DEVILS VS. AVALANCHE
Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Devils and Avalanche this season. The clubs will face off for their season-series finale Mar. 9 at Pepsi Center. New Jersey was 0-2-0 vs. Colorado in 2015-16 and was out-scored, 5-1.
The Devils are 4-4-2 against Central Division teams and are 9-9-5 vs. Western Conference opponents this season. New Jersey is 19-12-6 at home vs. the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise but have not defeated the club at Prudential Center since Mar. 15, 2011 (3 games, 0-2-1).
Beau Bennett has three points (2g-1a) in his previous two games vs. the Avs. Taylor Hall recorded eight goals and three assists (11pts) in his last 10 games vs. Colorado.
Michael Cammalleri and Colorado's Jarome Iginla were teammates with Calgary for parts of three seasons, 2008-09 & 2011-13…Damon Severson and Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie were teammates with Kelowna (WHL) in 2010-11…Jacob Josefson and Avs' winger Gabriel Landeskog played together with Djurgardens (Swe.) during the 2008-09 season…P.A. Parenteau played for Colorado from 2012-14, scoring 32g-44a-76pts in 103 games…Joseph Blandisi was drafted by the Avalanche in 2012 (6th round, 162nd overall)…Kyle Quincey spent parts of three seasons with the Avs from 2009-12…Eric Gelinas was drafted 54th overall (2nd round) by the Devils in the 2009 Draft and spent two-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2012-2016. He was traded the Avs for Colorado's 2017 3rd rd pick…Colorado's Assistant GM Craig Billington played five seasons with New Jersey over two separate stints: 1985-89 & 1991-93…Colorado Assistant Coach Dave Farrish served the Devils in the same capacity during the 1992-93 season…Avs' television broadcaster Peter McNab played two seasons with the Devils from 1985-87