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Devils stun Canadiens in OT
Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller plays the puck against New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson during the first period at Bell Centre (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

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MONTREAL --One day after Montreal rallied for a win in New Jersey, John Moore and the Devils returned the favor against the Canadiens.

Moore scored in overtime, and New Jersey beat NHL-leading Montreal 3-2 on Saturday night.

"We stuck to a game plan that we thought was going to work," Devils forward Mike Cammalleri said. "It took longer than you hope for but we got the two points we really needed."

Patrik Elias and Kyle Palmieri scored in regulation for New Jersey (12-9-2). In his first career game at the Bell Centre, Cory Schneider stopped 30 shots.

Alex Galchenyuk scored twice for Montreal (18-4-3). Mike Condon made 28 saves while subbing for injured starter Carey Price.

"It's definitely disappointing," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "When you're leading 2-0, you owe it to yourself to finish the job you started. And we weren't able to do that tonight.

"Details made all the difference on the two last goals tonight."

New Jersey bounced back nicely from Friday's 3-2 loss to Montreal, when the Canadiens rallied from two goals down to beat the Devils in a shootout in the first game of their home-and-home series. Condon and Schneider started both games.

Leading 2-1 in the final minute of regulation, Montreal iced the puck while shooting for New Jersey's empty net. The Devils won the ensuing faceoff, and Palmieri scored his eighth of the season with 22 seconds left.

"I tried to come out of the crease to take away the shot," Condon said. "I tried to track the shot but didn't do it very well. That's a save I have to make for my team. Put that one on me."

In overtime, Moore, who assisted on Palmieri's goal, cashed in his own rebound at 2:31 to give New Jersey the victory.

Elias got the comeback started for New Jersey when he deflected Adam Larsson's shot from the point between Condon's legs at 11:01 of the third.

It was just the third loss this season for Montreal when leading after two periods (11-1-2).

After a scoreless first period, Galchenyuk put Montreal in front at 9:06 of the second with his fourth goal in as many games. The second-line center deflected a Nathan Beaulieu shot past Schneider, who never saw the puck.

Galchenyuk's four-game goal streak is the longest of his career.

"I've worked hard in practice and worked hard in games to get my offensive game going," he said. "I'm happy I'm able to chip in offensively."

David Desharnais almost doubled the lead minutes later on a breakaway, but Schneider made a nice pad save. Schneider also denied Christian Thomas from point blank range in the third.

Galchenyuk scored his second of the game at 8:50 of the third. Nine seconds into an interference penalty for Elias, the 21-year-old Galchenyuk jumped on a loose puck in the crease after Schneider stopped Max Pacioretty's initial shot.

NOTES: Price, Brendan Gallagher, Alexander Semin and Torrey Mitchell were not in Montreal's lineup due to injuries. ... Montreal D Alexei Emelin was a healthy scratch. Greg Pateryn started in his place. ... Thomas, recalled from the AHL's St. John's IceCaps on Thursday, made his season debut.

Devils try to rebound against Canadiens

(AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens have won all six of their meetings with teams from the New York Metropolitan Area.

They'll try to make it two in two days as they go for a sweep of a home-and-home series with the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

Montreal (18-4-2) owns the most points in the league and beating teams from the New York/New Jersey area has certainly helped. The Canadiens have won three meetings with the New York Islanders, two against the New York Rangers and one with the Devils (11-9-2).

That success, which includes scoring 4.0 goals per game, has also spurred a four-game winning streak. The Canadiens swept a home-and-home set with the Islanders last weekend before beating the Rangers 5-1 on Wednesday and winning 3-2 in a shootout at New Jersey two days later.

Sven Andrighetto and Alex Galchenyuk scored to erase a two-goal deficit in regulation, and they were the only Canadiens to find the net in the shootout.

"We never give up," said Andrighetto, who has two goals in three games since being recalled from St. John's of the AHL. "It shows we kept pushing and we all believed. We all pulled in the same direction with the bad start we had."

Galchenyuk has goals in three straight games after scoring twice through the first 21.

Montreal, though, will again have to overcome the absence of Carey Price, who is out with a nagging lower-body injury that forced him to miss nine games - eight this month.

It's unclear if Mike Condon will get the nod again after making 25 saves and turning aside four of five shootout attempts Friday.

"This is huge," said Condon, who is 8-2-2 with a 2.14 goals-against average in 13 games. "Anytime you get a win it's huge. It's not about one guy."

If Condon is rested, the Canadiens would start Dustin Tokarski, who was recalled from St. John's on Thursday. He allowed two goals on 13 shots after replacing an ineffective Condon in a 6-1 loss to Colorado on Nov. 14.

Tokarski, who was 2-2-2 with a 3.45 GAA in six games in the minors, had 16 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss at New Jersey on April 3.

The Devils have followed a 10-3-0 stretch by losing four of five despite Cory Schneider's 2.24 GAA while going 1-2-1. He made 25 saves before stopping three shootout attempts Friday.

"I think if you really look at the game, Schneider made some unbelievable saves and we could have been down," rookie coach John Hynes said. "That's a high-end offensive team."

Schneider didn't get the start in New Jersey's only set of games on back-to-back days, which were the first two of the season. That could change this time since backup Keith Kincaid is 1-3-0 with a 3.04 GAA in four starts. He had 38 saves in a 6-2 loss at Montreal on Feb. 7.

Adam Henrique leads the Devils with 11 goals, scoring one in each of the last three games. That's a welcome change after he had two over the previous 11.

He's only scored once in five visits to Montreal.

Mike Cammalleri has nine points over the last six games and three in his last four against Montreal.

Canadiens beat Devils 3-2 in shootout
New Jersey Devils right wing Stephen Gionta is hit into the boards by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Alex Galchenyuk and Sven Andrighetto scored in regulation and again in the shootout and the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.

Mike Condon started for the injured Carey Price and preserved the win by stopping Patrik Elias with his pad on the Devils' fifth attempt in the shootout. He finished with 25 saves, the same as the Devils' Cory Schneider.

Adam Henrique and Lee Stempniak scored for the Devils in regulation and Jacob Josefson had the only New Jersey tally in the shootout. The Devils have lost four of five games.

Schneider had two outstanding stops in overtime, including a point-blank save on Max Pacioretty on a power play in the waning seconds and a short-handed stop on Tomas Plekanec's breakaway.

Andrighetto pulled Montreal within 2-1 with 4:43 left in the second period, and then Galchenyuk tied it with 8:46 left in the third.

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Devils try to snap Canadiens winning streak
New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. (Sergei Belski)

(AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens are back to their winning ways and Carey Price is again dealing with a nagging lower-body injury.

Though it's uncertain how much time their star goaltender could miss, Price won't be in net when the visiting Canadiens try for a fourth straight victory Friday night in the opener of a home-and-home series with the New Jersey Devils.

Playing his third game since missing nine in a row, Price left after two periods when he re-aggravated that injury in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the New York Rangers. His right leg appeared to bend awkwardly at one point in the second.

"He tweaked it again," coach Michel Therrien said. "That's why we don't want to take any chance. It's still early in the season, so it's important for us when he plays, he's got to make sure he is healthy."

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner, who ranks third in the league with a .934 save percentage and sixth with a 2.06 goals-against average, was not expected to start this contest. He also could sit Saturday's rematch at home.

Rookie backup Mike Condon stopped all 11 shots Wednesday.

"It's next guy up," captain Max Pacioretty told the NHL's official website. "You never want to see that happen, especially with Carey, our best player, but (Condon) did a great job in relief."

Condon, who started each game while Montreal (17-4-2) went 5-2-2 without Price, posted a 1.57 GAA while winning six of his first seven starts this season but is 1-2-1 with a 3.45 GAA as a starter since.

"Have a short memory, focus on the things that matter," Condon said. "It doesn't matter about the game you played before, it just matters about being in the moment. Whether it's a bad goal or a nice save, you've got to move on to the next one because there's a lot of games to be played."

With the most points in the NHL, the Canadiens should feel confident no matter who is on the ice. Montreal has totaled 14 goals while beating the Rangers and New York Islanders twice in the last three games.

Pacioretty's scored four times in the last five contests and has five goals with six assists in the last 11. He had a goal and two assists while Montreal went 2-0-1 against New Jersey last season.

The Devils (11-9-1) have scored seven goals and averaged 22.5 shots while losing three of four. New Jersey recorded all but four of its 28 shots after the first period Wednesday but managed only Adam Henrique's team-leading 10th goal in a 2-1 loss to Columbus.

New Jersey's run of a power-play goal in five straight games ended. Montreal has killed 14 of 15 penalties during a 3-0-1 road stretch.

"We've got to bring our best game," said Henrique, who failed to record a point in those three meetings with Montreal last season.

Teammate Patrik Elias didn't have a point but logged almost 15 minutes of ice time Wednesday in his return from missing the first 20 games with a knee injury.

"He looked good, quick, and I thought he was really smart the way he managed his shifts," coach John Hynes said of the 39-year-old Elias. "He had a good work ethic."

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Blue Jackets beat Devils 2-1

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Matt Calvert scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Wednesday night.

