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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 went to Long Island looking to right the ship after a shootout loss in Newark last night. In a battle between two goalies playing at the top of their games, it was Corey Schneider?and the New Jersey Devils that came out on top, 2-1. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 16-16-8 on the season.

[sny-box]

- Adam Henrique continued a streak of excellent play with a backhander off of some great passing from Reid Boucher and?Michael Ryder at 11:37 into the first. ?This gave Henrique his second goal in as many games, and eight on the season.

Tags: Analysis, BRYCE SALVADOR, Corey Schneider, Evgeni Nabokov, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Postgame Thoughts
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Bryce Salvador is back, Devils fans! ?For more than two months now the Devils have had to carry on without #24, a loss that was felt in the locker room and on the ice. ?Tonight,?after 30 long games, that all changes as the Devils' Captain laces up and returns to the starting lineup.

Fans will be able to see his impact right away in terms of possession and pacing. ?Bryce is a smart and deliberate player, with a way of calming the game down. ?He keeps the puck in the attacking zone on offense and slows down any rush attempts by the other team on defense. ?You won't see him out of position, making an errant pass, or getting caught on a change.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, New Jersey Devils, Notes
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Tuesday?night's 5-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets may have been the most frustrating defeat for the New Jersey Devils this season. Despite scoring four goals and holding a 3-1 lead in the second period, Columbus was able to put bodies in front of Martin Brodeur time and time again, which resulted in the dismal defensive display.

One thing is for certain;?Bryce Salvador, the captain of this team is sorely missed right now.?

Tags: Analysis, BRYCE SALVADOR, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils
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Just hours away from the New Jersey Devils playing the Los Angeles Kings in the Prudential Center, mixed feelings are abound.

The Kings and Devils squared off in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, with the Kings winning the series and the Stanley Cup 4-2.? As a fan, it?s hard to still not be disappointed with the outcome.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, BRYCE SALVADOR, Los Angeles Kings, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, Zach Parise
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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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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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In what can only be described as a tumultuous off-season for the Devils, there was a much welcomed positive moment on Thursday from Yankee Stadium. Bryce Salvador and Andy Greene were on hand at the ballpark for the announcement of the upcoming 2014 NHL Stadium Series games to be played at the iconic Bronx venue.

Both players are excited to be playing in the first outdoor game in Devils history, as it adds yet another great chapter to the Devils-Rangers rivalry.

Tags: 2014 NHL Stadium Series, ANDY GREENE, BRYCE SALVADOR, Headlines, New Jersey Devils, News, NHL, Notes, Quote
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(From left to right) Matt Moulson, John Tavares, Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan, Andy Greene, Bryce Salvador

On a sweltering, humid August afternoon from Yankee Stadium, it's usually all about balls and strikes, home runs and put-outs. But on Thursday, it was the NHL's turn to step up to the plate.

The NHL formally introduced the two upcoming Outdoor Series games to be played at Yankee Stadium in 2014. The first matchup features the New Jersey Devils against their cross-Hudson rival New York Rangers, on Saturday, January 26, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. The second game pits the Rangers against their other metropolitan-area rival, New York Islanders. That game will be played on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, BRYCE SALVADOR, Gary Bettman, Headlines, Hockey, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, News, NHL
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Bryce Salvador hasn't played since April 11 due to a wrist injury. Salvador tried to come back during the final weeks of the regular season but was eventually shut down by the team and doctors.

Via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

Captain Bryce Salvador said he will not need surgery on his right hand and wrist, where he was struck by a Zdeno Chara slap shot.

"I'm pretty fortunate not to be working on my hand this summer," he said. "I'll probably be cleared (by doctors) in a week. No surgery, just a little rehab to get the strength back."It's good news that he just needs a week or so to heal up and that shows (I'm guessing) if the Devils had made the playoffs, he would've been on the ice for Game 2 or Game 3, if not Game 1. Of course, before he returns to the lineup, he'll obviously have to show Pete DeBoer he's ready. "How will he do that," you ask? I imagine it will go something like this:

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

As I said on Twitter postgame, this was an impressive win for a lot of reasons. Yes, the Devils probably should've played like this at some point during their 10-game slide. No, two more wins like this won't drastically change how we look at the season. However, there were bright spots in this game that lend themselves toward a positive look for next season and it's possible missing the playoffs flipped a switch in the psyche of a lot of these players, which is another topic for another day. As for? tonight's game, some thoughts...

