It's always great to answer some reader questions, especially now that we have quite a few games worth of information to go on. If you have a question, always feel free to tweet @SNYDevils.

Jonathan Harpula - @Starpula - Larsson for Yakupov? Who says no at this point?

On paper, this would be intriguing, but I think that's as far as it goes. I can't speak for what the Edmonton Oilers plan on doing with Nail Yakupov, but for the Devils and Adam Larsson, it's far too soon to give up on him.

Yes, Larsson has been victimized for a few goals already this year and he's currently out of the lineup in favor of Mark Fayne, but he'll certainly get his chance again. The former #4 overall pick is only 20, so there is still a lot of time for development. To me, it makes no sense to give up on him so early.

If he continues to struggle and perhaps finds himself out of the lineup for an extended period of time this season, then maybe, just maybe, it's a possibility that the team could look to move him. The only issue at that point would be that his value wouldn't be so high.

In terms of Yakupov, it's almost the same issue. He's only 20, as well. The Russian-born winger has only one point through seven games this season and has struggled.

In the days of Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos and now, Seth Jones, everyone seems to want these young players to come out and be stars right away. That doesn't always happen. When these young players come over from either Juniors or overseas, they're not used to playing NHL style hockey, playing against men and the best in the world. There's nothing wrong with waiting a couple of years for a guy to reach his potential.

If there is one reason why I would say that this deal won't happen, it's because Yakupov is Russian. Though he played junior hockey (and was a teammate of Reid Boucher) with the Sarnia Sting, there's no doubt that the KHL could come calling with a sizable contract to lure one of their young potential stars back to Russia. Considering that the Devils already lost a player to the KHL, I think that is something that would keep them away from ever jettisoning Larsson in hopes of turning Yakupov around.

Look at it this way. You have two young players with a ton of potential who are struggling. One knows your system and the other doesn't. To me, that's a no-brainer and Adam Larsson will be a Devil for the foreseeable future as he continues to mature.

PetitPilot - @PetitPilot777 - from what you've seen this season, and what you think will happen, who gets more starts? Schneider or Brodeur?

This is a question that has been asked many times already and will continue to be asked throughout the course of the season.

As I alluded to the other day, the numbers speak for themselves at this very moment.

Both goaltenders have played four games so far, with drastically different results. Martin Brodeur has struggled at times, especially against the Senators. Schneider seems to be getting more and more comfortable in net every time he plays, with just two goals surrendered in his last two games and one of which was a garbage-time goal after an empty-netter against Winnipeg.

Schneider is getting the start tonight against Columbus and if he plays well, there's probably a good chance he'll play Thursday against his former team when the Canucks travel to Prudential Center.

It's still very early and there is a lot of hockey to be played, so it's hard to just come out and decide that Schneider should be the true number one just yet. Brodeur hasn't been sharp, but they're going to need him with all of the back-to-back's that they play this season. Brodeur is going to get his starts with the hope that with more action, he'll round into form.

If I had to make a prediction, I believe that Schneider will end up with more starts, but the number is not going to be staggering, because this team will do everything possible to get Brodeur into a groove where he's playing good hockey. Having two goaltenders that can be counted on makes the Devils a much better team.

Also, you don't want to rely on one goaltender so much that if one were to go down with an extended injury, that the other is forced into a string of games where he isn't quite ready to shoulder that load.

Avid Devils Fan - @NJDMCP - Why does DeBoer play Harrold over Fayne and/or Larsson? I'm sincerely puzzled.

Peter Harrold hasn't exactly been stellar so far in 2013-2014, so this does raise a question. He is currently third to last on the team with a minus-four rating. Part of the reason why, is that Adam Larsson is a minus-five.

The team as a whole struggled over the first seven games of the season, so it's easy to quickly overreact and judge players on a small sample size. The Devils like what they've seen from Harrold in the past, or they wouldn't have signed him to a new contract this offseason.

Harrold doesn't exactly bring anything breathtaking to the table in terms of offensive skill or shutdown ability, but when he's playing well, he fits the bottom-pairing role quite well. He usually doesn't make mistakes and he has the ability to make a breakout pass.

That being said, I think the defensive starting six is somewhat of a fluid situation and will likely change many times this season. Mark Fayne came in and has played well in two games.

It's as simple as this: If the defense is playing well, Pete DeBoer is going to keep the same six that he had in during the prior game. The defense was excellent against the Rangers, so if they turn in another strong performance against Columbus, why change it?

