Devils Pre-Game 10/22/16

New Jersey Devils (1-2-1) vs. Minnesota Wild (3-1-0)

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

Pre-Game Availability

  • 10:30 AM Morning Skate: Prudential Center


The Devils are now 1-2-1 on the season and are 0-2-1 against the Atlantic Division. New Jersey is still seeking its first road win of 2016-17. The Devils are now 1-3-1 in Boston since the 2013-14 season.

New Jersey opened the scoring with a power play goal at 4:14 of the third period. The Devils are now 3-10 (33.3%) with the man-advantage over the last two games. The Devils penalty kill was 4-4 and is 13-14 (92.9%) through four games this season.

The Devils managed to kill a 13 second 5-on-3 Bruins’ man-advantage in the second period. The Devils are 1-1 when facing a 5-on-3 in 2016-17.
New Jersey was outshot, 29-36, by the Bruins, including 23-25 over the final two periods.

Kyle Palmieri scored his second goal of the season (PP). He now has points in three consecutive games (2g-1a-3pts).
Damon Severson and Jacob Josefson recorded assists on Palmieri’s goal. Severson now has assists in back-to-back games. It was Josefson’s first point of the season.

Captain Andy Greene led the Devils with 23:43 TOI and had four blocked shots.

Cory Schneider made his fourth consecutive start in goal and is 1-2-1 on the season and is 1-4-2 all-time against the Bruins. He stopped 34 of 36 shots (.944 save %).



Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot, four games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10

Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger, four games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10

Sergey Kalinin (I.R., illness, four games missed) has resumed skating with the team.

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 12



Oct. 19- Nathan Bastian signed a three-year, entry-level contract.


Oct. 13- Kyle Quincey activated from Injured Reserve.


Oct. 12 – Seth Helgeson cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany (AHL).


Oct. 11 – P.A. Parenteau was claimed on waivers from the NY Islanders. Scott Wedgewood cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany (AHL).  Seth Helgeson was placed on waivers.  Anders Lindback is no longer in camp. Sergey Kalinin was placed on I.R., retroactive to Oct. 10. Kyle Quincey was placed on I.R., retroactive to Oct. 5.



Tonight is the first of two games between the Devils and Wild this season. The clubs will meet again Jan. 17 at Xcel Energy Center.
The Devils were 2-0-0 vs. Minnesota last season, outscoring the Wild 9-4. Jon Merrill and Adam Henrique each had a game-winning goal facing Minnesota in 2015-16.

The Devils scored a season-high seven goals in their final meeting on Mar. 17 at Prudential Center. Devante Smith-Pelly, Mike Sislo and Henique each had two-goals in that contest.

New Jersey has not lost at home against the Wild since the 2010-11 season and are 3-0-0 vs. Minnesota at home since the 2013-14 season. The Devils are 7-1-1 all-time at home against the Wild. New Jersey is 4-2-0 vs Minnesota overall since the 2013-14 season.



Record: 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home)

Goals Against: 9-5 (7-4 at home)

Shots For/Against: 42-50 (25-32 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-3 (0.0%)/2-4 (50.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ Adam Henrique (3g-3pts), Devante Smith-Pelly (2g-1a-3pts), Tyler Kennedy (3a-3pts); Min. Eric Staal (2g-1a-3pts), David Jones (1g-2a-3pts), Mikko Koivu (1g-2a-3pts).

Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 4.00 GAA, .875 save %), Cory Schneider (1-0-0, 1.00, .944); Min. Devan Dubnyk (0-0-0, 10.55, .625), Darcy Kuemper (0-2-0, 3.68, .824).


Record: 11-5-2 (7-1-1 at home)

Goals For/Against: 58-48 (35-20 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ Vernon Fiddler (9g-9a-18pts), Michael Cammalleri (8g-10a-18pts), Taylor Hall (4g-7a-11pts); Min. Eric Staal (7g-18a-25pts), Jason Pominville (11g-9a-20pts), two with 10 pts.

Career Goaltending: Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 3.82 GAA, .875 save %), Cory Schneider (9-6-0, 2.33, .911); Min. Devan Dubnyk (1-0-1, 3.85, .886), Darcy Kuemper (0-3-0, 3.04, .857), Alex Stalock (1-1-0, 3.51, .877).


Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero is a native of St. Paul, MN…Head Coach John Hynes coached Ryan Suter as an assistant with the USDP-17 in 2001-02, the 2002 World Under-18 Championships & at the 2004 World Junior Championships…Wild F Zach Parise played seven seasons with the Devils and served as captain during his final season with the club 2011-12…Former Devils’ assistant coach and captain, Scott Stevens, is an assistant coach for Minnesota…As a player, he captained the Devils from 1992-2004, won three Stanley Cup Championships, and the 2000 Conn Smythe Trophy…He served the Devils as a special assignment coach from 2009-2012, as an assistant coach in 2012-14, and as a co-coach for part of the 2014-15 season…Former Devils’ defensemen Brad Bombardir and Ricard Persson both currently hold positions with the Wild; Bombardir is Minnesota’s Director of Player Development, while Persson serves as a European scout.