Fortitude: At least for me, the most impressive part of tonight's win came after the Canadiens scored two unanswered, the second of which came including one in the final minute of the second period. We've seen the Devils melt down multiple times in that scenario, giving up an early goal in the third and going on to lose in regulation or in extra play. It's been one of my biggest criticisms of this Devils team, particularly during their recent slide. This team lacked a strong enough mental edge to their game to rebound from "woe is us" moments. Tonight, though, they didn't need a timeout to correct them and while they struggled to get shots on net in the third, they still kept the Canadiens at bay for long stretches. Also, the Habs came out in the third and tried to bully the Devils, who fought right back. Ilya Kovalchuk, for one, went right at the Canadiens after he got hit from behind. Kovy's response, along with the the energy he's played with and the way he drives the train (so to speak), has me wondering if it should be Kovalchuk with the captain's "C" next season. I know Salvador is respected in the room and a lot of guys like him, but would it kill them to give it to Kovy and have Salvador take an "A?" I think it would be a wise move that would help shape the team's mindset going into next season. Food for thought.

Tags: Alex Urbom, Andrei Loktionov, Brandon Prust, BRYCE SALVADOR, Canadiens, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Habs, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stephen Gionta, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Bryce Salvador hasn't played since taking a puck off his hand/wrist on April 10. The Devils initially stated they expected Salvador to return this season, but the more the injury linger, the less likely that option became. On Monday, the Devils announced the inevitable.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/326391615214215168

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Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils, News
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Links: Twitter | NHL.com recap

A lifeless start, a couple of bad penalty calls and suddenly the Devils were frustrated, losing and on their way to playoff elimination. All in all, a sad but fitting end (as far as playoff chances go) to a season that was flawed from the get-go. Some thoughts...

Two things: When you combine a lack or energy with some questionable officiating, you usually get one of two results. Sometimes the team will take on an "us against the world" mentality, snap out of their funk and go on a tear the rest of the game. That didn't happen today. Instead, the Devils went further into their shell and seemingly quit on the game and essentially their season. Even Martin Brodeur admitted that he felt his teammates gave up when things didn't go their way. The Devils basically mailed in the first period, negating to forecheck or apply any sort of offensive pressure on the Rangers. It was almost like the Devils came out assuming they were already eliminated from the playoffs. While it was a mathematical eventuality, it's still disconcerting to hear players after the game talk about how they knew it was just a matter of time. When you hear stuff like that, you can understand why you get a first period like the Devils had today.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Johan Hedberg, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts
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Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger caught up with injured defenseman Bryce Salvador prior to Thursday's game against the Flyers. Salvador told Chere the puck that injured him hit where the thumb meets the hand and that further X-rays show nothing is broken. That's good -- but it doesn't mean he'll play again this season.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/324993247493623809

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Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils
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This is pretty on message with what we've been hearing and doesn't really change our opinion that Salvador shouldn't play again this season.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils

Bryce Salvador has yet to return and the "fairly significant bruise" on his right wrist is starting to look a lot worse than originally thought. To that end, the Devils send their captain for another opinion, hoping to get some clarity on whether Salvador will be able to play again this season.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/324239402509426688

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Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils
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Bryce Salvador missed Friday's game with a bruised wrist and it looks like two days off won't be enough to get him ready for Monday's trip to Toronto. Salvador sat out practice again Saturday and Pete DeBoer was not optimistic about his captain's chances.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/323122048194981889

Shut. Him. Down. He's as banged up as anyone on the roster right now and there's no way he's going to get healthy enough in time to be of assistance to the Devils this season. You know how you know this wrist injury is serious? Salvador hasn't been seen anywhere near practice since it happened. If he were even close to being able to play, he might be skating on his own or doing work before practice. Nope, no sightings, no work -- just rest, which he should get a ton of this summer. Because he shouldn't play again until the 2013-14 season.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils

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.

