Devils Pre-Game 12/30/15

New Jersey Devils (18-14-5) at Ottawa Senators (18-13-6)

7:30 PM ET • Canadian Tire Centre • MSG Plus • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will not have a morning skate. Head Coach John Hynes will be available outside of the Devils’ locker room at approximately 5:20 PM. Select player availability to follow.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey has points in nine of its last 13 (6-4-3=15pts) & 12 of its last 18 games (8-6-4=20pts). 
  • The Devils are 2-2-1=5pts over their last five road games and are 10-6-2=22pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 7-1-3=17pts vs. the Atlantic Division this season, including 5-0-2=12pts on the road.
  • Tonight’s contest closes-out the Devils’ fifth of 12 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 2-2-1 in first games and 1-1-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates. The Devils will not play another back-to-back set until Feb. 8-9 (at NY Rangers; vs. Edmonton).

Last Game – December 29 – Devils 3 vs. Carolina 2

  • New Jersey snapped a two-game losing streak at Prudential Center & improved to 8-8-3=19pts at The Rock overall.
  • The Devils are now 2-1-0 vs. Carolina this season & improved to 12-3-1=25pts vs. the Hurricanes at Prudential Center all-time.
  • The Devils are 6-6-1=13pts vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 3-2-1=7pts at home.
  • The Devils out hit the Hurricanes, 23-8.
  • Carolina out shot New Jersey, 28-24.
  • The Devils finished 22-16-6=50pts at Prudential Center during the 2015 calendar year.
  • Keith Kinkaid (26 saves) improved to 3-4-0 on the season.
  • David Schlemko scored his second game-winning goal of the season/his career (also, Nov. 14 vs. Pittsburgh) at 16:55 of the third period. He has four goals overall this season, which ties his career-high (also, 2010-11).
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his 16th goal of the season at 7:14 of the third period to tie the game at 2-2. He has goals/points in three straight (3g-1a-4pts) & has 9g-4a-13pts over the last 15 contests.
  • Bobby Farnham returned to the lineup after missing eight games with an upper body injury and scored an unassisted goal at 6:06 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1. It was Farnham’s fourth goal of the season/first since Nov. 17 at Calgary (eight games).
  • Travis Zajac recorded 2a, including the primary helper on Schlemko’s game-winner, for his first points since Dec. 1 vs. Colorado (five appearances). It was his fourth multiple-point game of the season.
  • Jon Merrill collected the primary assist on Palmieri’s goal. He has recorded 1a in each of his last two appearances (Dec. 22 at Detroit).
  • Lee Stempniak also assisted on Schlemko’s goal and now eight (2g-6a) game-winning points on the season. He has points in nine of the last 13 games (3g-6a-9pts) and, with 8g-19a-27pts overall, needs just 1pt to match his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games).
  • Andy Greene played in 266th consecutive game, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, and has tied Aaron Broten (266, Dec. 6, 1982-Feb. 15, 1986) for the seventh-longest such stretch in Devils’ history. Broten is also sixth on the list, having appeared in 288 straight games from Mar. 27, 1986-Jan. 4, 1990. Greene’s streak is the second-longest in team history among defensemen, trailing only Ken Daneyko’s 388-game stretch from Nov. 4, 1989-Mar. 29, 1994.
  • Jacob Josefson did not dress; he had played in a career-high 72 straight games, dating back to Jan. 19.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (ill) was unable to play.
  • Patrik Elias, who was placed on Injured Reserve prior to the game, missed his third straight contest.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • Ottawa split its home-and-home series vs. Boston with a 7-3 loss last night at TD Garden. 
  • The Senators 6-7-1=13pts during the month of December. They were 12-6-5=29pts through November.
  • Ottawa has won five straight at home & is 10-4-4=24pts at Canadian Tire Centre overall.
  • Tonight’s contest closes-out Ottawa’s sixth set of back-to-back games. The Senators are 5-1-0 in first games and 1-4-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
  • Erik Karlsson leads all NHL defensemen/ranks fourth among all skaters with 9g-32a-41pts this season. He leads the NHL 32a & is also averaging a league-high 28:15 TOI/G. Karlsson has points in seven consecutive games entering tonight (3g-6a-9pts), which is currently the longest active scoring streak in the NHL.
  • Jean Gabriel Pageau leads the NHL with four shorthanded goals this season. Zack Smith and Mika Zibanejad also have two SHG; the Senators lead the NHL with eight SHG overall.
  • Mike Hoffman scored 1g last night now and has 3g-4a-7pts over the last seven contests. He’s tied for fifth (with three others) in the league with 18g, while his 34pts are tied for 12th in the NHL.
  • Bobby Ryan needs one goal to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Chris Neil recorded 1g-1a-2pts, 14 PIM and was +2 in last night’s game at Boston.
  • Alex Chiasson is expected to appear in his 200th game tonight.
  • Curtis Lazar could skate in his 100th NHL contest this evening.
  • Craig Anderson is 8-2-1, with two shutouts, a 1.86 GAA & .948 save % in 11 career appearances vs. the Devils. He needs two wins to reach 200 in his NHL career.
  • Andrew Hammond has lost each of his last two starts and is 2-2-2 with a 2.47 GAA &  .925 save-percentage in six appearances overall.

