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Cammalleri to miss next two games
Mike Cammalleri will miss the Devils' next two games, Monday at the Rangers and Tuesday at home against the Oilers. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

Left wing Mike Cammalleri, still out with a right hand/wrist injury, will miss the Devils' next two games, Monday at the Rangers and Tuesday at home against Edmonton, according to reporter Tom Gulitti (Fire and Ice, Feb. 7).

"There really hasn't been much progress other than he's working out and skating (on his own)," Devils coach John Hynes told Gulitti. "We really don't have a time frame on it right now. He'll be out tomorrow and Tuesday for sure and again we'll kind of see where it's at at that point."

Cammalleri has not played since Jan. 26 with the injury, which caused him to miss eight games from Jan. 2 to Jan. 16. He played four games after returning Jan. 19 before going back on the injury list.

Hynes told Gulitti he doesn't believe Cammalleri returned too soon when he came back in mid-January.

"It was more of a re-aggravation," Hynes said. "He played with it a little bit and it wasn't doing him any good to keep going, so we've got to let it settle down now and, hopefully, it gets better quick and he's back soon."

Gulitti also reported that Cory Schneider will start in goal against the Rangers. Hynes did not name the starter for Tuesday, when Martin Brodeur's No. 30 will b e retired.


Devils lose to Capitals in shootout
Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie shoots the puck toward New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)

T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin scored in the shootout, and the Washington Capitals tied the game late and beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Saturday.

Paul Carey, who was called up from the minors Friday, had tied the score in the third period with his first NHL goal.

Andre Burakovsky scored in his fifth straight game for Washington and Braden Holtby made 22 saves in winning his league-high 32nd game.

Joseph Blandisi and Adam Henrique scored for the Devils, who have lost two straight games in shootouts. Cory Schneider had 28 saves for the Devils, who are trying to get to the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Oshie scored on Washington's first shootout attempt and Reid Boucher beat Holtby on the Devils' third chance. Ovechkin then won it with a backhander. >> Read more...

Tags: Adam Henrique , Cory Schneider , Joseph Blandisi , Washington Capitals

Today's Game: Devils vs. Capitals
New Jersey Devils defenseman David Schlemko celebrates his goal during the third period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USATSI)

The New Jersey Devils host the Washington Capitals on Saturday at 1 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • Washington defeated the Islanders, 3-2, at Verizon Center on Thursday night, snapping a two-game losing streak in the process. The Capitals are still the only team in hockey yet to lose three straight tilts this season.
  • New Jersey lost, 3-2, in a shootout with the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Thursday night, taking at least one point for the sixth time in its last seven games (5-1-1 record). The Devils have dropped four straight shootouts (2-1 in first three shootouts of the season).
  • The Caps won the first meeting of the season with the Devils, 5-3, at Verizon Center on October 10. Dating to December 6, 2014, Washington has defeated New Jersey four consecutive times by a combined score of 16-6.
  • T.J. Oshie had a goal and a helper Thursday night, earning first-star accolades, and giving him five points (1g, 4a) during his current four-game scoring streak. Oshie has just one assist in six career skates vs. the Devils.
  • David Schlemko had a goal and an assist Thursday night, recording his second multi-point game of the season, and giving him six points (2g, 4a) in his last five skates (nine points in first 39 games of 2015-16). Schlemko leads all New Jersey blueliners in both goals (6) and points (15) this season.
  • Washington has been held without a power-play goal in three straight games (0-for-12 during streak). The Caps are 22-0-2 when netting at least one goal with the man-advantage this season (14-9-2 when scoring zero PPG).
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Kinkaid, Devils host Capitals on Saturday
New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid skates on the ice during warm-up before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USATSI)

With Alex Ovechkin back in tow, the Washington Capitals appear poised to resume their winning ways.

The visiting Capitals can build on their latest victory with a fifth consecutive win over the New Jersey Devils, who should have their No. 1 goaltender available Saturday.

Back from his one-game suspension for missing last weekend's All-Star festivities, Ovechkin scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:40 left in regulation to give Washington (36-9-4) a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday.

"He's a goal scorer," said Braden Holtby, who made 24 saves in his first post-All-Star Game appearance. "That's what we need him to do. He came through in the right time.

"That's the way our team is. Every guy has their role and everyone seems to be doing it. That's Ovi's role." >> Read more...

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Leafs beat Devils in shootout
Toronto's Michael Grabner and the Devils' Adam Larsson (5) race for a loose puck. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

TORONTO -- P.A. Parenteau's shootout goal lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, giving their coach, Mike Babcock, a reason to celebrate his 1,000th NHL game.

James Reimer stopped Reid Boucher, Jacob Josefson and Lee Stempniak in the shootout. Peter Holland and Tyler Bozak missed for the Leafs.

David Schlemko's disputed third-period goal seemed destined to give the Devils a 2-1 win.

But Bozak beat Keith Kinkaid with a snap shot from the slot with 2:06 remaining to tie the game and set up the shootout.

It was a night of milestones for the Leafs.

Captain Dion Phaneuf appeared in his 800th game, winger Joffrey Lupul, his 700th and Nazem Kadri, his 300th. And the Leafs also marked the 40th anniversary of Darryl Sittler's 10-point night against the Boston Bruins.

