Devils Pre-Game 1/12/16

New Jersey Devils (21-17-5) at St. Louis Blues (24-14-7)

8:00 PM ET • Scottrade Center • MSG Plus 2 • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN

Pre-Game Availability

  • New Jersey will have a 11:30 A.M. (CT) morning skate at scottrade Center.

Coming Into Tonight

  • New Jersey is 1-0-0 on its season-high four-game road trip. The Devils are looking to win consecutive road games for the first time since Nov. 22-Dec. 3 (3-0-0).
  • The Devils are 4-3-1=9pts over their last eight road games and are 12-7-2=26pts away from Prudential Center overall.
  • New Jersey is 7-7-1=15pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 3-2-0=6pts on the road.
  • Keith Kinkaid is expected to start in goal.

Last Game – January 10 – Devils 2 at Minnesota 1

  • New Jersey snapped its three-game losing streak and improved to 21-17-5=47pts on the season.
  • The Devils also snapped a three-game losing streak at Xcel Energy Center (0-3-0, last win, Jan. 2, 2010, 5-3).
  • The Devils won 21/41 (51.2%) face-offs in the contest.
  • Minnesota out shot New Jersey, 18-17, including 11-4 in the third period.
  • Cory Schneider (17 saves) made the start in goal and improved 11-5-2 on the road & to 18-13-5 on the season overall.
  • Adam Henrique scored his 15th goal of the season, an unassisted tally, at 1:21 of the third period to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. It was Henrique’s second goal in the last three games and gives him 2g-2a-4pts over the last five contests. 
  • Jon Merrill scored the game-winning goal at the 6:26 mark, his first goal since Dec. 13, 2014 at Dallas (82 games). Three of Merrill’s five career goals have been game-winners. Merrill has 1g-2a-3pts over his last eight games after being held without a point over his first 25 appearances of the season.
  • Sergey Kalinin recorded the primary assist on Merrill’s goal, his third assist/eighth point of the season. He also led the Devils with four hits.
  • Kyle Palmieri also assisted on Merrill’s goal and, with 17g-14a-31pts overall, has tied his career-high (also, 14g-17a-31pts, 2013-14).
  • Jim O’Brien was 11/13 (84.6%) in the face-off circle.
  • David Schlemko (lower body) and Tyler Kennedy (upper body) returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games due to injury. 
  • Schlemko registered two blocked shots and one hit in 18:21 of action.
  • Kennedy saw 14:10 of TOI.
  • Joseph Blandisi, who was recalled from Albany (AHL) Saturday, played in his fourth NHL game. He recorded one shot on goal, two PIM and was +1 in 14:50 of action.

Tonight’s Opponent

  • St. Louis concluded a three-game road trip/snapped a five-game winless (0-2-3=3pts) streak with its 2-1 SO victory at Los Angeles on Saturday.
  • The Blues have points in four consecutive games (1-0-3=5pts).
  • St. Louis is 10-5-1 vs. the Eastern Conference this season.
  • The Blues have the league’s no. 3 penalty-kill unit (125/146, 85.6%) and the sixth-ranked power play (26/123, 21.1%).
  • Vladimir Tarasenko has 2g-3a-5pts over the last five games. He’s tied (Tyler Seguin) for fourth in the NHL with 24g this season and is fifth with 44pts.
  • Alexander Steen has recorded 4g-16a-20pts over the last 19 games. His 24a overall are tied for 12th in the NHL.
  • Colton Parayko has 6g-10a-16pts, which is tops in the NHL among rookie defensemen (tie, Shayne Gostisbehere). Parayko’s +13 rating ranks second among first-year players, behind Dylan Larkin (+22).
  • Robby Fabbri has five goals over the last 11 contests and is seventh among rookies with 10g overall (tie, Max Domi).
  • Alex Pietrangelo has points in three straight games (1g-2a-3pts). He’s averaging 26:42 TOI/game, which ranks fourth in the NHL.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk has recorded 5g-8a-13pts over the last 18 contests and is 16th (tie) among NHL defensemen with 8g-17a-25pts overall.
  • Paul Stastny (upper body) left during the first period of Friday’s game at Anaheim and did not play Saturday in Los Angeles. He has 5a over his last six appearances. Stastny is questionable for tonight’s game.
  • Jay Bouwmeester (upper body) also left Friday’s game in the first period and is not expected to play tonight.
  • Carl Gunnarsson (upper body) left Saturday’s game at Los Angeles and is not expected to play tonight.
  • Jake Allen (lower body) left Friday’s game after a collision with Corey Perry and will not play tonight. Allen is 18-10-3 with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .919 save-percentage in 33 games this season. He’s tied for second in the NHL with five shutouts. Allen is 3-0-0 with two shutouts, a 1.00 GAA & a .961 save % in three career games vs. the Devils.
  • Brian Elliott made 26 saves (+6/7 SO) and earned the win over the Kings on Saturday. He’s 6-4-4 with a 2.33 GAA & a .919 save % 17 appearances overall in 2015-16. Elliott needs just two games played to reach 300 in his NHL career.

