DEVILS VS. RED WINGS
Tonight is the New Jersey Devils final game of 2016-17. The Devils are 16-14-3 all-time in season-closing games and are 11-17-5 in final road games. Tonight also closes New Jersey's 18th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. The club is 5-9-4 in first games and is 7-6-4 in second games of back-to-backs.
Tonight's game also marks the final NHL game at Joe Louis Arena. New Jersey is 13-19-2 all-time in Joe Louis Arena. It is the third game between the Devils and Red Wings this season. New Jersey is 1-0-1 vs. Detroit this season, falling, 5-4 OT, on Nov. 25 at Prudential Center and winning, 4-3, on Jan. 31 in Detroit. The Devils are 7-12-4 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 18-28-7 against the Eastern Conference.
Kyle Palmieri has nine points (4g-5a) over his last seven games vs. Detroit.
RED WINGS CONNECTIONS
John Hynes spent six seasons, 2003-09, as Head Coach of USA Hockey's National Development Program, which was based out of Ann Arbor during his tenure…Kyle Palmieri (2007-09) and Jon Merrill (2008-10) also played for the Nat'l Program…Andy Greene hails from Trenton, MI…Jon Merrill was born in Oklahoma City, OK but grew up in Brighton, MI…Merrill and Michael Cammalleri both attended the University of Michigan…Merrill and Detroit's Luke Glendening were teammates at UM for two seasons 2010-12…Red Wings' F Drew Miller was born in Dover, NJ…Kyle Palmieri and Riley Sheahan were teammates at Notre Dame (CCHA) in 2009-10. Stefan Noesen played for the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) from 2009-13.