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 (Perry Nelson)
(Perry Nelson)

The Devils lose their third game of the season to the Oiler, 6-3, in Edmonton.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Brian Gibbons, Edmonton Oilers, Taylor Hall
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Apr 2, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall (4) looks for a pass in front of Calgary Flames goaltender Joni Ortio (37) during the first period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Apr 2, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall (4) looks for a pass in front of Calgary Flames goaltender Joni Ortio (37) during the first period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

The New Jersey Devils have traded for Edmonton Oilers left winger Taylor Hall.

Hall, who was selected first overall in the 2010 NHL draft, played the last four seasons in Edmonton. There, he put up 233 points in 255 games played. Hall is under contract for four more seasons, where he will make $6 million per year.

In exchange, the Devils sent the Oilers defensemen Adam Larsson. Larsson played one season for the Devils. Larsson's deal extends five more years, where he will carry a cap hit of $4.16 million per year.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Taylor Hall

 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Lee Stempniak scored late in the second period to snap a tie and the New Jersey Devils ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the short-handed New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Kyle PalmieriSergey KalininAdam Larsson and Tyler Kennedy also scored, and rookie Joseph Blandisi assisted on the tying and go-ahead goals in the second period. Cory Schneider made 17 saves as New Jersey beat the Rangers for the third time in four games this season.

Kevin Hayes and Dominic Moore scored for the Rangers, who lost for only the third time in 10 games (7-2-1). Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding in making 31 saves.

The Rangers played without defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal and forward Rick Nash. They also played the third period without J.T. Miller, who received a match penalty late in the second for fighting against Kalinin with his hand taped.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Cory Schneider, Joseph Blandisi, Kyle Palmieri, Sergey Kalinin

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Mike Cammalleri, Reid Boucher and John Hynes talk about Cammalleri's return to the ice in the Devils' 4-2 win over the Flames.

Cory Schneider made nine of his 26 saves in the third period to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-2 over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Adam LarssonLee StempniakReid Boucher and Andy Greene scored for the Devils, who have won two straight after dropping three in a row.

Sean Monahan and Kris Russell scored for the Flames, who have lost four of five to drop to 20-21-3.

Jonas Hiller stopped 22 shots. >> Read more

Tags: Adam Larsson, Andy Greene, Cory Schneider, Reid Boucher

St. Louis gets a small measure of revenge on their home ice with a shutout over a snakebitten Devils team, who could not find an answer to the perfect play of Jaroslav Halak. This one drops the Devils' record to 22-21-11 on the season.

[sny-box]- Alex Steen is having the season of a lifetime. Tonight he netted his 27th of the year on a wrister from Jaden Schwartz and David Backes in the first. As it would turn out, that goal was also the game winner.

- The dominant Blues power play that the Devils stoned last time came through in a big way tonight, with Brendan Morrow deflecting a shot from Jay Bouwmeester to break the Devils midway through the third period. On the other side of the ice, the Devils went 0/4 on their power play opportunities.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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New Jersey earned an impressive win against an elite team in the St. Louis Blues. The Devs pulled out all the stops, finding a big reserve of goals for Cory, and treated the fans that braved the elements to a 7-1 victory. This win brings the Devils' record to 21-19-11 on the season.

[sny-box]Normally a slow starting team, the Devils manufactured two goals in the first three minutes from Mark Fayne and Ryan Carter.?Jaromir Jagr would add one off the skate at the midway point to make it three in the first.

The dominant Blues power play was blanked on all three opportunities, while New Jersey caught fire and went 3/4.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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New Jersey finished their four game road trip with a visit to Phoenix, and the Jobing.com Arena for a tough matchup with the Coyotes. ?The Devils and goalie Martin Brodeur struggled?early and couldn't quite complete the comeback, as they fell 3-2. ?This loss drops the Devils' record to 20-19-11 on the season.

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- The Coyotes struck first with a quick wrist shot from Jordan Szwarz?at 2:35 into the first period.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils bounced back tonight with an important, shutout win over a struggling Dallas Stars team at the Prudential Center. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 18-18-9 on the season.

