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The New Jersey Devils salute the fans after their season finale game at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
The New Jersey Devils salute the fans after their season finale game at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have signed defenseman Yohann Auvitu to a one-year, entry level deal, the team announced on Friday.

Auvitu, 26, has played professionally in Finland for the past six seasons.

While playing in Finland's top league, he won the Best Defenseman award last season, when he scored six goals and recorded 15 assists in 48 games played.


New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (7) skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the United Center. (Mike Dinovo)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (7) skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at the United Center. (Mike Dinovo)

New Jersey Devils defensemen Jon Merrill underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder this past Monday, according to New Jersey Devils General Manager Ray Shero.

The procedure was performed by the Devil's Chief Medical Officer at the Midtown Surgical Center in New York City, and has an expected recovery time of about four months.

The 6'1 lefty defensemen has played two seasons for the Devils, playing 118 games and amassing 4 goals and 21 assists in that time. 

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

G Cory Schneider and F Patrik Elias both recently underwent surgery, the Devils announced.

Schneider had successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury and his expected recovery time is roughly six weeks.

Elias had successful surgery on his right knee, but the Devils did not provide a timetable for his recovery.

Schneider, 30, started 58 games and went 27-25 with a 2.15 GAA this season.

Elias, 40, played in just 16 games this season, notching two goals and six assists.

Tags: Cory Schneider , Patrik Elias

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)
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)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The days of the New Jersey Devils being a permanent fixture in the Stanley Cup playoffs are long gone.

The postseason drought reached four years in John Hynes' just concluded first season as coach. While the Devils were more competitive, they are still lacking key ingredients, the biggest being a superstar to carry the team.

Goaltender Cory Schneider is clearly the best player on the team that went 38-36-8, a six-point improvement from the previous season.

The relatively young defense was solid with the top pair of captain Andy Greene and Adam Larsson leading the way. The offense again is lacking despite having 30-goal scorers in Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri. It scored a league-low 184 goals.

"I think the expectations were quite low and I thought for the most part we came out and defied those. We stuck to our expectations and not anyone else," Schneider said. "It was a step in the right direction but not the ultimate goal we wanted to achieve."

What the Devils did in Ray Shero's first season as general manager was changed the face of the club. It became a lot younger with the addition of Reid Boucher, Joseph Blandisi, Sergey Kalinin and Devante Smith-Pelly. << Read more


The Devils' Devante Smith-Pelly trips Toronto's Frederik Gauthier in the second period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
The Devils' Devante Smith-Pelly trips Toronto's Frederik Gauthier in the second period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

NEWARK, N.J. -- Adam Henrique scored twice and Kyle Palmieri once to become the Devils' first 30-goal scorers in four years and New Jersey ended another disappointing season with a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Devante Smith-Pelly also scored and Cory Schneider made 19 saves for the Devils, who have missed the Stanley Cup playoffs the last four seasons. Palmieri scored into an empty net. Patrik Elias scored with 16 seconds left in what might be his final game with New Jersey.

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored and Garret Sparks made 31 saves for the Maple Leafs, who finish with the NHL's worst record and will be missing the postseason for the third straight season.

The Devils finished 38-36-8 in their first season under John Hynes, a six-point improvement.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern)
New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Though their matchup Saturday night is the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils will play until the fall, maybe only one of them truly wants to win it.

While it's clear the Devils' players want to close with a victory - especially with this possibly being Patrik Elias' finale - the Maple Leafs could have a much better chance for the draft's top overall pick if they lose in New Jersey.

"Drafting for our organization is very important," said Mike Babcock, capping a dreadful first season behind Toronto's bench. "We've taken it on the chin all year so we can be set up for it. At the same time, we have to respect one another in the game and play it the right way."

The Maple Leafs (29-41-11) will have a 20 percent chance of winning the draft lottery by finishing with the fewest points in the NHL. They're tied with Edmonton, which closes against Vancouver on Saturday. Toronto's odds for the No. 1 pick - likely to be Swiss center Auston Matthews - dip to 13.5 percent if the Oilers finish with a worse record. If the teams end up tied, Toronto gets the better lottery odds because Edmonton has more regulation wins.

As the Leafs miss the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons and third straight, the Devils (37-36-8) failed to qualify for a fourth consecutive year. They had the sixth-most points in the Eastern Conference through Feb. 14 but have since gone 8-15-1.

New Jersey was still mathematically alive last week but has lost four in a row. Yet, it sounds like the team is intent on closing on a positive note.

"We haven't played our best hockey, you've seen that the past few games," center Travis Zajac said. "... But I think when you look back, we've made some strides. We just gotta make sure we end it the right way."

