On Tuesday night the Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at Bell Centre. Boring!

Martin Brodeur stopped all but one Canadiens' shot. It was like watching paint dry while listening to a presentation about a timeshare.

Mark Fayne, a defenseman, who didn't record a point, was the third star of the game. Taking the SATs is more exciting than that.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, boring, BRYCE SALVADOR, Defense, Feature, Hockey, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils
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The New Jersey Devils fell to the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Tuesday night by a final score of 5-4. ?The loss drops the Devils to 12-14-6.

The Least You Should Know:


Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, Postgame Thoughts
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Just some quick news and notes from early this morning. ?Here are the Devils lines from today's practice:



Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS
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The New Jersey Devils fell to the Minnesota Wild 4-0 at XCel Energy Center on Sunday night. The loss drops the Devils to 3-7-4 on the season.


- In the first game against his old team,?Zach Parise?had an assist and drew the penalty that led to the Wild's third goal.

Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Jon Merrill, Postgame Thoughts, Zach Parise
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It wasn't quite the result that the Devils had hoped for in their season opener, but there are still some positives to take out of the 3-0 loss in Pittsburgh.

The first thing to realize about opening night, is that everyone tends to overreact. Had the Devils won, it would have been the same thing, except the other way. It's one game and they played on the road against a very good team. The Devils won't be panicking, they'll be getting ready for another important division tilt against the Islanders tomorrow night.

Tags: Analysis, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, cory schneider, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Postgame Thoughts, Sidney Crosby
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By Jeff O'Connor

It felt like the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals all over again on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center, as the New Jersey Devils downed the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1.? The game featured sharp goaltending, a fancy Marek Zidlicky, goal and relentless forechecking.? More importantly, there were two players that looked like their 2012 selves: Bryce Salvador and Anton Volchenkov.

Salvador logged 24:24 of ice time with a plus-1 rating and five blocked shots.? Volchenkov was just as brilliant as he posted 17:10 on the ice to go along with a plus-1 rating and two blocked shots.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, BRYCE SALVADOR, Feature, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, preseason, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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As camp begins, the team is starting to take shape. Still, many questions remain about the roster and who will be a contributor this year. Here are five of the biggest questions coming into the season.

1. Can the defense begin to rebound?

Tags: Analysis, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, BRYCE SALVADOR, cory schneider, Eric Gelinas, Jaromir Jagr, Jon Merrill, Martin Brodeur, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Reid Boucher, rostislav olesz, Stefan Matteau, Training Camp, Training camp
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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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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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We guessed a suspension of 1 to 3 games last night but we're upping that to a minimum of two games.

Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Notes

Anton Volchenkov will have a hearing with the NHL's player safety committee at some point Thursday, according to Tom Gulitti of The Record. Volchenkov received a five-minute elbow major and a game misconduct for an elbow to the head of Bruins forward Brad Marchand during the second period of Wednesday's 5-4 loss. There's no time for the hearing and it's not known whether it will be in person or via phone.

Here's the video of the hit (care of Puck Daddy):

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Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Brad Marchand, Braden Holtby, Brendan Shanahan, Devils, New Jersey Devils, News, Shanaban
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The forecheck was as strong as it had been all year.

Marek Zidlicky played his best game this season. The Devils outshot the Buffalo Sabres 39-22 and even scored a power-play goal.

Yet, all that still couldn't translate into a win.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Christian Ehrhoff, Dainius Zubr, JACOB JOSEFSON, Jochen Hecht, Kevin Porter, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, Patrick Kaleta, PATRIK ELIAS, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Miller, Steve Bernier, Steve Ott, Steve Sullivan, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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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.


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

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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  • Full color and breakdown of New Jersey's second-straight home win, a 3-2 shootout victory over Winnipeg. (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com) (NHL.com) (AP).
  • Anton Volchenkov had an assist and was a plus-1 in 16:39 Sunday night, which is especially remarkable considering he injured his foot?in the third period. (NJ.com)
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets won their sixth straight last night in a shootout in Detroit... (NHL.com)
  • ...and the Chicago Blackhawks?lost?their second straight in regulation against Edmonton (NHL.com)
Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Around The Links, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Winnipeg Jets

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

Wins don't get much bigger than that. The Devils desperately needed a "W" before tonight's game and it became even more crucial considering the sterling effort they got from Johan Hedberg. As bad as last night was, tonight was a strong, strong effort across the board. Some thoughts...