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-?Michael Ryder?made the most of a perfect play and pass from Travis Zajac, snapping it past?Kari Lehtonen to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead midway through the second. ?This was Ryder's 15th goal of the season, and his third straight game lighting the lamp.?

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils came to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and fought off an offensive onslaught as they rallied back to beat the Capitals 5-4. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 15-15-7 on the season.

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- Marek Zidlicky with a first period, power play goal that came together after some great puck movement from Andy Greene, Jaromir Jagr, and the rest of the power play line. ?That's Zidlicky's 4th of the season, all of them coming on the power play

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils rallied to put together a decent effort, but could not overcome early mistakes as they fell to the?Pittsburgh Penguins from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA., by the score of 3-2. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 12-15-6 on the season.

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-?Pascal Dupuis?got the final touch as he and Chris Kunitz rushed?Corey Schneider?who thought he had the puck covered. ?A mental lapse from the goaltender and the defense that should have been back supporting him put the Devils on the wrong-end of their earliest deficit on the season.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils defeated the?New York Rangers for the third straight time, this one ending 4-3 in overtime from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. ?The win pushes the Devils to 12-13-6 on the season.

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-?Brad Richards scored on a 2 on 1 against Martin Brodeur?in the first period continuing his recent string of good play. ?He currently stands at 3 goals in his last 6 games.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The Los Angeles Kings took down the New Jersey Devils 2-0 at the Prudential Center in the first meeting between the two teams since the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. ?The loss drops the Devils to 6-8-5 on the season.

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-?Dwight King scored on a deflection from a point shot by Jake Muzzin?late in the 3rd period to give Los Angeles the lead that they would take to the end of the game.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils took down the?Philadelphia Flyers 2-0?from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.?with a well-earned bounce-back effort. ?The win pushes the Devils to 4-7-4 on the season.

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-?Adam Henrique scored on a deflection off of a blast from the point by Eric Gelinas in the first period.? This was the team?s first goal in six periods of hockey.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Eric Gelinas was recalled by the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday due to Bryce Salvador returning home because of a death in the family. It?s a great opportunity for Gelinas, who had a great camp, but don?t expect him to stick with the big club.

Gelinas had a great preseason, showing all the necessary tools to be a reliable NHL defenseman. Poise, physicality, speed, long reach and awareness. He looked like a 10-year NHL veteran when he was on the ice. Everything he did looked smooth. That?s a great sign. He has a shot to be the best all-around defenseman the Devils have had in years because of his raw talent. I?m not saying he?ll be exactly like him, but his stature, build and traits appear to be in the mold of a Zdeno Chara. Devils fans can only hope he?ll be close to his caliber.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Analysis, BRYCE SALVADOR, Eric Gelinas, Feature, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold, Prospect Buzz
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It's always great to answer some reader questions, especially now that we have quite a few games worth of information to go on. If you have a question, always feel free to tweet @SNYDevils.

Jonathan Harpula - @Starpula - Larsson for Yakupov? Who says no at this point?

Tags: Adam Larsson, Analysis, cory schneider, Discuss, Emptying The Bag, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold
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It might not count in the standings, but tonight we're finally treated to some Devils hockey for the first time since their April 27th loss at Madison Square Garden.

For some players, this is their first major chance to prove that they belong on the roster. For others, it's a chance to get some live game action and work towards being ready for the season.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexander Urbom, Analysis, cory schneider, Eric Gelinas, Gameday, Hockey, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NHL, Notes, Pregame Thoughts, preseason, Reid Boucher, Upcoming Matchup
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The New York Rangers looked like they had something to play for on Saturday afternoon.

The Devils did not.

New Jersey ended its disappointing campaign with a flat, uninspired effort in a 4-0 loss to New York at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Adam Larsson, ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Derek Stepan, Henrik Lundqvist, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Peter Harrold, Post Game, Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

If you didn't watch the first 10 minutes of today's game, you'd think it was one of the Devils' best efforts all season. Despite that (very) sub-par start, the Devils once again managed to "turn it on" after Pete DeBoer's timeout and just dominated the Panthers for the next 50 minutes. Some thoughts...