Tags: Patrik Elias , Toronto Maple Leafs , Travis Zajac

Boston College Eagles defenseman Steve Santini celebrates his goal with his teammates against the Union Dutchmen during the second period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)
Boston College Eagles defenseman Steve Santini celebrates his goal with his teammates against the Union Dutchmen during the second period in the semifinals of the Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils signed former Boston College Eagles Steven Santini and Miles Wood to three-year entry-level contracts on Friday, GM Ray Shero announced.

Santini, a junior had one goal and 19 assists this season for the Eagles, who lost to the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the Frozen Four on Thursday. Wood, a 20-year-old freshman, scored 10 goals and recorded 25 assists.

Both will report to New Jersey for morning skate on Saturday.

The Devils also recalled forward Pavel Zacha to New Jersey, and assigned Blake Pietila, Mike Sislo and Vojtek Mozik to Albany.


John Hynes has been named the head coach of 2016 USA Men's National Team. (Sergei Belski)
John Hynes has been named the head coach of 2016 USA Men's National Team. (Sergei Belski)

USA Hockey has announced that John Hynes will coach of the 2016 Men's National Team (USA Hockey, April 8).

Hynes, 41, is currently coaching the Devils and is the youngest head coach in the NHL. He has led New Jersey to a 37-36 record, and eight overtime games, in 81 games played so far this season.

This isn't the first time Hynes has worked for USA Hockey, as he coached the Men's National Development Program from 2003-08 and the Under-17 Team in 2008-09. 


Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin scores a goal against Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid in the third period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin scores a goal against Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid in the third period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

NEWARK, N.J. -- Jonathan Drouin scored the winning goal in his second-chance return to the NHL and the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Eric Condra and Cedric Paquette also scored and Ben Bishop made 20 saves as the injury-plagued Lightning snapped a two-game losing streak and won for only the third time in seven games. Valtteri Filppula scored an empty-net goal in the final minute.

The Lightning, who finish the regular season at Montreal on Saturday, will face either Boston or Detroit in the opening round.

Sergey Kalinin scored twice for the Devils, who have now missed the playoffs the past four seasons and five of six. Keith Kinkaid made 18 saves for New Jersey, which wraps up the season at home on Saturday against Toronto.

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Kyle Palmieri is trying to finish the season on a high note. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Kyle Palmieri is trying to finish the season on a high note. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lightning visit the Devils Thursday night at 7 at the Prudential Center.

According to STATS:

  • The last time these teams met in New Jersey, the Lightning won, 4-0. It was the first time Tampa Bay had shut out the Devils on the road at New Jersey in franchise history.
  • Tampa Bay lost at Madison Square Garden Tuesday, 3-2, after leading 2-0 at the end of the first period. It was just the third time this season the Lightning have lost after holding a two-goal lead.
  • Brian Boyle scored against his former team Tuesday, his second goal of the month after also scoring against the Devils last week. He had only scored three goals in the previous three months combined.
  • New Jersey lost at home to Buffalo Tuesday, 3-1, its third straight loss. The Devils have only had one longer losing streak in 2015-16 (four games to start the season).
  • The Devils have been held to just one goal in each of their last two games. Their 30 games scoring one or zero goals in 2015-16 is tied for most in the NHL with Toronto.
  • Kyle Palmieri has tallied 15 points since the beginning of March (17 games) after recording just 11 points during January and February combined (25 games).

 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Returning to the Stanley Cup Final will be a tall order without Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman, and Tampa Bay's playoff outlook will be even more bleak if Ryan Callahan and Victor Hedman's injuries carry beyond the regular season.

Having home-ice advantage in the first round could help a little, though.

The Lightning aren't sure if Callahan or Hedman will play Thursday night as they look to clinch second place in the Atlantic Division by beating the host New Jersey Devils.

Stamkos has missed the last three games and will be out at least a month after being diagnosed with blood clots. The loss of the two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner marked another devastating blow to Tampa Bay (45-30-5) after Stralman suffered a fractured left leg on March 25 that will keep him out into the postseason. >> Read more

 


 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Jack Eichel got his 24th goal and Ryan O'Reilly got his 21st to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Johan Larsson also scored and Chad Johnson made 18 saves for the Sabres.

Both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Sabres have been near the bottom of the Eastern Conference most of the season, and the Devils were eliminated on Saturday. >> Read more


