New Jersey Devils (6-3-3) at Buffalo Sabres (5-5-3)
7:00 PM ET • KeyBank Center • MSG+ • WFAN/TOJN
11:30 AM Morning Skate at KeyBank Center
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 3 vs. CAROLINA 2 (SO)
The Devils are now 6-3-3=15pts on the season. New Jersey has not lost a home game in regulation this season, 5-0-1. The last time the Devils started a season 5-0-1 at home was in 2012-13.
The Devils were 0-3 on the power play and are 1-14 (7.1%) with the man-advantage over the last five games. The Devils were 0-1 on the penalty-kill and are 12-16 (75.0%) while playing shorthanded over the last five games.
New Jersey had 41 shots on goal, which is a team season-high. They outshot Carolina, 41-33.
P.A. Parenteau scored his fifth goal of the season at 16:50 of the first period. It was his second goal over the past four games (Nov. 3 @ Fla.). He also tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout. He is now 20-43 (46.5%) in the shootout. It was the 11th game-deciding goal of his career. Parenteau is tied for first (T. Hall) on the club in goals.
Travis Zajac and Taylor Hall assisted on Parenteau’s marker. The assist was the 200th of Hall’s NHL career. Zajac now has points in a team season-high four consecutive games from Nov. 3-8 (1g-3a).
Nick Lappin scored the Devils’ second goal to tie the game at two apiece at 3:51 of the third period. It was the first goal of his NHL career.
Sergey Kalinin returned to the lineup after being a healthy-scratch last game and recorded an assist on Lappin’s goal. It was his first point of the season.
Vernon Fiddler also recorded an assist on Lappin’s tally. It was Fiddler’s first point of 2016-17 and his first point as a Devil.
Hall scored the Devils’ second goal in the shootout. He is now 5-16 (31.2%) in his career. Hall also led New Jersey with a season-high 25:54 TOI. That is the second-most ice time he’s ever had in a game (Mar. 20, 2014, 27:10, Buf. at Edm.)
Cory Schneider made his 10th start of the season and improved to 5-3-2. He stopped 31 of 33 shots (.939 save %).
Luke Gazdic (I.R., broken left foot suffered on Sept. 26, 12 games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10
Jon Merrill (I.R., broken right index finger suffered on Oct. 1, 12 games missed) is out four weeks; from Oct. 10
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 28
Nov. 7- Vojtech Mozik was assigned to Albany (AHL).
Nov. 1- Vojtech Mozik was recalled from Albany (AHL).
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).
DEVILS VS. SABRES
Tonight is the first of three games between the Devils and Sabres. New Jersey will face off against Buffalo tomorrow at Prudential Center in the second of this home-and-home series. The teams play their final match of the season Feb. 6 at Prudential Center.
New Jersey is 1-3-2 vs. the Atlantic Division in 2016-17. The Devils were 2-1-0 vs. Buffalo in 2015-16. Adam Henrique and Lee Stempniak each scored game-winners for the Devils in 2015-16. Henrique has 15pts. (4g-11a) in 16 career games vs. the Sabres. P.A. Parenteau has 5g-10a-15pts in 19 games against Buffalo, including three points (1g-2a) over his last three games vs. the Sabres.
Ben Lovejoy has 3pts (2g-1a) over his last two games vs. the Sabres.
Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 6-3-2 against Buffalo.
Record: 2-1-0 (2-0-0 on the road)
Goals Against: 7-6 (6-3 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 68-72 (49-54 on the road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-9 (11.1%)/9-12 (75.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ Adam Henrique (2g-2a-4pts), Michael Cammalleri (2g-2a-4pts), two players with 3pts. each.; Buf. Ryan O’Reilly (2g-2a-4pts), Jack Eichel (2g-1a-3pts), Tyler Ennis (1g-1a-2pts).
Goaltending: NJ Cory Schneider (2-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.68 GAA, .930 save %); Buf. Anders Nilsson (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .950 save %), Linus Ullmark (0-2-0, 3.12 GAA, .878).