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Devils preparing for Brodeur's retirement ceremonies
(Ed Mulholland)

The Devils will retire legendary goalie Martin Brodeur's No. 30 prior to their game next Tuesday, but also have Brodeur events planned in the days leading up to the ceremony.

On Feb. 6, the Devils and Brodeur will host a youth hockey clinic at the Prudential Center.

On Feb. 8, "An Evening With Marty" will take place at the Prudential Center, where a statue of Brodeur will be revealed. 

The events will culminate with the on-ice number retirement ceremony on Feb. 9, prior to the Devils game against the Oilers.

Hosted by Doc Emrick, Brodeur will be surrounded by his family and former teammates such as Ken Daneyko, Scott Stevens, and Scott Niedermayer. 

The 43-year-old Brodeur, who helped lead the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and holds nearly every all-time record for NHL goalies, retired after last season.


Devils to take on Maple Leafs in Toronto
(Ed Mulholland)

A coaching change and minimal offseason moves didn't appear to signal the New Jersey Devils were ready to become a playoff team.

However, they've passed the halfway point of the season and are challenging for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Playing behind All-Star goaltender Corey Schneider, the Devils seek a sixth win in seven games Thursday night when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A third consecutive season without a playoff spot forced New Jersey into some organizational changes this past spring. Ray Shero was moved into the general manager's job and the coaching reins were turned over to John Hynes, who at 40 is the youngest bench boss in the league. >> Read more


Devils activate John Moore off injured reserved
(James Guillory)

The Devils have activated D John Moore from injured reserved, the team announced.

Moore had been palced on IR on Jan. 22 due to a lower-body injury.

Moore, 25, has three goals and seven assists in 43 games this season.

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Schneider is dealing with minor injury
(Ed Mulholland)

Devils G Cory Schneider is dealing with a minor injury, which he says he's not worried about (Feb. 4).

Schneider isn't starting on Thursday night against Toronto, but said he was unsure whether it's due to the injury he's dealing with.

Devils coach John Hynes said after practice that he isn't concerned about Schneider.

G Keith Kinkaid, who is starting in Schneider's place, was not informed until Thursday morning that he would be starting (Feb. 4).

Schneider played during the All-Star Game and started the first game after the break on Tuesday night against the Rangers.

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Strong third period lifts Devils over Rangers, 3-2
(Ed Mulholland)

David Schlemko scored on a power play with 8:46 left and the New Jersey Devils rallied twice to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Lee Stempniak and Joseph Blandisi also scored, Cory Schneider made 31 saves and the surprising Devils beat the Rangers for the second straight time this season. It was their fifth win in six games and moved them within two points of New York for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

J.T. Miller scored twice for New York, which came within a goalpost of tying it on a shot by Ryan McDonaghHenrik Lundqvist made 22 saves.

The game was decided by special teams. The Devils were 2 for 2 with the extra skater and they killed off all four Rangers power plays. >> Read more

Tags: Cory Schneider , David Schlemko , Joseph Blandisi

Tonight's Game: Devils vs. Rangers
(Ed Mulholland)

The Devils return from the All-Star break to host the Rangers at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Rangers have won each of their last four road games versus the Devils, tied for their longest road win streak versus New Jersey all-time (also from March 7, 1975 -- October 8, 1976 and from March 22, 1984 -- January 18, 1985).
  • The Devils enter the second half with 112 goals scored on the season, fourth fewest in the NHL. New Jersey has been outscored, 114-112, on the season (not including shootout goals); the Devils have not made the postseason with a negative goal differential on the season since making the playoffs in 1987-88 despite being outscored, 296-295.
  • The Rangers went 6-2-1 on the road through November 21, but are just 3-10-2 on the road since, being outscored by 18 (53-35) over the 15 games. New York went 28-11-2 (.707) on the road last season but is just 9-12-3 (.438) in road games this season -- the largest decline in road win percentage by any team from last season to this one.
  • Mats Zuccarello has scored 18 goals in 49 games played this season, one shy of his career-high (had 19 in 77 games played in 2013-14). However, Zuccarello scored just two goals in January (his fewest in any month this season), and has not scored a goal on the road since December 30 at Tampa Bay.
  • Derick Brassard had two goals and three assists versus Buffalo on January 25, his last game played before the All-Star break. Brassard's five-point game was the first five-point regular-season game by a New York Ranger since Ryan Callahan had five points versus the Flyers on March 6, 2011.
  • Kyle Palmieri has recorded seven power-play goals in 50 games played this season after totaling seven power-play goals through his first five career NHL seasons (in 198 games played). Palmieri's 20 goals, overall, and 35 points this season are each single-season career-highs, and his 15 assists are two shy of his career-high (17 in 2013-14).
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Devils begin vital month to their season against the Rangers
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers (27) during the second period at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)

While reaching the playoffs is a minimum expectation for the Rangers, it would be a boon to the rebuilding Devils after failing to qualify for three straight seasons.

This month will be vital for New Jersey with eight of its 13 opponents currently sitting higher in the standings. The Devils face the Rangers three times over that span.