There is definitely a situation where Peter Harrold could be the odd man out in favor of Adam Larsson, but his play moving forward will dictate that.

Squiggs - @IamtheSquiggs - Why is Marek Zidlicky so bad?

Normally I wouldn't include such a question as this one that is so scathing towards a player, but in this case, a little education is needed.

As of the afternoon of 10/22 how many NHL defensemen have more assists than Marek Zidlicky?

The answer is one and it's P.K. Subban, who has exactly one more assist (eight) than Zidlicky (seven).

Yes, there are times when Zidlicky will pinch and get caught out of position, I get that. As a whole, the Czech-born defenseman is far and away the most offensively skilled blueliner on this team.

"Zid's good, when Zids keeps it simple and plays within himself, he's very effective for us. It's just walking that line where he's offensive without being reckless. He's a smart guy, he's a veteran guy, he comes back to the bench and he recognizes when he pushes it a little too far, it's nice to have a guy like that," said DeBoer of Zidlicky after Saturday's game against the Rangers.

Is he going to make some bad choices and get caught out of position? It'll most likely happen a time or two, but what Zidlicky brings to the table is a passing ability that no other defenseman on this roster has. Considering the start he's had, calling him bad is a huge falsity at this point.

Tim - @Hockey459 - Is PDB here to stay?

My answer to this one is simple. Lou Lamoriello has expressed confidence in this group. Also, let's let the season play out. Who knows, in two weeks, if this team has won five of six, this question might be silly to even ask. We're only eight games in, no need to speculate at this point.

Andrew Sciametta - At what point do we give Gelinas a shot instead of Harrold and Fayne?

This might be a money issue more than anything else. Eric Gelinas certainly looked good enough to warrant a roster spot out of camp, but was sent down to Albany instead. Through five games with the A-Devils, the young blueliner has a goal, two assists and a team-leading 20 shots on goal. He has a cannon of a shot and that in itself could help this club.

The real issue would be making room for him to be called up. With the glut of forwards on this team, there's no room for eight defenseman (unless, of course, someone gets hurt). Also, if the team wanted to bring Gelinas up, they'd have to likely send someone like Harrold of Fayne through waivers. Sending either of them down would mean that they could lose them completely, or have to pay an NHL salary for either of them to play in the AHL, because both are on one-way contracts. Lamoriello has stated that paying an NHL contract in Albany was not in the Devils plans.

I happen to like Gelinas a lot. He's still a bit raw defensively in some respects, but his offensive game has a ton of upside. I do think he'll find his way back to New Jersey, but it'll most likely be due to an injury to one of the defensemen who are currently on the roster.

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The Devils allowed three unanswered goals to the Isles in the first period, and couldn't fight back in a 4-1 loss on the road. >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:48 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle
  • 9:19 NYI Michael Dal Colle; Assists: Scott Mayfield, Leo Komarov
  • 15:12 NYI Jordan Eberle (Power Play); Assists: Nick Leddy, Brock Nelson
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Jan 14, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) makes a save during the first period of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Jan 14, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) makes a save during the first period of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils couldn't fight back from four unanswered goals to start the game, as they fell to the Blue Jackets on the road, 4-1. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:45 CBJ Cam Atkinson; Assists: Pierre-Luc Dubois
  • 2:28 CBJ Boone Jenner; Assists: Josh Anderson
  • 17:20 CBJ Artemi Panarin; Assists: David Savard, Cam Atkinson
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New Jersey Devils center Kevin Rooney celebrates his first NHL goal during the second period of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Kevin Rooney celebrates his first NHL goal during the second period of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils scored five unanswered goals in a wild second period as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 8-5 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 13:50 NJD Blake Coleman

Second period:

  • 3:07 CHI Patrick Kane (power play); Assists: Jonathan Toews, Dylan Strome
  • 5:16 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Sami Vatanen, Nico Hischier
  • 8:27 NJD Kyle Palmieri (power play); Assists: Will Butcher, Travis Zajac
  • 10:07 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Miles Wood, Blake Coleman
  • 14:58 NJD Sami Vatanen (power play); Assists: Jesper Bratt, Damon Severson
  • 17:58 NJD Kevin Rooney; Assists: Drew Stafford, Brett Seney
  • 18:19 CHI Patrick Kane; Assist: Henri Jokiharju
  • 19:01 CHI Brent Seabrook; Assist: Patrick Kane
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Jan 12, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Jan 12, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils held off the Flyers in a 3-2 win, snapping their three-game losing streak at The Rock on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:32 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Drew Stafford, Pavel Zacha

 

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Dec 31, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford (18) plays the puck after a save by goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 31, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford (18) plays the puck after a save by goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The arrow appeared to be pointing upward last season for the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils after they each reached the playoffs. But the only race the Flyers and Devils are involved in this season is the one headed for the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers and Devils will each look to avoid falling into the Eastern Conference basement Saturday afternoon, when they face each other at Prudential Center.