Wake-up call: The Pete DeBoer First Period Timeout should be sold in pharmacies across the country. It's best wake-up call I think I've ever seen. Why the Devils continue to need it -- especially in the throes of a desperate playoff chase -- is beyond me, but it certainly is the magical elixir this roster covets. The Devils came out painfully slow and were lacking any sort of energy. The Panthers were skating circles around them, getting to every loose puck. Both of Florida's goals were a result of out-efforting New Jersey, but that changed as soon as DeBoer called his infamous timeout. You could see him rotating his hand, signaling the Devils needed to pick up the energy. This wasn't one of those "settle down" timeouts. This was the "well-time expletive" version and it worked. Boy did it work. It took a few minutes but before long New Jersey was all over Florida, like a train that takes time to build up speed and then all of sudden is barreling down the tracks at 80 miles per hour. I know I've spent some time cracking on the Devils for their slow starts this season and their reliance on the P.D.F.P.T. (we might need a better acronym), but at this point, a win is a win is a win.

Tags: Adam Larsson, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Panthers, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

There's going to be a multitude of reactions to tonight's loss. Many will cite "puck luck" or the lack thereof. Others will claim a screwjob from the refs in the third period. Some will say Pete DeBoer isn't doing his job and needs to go, if only to shake up the team. I'll give you the first one. I may even listen to you on the second one, too. But this loss, like most of the last nine have not been the fault of one, Pete DeBoer. This loss, like this skid, is a combination of factors, but the blame resides largely on the ice. Some thoughts...

Car, meet wall: We talked about it in our pregame thread, the idea of a team struggling to score running into a very good goalie in Craig Anderson. We were concerned that if Anderson was on his game, it might not matter what the Devils did -- and after 60 minutes it was pretty clear that Anderson was going to win tonight no matter what the Devils did. Although he got a little help from the iron maidens, he did plenty of work on his own. At times, Anderson used excellent positioning to give the Devils almost nowhere to shoot. The rest of the time he flung his legs or his glove or his blocker (or the butt end of his stick) into the Devils' way (and faces). Flat out -- Anderson was a damn beast tonight. He might have missed too much time with a sprained ankle to still be considered for the Vezina, but he put on the type of late-season performance tonight that usually rockets a goalie's name to the top of the list. You know what tonight was? It was the Coyote vs. the Roadrunner. The Coyote painted the train tunnel on the rock, thinking it would fool the Roadrunner, who of course (through the miracle of dated animation) ran right through that tunnel. When the Coyote tried to follow, he either found himself flattened by a train or up against the rock. Craig Anderson was both the train and the rock tonight, sitting back and attacking and basically steamrolling a Devils team that basically gave everything it had and came up with nothing.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Senators, Sens, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Pete DeBoer announced at Friday's morning skate that neither Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) nor Bryce Salvador (wrist) will be in the lineup against the Senators tonight. Neither player participated in today's skate.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/322731344968957954

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/322731626775863298

Tags: Adam Larsson, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold
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The last time the Devils were in the midst of a lengthy losing streak, Pat Pickens and I got together and debated whether the Devils were in real trouble. Pat was a little more optimistic than me, although we both saw a chance for redemption. Then Ilya Kovalchuk got hurt and the Devils went off the rails. With eight games left, Pat and I faced a simple questions: Will the Devils make the playoffs? What follows is a quick answer to that question followed by a debate over why it happened, how to fix it and whether Pete DeBoer should be part of the solution or on the chopping block.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Debate, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Lou Lamoriello, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Stefan Matteau, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Zach Parise
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The NHL announced Thursday that Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov will be suspended four games for an elbow to the head of Bruins forward Brad Marchand roughly 15 minutes into the second period of Wednesday's game. The full video from Brendan Shanahan is below:

The suspension means Volchenkov will half of the Devils' remaining eight regular-season games.