"It's sort of make-or-break time for us to make the playoffs this next stretch," Stempniak said. "It's in division games so those are points where you beat the teams you're chasing and you close the gap pretty quickly, and if you lose, it can run away from you pretty quickly."

New Jersey's 2.24 scoring average is the lowest in the East, so it'll likely continue leaning on All-Star goaltender Cory Schneider, who is 22-15-5 with a 2.03 GAA that ties for third-best in the NHL.

Schneider had 26 saves against the Rangers in October after going 0-3-1 with a 3.79 GAA over the previous four meetings. >>> Read more…

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Devils place Cammalleri on IR, recall three players from Albany
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Devils have placed Mike Cammalleri on IR due to an upper-body injury, the team announced.

Cammalleri, who also missed time last month, has 14 goals and 24 assists in 42 games so far this season.

The club also recalled C Joseph Blandisi, LW Reid Boucher, and D Seth Helgeson from Albany of the AHL.

Blandisi, 21, has one goal and five assists in 11 games for the Devils this season.

Boucher, 22, has two goals and one assist in eight games.

Helgeson, 25, has failed to notch a goal or assist in two games.

Tags: Joseph Blandisi , Mike Cammalleri , Reid Boucher , Seth Helgeson

Schneider will participate in NHL All-Star weekend skills challenge
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider looks on against the Arizona Coyotes during second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Joe Camporeale)

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider was selected to take part in Saturday night's Skills Competition at NHL All-Star weekend (Gulitti, Jan. 29).

Schneider will participate as a member of the Eastern Conference during the Breakaway Challenge and Shootout Relay.

He is 22-15 in goal this season for New Jersey. Schneider has allowed 2.03 goals per game and has a .929 save percentage.

This is his first All-Star game selection. 

Tags: Cory Schneider , Tim Reilly

Devils recall F Sergey Kalinin, assign four players to Albany
New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) looks to screen Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) during the first period of the game at Joe Louis Arena. The Devils defeated the Wings 4-3. (Leon Halip)

 


 

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Devils blanked by Penguins, 2-0
(Charles LeClaire)

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Sidney Crosby got his 17th goal of the year for the Penguins. The two-time MVP has scored in each of Pittsburgh's last seven home games, the longest home scoring streak of his career.

Phil Kessel added an insurance goal, and the Penguins have won four of five to draw even with the Devils for eighth place in the Eastern Conference heading into the All-Star break. >> Read more

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Tonight's Game: Devils at Penguins
(Bruce Fedyck)

The Devils face the Penguins on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils beat the Jets, 3-1, at MTS Centre on Saturday night, winning their season-high tying fourth straight tilt in the process. The last time New Jersey put together a longer win streak was during a five-gamer nearly three years ago (Feb. 3-10, 2013).
  • Pittsburgh scored four times in the third period, and beat Vancouver, 5-4, at home on Saturday, winning its second straight tilt, and for the third time in the last four games overall. The Penguins have netted five or more goals six times since December 1 -- tied with the Stars and Capitals for most in the league.
  • New Jersey blanked Pittsburgh, 4-0, in these clubs' first meeting of the season on November 14 at Prudential Center. Dating to the beginning of 2013-14, the Pens have beaten the Devils four straight times at CONSOL Energy Center, including shutting them out twice.
  • Lee Stempniak lit the lamp twice Saturday night, garnering first-star honors, and giving him at least one goal in a career-high tying three straight games. Including a marker and a helper in these clubs' first meeting of the season, Stempniak has four points (2g, 2a) in his last five skates vs. the Pens overall.
  • Evgeni Malkin scored three goals Saturday, earning first-star accolades, and recording his 10th career hat trick -- third most of any NHL skater since he joined the league in 2006-07. Malkin has 25 points (13g, 12a) in 21 career home games vs. the Devils.
  • The Pens have clicked on 30.2 percent of their power-play opportunities in the last 16 contests -- second best in the league since December 19 (Capitals -- 32.5). New Jersey is 3-for-4 with the man-advantage in its last two skates after not scoring a PPG in eight straight contests, January 4-19.

Devils seek a season-high fifth straight win
New Jersey Devils right wing Lee Stempniak (20) scores against the Winnipeg Jets, his former team during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)

The All-Star break might not be coming at the best time for the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The surprising Devils try for a season-high fifth straight win Tuesday night as they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, who appear to be finding their footing of late as the teams close out their pre-All-Star schedules.

New Jersey (25-19-5) has put a 1-5-0 stretch in the past in impressive fashion and can win five in a row for the first time since Feb. 3-10, 2013. Lee Stempniak scored twice against his former team and Cory Schneider made 22 saves in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Winnipeg, which improved the club to 14-9-2 on the road.

The Devils have scored first in each game of the win streak and have totaled 15 goals during their run after managing six in the previous six games.

"It was a huge game, trying to separate ourselves from teams right around us clustered for a playoff spot," said Stempniak, who has scored four times in a three-game goal streak. "It was a great team effort."

Few expected the Devils to be in the thick of the postseason race this season, but the more prolific offense as well as improved defensive play has New Jersey looking like it doesn't need a break right now. It's given up six goals in the past four games after allowing 16 in the six prior ones.