William Karlsson also scored for Columbus, and Bobrovsky extended his mastery of New Jersey. He has won his last four starts against the Devils.

Adam Henrique scored for New Jersey, which has lost three of four.

The Blue Jackets took nine of the first 10 shots in the opening period and the pressure paid off with Karlsson's goal at 8:51.

Schneider did his best to hold off the onslaught up to that point with spectacular stops against Cam Atkinson and David Savard.

Columbus broke through when Karlsson, shooting from a sharp angle, banked his own rebound off Schneider's right pad.

The Blue Jackets skated off at the first intermission with the one-goal lead and a 14-4 shots advantage.

The tide turned in the Devils' favor in the second as they started the period with 3:12 of carry-over power-play time.

New Jersey didn't score with that man advantage but did finally beat Bobrovsky shortly thereafter, thanks to some slick passing.

Henrique started and finished the play. He stripped the puck from Boone Jenner and fed it to Mike Cammalleri motoring down the right wing. Cammalleri then delivered a perfect return pass to Henrique for a high wrister from the left dot over Bobrovsky.

The Devils controlled the tempo most of the period, denying the Blue Jackets a shot on goal for the first 16 minutes.

But in the last 4 minutes, Columbus launched a big push that paid off with Calvert's goal at 18:36.

Atkinson unloaded a drive from the left point and Schneider made a stick stop. Calvert was right on the spot to steer in the rebound.

Henrique seemingly tied the game with a second score 8 minutes into the third. The goal was waved off when the officials ruled that Columbus, about to be assessed a delayed penalty, had gained control of the puck before Henrique put it in the net.

Bobrovsky stopped everything else, making 10 saves in the third - including a goal-mouth bid by Andy Greene with a minute left.

Both teams welcomed back significant players.

Patrik Elias made his first appearance of the season for the Devils. The team's career leader in goals and points had been sidelined since training camp with a right knee injury.

The Blue Jackets regained a pair of centers: Brandon Dubinsky (elbow) and Alexander Wennberg (foot) had both missed six games.

NOTES: Scott Hartnell played in his 100th game for Columbus. . The Blue Jackets are the only team that hasn't played an overtime game this season. . New Jersey scratched RWs Brian O'NeillJiri Tlusty and D David Schlemko. The Columbus scratches were defensemen Justin Falk and Fedor Tyutin. . Devils RW Kyle Palmieri took a hard hit along the boards in the first period and returned for the second with a full face shield attached to his helmet.

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Devils activate LW Patrik Elias from IR
New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the Arizona Coyotes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The New Jersey Devils have activated left wing Patrik Elias from the injured reserve (Devils, Nov. 25).  

Elias, 39, suffered a right knee injury during training camp and has not played yet this season.

"You hear that all the time (from) lots of guys who get back from a layoff," Elias said to reporters on Wednesday. "I've just got to simplify the game for me and try to work myself back into not necessarily shape but more of the rhythm of playing the game obviously, having that many bodies out there. So, I'm looking forward to it."

Devils head coach John Hynes said Elias will play with the third line on Wednesday night. 

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Devils host Blue Jackets on Wednesday night
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) guards his net against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. (Sergei Belski)

(AP) -- The New Jersey Devils attempt the fewest average shots in the NHL but it was the Columbus Blue Jackets who somehow prevailed in the last meeting despite finishing with the league's lowest total.

Sergei Bobrovsky has won his last three starts against the Devils and is expected to be opposed by one of the league's best in Cory Schneider in Wednesday night's matchup at the Prudential Center.

New Jersey (11-8-1) averages 25.3 shots and its success is predicated on the strong play of Schneider, who ranks among the league leaders with 10 wins and a 2.05 goals-against average. He made 36 saves in Sunday's 3-2 road win over his former team, Vancouver.

Columbus (8-14-0) beat New Jersey 3-1 on Oct. 27, with Bobrovsky making 23 saves and Schneider 11. No team this season has registered fewer than the Blue Jackets' 14 shots.

Bobrovsky has posted a 1.67 GAA in his last three meetings with New Jersey.

Last month's matchup was the third game for John Tortorella as Blue Jackets coach, and he said the club "didn't play that well" that night. Columbus fell to 8-7-0 under him with Sunday's 5-3 home defeat to San Jose.

Bobrovsky made 24 saves on 28 shots after posting a 1.00 GAA in winning his previous four starts. He seemed on course for a fifth straight victory before the Blue Jackets blew a two-goal lead in the third period and allowed the final four goals.

"They found a way to win," Tortorella said. "We found a way to lose."

Columbus is hoping forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Alexander Wennberg return from six-game absences Wednesday. They practiced Tuesday and were activated off injured reserve, though Tortorella said he would wait until the morning skate to determine their status.

The Blue Jackets lost winger Rene Bourque for at least a week due to an upper-body injury suffered Sunday. Defenseman Fedor Tyutin will miss a second straight game with a broken nose.

Tortorella spent the two days in practice leading up to this game looking for more energy from his team.

"We need to be consistently harder and we need to play with pace, and we haven't been consistent with that," he told the Blue Jackets' official website. "I don't think we have a full understanding of the standard you have to be at every single game. How hard you play and how hard you are and the pace you play with, you can control that."

Ryan Johansen, who missed the first game against the Devils with an illness, has recorded eight points in his last seven contests. He has no points in five games at New Jersey.

Mike Cammalleri has seven points in his past four games for New Jersey, recording a goal and two assists Sunday as the Devils avoided an 0-3-0 trip.

"We wanted to play better than we had the last couple of games and not have our play continue to go south," coach John Hynes said. "We did that tonight and fortunately we were able to find a way to win in the process."

New Jersey has scored one power-play goal in five straight contests while Columbus is 0 for 11 with the man advantage in its last 11.

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Cammalleri, Devils claim road win over Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Cory Schneider wasn't worried about beating his former team. All the goalie cared about was helping the New Jersey Devils end their road trip on a positive note.

Schneider stopped 36 shots and Mike Cammalleri added a goal and two assists Sunday as the Devils beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 to snap a two-game slide.

Drafted by Vancouver back in 2004, Schneider spent three seasons with the Canucks before getting traded to New Jersey at the 2013 draft as part of the goaltending soap opera that would also eventually see Roberto Luongo dealt by Vancouver.

"As a group we needed two points," Schneider said. "It's a building I played in a lot and got very comfortable in and tonight was one of those nights I felt good about my game."

The 29-year-old was 0-1-1 in his first two starts at Rogers Arena with the Devils, who were coming off losses at Edmonton and Calgary.

Cammalleri said he got a first-hand look at what Schneider meant to fans in Vancouver when they went for lunch during the weekend.

"We were calling him the mayor because he was getting cat calls from the whole city everywhere we went," Cammalleri said. "It seems like he was quite appreciated."

Andy Greene and Adam Henrique also scored for New Jersey.

Henrik Sedin and Radim Vrbata, with less than a second left in the third period, replied for Vancouver, while Jacob Markstrom made 19 stops in his first home start of the season as the Canucks rested No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller.

Vancouver was unable to build off a 6-3 victory against Chicago on Saturday to get back in the win column following a dismal 1-4-2 road trip that included a 4-3 overtime loss at New Jersey.

The Canucks directed 19 shots at Schneider in the third, but finished a disappointing 1 for 7 on the power play on the night.

"Our power play could have gotten us back in the game," said Sedin. "We had a lot of chances, just couldn't score. It's something we have to look at again."

New Jersey opened the scoring 65 seconds into the second when Cammalleri outwaited Markstrom in front to slide home his seventh of the season.

Vancouver had a couple of good chances to tie the score as the period wore on, but Schneider stopped Daniel Sedin twice on a Vancouver power play before making a nice blocker save off Vrbata.

New Jersey then made it 2-0 at 1:31 of the third when Greene's shot from the point on a man advantage caught Markstrom out of position.

"Team-wise I thought we played a pretty good game," Markstrom said. "It comes down to timely saves and timely goals. Schneider made some great saves in the third and I let in some goals when I need to step up and make a save.

"That doesn't feel too good right now."

The Canucks had a golden opportunity with about five minutes gone in the third after New Jersey defenseman John Moore closed his hand on the puck in the crease, but Schneider stretched to stop Vrbata's ensuing penalty shot.

Henrik Sedin, who recorded the first five-point game of his career on Saturday, gave Vancouver some life with a short-handed goal for his seventh at 7:31 off a turnover by Schneider, but Henrique put any thoughts of a comeback to bed just 2:04 later when he snapped his ninth past Markstrom.

"It felt like the game could have turned around, but when they come back and score the third one right away it takes a lot of wind out of us," Sedin said. "That was too bad."

Vrbata scored a consolation goal on the power play with under a second to go in regulation.

"It's really disappointing," Sedin said. "It was a chance for us to get moving up in the standings and start feeling good about ourselves and get some wins and get some momentum. That didn't happen.

"I thought we played good enough to win, but it doesn't count."

NOTES: Vrbata returned to the Vancouver lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. ... The Devils host Columbus on Wednesday. ... The Canucks open a four-game road trip on Wednesday night in Minnesota before travelling to Dallas, Anaheim and Los Angeles.

