New Jersey Devils (25-27-12) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (40-17-6)
5PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG • TOJN/WFAN
Pre-Game Availability (subject to change)
• Devils’ Head Coach John Hynes will be available to the media at 2:45pm, Sunday, in the hallway outside of the Devils’ Locker Room.
LAST GAME: NEW JERSEY at BOSTON
The Devils suffered their sixth consecutive loss (0-4-2) with their last four losses being by one goal. The Devils finished their 2016-17 season-series with the Bruins with a record of 1-2-0. New Jersey is 1-4-1 at TD Garden and 4-6-2 overall against the Bruins since the 2013-14 season.
Kyle Palmieri scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season and also added an assist. Taylor Hall had the lone assist on Palmieri’s goal and both are now tied for the team-lead with 42 pts. Devante Smith-Pelly also chipped in with his fourth goal of the year.
Dalton Prout played 18:56 TOI in his Devils’ debut.
Cory Schneider stopped 37 of 40 shots and fell to 19-20-10 this season.
Pavel Zacha (I.R., concussion, four games missed) has resumed skating with the team.
Jacob Josefson (upper body, two games missed) is day-to-day.
Michael Cammalleri (upper body, one game missed) is day-to-day/will be evaluated further.
Total man-games lost to injury-illness: 144
Mar. 4- Recalled Nick Lappin from Albany (AHL).
Mar. 1- Recalled Kevin Rooney from Albany (AHL). Acquired Dalton Prout from Columbus in exchange for Kyle Quincey. Acquired Shane Harper from Florida in exchange for Reece Scarlett. Acquired Nashville’s 2017 6th round pick in exchange for P.A. Parenteau. Assigned Seth Helgeson to Albany (AHL). Loaned/Recalled Joseph Blandisi, Blake Coleman, Miles Wood, Steven Santini to/from Albany (AHL).
Feb. 27- Placed Pavel Zacha on Injured Reserve, retroactive to Feb. 21. Recalled Blake Coleman from Albany (AHL). Signed Kevin Rooney to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Feb. 25- Seth Helgeson cleared waivers.
Feb. 24- Placed Seth Helgeson on waivers.
Feb. 21- Activated Kyle Quincey from I.R.
Feb. 18- Sergey Kalinin cleared waivers and was assigned to Albany (AHL). Acquired Viktor Loov from Toronto in exchange for Sergey Kalinin.
Feb. 17- Placed Sergey Kalinin on waivers.
Feb. 16- Activated Beau Bennett from I.R. Placed Kyle Quincey on I.R., retroactive to Feb. 4.
Feb. 14- Activated Jon Merrill from I.R.
Feb. 12- Activated John Moore from I.R.
Feb. 11- Recalled Joseph Blandisi from Albany (AHL).
DEVILS VS. BLUE JACKETS
Tonight is the second of four meetings between New Jersey and Columbus in 2016-17. The Devils are 1-0-0 against the Blue Jackets this season. The club defeated Columbus, 5-1, on Feb. 4 at Nationwide Arena. Taylor Hall led the way for the Devils with two goals and a season-high eight shots (tie, Nov. 5 at TB). Travis Zajac had one goal (PP) and one assist. Jacob Josefson and Seth Helgeson also scored for the Devils. It was the first goal of Helgeson’s NHL career.
Cory Schneider stopped 31 of 32 shots for his 16th win of the season.
New Jersey will close out their 14th of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Devils are 4-6-4 in first games and are 7-3-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The club is 8-7-3 against the Metropolitan Division and is 15-18-7 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.
New Jersey is 3-3-1 at Prudential Center but is 4-7-2 overall against the Blue Jackets since the 2013-14 season.
Record: 1-0-0 (1-0-0 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 5-1 (5-1 on the road)
Shots For/Against: 30-32 (30-32 on the road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-2 (50.0%)/2-2 (100.0%)
Leading Scorers: NJ- Hall (2g-2pts), Zajac (1g-1a-2pts), Henrique (2a-2pts).; CBJ- Calvert (1g-1pt), Karlsson (1a-1pt).
Goaltending: NJ- Schneider (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .969 save%); CBJ- Bobrovsky (0-1-0, 4.01 GAA, .862 save%).
Record: 13-9-4 (6-6-2 on the road)
Goals For/Against: 67-65 (38-42 on the road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Cammalleri (11g-11a-22pts), Hall (7g-9a-16pts), Zajac (6g-6a-12pts); CBJ- Dubinsky (15g-17a-32pts), Hartnell (12g-11a-23pts), Foligno (8g-8a-16pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ- Kinkaid (0-0-0, 5.73 GAA, .813 save%), Schneider (10-6-2, 2 ShO, 2.18, .924), Wedgewood (1-0-0, 1.00, .964); CBJ- Bobrovsky (7-4-1, 2.96 GAA, .899 save%), Forsberg (0-1-0, 3.04, .897), Korpisalo (1-1-0, 1.52, .938).