Devils vs. Blues

Last Game – Nov. 10 – Devils 0 vs. St. Louis 2

The Devils were shut out for the first time this season. Jacob Josefson led New Jersey with four shots on goal. Cory Schneider (26 saves) took the loss in goal.

2014-15

Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 on road)

Goals/Against: 0-2 (0-0 on road)

Shots For/Against: 24-28 (0-0 on road)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-1 (0.0%)/2-2 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ – None; StL. – Martin Havlat (1g-0a-1pt.), Magnus Paajarvi (1g-0a-1pt.), four players with 1a each.

Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 2.04 GAA, .929 save %); StL. – Jake Allen (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 save %).

All-Time

Record: 27-26-7 (11-15-4 on road)

Goals For/Against: 189-190 (100-116 on road)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ – Mike Cammalleri (13g-10a-23pts), Patrik Elias (5g-12a-17pts), Jordin Tootoo (6g-10a-16pts); Tuomo Ruutu (3g-11a-14pts); StL. – Scottie Upshall (6g-9a-15pts), Troy Brouwer (4g-7a-11pts), Alexander Steen (7g-2a-9pts), David Backes (2g-5a-7pts).

Career Goaltending: NJ – Cory Schneider (3-4-1, 1.93 GAA, .934 save %), Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 5.83 GAA, .750 save %); StL. – Jake Allen (3-0-0, 2 ShO,  1.00 GAA, .961 save %), Brian Elliott (2-4-0, 1 ShO, 2.71 GAA, .889 save %).

Notable: The Devils are 0-4-0 in their last four games vs. the Blues…New Jersey is 2-7-1 vs. St. Louis since 2006-07…The Devils are 0-3-0 in their last three visits to Scottrade Center (last win, Dec. 30, 2008, 4-3)…Jordin Tootoo’s 6g-10a-16pts vs. St. Louis are his most vs. any opponent.

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…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…Paul Stastny is the son of former Devil Peter Stastny…Kevin Shattenkirk is from New Rochelle, NY and played with the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Association…John Hynes coached St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from 2009-13.