 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Devils host the Sabres on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils own a five-game winning streak against the Sabres dating back to the beginning of last season. It is the Devils' longest winning streak against the Sabers since a six-game stretch between 1996-97 and 1997-98.
  • New Jersey lost both games on its two-game road trip to Florida -- Thursday against the Panthers, 3-2, and Saturday against the Lightning, 3-1. The Devils have lost three straight road games in regulation for the first time this season.
  • Adam Henrique scored the only goal for the Devils Saturday, his seventh power-play goal of the season. He had just seven total power-play goals in the previous two seasons combined.
  • The Sabres beat the Rangers at Madison Square Garden Saturday, 4-3. Buffalo has earned 20 points in 16 games since March 1, tied for 10th most in the NHL.
  • Ryan O'Reilly scored a pair of goals against the Rangers and has scored 20 goals in 2015-16. The Sabres have four players with at least 20 goals scored -- only the Rangers, Sharks and Capitals have more (five each).
  • Jack Eichel tallied an assist Saturday against New York and has 52 points this year. The last Sabres rookie to have more in a season was Derek Plante in 1993-94 (56).
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Devils goalie Cory Schneider underwent surgery for a core muscle injury earlier this week. (Jerome Miron)
Devils goalie Cory Schneider underwent surgery for a core muscle injury earlier this week. (Jerome Miron)

(AP) -- Though it's often difficult to put much stock into strong late-season results from a team eliminated from playoff contention, the Buffalo Sabres' surge seems very promising for 2016-17 and beyond.

The New Jersey Devils don't appear nearly as inspired as they play out the string.

The Sabres look to win their third straight and end a five-game losing streak against the Devils as the teams close out their season series Tuesday night.

Buffalo denied the New York Rangers a chance to clinch a playoff berth Saturday, holding on to win 4-3 after taking a 3-0 lead and chasing goaltender Henrik Lundqvist early in the second period. Ryan O'Reilly scored twice and Chad Johnson stopped 15 of 16 shots faced in the third for Buffalo, 6-2-2 in its last 10.

The Sabres (33-35-11) neutralized a late two-man, two-minute disadvantage with New York looking for the equalizer. They've killed off 24 of the last 25 power plays faced.

"We're doing everything," said Johnson, who had 33 saves and is expected to make his ninth straight start Tuesday. "We're trying to be spoiler, we're just trying to play our game. We had a tough start and we are just jelling as a group now. << Read more


New Jersey's Mike Sislo skates with the puck as Tampa Bay's Matt Carle defends. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey's Mike Sislo skates with the puck as Tampa Bay's Matt Carle defends. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

TAMPA, Fla. -- Brian Boyle scored the go-ahead goal on a third-period power play and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Saturday night.

Boyle made it 2-1 on Tampa Bay's seventh power play and third of the third period on a backhand rebound with 8:28 to play.

Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning, who started play two points behind Atlantic Division-leading Florida. The Panthers hosted Montreal on Saturday night.

Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop stopped Mike Sislo's breakaway shot in the first and finished with 25 saves. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos sat out with an undisclosed upper-body injury. He has 36 goals and 64 points in 77 games.

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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils face the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Devils have gone 9-2-2 over their last 13 road games against the Lightning, while four of the last five games in Tampa Bay were decided by a single goal.
  • Each of the Lightning's last five games have been decided by at least three goals -- tied for the second-longest such streak in the NHL this season (Calgary has an active such streak of seven games entering the weekend).
  • The Devils, who have lost back-to-back road games by 3-2 margins, have scored more than three goals just once over their last 23 road games.
  • With a victory on Saturday, the Lightning will reach 45 wins for the third consecutive season. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the Lightning had won at least 45 games just twice (46 in both 2003-04 and 2010-11).
  • Kyle Palmieri has scored 29 goals this season -- one more than he had in his previous two seasons combined. With one more goal, he will become the Devils' first 30-goal scorer since the 2011-12 season, when Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and David Clarkson all had at least 30 goals.
  • Steven Stamkos, who has scored seven goals over his last nine overall games, has scored six goals over his last seven games against the Devils.
Tags: Kyle Palmieri , Tampa Bay Lightning

New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Devils won 3-0. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Devils won 3-0. (Charles LeClaire)

(AP) -- While Steven Stamkos couldn't help but lash out in frustration for the second time in two weeks, Ben Bishop couldn't help but throw in his two cents.

Both insist the Tampa Bay Lightning will regroup over the final week.

After their bid for an Atlantic Division title took a hit, the Lightning hope to bounce back in their final home game Saturday night against a New Jersey Devils team that's on the brink of elimination.

Tampa Bay hoped a six-game stay at Amalie Arena would serve as a springboard to its first division crown since claiming the Southeast title and hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2003-04.

The club totaled 13 goals in winning the first two games to move into a first-place tie with Florida, but has scored a combined five while dropping two of the last three. The Lightning fell 5-2 to the Panthers on Saturday and 3-0 to Montreal on Thursday. << Read more


New Jersey Devils right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire)

New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo has had wrist surgery and will miss the rest of the regular season.

Devils coach John Hynes disclosed on Friday that Tootoo had surgery on his right wrist to repair a tear in the sheath covering a tendon.

Tootoo has not played since Mar. 10. The Devils' enforcer had four goals and five assists in 66 games.

New Jersey is seven points out of a playoff spot with four games left in the regular season.

