New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) at Boston Bruins (0-0-0)
7:00 PM • Dunkin’ Donuts Center (Providence, RI)
Shero’s Devils Take The Ice:Ray Shero was named the fourth general manager in team history on May 4, 2015. Prior to joining the Devils, he spent eight seasons, 2006-07 through 2013-14, as executive vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, During that time, the team compiled a 373-193-56 (.645) mark, won the 2009 Stanley Cup Championship, two consecutive Eastern Conference titles in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and had three first-place divisional finishes. Shero received the General Manager of the Year Award in 2012-13, as voted on by the 30 NHL GMs, a panel of NHL executives, as well as print and broadcast media.
Hynes Leads New Coaching Staff: John Hynes was introduced as the 17th head coach in Devils’ history June 2, 2015. He joined the organization after spending the previous six seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), including the past five years, 2010-11 through 2014-15, as head coach. Hynes led the Penguins to a 231-126-10-17 (.637) mark during his tenure, including five straight 40-plus victory campaigns and five consecutive playoff berths, which included back-to-back AHL Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2012-13 and 2013-14. On June 17, Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine were named assistant coaches. Ward was named the German Ice Hockey League’s Coach of the Year in 2014-15 after leading Adler Mannheim to the championship. Nasreddine spent the previous five seasons as an assistant under Hynes with Wilkes-Barre. Chris Terreri returns as goaltending coach, marking his 27th season with the organization and 15th as a member of its coaching staff.
Zacha, Quenneville Expected to Play:Pavel Zacha and John Quenneville, New Jersey’s most recent first-round selections, are both expected to see action tonight. The Devils selected Zacha, who spent last season with Sarnia (OHL), with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Quenneville was chosen 30th overall by the Devils in 2014 and is looking to make his first NHL pre-season appearance after signing his entry-level contract on July 13.
Welcome Home, Kyle: On June 27, the Devils acquired Montvale, NJ native Kyle Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for the 41st pick (previously acquired from Florida) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and third-round choice in the 2016 Draft. He’s expected to be in the lineup tonight. Palmieri will join Jim Dowd as just the second player from New Jersey to ever skate for the Devils. Palmieri played two seasons of high school hockey at St. Peter’s (Jersey City) from 2005-07 before joining the U.S. National Development Program. He was Anaheim’s first pick, 26th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft and played one season at the University of Notre Dame before beginning his NHL career with the Ducks in 2010-11. Palmieri recorded 14g-15a-29pts and 37 PIM in 57 appearances with Anaheim last season and has career totals of 43g-46a-89pts and 90 PIM in 198 NHL games.
Finding Providence: The Devils are playing a pre-season game in Providence for the first time since their 4-2 loss to the Bruins on September 28, 2001. Turner Stevenson and Sergei Brylin each scored for New Jersey. Scott Clemmensen (20 saves) went the distance in goal for the Devils.