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Jan 8, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Evan Rodrigues (71) checks New Jersey Devils right wing Stefan Noesen (23) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Jan 8, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Evan Rodrigues (71) checks New Jersey Devils right wing Stefan Noesen (23) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

The Devils dropped their second straight game with a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at the KeyBank Center on Tuesday.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:286 NJD Nlake Coleman; Assists: Miles Wood, Travis Zajac
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New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt protects the puck from Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty during the first period at T-Mobile Arena. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt protects the puck from Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty during the first period at T-Mobile Arena. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils lost to the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Sunday at T-Mobile Arena in the third game of a four-game road trip. >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:06 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Ben Lovejoy
  • 9:37 NJD Ben Lovejoy; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Drew Stafford
  • 12:30 VGK Ryan Reaves
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Jan 4, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) celebrates with New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) after scoring a goal in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Jan 4, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) celebrates with New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) after scoring a goal in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Keith Kinkaid stopped 21 shots and had two saves in a shootout, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.  >> Read More


First Period

  • 1:05 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Kyle Palmieri
  • 16:44 ARI Conor Garland
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Jan 2, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza (90) celebrates a goal by Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (not pictured) against New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 2, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza (90) celebrates a goal by Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (not pictured) against New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

 

DALLAS (AP) Miro Heiskanen found out Wednesday morning he had made the All-Star team in his first season in the NHL.

He celebrated with two goals, including a tiebreaking score in the third period of the Dallas Stars' 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

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Dec 31, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford (18) plays the puck after a save by goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 31, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford (18) plays the puck after a save by goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mackenzie Blackwood has provided an expected lift for the New Jersey Devils. Blackwood posted his second straight shutout, stopping 25 shots in the Devils' 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. >>Read more

First period

  • 12:03 NJD Brian Boyle; Assists: Drew Stafford, Brett Seney
  • 18:12 NJD Miles Wood (Power Play); Assists: Sami Vatanen, Jesper Bratt
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Dec 29, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) celebrate the Devils 2-0 win over the Hurricanes at Prudential Center. Blackwood recorded his first career NHL shutout. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 29, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) celebrate the Devils 2-0 win over the Hurricanes at Prudential Center. Blackwood recorded his first career NHL shutout. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped all 37 shots on goal as the Devils won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 13-15 with a 2-0 shutout win over the Hurricanes.  >> Read More

First period

No goals scored. 

Second period

  • 19:24 NJD Pavel Zacha (Short-Handed)
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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 40 of 42 Bruins shots to earn his first NHL win as the Devils defeated Boston on the road, 5-2.  >> Read More

First period

  • 0:25 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Andy Greene, Travis Zajac
  • 15:25 NJD Kyle Palmieri (Power play); Assists: Will Butcher, Brian Boyle

Second period

  • 15:07 BOS Chris Wagner; Assists: John Moore, Danton Heinen

Third period

  • 4:15 NJD Blake Coleman; Unassisted
  • 12:43 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Miles Wood, Stefan Noesen
  • 17:05 Bos Patrice Bergeron; Assists: Jake DeBrusk
  • 19:12 NJD Blake Coleman (Empty net); Assists: Nico Hischier, Andy Greene
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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 39 Devils shots as New Jersey failed to climb out of the cellar in the Eastern Conference in a 3-0 loss Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Read More

First period

  • 4:03 CBJ Cam Atkinson; Assists: Artemi Panarin, Ryan Murray
  • 5:31 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Alexander Wennberg, Zach Werenski

Second period

  • 10:47 CBJ Artemi Panarin

Third period

  • N/A
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) With the New Jersey Devils sinking fast in the Eastern Conference, their top line of Taylor HallKyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier came to the rescue as one would expect.

The Devils got the unexpected, too, in beating the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Friday night.