Schneider has posted a 1.51 goals-against average in his last six starts, and he's expected be in net to try for a third consecutive shutout of the Penguins. He beat them 4-0 with 21 saves Nov. 14 and has a 0.80 GAA in his past five matchups in the series. >>> Read more…

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Devils recall Gragnani, assign Kalinin to Albany
New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) looks to screen Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) during the first period of the game at Joe Louis Arena. The Devils defeated the Wings 4-3. (Leon Halip)

The New Jersey Devils have assigned F Sergey Kalinin to Albany and recalled D Marc-Andre Gragnani under emergency conditions (Devils, Jan. 26).

Gragnani, 28, has 15 assists in 28 games played in Albany this season. He has also appeared in four games with the Devils.

Kalinin, 24, has five goals and four assists in 46 games played this season with New Jersey. 

Tags: Marc-Andre Gragnani , Sergey Kalinin , Tim Reilly

Stempniak named Second Star of the week
(Jasen Vinlove)

Devils RW Lee Stempniak has been named the NHL's Second Star of the week.

Stempniak shared the league lead with four goals last week as the Devils moved in to playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

The 32-year-old has 14 goals and 22 assists in 49 games so far this season.


Devils beat Jets for fourth win in a row
Lee Stempniak (20) is congratualted by his Devils teammates after his first-period goal. (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports) (Bruce Fedyck)

Box score

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Lee Stempniak scored twice and Corey Schneider made 22 saves, leading the New Jersey Devils past the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Saturday night.

Stempniak recorded his 13th goal of the season in the first period to opening the scoring and then added another on a redirected shot in the third. Jacob Josefson added the other goal for the Devils.

The Jets' lone goal was scored late on the power play by Dustin Byfuglien, his 12th of the season.

Schneider improved to 22-14-5 on the season with the win, while Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck made 13 saves.

Winnipeg's Mathieu Perreault left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury after being hit by Devils forward Tuomo Ruutu.

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Tlusty out 3-4 months after wrist surgery
New Jersey Devils left wing Jiri Tlusty takes a shot on goal and scores during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USATSI)

Devils forward Jiri Tlusty is expected to miss 3-4 months after undergoing surgery on his right wrist, New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero said.

Tlusty, 27, scored two goals and had two assists in 30 games for the Devils this season. On Friday, Dr. Robert Hotchkiss at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City repaired a torn ligament in his wrist, according to Shero.

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Tonight's Game: Devils at Jets
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac screens in front of Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USATSI)

The New Jersey Devils face the Winnipeg Jets on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Jets have earned at least one standings point in each of their last eight games (6-0-2) against the Devils -- tied for the third-longest active streak against the Devils (Avalanche 10, Islanders nine).
  • The Jets have scored exactly one goal in three consecutive (and nine of their last 15) games. They also have allowed 12 special teams goals (11 PPG and one SHG) over their last 12 games.
  • The Devils, winners of three straight games, can match their season-long win streak (four games, October 18-24) with a win on Saturday night.
  • While the Devils have been outscored 56-54 at home this season, both they and their opponents have scored exactly 55 goals in their road games this season.
  • Devils center Travis Zajac tied a career high with four points (one goal, three assists) against the Senators on Thursday night, after recording just four points over his previous 16 games.
  • Jets rookie winger Nikolaj Ehlers has scored a goal in three of his last five games, after scoring a total of just two goals over his previous 33 games.
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Devils look for fourth straight win
Jan 21, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) plays the puck while being defended by Ottawa Senators left wing Mike Hoffman (68) during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Senators 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

(AP) -- While New Jersey has matched its top three-game scoring output, Winnipeg's same stretch could pass as binary code.

The Devils' system isn't much more complicated: Getting pucks low and on net has them chasing their second four-game winning streak of the season Saturday night in Winnipeg as the Jets aim to right things in the third of a six-game homestand.

After Thursday's 6-3 home win over Ottawa, the Devils (24-19-5) have scored 12 goals on the winning streak following a 1-5-0 span in which they managed six. Kyle Palmieri had two goals and an assist, Travis Zajac had a goal and three assists, and Joseph Blandisi scored his first NHL goal with two assists as the trio's line paced a five-goal first period.

"I think we've been clicking the last couple of games," Blandisi told the team's official website. "We're always down low in their zone creating chances, but just really haven't found a way to put it in but we stuck with it and stayed positive. There was no negative talk. Pucks were going in for us (Thursday). I think we worked pretty well down low."

For Palmieri, switching coasts has made all the difference. In five seasons with Anaheim, he topped out at 31 points in 71 games in 2013-14. He's got 35 in 48 games this season, including his first 20-goal campaign.

Zajac, meanwhile, had been limited to an assist in his previous nine games. It'll take quite a few more multipoint games to get him back to his career-best pace of 0.82 points per from 2009-10, but he's at least overcoming last season's letdown. Zajac averaged a career-low 0.34 points in 2014-15 and is up to 0.58 this season, two points shy of matching last season's total of 25 in 34 fewer games.

