DEVILS VS. RANGERS
Tonight is the third of four games and the first of two to be played at Prudential Center between the Devils and Rangers in 2016-17. New Jersey is 0-1-1 against New York this season, falling 0-5 on Dec. 11 and 2-3 SO on Dec. 18 at Madison Square Garden. Kyle Palmieri leads the Devils with two points (2a) against the Rangers, while four other Devils have one point each.
New Jersey is looking to improve on their 8-6-2 record against Metropolitan Division teams. The club is 15-16-5 vs. the Eastern Conference this season. New Jersey is 6-5-1 against New York at Prudential Center and were 2-0-0 at home in 2015-16.
Joseph Blandisi has three points (1g-2a) in three career games vs. the Rangers. Adam Henrique has six points (1g-5a) in his last six games vs. NYR.
VP/GM Ray Shero's father, Fred, played three seasons with the Rangers from 1947-50 & served as their Head Coach from 1978-80...John Moore spent parts of three seasons with New York from 2013-15...Cory Schneider played under Rangers' Head Coach Alain Vigneault from 2008-13 when Vigneault served as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks...Devils' Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald and Rangers' F Kevin Hayes are cousins...P.A. Parenteau played 22 games for the Rangers in 2009-10...Rangers SVP/Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld was New Jersey's Head Coach for parts of three seasons from Jan. 26, 1988-Nov. 6 1989.