 8 – Devils 4 vs. Vancouver 3 (OT)
- The Devils are now 3-0 in overtime this season.
- New Jersey’s 49 PIM were the club’s most since totaling 52 PIM Oct. 19, 2002 at Carolina (L, 1-3).
- The Devils were 6/6 on the penalty kill and are 16/17 (94.1%) on the PK over the past six games
- Vancouver outshot New Jersey, 31-28.
- Keith Kinkaid (28 saves) made his first start since Oct. 13 vs. Nashville (ten games) & earned his first win since Apr. 3 vs. Montreal.
- Kyle Palmieri scored his third career OT goal (PPG)/second game-winning goal of the season. He also registered the primary assist on Sergey Kalinin’s goal for the 100th point of his NHL career (48g-53a-101pts). Palmieri has points in a season-high three straight games (2g-3a-5pts) & 4g-5a-9pts over his last six appearances. He also led the Devils with 5 shots on goal in the contest.
- Adam Henrique scored the 11th shorthanded goal of his NHL career and added an assist to record his fourth multiple-point game of the season. He snapped a five-game scoring drought and now has 7g-4a-11pts overall. Henrique led the Devils with 23:36 of TOI.
- Mike Cammalleri recorded 1g-1a-2pts for his fourth multiple-point game of the season. He has goals/points in back-to-back games (2g-1a-3pts).
- Sergey Kalinin scored his first career NHL goal. It was his second point of the season/first since Oct. 24 at Buffalo.
- Lee Stempniak collected a pair of assists & now has points in back-to-back games (1g-3a-4pts) and in three of the last four contests (1g-4a-5pts).
- Travis Zajac extended his point-scoring streak to a season-high three straight games (2g-2a-4pts) with an assist on Henrique’s goal. It’s his first three-game scoring streak since Mar. 8-14, 2014 (3 games, 2g-3a-5pts). Zajac now has 6g-5a-11pts over his last eight appearances.
- Adam Larsson collected an assist on Kalinin’s goal for his first point since Oct. 20 vs. Arizona (7 games). He received a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for a hit on Jared McCann at 9:55 of the third period. Larsson’s 17 PIM overall were a career-high.
- Jordin Tootoo received a five-minute fighting major (vs. Derek Dorsett) and a ten-minute misconduct at 12:04 of the second period. He also received a minor penalty for holding in the first period & tied his career-high with 17 total PIM (also, Feb. 21, 2013 vs. Columbus & Dec. 22, 2003 vs. Phoenix). Tootoo leads New Jersey with 35 PIM overall this season.
- Bobby Farnham received a five-minute major for fighting Jake Virtanen at 14:11 of the second period.
- Stefan Matteau was a healthy scratch for the sixth consecutive game.
- Eric Gelinas was scratched for the second straight game.
- St. Louis defeated Nashville, 4-0, on Saturday and improved to 6-2-0 on the road.
- The Blues are 5-1-0 in their last six games overall.
- St. Louis’ power play unit is the sixth-best in the NHL on the road (7/26, 26.9%).
- Jake Allen has started six consecutive games and has allowed two goals or less in each (5-1-0, 2 ShO, 1.03 goals-against average & .968 save-percentage). He stopped all 45 shots he faced in Nashville on Saturday to post his second shutout of the season/seventh of his NHL career. Allen is 6-3-0 with a 1.72 GAA & .945 save % in nine appearances overall this season.
- Alex Steen (8g-5a) and Vladimir Tarasenko (7g-6a) lead the Blues with 13pts each. Steen has 4g-1a-5pts over the last four games; Tarasenko has points in back-to-back games (1g-2a-3pts).
- Colton Parayko scored the game-winning goal on Saturday and leads all defensemen with 5g (tie, Justin Faulk). He ranks first among NHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 5g-5a-10pts overall. Parayko also leads St. Louis with a +8 mark.
- Alex Pietrangelo averages 27:17 of TOI/game, which is tops in the NHL.