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press

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Florida center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) scored twice for the Panthers. (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)
Florida center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) scored twice for the Panthers. (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice to move the Florida Panthers back into first place in the Atlantic Division with a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Jaromir Jagr had a pair of assists and Al Montoya made 23 saves for Florida, which broke a tie with Tampa Bay for the division lead. The Lightning lost to Montreal 3-0 Thursday night.

Mike Sislo and Blake Pietila scored for New Jersey, and Keith Kinkaid made 36 saves.

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Travis Zajac has scored in each of the Devils past two games. (Sergei Belski/USATSI)
Travis Zajac has scored in each of the Devils past two games. (Sergei Belski/USATSI)

The Devils visit the Panthers Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in Sunrise, Fla.

According to STATS:

  • Six of the last seven games played between these teams have been decided by multiple goals, including a 5-1 Panthers victory at home on December 17.
  • The Devils have scored more than three goals just once over their last 22 road games, while averaging exactly two goals per game over that stretch away from home.
  • The Panthers, who have lost back-to-back home games in regulation, have not lost three consecutive home games in regulation since March 27 -- April 4, 2014. They also have allowed multiple power-play goals in back-to-back home games for the first time since November 14-16, 2009.
  • Travis Zajac, who has scored a goal in back-to-back games for the third time this season, has not scored in three consecutive games since January 5-9, 2010.
  • Jaromir Jagr, currently working on a three-game assist streak, has recorded multiple points in three of his last four games against the Devils.
  • Jussi Jokinen has recorded at least one point in six of his last seven home games, and recorded a pair of points in his last game against the Devils (December 17).

 


 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

If Florida ends up missing out on the Atlantic Division title, it will likely have done nearly all it could against the team that overtakes it. Rather, home struggles down the stretch could wind up costing the Panthers.

The second of a three-game homestand comes Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils with Florida hoping to avoid its first three-game home span without a point in two years. And it will have to do so without one of its top scorers.

The Panthers (42-25-9) finished a 2-1-0 road trip with Saturday's 5-2 win in Tampa Bay to complete a 4-1-0 season against the Lightning. It put them two points up on their division foes before Tampa's 3-0 home win Monday over Toronto. >> Read more

 


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The Devils defeated the Bruins 2-1 as they continue to fight for their playoff lives down the final stretch of the season.

Reid Boucher scored a tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves and the New Jersey Devils kept their faint playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over the struggling Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Boucher also set up a power-play goal by Travis Zajac, helping the Devils stop a two-game losing streak and hand the Bruins their sixth loss in seven games.

Brad Marchand scored for the first time in nine games for the Bruins, who outshot New Jersey 40-15 but made the mistake of giving the Devils five power plays, two of which they converted. >> Read more

Tags: Keith Kinkaid , Reid Boucher , Travis Zajac

 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Devils host the Bruins on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils have not outdrawn their opponents at the faceoff circle in any of their last eight games, the longest active streak in the NHL. New Jersey previously lost more faceoffs than it won in nine straight games earlier this season from November 28 -- December 15.
  • Saturday's win at Toronto gave the Bruins 40+ wins for the third season in a row. It marks the first time Boston has won at least 40 games in three consecutive seasons since 1981-84.
  • Andy Greene scored one of his four goals this season in a loss to the Bruins on December 20. Greene's four career goals versus Boston are tied with Carolina for his second most versus any opponent (6 vs. Pittsburgh).
  • Zdeno Chara eclipsed his goal total from last season with his ninth of the year Saturday against the Maple Leafs. The goal was Chara's third game-winner this season, matching his career high done five previous times.
  • Damon Severson led New Jersey with 24:25 of ice time in Sunday's loss at Carolina. It was the second time this season Severson has been on the ice for 24+ minutes, after skating a season-high 24:31 against the Bruins on January 8.
  • Tuukka Rask is 4-2-1 in his last eight games against the Devils with a 1.40 goals against average and .953 save percentage. Since 2009-10, Rask leads all goaltenders with his .953 save percentage versus New Jersey (minimum 8 GP).
Tags: Andy Greene , Damon Severson

New Jersey Devils players center Travis Zajac, center Reid Boucher and defenseman David Warsofsky take the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils players center Travis Zajac, center Reid Boucher and defenseman David Warsofsky take the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The Boston Bruins' hold on the Atlantic Division's last automatic playoff berth slipped a little during their losing streak, but they still control their own destiny for that spot down the stretch.

That's a good thing considering the quality of their remaining opponents.

The New Jersey Devils aren't counting themselves out of the playoff race just yet, but they realistically will be if they drop a sixth straight meeting with visiting Boston on Tuesday night.

The Bruins (40-28-8) scored six times while dropping a season-high five in a row - four on the road - before snapping their skid with Saturday's 3-1 win at league-worst Toronto. They still have a slim lead on Detroit for third place in the division despite the slump, and have six games remaining to lock it down.