"It definitely helps the confidence," Zajac said. "You got to stay hungry in those situations, and contribute again in the next game."

The same goes for the power play. Palmieri and Blandisi scored on New Jersey's only power-play chances after the man advantage was 0 for 19 in the previous eight games.

Collectively, though, it's still amounting to an offensive struggle. The Devils are still scoring 2.27 goals per game, which leads only last season (2.15) and 2010-11 (2.09) for their worst average in franchise history.

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press

 


Devils place Moore on IR, recall Helgeson from Albany
New Jersey Devils defensemen John Moore (2) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1. (James Guillory)

The New Jersey Devils have placed D John Moore on IR with an upper body injury and recalled D Seth Helgeson, under emergency conditions, from Albany (Devils, Jan. 22).

Moore, 25, has three goals and seven assists in 43 games with New Jersey this season.

Helgeson, 25, has two goals and five assits in 33 games played with Albany this season. 

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Devils start fast, top Senators
New Jersey's Kyle Palmieri celebrates one of his two first-period goals against Ottawa Thursday. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

NEWARK, N.J. -- Travis Zajac had a goal and three assists, Kyle Palmieri scored twice, and the New Jersey Devils scored five times in the first period in a 6-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Joseph Blandisi scored his first NHL goal and had two assists. Lee Stempniak and Adam Henrique also scored to help the Devils win their third straight and improve to 6-1-1 in their last eight games against the Senators.

Cory Schneider stopped 29 shots for New Jersey.

Mika Zibanejad, Mike Hoffman and Cody Ceci scored for Ottawa, which had won two straight.

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Devils activate Jacob Josefson off IR
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Devils have activated C Jacob Josefson off IR (Jan. 21).

Josefson had missed the last 11 games due to a bone bruise in his left foot that he suffered during practice on Dec. 29.

Josefson, 24, has one goal and six assists in 36 games so far this season.

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Cammalleri, Devils readying for Senators
New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri (13) makes a pass during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: (Timothy T. Ludwig)

As thrilled as the New Jersey Devils are to have Mike Cammalleri return, the Ottawa Senators can't be happy it came in time for them to see him.

At least the Senators won't have to face Cammalleri for the rest of the regular season after closing a five-game trip Thursday night at New Jersey in a matchup of teams battling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

This game comes two days after Cammalleri's return coincided with the Devils' highest-scoring game since Christmas. The 13-year veteran remains the team's points leader (36) despite missing eight games with a hand injury, and New Jersey (23-19-5) scored only eight goals in the last seven.

"It's no secret we've struggled to score at times, so to add a guy with his talent and his nose for the net is a huge boost for our team," linemate Lee Stempniak said.

Cammalleri was back Tuesday, registering one assist and one shot, but his impact was clearly felt as New Jersey defeated Calgary 4-2. Stempniak had his first multipoint game since November. >> Read more...

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Devils assign F Brian O'Neill to Albany
New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) battles with New Jersey Devils center Brian O'Neill (18) for the puck during the second period in the NHL game at Prudential Center. (Vincent Carchietta)

The New Jersey Devils have assigned F Brian O'Neill to Albany on loan (Devils, Jan. 20).

O'Neill, 27, has two assists in 22 games played with New Jersey this season.

In nine games played with Albany this season he has three goals and four assists. 

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GEICO SportsNite: NJ Devils 00:00:41
Mike Cammalleri, Reid Boucher and John Hynes talk about Cammalleri's return to the ice in the Devils' 4-2 win over the Flames.

Cory Schneider made nine of his 26 saves in the third period to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-2 over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Adam LarssonLee StempniakReid Boucher and Andy Greene scored for the Devils, who have won two straight after dropping three in a row.

Sean Monahan and Kris Russell scored for the Flames, who have lost four of five to drop to 20-21-3.

Jonas Hiller stopped 22 shots. >> Read more

Tags: Adam Larsson , Andy Greene , Cory Schneider , Reid Boucher

Tonight's Game: Devils vs. Flames
(Jean-Yves Ahern/USATSI)

The Devils host the Flames on Tuesday night.

According to STATS...

  • The Flames won the first matchup between these clubs this season, 3-2, and have won six consecutive games against the Devils -- their longest active winning streak versus any opponent. Calgary last lost to New Jersey back on November 24, 2010 (2-1 in a shootout).
  • The Devils have just two wins in their last seven games and will be looking to snap their current two game home losing streak. New Jersey's six game slide against Calgary is tied for its longest active losing streak versus any foe (Avalanche).
  • Calgary has lost three of its last four games after losing just four times in its previous 15 contests. The Flames own the worst power-play percentage in the NHL this season at 13.9 percent.
  • Jonas Hiller is 0-2-1 with a 3.66 GAA in his last four road starts and has two wins and a 2.29 GAA in six career starts against the Devils. Hiller, who will be facing New Jersey for the first time since December 20, 2013, is seven victories shy of 200 for his NHL career.
  • Cory Schneider has lost three consecutive starts against the Flames and will be seeking his first win over them since April 6, 2013 (while playing for Vancouver). With a victory, Schneider will post back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the first time in his career.
  • Johnny Gaudreau has 33 points (17g, 16a) in 23 home games this season compared to 10 points (2g, 8a) in 20 road games. Gaudreau has lit the lamp in two of his last four games overall.
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Devils place Merrill on IR, activate Cammalleri
New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri (13) scores against Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond (30) in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)

The New Jersey Devils have placed D Jon Merrill on IR with an upper body injury and activated F Michael Cammalleri off IR (Devils, Jan. 19).  

