DEVILS VS. KINGS
Tonight is the second of two games between the Devils and Kings in 2016-17. New Jersey lost its first match-up, 4-2, vs. Los Angeles on Nov. 24 at Staples Center. John Moore and Nick Lappin each scored for New Jersey while Cory Schneider stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss.
The Devils are 5-3-2 against the Pacific Division and are 9-7-4 vs. Western Conference opponents. New Jersey won their last game against Los Angeles at the Prudential Center, 1-0, when Keith Kinkaid stopped 28 shots for the first shutout of his NHL career. The club is 4-3-0 vs. LA since the 2013-14 season.
New Jersey has won four of its last five games entering tonight.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero was selected by Los Angeles in the 11th round (216th overall) of the 1982 NHL Draft…Michael Cammalleri was Los Angeles' third choice (second round), 49th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. He played five seasons with the Kings from 2002-08…Andy Greene, Jeff Zatkoff and Alec Martinez were teammates at the University of Miami of Ohio (CCHA) in 2005-06…Travis Zajac and Matt Greene both played for the University of North Dakota (WCHA) in 2004-05…Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall and Jordan Nolan were teammates with Windsor (OHL) for two seasons 2006-08…Kings' Head Coach Darryl Sutter is the brother of former Devils' Head Coach Brent Sutter…Beau Bennett hails from Gardena, California.