After facing the Devils (36-32-8), Boston concludes a four-game road trip with visits to St. Louis on Friday and Chicago on Sunday. It finishes with a three-game homestand against still-alive Carolina and a potentially crucial showdown with the Red Wings before the finale against Ottawa on April 9.

"It's a big win mentally as well, but we know we have a lot of work ahead of us," center Patrice Bergeron said. "It's about taking it a game at a time. We've talked about moving on to the next task, and it's Jersey now." >> Read more

Tags: Boston Bruins

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson scores the game-winning goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood as Devils defenseman David Warsofsky reacts during overtime at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson scores the game-winning goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood as Devils defenseman David Warsofsky reacts during overtime at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Victor Rask had the first multigoal game of his career, scoring twice as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Sunday.

Rask, who has scored in three straight games, ended the Hurricanes' skid of six consecutive games without a power-play goal when he connected in the second period to give him 20 this season.

Ron Hainsey scored the other Carolina goal, and Cam Ward made 23 saves.

Bobby Farnham and Travis Zajac had the goals for New Jersey. Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood, playing in his fourth NHL game, stopped 20 shots.

The victory gave the Hurricanes a 3-2 win in the season series. Each of the four previous games also was decided in regulation, with both teams losing once at home. >> Read more

 

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes , Scott Wedgewood , Travis Zajac

New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Capitals defeated the Devils 1-0 in overtime. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Capitals defeated the Devils 1-0 in overtime. (Ed Mulholland)

(AP) -- The New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes are in virtually identical situations in the Eastern Conference playoff race, needing points with seven games left.

The Devils' push has gone better lately, and they seek their sixth win in nine contests Sunday in Raleigh.

New Jersey (36-31-8) has only one team between it and Philadelphia, which occupies the East's final wild-card spot, while Carolina (32-28-15) lurks just behind the Devils in the standings.

While New Jersey is 5-2-1 in its past eight games, the Hurricanes dropped to 1-2-4 in their last seven after a 4-3 overtime defeat to the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Carolina couldn't hold on to a second-period lead while moving one shy of matching its team-record of 16 defeats via overtime or shootouts set in 2011-12. The franchise also registered 16 or more ties in five other seasons.

"We're in games. We're right there," said forward Jordan Staal, whose team has earned at least one point in nine of its 11 contests this month. "Unfortunate endings. I thought we battled pretty hard, besides the first period. ... Just didn't come up with the two points." << Read more


Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov shoots the puck while falling to the ice as New Jersey Devils defenseman David Warsofsky and goalie Scott Wedgewood defend during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov shoots the puck while falling to the ice as New Jersey Devils defenseman David Warsofsky and goalie Scott Wedgewood defend during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

John Carlson scored at 2:17 of overtime, Braden Holtby made 22 saves and the Washington Capitals moved within grasping distance of the Presidents' Trophy with a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Carlson, playing for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury on Feb. 24, took a pass from Jason Chimera and ripped a shot from the right circle that beat Scott Wedgewood.

Wedgewood, who shut out Pittsburgh on Thursday night, had his shutout streak of 159 minutes, 34 seconds ended by the goal. It was the second goal he has given up in three NHL starts. On Friday, he stopped 25 shots.

The win gave Washington 111 points. They can clinch their first Presidents' Trophy since 2009-10 with a point against the Blues on Saturday or Dallas losing earlier in the day. >> Read more

Tags: Scott Wedgewood , Washington Capitals

New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood makes a save against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils host the Washington Capitals on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Washington is looking for a sweep of the season series with New Jersey after winning the first three meetings. A win would give the Capitals their first ever season series sweep of the Devils and the fifth season without a regulation loss.
  • The Capitals, seeking their first Presidents' Trophy since 2009-10, only need to eliminate Dallas for the No. one overall seed with a victory in Newark since the Stars, who have 97 points with seven games remaining, swept the season series.
  • Alex Ovechkin has 43 goals and 207 hits on the season, his fifth career season with at least 40 goals and 200 hits. Since 2005-06, no other NHL player has posted a season with these minimums.
  • In Thursday's 3-0 New Jersey win in Pittsburgh, Scott Wedgewood recorded his first career shutout in his second career start. Wedgewood has stopped 67 of the first 68 NHL shots that he's faced and also got the win in his debut against Columbus earlier in the week.
  • The Capitals are the only team in the NHL without two consecutive regulation losses this season. Washington has posted a 14-0-1 record this season following a regulation loss and has outscored opponents 53-26 in those games.
  • New Jersey is in the middle of their 12th and final set of back-to-back games this season. The Devils are 5-6-1 in first games and 5-4-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
Tags: Scott Wedgewood , Washington Capitals

 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The Washington Capitals have a chance to clinch home-ice advantage through the playoffs and their second Presidents' Trophy this weekend. The New Jersey Devils, meanwhile, are just hoping to bolster their chances of reaching the postseason.

