DEVILS VS. SABRES
Tonight is the third and final regular-season meeting between the Devils and Sabres in 2016-17. New Jersey is 2-0-0 vs. Buffalo this season, having defeated the club, 2-1 OT, on Nov. 11 at KeyBank Center and 4-2 on Nov. 12 at Prudential Center. The last time the Devils swept Buffalo in a season-series was in 2014-15 (3-0-0).
Andy Greene scored the game-winner in overtime (penalty shot) on Nov. 11 and Kyle Palmieri had the GWG on Nov. 12. Taylor Hall leads the Devils in points, three assists (3pts), vs. Buffalo.
New Jersey is 6-8-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and is 12-13-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. The Devils are 4-1-0 at Prudential Center and are 8-2-1 overall vs. the Sabres since the 2013-14 season.
Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider are a combined 8-3-2 against Buffalo in their careers
Sabres' captain Brian Gionta played seven seasons with the Devils from 2001-09 and was a member of the 2003 Stanley Cup Championship team…Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero and Buffalo's Head Coach Dan Bylsma served in the same capacity and won a Stanley Cup Championship with Pittsburgh in 2008-09…John Hynes (2010-15) and Bylsma (2008-09) both served as Head Coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)…Hynes (1993-97) and Buffalo forward Jack Eichel (2014-15) both played college hockey at Boston University…Assistant General Manger Tom Fitzgerald's son, Casey Fitzgerald, was drafted by the Sabres in the third round (86th overall) at the 2016 NHL Draft…Sabres Assistant Coach Bob Woods was drafted by the Devils in the 10th round (201st overall) at the 1988 NHL Draft…Sabres' Player Development Coach Adam Mair played in 65 games with the Devils in 2010-11, recording 1g-3a-4pts and accumulating 45 penalty minutes…Devils' prospect Miles Wood was born in Buffalo…His father, Randy Wood, scored 60g-57a-117pts in 236 games with the Sabres from 1991-94.