DEVILS VS. PENGUINS
Tonight is the fourth of five meetings between New Jersey and Pittsburgh this season. The Devils are 0-2-1 vs. the Penguins this season and are searching for their first win against their division rival since Mar. 23, 2016 (3-0). The clubs will meet for their season-series finale on Apr. 6 at Prudential Center.
The Devils are 9-9-3 vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 16-20-7 against Eastern Conference opponents. Tomorrow's match concludes the Devils' 15th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 5-6-4 in first games and is 7-4-3 in second games of back-to-backs.
Kyle Palmieri has scored at least one point in each of his last five games against the Penguins (4g-2a). Taylor Hall has three assists over his last three games vs. Pittsburgh.
Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero was Pittsburgh's EVP/GM from 2006-14…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald held several positions with Pittsburgh from 2007-15, including serving as Assistant GM in 2014-15…Head Coach John Hynes spent six seasons with the Penguins' organization from 2009-15, including five seasons as Head Coach of their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine played for the Pens' organization from 2004-08 and served as an assistant coach under Hynes with W-B/Scranton from 2010-15…Senior Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon spent the previous 10 seasons with Pittsburgh, including the last seven as Director of Player Personnel; he served in that role for their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship Team…Ben Lovejoy spent five-plus seasons with the Penguins (2008-13, 2014-16) and was part of their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship team…Beau Bennett played 129 games with Pittsburgh from 2012-16, scoring 16g-29a-45pts…Penguins' Assistant GM Bill Guerin was the Devils' first choice (5th overall) in the 1989 NHL Draft. He skated in 380 games with New Jersey over the course of seven seasons 1991-98, and was a member of the 1995 Stanley Cup Championship team.