On the verge of getting defenseman John Carlson back, the Capitals are also hoping T.J. Oshie will be available Friday night for their road game against the New Jersey Devils.

Washington (52-15-5) can eliminate every team but Dallas for the No. 1 overall seed with a victory in Newark since the Stars, who have 97 points with seven games remaining, swept the season series. That means the clinching day could come as early as Saturday, and it might happen before Washington wraps up its home game against St. Louis depending on how Dallas fares that afternoon in San Jose. >> Read more

 


Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood makes a save Thursday. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood makes a save Thursday. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

PITTSBURGH -- Kyle Palmieri scored twice in the first period and Scott Wedgewood stopped 39 shots for his first career shutout as the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Thursday night.

Palmieri, who set career highs with 29 goals and 52 points, has a four-game points streak. He scored twice early and Wedgewood held off the high-scoring Penguins until Adam Henrique sealed the win for the Devils with his 27th of the season midway through the third period.

New Jersey has won five of seven.

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Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins Thursday against the Devils. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins Thursday against the Devils. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils visit the Penguins Thursday night in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Penguins have shut out the Devils in back-to-back home games. Only one team since December 2013 has shutout an opponent three consecutive times at home (Kings, last three home games vs. Sabres).
  • The Devils have scored multiple power-play goals in three of their last nine games (including Saturday at Columbus), after doing so just once over their previous 23 road games.
  • The Penguins have won six consecutive games, and can match their longest win streaks since April 2013 (seven games, three occasions) with a win tonight.
  • Devante Smith-Pelly has now scored eight goals over his last 10 games, which is tied for the third-most goals in the NHL since February 27.
  • Sidney Crosby, who has recorded multiple points in three consecutive games, is currently working on a 12-game point streak -- the fourth-longest point streak of his career.
  • Penguins rookie winger Tom Kuhnhackl has recorded multiple points twice over his last five games, including a career-high three points at home against the Capitals on Sunday.

 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

Forward Mike Cammalleri will miss the remainder of the season, head coach John Hynes announced on Tuesday.

In 42 games this season, Cammalleri had 14 goals and 24 assists. The veteran winger is tied for fourth on the Devils in points, even though he has played 20+ games less than the other team leaders. 

He was placed on the IR on February 1st, retroactive to January 26th. 

 


New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider faces the Dallas Stars attack during the first period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider faced shots from goaltending coach Chris Terreri on Sunday and is getting closer to recovering from a sprained MCL, according to NJ.com's Rich Chere.

The 30-year-old Schneider suffered the leg injury when he tried making a save in New Jersey's 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on March 4. In his absence, the Devils have used Keith Kinkaid and Scott Wedgewood in his absence.

Schneider is 26-23-6 this season with a 2.17 goals against average and .923 save percentage.

Tags: Cory Schneider , Keith Kinkaid

New Jersey Devils right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)

Devante Smith-Pelly scored the tiebreaking goal 8:38 into the third period and Scott Wedgewood made 27 saves in his NHL debut to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

Reid Boucher also scored as New Jersey ended a six-game losing streak against the Blue Jackets (1-5-1), less than 24 hours after dropping a 6-3 decision in Columbus.

Jared Boll scored for the Blue Jackets, while Joonas Korpisalo made 20 saves.

Smith-Pelly did most of the work on his seventh goal in nine games in New Jersey. His forecheck on Nick Foligno forced the Columbus forward to send the puck around the boards. Devils defenseman Adam Larsson stopped it at the point and sent it to Smith-Pelly on the edge of the crease.

Korpisalo stopped his backhander but the Devils' forward nudged the rebound into the net. >> Read more

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Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood, shown in a preseason game in September, is expected to make his NHL debut Sunday. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)
Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood, shown in a preseason game in September, is expected to make his NHL debut Sunday. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils have called up goaltender Scott Wedgewood and defenseman Vojtech Mozik on an emergency basis. Both are expected to make their NHL debuts in Sunday's rematch against Columbus in Newark (Fire & Ice, March 20).

The team also sent goalie Yann Danis back to Albany. Danis gave up three goals on 15 shots Saturday in Columbus after Keith Kinkaid was pulled for the second time in his last three starts in the Devils' 6-3 loss to the Blue Jackets. The Devils have allowed 17 goals in their past three games.

Kinkaid had started six straight games after Cory Schneider went out with a right knee sprain.

Wedgewood had 21 saves in Albany's 5-1 win in Utica Saturday. Wedgewood, selected in the third round in 2010, has had his own problems with ankle and shoulde injuries this season at Albany. He is 9-2-3 with a 1.69 goals-against average.