- Robby Fabri has recorded 2g-1a-3pts in his first eight NHL games. He scored the game-winner in his NHL debut on Oct. 8 vs. Edmonton. Fabri was St. Louis’ first pick, 21st overall, in 2014.
- Scott Gomez has 1g-4a-5pts over his last five appearances, including the game-winning goal Oct. 27 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Martin Havlat, who spent the 2014-15 season with New Jersey, was signed by St. Louis on Nov. 6 and is looking to make his debut with the team.
Devils vs. Blues
Record: 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home)
Goals/Against: 3-5 (0-1 at home)
Shots For/Against: 53-52 (26-23 at home)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-6 (0.0%)/3-6 (50.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ – Michael Ryder (2g-0a-2pts), seven players with 1pt. each; StL. – Vladimir Tarasenko (2g-1a-3pts), Jaden Schwartz (1g-2a-3pts), Jori Lehtera (0g-3a-3pts).
Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 2.26 GAA, .917 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 5.83 GAA, .750 save %); StL. – Jake Allen (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 1.50 GAA, .943 save %).
Record: 27-25-7 (16-10-3 at home)
Goals For/Against: 189-188 (89-72 at home)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (13g-10a-23pts), Patrik Elias (5g-12a-17pts), Jordin Tootoo (6g-10a-16pts); StL. – Martin Havlat (5g-14a-19pts), Scott Gomez (4g-14a-18pts), Scottie Upshall (6g-9a-15pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (3-3-1, 1.91 GAA, .935 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 5.83 GAA, 7.50 save %); StL. – Jake Allen (2-0-0, 1 ShO, 1.50 GAA, .943 save %), Brian Elliott (2-4-0, 1 ShO, 2.71 GAA, .889 save %).
Notable: New Jersey is 2-6-1 vs. St. Louis since 2006-07…The Devils are 1-2-1 vs. the Blues at Prudential Center all-time…Jordin Tootoo’s 6g-10a-16pts vs. St. Louis are his most vs. any opponent…The team’s will face-off again at Scottrade Center on Jan. 12.
Connections: St. Louis Blues Assistant General Manager Martin Brodeur will have his no. 30 retired by the Devils on Feb. 9…Blues’ Assistant Coach Kirk Muller played seven seasons with the Devils from 1984-91, served as captain for four seasons from 1987-1991 and ranks third in team history with 185g-335a-502pts…Lee Stempniak was drafted by St. Louis in the fifth round (148th) overall of the 2003 Entry Draft; Stempniak played three-plus seasons with the Blues from 2005-08…Scott Gomez ranks third in Devils’ history with 361a and is fourth with 484pts…Martin Havlat spent the 2014-15 season with New Jersey…Peter Harrold, who spent four seasons with the Devils’ organization from 2011-15, signed with St. Louis on Jul. 3; he’s currently with the club’s AHL affiliate in Chicago…John Hynes coached St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from 2009-13.
Devils in Detail
- KYLE COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH: Kyle Palmieri scored his third career OT goal (PPG)/second game-winning goal of the season on Sunday vs. Vancouver. It was his second OT goal at Prudential Center, having also scored the OT game winner for Anaheim vs. the Devils on Dec. 20, 2013.
- HENRIQUE-ING HAVOC: Adam Henrique scored his second shorthanded goal of the season on Sunday vs. Vancouver. Henrique’s 11 SHG since 2011-12 are the most among all NHL players during that span (tie, Brad Marchand and Brandon Sutter). He’s also tied Stephane Richer and Doug Brown for third in Devils’ history behind John Madden (17) and Patrik Elias (16).
- LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak has factored into the winning goal in five of New Jersey’s eight victories this season. Stempniak gave the Devils their first win of the season by scoring in OT vs. the NY Rangers on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden. He then scored the game-deciding goal in the SO on Oct. 22 at Ottawa. Stempniak has also assisted on the GWG on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver (OT), Nov. 6 vs. Chicago & Oct. 20 vs. Arizona.