Devils vs. Senators

Last Game – Oct. 22 – Devils 5 at Ottawa 4 (SO)

Lee Stempniak scored at 19:28 of the third period to tie the game/force OT and netted the GDG in the shootout. Travis Zajac (PP), Jordin Tootoo (PP) and Adam Henrique also scored goals for New Jersey. Mike Cammalleri tied a career-high with 3a. Henrique and Stempniak each added 1a to record a multi-point game. Cory Schneider made 35 saves (+ 3/4 SO) and earned the 100th win of his NHL career.


Record: 1-0-0 (1-0-0 on road)

Goals/Against: 5-4 (5-4 on road)

Shots For/Against: 32-39 (32-39 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 2-4 (50.0%)/4-5 (80.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (0g-3a-3pts), Adam Henrique (1g-1a-2pts), Lee Stempniak (1g-1a-2pts); Ott. – Chris Neil (1g-1a-2pts), Mika Zibanejad (1g-1a-2pts), Shane Prince (0g-2a-2pts).

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (1-0-0, 3.76 GAA, .897 save %); Ott. – Andrew Hammond (0-0-1, 3.69 GAA, .875 save %).


Record: 50-26-9 (24-13-6 on road)

Goals For/Against: 221-198 (105-103 on road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Patrik Elias (11g-26a-37pts), Mike Cammalleri (8g-12a-20pts), Tyler Kennedy (12g-5a-17pts); Ott. – Erik Karlsson (2g-12a-14pts), Milan Michalek (8g-3a-11pts), Clarke MacArthur (4g-7a-11pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (4-1-1, 1.61 GAA, .941 save %); Ott. – Craig Anderson (8-2-1, 2 ShO, 1.85 GAA, .948 save %); Andrew Hammond (0-0-1, 3.69 GAA, .875 save %).

Notable: New Jersey has points in six of its last seven games played in Ottawa (3-1-3=9pts) and is 7-3-4=18pts vs. the Senators overall since 2011-12…Each of the last three games at Canadian Tire Centre have gone to overtime/shootout (also, Oct. 25, 2014, Wo, 3-2 & Apr. 10, 2014, Ls, 2- 1)…Cory Schneider is 3-1-1 with a 1.74 GAA & .936 save % in five games vs. Ottawa as a Devil…Mike Cammalleri has 1g-3a-4pts in his last two games vs. Ottawa…Adam Henrique has 2g-2a-4pts over his past four games vs. the Sens…Stephen Gionta’s 3g-1a-4pts in ten games vs. the Sens are his most vs. any opponent outside of the Metropolitan Division…On June 27, the Devils traded the 36th overall selection (Gabriel Gagne) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft to Ottawa for the 42nd pick (Mackenzie Blackwood) in 2015 and the Senators’ 3rd pick in 2016.

Connections: Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero was Ottawa’s Assistant GM from 1993-98…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 Amateur Scout for the club, and Jarkko played three seasons with the Senators from 2008-11…Stephen Gionta and Senators’ F Shane Prince are both from Rochester, NY…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.