Feb 26, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) shoots the puck during the second period of their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 26, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) shoots the puck during the second period of their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

(AP) -- The New Jersey Devils' faint playoff hopes took another hit when they couldn't solve their recent woes against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Devils, though, will get another chance to break the Blue Jackets' dominance in the series Sunday while extending Columbus' road losing streak.

New Jersey's deficit in the Eastern Conference playoff race can be attributed in part to its performance against the lowly Blue Jackets. The Devils suffered their sixth consecutive loss to Columbus when they gave up three goals in the third period Saturday.

"The good thing about hockey is you play a lot of games," said New Jersey forward Kyle Palmieri, who had two goals and an assist. "We're fortunate we have them (Sunday) in our own building. It's time to get some redemption and salvage something from the series this season."

New Jersey rallied from an early 3-0 deficit but Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his first two NHL goals to lead Columbus to a 6-3 win. >> Read more


Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid was pulled after giving up three goals on 19 shots. (Watchara Phomicinda)
Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid was pulled after giving up three goals on 19 shots. (Watchara Phomicinda)

Box score

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rookie Oliver Bjorkstrand got his first two NHL goals in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 6-3 on Saturday night.

Columbus also got a goal and an assist from Boone Jenner and two assists each for Alexander Wennberg and Matt Calvert. Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves.

Kyle Palmieri had two goals and an assist for the Devils, who have lost two straight.

The Blue Jackets are 4-0-0 against New Jersey this season and are 5-0-1 in the past six against them. The teams play again Sunday at the Prudential Center.

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Devante Smith-Pelly (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports Images)
Devante Smith-Pelly (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils face the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Blue Jackets have won five consecutive games against the Devils -- their longest active win streak against one opponent.
  • The Blue Jackets, who have lost three consecutive games, have scored a total of just six goals over their last eight losses.
  • After allowing seven goals in a 7-1 loss in Anaheim on Monday night, the Devils scored seven goals in a 7-4 home win against the Wild on Thursday night. The seven goals scored tied for the Devils' most in a game since they picked up an 8-5 home win against the Rangers on Dec. 12, 2008.
  • After going without a single goal over his first 31 NHL games, winger Mike Sislo scored a pair of goals against the Wild on Thursday night.
  • After scoring just six goals in 46 games with the Canadiens this season, Devante Smith-Pelly has now scored six goals in just seven games with the Devils.
  • Nick Foligno, who has scored just nine goals this season, recorded the second hat trick of his NHL career against the Devils at home on February 25.
Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets

Los Angeles Kings against New Jersey Devils during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
Los Angeles Kings against New Jersey Devils during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

(AP) -- A stunning offensive outburst has the New Jersey Devils feeling better about their unlikely postseason chances, but getting there probably means solving an unexpected nemesis.

The last-place Columbus Blue Jackets go for their sixth straight win over the Devils when they open a weekend home-and-home set in Columbus on Saturday night.

New Jersey (34-30-7) followed Monday's 7-1 loss at Anaheim with a season-high goal total in Thursday's 7-4 win over Minnesota.

Devante Smith-Pelly scored his fifth and sixth goals since New Jersey acquired him from Montreal at the trade deadline, and Mike Sislo and Adam Henrique each added two.

Smith-Pelly has provided punch to the league's lowest-scoring team with six goals and three assists in seven games with the Devils. He had six each in 46 with the Canadiens.

He's helped New Jersey to three wins in four games, keeping it within six points of Detroit for the Eastern Conference's final wild-card spot. The Devils had scored nine goals in five games before Thursday. >> Read more


Adam Henrique was one of three Devils with two goals in New Jersey's win Thursday. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
Adam Henrique was one of three Devils with two goals in New Jersey's win Thursday. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

NEWARK, N.J. -- Devante Smith-Pelly, Mike Sislo and Adam Henrique scored two goals apiece and the New Jersey Devils had their best offensive performance of the season with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

Reid Boucher also scored, Tyler Kennedy added a season-high three assists and Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves as New Jersey snapped a three-game home losing streak and rebounded from a 7-1 disaster in Anaheim on Monday.

Nino Niederreiter, Jared Spurgeon, Justin Fontaine and Mikko Koivu scored for the Wild, who squandered a chance to move ahead of Colorado into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a too-little, too-late effort in losing their second straight.

This one was never in doubt. Smith-Pelly and Sislo scored in the opening 1:34 and New Jersey hit the net three times on their first eight shots against Devan Dubnyk, sending him to the bench late in the opening period.

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 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

Coach John Torchetti knows blowing a late lead and settling for one point certainly won't help the Minnesota Wild's playoff pursuit.

At least their situation isn't nearly as dire as that of the fading New Jersey Devils.

Minnesota finishes a three-game trip looking to hand New Jersey a fourth consecutive home loss Thursday night.

