New Jersey Devils

Devils’ leading goalscorer Cammalleri (jaw) out vs. Pens

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New Jersey will be without prized free agent acquisition Mike Cammalleri tonight when it takes on the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Cammalleri, who leads the club with five goals in eight games, is sidelined with a jaw injury suffered during Friday’s shootout loss to Dallas, per NJ.com.

Despite the injury, Cammalleri played in Saturday’s 3-2 OT win over Ottawa, though he was largely a non-factor in just under 20 minutes of ice time, going scoreless while failing to record a shot on goal, blocked shot or hit.

The 32-year-old winger, who signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Devils on the opening day of free agency, has been a really solid pickup thus far. Cammalleri had at least one point in New Jersey’s first five games of the season and currently sits second on the team in scoring, behind Adam Henrique (eight points).

Devils’ Schneider is ‘prepared’ to play 70+ games

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During his incredible career with the New Jersey Devils, Martin Brodeur played at least 70 games 12 different times. The NHL still has its fair share of “workhorse” goalies, yet we haven’t seen someone shoulder the burden of 70+ games since 2011-12.*

In his first season as an unquestioned No. 1, Cory Schneider told the Newark Star-Ledger that he’ll gladly aim for such a haul.

“I’m very prepared,” Schneider said. “You try to take it game by game, or in smaller segments. If you think about it as an 82-game season it gets pretty overwhelming and you sort of lose focus on what’s coming up next. For me it’s more about the next game than trying to figure out what I’m going to feel like 30, 40 50 games in.”

That’s a pretty ambitious goal for a netminder who set a career-high with 45 games played last season.

Granted, the 28-year-old transitioned from a playing time tug-of-war with one potential Hall-of-Famer (Roberto Luongo) in Vancouver to a certain one in Brodeur, so it’s not as though we can openly question his conditioning.

Schneider discussed the “mental and physical side of things,” yet the team’s schedule will be the biggest hurdle.

“The schedule is going to dictate a lot,” Schneider said. “We’ve been fortunate to have a pretty broken-up start here where I’m able to handle it. But I know next month things get pretty hectic. Clemmer has been working hard and we have a lot of faith in him to step in there and play games when he has to. I’m sure we’ll find times to manage the schedule almost mores than managing myself.”

Indeed, it might be tough to pull this off, even ignoring NHL trends. The Devils came into 2014-15 tied for the second-most back-to-back sets with 18, and they’ve only knocked one of those out (Schneider went 1-0-1 this past Friday and Saturday).

As far as backups go, the Devils have two interesting-if-flawed options in veteran Scott Clemmensen and young goalie Keith Kinkaid.

Many believe that the Devils could be a “bubble team” this season, which means that they might need to lean on Schneider quite a bit more than what’s become the norm in the NHL. At least he sounds like he’d prefer it that way, though.

* – Three goalies did so then: Pekka Rinne (73 games played), Jonas Hiller (73) and Miikka Kiprusoff (70).

Sharks’ John Scott suspended two games

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San Jose Sharks tough guy John Scott has been suspended two games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for leaving the players’ bench on a legal line change to start an altercation.

The incident occurred Sunday night during the Sharks’ 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.

The Department of Player Safety cited Rule 70.2 in Scott’s suspension, which states, “A player who has entered the game on a legal line change or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) who starts an altercation maybe subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.”

Scott’s suspension is the first under new Senior Vice President of Player Safety, Stephane Quintal.

In the video outlining the reasoning for the suspension, Patrick Burke says during the Monday hearing, Scott admitted his intent when coming off the bench was to challenge Tim Jackman.

Scott will forfeit $17,073.18 in salary and miss San Jose’s games Tuesday in Colorado and Thursday in Minnesota. Scott broke into the NHL with the Wild during the 2008-09 season.

Two seasons ago, while with the Sharks, Ryane Clowe was suspended two games for a similar incident.

Goalie nods: Kuemper looks to stay hot, Tokarski gets second start

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Kuemper, so hot right now

The numbers on Darcy Kuemper through five games are pretty outstanding: 4-1-0, .966 save percentage, 0.80 GAA and three (count ’em!) shutouts. Tonight, he’ll look to bolster those stats against the New York Rangers, who head into this contest on the heels of Saturday’s loss to Montreal, in which they scored just once on 35 shots.

Speaking of the Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist will get his eighth start of the season tonight, tying him with New Jersey’s Cory Schneider for most among NHL netminders.

Habs turn to Tokarski

The Habs begins the first of a back-to-back Alberta series tonight in Edmonton — they face Calgary tomorrow — and they’ll lead things off with Dustin Tokarski, making his first start since Oct. 9.

Tokarski was stellar that night, stopping 29 of 30 shots in a shootout win over Washington. Tokarski was less impressive in his second outing, though, getting shelled for three goals on 18 shots in relief of Carey Price during a loss to Tampa Bay.

Tonight, he’ll take on Ben Scrivens, who has played very well for Edmonton lately and was rewarded with the NHL’s second star of the week on Monday.

Related: The Habs have been really good…except they haven’t, really

Ex-Wild, Devils forward Palmieri returns to Germany

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Nick Palmieri is headed back to Europe.

Germany, specifically — on Monday, DEL club Schwenninger announced they signed the former New Jersey and Minnesota forward to a deal, bringing Palmieri back to Germany for the second time in as many years (last season, he spent time with EHC Red Bull Munchen.)

Palmieri, 25, was New Jersey’s third-round pick at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and scored a career-high 17 points in 43 games for the Devils during the 2010-11 season. He later landed Minnesota as part of the Marek Zidlicky trade and appeared in nine games for the Wild during the 2011-12 campaign, averaging over 10 minutes per.

This fall, he was in Ottawa’s camp on a PTO and released just prior to the start of the regular season.