Devils look to bounce back vs. Canucks
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) guards his net against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

(AP) -- While the New Jersey Devils have come back to earth on their current road trip, the Vancouver Canucks finally got off the ground in their long-awaited return home.

The Devils will try to avoid a winless three-game trip Sunday night while the Canucks hope to win two straight for the first time in nearly three weeks.

New Jersey (10-8-1) was one of the league's hottest teams with a 10-3-0 stretch from Oct. 18-Nov. 14.

The Devils' roll came to a halt, though, with consecutive losses to open their trip - 3-2 at Calgary on Tuesday and 5-1 at Edmonton on Friday. They were New Jersey's first back-to-back defeats since opening the season with four straight.

The Oilers handed the Devils their worst loss of the season with four goals against backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid and an empty-netter for good measure.

"We didn't play to our capabilities and the result was what it was," coach John Hynes said. "We didn't really play well enough in any facet of the game to find a way to win."

New Jersey will attempt to get back on track at a place it hasn't won often. The Devils are 4-13-1 at Vancouver all-time and 1-5-1 there since March 4, 2000.

They have won the last two games of this series, but the Canucks won the previous six - including three at Rogers Arena.

Cory Schneider will be back in net for the Devils to face his former team. Schneider, who spent his first five seasons with Vancouver, is 1-1-2 with a 2.21 goals-against average in four games against his the Canucks.

Vancouver (8-7-6) went 1-4-2 on a recent road trip before returning home Saturday with a 6-3 victory over Chicago. Daniel Sedin recorded his sixth career hat trick and twin brother Henrik Sedin had a goal and four assists.

Daniel Sedin scored two goals two minutes apart late in the third period and added an assist. He has goals in three straight games and points in four in a row. Henrik Sedin has points in 10 of his last 12 games, and his five against the Blackhawks were a career high.

"When you really need your leadership is when you're going through a tough time," Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said. "We needed it and they stepped up."

Daniel has four goals and seven assists in his last 12 games against New Jersey, while Henrik has a pair of goals and 13 points in that same span.

"Halfway through that road trip I think we started to play a little bit better," Daniel Sedin said. "We didn't see any results, but we stuck with it and tonight we showed how good we can be if we play the right way."

Ryan Miller surrendered all four goals in a 4-3 loss at New Jersey on Nov. 8, but he had won his previous three starts against the Devils with a .963 save percentage. Backup Jacob Markstrom allowed six goals in his last start against New Jersey on April 20, 2013, while with Florida. It is unclear who will earn the start.

Vancouver's power play has been very productive lately, going 3 for 4 on Saturday and 8 for 21 over the past five games.

The Canucks have won three of four at home after opening the season with five straight losses at Rogers Arena, three in overtime.

Devils allow four unanswered goals in loss
Nov 20, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) dives across the net but can't stop Edmonton Oilers defensemen Oscar Klefbom (77) (not pictured) from scoring during the second period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall each had a goal and two assists and the Edmonton Oilers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-1 on Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Oscar Klefbom, Jordan Eberle and Mark Letestu also scored and the Oilers won for just the second time in seven outings. Anders Nilsson made 19 saves.

The Devils lost their second in a row. Kyle Palmieri had their lone goal.

Edmonton started the scoring 7 minutes into the opening period when Hall made a terrific feed in front and Draisaitl was able to deflect the puck at full speed past goalie Keith Kinkaid. It was the seventh goal and 15th point in 10 games for the German-born forward. He also has 17 assists.

The Devils tied the game on the power play 6 minutes into the second period when Palmieri walked in and picked the top corner on Nilsson.

Edmonton got that goal back a minute later. Teddy Purcell spotted Klefbom creeping in from the point and the Oilers defenseman was able to send the feed into a wide-open net.

The Oilers made it 3-1 early in the third on the power play. Eberle was allowed to take several whacks at the puck from the side of the net before banking it in off the skate of Devils forward Lee Stempniak.

With 7 minutes left, Letestu picked off a pass and sent a shot that went off Kinkaid's glove and in.

The Devils pulled their goalie with more than 3 minutes remaining, and Hall scored on the empty net with an assist by Draisaitl.

Notes: The Devils return to the ice on Sunday, finishing off a three-game Western Canadian swing in Vancouver. The Oilers kick off a five-game trip in Washington on Monday. ... Out of the lineup for the Oilers were Connor McDavid (collarbone), Justin Schultz (back), Rob Klinkhammer (leg), Luke Gazdic (illness) and Andrej Sekera (illness). ... Missing with injuries for New Jersey were Tuomo Ruutu (foot) and Patrik Elias (knee). ... Backup goalie Kinkaid made his fourth start of the season in place of Cory Schneider.

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Tonight's Game: New Jersey Devils at Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall (4) celebrates after scoring a goal (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils are in Edmonton on Friday night to take on the Oilers at 9 p.m. ET.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils have earned at least a point in 14 of their last 17 games at Edmonton (10-3-3-1). In their last trip to Edmonton (almost a year ago today -- November 21, 2014), Cory Schneider made 29 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Oilers.
  • New Jersey's Adam Henrique has scored six of his team-high eight goals on the road. Henrique posted a four-game road goal scoring streak to start the season, but has just one in his last four contests away from home.
  • The Devils are 5-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game this season. New Jersey and Pittsburgh (9-0-0) are the only two NHL teams that are undefeated when scoring the game's first goal. However, their five games in which they have scored first are tied with Winnipeg for the fewest in the NHL.
  • In the past six games since Connor McDavid's been out of the lineup, Oilers' 2014 third overall pick Leon Draisaitl leads the team with seven points (three goals and four assists). Draisaitl posted 16 points in his first 40 career games before the McDavid injury with Edmonton.
  • Devils' goalie Cory Schneider has a 1.74 GAA in nine career starts against the Oilers. He's allowed two goals or fewer in eight of those starts, including two shutouts.
  • The Oilers have 96 combined points by players 25 and younger this season (based on age as of November 20), the most in the NHL (24-year old Taylor Hall's 21 points are tied for the third most in the league by 25 years and younger players).
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Cory Schneider, Devils defense leading New Jersey into Edmonton
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) guards his net against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils are enjoying a solid season, though they know they aren't making it easy on themselves by relying mostly on defense and goaltender Cory Schneider.

The Edmonton Oilers are trying to stay positive through some difficult times.

The visiting Devils are hoping to get untracked offensively and hand the Oilers a fourth straight loss Friday night.

New Jersey (10-7-1) is averaging an NHL-worst 25.8 shots, managing 20 in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Calgary in the opener of a three-game trip.

"It's hard to win games with two goals," winger Lee Stempniak said. "You'd like to see us score another goal and give ourselves a chance."

Schneider was upset that he allowed two goals in a 3:29 span of the first period. The game was scoreless to that point, with the Devils feeling they had the better opportunities.

"I thought we had some real quality chances early in the game before they made it 1-0 that we didn't capitalize on and then we had some real good pushes late that we weren't able to finish," coach John Hynes said.

Schneider owns a 1.63 career goals-against average versus Edmonton for his second-best mark against a Western Conference foe. He posted a 29-save shutout the last time he played at Rexall Place on Nov. 21, 2014.

The Devils are allowing 2.33 goals per game thanks in part to Schneider's 2.05 GAA. They have scored a power-play goal in three straight games and have killed off 29 of opponents' last 31 chances with the man advantage.

"They've got exceptional special teams," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "They've got a tremendous goaltender that can be the first star on any given night. They still have a defensive mind-set that's very strong, they don't beat themselves."

New Jersey could get its offense going against an Oilers club which has lost nine of 12 while allowing an average of 3.8 goals.

Edmonton (6-12-1) owns the NHL's worst record, though six losses in its last 11 games have been by one goal. That was the case in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime defeat to Chicago.

Leon Draisaitl helped the Oilers gain a point with the tying goal with 2:46 left in regulation. Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot also scored, and star Taylor Hall recorded his fifth point in four games.

"We also have to look at some of the things we're trying to implement systematically, individually as players, they have to be rewarded with some of the things they do well in nights where we don't win," McLellan said. "It's called progress, it doesn't show up in the wins and losses but we are moving forward."

Defenseman Oscar Klefbom and winger Matt Hendricks missed practice Thursday with absences that were not explained. Klefbom leads Edmonton in ice time while Hendricks is among the NHL leaders in winning face-offs at 59.8 percent.

New Jersey has received 33 combined points from Mike Cammalleri and Stempniak, who are former Flames who can expect to be booed by the Oilers faithful. Adam Henrique has scored six of his team-high eight goals on the road.

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Devils invite F Tyler Kennedy to a pro tryout on Wednesday
Tyler Kennedy spent last season with the Sharks and the Islanders. (AP)

The New Jersey Devils have invited F Tyler Kennedy to a pro tryout with the team on Wednesday (Devils, Nov. 18).

Kennedy, 29, is a eight-year veteran in the NHL. He was with the Devils during training camp before being released after appearing in three preseason games.