BLUE JACKETS CONNECTIONS
Devils Head Coach John Hynes served as an assistant coach with Columbus Head Coach John Tortorella on the United States’ 2016 World Cup of Hockey team…Kyle Palmieri, Cory Schneider and Brandon Dubinsky were teammates on Team USA’s 2016 WCH squad…John Moore was Columbus’ first choice, 21st overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft; he saw action in 86 games with the Blue Jackets from 2011-13… Dalton Prout was Columbus’ seventh choice, 154th overall in the 2010 Entry Draft; he appeared in 224 games with Columbus from 2011-17; traded to the Devils on Mar. 1 for Kyle Quincey…Columbus forward David Clarkson played six-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2006-13…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald and Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell were teammates with Nashville for parts of two seasons from 2000-02…Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron held the same position with Columbus for nine seasons prior to being hired by the Devils on July 31, 2015.
Ben Lovejoy- Needs 2GP for 400 in his career.
Andy Greene– Needs 4pts. for 200 as a Devil/career, 8GP for 700 as a Devil/career.
Kyle Palmieri– Needs 5a for 100 in his career, 7g for 100 in career, 1pt for 100 with NJ.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
ACE IN THE DOT
Travis Zajac was 22-29 in the faceoff circle on Feb. 19 at the NY Islanders. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Zajac’s 75.9% winning-percentage was the second highest in the NHL out of the 75 prior instances of a player taking 29+ faceoffs in a game this season (Patrice Bergeron, 23-29 (79.3%)).
Zajac’s 29 faceoffs on Feb. 19 was the fourth-most he’s taken in one game this season. On Feb. 27 vs. MTL, he won 20 of 30 draws (66.7%).
Cory Schneider ranks 5th in the NHL in save-percentage (.927) among goaltenders that have played in at least 10 games since Jan. 1. He has stopped 625 of 674 shots in his last 23 games.
On Dec. 22 vs. the Flyers, he stopped 16 of 16 shots for his 13th shutout with New Jersey. On Jan. 2, he stonewalled the Bruins, saving 22 of 22 shots. Schneider has 14 shutouts as a Devil and 23 in his NHL career. He is currently ranked second on the club all-time trailing only Martin Brodeur (124).
POWER PLAY HEATING UP
The Devils have scored on the power play in nine of the last 13 games. The Devils are 12-31 (38.7%) on the power play since Feb. 1, which ranks first in the NHL during that time-frame.
After starting the season 0-3-2 in their first five road games, New Jersey had points in eight straight games away from Prudential Center (7-0-1) until falling to the NY Islanders on Feb. 19. The Devils have out-scored their opponents 27-20 in the last nine road contests. The club is ranked first in the NHL with a 87.3% penalty-kill on the road and is second (tie, CGY, CAR, FLA) with five shorthanded goals.
Keith Kinkaid stopped 43 of 44 shots and 2 of 2 shootout attempts in a winning effort Dec. 29 at Wsh. It was his second 40+ save performance of the season. On Jan. 13 at Cgy. he saved 31 of 32 shots for his fifth win of the season. He stopped 35 of 36 shots Jan. 21 at Phi. He stopped 13 of 13 shots in relief of Cory Schneider on Jan. 24 vs. LA. Has a .913 save-percentage this season.
Had first career point Feb. 19 at NYI when credited with a secondary assist on Taylor Hall’s PP goal.
New Jersey suffered its first regulation loss at home on Dec. 9 vs. Stl., 1-4, after establishing a new franchise record, 8-0-2, for the longest streak of being undefeated in regulation at home to start a season (previously, 1987-88, 8-0-1). The Devils are 13-12-6 at home.
NOES-EN FOR THE NET
Stefan Noesen had two goals in his first two games with New Jersey since being claimed off waivers from Anaheim on Jan. 25. Noesen is the first Devil to score in his first two games with the club since Devante Smith-Pelly (Mar. 1-3, 2g-1a). Noesen had his first NHL assist on Feb. 14 vs. Col.
Damon Severson leads defensemen and is sixth on the Devils in scoring with 3g-24a-27pts. He has four multi-point games this season and is third on the club in assists. Severson surpassed his career-high of 21pts with an assist Jan. 17 at Min. in his 46th game of 2016-17. He had 1g-20a-21pts in 72 games played in 2015-16.
Metropolitan Division forward Taylor Hall became the only player to win back-to-back All-Star Game titles under the 3-on-3 format. Hall was a member of the Pacific Division team that won in 2016. He was a combined 1g-3a-4pts in two games, recording the lone assist on MVP Wayne Simmonds’ game-winning goal in the Final.
The Devils were 3-0-1 on their most-recent, four-game Western Conference road-trip, which made stops in Edmonton (2-3 OT), Calgary (2-1), Vancouver (2-1 OT), and Minnesota (4-3). Last season, the Devils were 2-2-0 when visiting those cities. New Jersey is 5-5-3 vs. the Pacific Division, 5-4-2 vs. the Central Division, and is 10-9-5 overall against the Western Conference.
ZAJAC CLIMBING THE FRANCHISE LEADERBOARD
Travis Zajac appeared in his 700th career game, all with New Jersey, on Oct. 13, 2016. He ranks 10th all-time in games played in Devils’ history and is 7th all-time among forwards. He passed Randy McKay for 9th all-time among skaters with 761 games Mar. 2 at Wsh. He tied Zach Parise (410pts) for 9th in Devils’ history on Dec. 3 at Nsh. Zajac scored 1g on Feb. 18 vs. NYI to tie Wilf Paiement (153g) for 9th all-time in franchise history. On Feb. 21 vs. Ott., he passed Bobby Holik for 9th all-time in franchise history with 271 assists.
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