How, in case you were wondering, did legendary Devil Scott Stevens end up on Bruce Boudreau’s bench?
Stevens is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Wild. He runs the defense and is coaching a Wild defensive corps that has helped goalie Devan Dubnyk win 13 of his last 14 starts.
The connection? Scott Niedermayer.
When Boudreau first got the Minnesota job, Niedermayer, who worked with Boudreau on the Anaheim Ducks staff, called and said Stevens might be looking to get back into coaching. Boudreau told us this morning that he “drove across the country from Anaheim, CA to New Jersey to meet with him. And the rest, as they say, is history.”
Really? All the way across the country?
“Well, I was driving home to Hershey, PA for the summer anyway,” Boudreau said. “But I told Scott I was coming just for him.”
Minnesota (28-9-5), the Devils opponent tonight, is coming off of a win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday that moved them into first place in the Central Division and atop the Western Conference.
Stevens told us this morning that this Minnesota team reminds him of some of the Devils teams he’s played on.
“We can win different ways,” he said. “We can win a low scoring game or get timely goals when we need them, like we did for so many years in New Jersey.”
You can watch our chat with Stevens and Boudreau tonight on Devils Gamenight at 7:30 p.m. on MSG+.
Also in store is Damon Severson, Blake Coleman, Jacob Josefson and coach John Hynes on what really feels like a big game as New Jersey can improve to 3-0-1 on this four-game trip with a victory.
The Devils have won two straight, over Calgary and Vancouver, after getting the OT point in Edmonton. They will still be without Andy Greene (arm) and Vern Fiddler (lower body). It will be the same lineup with Cory Schneider in goal.
We’ll be live on MSG+ from Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center as the Devils try and take down the best team in the West, the Wild.