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Pregame Notes: 12/23 Devils at Penguins

New Jersey Devils (13-13-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (21-8-5) 7PM • PPG Paints Arena • MSG+2 • TOJN

by New Jersey Devils / newjerseydevils.com

DEVILS VS. PENGUINS

Tonight is the second of five regular season games between the Devils and Penguins in 2016-17. New Jersey lost the first match-up on Nov. 26, 3-4 SO. Keith Kinkaid made a career-high 46 saves (+2/3 in SO) in the shootout loss.

Tonight the Devils wrap-up their seventh of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 2-3-2 in first games and is 3-1-2 in second games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 3-1-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division and are 7-6-5 against the Eastern Conference in 2016-17.

The Devils are 1-5-1 at PPG Paints Arena and are 6-6-2 overall against the Penguins since the 2013-14 season. 

Andy Greene has more points (6g-13a-19pts) vs. Pittsburgh than any other opponent. Michael Cammalleri has five points (3g-2a) over his last three games vs. Pittsburgh.

PENGUINS CONNECTIONS

Executive VP/General Manager Ray Shero was Pittsburgh's EVP/GM from 2006-14…Assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald held several positions with Pittsburgh from 2007-15, including serving as Assistant GM in 2014-15…Head Coach John Hynes spent six seasons with the Penguins' organization from 2009-15, including the past five seasons as Head Coach of their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine played for the Pens' organization from 2004-08 and served as an assistant coach under Hynes with W-B/Scranton from 2010-15…Senior Director of Player Personnel Dan MacKinnon spent the previous 10 seasons with Pittsburgh, including the last seven as Director of Player Personnel; he served in that role for their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship Team…Ben Lovejoy spent five-plus seasons with the Penguins (2008-13, 2014-16) and was part of their 2016 Stanley Cup Championship team…Beau Bennett played 129 games with Pittsburgh from 2012-16, scoring 16g-29a-45pts.

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