New Jersey Devils (13-14-7) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (22-8-5)
7PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY 1 at PITTSBURGH 4
The Devils were held to a season-low two shots on goal in the first period (tie, Nov. 6 at Car., 4-1 W).
Kyle Palmieri notched his sixth goal of the season and his second in the past two games.
John Moore and Taylor Hall recorded the assists on Palmieri’s marker.
Cory Schneider made his 26th start and dropped to 10-11-5 on the season. He stopped 35 of 39 shots.
Jacob Josefson (I.R., concussion, four games missed).
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 58
Dec. 24- Seth Helgeson and Luke Gazdic were assigned to Albany (AHL).
Dec. 22- Placed Jacob Josefson on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Dec. 17. Recalled Seth Helgeson from Albany (AHL).
Dec. 14- Yohann Auvitu was assigned to Albany (AHL). Recalled Luke Gazdic from Albany (AHL).
Dec. 6- Beau Bennett was removed from I.R. John Quenneville was assigned to Albany (AHL).
DEVILS VS. PENGUINS
Tonight is the third of five regular season games between the Devils and Penguins in 2016-17. New Jersey is 0-1-1 vs. Pittsburgh and lost in their most-recent game, 4-1, on Dec, 23 at PPG Paints Arena. The Devils face-off against the Penguins again Mar. 17 in Pittsburgh before finishing their season-series Apr. 6 at Prudential Center.
Each game at PPG Paints Arena for the Devils is the second of a back-to-back set in 2016-17.
The Devils are 3-2-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 7-7-5 against Eastern Conference opponents this season. The Devils are 7-1-1 when facing the Penguins at Prudential Center since the 2012-13 season.
Andy Greene has more points (6g-13a-19pts) vs. Pittsburgh than any other opponent. Michael Cammalleri has five points (3g-2a) over his last four games vs. Pittsburgh.
Record: 0-1-1 (0-0-0 at home)
Goals For/Against: 4-8 (0-0 at home)
Shots For/Against: 54-88 (0-0 at home)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-4 (25.0%)/6-7 (85.7%)
Leading Scorers: NJ- Michael Cammalleri (2g-2pts), John Moore (2a-2pts), Kyle Palmieri (1g-1a-2pts); Pit.- Evgeni Malkin (5a-5pts), Sidney Crosby (2g-2pts), 11 players with 1pt each.
Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-0-1, 2.77 GAA, .939 save%); Cory Schneider (0-1-0, 4.01, .897); Pit.- Marc- Andre Fleury (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 save%), Matt Murray (1-0-0, 2.81, .900).
ALL-TIME-Record: 103-76-17 (55-32-12 at home)
Goals For/Against: 635-596 (338-287 at home)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (12g-17a-29pts), Andy Greene (6g-13a-19pts), Michael Cammalleri (8g-6a-14pts); Pit.- Sidney Crosby (27g-30a-57pts), Evgeni Malkin (19g-28a-47pts), Phil Kessel (12g-20a-32pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (0-1-1, 4.32 GAA, .886 save%), Cory Schneider (3-6-1, 2 ShO, 2.18, .927), Scott Wedgewood (1-0-0, 1 ShO, 0.00, 1.000); Pit.- Marc-Andre Fleury (22-24-4, 6 ShO, 2.36 GAA, .918 save %), Matt Murray (2-0-0, 1.94, .917).
Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero was Pittsburgh’s EVP/GM from 2006-14…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald held several positions with Pittsburgh from 2007-15, including serving as Assistant GM in 2014-15…Head Coach John Hynes spent six seasons with the Penguins’ organization from 2009-15, including the five seasons as Head Coach of their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine played for the Pens’ organization from 2004-08 and served as an assistant coach under Hynes with W-B/Scranton from 2010-15…Senior Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon spent the previous 10 seasons with Pittsburgh, including the last seven as Director of Player Personnel; he served in that role for their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship Team…Ben Lovejoy spent five-plus seasons with the Penguins (2008-13, 2014-16) and was part of their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship team…Beau Bennett played 129 games with Pittsburgh from 2012-16, scoring 16g-29a-45pts…Penguins’ Assistant GM Bill Guerin was the Devils’ first choice (5th overall) in the 1989 NHL Draft. He skated in 380 games with New Jersey over the course of seven seasons 1991-98, and was a member of the 1995 Stanley Cup Championship team.
Michael Cammalleri – Needs 1pt. for 100 with NJ.
Andy Greene– Needs 7pts. for 200 as a Devil/career.
Cory Schneider– Needs 4GP for 300 in career. Needs 2GP for 200 as a Devil.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
New Jersey suffered its first regulation loss at home on Dec. 9 vs. Stl., 1-4, after establishing a new franchise record for the longest streak of being undefeated in regulation at home to start a season (previously, 1987-88, 8-0-1). The Devils are 9-2-2 at home and have out-scored their opponents 39-33 on home ice.
