DEVILS VS. BRUINS
Tonight is the third and final meeting between New Jersey and Boston in 2016-17. The Devils are 1-1-0 against the Bruins this season. The club fell, 2-1, on Oct. 20 at TD Garden, then defeated the B's, 3-0, on Jan. 2 at Prudential Center.
Tonight also opens-up New Jersey's 14th of 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. The Devils are 4-5-4 in first games and are 7-3-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The club is 7-10-4 against the Atlantic Division and is 15-17-7 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.
New Jersey is 1-3-1 at TD Garden but is 4-5-2 overall against the Bruins since the 2013-14 season. Taylor Hall had two points (1g-1a) in his last game vs. Boston on Jan. 2. Cory Schneider shut-out the Bruins for the first time in his career, stopping 22 shots, in that same contest.
Cory Schneider is from Marblehead, MA…Assistant Coach Geoff Ward served with the Bruins in the same role from 2007-14…Schneider, Steven Santini, Miles Wood and Goaltending Development Coach Scott Clemmensen all attended Boston College…Kevin Rooney was born in Canton, MA and played high school hockey for Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA…Prospect J.D. Dudek (6th round/2014), currently plays for B.C…Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero's son, Chris, also plays for the Eagles, as does Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald's son, Casey, (Buffalo's third round pick in 2016)…Fitzgerald hails from Billerica, MA…Head Coach John Hynes played three seasons at Boston University and also served as an Assistant Coach at B.U. for two seasons from 1996-98…Development/Skills Coach Pertti Hasanen served B.U. as an assistant coach for five seasons (1988-90, 1995-98)…Boston's Assistant Coach Jay Pandolfo played 13 seasons in New Jersey and was a member of its 1999-00 and 2002-03 Stanley Cup Championship teams…Bruins' Development Coach Jamie Langenbrunner played nine seasons with the Devils from 2002-11, served as captain from Dec. 5, 2007-Jan. 7, 2011 & was a member of the 2003 Championship team…Boston's scout Tom McVie served as Devils' Head Coach for parts of three seasons: 1983-84, 1990-91 & 1991-92.