Devils in Detail

  • ROAD TESTED:  Cory Schneider is 11-5-2, with two shutouts, a 1.98 goals-against average & a .935 save-percentage in 18 starts on the road this season.
  • SCHNEIDER’S A STAR: Cory Schneider was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game, the National Hockey League announced on Jan. 6. He becomes the fifth Devils’ goaltender to be selected to an All-Star Game, joining: Glenn Resch (1984), Sean Burke (1989), Craig Billington (1993) and Martin Brodeur (1996-2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 & 2008).
  • WILD THING: Bobby Farnham scored 1g on Friday vs. Boston and has 6g-1a-7pts in 23 games with the Devils, 5g-1a-6pts of which have come at Prudential Center. Farnham’s career-high for goals scored at the pro level is 7g in both 2014-15 & 2013-14 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
  • 600 GAMES FOR GREENE: Andy Greene skated in his 600th NHL game on Jan. 6 at Montreal, all of which have been played for the Devils. He’ll become just the 16th player/sixth defenseman (also, Ken Daneyko, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Colin White and Bruce Driver) in team history to reach the milestone.
  • BIG SAVES: Cory Schneider stopped David Desharnais’ penalty shot attempt on Jan. 6 at Montreal, has now saved 4/4 PS he’s faced this season (also, Jonathan Huberdeau Dec. 6 vs. Florida, Radim Vrbata Nov. 22 at Vancouver & Patrick Marleau Oct. 16 vs. San Jose) and has stopped 12/14 in his career. Schneider’s four PS faced ties New Jersey’s single-season record (Johan Hedberg, 2011-12). George Hainsworth holds the NHL record, having faced six PS for Toronto in 1934-35 (the first season for penalty shots in the NHL). -credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • D’MEN ARE OT HEROES: John Moore scored his second overtime goal of the season/his career on Jan. 2 vs. Dallas. Eight of the Devils’ last 13 OT game-winners have now been scored by a defenseman. Moore became the fourth d’man in franchise history to score two OT goals in a season, joining: Scott Niedermayer (4, 2001-02), Johnny Oduya (2, 2008-09) and Andy Greene (2, 2013-14). –credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • COUNT ON CORY: Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in 22 of his last 29 starts since Oct. 29 and is 14-11-4 with three shutouts, a 2.02 goals-against average & .929 save-percentage during that stretch. Schneider leads the league in games played (36) and minutes (2,154) & ranks sixth (tie) in the NHL in wins (18), seventh (tie) in shutouts (3), eighth in GAA (2.09) and ninth (tie) in save % (.926).
  • PALMIERI’S CAREER YEAR: Kyle Palmieri has established a new career-high with his 17 goals this season; he has also tied his career-high with 31pts (14g-17a-31pts, 2013-14). He has 10g-5a-15pts over the last 21 contests, including a career-high (tie) four-game scoring streak (4g-1a-5pts) from Dec. 4-11. Palmieri is on pace for 32g-26a-58pts, which would nearly double his previous career-high.
  • STILL STRONG ON DEFENSE: New Jersey is allowing just 2.28 goals/game, which ranks fourth in the NHL.
  • LEE-DING THE WAY: Lee Stempniak is third (tie, Adam Henrique) on the club with 9g-20a-29pts overall and has surpassed his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games). He has points in 11 of the last 19 games (4g-7a-11pts), including a team-season high five-game point-scoring streak (2g-3a-5pts) from Dec. 3-11. 
  • IRON MAN: Andy Greene has played in 272 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, and has passed 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • CORY’S NUMBER ONE: Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.12 GAA (2nd, J. Quick, 2.15) and a .927 save % (2nd, H. Lundqvist & T. Rask .924) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11.
  • THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY: On January 12, 2010, Martin Brodeur made 51 saves and stopped 3/3 in the shootout in a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
  • SISLO NAMED CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The American Hockey League announced today that Albany Devils’ F Mike Sislo has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 10, 2016. Sislo notched 3g-3a-6pts in three AHL games. He began the week with the Devils and played Monday vs. Detroit and Wednesday at Montreal. On Thursday, he was named to represent Albany at the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic, and on Friday he was reassigned to Albany and tallied two goals and an assist in a 6-4 victory over Syracuse. Sislo recorded a goal and two assists on Saturday to lead the Devils to a 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley, then helped Albany earn a point for a seventh consecutive game in a 4-3 overtime loss at Hartford on Sunday afternoon. Sislo is tied for third in the AHL with 16 goals – including a league-leading 11 PPG– and has totaled 29 points in 31 games for Albany this season.

Milestone Watch

  • Adam Henrique – Needs 1a to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Tyler Kennedy – Needs 4 GP to reach 500 in his NHL career. 
  • Tuomo Ruutu –  Needs 3a for 200 in his NHL career.
  • Damon Severson – Needs seven GP to reach 100 in his NHL career.
  • Lee Stempniak – Needs 2pts to reach 400 in his NHL career.

Injuries

  • Mike Cammalleri (I.R., upper body, five games missed) is out.
  • Patrik Elias (I.R., knee, nine games missed) is out.
  • Jacob Josefson (I.R., lower body, seven games missed) is out.
  • John Moore (lower body, two games missed) is out.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (I.R., lower body, two games missed) is out.
  • Jiri Tlusty (I.R., upper body, one game missed) is out.
  • Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 117

Recent Transactions

  • Jan. 9 – Placed F Jiri Tlusty on Injured Reserve. Recalled F Joseph Blandisi from Albany (AHL).
  • Jan. 8 – Assigned F Mike Sislo to Albany. Placed F. Tuomo Ruutu on I.R., retroactive to Jan. 6. Recalled D Marc-Andre Gragnani (emergency conditions), F Jim O’Brien and F Paul Thompson from Albany.
  • Jan. 7 – Placed Mike Cammalleri on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 30.
  • Dec. 30 – Placed F Jacob Josefson on I.R., retroactive to Dec. 26. Recalled F Mike Sislo from Albany. 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.

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