Adam Henrique – Needs 2g for 100 in his NHL career.

Taylor Hall – Needs 4a for 200 in his NHL career.

Kyle Quincey – Is expected to play in his 500th NHL game tonight.

Travis Zajac – Needs 8pts. for 400 in career.




Tonight, the Devils begin a four-game home-stand at Prudential Center, concluding with their game Nov. 29 vs. Tampa Bay. The Devils are 1-0-0 at home in 2016-17.  New Jersey will then play its next 10 of 14 games on the road in November.


Cory Schneider is ranked third (tie) in the NHL with a .938 save-percentage and is eighth in the league with a 2.00 goals against average.

700 CLUB

Travis Zajac appeared in his 700th career game, all with New Jersey, on Oct. 13, 2016.  He ranks 13th all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 8th all-time among forwards.  He tied Bruce Driver for 13th all-time with 702 career games with the Devils on Oct. 18.  Zajac ranks 12th all-time in franchise history with 142g-250a-392pts. Petr Sykora, 141g-228a-394pts, ranks 11th all-time in points.  Zajac tied Claude Lemieux and Jamie Langenbrunner (142) for 13th all-time in Devils’ history for goals on Oct. 15 at TB.  Captain Andy Greene is the second-most current-tenured Devil, having played in 645 games with New Jersey.


Andy Greene has skated in 315 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012. On Mar. 31, 2016 at Florida, he passed Jay Pandolfo (307 games, Jan. 22, 2003-Nov. 28, 2007) for the fifth-longest games-played stretch in Devils’ history.  Kirk Muller is next on the team’s all-time list, having played in 321 consecutive games from Apr. 5, 1987-Mar. 31, 1991. 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.


Taylor Hall scored recorded two power play goals (his first two goals with NJ) in his Prudential Center debut. It was his first multi-goal game since Dec. 11, 2015 vs. NYR (2g).


Head Coach John Hynes is entering his second season as New Jersey’s bench boss.  Last season the Devils’ finished with a 38-36-8 (84pts) record.  Hynes also was the head coach for the United States at the 2016 Men’s IIHF World Championships where the American’s finished fourth.  He was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.  Geoff Ward, Alain Nasreddine and Chris Terreri all returned with Coach Hynes for another season.  Ryane Clowe was also named as an assistant coach by Hynes during this year’s Development Camp. Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero and Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald are also back for their sophomore season leading the Devils.


New Jersey has nine new players on its roster who skated with a different team in 2015-16.

–  No. 33: Yohann Auvitu (D) skated for HIFK Helsinki, Finland.

–  No. 12: Ben Lovejoy (D) played for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

–  No. 8: Beau Bennett (F) skated with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

–  No. 38: Vernon Fiddler (F) played for the Dallas Stars.

–  No. 9: Taylor Hall (F) skated for the Edmonton Oilers.

–  No. 11: P.A. Parenteau (F) played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 15-16. NJ claimed him on waivers from the NY Islanders on Oct. 11.

–  No. 74: Blake Speers (F) skated for Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).

–  No. 22: Kyle Quincey (D) played for the Detroit Red Wings.

–  No. 20: Luke Gazdic (F) skated for the Edmonton Oilers.


Yohann Auvitu and Blake Speers made their NHL debuts on Oct. 13 at Fla.  Auvitu, who had one assist in his Devils’ debut, won the Pekka Rautakallio Award (SM-Liiga Best Defenseman) in 2016. He also represented France at the World Championships for the seventh time in 2016.  Speers scored 26g-48a-74pts in 68GP with Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) and added 6g-4a-10pts in 12 OHL Playoff contests.

Miles Wood, Steven Santini and Pavel Zacha each made their NHL debuts in the 2015-16 season finale.  Zacha currently has three assists (3pts) in five career NHL games.


Ben Lovejoy and Beau Bennett were members of Pittsburgh’s 2016 Stanley Cup Championship squad.  Lovejoy skated in all of the Penguins’ 24 playoff games and recorded 6pts. (2g-4a).  He was signed by New Jersey to a three-year contract on Jul. 1, 2016.  Bennett became the first-ever Californian-born player to win the Stanley Cup.  He was acquired by New Jersey at the 2016 Draft for a third-round pick (Connor Hall). Bennett signed a one-year contract with the Devils on Jul. 1, 2016.


In 2008, the Devils defeated the Dallas Stars, 5-0, at Prudential Center. John Madden scored two goals, while Andy Greene and Travis Zajac each had two assists. Martin Brodeur stopped 21 of 21 shots for the shutout.


Game Notes: Oct. 22 vs. Min

NHL Stats: Oct. 22

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