Last season, while playing for both the New York Islanders and San Jose Sharks, Kennedy scored six goals and had eight assists in 38 games played. He will join the Devils in Calgary on Wednesday to practice with the team.

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Devils fall to Flames, 3-2
The Devils recent struggles against the Flames continued in Tuesday's loss. (USA Today)

David Jones scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season and added an assist to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Jones one-timed a pass from linemate Joe Colborne past New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider at 6:09 of the second period for his 100th career NHL goal. That put Calgary up 3-1 and stood as the winner. It was also the first time Jones has scored this season during a win.

TJ Brodie and Matt Stajan also scored for the Flames, who beat the Devils for the sixth straight time dating back to Jan. 10, 2012.

Making his ninth straight start for Calgary, Karri Ramo stopped 18 shots.

Bobby Farnham and Jordin Tootoo scored for the Devils, while Schneider finished with 27 saves.

Calgary seeks sixth straight win over New Jersey
Cory Schneider and the Devils will look to grab their fifth win in six games Tuesday night against the Flames. (AP)

Confidence is building with the New Jersey Devils under the tutelage of first-year coachJohn Hynes, and having Cory Schneider in net is also giving them a major boost.

Schneider should get the chance to build on his first shutout as the surging Devils try to beat the Flames in Calgary for the first time in eight years Tuesday night.

Missing the playoffs for a third straight year last season prompted a change behind the bench for New Jersey (10-6-1), and so far the Devils have responded well to Hynes with 10 victories in 13 games following an 0-3-1 start.

"We talk about our competitive level all the time," left wing Mike Cammalleri said. "I think the results we've had yield a level of confidence. When we're hustling like this, we're able to accomplish a lot."

The Devils earned their fourth win in five games Saturday, getting a 21-save performance from Schneider in a 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh two days after a 3-2 win at defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago.

"We're starting to expect to play this way every game. It's great when everyone gets involved," Schneider said, alluding to New Jersey's seven goal scorers over the last two games. "It's a lot of fun."

Schneider is 9-4-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average in 14 starts this season, but his GAA drops to 1.56 with a .944 save percentage while winning five of his last seven. He's stopped 44 of 47 shots over his past two meetings with Calgary (6-12-1), but lost both at home with New Jersey mustering only one goal.

The Devils have lost five straight to the Flames and four in a row at Scotiabank Saddledome dating to an overtime victory Dec. 23, 2007.

Cammalleri spent two-plus seasons with Calgary from 2012-14 before joining New Jersey as a free agent. He scored in both meetings with his former team last season and enters the opener of this three-game trip through Western Canada with three goals and three assists over the past six games. His three points Saturday gave him a team-leading 17.

The Flames are home for two straight in the middle of a nine-game stretch featuring seven on the road. They concluded a 1-3 trip by giving up four unanswered goals in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks, who visit Calgary on Friday.

David Jones is tied with Sean Monahan with six goals, scoring three in the past four games after going 10 without one. He found the net again Sunday but has no points in five meetings with New Jersey.

Johnny Gaudreau will surely be thrilled with a return home after going without a point and posting a minus-5 during the trip. The left wing has accumulated 11 of his team-high 17 points in Calgary, including nine in the last five games.

A New Jersey native, Gaudreau's only point in two meetings with the Devils came in a 5-4 shootout win at home on Nov. 22.

Karri Ramo is expected to be back in net after stopping 37 of 40 shots Sunday. He's won three straight starts against New Jersey behind a 1.64 GAA.

Schneider records shutout as Devils rout Penguins, 4-0
Cory Schneider celebrates with teammates after securing a shutout against the Penguins. (AP)
New Jersey is off to a strong start, and Cory Schneider thinks more success is coming for the Devils.

Schneider made 21 stops for his first shutout of the season and Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists, leading New Jersey to a dominant 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

"We're starting to expect to play this way every game," Schneider said. "This was an important game for everyone. It's great when everyone gets involved. It's a lot of fun."

David SchlemkoBobby Farnham and Lee Stempniak also scored for surprising New Jersey, which has won four of five. Adam Henrique added two assists.

The Devils (10-6-1) didn't earn their 10th win last season until Dec. 4, when they beat Toronto to improve to 10-12-4. It's definitely a different team under the tutelage of first-year coach John Hynes.

"The players have a good understanding of what we want to happen," Hynes said. "We had a real good strong team effort tonight. Cory gave us a strong performance. We had 60 minutes of strong hockey tonight."

The players seems to be buying into Hynes' system and ideology so far.

"We talk about our competitive level all the time," Cammalleri said. "I think the results we've had yield a level of confidence. When we're hustling like this, we're able to accomplish a lot."

Pittsburgh (10-7-0) lost for the second straight night after winning seven of their previous eight games. The Penguins held a team meeting after the game.

"We needed it to address why we played a game like that," center Sidney Crosby said. "That's really what you're trying to get out of it. That's pretty much the bottom line."

Schneider was only tested only a handful of times in his 17th career shutout. He had a nice save with his blocking pad on Crosby, who has only two goals in 17 games.

"I have to be patient with these guys," Schneider said. "Making a save like that is a little more rewarding. I only had to make a handful of difficult ones, but that was one of them."

Schlemko scored at 15:28 of the first off a scramble in front, a play that was reviewed in Toronto. The Devils opened a 2-0 lead in the second when Cammalleri scored on a power play, making a smart pass to himself with his skate to his stick.

Farnham came out of the penalty box and was able to score right away in the opening stages of the third. It was Farnham's second goal of the season; he was claimed off waivers by the Devils from Pittsburgh on Oct. 26.

"It's always in your head when you're coming out of the box that you want to make a play," Farnham said. "You have to think defense first, but when you sense the play can give you the chance to take a risk, you do it. I stayed with the puck and it was nice to score, because goals are hard to come by in this league."

Jeff Zatkoff made 33 saves for Pittsburgh in his third start of the season.

"The position we put (Zatkoff) in was awful," Crosby said. "He had to make save after save. That's not the way we play. Tonight was a matter of work ethic. We didn't deserve to win."

Stempniak closed the scoring with his fourth goal late in the third period. He also had an assist and is tied for the team lead with Cammalleri with 10.

NOTES: Patrik Elias, the Devils' career leading scorer who has been sidelined by a knee injury, participated in the morning skate for the first time, but would not speculate about a possible return. Elias was greeted by the team tapping their sticks on the ice as a sign of respect. The 39-year-old Elias is without a contract and would like to return, but has no idea when. … Hynes started Farnham against his former team. Farnham lost his helmet on the first trip down the ice. … Actress Kate Hudson was among the fans in the stands.

Devils welcome Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins to Newark
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins travel to Newark to take on the Devils. (AP)

First-year Devils coach John Hynes is thrilled with more than his club's victories so far this season, and a win over the team sitting right above New Jersey in the standings should add to the list.

After sweeping the season series from the reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Devils look to extend their home success against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

New Jersey (9-6-1) has missed the playoffs for three straight seasons and was widely expected to be among the NHL's worst teams in 2015-16. Opening with four losses seemed to confirm those predictions, but the Devils have since gone 9-3-0 to gain renewed optimism.
The club didn't reach 10 wins last season until Dec. 4 after 26 games.

"What we're real happy with, even more than the record, is just the way the team's come together," Hynes said. "Guys are playing for one another. There's a lot of belief in how we're playing."

That was evident in Thursday's 3-2 win at Chicago, which was New Jersey's second over the Blackhawks during a 3-1-0 stretch.

Sergey Kalinin has been a pleasant surprise of late with two goals and one assist over the past three games. The 24-year-old rookie right wing, who spent the last five seasons in Russia's KHL, assisted on Kyle Palmieri's goal Thursday before netting the decisive power-play tally with 2:27 to play.

"The game-winner was great," Hynes said. "We have him now net-front on the power play, which he earned."

Palmieri, who set up Kalinin's winner, has five goals and six assists over the last eight games after getting three points in the first eight. The right wing, though, only has one assist in four career meetings with Pittsburgh (10-6-0).


Adam Henrique has three goals over the last four matchups in Newark, and the Devils are 6-0-1 in their last seven there against the Penguins. A regulation win in this contest would move New Jersey past Pittsburgh into third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Pittsburgh has followed a six-game winning streak by losing two of three after falling 2-1 at home to Columbus on Friday.

The Penguins' power play continues to be a major problem, ranking among the worst in the league with a 13.0 percent success rate. The unit is 0 for 10 over the last two games after scoring one goal in each of the previous five.

"We've shown at different times we're capable of doing that but with the group that we have, it should kind of flow a little bit better than it has," center Sidney Crosby said.
Crosby has just two goals and seven assists, but all his points have come in just five games. He went without a point for the 11th time Friday and had only one shot on goal.

A visit to New Jersey may not help Crosby since he has one goal and two assists over his last six games there. Evgeni Malkin has been kept off the scoresheet in his last four games in Newark and has just three points in the past 10.

Marc-Andre Fleury may be rested after making 26 saves against the Blue Jackets. He's 8-6-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average in 14 games but hasn't played on back-to-back nights this season. In two such situations, the Penguins have turned to Jeff Zatkoff, who has won both of his starts with a 2.00 GAA.