It's one game more than I thought he could get, but I'm not surprised the NHL went up to four after watching the video. Shanhan harped on a few things. One, Volchenkov extended his elbow to the point where it became "reckless elbow contact to the head" of Marchand. Two, Marchand tried to avoid the hit and turned his head, but it doesn't change the fact that Volchenkov didn't pursue the puck and turned what could've been a legal body check into an illegal elbow. Three, Volchenkov was in control of the play and in control of his body and clearly pursued the elbow to the head instead of playing the body. Shanahan also referenced Volchenkov's prior suspension and Marchand's injury (likely concussion) as factors, so at least the NHL admits a player's injury status affects how they rule. When you watch the video, it's hard to disagree with the four-game ban, which is often the case with Shanny's home movies.

Tags: Adam Larsson, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Breaking News, Brendan Shanahan, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold, Shanaban, suspension
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If there's a phrase to sum up the Devils' 2013 season, I think "banged up" might be the most relevant term. New Jersey's injury problems have gotten to the point where players are missing games because of practice (WE TALKIN' BOUT PRACTICE!) injuries. Not a game, not a game. PRAC-TICE.

The latest additions to the injury report ledger were Adam Larsson and Johan Hedberg, who both missed Wednesday night's loss after being hurt in practice Tuesday. Larsson took a puck off his foot (from Anton Volchenkov, no less) and couldn't even put his foot in a skate yesterday. Thankfully, he's much better today.

https://twitter.com/KatieStrangESPN/status/322394018132676608

Tags: Adam Larsson, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils
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The Devils announced after Thursday night's loss that Bryce Salvador (wrist), Adam Larsson (hit by shot) and Johan Hedberg (back) would be re-evaluated Thursday. Larsson and Hedberg's injuries occurred during practice Tuesday, while Salvador left Wednesday's game in the second period after taking a Zdeno Chara shot to the hand/wrist area. Pete DeBoer was cagey on how serious the injury is, but listening to him and Martin Brodeur talk about their captain, things sound ominous.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/322177595678531584

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Tags: Adam Larsson, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils
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Adam Larsson took a shot off his leg at practice Tuesday and won't be in the lineup Wednesday night. He'll be replaced by Henrik Tallinder, which is not the only change in Pete DeBoer's lineup.

https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/321996163790282752

Once again Pete DeBoer is shuffling multiple bodies in and out of the lineup. It's a trick he's tried multiple times this season to varying effect. There's been games where the "trick" has sparked the club or seen a player skate like his ass is on fire, but that's usually just a one- or two-game fix. Mostly, it's been a short-term, half-torn, blood-stained bandaid over a gaping wound. They Devils have been searching for a left wing on the first line all season. They've been trying to find six reliable defensemen (despite having eight on the roster) all season. They've looked for reliable third- and fourth-line wingers while trying to find anybody with a 20-goal scoring touch (Hello, Matt D'Agostini). None of it works. This is all very "deck chairs on the Titanic" rather than trying to find a combination that works. If there were one, DeBoer would've found it by now.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, JACOB JOSEFSON, Lineup Changes, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer
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While the Devils wait for Steve Sullivan to arrive, Pete DeBoer has been tasked with filling out the lineup card for tonight's game in Boston. Does that mean the Devils are planning to put Tom Kostopolous back in despite getting knocked the EFF out on Monday? Or maybe Krys Barch returns? Eh, not so fast. DeBoer has something else in mind.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/319842387474137088

As you'll notice, Adam Larsson is unlikely to be one of those seven defensemen with Anton Volchenkov returning to the lineup. While it might seem a little odd, it actually makes a ton of sense. For one, Peter Harrold can play up front as well, which means he can easily eat up the seven minutes usually assigned to the fourth-line wingers. Also, Volchenkov's shot blocking will be seriously needed against the Bruins tonight, particularly considering how much some of their defensemen love to fire the puck at the net. I also like the idea because the Devils have pretty much had one problem defenseman per game for most of the season. Rarely do they get all six D-men clicking and playing well both individually and as a unit. Dressing seven defensemen allows DeBoer to "go with the hot hand," so to speak. For those of you worried about losing a forward for a team that already can't score -- it's not like pulling Kostopolous or Barch were going to help New Jersey put goals in the net. DeBoer has also been known to bury those guys and shorten his bench in tight games, which tonight should be if the Devils have a chance to win in the third. With all things considered, I like the idea on a game-by-game basis.

