This is the first of three meetings between the clubs and the Devils' only visit to Boston this season. The Devils are 1-6-2 in Boston since 2011-12.
2. Tonight's starter Cory Schneider, a native of Marblehead, Mass., is 1-2-0 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in three career games against the Bruins. He made 36 saves in his lone win vs. Boston while with Vancouver.
3. Travis Zajac, who returned from injury last night against Anaheim, has seven points (4g-3a) in his last six games against the Bruins.
4. Jordin Tootoo is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch against the Ducks. Patrik Elias will be scratched.
5. New Jersey’s PP unit is 13-for-52 on the road this season, which ranks third in the NHL (25.0%). The Devils have converted 20.5% (23/112) of their opportunities overall, which ranks 10th overall.
6. Several Devils have connections to the Boston area: Bobby Farnham was born in North Andover, Mass.; assistant coach Geoff Ward served with the Bruins in the same role from 2007-14; Schneider and Stephen Gionta attended Boston College; Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero’s son, Chris, currently plays for Boston College, as does assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald’s sons Ryan (Boston’s fourth round pick in 2013) and Casey. Fitzgerald hails from Billerica, Mass.
Coach John Hynes played four seasons at Boston University and also served as an Assistant Coach at B.U. for two seasons from 1996-97.
The Bruins organization also has multiple Devils connections: head coach Claude Julien spent the majority of the 2006-07 season behind the Devils’ bench; Boston’s director of player development Jay Pandolfo played 13 seasons in New Jersey and was a member of the 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 and was a member of the 2003 Championship team.