Devils Pre-Game 10/29/16

New Jersey Devils (3-2-2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (5-2-0)

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

Pre-Game Availability

  • 4:45 PM: Head Coach John Hynes availability. 


The Devils fell to 2-0-1 on their four-game home-stand and to 3-2-2 on the season overall. New Jersey will conclude their first set of 18 back-to-back games tonight vs. the Lightning.

New Jersey is now 3-0-1 at home in 2016-17.

The Devils scored on their first power play of the game and were 1-4 on the evening. They are 6-25 (24.0%) this season and 5-17 (29.4%) at Prudential Center.

New Jersey was 3-5 (60.0%) while shorthanded, but have killed-off 21 of 25 (84.0%) opponent power plays this season.

The Devils outshot the Blackhawks, 32-29, including 28-12 over the first two periods.

P.A. Parenteau scored his third goal of the season at 15:32 of the first period on the power play. He has two goals over his last three games. The goal was also his first power play point of the season.

Parenteau has four points (2g-2a) over his last three games against the Blackhawks.

Devante Smith-Pelly and Yohann Auvitu each recorded an assist on Parenteau’s goal. For Smith-Pelly, it was his second assist in the past two games. Auvitu tallied his second assist of the year; his first since his NHL debut on Oct. 13 at Fla.

John Moore scored his first goal of 2016-17 at 4:06 of the third period. 

Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall picked up the assists on Moore’s goal. Hall now has two assists (four points) over his last two games. It was Palmieri’s first assist since Oct. 18 vs. Ana.

Nick Lappin made his NHL debut. He logged 7:10 of ice-time, one shot and one hit.

Keith Kinkaid made his season debut and stopped 26 of 29 shots (.897 save %).



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

Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 18



Oct. 28- Nick Lappin was recalled from Albany (AHL).

Oct. 26- Steven Santini was assigned to Albany (AHL).

Oct. 24- Steven Santini was recalled from Albany (AHL). Blake Speers was assigned to Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).

Oct. 23- Steven Santini was assigned to Albany (AHL).

Oct. 22- Sergey Kalinin activated from Injured Reserve. Miles Wood was assigned to Albany (AHL). 

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


Tonight’s game is the second of three against Tampa Bay in 2016-17.  The two teams play their entire season-series in the span of three weeks.  The clubs meet again for the final time this season Nov. 5 at Amalie Arena.

New Jersey is 0-1-0 vs. Tampa Bay in 2016-17. The Devils were ousted, 2-3, Oct. 15 at Amalie Arena.

Adam Henrique has 14 points (6g-8a) in 17 career games vs. the Lightning. 

Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac each have one goal vs. Tampa Bay this season.

Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid are a combined 3-4-2 vs. Tampa Bay all-time.

The Devils have not defeated Tampa Bay since Dec. 19, 2014 (five games).



Record: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home)

Goals Against: 2-3 (0-0 at home)

Shots For/Against: 34-34 (0-0 at home)

Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-3 (0.0%)/3-3 (100.0%)

Leading Scorers: NJ- Kyle Palmieri (1g-1pt.), Travis Zajac (1g-1pt.), two players with 1a each; TB- nine players with 1pt.

Goaltending: NJ- Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 3.09 GAA, .912 save %); TB- Andrei Vasilevskiy (1-0-0, 2.02 GAA, .941 save %).


Record: 54-27-11 (31-13-3 at home)

Goals For/Against: 294-214 (161-106 at home)

Career Leading Scorers: NJ– Travis Zajac (6g-13a-19pts), Adam Henrique (6g-8a-14pts), Andy Greene (2g-8a-10pts); TB- Ryan Callahan (10g-18a-28pts), Steven Stamkos (16g-11a-27pts), three others tied with nine points each.

Career Goaltending: NJ – Keith Kinkaid (1-1-1, 2.84 GAA, .892 save %), Cory Schneider (2-3-1, 3.14, .898); TB- Ben Bishop (7-2-1, 2 ShO, 1.31 GAA, .949 save %), Andrei Vasilevskiy (1-0-0, 2.03, .941)



John Moore and Lightning forward Ryan Callahan were teammates with the NY Rangers for parts of two seasons from 2012-13 to 2013-14…Cory Schneider and Lightning forward Brian Boyle were teammates at Boston College for two seasons from 2004-06…Lightning defenseman Matt Taormina played in 47 games for New Jersey from 2010-12…Tampa Bay Assistant GM/Director of Player Personnel, Pat Verbeek, played seven seasons with New Jersey from 1982-89…Tampa Bay’s Senior Adviser to the GM, Tom Kurvers, played two-plus seasons with the Devils from 1987-98…He was traded to Toronto for its first-round pick in the 1991 Entry Draft (Scott Niedermayer) on Oct. 16, 1989. Kyle Palmieri and Cory Schneider were teammates with Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.



Adam Henrique – Needs 1g for 100 in his NHL career.

Taylor Hall – Needs 2a for 200 in his NHL career.

Travis Zajac – Needs 5pts. for 400 in career.




On Oct.22, the Devils began a four-game home-stand at Prudential Center, which concludes tonight vs. Tampa Bay. New Jersey won two of their four games with a 2-1 OT victory over the Minnesota Wild and a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. New Jersey fell, 2-3 OT, to the Chicago Blackhawks last night. Before the OT loss, the Devils were 3-0-0 at home in 2016-17, which was the first time New Jersey has started a season 3-0-0 at home since 2002-03.  New Jersey will play its next 10 of 14 games on the road in November.


Cory Schneider is ranked ninth in the NHL with a .936 save-percentage and is ninth in the league with a 2.00 goals against average. New Jersey has allowed the second-lowest goal-totals in the league with 2.12 goals-against per game.

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 11th all-time in franchise history with 144g-251a-395pts. Bruce Driver is 10th all-time with 83g-316a-399pts  Zajac passed Claude Lemieux and Jamie Langenbrunner (142) for sole possession of 13th all-time in Devils’ history for goals on Oct. 25 (2g).  Captain Andy Greene is the second-most current-tenured Devil, having played in 648 games with New Jersey. 


Andy Greene has skated in 318 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 two power play goals (his first two goals with NJ) in his Prudential Center debut Oct. 18. It was his first multi-goal game since Dec. 11, 2015 vs. NYR (2g). He then scored in overtime on Oct. 22 vs. Min. to top-off his three-goal week. On Oct. 25 vs. Arizona, he scored 2g (1 PP, 1 even-strength) and added an assist for his first 3pt. night as a Devil. He added one assist Oct. 28 vs. Chicago to have his first three-game point-streak (3g-2a) as a Devil. Hall is tied for first in the NHL with two game-winning goals and is second (tie) in the league with five.


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 began the season with 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). Assigned to Sault Ste. Marie Oct. 24.

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

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


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.


On Oct. 29, 1999, Ken Daneyko became the first player to appear in 1,000 games in a Devils’ sweater in a 4-2 win at Carolina.


Devils prospects Evan Cormier (Saginaw, 6th choice, 4th rd, 105th overall, 2016 Draft), Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie, 3rd rd, 67th overall, 2015 Draft), and Michael McLeod (Mississauga, 1st rd, 12th overall, 2016 Draft) were selected to represent the OHL in the 2016 Canada-Russia Series. The games will be played in North Bay, Ontario, on Nov. 10 and Hamilton, Ontario on Nov. 14.


Game Notes: 10-29-16

NHL Stats 10-29-16


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