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Pregame Notes: 1/17 Devils at Wild

New Jersey Devils (18-18-9) at Minnesota Wild (28-9-5) 8PM ET • Xcel Energy Center • MSG+ • TOJN/WFAN

by James Stolfi / newjerseydevils.com

DEVILS VS. WILD

Tonight is the second and final regular season meeting between the Devils and Wild. New Jersey defeated Minnesota, 2-1 OT, Oct. 22 at Prudential Center. Taylor Hall scored the overtime goal for the Devils and Cory Schneider stopped 28 of 29 shots against for the victory.

The Devils are 3-4-2 against the Central Division and are 8-7-4 against Western Conference opponents. New Jersey is 4-4-1 all time at Xcel Energy Center and has defeated the Wild in each of their last three games.

Adam Henrique has 6 points (3g-3a) over his last five games vs. Minnesota.

WILD CONNECTIONS

Seth Helgeson is a native of Faribault, MN and played college hockey for University of Minnesota (WCHA/Big 10)…Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero is a native of St. Paul, MN…Head Coach John Hynes coached Ryan Suter as an assistant with the USDP-17 in 2001-02, the 2002 World Under-18 Championships & at the 2004 World Junior Championships…Wild F Zach Parise played seven seasons with the Devils and served as captain during his final season with the club 2011-12…Former Devils' assistant coach and captain, Scott Stevens, is an assistant coach for Minnesota…As a player, he captained the Devils from 1992-2004, won three Stanley Cup Championships, and the 2000 Conn Smythe Trophy…He served the Devils as a special assignment coach from 2009-2012, as an assistant coach in 2012-14, and as a co-coach for part of the 2014-15 season…Former Devils' defensemen Brad Bombardir and Ricard Persson both currently hold positions with the Wild; Bombardir is Minnesota's Director of Player Development, while Persson serves as a European scout.

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