Three Stars: 1. Cory Schneider 2. Reid Boucher 3. Lee Stempniak
New Jersey improved to 22-19-5=49pts on the season & to 13-9-2=28pts on the road.
The Devils swept the season series vs. the Coyotes and have won each of their last four games vs. Arizona.
New Jersey snapped a two-game losing streak and finished its season-high, four-game road trip 2-2-0=4pts.
The Devils are now 3-0-0 in matinee games this season.
New Jersey improved to 8-9-1=17pts vs. the Western Conference this season, including 4-4-0=8pts on the road.
The penalty-kill unit was 5/5 today and is 7/7 over the past two games.
The Devils were 0/2 on the power play today and are 0/17 over the past seven games.
New Jersey blocked 27 shots in the contest; Arizona had just six.
The Devils out hit the Coyotes 38-29
Arizona out shot New Jersey 38-16, including 28-8 over the final two periods. The Devils’ 16 shots on goal were a season-low (tie, Dec. 17 vs. Florida).
Cory Schneider made a season-high 38 saves (tie, Dec. 20 at Boston), including 13 in the third period, to record his third shutout in his last 13 starts (Dec. 15 at Buffalo & Dec. 30 at Ottawa) & his fourth of the season overall. It was his 12th ShO with New Jersey and the 21st of his NHL career. Schneider has four career shutouts vs. Arizona, his most vs. any opponent; he’s 7-1-1 in nine career games vs. the Coyotes.
Schneider improved to 12-6-2 on the road/19-14-5 overall.
He’s now allowed two goals or less in 24 of his last 31 starts since Oct. 29. He’s 15-12-4, with four shutouts, a 1.95 goals-against average & .932 save-percentage during that stretch.
Reid Boucher scored his first NHL goal of the season 3:52 into the contest to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Boucher, who was recalled from Albany (AHL) yesterday, played in his first game with New Jersey since Oct. 18/fourth NHL game of the season overall. It was the first game-winning goal of his NHL career & his fourth overall/first since Apr. 3, 2015 vs. Montreal (six games).
Kyle Palmieri scored his 18th goal of the season (first since Jan. 2 vs. Dallas) 0:18 into the third period to put the Devils ahead 2-0. Palmieri has established a new career-high with 32pts this season (previously, 14g-17a-31pts in 71 games, 2013-14).
The goal was the team’s fastest to start a period this season (previously, Lee Stempniak, 0:26, 1st period, Dec. 6 vs. Florida).
Lee Stempniak collected the primary assist on Boucher’s goal, the 400th point of his NHL career (175g-225a). Stempniak now has points in 13 of the last 22 games (5g-8a-13pts). He has 3g-2a-5pts over his last four games vs. Arizona.
Joseph Blandisi recorded the primary assist on Palmieri’s tally, his second assist over the last three games.
Adam Larsson also assisted on Palmieri’s goal and now has 4a over the last five games. With 1g-10-11pts overall, Larsson has tied Damon Severson for the team scoring lead among defensemen. Larsson also led the Devils with seven blocked shots today & leads the club with 90 overall.
Travis Zajac recorded the secondary assist on Boucher’s goal, his first assist/point since Dec. 30 at Ottawa (seven games). He also received his fifth career fighting major (vs. Brad Richardson)/first since Feb. 25, 2015 ( vs. Curtis Glencross). It was the Devils’ 16th fight of the season overall.
Andy Greene led the Devils with 25:42 of TOI, was +1 and was second on the club with five hits in the contest.
Adam Henrique led New Jersey’s forwards with 21:01 of TOI today. He recorded two shots on goal, was 11/21 (52.4%) in the face-off circle and led the Devils with four hits (tie, Sergey Kalinin).
John Moore returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games due to a lower body injury. He was +1 and had two hits in 14:53 of action.
Jordin Tootoo returned to the lineup after missing Thursday’s game due to injury. He registered two shots on goal and one hit in 9:52 of action.
Tyler Kennedy skated in the 499th game of his NHL career.
Bobby Farnham served the second of a four-game suspension for interference against St. Louis Blues forward Dmitrij Jaskinon Jan. 12.