Zatkoff would be facing the Devils for the first time, while Fleury is 5-14-1 with a 2.95 GAA in 20 career matchups on the road.

Devils beat Blackhawks again
The Devils completed the season sweep over the Blackhawks. (AP)

Sergey Kalinin scored on a power play with 2:37 remaining to give the Devils a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks Thusday in Chicago.

Cory Scheider made 27 saves and Kyle Palmieri scored his fifth goal in his past eight games as the Devils defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions for the second time in six days. The Devils won 4-2 at home last Friday.

Patrick Kane scored the game's first goal 6:42 into the first period.

Adam Henrique tied it for the Devils 59 seconds into the second before Palmieri gave the Devils a 2-1 lead with 2:59 left in the period. Artemi Panarin tied it with 6:49 left in the third before Kalinin's goal.

Chicago had swept the four meetings over the previous two seasons before Friday's loss.

Since starting 1-3-1, New Jersey is 9-3-0, and has won five of seven on the road. Chicago was 7-1-1 at home with at least a point from the last eight.

Schneider, who has a 1.69 GAA over a 4-2-0 span, is 4-3-1 against the Blackhawks.

Devils set to face Kane, Blackhawks
Patrick Kane celebrates after lighting the lamp for Chicago. (AP)

The Chicago Blackhawks are closer to the bottom of the Central Division than the top through 15 games, but the new pieces surrounding franchise mainstays such as Patrick Kane might be coming together as they have in years past.

Kane is finding footing with linemates Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin, and the trio will try to keep it going Thursday night against the visiting New Jersey Devils.

The two teams met Friday with the Devils (8-6-1) winning 4-2 at home, but Kane still managed to score, then remained hot with a goal and three assists in Sunday's 4-2 home win over Edmonton. Kane has scored in four straight games and has seven goals and 10 assists on a 10-game point streak. He also has at least a point - six goals and 12 assists - in all nine home games this year.

But that's just part of it. The rookie Panarin had two goals and an assist against the Oilers and is averaging a point a game, while first-year Blackhawks center Anisimov added a goal and an assist.

"All three of us, the way we want to play is very similar," said Kane, who's 23 points are tied with Dallas' Tyler Seguin for the NHL lead. "I think we do a good job of supporting the puck, hanging on to the puck, trying to make plays."

The Blackhawks (8-6-1), however, aren't exactly following through with results, giving up 3.67 goals per game over a 2-3-1 span. Corey Crawford allowed three goals on 13 shots against the Devils, then stopped 34 of 36 against the Oilers with 22 second-period stops. Even so, he has a 3.68 GAA over a 2-2-1 span.

"(Sunday's game) was a good one for me, to get back into it," said Crawford, who's 1-1-1 with a 2.07 GAA against the Devils. "It was a big win for us."

Chicago had swept the four meetings over the previous two seasons before Friday's loss. New Jersey got a goal and an assist from Kyle Palmieri, Lee Stempniak and Travis Zajac. Palmieri has four goals and five assists in his last seven games after beginning his first season with the Devils with three points through eight contests. Stempniak has six points in his last four against Chicago.

The Devils followed up that win with Sunday's 4-3 victory over Vancouver but concluded the three-game homestand with Tuesday's 2-0 loss to St. Louis.

They were pleased with their start, then were outshot 14-4 in the second period.

"We have to go back and figure out what happened between the first and second and make sure we don't have that kind of lull coming out of a really good period in the first," said Cory Schneider, who made 26 saves. "We have to figure out a way to play like that for three periods."

Despite the latest loss, confidence is growing for a club that finished seventh in the Metropolitan last season and started 0-3-1. Since, New Jersey is 8-3-0, and it's won four of six on the road this season. Chicago, however, is 7-1-1 at home with at least a point from the last eight. A road win against the defending Stanley Cup champions would only further the Devils' confidence.

"I think we are coming to expect that we want to beat every team," Schneider said after the Chicago win. "You can't just feel good or get up for certain games. You have to get up for all of them and we are developing that mentality right now."

Schneider, who has a 1.78 GAA over a 3-2-0 span, is 3-3-1 with a 3.06 GAA against the Blackhawks.

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Devils head coach John Hynes believes the team has learned a lot and put themselves in an advantageous position so far this season.

Devils head coach John Hynes believes the team has learned a lot and put themselves in an advantageous position so far this season.

Devils owner sorry for chopper preventing youth soccer game
Josh Harris landed his helicopter on a youth soccer field Sunday. (AP)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - An owner of the NHL's New Jersey Devils is apologizing to two youth soccer teams after his helicopter landed on the field where they were going to play, forcing the game's cancellation.

Officials at a Newark prep school that lets Devils owner Josh Harris and others use its field say an apparent scheduling error was to blame.

The helicopter was at the school Sunday night to pick up Harris after a Devils game at the Prudential Center that went into overtime.

Harris, who also owns the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, says he understands the frustration of the soccer players' families because he's also spent many hours watching his kids play sports.

He said Wednesday such a mix-up won't happen again.

He's also inviting the teams and their families to be his guests at a Devils game.

Devils shut out by Blues, 2-0
The Devils couldn't slip the puck past Jake Allen in a shutout loss. (AP)

Jake Allen made 24 saves for his second straight shutout, Martin Havlat scored against his former team and the St. Louis Blues beat the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Allen, coming off a career-high 45 saves in a 4-0 win Saturday over Nashville, had an easier time against New Jersey. It was his third shutout this season and the eighth of his career.

Havlat, who signed with St. Louis last week after spending last season in New Jersey, opened the scoring in his season debut. The goal was set up by Scott Gomez, who also played for the Devils last season.

Both landed with the Blues as free agents.

Magnus Paajarvi added a goal in the third period as the Blues won for the sixth time in seven games while improving to 7-1 in their last eight against the Devils.

Cory Schneider stopped 26 shots for New Jersey, which was 8-2 in its previous 10 overall.

The Devils outshot the Blues 11-6 in a scoreless first period. Although New Jersey had the shot advantage, the Blues had two of the best chances thanks to Vladimir Tarasenko.

He tested Schneider with a hard drive off a right-wing rush early in the game, and later had another good chance when Kyle Palmieri coughed up the puck outside the blue line. Tarasenko broke into the Devils zone, only to be denied by Schneider's pad stop.

The Blues stepped up the tempo in the second period, and the pressure paid off with the goal by Havlat.

St. Louis opened the frame with an 11-1 edge in shots. Havlat scored at 4:57, flipping a high shot from between the circles past Schneider.

The feed came from Gomez as the former Devils celebrated returns to New Jersey.

The Blues finished the period with a 14-4 shot advantage, and the one-goal lead.

Paajarvi upped it to 2-0 in the third, netting the rebound of Alex Pietrangelo's shot at 3:28.

The remaining drama centered on Allen's shutout bid. He made a sharp stop on Mike Cammalleri's rebound bid midway through the period.

Damon Severson did fire a shot past Allen as time expired. A video review determined the puck entered the net too late to count.

NOTES: It was also the first appearance in New Jersey by longtime star goalie Martin Brodeur in his role as assistant general manager of the Blues. Brodeur returned before the season when the Devils announced his No. 30 will be retired Feb. 9. Brodeur received a standing ovation when his image appeared on the video board during a first-period stoppage. … It was the third game of a four-game road trip for the Blues that concludes against the New York Rangers on Thursday night. . Devils D Adam Larsson will not face additional discipline for his hit on Vancouver's Jared McCann on Sunday. Larsson received a 5-minute major for interference and a game misconduct. The NHL's Department of Player Safety reviewed the play and decided not to impose a suspension or fine. . The Devils wore camouflage jerseys during the pregame warmup as part of Military Appreciation Night.

Tonight's Game: Blues at Devils
Alex Steen and the Blues should prove to be a handful for the Devils. (AP)

The Devils play host to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

  • The Blues blanked the Predators, 4-0, at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night, winning their second straight tilt, and for the fifth time in the last six skates overall. St. Louis has netted at least four goals six times on the road in 2015-16 - tied with Dallas and Tampa Bay for most in the NHL.
  • New Jersey defeated Vancouver, 4-3, in overtime at Prudential Center on Sunday, and has won two straight, and four of its last five games overall. Dating to December 4 last season, the Devils have won 14 consecutive tilts when netting at least four goals.
  • The Blues swept two from the Devils in 2014-15, beating New Jersey, 1-0, on the road and, 4-3, at Scottrade Center. St. Louis has defeated New Jersey three straight times overall by a combined score of 8-3.
  • Alex Pietrangelo netted his first goal of the season Saturday night, giving him three points in his last two skates overall. Blues' defensemen have combined to score nine times in 2015-16 - tied for most of any NHL club.
  • Including the game-winning marker in overtime, Kyle Palmieri recorded his second straight multi-point performance Sunday (1g, 1a), garnering first-star accolades for the second consecutive contest. Palmieri has four goals and five assists in his last six skates.
  • New Jersey has five overtime/shootout wins in 2015-16 - most of any NHL team. The Devils had just six overtime/shootout victories last season (tied for second fewest in the league).
Devils can match longest win streak from last season
Mike Cammalleri celebrates with teammates after netting a goal. (AP)

The New Jersey Devils' longest home win streak last season lasted just four games and didn't reach its climax until their 30th contest at Prudential Center in late February.