Merrill will have his time on IR retroactive to Jan. 16.

Cammalleri, 33, has 14 goals and 21 assists in 38 games played this season. His 35 points are a team-high. He has been on IR since Dec. 30 while dealing with an upper body injury of his own. 

Tags: Jon Merrill , Mike Cammalleri , Tim Reilly

Injury-plagued Devils take on Calgary
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) loses the puck in front of Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

Cory Schneider's high of being named to his first All-Star team this month has come with the low of a slump by New Jersey.

Schneider is doing his best to revive the injury-plagued Devils and can help them win consecutive games for the first time in more than two weeks while snapping a six-game losing streak against the visiting Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Despite Schneider's solid play in net, New Jersey (22-19-5) has taken a step back with losses in five of seven. The Devils sat within a point of the Metropolitan Division's third playoff spot before a cold stretch has dropped them four back with a week left before the All-Star break.

Schneider is tied with Chicago's Corey Crawford for the league lead in starts with 38 and was chosen earlier this month to play in the league's midseason showcase at Nashville. He has plenty of work left to do, however, with four games left.

Schneider has a 1.51 goals-against average and .947 save percentage since Dec. 30, and he matched a season high with 38 saves in Saturday's 2-0 win at Arizona for his fourth shutout.

The Devils needed almost every one of Schneider's saves with two or fewer goals scored for the seventh straight game. New Jersey has eight total goals for the lowest average in the league at 1.14 during that span while going 0 for 17 on the power play.

They managed a 2-2 trip with Saturday's win. Reid Boucher scored his first goal of the season a day after getting recalled from the AHL, and Kyle Palmieri chipped in his team-leading 18th to snap a season-worst six-game drought.

The Devils have played without leading point scorer Mike Cammalleri the last eight games due to an upper-body injury, but coach John Hynes said there's a good chance he will return against the Flames.

"We had a lot of changes in our lineup and a lot of adversity over the last eight days," Hynes told the team's official website. "So it's good to go .500 on the trip and respond the way we did."

Winning two games in a row for the first time since taking three straight Dec. 29-Jan. 2 will mean beating Calgary for the first time since Nov. 24, 2010 >>> Read more…

Tags: Cory Schneider , Kyle Palmieri , Reid Boucher , Tim Reilly

Hynes: 'Good chance' Cammalleri returns Tuesday
New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri makes a pass during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USATSI)

There is "a good chance" Mike Cammalleri will return to the Devils lineup Tuesday when they host Calgary, coach John Hynes told reporter Rich Chere of NJ.com (Jan. 17).

The team's leading scorer hasn't played since Dec. 30, having missed the last eight games with an upper body injury. He has 14 goals and 35 points.

Cammalleri has scored 277 regular-season goals in 775 career games.

 

 


Schneider's shutout leads Devils past Coyotes
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider looks on against the Arizona Coyotes during second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Joe Camporeale)

Cory Schneider stopped 38 shots for his third shutout of the season, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 2-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Schneider, who was selected as an All-Star for the first time in his career, is 12-6-2 in 20 starts on the road this season.

Reid Boucher scored early in the first period for the Devils, who won for just the second time in the past seven games.

Kyle Palmieri scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season 18 seconds into the third period. Joseph Blandisi was able to get a stick on the puck behind the net and tap it out to Palmieri, who stuffed a close-range shot past Coyotes goalie Anders Lindback. >> Read more...

Tags: Arizona Coyotes , Cory Schneider , Kyle Palmieri , Reid Boucher

Devils travel to Arizona to face Coyotes
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(AP) -- The Arizona Coyotes may be the only NHL team currently without an All-Star, but their respect is certainly growing around the league.

Riding a season-high seven-game point streak, they'll continue their surprising playoff push Saturday afternoon against a New Jersey Devils team struggling with injuries and a lack of offensive production.

After managing just 56 points to place last in the Western Conference last season, Arizona (22-16-5) is only seven away from matching that total due to a 5-0-2 stretch since Dec. 31. The Coyotes had won a season-high four straight before squandering a two-goal lead in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit.

Arizona is getting contributions from both old and young in rising to sixth in the West. Longtime captain Shane Doan has scored eight of his team-high 16 goals over an eight-game stretch, while 20-year-old Max Domi has 13 after recording his first career hat trick in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Edmonton. Fellow rookie Louis Domingue is 4-0-1 with a 1.76 goals-against average in his last five starts filling in for an injured Mike Smith.

With the franchise's first playoff berth since 2011-12 in sight, general manager Don Maloney added some depth to the blueline by trading enforcer John Scott to Montreal for defenseman Jarred Tinordi on Friday as part of a three-team deal. The move comes two days after the Coyotes claimed defenseman Kevin Connauton off waivers from Columbus.