The Wild (32-27-11) entered Tuesday's matchup with Ottawa having won three straight on the road and were seconds away from earning a critical two points. The Senators, though, scored with 7.1 seconds remaining in regulation to tie it and struck again with 30.4 left in overtime to pull out a stunning 3-2 victory. >> Read more


NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr (Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports Images)
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr (Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports Images)

----While the NHL decides whether to add any teams, league has already come up with a framework for a potential expansion draft.

The plan with the intent of having more competitive teams from the outset was distributed to general managers at their meeting Wednesday.

"If there's going to be an expansion you want the teams to be a little more competitive than perhaps they've been out of the box," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said, according to The Canadian Press. "The notion has been that perhaps in the past if the team isn't competitive enough out of the box there's an initial enthusiasm and then it kind of wanes until the team re-establishes itself."

The idea for the expansion draft would have teams possibly lose one player if one team was added, and two players if two teams are added. The rules for protection of players would be tighter than during the last round of expansion in 2000 when Minnesota and Columbus joined the league.

Teams would be allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or eight skaters and a goaltender. Players in their first two years in any league and unsigned draft picks are all exempt.

"They want them to be somewhat competitive," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said of potential expansion teams in Las Vegas and Quebec City. >> Read more


 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Goaltending equipment was the hot topic Tuesday on the second day of the NHL general managers meetings, with the focus on making it smaller to increase scoring.

The league has tried for a decade to manage equipment, adjusting it proportionally to each goalie's size. Kay Whitmore, the league's goalie expert, and executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said they want to clear up the gray area.

"This started last year after (the) competition committee (met) when we and the union agreed that things needed to be done with the pants and the upper body and we've been working behind the scenes nonstop," Whitmore said. "You're hearing from some of the best goalies in the game that they think this is what's right. They want a level playing field within their ranks. They want to look at the other end of the rink and feel that the guy down there looks appropriate for his size." >> Read more


Members of the Anaheim Ducks celebrate left wing Jakob Silfverberg's goal past New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid, right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, March 14, 2016. (AP)
Members of the Anaheim Ducks celebrate left wing Jakob Silfverberg's goal past New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid, right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, March 14, 2016. (AP)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jakob Silfverberg scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 7-1 rout of the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

Corey Perry scored his team-high 29th goal, Nick Ritchie had his first in 25 NHL games and Ryan Kesler got the go-ahead goal early in the second period.Andrew Cogliano added a goal and two assists, helping Anaheim beat the Devils for the fifth straight time.

The Ducks remained two points behind the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings, who won 5-0 at Chicago.

Former Anaheim forward Devante Smith-Pelly scored for the Devils, unable to complete a sweep of their three-game California trip after a 3-0 win over San Jose and a 2-1 overtime decision against Los Angeles.

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New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri take a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri take a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils face the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center at 10 p.m. ET on Monday.

According to STATS:

  • The Ducks are seeking their fifth straight win over the Devils New Jersey has scored just five goals total in those four losses.
  • The Devils are one of seven NHL teams that have a better record on the road than they do at home this season. New Jersey is looking to sweep their current California road trip after defeating San Jose (3-0) and Los Angeles (2-1).
  • Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid has allowed one goal on 53 shots over the past two games after surrendering 10 goals in his previous two starts - a win over Nashville and a 6-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
  • Ryan Getzlaf has scored eight goals in February and March after totaling just three through the month of January. Getzlaf has just one goal in 11 career games against New Jersey.
  • Devils' leading point getter Kyle Palmieri makes his first trip to Honda Center as a visitor after spending his first five seasons with the Ducks. He was held without a point in 20:42 of ice time in his first game played against Anaheim in December - a 2-1 New Jersey loss in Newark. Palmieri has 45 points on the season, including 20 points in the third period.
  • The Ducks are 8-0-1 in their last nine games at Honda Center. Their lone blemish at home during this stretch being a 2-1 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on March 7.
Tags: Anaheim Ducks , Keith Kinkaid , Kyle Palmieri

 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Kyle Palmieri is enjoying the best season of his career as he gets ready to play against his first NHL team on the road for the first time.

Palmieri will return to face the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night as his New Jersey Devils seek to sweep a three-game West Coast trip.

The winger was drafted in the first round by the Ducks in 2009. His career-best point total with Anaheim came in 2013-14 when he had 31, as he had some trouble establishing himself on a star-studded team that boasts Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. >>Read more


 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(Watchara Phomicinda)

Devils G Keith Kinkaid was named the NHL's third star for the week ending March 13.

Kinkaid made 30 saves while shutting out the Sharks on Thursday.

On Saturday, he saved 22 of 23 shots as the Devils beat the Kings, 2-1.

The 26-year-old Kinkaid has posted a 2.44 GAA this season.

Tags: Keith Kinkaid
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