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The Carolina Hurricanes placed center Jussi Jokinen on waivers Tuesday. Could the Devils be interested?

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While he certainly could help New Jersey, there's a couple of issues. For one, as Todd Cordell points out on Twitter, the Devils already have 50 contracts and would have to move someone in order to claim Jokinen. Two, the Devils are middle of the pack points wise, which means they'll be middle of the pack in terms of claim order and I imagine a team far more desperate than the Devils will put in a claim on Jokinen.

Tags: Buzz, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Devils, Devs, Hurricanes, Jussi Jokinen, 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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Can the Devils get their first win over Carolina this season?

Who: New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes

When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Devils, Devs, Gameday, Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

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 will try to make it two in a row Saturday night in Carolina.

Who:? New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes

When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Devils, Devs, Gameday, Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

That's a frustrating way for the win streak to come to an end, but not all that surprising in hindsight. The Devils have no-showed the first period a few games in a row now and it was only a matter of time before they got burnt for it. Some thoughts...

Swing period: While the slow first period wasn't ideal, it's something the Devils have survived the past few games. The difference tonight was the second period. Each of the last few games, the Devils have come out on fire to start the second stanza, but tonight was the complete opposite. The Devils were manhandled from the drop of the puck in the second and if not for Marty Brodeur, they would have been down much worse than 2-1. As I wrote on Twitter, the Canes' 20-14 shots advantage after two periods was deceptive in that it was not that close. It's one thing to start slow, but to get a break and a chance to regroup and come out worse off is unacceptable. In today's NHL, it's hard enough to survive one bad period, let alone two. There were multiple culprits, starting with the fact that the Canes beat the Devils at their own game. They aggressively pushed the play up ice, forced a lot of turnovers and forechecked like mad. Carolina was all over Jersey's zone for much of the first two periods. There also was a defined lack of energy from the Devils, which Pete DeBoer tried to counteract by switching up the forward lines at the end of the first period and for long stretches in the second. You got the sense that DeBoer knew he needed to find a way to spark his team early on, but unfortunately for the Devils, DeBoer didn't find that spark until sometime during the second intermission.

Tags: Adam Larsson, ANDY GREENE, Cam Ward, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Hurricanes, Ilya Kovalchuk, Kovy, Martin Brodeur, Marty, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier
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The Staal brothers make their first trip to New Jersey on Tuesday to visit the red-hot Devils.

Who: Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils

When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, Devils, Devs, Gameday, gameday, Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils
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