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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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Bryce Salvador left Wednesday's game against the Bruins after taking a Zdeno Chara shot to the wrist during the second period. Salvador never returned and he underwent X-rays on the wrist Thursday, which were negative.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/322382288220463105

This is obviously good news because it certainly looked like Chara's shot could've broken Salvador's wrist considering Salvador's reaction. He couldn't even grip the stick and tried to play the puck with the stick in his off hand. It helped lead to Chara's a few moments later. The problem now is how useful will Salvador be with this wrist injury? He's already playing through upper- and lower-body injuries and clearly doesn't have the strength on the puck he used to. He's also significantly slower because of an ailing knee/hip. If he has difficulty gripping a stick, I have serious questions about whether he should play Friday and maybe Monday, too. I realize the Devils would then be down two top-six defensemen with Anton Volchenkov suspended the next four games, but at what point do you say "enough is enough" with Salvador. No one is questioning his toughness, but I am questioning how useful he can be to this team moving forward.

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

  • The regular collection of links from the Devils' 5-4 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday at Prudential Center (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com) (AP) (NHL.com).
  • New Jersey's eighth-straight loss, coupled with Bryce Salvador's injury and the Rangers' shootout win over Toronto, has the team's playoff hopes in dire straits (Fire & Ice).
  • Andy Greene says the Devils are playing for their lives (NJ.com).
Tags: ANDY GREENE, Around The Links, Boston Bruins, BRYCE SALVADOR, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

This one hurts as much as a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the wrist. While the rival (and eighth-place) Rangers won in a shootout to move four points head of the Devils, New Jersey lost what felt like a microcosm of their entire season. There was the awful start, injuries to key players affecting the team and the Devils coming up just short of a tie game and a guaranteed point in overtime. Like I said, this one hurts. Some thoughts...

Fragile: It's a word Pete DeBoer used to describe his team after the Devils allowed three early goals despite the Bruins taking four penalties in five minutes AND Martin Brodeur stopping a penalty shot. It seemed a wildly appropriate description for a team that has been known to cave at the end of periods, surrender goals in bunches and lose their heads in their own zone. There's a reason why the Devils always seem to play better after DeBoer calls a timeout. He can read whether they need a kick in the ass or a moment to breathe and then suddenly, they look like a different team. It happened tonight and it's happened countless other times this season. The team's psyche is fragile and they don't have enough extraordinarily talented players on the roster to carry them through rough patches. Without Ilya Kovalchuk, it's a collection of "guys" -- some with high-quality talent, but most without. A "fragile" team combined with a limited roster is a bad combination and it's why they've gone one two very bad losing streaks this season. This is not a team that can answer the bell and fight through adversity, which is so strange since it's nearly the same team as last year's that basically made adversity its 24th man on the bench. THIS is where we're seeing and feeling the loss of Zach Parise, who's attitude, work ethic and willingness to buy in no matter what would drive the Devils through difficult times. Maybe Travis Zajac or Adam Henrique will get there some day, but they're not there now.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, Boston Bruins, Bruins, BRYCE SALVADOR, B's, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stephen Gionta, Zach Parise
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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.

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Tags: Adam Larsson, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils
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Bryce Salvador left tonight's game during the second period after taking a Zdeno Chara shot off his right hand. After seeing the replay, Salvador couldn't even grip the stick with his right hand and tried to switch hands with the stick. Entering the second intermission, Salvador had yet to return to the game.

Salvador has already dealt with hip/knee injuries this season as well as an undisclosed upper-body ailment that he admitted will bother him all season.

Without Salvador, the Devils will have to play with four defensemen since Anton Volchenkov received a game misconduct for elbow Boston's Brad Marchand.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, News
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Bryce Salvador is extremely banged up right now. He was slow to get up after a hit late in Sunday's game and briefly left a game last week after taking a hip check to his right side. So it should come as no surprise that Salvador was not at practice today.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/321643920511614978

Expect this to be a semi-regular occurrence when possible the next few weeks. Salvador's leg is in such bad shape that he could barely skate on it when his knee brace became dislodged last week. I look at this like I would an NFL team resting a running back or wide receiver later in the season,. They know what they have to do, so practicing at this point is a bit redundant. Also, their bodies are likely wounded to the point where it takes them a few days just to get ready to play again. The Devils will likely take every opportunity possible to rest him in order to keep him fresh for however many games are left in this season.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, News

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

If you can play better in a loss, I'd like to see it. OK, maybe if you scored some goals, but I'm not sure how much more the Devils could've done tonight. They dominated puck possession, neutralized the Bruins' offense and put tons of pucks on net -- all to come up with nothing. Even worse, with the way things are unfolding around the East, they've fallen out of the playoff picture for now. Not a good night, to say the least. Some thoughts...