ZAJAC LEADING NJ
Travis Zajac notched his second career hat-trick on Dec. 1 at Chi. He currently leads New Jersey with 23 points (8g-15a). Zajac is currently on pace to score 19 goals and 55 points this season. Zajac’s best offensive season came in 2009-10 when he notched 25g-42a-67pts.
Damon Severson leads defensemen and is fifth (tie, K. Palmieri) on the Devils in scoring with 3g-15a-18pts through 34 games in 2016-17. He has four multi-point games this season. Severson had 1g-20a-21pts in 72 games played in 2015-16.
Taylor Hall leads the NHL in average ice-time per game among left-wingers with 20:35. He ranks eighth in TOI in the NHL among forwards and is averaging appx. 1:25 more than his career average of ice-time per game this season. Had a season-high 25:54 TOI on Nov. 8 vs. Car. That is the second-most ice time Hall’s ever had in a game in his NHL career. (Mar. 20, 2014, 27:10, Buf. at Edm.)
DEFENSE PROVIDING OFFENSE
New Jersey’s defensemen have provided 10 of the team’s last 49 goals over the last 20 games. The team’s blueliners have scored 16 of New Jersey’s 78 regulation/OT goals (20.5%) through 34 games this season. In 2015-16, the Devils’ defense provided 20 of the team’s 182 goals last season (10.9%).
DEVILS TUNE UP IN MUSIC CITY
The Devils rallied from a 4-1 deficit on Dec. 3 in Nashville to defeat the Predators, 5-4, in overtime. The comeback started when Michael Cammalleri and Andy Greene scored within 30 seconds of each other in the opening minute of the third period to bring New Jersey within one goal of the Preds. Adam Henrique then tied the game at 12:37 of the third period to force OT. Cammalleri then struck again in overtime with his fourth career OT goal as the Devils scored four straight to win the game.
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. On Nov. 23, he scored four points vs. Toronto (1g-3a) after returning from a six game absence (personal reasons). He had 11 points (7g-4a) from Nov. 6-25 (5GP).
On Dec. 3, Cammalleri scored two goals, including his fourth career OT goal to lead the Devils’ four-goal comeback to defeat the Nashville Predators 5-4 OT.
Cammalleri was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the period ending Nov. 27. He led the league that week with 4g-4a-8pts, including a four-point performance against Toronto on Nov. 23. Cammalleri ranks third (tie, A. Henrique) on the club in points and is first in goals with 9g-10a-19pts.
HIT THE ROAD
The Devils play 19 of 29 games on the road in November and December. New Jersey is currently 4-12-5 away from Prudential Center this season. New Jersey has prevented opponents from scoring on 57 of 66 (86.4%) power play attempts on the road, which is fifth in the NHL. They are 11-15 (73.3%) on the PK over their last five road games.
ZAJAC CLIMBING THE FRANCHISE LEADERBOARD
Travis Zajac appeared in his 700th career game, all with New Jersey, on Oct. 13, 2016. He ranks 12th all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 7th all-time among forwards. He passed John Madden for 12th all-time with 713 career games with the Devils on Nov. 12 vs. Buf. He tied Zach Parise (410pts) for 9th in Devils’ history on Dec. 3 at Nsh. Zajac scored 3g on Dec. 1 at Chi. to pass Stephane Richer (147g) for sole possession 12th all-time in franchise history. Captain Andy Greene is the second-most current-tenured Devil, having played in 675 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 345 consecutive games, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012. On Nov. 21, 2016 he passed Sergei Brylin for third all-time on the list, who 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. Travis Zajac holds the franchise record, skating in 401 consecutive games from Oct. 26, 2006-Apr. 10, 2011.
DEVILS WJC INVITES
Four Devils’ prospects have been selected by their countries to participate in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships which will take place from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Montreal and Toronto.
F Blake Speers (3rd round, 2015) and F Michael McLeod (1st, 2016) will skate for Canada. McLeod, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey on Oct. 7, has 6g-22a-28pts in 26 games with Mississauga (OHL). Speers, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract on Sept. 21, played for three games with New Jersey at the start of this season before being assigned to Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) on Oct. 24.
F Joey Anderson (3rd, 2016) will play for the United States. Anderson is playing his first collegiate season at University of Minnesota-Duluth. The 18-year-old winger has 17 points (6g-11a) in 16GP.
D Yegor Rykov (5th, 2016) will represent Russia as an alternate captain. The left-handed defenseman currently plays for SKA St. Petersburg (KHL).
The 2016-17 New Jersey Devils Media Guide and the latest NJD media information can be found at NJDevilsPR.com
Media Guide Link: https://devilsmedia.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/2016-17-devils-media-guide-lr.pdf