Playing only their ninth game of this season's home slate, the Devils can match that streak Tuesday night if they can solve Jake Allen and the St. Louis Blues.

New Jersey (8-5-1) has missed the playoffs for three straight seasons and finished seventh in the Metropolitan Division in 2014-15. The club's 46 points in Newark were its fewest in a 41-game home schedule in team history.

The Devils showed few signs of improvement to start this season, losing three straight at home as part of a 0-3-1 overall start. However, they've bounced back by going 8-2-0 with wins in four of five at home, including three straight after Kyle Palmieri scored with 1:27 left in overtime of Sunday's 4-3 win over Vancouver.

"You want to make home ice a tough place to play. That goes a long way in an 82-game season," Palmieri said. "You want teams to know the identity you have."

Palmieri is helping New Jersey carve out that identity, scoring four goals with five assists in the past six games after getting three points during the first eight. He has four points through the first two of this three-game homestand.

The Devils, though, are 1-5-1 in their last seven meetings with the Blues and 1-3-1 over the last five played in New Jersey. They dropped both matchups last season, beating Allen on just three of 53 shots.

Allen made 26 saves in a 1-0 win at Prudential Center on Nov. 4, 2014, and he'll reportedly get the nod again. He's won five of his last six starts overall with a 1.03 goals-against average and two shutouts.

Allen made a career-high 45 saves in Saturday's 4-0 win at Nashville as St. Louis (10-3-1) got its fifth win in six games. The Blues have 10 goals in their last two, going 3 for 5 on the power play after coming up empty on 21 chances over the previous six games.

"You need to win the special-teams game if you expect to win on the road," coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Special teams is what delivered the club's previous win in New Jersey with Vladimir Tarasenko scoring a power-play goal in the third period. Although the right winger has scored just one of his seven goals this season on the power play, he's collected 11 of his 13 points in eight road games.

Colton Parayko has five goals and five assists, but the rookie defenseman has seven of those points in his past seven. He got his team-leading second power-play goal Saturday.

It's unclear if the Devils will be without defenseman Adam Larsson, who could be facing a suspension from the NHL for his hit on the Canucks' Jared McCann in the third period Sunday. He was assessed a 5-minute major for interference and a game misconduct.

Tootoo claims Burrows disparaged 'personal life and family'
Jordin Tootoo and Alexandre Burrows are separated from officials during their Sunday night contest. (AP)

New Jersey winger Jordin Tootoo said Vancouver's Alexandre Burrows made disparaging comments about his "personal life and family" during the Devils' 4-3 overtime victory Sunday night.

Tootoo, the first Inuit player to make it to the NHL, said Burrows made the comments while they were serving penalties in the second period.

Tootoo said the remarks were "classless and unacceptable in this day and age." He said he challenged Burrows to a fight and Burrows declined. Tootoo did fight Derek Dorsett.

The 32-year-old Tootoo entered the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program in December 2010 because of an alcohol problem. His brother, minor-league hockey player Terence, committed suicide in 2002 following an arrest for drunk driving.

"I have no respect for that guy," Tootoo said about Burrows. "Nor should the NHL. They shouldn't tolerate stuff like that."

Burrows talked to the media at the same time Tootoo was speaking, and wasn't available later to respond to Tootoo's comments.

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Palmieri's OT goal lifts Devils over Canucks 4-3
Kyle Palmieri's overtime goal sealed the win for the Devils. (AP)

Kyle Palmieri scored on the power play with 1:27 left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils endured a rally by the Vancouver Canucks for a 4-3 victory on Sunday night.

The Canucks made it 3-3 with consecutive goals by Alexander Edler and Sven Baertschi in the second period, with Baertschi tying it with 5:54 left.

Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves, and Adam Henrique, Mike Cammalleri and Sergey Kalinin also scored for New Jersey. The Devils have won four of their past five games and eight of 10 since a 0-3-1 start.

Ryan Miller made 24 saves, Chris Higgins also scored and Vancouver lost its third straight.

Higgins scored 2:20 into the game, but then Henrique and Cammalleri got goals later in the first and Kalinin made it 3-1 midway through the second.

Zajac has goal, assist in 1st as Devils beat Blackhawks 4-2
The Devils jumped out to an early lead with three first-period goals against the Blackhawks. (AP)

Travis Zajac capped a three-goal first period with a goal and an assist in a 26-second span and the New Jersey Devils embarrassed the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night.

The Blackhawks' poor performance came a day after an upstate New York prosecutor decided not to bring rape charges against Chicago star forward Patrick Kane because of a lack of credible evidence following a three-month investigation.

Kane extended his goal-scoring streak to three games and his points streak to nine (six goals, seven assists).

The Devils dominated in winning for the seventh time in nine games, sending the Blackhawks to their second straight loss and ending a four-game losing streak against Chicago.

Lee Stempniak and Kyle Palmieri had a goal and an assist, Severson added two assists and Mike Cammalleri tallied a goal as New Jersey took a 4-0 lead in the opening 27:28.

Tonight's Game: Blackhawks at Devils
Marian Hossa and the Blackhawks travel to Newark to take on the Devils. (AP)

The Devils host the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. on Friday.

  • The Blackhawks have won four in a row and seven of their last nine games against the Devils (7-1-1). New Jersey has been held to two goals or fewer in seven of those nine meetings against Chicago.
  • The Blackhawks scored all five of their goals in the first period in their 6-5 overtime home loss to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. Chicago last scored five goals in a period on March 5, 2010, in a 6-3 win over Vancouver. Chicago, which had won six straight at home, hadn't scored more than four times in a game this season.
  • Chicago enters Newark tonight riding a four-game road losing streak and have been outscored 15-6 in those games. Anaheim is the only NHL team with a road losing streak of five or more games this season (six - still active).
  • The Blackhawks have given up 16 goals over a current 1-2-1 span without standout defenseman Duncan Keith after winning their first three without him in the lineup while allowing just two just goals.
  • After going without a point in his first four games, New Jersey's Travis Zajac has recorded eight points in his last seven with three goals in his last three games.
  • After going 0-3-1 in their first four games, the Devils' 6-2-0 record since October 18 is tied for the fourth best record in the NHL. Five of the six wins during this stretch has come by one goal.
Devils begin a three-game homestand against the Blackhawks

(AP) - After at first functioning admirably without their top defenseman, the absence of Duncan Keith seems to be catching up with the Chicago Blackhawks.

They're still weeks away from getting him back from a torn meniscus, so they'll need to seek out a different solution beginning Friday night in New Jersey as they prepare to face the Devils twice in the next seven days with another top player having been cleared from an off-ice investigation.

Five first-period goals weren't enough for Chicago (7-5-1) in Wednesday's 6-5 home overtime loss to St. Louis, and the Blackhawks have given up 16 goals over a 1-2-1 span after winning their first three without Keith with two goals allowed.

"We had a good first period," coach Joel Quenneville told the team's official website. "Everything went in the net both ways for 40 minutes. I still think we look at the chances at the end of the game, it was probably a normal chance game. But the pucks were definitely going in tonight."

Patrick Kane, who won't face charges after prosecutors dropped a three-month rape investigation Thursday due to a lack of credible evidence, continued to produce with a goal and an assist for a second straight game on an eight-game point streak. His 18 points are among the league leaders, but he's been limited to a goal in 10 career matchups against New Jersey (6-5-1).

Brent Seabrook, Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen also had a goal and an assist, giving Seabrook 10 points on a seven-game streak - he has nine points in his last six against the Devils. The 21-year-old Teravainen has goals in consecutive games for the first time in his career.

They also got one from Marko Dano in his second game with the club after being acquired in a June 30 trade that sent Brandon Saad to Columbus.

"We got off to the start we wanted, and it's a good lesson to learn, I think, early in the season," goaltender Corey Crawford said. "Can't let that happen, especially against a good team. We gave them too many goals and let them back in the game. There were still some chances to win that game, but we'll learn from this one."

Crawford had been on a personal high prior to allowing six goals on 29 shots, posting a 1.34 goals-against average and .952 save percentage over a preceding 5-1-0 span.

Chicago has won four straight in this series, sweeping the last two seasons and averaging 3.11 goals over a 7-1-1 span. Crawford has had limited action against New Jersey but is 1-0-1 with a 0.96 GAA and .958 save percentage.

The Blackhawks also have a four-game road losing streak to contend with, on which they've been outscored 15-6.

The Devils, who have gone 6-2-0 in their last eight, are opening a three-game homestand after falling 2-1 to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Travis Zajac tied it early in the third period with his third goal in as many games, giving him all eight of his points in the last seven.

"We played pretty well, we created some chances but … have to find a way to get another one," Zajac said.

Cory Schneider hasn't required much support lately, posting a 1.63 GAA and .943 save percentage over a 2-1-0 span. He's 1-2-0 with a 2.68 GAA against the Blackhawks.

