DEVILS VS. BLUE JACKETS
Tonight is the fourth and final meeting between the Devils and Blue Jackets in 2016-17. New Jersey is 1-2-0 against their division rival this season and have been shut out in their last two games, 0-3 and 0-2, respectively.
New Jersey is 3-4-1 at Prudential Center and is 5-9-2 overall vs. Columbus since the 2013-14 season. The Devils are 9-10-3 vs. Metro Division opponents and are 16-21-7 against the Eastern Conference.
The club is 1-3-0 overall and is 0-2-0 at Prudential Center in matinee games this season.
BLUE JACKETS CONNECTIONS
Devils Head Coach John Hynes served as an assistant coach with Columbus Head Coach John Tortorella on the United States' 2016 World Cup of Hockey team…Kyle Palmieri, Cory Schneider and Brandon Dubinsky were teammates on Team USA's 2016 WCH squad…John Moore was Columbus' first choice, 21st overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft; he saw action in 86 games with the Blue Jackets from 2011-13…Dalton Prout was Columbus' seventh choice, 154th overall in the 2010 Entry Draft; he appeared in 224 games with Columbus from 2011-17; traded to the Devils on Mar. 1 for Kyle Quincey…Columbus forward David Clarkson played six-plus seasons with New Jersey from 2006-13…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald and Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell were teammates with Nashville for parts of two seasons from 2000-02…Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron held the same position with Columbus for nine seasons prior to being hired by the Devils on July 31, 2015.