Tags: Adam Larsson, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold, Tom Kostopoulos

Tonight is the Devils' third game in four nights, leading to Pete DeBoer swapping things around on defense again.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/318741841673613316

DeBoer said at practice today that with the Devils playing a lot of games in a tight schedule, he'll be switching things up on defense. He wants to keep everyone fresh enough to avoid tired legs.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Devils, Devs, Lineup Changes, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold

From the Devils' optional skate Saturday:

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/318031275665539074

There's no word on who will come out of the lineup for Larsson, although my guess would be Peter Harrold, who did some extra work after this morning's skate. The Devils would have to clear a roster spot for Tallinder, who is currently on injured reserve.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Lineup Changes, New Jersey Devils

The Devils scored just about every way possible on Friday night.

Yet, they still blew a two-goal lead and lost a very important point.

New Jersey scored a shorthanded goal, on its power-play, an even-strength goal and even on a penalty shot. Still, the Devils lost 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout on Friday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alex Killorn, Andrei Loktionov, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Benoit Pouliot, BRYCE SALVADOR, Corey Conacher, Florida Panthers, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Matt D'Agostini, Nate Thompson, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, Teddy Purcell, Tom Kostopoulos, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Victor Hedman
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After being a healthy scratch for 11 games, Mark Fayne will be back in the lineup Friday night against the Lightning. In order to get Fayne in, someone must sit and tonight that person is Adam Larsson.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?I think it?s tough for anyone in that situation,? he said. ?But, at the same, you?ve got to understand why you?re sitting out, try to work on things. It?s always different too watching the game from up top. You get a different perspective on things. You see the game from a different angle and sometimes that can be helpful.?

Did Fayne understand why he was sitting out?

Tags: Adam Larsson, Devils, Devs, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

It was almost a storybook return, but history turned out to be too good to be true for Martin Brodeur. Still, after weathering a hectic first 10 minutes, the Devils responded with an excellent overall effort and have ended their most recent losing streak in impressive fashion. Some thoughts...

Marty: It may not have been history, but it was an excellent return for Brodeur, who single-handedly kept the Devils in the game long enough for them to find their sea legs. Brodeur's performance during the first 10 minutes of the first period was the shining example of what we wrote earlier this week. While Johan Hedberg was good enough, he wasn't Brodeur. He didn't have that extra level. Moose was likely to be beaten on the fifth shot of a rapid-fire barrage. Brodeur, on the other hand, was calm, cool, collected and his usual reliable self. Of course, he was blatantly exhausted at the end of that stretch, but thankfully the rest of the team took over from there, shutting the Hurricanes down so well even Drake would've been impressed. But it wasn't just those saves -- or his goal (yes, his goal) -- that stood out for me. It was all the little things that Brodeur does that make him such an excellent netminder even at the age of 40. One of those examples came during the first period when there was a turnover and Alexander Semin came rushing up the gut toward the puck. Moose might've dove at the puck and he might have disrupted Semin enough to be successful. It's a risky proposition we've seen Hedberg both win and lose this season. Instead, Brodeur stayed calm, stayed upright and came out just far enough that he forced Semin to shoot at one of several tiny windows. Semin, of course, nearly scored, rocketing a shot off the post just over Brodeur's shoulder, but that's a nearly impossible shot to make and it's the only one Brodeur gave him. Marty also made at least two or three excellent decision with the puck on his stick, deftly moving the play away from the net and helping the Devils get out of the zone. Brodeur's return will likely be remembered for his incredibly bizarre goal and those frantic first minutes, but it was the things that went unnoticed, things not seen in the box score that impressed me the most.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Andrei Loktionov, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Devils, Devs, Harri Pesonen, Hurricanes, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Tom Kostopoulos, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

I won't say the Devils "didn't deserve" to win that one, because that's not what happened tonight. Yes, the Devils allowed too many odd-man rushes and the offensive pressure and possession pretty much died in the third period. But the Devils also ran into a hot goaltender and were also the victim of some unfortunate bounces. All in all, it was a very good hockey game between two rivals fighting for the same land in the playoff landscape. Some thoughts...