Scott had been selected an All-Star by fan voting despite having one point in 11 games and being sent to the minors on Wednesday. The career journeyman was slated to captain the Pacific Division team in the Jan. 31 game in Nashville.

"That had nothing to do with this deal whatsoever," Maloney told the Coyotes' official website. "We're in the business of looking after the Coyotes.

We think with Jarred coming in, and Kevin Connauton, we've got two young defensemen that have upside that can help us not only now but down the road as well. We're trying to make our team better and I do think we made ourselves better."

New Jersey (21-19-5) presently sits on the outside of the East's playoff picture, mostly due to an offense that's 29th in the NHL in scoring (2.16 goals per game) and last in shots per game (24.6). The Devils have generated a mere six goals during a 1-5-0 stretch in which they're 0 of 15 on the power play.

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Devils recall forwards Reid Boucher and Brian O'Neil

The New Jersey Devils have recalled forwards Reid Boucher and Brian O'Neil and reassigned forward Jim O'Brien and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani to Albany (Devils, Jan. 15).

Boucher, 22, has 14 goals and 12 assists in 30 games with Albany this season. He spent three games with the Devils earlier this season.

O'Neil, 27, has three goals and four assists in nine games with Albany. 


Devils shut out by Avalanche

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DENVER (AP) Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots for his first NHL shutout, Matt Duchene scored 51 seconds in and the Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Thursday night.

Defenseman Tyson Barrie added a short-handed goal and Carl Soderberg an empty-netter to help the Avalanche improve to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games against New Jersey. The Devils haven't won at the Pepsi Center since March 15, 2008.

Pickard started and gave a breather to regular goalie Semyon Varlamov, who's allowed 14 goals over his last four games.

The 23-year-old Pickard began the season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League but was recalled last month for a second time this season after backup Reto Berra hurt his ankle. Pickard has made two starts - both wins - and four relief appearances in 2015-16.

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Struggling Devils meet struggling Avs in Colorado
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) controls the puck against the St. Louis Blues during the first period at Scottrade Center. (Jasen Vinlove)

Poor offense is back hurting the New Jersey Devils, and bad defense is plaguing the Colorado Avalanche again.

Those problems have dropped both clubs just outside the playoff picture but could result in one having a breakout performance Thursday night in Denver.

Yet, it was the Avalanche (21-20-3) who won a low-scoring affair in New Jersey on Dec. 1, winning 2-1 behind goals by Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie. Colorado is 8-0-1 in the past nine matchups after winning the last five - all by one goal.

Cory Schneider has been victimized by the Devils' anemic offense during that skid, losing all five meetings despite a 1.75 goals-against average, and it's been a similar story lately. He has a 1.68 GAA in his last six starts but won only three of them.

Struggling to score is nothing new for the Devils (21-18-5), second to last in the league with 2.20 goals per game. Even on a three-game win streak that carried them through the new year, they scored just three goals in each victory.

Since that run, New Jersey has totaled six goals in five games while going 1-4-0 - clearly missing Mike Cammalleri's presence. The Devils' points leader has sat out six straight games with an upper-body injury and won't return until Saturday in Arizona at the earliest. >> Read more…

Tags: Cory Schneider , Mike Cammalleri

Tootoo fined $2,000 for diving
New Jersey Devils right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) skates after the puck past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

Jordin Tootoo has been fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment, the NHL announced.

"Tootoo was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 75 at New York Rangers on Oct. 18. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 9:39 of the third period during NHL Game No. 583 against Detroit on Jan. 4," the league said.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Farnham suspended for four games
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Devils LW Bobby Farnham has been suspended for four games due to the interference penalty he committed against Dmitrij Jaskin of the Blues on Tuesday night.

Farnham had recently been fined $2,000 for embellishment (Jan. 7).

Before Farnham's embellishment fine, the league had given him a warning about an incident that took place on Nov. 22 in Vancouver.


Devils fall to Blues, 5-2
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Patrik Berglund scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Ty Rattie netted his first NHL goal to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Scottie Upshall and David Backes also scored for St. Louis, which converted on its first two power-play attempts. The Blues won in regulation for the first time since Dec. 22.

St. Louis also won its fifth in a row against New Jersey, which lost for the fourth time in five games.>> Read more

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Patrik Elias out indefinitely after knee surgery
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Devils F Patrik Elias had atrhroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday, GM Ray Shero said.

According to Shero, the surgery was successful and Elias will be out indefinitely. Shero noted that the team is optimistic Elias will return this season. 

Elias, who missed the first 20 games of the season due to the knee injury, had been placed on injured reserve on Dec. 30, retroactive to Dec. 21.

He had one goal and four assists in 13 games this season.

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Devils look to build momentum after snapping three-game skid
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)

The Devils (21-17-5) beat Minnesota 2-1 on Sunday to snap a three-game skid. Defenseman Jon Merrill scored his first goal in 82 games for the third-period winner and Adam Henrique got his 15th of the season for New Jersey, which opened a four-game trip.

New Jersey's goal total against the Wild matched that of its previous three games. The club's 2.21 goals per contest is second to last in the league.