Everything but the kitchen sink: The Devils did it all tonight. They threw pucks at the net, they deked the Bruins out of their jocks (Andy Greene says "Hi" Shawn Thornton) and they had Tuukka Rask running all around his crease. Yet, at the end of the day, it was a zero on the scoreboard. While I've spent countless posts here lamenting the Devils' lack of a finisher, never was it more apparent than tonight. Say the Devils didn't get "puck luck" and I'll say you're being naive. Tell me the Devils should've scored four times tonight and I'll respond, "But they didn't." None of this is to say the Devils played poorly in the offensive end; it was quite the opposite. The Devils did so many things well tonight, reducing the Bruins (arguably the second-best team in the East) to nothing more than partners in an optional skate. But the one thing they didn't do outweighs all the positive because this time of the year isn't about "building." Just like coffee, April is for closers, which is one thing the Devils have been woefully lacking since January 19. There's no relying on Ilya Kovalchuk's return. It's not coming "anytime soon," according to Pete DeBoer. That means "future Hall of Famer" Patrick Elias, "budding power forward" David Clarkson and promising young centers Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique need to start putting pucks into the net. Devils fans ask if this team can make a run like last season but tonight was 60 minutes worth of reasons why they might not even get the chance.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, Boston Bruins, Bruins, BRYCE SALVADOR, B's, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Zach Parise
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Bryce Salvador left Thursday night's game only minutes into the first period after taking a hip check along the boards. Salvador's right hip appeared to be the principal point of contact and he could barely put pressure on the leg as he glided off the ice. Salvador went directly to the locker room.

The Devils dressed seven defensemen tonight so they'll be OK if Salvador can't return.

UPDATE: According to Tom Gulitti, Salvador just returned to the bench.

Tags: Breaking News, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

If you had to pick a word for tonight's game, it would probably be disappointing. On a night they could've put six points between themselves and the Islanders, the Devils came out of the gate so sluggish someone joked they thought the game started at 7:30. Is it the end-all, be-all? No, but it's not a good sign after being unable to finish off an opponent the past two games. Some thoughts...

10-minute warning: How many times have we talked about the Devils taking 10 or sometimes 20 minutes to show up in a game? Once again, the Devils seem to have tremendous difficulty generating energy to start a game, something coach Pete DeBoer seemed totally flummoxed by. He admitted after the game that the slow start (a trend all season long) was disappointing and said the Devils didn't take the Islanders lightly. OK, fair enough. DeBoer also didn't seem to have an answer for why things started off so sideways and said that he actually tried to be calm in (yet another) first-period timeout. Think about how differently this game goes if the Devils are at least somewhat present for the first half of the first period. I mean, how many timeouts does DeBoer have to call in the first period? Matter of fact -- does anyone have that stat? The bottom line is I shouldn't have to ask that question. This is a veteran team with leaders galore that has been through the ringer. Their coach knows what it takes at this time of the season; everyone from the goalie out knows what it takes. So why are the Devils still having the same problem in April they had in January? One theory is that there's no one in the room willing to overturn a table or kick something across the room. I'm starting to think that might have some merit. Even listening to the few Devils talk after tonight's game, you get the sense that things are too even-keel for a team that's on the edge of the playoff picture. The problem is that's not something you add at the deadline. That's something you need from the get-go, a player that's been through training camp and the dregs of the season in that room. I just don't think they're suddenly going to "figure out" these slow starts and that's going to cost them, either at the end of the season or in the playoffs.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Islanders, Isles, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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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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  • Bryce Salvador, Alex Ponikarovsky and Stephen Gionta are all likely to play tonight in the Devils' game at Tampa Bay, according to Rich Chere (NJ.com)
  • Though the Pittsburgh Penguins look loaded, the Devils believe chemistry is key (NorthJersey.com)
  • While the Pens have made a splash, it appears as if Lou Lamoriello is more interested in 'adding pieces' this trade deadline (ProHockeyTalk).
Tags: Alex Ponikarovsky, Around The Links, BRYCE SALVADOR, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Stephen Gionta, Tampa Bay Lightning

We told you earlier that Stephen Gionta, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Bryce Salvador all practiced with the Devils on Thursday. After the double session, Pete DeBoer announced that it's possible all three players could be in the lineup tomorrow.