Goalie class: First off, let me say that Johan Hedberg didn't play poorly at all. He played well, in fact. Hedberg was victimized by a bad bounce on one of the second goal and some sloppy nonexistent coverage of the trailer on the first goal. Moose managed to keep the Devils in the game on several occasions and his glove work (particularly on Nash in the third) was just phenomenal. The problem with Hedberg is that he's not on Henrik Lundqvist's level and when a goalie not on Lundqvist's level runs into an elite goalie that's playing well, it usually doesn't end well. Right before the third and deciding goal for the Rangers, Lundqvist made about four or five strong saves that only a select group of goalies can make. Devils fans witnessed it for almost two decades with Martin Brodeur, so they know what elite goaltending looks like. There's no denying that Lundqvist was maybe the main reason tonight's game ended the way it did. The good news for the Devils is they're finally getting Brodeur back, possibly as early as Thursday. That will help the Devils even the playing field a bit when they match up with the Rangers, Canadiens and Bruins later on this season and potentially in the playoffs.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Blueshirts, Broadway Blueshirts, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Postgame Thoughts, Rangers, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Bryce Salvador is wearing the captain's "C" this year, but his play certainly hasn't been up to that level.

Being that the Devils are at the half-way point of the season (OK, a couple games past it but cut us some slack), we decided to do some ?grades? for this team. Originally, this was supposed to be one full post, but after compiling them, it seems better to break them up into different pieces today. Earlier, we gave you our grades for the forwards. Next up, the defensemen.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Analysis, ANDY GREENE, Anton Volchenko, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Marek Zidlicky, Midterm grades, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside
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When you're guilty of multiple defensive breakdowns in the first period and no-show the entire second, it's highly unlikely that any sense of urgency in the third is going to save you. That was pretty much the story for the Devils as they went back into the losing side of the ledger Saturday. Some thoughts...

What are you waiting for: Remember when bad starts were the problem? Well, that's not exactly the case now -- the Devils' starts have actually been OK, but they haven't shown any urgency over the past three games until their backs are up against the wall in the third period. Thursday night the Devils did just enough to force OT, but tonight and the time before came up short. And it's not even just about the offensive side of their game. The Devils basically allowed the Hurricanes to walk into their zone time after time and showed absolutely no fight in clearing the crease. Two of the goals tonight were the direct result of Devils defenders allowing a Hurricane forward to stand right in front of Johan Hedberg and play the puck. That's simply unacceptable and has to change, because it doesn't look like the Devils are going to be able to score more than two or three goals on a regular basis. I'm starting to worry this is more than just a bad habit. I'm starting to worry this "is what it is." The defense is slow and sloppy, the offense is pressing and gripping their sticks too tight and Pete DeBoer showed at least four different versions of the "You gotta be kidding me" face tonight. I can only imagine what he said to them between the second and the third period that had them jumping out of their skates to start the period, but it's probably not along the lines of "Good job, good effort." Will things change tomorrow night against Winnipeg? Maybe, but I'm not holding my breath.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexander Semin, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Devils, Devs, Hurricanes, Jeff Frazee, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The Devils dropped a surprise injury on the public Saturday morning, announcing Bryce Salvador did not make the trip to Carolina due to an upper-body injury. The news caught everyone a little off-guard, since nothing relating to Salvador's injury had hit the public before. So what is it? and serious? Coach Pete DeBoer answered today:

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/310443220628828161

The news of the captain's injury also came one day after the team said Henrik Tallinder wouldn't make the trip to Carolina due to a lower-body injury. The two injuries leave the Devils with just six healthy defensemen for the moment and they don't plan to recall a defensman from Albany to fill out the roster. Part of that is probably because DeBoer says it's possible one, if not both, could play tomorrow against Winnipeg.

Tags: Adam Larsson, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils
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The Devils just announced that Bryce Salvador has an upper-body injury and did not make the trip to Carolina. He obviously will not play Saturday night, which means Adam Larsson is guaranteed to get back in the lineup against the Hurricanes.