Devils in Detail

  • 2015 COMES TO A CLOSE: Tonight’s contest is New Jersey’s final game of 2015. The Devils are 37-31-12=86pts during the 2015 calendar year.
  • ROAD TESTED: Cory Schneider is expected to make the start in goal tonight. He’s 9-4-2, with one shutout, a 2.17 goals-against average & .930 save-percentage in 15 starts on the road this season.
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri has established a new career-high with his 16 goals this season. He has goals/points in each of the last three games (3g-1a-4pts) and has 9g-4a-13pts over the last 15 contests, including a career-high (tie) four-game scoring streak (4g-1a-5pts) from Dec. 4-11. Palmieri is on pace for 35g-28a-63pts, which would more than double his previous career-high (14g-17a-31pts, 2013-14).
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 266 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, and has tied Aaron Broten (266, Dec. 6, 1982-Feb. 15, 1986) for the seventh-longest such stretch in Devils’ history. Greene’s streak is the second-longest in team history among defensemen, trailing only Ken Daneyko’s 388-game stretch from Nov. 4, 1989-Mar. 29, 1994.
  • FEEL THE POWER: The Devils have scored at least one PPG in 21 of their 37 games this season. New Jersey’s PP unit is 14/60 on the road this season; their 23.3% success rate ranks third in the NHL. The Devils have converted 19.7% (24/122) of their opportunities overall, which ranks 13th in the league.
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak has points in nine of the last 13 games (3g-6a-9pts), including a team-season high five-game point-scoring streak (2g-3a-5pts) from Dec. 3-11. He’s third on the club with 8g-19a-27pts overall, and needs just 1pt. to match his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games).
  • 30 FOR 13: Mike Cammalleri posted 1a on Saturday at Carolina and now has 12g-21a-33pts overall this season. He reached the 30pt. mark in his 27th game, becoming the fastest Devil to reach 30pts since Zach Parise in 2009-10 (24 games). He ranks 14th (tie) in the league in points. Cammalleri has reached the 20 assist mark for the first time since 2011-12 (21a in 66 games) On Dec. 6 vs. Florida, Cammalleri collected the 300th assist of his NHL career. He also scored the 100th power play goal of his NHL career on Dec. 4 vs. Philadelphia.
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 17 of his last 23 starts since Oct. 29. He’s 11-8-4 with two shutouts, a 2.10 goals-against average & .927 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider ranks eighth in the NHL in wins (15), 11th in GAA (2.17) and 12th in save % (.924).
  • SISLO RECALLED: F Mike Sislo was recalled from Albany (AHL) today. He is looking to make his first NHL appearance since Dec. 31, 2014 at Detroit. Sislo has 0g-1a-1pt and 2 PIM in 24 career NHL games. He leads Albany with 13g-10a-23pts in 28 games this season. Sislo leads the AHL with career-high (tie, 2014-15) 9 power play goals & is also tied for the league-lead with 4 game-winning goals. In addition, he ranks sixth (tie, R. Boucher) in the AHL with 89 shots on goal. He’s been assigned no. 46.
  • WORKING OVERTIME: Kyle Palmieri scored his second OT goal of the season (also, Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver) & the fourth of his NHL career on Dec. 11 vs. Detroit. It was his third career OT goal at Prudential Center, having also scored the OT game winner for Anaheim vs. the Devils on Dec. 20, 2013.
  • STAR STRUCK: Mike Cammalleri was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the period ending Dec. 6. Cammalleri led the NHL with 4g-3a-7pts in four games, including three straight multiple-point games. He was joined by Anaheim’s John Gibson (First Star) and Nashville’s Shea Weber (Second). Cammalleri is the first Devil to be honored as a Star of the Week since Adam Henrique was named Third Star for the period ending Mar. 9, 2014 (5g).
  • HENRIQUE-ING HAVOC: Adam Henrique scored his second shorthanded goal of the season on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver. Henrique’s 11 SHG since 2011-12 are the second-most among all NHL players during that span (Brad Marchand, 13). He’s also tied Stephane Richer and Doug Brown for third in Devils’ history behind John Madden (17) and Patrik Elias (16).
  • 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)
  • 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, 9 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
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.13 GAA (2nd, Jonathan Quick 2.17) and a .926 save % (2nd, Tuukka Rask, .925) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11.
  • 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. Tyler Kennedy is the first player in team history to wear no. 48. Sergey Kalinin, no. 51, became the first player in Devils’ history to wear any number in the 50’s. Joseph Blandisi is the first player in team history to wear no. 64.
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On December 30, 2009, Martin Brodeur made 32 saves as the Devils shut out the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-0, at Prudential Center.
  • DEVILS SIGN BLACKWOOD: The New Jersey Devils today signed goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to a three-year entry-level contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. Blackwood, 19, was selected by New Jersey in the second round, 42nd overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Now in his third season with Barrie (OHL), Blackwood leads the league in save-percentage (.932), is second with a 2.36 goals-against average and is tied for fifth with 16 wins in 24 appearances for the Colts.
  • WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDERWAY: Three Devils’ prospects are participating in the 2016 World Junior Championship, which began Saturday in Helsinki, Finland. F John Quenneville (1st rd./2014) and G Mackenzie Blackwood (2nd/2015) are representing Team Canada. F Pavel Zacha (1st/2015) is skating for the Czech Republic. Quenneville scored the game-winning goal in Canada’s 6-1 win over Denmark on Monday. Blackwood made 23 saves (+2/2 SO) in Canada’s 3-2 shootout win over Switzerland yesterday. Zacha recorded one shot on goal in Saturday’s 2-1 SO loss to Russia. He left the game due to injury and did not play in Monday’s 2-0 victory over Slovakia.

Milestone Watch

  • Andy Greene – Needs 4GP to reach 600 in his NHL career.
  • Adam Henrique – Needs 3a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Tyler Kennedy – Needs 7GP to reach 500 in his NHL career. 
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Lee Stempniak – Needs 4pts to reach 400 in his NHL career.


  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, three games missed) is out.
  • Jacob Josefson (I.R., lower body, one game missed) is out.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (ill, one game missed) is day-to-day.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 89

Recent Transactions

  • Dec. 30 – Placed F Jacob Josefson on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 26. Recalled F Mike Sislo from Albany (AHL). Signed goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to an entry-level contract.
  • Dec. 29 – Placed F Patrik Elias on I.R., retroactive to Dec. 21. F Bobby Farnham was activated from I.R.
  • Dec. 19 – F Travis Zajac was activated from I.R.
  • Dec. 17 – F Brian O’Neill cleared waivers/was assigned to Albany (AHL). Activated F Tuomo Ruutu from Injured Reserve.
  • Dec. 16 – Placed F Brian O’Neill on waivers. Assigned F Joseph Blandisi to Albany (AHL).

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