New Jersey Devils (0-0-1) at Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0-0)
7:00 PM ET • Amalie Arena • MSG+2 • Sports Radio 66 AM & 101.9 FM WFAN
Tonight's game is the first of three against Tampa Bay in 2016-17. The two teams will finish their season series in the span of three weeks. The clubs meet again Oct. 29 at Prudential Center and Nov. 5 at Amalie Arena.
New Jersey was 0-3-0 vs. Tampa Bay in 2015-16 and was outscored 11-3 over three games. New Jersey was 1-8 (12.5%) on the power play and 14-15 (93.3%) on the penalty kill. Despite being swept in the season series last season, the Devils are 8-3-2 against the Lightning on the road and 18-8-2 overall vs. Tampa since 2008-09.
Adam Henrique has 14 points (6g-8a) in 16 career games vs. the Lightning.
Sergey Kalinin led the Devils in scoring with two goals (2pts) vs. Tampa Bay in 2015-16.
Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid are a combined 3-3-2 vs. Tampa Bay all-time.
Record: 0-3-0 (0-1-0 on road)
Goals Against: 3-11 (1-3 on road)
Shots For/Against: 69-94 (26-36 on road)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 1-8 (12.5%)/14-15 (93.3%)
Leading Scorers: NJ - Sergey Kalinin (2g-2pts), three others with 1pt. each; TB: Nikita Kucherov (1g-3a-4pts), Cedric Paquette (1g-2a-3pts), seven others with 2pts. each.
Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (0-1-0, 3.02 GAA, .875 save %), Cory Schneider (0-2-0, 3.02 GAA, .915 save %); TB: Ben Bishop (3-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .957 save %)
Record: 54-26-11 (23-13-8 on road)
Goals For/Against: 292-211 (131-105 on road)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ- Travis Zajac (5g-13a-18pts), Adam Henrique (6g-8a-14pts), Andy Greene (2g-8a-10pts); TB: Ryan Callahan (10g-18a-28pts), Steven Stamkos (15g-11a-26pts), two others tied with 9pts. each.
Career Goaltending: NJ- Keith Kinkaid (1-1-1, 2.84 GAA, .892 save %), Cory Schneider (2-2-1, 3.15 GAA, .895 save %); TB: Ben Bishop (7-2-1, 1.31 GAA, .949 save %).
Tampa Bay Connections
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.
Adam Henrique - Needs 2g for 100 in his NHL career.
Taylor Hall - Needs 4a for 200 in his NHL career.
Kyle Quincey - Needs 4GP for 500 in his NHL career.
DEVILS IN DETAIL
Travis Zajac appeared in his 700th career game, all with New Jersey, on Oct. 13, 2016. His games-played ranks 14th all-time in Devils' history and 8th all-time among forwards. Bruce Driver is 13th all-time with 702 career games with the Devils. Zajac ranks 12th all-time in franchise history with 141g-249a-390pts. Petr Sykora, 141g-228a-394pts, ranks 11th all-time in points. Zajac is also one goal away (141) from tying Claude Lemieux and Jamie Langenbrunner (142) for 13th all-time in Devils' history for goals. Captain Andy Greene is the second-most current-tenured Devil, having played in 642 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 312 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.
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.
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 two career NHL games.
THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY
The Devils began their 1995-96 season 4-0 after defeating the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. Jim Dowd and Stephane Richer each scored one goal and one assist, while Sergei Brylin and Valeri Zelepukin added markers of their own. Martin Brodeur made 16 saves on 19 shots in the victory.
Michael McLeod, the Devils' 2016 first-round, 12th overall, draft choice, has 1g-6a-7pts in four games with Mississauga (OHL). The 18-year-old signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Devils on Oct. 7 after attending Devils Training Camp.