New Jersey Devils 3 vs. Carolina Hurricanes 2
David Schlemko scores game-winner at 16:55 of the third period.Team Notes
• New Jersey snapped a two-game losing streak at Prudential Center & improved to 8-8-3=19pts at The Rock overall.
• The Devils are now 2-1-0 vs. Carolina this season & improved to 12-3-1=25pts vs. the Hurricanes at Prudential Center all-time.
• The Devils are 6-6-1=13pts vs. the Metropolitan Division this season, including 3-2-1=7pts at home.
• New Jersey has points in nine of its last 13 (6-4-3=15pts) & 12 of its last 18 games (8-6-4=20pts).
• The Devils outhit the Hurricanes, 23-8.
• Carolina outshot New Jersey, 28-24.
• Tonight’s contest opened the Devils’ fifth of 12 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 2-2-1 in first games and 1-1-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates. The Devils will not play another back-to-back set until Feb. 8-9 (at NY Rangers; vs. Edmonton).
• Tonight’s contest was the final game to played at Prudential Center in 2015. The Devils finished 22-16-6=50pts at The Rock during the 2015 calendar year.
Keith Kinkaid (26 saves) improved to 3-4-0 on the season.
David Schlemko scored his second game-winning goal of the season/his career (also, Nov. 14 vs. Pittsburgh) at 16:55 of the third period. He has four goals overall this season, which ties his career-high (also, 2010-11).
Kyle Palmieri scored his 16th goal of the season at 7:14 of the third period to tie the game at 2-2. He has goals/points in three straight (3g-1a-4pts) & has 9g-4a-13pts over the last 15 contests.
Bobby Farnham returned to the lineup after missing eight games with an upper body injury and scored an unassisted goal at 6:06 of the second period to tie the game at 1-1. It was Farnham's fourth goal of the season/first since Nov. 17 at Calgary (eight games).
Travis Zajac recorded 2a, including the primary helper on Schlemko's game-winner, for his first points since Dec. 1 vs. Colorado (five appearances). It was his fourth multiple-point game of the season.
Jon Merrill collected the primary assist on Palmieri's goal. He has recorded 1a in each of his last two appearances (Dec. 22 at Detroit).
Lee Stempniak also assisted on Schlemko's goal and now eight (2g-6a) game-winning points on the season. He has points in nine of the last 13 games (3g-6a-9pts) and, with 8g-19a-27pts overall, needs just 1pt to match his total from all of last season (15g-13a-28pts in 71 games).
Andy Greene played in 266th consecutive game, dating back to Mar. 6, 2012, and has tied Aaron Broten (266, Dec. 6, 1982-Feb. 15, 1986) for the seventh-longest such stretch in Devils’ history. Broten is also sixth on the list, having appeared in 288 straight games from Mar. 27, 1986-Jan. 4, 1990. 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.
Jacob Josefson did not dress; he had played in a career-high 72 straight games, dating back to Jan. 19.
Tuomo Ruutu (ill) was unable to play.
Patrik Elias, who was placed on Injured Reserve prior to the game, missed his third straight contest.