The conspiracy theorists out there are wondering if the Devils concocted an "upper-body injury" for Salvador to give him the night off. The Devils' captain has struggled mightily of late, but it looks horrible when you scratch your captain. Is this injury the reason for the struggles or is it something more nefarious? Perhaps Pete DeBoer will come out and say Salvador is "banged up" or "sore" and the Devils decided to rest him for a night. Regardless, with Henrik Tallinder also being left behind in New Jersey, the Devils are suddenly very short-handed in Carolina. Man, good thing they carried eight defensemen, eh?

Tags: Adam Larsson, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils, News

Whether you think the Devils are or aren't in trouble, there's one thing we all agree on: New Jersey's forwards are producing far too little offense. In response, coach Pete DeBoer has tried all manner of different line combinations to jump-start his offense. With none of those changes working for more than a shift or two, DeBoer went all the way back at today's morning skate.

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We haven't seen those top two line combos since the first games following the Ponikarovsky trade. But wait! There's changes afoot on the back end, too.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexei Ponikarovsky, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, Pete Harrold, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Well, that got out of hand quickly. After a strong first period, the Devils seemed completely overwhelmed by the tempo of the game and just never got it going. All of the textbook problems were there and you have to wonder if Marty's late scratch may have played a factor. Some thoughts...

Funky: I delved into it briefly during the pregame post, but the Devils have been less than stellar over the past two weeks. During that stretch, they've failed to put together an overall game as strong and complete as some of their early season efforts. Is it the injuries and lack of depth catching up to them or is this the Devils team we should get used to seeing? I tend to think it's a bit of both. The Devils probably aren't as good as they showed in the first couple weeks, but they're certainly better than the team that lost 9-3 over the past two days. They're in a funk, which Pete DeBoer has been aware of for a few games now. DeBoer has tried to find a way to spark the Devils out of their funk, specifically using line changes to try to get players out of their comfort zones and force them back into doing some of the fundamentals of the Devils' gameplan. It's worked for some players (Travis Zajac's goal from Patrik Elias tonight), but for the most part the alterations have been unsuccessful in getting the Devils back to playing their basic game of forechecking, taking away the other team's best player and being responsible with the puck in their own zone. Is it time to panic? Not by a longshot, but the time to be concerned has definitely arrived.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Andrei Loktionov, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Jets, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Winnipeg Jets
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I floated the idea in yesterday's postgame recap of changing up Ilya Kovalchuk's point partner on the power play and I wanted to see what you guys thought. So vote in the poll and weigh in with any comments you might have below!

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Tags: Adam Larsson, ANDY GREENE, Devils, Devs, From The Stands, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils

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I'm not going to say the Devils stole this one, because they played well enough to win, but boy, the Caps' penalty problems certainly got them going in the third. With a noon start coming Saturday, this was a big win for the Devils and they could ice what's left of the Caps' season with a sweep of this two-game series. Some thoughts...

Dueling Russians: Alex Ovechkin came out firing on all cylinders in the first two periods, playing with the jump and speed that he used to display on a regular basis. There was the ridiculous undressing of Bryce Salvador and the spin move that left Henrik Tallinder useless and finally an end-to-end rush that he shot wide. It was vintage Ovechkin for 40 minutes and although he didn't score, it appeared only a matter of time before Ovi buried one. But then all of a sudden to star the third, Ilya Kovalchuk seemed liked a different player. Perhaps energized by Ovi's sudden resurgence or pissed off by his team's poor effort in the second period, Kovy was all over the ice in the third. Even before he scored the game-winning goal on a picture-perfect one-time setup from Patrik Elias, Kovy was rushing Caps goalie Braden Holtby and drawing penalties with strong work along the boards. It was always like Kovy realized there was nothing else going for the Devils tonight and took it upon himself to be the best player on the ice for the final 20 minutes. Of course, it helped that he basically played the entire period because of how much time the Devils spent on the power play during the third. Still, on nights like tonight, we're reminded that the Devils have something that only a handful of other teams have: a player that is the most skilled player 95 percent of the time he's on the ice. I mean, really, how many other players could've taken the shot that he scored the game winner on? Just fantastic.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Alex Ovechkin, Andrei Loktionov, Capitals, Caps, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Krys Barch, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Washington Capitals
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