Tonight's game is the first of two between New Jersey and Anaheim this season. The clubs will meet again, Nov. 17 at Honda Center.
New Jersey is looking for its first win of the season. In 2015-16 the Devils were winless in their first four games (0-3-1).
The Devils were 0-2-0 vs. the Ducks in 2015-16. They were outscored, 2-9, by Anaheim over two games. New Jersey is 1-4-1 vs. Anaheim since the 2013-14 season and is 0-2-1 at home.
Ryan Kesler scored both game of the Ducks' winning goals against New Jersey in 2015-16. Taylor Hall had 1g-2a-3pts vs. the Ducks in 2015-16.
Cory Schneider did not face Anaheim last season. He is 4-3-1 in his career against the Ducks.
Record: 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home)
Goals Against: 2-9 (1-2 at home)
Shots For/Against: 47-45 (22-18 at home)
Power Play/Penalty Kill: 0-5 (0.0%)/2-3 (66.6%)
Leading Scorers: NJ Taylor Hall (1g-2a-3pts), P.A. Parenteau (2g-2pts), five others with 1pt.; Ana. Jakob Silfverberg (3g-1a-4pts), Ryan Kesler (2g-2a-4pts), Andrew Cogliano (1g-2a-3pts).
Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (0-2-0, 4.57 GAA, .810 save %), Yann Danis (0-0-0, 4.37, .667); Ana. none
Record: 16-12-2 (9-4-1 at home)
Goals For/Against: 81-76 (42-26 at home)
Career Leading Scorers: NJ Michael Cammalleri (16g-18a-34pts), Vernon Fiddler (5g-12a-17pts), Taylor Hall (4g-9a-13pts); Ana. Antoine Vermette (5g-8a-13pts), Ryan Kesler (6g-6a-12pts), Corey Perry (4g-4a-8pts).
Career Goaltending: NJ Keith Kinkaid (0-3-0, 4.97 GAA, .821 save %), Cory Schneider (4-3-1, 2.49, .906); Ana. Jonathan Bernier (2-2-1, 2.30, .917), John Gibson (1-0-0, 1.00, .963), Dustin Tokarski (0-0-1, 1.85, .889)
Connections: Kyle Palmieri was Anaheim's first choice (26th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft and spent the first five seasons of his NHL career (2010-15) with the Ducks…Devante Smith-Pelly was the Ducks' third choice (2nd round) 42nd overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft and appeared in 129 games with the team over four seasons from 2011-15…Scott Niedermayer, Ducks' Player Development/Off Ice, was a member of each of the Devils' three Stanley Cup Championship teams. He became the third player in franchise history to have his number (27) retired on Dec. 16, '11…Cory Schneider and Anaheim's Ryan Kesler & Kevin Bieksa were teammates in Vancouver from 2010-13…Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall and Cam Fowler won the Memorial Cup with Windsor (OHL) in 2010…Albany Devils' forward Blake Pietila and Ducks' goaltender John Gibson both won a Gold Medal with Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championships…Ben Lovejoy played 150 for the Ducks over two-plus seasons 2013-15…Anaheim's SVP, Hockey Ops. David McNab is the son of former Devils' General Manager Max McNab.
Adam Henrique - Needs 2g for 100 in his NHL career.
Taylor Hall - Needs 4a for 200 in his NHL career.
Kyle Quincey - Needs 3GP 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. He ranks 14th all-time in games played in Devils' history and is 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 142g-249a-391pts. Petr Sykora, 141g-228a-394pts, ranks 11th all-time in points. Zajac tied Claude Lemieux and Jamie Langenbrunner (142) for 13th all-time in Devils' history for goals on Oct. 15 at TB. Captain Andy Greene is the second-most current-tenured Devil, having played in 643 games with New Jersey.
Andy Greene has skated in 313 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.
P.A. PARENTEAU POINTS PRODUCING
P.A. Parenteau has points in his first two games with New Jersey (1g-1a). He was claimed on waivers by New Jersey from the NY Islanders on Oct. 11. Parenteau has a four-game points streak dating back to Apr. 7 last season while with Toronto. He's scored 4pts (2g-2a) over his last four games played.
THIS DAY IN DEVILS HISTORY
On Oct. 18, 2001, the Devils defeated the San Jose Sharks, 6-1, at Continental Airlines Arena. Patrik Elias matched his career-high with 5pts (3g-2a), Jason Arnott had 4pts (2g-2a) and Pierre Dagenais had one goal in the win. Martin Brodeur stopped 24 of 25 shots in the victory.