- SHARP SHOOTER: Travis Zajac has scored six goals on 18 shots this season and leads all NHL skaters with a 33.3% shooting percentage. Last season, Zajac did not score his sixth goal until Jan. 6 and finished with 11g overall.
- FINDING WAYS TO WIN CLOSE GAMES: With Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win vs. Vancouver, the Devils are now 6-1-1 in games decided by one goal (3-0-1 at home).
- SHOOTOUT SUCCESS: With a 3-2 SO victory over the NY Islanders on Oct. 31, New Jersey is now 6-3 in its last nine shootouts dating back to Dec. 19, 2014 vs. Tampa Bay. The Devils had lost 22/23, including an NHL record 18 consecutive shootouts from Mar. 15, 2013-Oct. 24, 2014. Jacob Josefson has scored on 6/7 shootout attempts during that stretch.
- THREE-PEAT: Mike Cammalleri posted 1g-2a-3pts on Oct. 24 at Buffalo for his second consecutive 3pt. game (also 3a Oct. 22 at Ottawa). It’s the fourth time in his career that Cammalleri has recorded back-to-back 3pt. efforts (last time, Mar. 21-22, 2014, 3g-3a-6pts). Cammalleri had points in a season-high four straight games (2g-6a-8pts) from Oct. 18-24 and leads the Devils with 5g-9a-14pts overall.
- ONE FOR THE BOOKS: On Oct. 22 at Ottawa, the Devils won (5-4 SO) after overcoming a two-goal deficit in the last six minutes of the third period for the first time in team history on the road & the fourth time overall (last time, Feb. 5, 2010, 4-3 vs. Toronto). (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
- HYNES TIES RECORD: With a 5-4 SO win in Ottawa on Oct. 22, John Hynes became just the third coach in NHL history to record his first three wins in overtime or a shootout. He joined Charlie Querrie, who won three straight OT games with the Toronto St. Patricks in 1923, and Todd Richards, who won two OT & one SO as Minnesota’s Head Coach in 2009. (credit Elias Sports Bureau)
- D’MEN ARE OT HEROES: Including Adam Larsson’s overtime goal on Oct. 20 vs. Arizona, six of the Devils’ last ten OT game-winners have been scored by a defenseman.
- GREENE TIES DANO: Andy Greene recorded his 142nd career assist on Oct. 18 at the New York Rangers to tie Ken Daneyko for sixth among Devils’ defensemen all-time. Joe Cirella (147a) is fifth. With 32 career goals/174 career points, Greene is also just four 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, 8 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 Oct. 9. Mike Cammalleri, Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac will serve as alternates. He has played in a career-high 243 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 2.12 GAA (2nd, Jonathan Quick & Henrik Lundqvist, 2.17) and a .927 save % (2nd, Lundqvist, .925) 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 Max Pacioretty (23), Alex Ovechkin (22), and Rick Nash (17).
- THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On November 10, 1993, John MacLean recorded 2g-1a-3pts as the Devils defeated the New York Islanders, 5-3, to improve to 11-3-0 on the season.
- PROSPECT WATCH: Pavel Zacha, the sixth overall choice in the 2015 Entry Draft, has points in three straight games Nov. 4-8 (1g-2a-3pts) and has 6g-5a-11pts & 18 PIM in 12 games for Sarnia (OHL).
- Mike Cammalleri – Needs 2 PPG for 100 in his career & 10a for 300 in his career.
- Jacob Josefson – Needs 6 GP to reach 200 in his NHL career.
- Tuomo Ruutu – Needs 1 GP for 100 with NJ & 3a for 200 in his career.
- Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., right foot fracture, ten games missed) is out.
- Patrik Elias (right knee, 14 games missed) is an injured, non-roster player.
- Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 30
- Oct. 27 – Placed Tuomo Ruutu on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Oct. 16.
- Oct. 26 – Claimed F Bobby Farnham off waivers from Pittsburgh.
- Oct. 21 – Assigned F Reid Boucher to Albany (AHL).