Chicago's Marian Hossa has missed two games with a lower-body injury, while New Jersey's Jiri Tlusty has sat out the last two with an upper-body injury.

Devils hire David Collins as chief financial officer
Travis Zajac's two goals lifted the Devils to a 4-1 victory Sunday night. (AP)

(AP) - The New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center have hired David Collins as the organization's executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Devils and Prudential Center chief executive Scott O'Neil announced the hiring on Wednesday, saying Collins brings more than 20 years of experience across a broad spectrum of businesses and industries to the organization.

Collins most recently served as a financial consultant with Experis Finance.

Devils fall to Isles, 2-1
Travis Hamonic looks to move the puck against the Devils. (AP)

Casey Cizikas scored the tie-breaking goal with 2:12 left in the third period to lift the New York Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Brock Nelson also scored and Jaroslav Halak stopped 23 shots for the Islanders, who had lost three straight (0-1-2) - including a shootout defeat at New Jersey on Saturday.

New York was without star center John Tavares for the third straight game due to what coach Jack Capuano said was flu-like symptoms.

Travis Zajac had the tying power-play goal for the Devils early in the third period and Cory Schneider finished with 33 saves. New Jersey had won six of its previous seven after an 0-3-1 start.

Tonight's game: Devils at Islanders, 7 p.m. ET
The Islanders debuted their new alternate uniforms against the Devils. (AP)

(AP) - Critics who viewed it a mistake for the NHL's youngest coach to oversee one of its more veteran rosters had every reason to gloat during New Jersey's 0-3-1 start.

Now the Devils and coach John Hynes appear intent on proving all of them wrong.

New Jersey can win its third straight Tuesday night by earning its second victory in four days over the host New York Islanders, who won't have captain John Tavares for a third consecutive contest.

The 40-year-old Hynes was hired in June and has guided the Devils (6-4-1) to victories in six of their last seven since the slow start, earning praise from a team with an average age of close to 28 - one of the oldest in the league.

Mike Cammalleri and Jacob Josefson scored in the shootout after New Jersey blew a two-goal first-period lead in a 3-2 win over the Islanders (6-3-3) on Saturday that ended a six-game losing streak in the series.

Bobby Farnham, who played under Hynes the previous three seasons in the AHL in Pittsburgh's system, had a goal and an assist in his Devils debut after being picked up off waivers from the Penguins earlier in the week.

Cory Schneider made 24 saves and is 6-2-1 with a 2.17 goals-against average.

"A lot has been said and written about us this summer, but I don't think we really believed it at all," Schneider said. "The new coaching staff has really got us playing a certain style that suits our personnel.

"We're not getting too high on ourselves. We're not satisfied or happy with where we're at. We just have to keep pushing and keep climbing the standings."

New York didn't have Tavares on Saturday, and an undisclosed illness also kept him out of Sunday's 2-1 loss to Buffalo. The Islanders, who are 0-2-1 following a 6-1-0 stretch, aren't sure when they'll get their captain back.  To read more of this story, click here

Devils top Isles in shootout
Mike Cammaleri's shootout goal sends the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Islanders. (AP)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Mike Cammalleri and Jacob Josefson scored in the shootout, and the New Jersey Devils won for the sixth time in seven games with a 3-2 decision over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

John Moore and Bobby Farnham each scored their first goal of the season, and Cory Schneider made 24 saves for New Jersey, which lost all four games to the Islanders last season.

Anders Lee and Frans Nielsen scored for New York, which played without captain John Tavares. He was scratched before the game for reasons the team said it would disclose after the contest.

Nielson scored for New York's first attempt in the shootout. Schneider stopped Kyle Okposo and Kyle Clutterbuck and Josh Bailey hit the post.

After Adam Henrique was stopped by Jaroslav Halak, Josefson scored. Lee Stempniak hit the crossbar on the third attempt and Cammalleri ended it with his backhander.

Both of the Devils' shots in the third period came in the final 40 seconds. Halak stopped Cammalleri from the left circle and Henrique on the rebound.

The Islanders looked in trouble after the first period. They trailed 2-0 and were without Tavares.

But things improved in the next 20 minutes thanks to New York's special teams. Lee scored on a power play at 1:39 and Nielsen tallied an unassisted short-handed goal midway through the period.

Former Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky set up Lee's third of the season, finding the forward with a pass right in the crease. Schneider stopped Lee's initial shot but he couldn't get the rebound.

Nielsen beat Schneider with a great shot over his shoulder from the right circle. To read more of this story, click here

Zajac leads Devils past Flyers
Travis Zajac's two goals lifted the Devils to a 4-1 victory Sunday night. (AP)

PHILADELPHIA - Travis Zajac scored twice and Kyle Palmieri had a goal and two assists to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Andy Greene scored an empty-net goal with 6.7 seconds left for the Devils, who won their fourth straight on the road.
Luke Schenn scored for Philadelphia.

Palmieri put the Devils in front at 1:28 into the third period when he blocked Evgeny Medvedev's shot attempt at the blue line, raced past Medvedev and fired a wrister from the left circle over goalie Steve Mason's left shoulder that made it 2-1.

Zajac made it a two-goal lead just over a minute later with his second power-play goal of the night.
Mason made 29 saves. Cory Schneider had 27 for New Jersey.

Tonight's Game: Devils at Flyers
Adam Henrique and the Devils will look to return to the win column Thursday night. (AP)

The Devils travel to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Devils dropped a 3-1 home decision to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, snapping their four-game winning streak in the process. New Jersey is 2-4-0 when allowing three or more goals this season (2-0-1 in all other games).

Philadelphia lost, 4-3, in overtime to Buffalo at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, recording a point in their season-high third straight game (2-0-1 record). Dating to last March 21, the Flyers are 8-4-5 in their last 17 contests overall.

New Jersey took three of four from Philadelphia last year, including two straight 5-2 wins to end the 2014-15 season series. The Devils are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Adam Henrique has a team-high six markers in 2015-16, five of which that have potted on the road - tied for the most road goals in the NHL. Henrique has lit the lamp in each of the Devils first four road tilts - tied for the longest streak of its kind by any Devil skater since 1997-98 (tied with Randy McKay who had a goal in four straight road games to begin 1997-98).

Brayden Schenn scored twice in the Flyers' loss Tuesday night, recording his 10th career multi-goal game, and earning first-star honors for the performance. Schenn has just one assist (zero goals) in his last five skates vs. the Devils.

New Jersey has allowed 13 third-period goals in 2015-16 - tied for third most in the NHL. The Flyers have allowed just three goals in the third period this season (fewest in the league).

Devils travel to Philly to take on Flyers
The Devils will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jackets. (AP)

(AP) - Injuries have opened the door for Vincent Lecavalier to make his season debut for the Philadelphia Flyers. Jakub Voracek is still seeking his first goal of 2015-16.

Lecavalier and Voracek attempt to make an impression as the Flyers open their season series with the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

A lower-body injury to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has ruled him out for two weeks, joining centerSean Couturier (upper body) on the sidelines. Backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth (upper body), though, might come off the injured list.

Bellemare's absence makes room in the lineup for Lecavalier, who has been a healthy scratch in all eight games for Philadelphia (4-2-2). The 35-year-old center had eight goals and 12 assists in 57 games last season.


Voracek is dealing with his own issues as he tries to end a season-opening goal drought. The right wing has three assists so far but no points in the last two games. He's scored at least 22 goals in three straight seasons while his career-high 81 points last season led the team.

Voracek came up empty on a game-high six shots in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Buffalo - Philadelphia's second defeat in its last six games (4-1-1).

"If you could pinpoint a reason why the puck isn't going in, we'd all make a lot of money knowing that," coach Dave Hakstol said. "He's playing hard, he's getting opportunities. He's a good player; he's a confident player. He'll stay with it. Normally what you'd see in this situation is when he gets one, he'd get on a bit of a roll. We're having some small successes as a team. Let's be confident in that."

Despite Voracek's inability to score, the Flyers have 10 goals in three games after scoring eight through the first five. Mark Streit only had one point over that stretch, but he has five in the past three contests.

The Flyers have lost four of their last five meetings with New Jersey.

The Devils (4-4-1) are trying to bounce back from Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Columbus that snapped their four-game winning streak. They outshot the Blue Jackets 24-14 but gave up all three goals on six third-period shots.

"We gotta find a way to be able to put the puck in the net," coach John Hynes said. "The structure is there and I think we all feel good about that.

"Offense also comes to execution. Whether that's getting the puck on net at the right times, making sure we have to set up a guy for a one-timer that's in his wheelhouse and not on his backhand."

Adam Henrique leads New Jersey with six goals, but he didn't manage a shot Tuesday. The left wing had three goals and two assists over the two prior games.

His nine goals and 15 points in 17 meetings with the Flyers are his highest totals against any opponent. Henrique had three goals and three assists in four matchups last season.

The New Jersey Devils' four-game win streak ended with a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at home Tuesday.

The Devils (4-4-1) allowed two goals in a 35-second span midway through the third period.

Boone Jenner scored on a wrister 9:03 into the third period, and Cam Atkinson followed with another goal 35 seconds later to give the Blue Jackets (2-8-0) a 2-0 lead midway through the period.