We guessed earlier that Salvador and Gionta were likely going to play, while Ponikarovsky seems like more of a wild card. The players themselves had pretty much the same sentiment.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/317378058778734592

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, BRYCE SALVADOR, Buzz, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Stephen Gionta
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In one of the better signs the Devils have had recently, the team saw three of its injured players participate in practice Thursday.

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Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, Injury Update, New Jersey Devils, Stephen Gionta
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With the trade deadline a week away and the Devils limping toward it, there's a question of what GM/President Lou Lamoriello will do to boost the roster. Will he make a "go for it" deal with Martin Brodeur in possibly his penultimate season? Or will he sit tight and hope players returning from injury give the Devils a spark (or six)? If you take history and Lou's words to The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere on Wednesday into account, it's hard to argue with the latter.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/316995444121169922

And then there was this...

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Bryce Salvador (lower body) and Stephen Gionta (upper body) both left Monday's game against Ottawa after the first period. Pete DeBoer after the game was pretty tight-lipped when asked about the ailments, saying the Devils really didn't know anything. However, both players traveled with the team to Tampa Bay, which is where the Devils play the Lightning on Friday -- a fact Tom Gulitti takes as a positive sign.

Via Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?Today is a day off and both of them are resting and we?ll know better tomorrow as to their status,? Lamoriello said.

Both players flew with team from Ottawa to Tampa, Fla. after Monday?s game. The team is spending the next two days at a resort outside Tampa. The players had today off after arriving there early this morning (after 3 a.m.) and will not practice Wednesday either.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Buzz, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils, Stephen Gionta
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  • A collection of recaps from the Devils' 2-1 loss Monday at Scotiabank Place-- New Jersey's second shootout loss to Ottawa in five weeks. (NHL.com) (AP) (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com)
  • New Jersey outshot Ottawa 34-14 on Monday and thought they deserved to beat the Sens (Fire & Ice)
  • Bryce Salvador and Stephen Gionta were injured Monday night, but Pete DeBoer doesn't know the severity of their injuries yet. (Fire & Ice)
  • Marek Zidlicky's game-tying goal was a key play. Rich Chere breaks it down. (NJ.com)
Tags: Around The Links, BRYCE SALVADOR, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Stephen Gionta

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

There's two different ways you could look at tonight's game: Disappointing or gutsy. During their first contest without Ilya Kovalchuk, the Devils fought through in-game injuries to two game players and an awful to start to eek out a consolation point. They also played some good hockey in the second and third periods, although there were mistakes and they were clearly tired in overtime. Some thoughts...

One and one: One game without Kovalchuk, one point for the Devils. This is how it will have to be. Yes, they would've liked to have picked up the extra point and surely played like it in the third period, but any points are important given the state they're in right now. If you'd like to be concerned, the Devils' record in overtimes and shootouts is reason for worry. New Jersey has left a lot of points on the ice this season after excelling in extra hockey last season. Will it be the difference between eighth and ninth? Too early to tell, but for now the Devils simply have to do everything they can to stay stagnant (at worst) in the standings while Kovy is out. Tonight, the Devils managed to overcome a dreadful start and seemingly woke up after being undressed by Pete DeBoer during a first-period timeout. The gears didn't really begin to turn until the second when Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique had some impressive shifts as DeBoer mixed and matched forwards given his limited bench. Over the final two periods, the Devils looked like a good hockey team that couldn't finish -- which is what they've looked like for stretches this season. Except there's no Kovy coming in to seal the deal with a rocket from the point or a perfect pass across the ice. Make no mistake, this is what the Devils will look like for the next two weeks. They could play very inspired hockey game in and game out and it will still be a challenge to score goals.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Ottawa Senators, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Senators, Sens, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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An update on the Devils injured during tonight's game from coach Pete DeBoer:

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/316381263311298561

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/316381351441993728

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils, Stephen Gionta
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Neither Bryce Salvador nor Stephen Gionta were present during the second period of Monday's Devils-Senators game. Both players were on the ice in the first period but for for most of the second, there was no word from the Devils. Then, came this just before the third period began:

https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/316359807265300480

Safe to say, the Devils can't afford to lose another top-nine forward so Gionta's injury is pretty important. They do have Henrik Tallinder waiting to be activated if Salvador has to miss any real time. We'll see what coach Pete DeBoer says after the game.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, News, Stephen Gionta

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

That certainly was not a pretty win by any means, but it was a win nonetheless. The Devils had one strong period surrounded by two sleepy ones and got away with two points against a very injured, very bad team. Of course, none of that matters if Ilya Kovalchuk is seriously hurt, but we'll reserve judgement until we hear something from the Devils. Some thoughts...

Two points is two points: We've talked about the Devils racking up standing points regardless of style and that was precisely what tonight's game was about. The Devils won't admit it, but it looks to me like they overlooked the Panthers. They came out flat and were pretty de-energized in the third period, as well (wonder if that late goal had anything to do with it?). The good news is they had a very strong second period and got just enough goals to beat one of the worst teams in the league. With the Senators winning earlier in the day and the Rangers and Canes each possessing a game in hand, the Devils just have to points on top of points. More importantly, they have to win games at home against teams they should beat -- like the Panthers. Martin Brodeur didn't have to be great -- although he had a great moment here and there in career win No. 666 -- but he was sharp enough outside of that brain fart behind the net at the end of the second period. More importantly, this win puts pressure on the teams around the Devils to keep up, which can only help New Jersey. Hell, at this point, the Devils could be within four points of fifth place with a win over Ottawa on Tuesday and that's ahead of a sweepable two-game trip to the Florida teams next weekend. All in all, the Devils have things to work (the power play, for one), but they can leave the arena tonight knowing they did enough to help their playoff positioning and these days that's really the only thing that matters.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, Panthers, PATRIK ELIAS, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stephen Gionta, Tim Sestito, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

There's not much more you can ask for in a game than what you got from the Devils tonight. The effort was there in all phases, the stars delivered and Johan Hedberg was strong for the third time in the last four games (coincidentally, all Devils wins). It certainly set up an interesting game Friday in the second half of this home-and-home series with Philly. Some thoughts...

Stars deliver: For the past two weeks, everyone's been asking for the Devils' key players to step up, including Pete DeBoer. Well, tonight everyone and DeBoer got their wish. Adam Henrique, Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias all lit the lamp, with a little extra help from a beautiful Andrei Loktionov toe drag. With all due respect to Loktionov, Ryan Carter and the supporting cast, the Devils need their top players to step up in order to make a serious run at and eventually through the playoffs. Kovy is going to be Kovy aka he's going to score, going to dazzle and apparently, going to score a lot of short-handed goals. Elias is leading the team in points and outside a brief stretch has been the Devils' most consistent player all season. The difference maker tonight was clearly Henrique, who has been an absentee figure (along with Travis Zajac) for large chunks of this season. It wasn't just than Henrique had two goals and an assist tonight. It was that he was all over the ice, particularly in the offensive end. He was constantly putting the puck on net and was a nightmare for the Flyers all night. With the way Loktionov is playing on the top line alongside Kovy, an energized and dangerous Henrique would make the Devils a dangerous two-line team that has the potential to play offensive hockey three lines deep once Zajac awakens from his slumber. Up until tonight, the Devils had been mostly playing one line deep or maybe two lines when the third line or CBGB line was rolling. Tonight you saw why New Jersey so desperately depends on their top players and what happens when those top players deliver.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Flyers, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Philadelphia Flyers, Philly, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, 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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Prior to Sunday's game, Devils coach Pete DeBoer updated the the media (and fans) on some of the injuries the Devils are currently dealing with. For one, how and when Bryce Salvador suffered his mysterious upper-body injury.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/310862852451860481

The important distinction in that note is not that Salvador is healthy, but rather that he can't hurt himself worse by playing. As for the other tentpole of the Devils' defensive gameplan, DeBoer offered some sort of of update on Martin Brodeur.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer
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