The Devils have also been hit hard by injuries. Leading scorer Mike Cammalleri has missed five straight games, the club is also without Patrik Elias, and Jiri Tlusty was placed on injured reserve this week.

Four players in Sunday's lineup had played a combined six NHL games this season as promoted reinforcements.

"This is the time where you need guys to step up," Henrique said. "There's a lot of opportunity for guys coming in the lineup and getting more of a chance to play. We need guys to take advantage of that."

Cory Schneider, 3-3-0 in his last six starts despite a 1.68 GAA, is expected to be in net for New Jersey. He's 3-4-1 with a 1.93 mark in nine career matchups with the Blues after making 26 saves Nov. 10. >>>Read more…

Tags: Adam Henrique , Jon Merrill

Palmieri 'not too worried' about contract extension
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USATSI)

Forward Kyle Palmieri is taking a laidback approach to potentially receiving a contract extension from the New Jersey Devils (Jan. 11).

"I think it might get done before the end of the season and it might not. I'm not too worried about it," Palmieri, 24, told NJ.com on Monday. "I haven't put myself on any kind of a time line as far as that goes. Who knows? It could take until the end of June or July. I don't want to worry myself about it. ... That's basically purely my agent's job. Those kind of distractions aren't something I need. That kind of stuff takes care if itself."

After spending five seasons with the Ducks organization, Palmieri has scored 17 goals and recorded 14 assists through 43 games in his first season with the Devils. He can become a restricted free agent at season's end. 

"I love the guys on the team," Palmieri said. "In the locker room it's a fun bunch and so far it's been a great opportunity for me. ... I'm restricted, so it's not like there is anything looming over me or the organization that worries anybody."

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Merrill, Schneider lift Devils over Wild, 2-1
New Jersey Devils defensemen Jon Merrill skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USATSI)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Jon Merrill put New Jersey ahead in the third period with his first goal of the season, Cory Schneider made 17 saves and the Devils beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Sunday night to snap a season-high three-game losing streak.

Adam Henrique scored for New Jersey 1:21 into the third period, but Minnesota's Zach Parise got his 16th goal less than 2 minutes later. That score was Parise's first against his former team.

Merrill broke the tie 6:26 into the third and Schneider made 10 saves in the final period.

Darcy Kuemper made 15 saves in his return from a concussion for the Wild, suffering his first regulation loss of the season in 10 games.

Beginning a season-long four-game trip and missing several key players, the Devils got just enough offense against similarly stingy Minnesota. Both teams entered play among the top five in the NHL in fewest goals allowed per game. >> Read more...

Tags: Adam Henrique , Cory Schneider , Jon Merrill , Minnesota Wild

Devils search for win in Minnesota

(AP) -- Among the best home teams in the NHL, the Minnesota Wild haven't been particularly good there lately.

Opening a three-game homestand against a struggling opponent gives them an opportunity to change that.

The Wild looks to capitalize on a meeting with the depleted New Jersey Devils on Sunday night.

Although Minnesota (22-11-8) is 14-5-2 at home, it is just 2-2-1 in its last five at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild fell 4-3 in overtime to Philadelphia on Thursday but rebounded Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Western Conference-leading Dallas as Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves.

"(Dubnyk) was solid all night," coach Mike Yeo said. "He was composed and he was calm in there all night and obviously made some huge saves."

Dubnyk could be back in net for a ninth straight game. He's started games on back-to-back days three times, losing the second contest each time - all on the road.

He's 2-2-1 with a 2.80 goals-against average in his last five home games after going 9-3-0 with a 1.85 GAA and four shutouts over his first 13.

Dubnyk made 30 saves in a 6-2 win over New Jersey in his only home matchup March 10.

Backup Darcy Kuemper is also a very good option, going 4-0-2 with a 1.26 GAA over his last six games.

Thomas Vanek scored one of Minnesota's two second-period goals Saturday to raise his total to 13. Vanek hasn't scored in six home games, but did tally a pair against the Devils in March.

Zach Parise had two assists in that meeting, giving him three points in two home games against his former team. He's still searching for his first goal against New Jersey after coming up empty on 12 shots in three overall contests.

Minnesota has been limited to 26 goals during a 5-4-2 stretch and has received virtually no help from a power-play unit that is 1 for 22 in that span.

The Wild are 4-1-1 in their last six games versus New Jersey (20-17-5), winning all three at home with a 14-4 scoring edge.

The Devils, who are opening a four-game road trip, have been outscored 7-2 during a three-game slide, and injuries are posing a major problem.

Copyright 2016 by the Associated Press


Devils place Tlusty on IR, recall Blandisi
New Jersey Devils left wing Jiri Tlusty (9) plays the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The New Jersey Devils have placed Jiri Tlusty on IR and recalled Joseph Blandisi from Albany (Devils, Jan. 9).

Tlusty was on the receiving end of an illegal hit from Max Talbot of the Bruins on Sunday that left him with concussion like symptoms. Talbot has since been suspended two games.

Blandisi has seven goals and 15 assists in 24 games with Albany this season. He appeared in three games earlier this year with the Devils. 

Tags: Jiri Tlusty , Tim Reilly
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