Scott Hartnell scored an unassisted goal with 5:13 remaining to make it 3-0.

Kyle Palmieri scored with 2:28 remaining to cut it to 3-1.

Cory Schneider made 11 saves for the Devils, while Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves in the shutout.

The Devils face the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center.

The New Jersey Devils (4-3-1) host the Columbus Blue Jackets (1-8-0) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

The Devils have won four straight games, all decided by one goal, after starting the season 0-3-1. New Jersey has outshot its opponents just twice this season and has the ninth-ranked power-play unit.

Mike Cammalleri has recorded two goals and six assists over his past four games, while Adam Henrique has multi-point games in three of his last four.

The Blue Jackets rank last in the league in goals against average (4.4) and 28th in penalty-kill percentage (69 percent). They have allowed at least four goals in seven of their first nine games.

New Jersey has placed forward Tuomo Ruutu (right foot fracture) on IR, retroactive to October 16 (Oct. 26).

He is expected to miss four-to-six weeks of action.

According to reporter Tom Gulitti, the fracture did not initially show up, which is why Ruutu's injury was first reported as a bruise.

Ruutu, 32, hasn't notched a goal or assist in three games for the Devils so far this season.

Adam Henrique scored two goals, included a short-handed one in the third period, to give the Devils a 4-3 victory in Buffalo Saturday.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Devils and their first in regulation this season. Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists.

Henrique, who had two goals in a game for the seventh time in his career, scored his first goal Saturday night with 50 seconds left in the first period to tie it at 1.

Cammalleri's goal tied it at 2 with 11:03 left in the second period, about six minutes after Buffalo's Ryan O'Reilly put the Sabres back on top.

David Schlemko gave the Devils the lead they would not relinquish with 49 seconds left in the second on assists from Henrique and Cammlleri.

Henrique's short-handed goal with 10:45 left in the third gave the Devils a two-goal cushion. They'd need it, after Jack Eichel scored on the power play for Buffalo.

The Devils host Columbus (and new Jackets coach John Tortorella) Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Lee Stempniak forced overtime with a wrister in front of the net and scored the winning goal in a shootout as the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators, 5-4, Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre.

With an extra attacker, Stempniak wristed the loose puck after a slap shot from the point past Andrew Hammond to tie the game at 4 with 31.4 seconds remaining in the third period.

With the shootout tied at 1 and after Cory Schneider made three saves, Stempniak backhanded a shot past Hammond into the top shelf to give the Devils the win.

The Devils (3-3-1) trailed 4-2 midway through the third period on Chris Neil's wrister, but Adam Henrique scored with 5:50 remaining to draw New Jersey within one.

Mike Cammalleri recorded three assists and Schneider had 35 saves for the Devils.

Neil and Mike Zibanejad both had a goal and an assist, and Hammond stopped 28 shots for the Senators (3-2-2).

With the game tied at 2 heading into the third period, Mike Hoffman scored a power-play goal to make it 3-2 Senators with 17:36 remaining in the third. Four minutes, 14 seconds later, Neil wristed the puck past Schneider to make it 4-2.

The Devils took a 1-0 lead on Travis Zajac's 5-on-3 goal 5:02 into the game, but less than a minute later, the Senators tied it up on Zibanejad's unassisted shorthanded goal.

Back on the power play, Jordin Tootoo scored on a snap shot as the Devils retook the lead, but Zack Smith re-tied the game on a wrister past Schneider midway through the second.

The Devils face the Buffalo Sabres on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

The New Jersey Devils (2-3-1) travel to Ottawa to face the Senators (3-2-1) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The Devils, who started the season 0-3-1, look to win their third straight game. They have beaten the Rangers and Coyotes in overtime in the past two games, despite having the 26th-scoring offense in the league.

The Senators, who rank eighth in scoring and whose power-play unit also ranks eighth, have lost three of their last four games - once in a shootout - after winning back-to-back games to open the season.

Adam Henrique has scored a team-high three goals this year, while Mike Cammalleri leads the Devils with five points.

Game Recap: Devils 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)
The Devils allowed the game-tying goal with less than a minute to go in the third period but won it in Overtime on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.

In a scoreless first period, the Devils outshot the Coyotes 4 to 1, with Arizona's first shot of game not coming until there was 1:54 left in the period.

Travis Zajac gave the Devils a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal with just 37 seconds left in the second period.

Anthony Duclair beat Cory Schneider for a power play goal 47 seconds into the third period to tie things, 1-1.

With 7:09 gone by in the third, Zajac fed Mike Cammalleri, who beat Mike Smith to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.

The Coyotes pulled Smith for an extra skater with about two minutes to go in the third, and notched the equalizer with 50.9 seconds left when Mikkel Boedker beat Schneider.

Adam Larsson scored with 43 seconds gone by in overtime to win it for the Devils.

The Devils play the Senators on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Ottawa.

Tonight's Game: Coyotes at Devils

The Devils (1-3-1) defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in overtime Sunday, though they continued to struggle offensively. New Jersey has managed eight goals on the season.

New Jersey is 0-2-1 at home, although it played well in a 2-1 shootout loss to visiting Western Conference power San Jose on Friday. Arizona (3-2-0) hasn't enjoyed much success at the Prudential Center, going 0-3-1 in the last four there and 3-8-0 in the past 11.

Former Coyotes and Rangers forward Lee Stempniak scored in the extra period to give coach John Hynes his first win. The frustrations from the slow start were evident in a wild celebration around Stempniak after he ended the 3-on-3 overtime.

The goal came immediately after New York's Derek Stepan hit the crossbar with a hard shot behind Cory Schneider at the other end.

"Maybe that celebration was a little too much for the fifth game of the year," said Schneider, who's expected to start Tuesday. "… but you could just tell, everyone, some frustration and anger came out there … It felt really good, but it (was) just one game."

Stempniak scored three goals with the Rangers in two wins over Arizona last season.

Devils lose third in a row

The Devils fell to 0-3 for the second time in three seasons as Nashville won 3-1 Tuesday at the Prudential Center.

Roman Josi's power-play goal with 10:34 left in the first period was the difference for Nashville, which has three consecutive wins to start the season since 2010.

There were three goals in the final 2:39. Gabriel Bourque and Eric Nystrom's empty-net scores were sandwiched around Kyle Palmieri's power-play score for New Jersey with 18:20 left.

Nashville's Pekka Rinne had 22 saves for the shutout; Keith Kinkaid had 17 for New Jersey.

Dating back to last season, New Jersey is 1-10-3 in its last 14 games

The Devils host San Jose Friday at 7 p.m.

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Tonight's game: Devils at Predators, 7:00 p.m. ET

These teams split their two meetings in 2014-15, with each club winning once on its own home ice and by the score of 3-1. The Devils have won two straight and four of their last six home games against Nashville.

The Devils have dropped each of their two games so far this season and will be looking to avoid opening with three consecutive losses for the first time losing their first seven to begin the 2013-14 campaign. Dating back to last season, New Jersey is 1-9-3 in its last 13 games and will be seeking its first win in regulation since March 20.

The Predators will be looking to open the season with three consecutive victories for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign. Nashville posted a record of 20-10-2 against Eastern Conference foes last season. To read more of this story, click here

Devils send F Reid Boucher to Albany and recall G Yann Danis
(Kathy Willens)

The New Jersey Devils have sent F Reid Boucher to Albany and recalled G Yann Danis (Devils, Oct. 13).

Boucher, 22, split time between New Jersey and Albany last season. In 11 games played with the Devils last season, Boucher scored one goal.

Danis, 34, last played in the NHL during the 2012-13 season with Edmonton.

Capitals put away winless Devils in 3rd
(Alex Brandon)

The Devils fell apart in the third period Saturday, allowing three Washington goals as the host Capitals won, 5-3.

Alex Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson and Matt Niskanen scored in the third for Washington as the Devils fell to 0-2 on the season.

Niskanen's goal with 2:53 remaining was an empty-netter. Mike Cammalleri scored about a minute later for the Devils.

Adam Henrique and Eric Gelinas scored for the Devils in a 2:44 span of the first period to tie it after the Caps scored the first two goals.

Jason Chimera opened the scoring on a shorthanded goal with 7:56 left in the first period, and teammate Brooks Orpik followed up 2:28 later.

Henrique scored 22 seconds after Orpik, and Gelinas tied with a power-play score with 2:20 left in the period.

both the Devils' Keith Kincaid and Caps' Braden Holtby had 22 saves.

The Devils host Nashville Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Devils lose season opener to Jets

Cory Schneider allowed three goals in the second period as the New Jersey Devils lost their season opener to the Winnipeg Jets, 3-1, Friday at Prudential Center.

In the second period, the Devils (0-1-0) failed to convert on two power plays and allowed two goals in a 2:43 span.

Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler scored to give the Jets a 2-0 lead with 16:03 remaining in the period.

Jiri Tlusty scored to cut it to 2-1, but Andrew Ladd scored past Schneider to give Winnipeg a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.

Michael Hutchinson made 20 saves in net for the Jets (2-0-0).

Schneider made 27 saves.

The Devils face the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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