Moose call: Honestly, that game shouldn't have even gone to overtime. While the Evander Kane goal (Holy shit, what a shot) was unavoidable and basically unstoppable, the Mark Stuart score only happened because Andy Greene had brain fart and tried to play a bouncing puck about a foot in front of Hedberg. If you look on the replay, Hedberg was in perfect position to stop Stuart's shot and likely would have. Now, does that mean the Jets wouldn't have scored another time and forced OT regardless? No, but I use it to point out that Hedberg was about as iron-clad as goalies get, especially backup goalies. Moose had probably his second-best game since taking over the full-time gig and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Devils needed this game in every sense of the word and their goalie delivered. Hedberg doesn't need to play this well every night, but the Devils do need his play to be close to what they've gotten in two of the last three games. The most impressive thing I saw from Moose tonight was how he stayed calm and didn't get overwhelmed or downtrodden after the Stuart goal. We've seen him in past games (Saturday night in particular) give up goals in bunches after the defense lets him down or a bad bounce leads to a goal. Tonight, however, he bounced right back and got better as the game went on. He was the absolute reason the game didn't end before OT and he was the reason they won in a shootout. This was very much a goaltender duel and in the end, Hedberg made a couple more saves when it was necessary. Impressive, indeed. Necessary -- absolutely. Now, let's see if he can do it two games in a row.

Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Jets, Johan Hedberg, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Winnipeg Jets
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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.


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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The Devils held an optional skate this morning, but coach Pete DeBoer revealed two lineup changes for tonight's game, one more interesting than the other. First, the fourth line gets a bit of a change with Tim Sestito getting the chance to dress:


Also, there will be some changes on defense, with a certain slow-footed Russian getting a night off.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, lineup changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Tim Sestito, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

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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Yesterday, Martin Brodeur told French-Canadian journliast Renaud Lavoie that although Brodeur wouldn't pick himself for Team Canada, he would go to next February's Sochi Olympics if asked -- even as a third-string goalie. That got me to thinking, which Devils are destined to play for flag and country in a year's time? So, after looking at the Devils' current roster, here's an extremely early roundup of players I think will, could or won't get the call next year. Again, this is all my random guessing based on players I think have a shot. Here goes.

Definitely Sochi bound: Patrik Elias (Czech Republic), Ilya Kovalchuk (Russia), Anton Volchenkov (Russia)

As long as they keep this up: David Clarkson (Canada), Andy Greene (U.S.)

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Buzz, Czech Republic, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Editorial Aside, Russia, Sochi, Sochi Games, Sochi Olympics, Team Canada, Team U.S.A., U.S.A
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For his part, Volchenkov told Gulitti that he thought Schenn left his feet, but said, "it's hockey." Here's the video of the hit, complete with an explanation by the NHL's Czar of Discipline, Brendan Shanahan.

Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Brayden Schenn, Brendan Shanahan, Devils, Devs, Flyers, Headlines, New Jersey Devils, News, Philadelphia Flyers, Philly, suspension
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As you can see Marion Gaborik is on top of Martin Brodeur as the puck is in the net. The goal was disallowed and Gaborik was penalized with goaltender interference. Obviously it has caused much debate as to whether the goal should have counted. To be honest , I can see it going both ways but 99% of the time the referees are going to side with the goaltender. But these kind of things are a part of the game.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, disallowed goal, Marion Gaborik, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, NHL, Photo of the Game, SNY

Ilya Kovalchuk and Bryce Salvador celebrate with Anton Volchenkov who scored his first goal as a member of the New Jersey Devils in today's 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The last time Volchenkov scored a goal was April 1st, 2010 when he played for the Ottawa Senators.

Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, BRYCE SALVADOR, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, Photo of the Game, Pittsburgh Penguins, SNY

Cam Janssen was placed on injured reserve last week after getting in the chest against the Jets. He could play tonight as the Devils take on the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

Anton Volchenkov has taken Janssen's spot on IR with a sore hand. He had hurt his hand against the Senators on Friday. He did not make the trip with the team as they play the Lightning tonight and the Panthers tomorrow.

Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, CAM JANSSEN, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils, NHL, SNY

Andy Greene has been confirmed to be out for the next four weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his toe. He has had pain since November 26th when the Devils took on the Islanders. The Devils have placed him on injured reserve.

Also Anton Volchenkov left yesterday's game against the Ottawa Senators with a hand injury. It will not require surgery. He is listed as day to day. They are still unsure if he will play Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens at home.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils, NHL, SNY