By John Schweibacher
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Make it 10 wins in 13 games for the New Jersey Devils, who bounced back from a loss with two straight wins for the third week in a row.
Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists and Cory Schneider posted his first shutout of the season in the Devils’ 4-0 win over the Penguins on Saturday at Prudential Center.
The victory came in general manager Ray Shero and head coach John Hynes’ first game against their former organization. Newcomers David Schlemko, Bobby Farnham and Lee Stempniak also scored goals in the win.
Here is a look at how all of the players acquired by Shero, who joined the Devils in May, have fared so far this season and where the top two rank in the NHL in 2015-16:
Most points — Devils players acquired via trade or free agency since end of 2014-15 season (through games of 11/15):
· Kyle Palmieri (6 goals, 14 points)
· Lee Stempniak (4 goals, 14 points)
· Sergey Kalinin (2 goals, 4 points)
· Jiri Tlusty (1 goal, 3 points)
· Bobby Farnham(2 goals, 3 points)
· John Moore (1 goal, 3 points)
· David Schlemko (2 goals, 3 points)
· Brian O’Neill (no points)
Most points — all NHL players acquired via trade or free agency since end of 2014-15 season (through games of 11/15):
· Patrick Sharp (Dallas, 7 goals, 15 points)
· Kyle Palmieri (Devils, 6 goals, 14 points)
· Lee Stempniak (Devils, 4 goals, 14 points)
· Joel Ward (San Jose, 8 goals, 14 points)
· Ryan O’Reilly (Buffalo, 5 goals, 14 points)
· Justin Williams (Washington, 3 goals, 13 points)
· Troy Brouwer (St. Louis, 4 goals, 12 points)
· Michael Frolik (Calgary, 4 goals, 12 points)
· Artem Anisimov (Chicago, 7 goals, 12 points)
Sergey Kalinin’s tie-breaking power-play goal with 2:27 left to play in the third period was the game-winner for New Jersey in its 3-2 win at Chicago last Thursday night. It was the Devils’ second win over the Blackhawks this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time that the Devils have won two games in one season against a defending Stanley Cup champion since 2009-10, when they won all six games they played against Pittsburgh. It is the first time New Jersey has won twice in the same regular season against a Cup holder from the other conference since they went 2-1-0 against the Edmonton Oilers in 1988-89.
The Devils were shut out for the first time this season, 2-0, by Jake Allen and the St. Louis Blues last Tuesday night in Newark. It was the second time in a row Allen posted a shutout in New Jersey, as the Blues won 1-0 in their lone visit to Prudential Center last season.
Here are the six teams that have posted consecutive shutouts on the road against the Devils:
· St. Louis: 1-0 on Nov. 4, 2014, Jake Allen 26 saves; 2-0 on Nov. 10, 2015, Allen 24 saves
· Pittsburgh: 3-0 on March 14, 2007, Jocelyn Thibault 25 saves; 5-0 on Nov. 5, 2007, Danny Sabourin 20 saves
· Ottawa: 1-0 on Dec. 22, 2001, Jani Hurme 23 saves; 3-0 on Dec. 18, 2002, Patrick Lalime 27 saves
· Colorado: 4-0 on June 7, 2001, Patrick Roy 24 saves (Game 6, Stanley Cup Final); 2-0 on Nov. 18, 2001, Roy 33 saves.
· Buffalo: 5-0 on April 6, 2000, Dominik Hasek 32 saves; 4-0 on Nov. 11, 2000, Hasek 23 saves; 1-0 on Feb. 22, 2001, Hasek 24 saves.
· Los Angeles: 3-0 on Nov. 4, 1997, Stephane Fiset 36 saves; 4-0 on Oct. 28, 1998, Fiset and manny Legace 40 saves
Plus: Cory Schneider. His first shutout of the season gave him two career shutouts against the Penguins — second in club history to Martin Brodeur, who had nine against Pittsburgh in the regular season.
Minus: Martin Havlat. Former Devil scored the game-winner against New Jersey in his St. Louis debut, but was placed on unconditional waivers later in the week after he asked for his release from the team due to personal reasons.