Record: 55-42-20 (26-21-12 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 345-336 (184-179 on the road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ Michael Cammalleri (8g-7a-15pts), P.A. Parenteau (5g-10a-15pts), Adam Henrique (4g-11a-15pts); Buf. Kyle Okposo (8g-12a-20pts), Matt Moulson (8g-5a-13pts), three players with 11pts. each.
Career Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .966 save %), Cory Schneider (5-3-2, 2 ShO, 1.57, .932); Buf. Robin Lehner (1-3-1, 2.55 GAA, .915 save %), Anders Nilsson (4-1-0, 1 ShO, 1.28, .952), Linus Ullmark (0-2-0, 3.12 GAA, .878).
Sabres’ captain Brian Gionta played seven seasons with the Devils from 2001-09 and was a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team…Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero and Buffalo’s Head Coach Dan Bylsma served in the same capacity and won a Stanley Cup Championship with Pittsburgh in 2008-09…John Hynes (2010-15) and Bylsma (2008-09) both served as Head Coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)…Hynes (1993-97) and Buffalo forward Jack Eichel (2014-15) both played college hockey at Boston University…Assistant General Manger Tom Fitzgerald’s son, Casey Fitzgerald, was drafted by the Sabres in the third round (86th overall) at the 2016 NHL Draft…Sabres Assistant Coach Bob Woods was drafted by the Devils in the 10th round (201st overall) at the 1988 NHL Draft…Sabres’ Player Development Coach Adam Mair played in 65 games with the Devils in 2010-11, recording 1g-3a-4pts and accumulating 45 penalty minutes…Devils’ prospect Miles Wood was born in Buffalo…His father, Randy Wood, scored 60g-57a-117pts in 236 games with the Sabres from 1991-94.
Travis Zajac – Needs 1pts. for 400 in career.
Kyle Palmieri – Needs 6GP for 100 as a Devil. 8 GP for 300 career.
Taylor Hall – Needs 7GP for 400 in career.
Michael Cammalleri – Needs 9GP for 800 in career.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
On Oct. 29, the Devils finished a four-game home-stand at Prudential Center. New Jersey won three of their four games with a 2-1 OT victory over the Minnesota Wild, a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes and a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. New Jersey only lost one game, 2-3 OT, to the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 28. New Jersey is undefeated in regulation at home, 5-0-1, in 2016-17. The last time the Devils started a season without a regulation loss at home through the first six games was in 2012-13 (5-0-1).
Damon Severson is tied for first (T. Zajac) on the Devils in scoring with 2g-7a-9pts through the first 12 games of 2016-17. He has 2g-5a-7pts over his last seven games. He is ranked 12th among defensemen (tie, six others) in the NHL in points and is fifth (tie, five others) in the league with five power play assists. He is one of six NHL defensemen to lead their team in scoring.
HATS OFF FOR CAMMALLERI
Michael Cammalleri scored a natural hat trick, the sixth hat trick of his NHL career on Nov. 6 at Carolina. The three goals were the first three of his 2016-17 season. It was his first as a Devil and his first since Feb. 13, 2013 (Dal. 4 at Cgy. 7). It was the first natural hat trick of his career. The last Devil to register three goals in a game was Jaromir Jagr on Jan. 3, 2015 (Phi. 2 at NJ 5).
HIT THE ROAD
The Devils play 8 of their next 12 games in the road. They play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 1-3-2 away from Prudential Center this season.
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. His 145g-254a-399pts is tied with Bruce Driver for 10th all-time in Devils’ history. 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 653 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 323 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012. On Nov. 5, 2016 at Tampa Bay, passed Kirk Muller for fourth on the team’s all-time list, having played in 321 consecutive games from Apr. 5, 1987-Mar. 31, 1991. Sergei Brylin is third all-time on the list, having played in 328 straight games from Oct. 8, 2003-Apr. 6, 2008. 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.
HALL OF A MONTH
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 fourth in the NHL with two game-winning goals. In the month of October, Hall scored 5g-2a-7pts in eight games.
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.
THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY
On Nov. 11, 2011, Former Devils Scott Niedermayer & Brendan Shanahan are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.