They got a bizarre, play-of-year type goal that featured New Jersey Sami Vatanen making a diving size in his own crease, a loose puck hitting a glove on the ice to set up a 2-on-0 break that Hall capped with goal.

 

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Dec 20, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) takes a shot as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (77) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Dec 20, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) takes a shot as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (77) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

Devils G MacKenzie Blackwood totaled 36 saves, but it was enough as the Blue Jackets took down New Jersey 2-1 in Columbus Thursday night. >> Read more


First period

  • 4:17 CBJ Nick Foligno; Assists: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Seth Jones
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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils will get familiar with one another over the next four days.

The Metropolitan Division opponents will play each other twice in a home-and-home starting Thursday night at Nationwide Arena. Columbus will then visit New Jersey on Sunday in the final game before the Christmas break.

"We have some division games coming up, which I love," Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky said, according to the team's website. "I've played a lot of games in my career against the guys coming up, and I'm excited about that."

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Dec 18, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Zach Hyman (11) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 18, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Zach Hyman (11) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils were simply no match for the Maple Leafs, who dominated New Jersey, 7-2, at The Rock on Tuesday night. >> Read more


First period

  • 6:01 TOR John Tavares; Assists: Nazem Kadri, Auston Matthews
  • 7:58 TOR Auston Matthews
  • 13:38 TOR Patrick Marleau; Assists: Nazem Kadri, Travis Dermott
  • 18:44 NJD Sami Vatanen; Assists: Brian Boyle
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Dec 15, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher (8) attempts a shot during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 15, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher (8) attempts a shot during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Bryan Boyle tied the game in the third period, but the Predators prevailed in a shootout to beat the Devils, 2-1, on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. >> Read more

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Dec 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) celebrates his game winning goal on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during overtime at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) celebrates his game winning goal on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during overtime at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Rangers couldn't hang on to their third-period lead, but they came away victorious in a shootout over the Panthers, 5-4, on the road. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:37 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes
  • 18:10 NYR Vladislav Namestnikov (Short-Handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, Fredrik Claesson
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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The skidding Devils (10-13-6) would feel much more comfortable knowing star left winger Taylor Hall would be available Friday night. Hall, who won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player last season, left practice early Thursday with an undisclosed ailment.

"I don't have much for you yet," Devils coach John Hynes told reporters afterward. "I just know they pulled him off for precautionary reasons and I haven't talked to them yet."

Even with Hall, who is one of just six Devils to play in all 29 game this season, New Jersey has lost eight of nine (1-4-4) to fall into last place in the Eastern Conference.

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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Timo Meier scored twice, Joe Pavelski added his 20th goal of the season and the San Jose Sharks beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Monday night for their fourth win in five games.

Radim Simek scored his first NHL goal, Tomas Hertl added a late power-play score and Martin Jones stopped 22 shots for the Sharks, who have not lost in regulation at home since Nov. 15.

Andy Greene and Drew Stafford each scored his first goal of the season for the Devils, who are a league-worst 3-11-2 on the road. >> Read More

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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils lost to the Anaheim Ducks 6-5 in a shootout after Marcus Johansson tied the game with under a minute left in regulation in a back-and-forth game Sunday at Honda Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:38 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assist: Egor Yakovlev
  • 2:12 ANA Jakob Silfverberg; Assists: Josh Manson, Andrew Cogliano
  • 2:47 ANA Kiefer Sherwood; Assists: Carter Rowney, Brandon Montour
  • 10:49 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assist: Taylor Hall
  • 13:08 NJD Damon Severson (power play); Assists: Marcus Johansson, Jesper Bratt
  • 13:39 ANA Brandon Montour; Assists: Ondrej Kase, Ryan Getzlaf
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New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)

The Devils got back in the win column after a six-game losing skid to down the lowly Kings in Los Angeles, 6-3. >> Box score


First period:

  • 13:49 NJD Kyle Palmieri (Power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Will Butcher
  • 15:41 LAK Brendan Leipsic; Assists: Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez

Second period:

  • 0:25 NJD Travis Zajac (Unassisted)
  • 6:59 LAK Adrian Kempe; Assists: Drew Doughty, Austin Wagner
  • 10:57 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Taylor Hall
  • 12:28 NJD Will Butcher; Assists: Miles Wood, Travis Zajac
  • 17:37 LAK Kyle Clifford (Unassisted)

Third period:

  • 11:06 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Sami Vatanen, Taylor Hall
  • 19:52 NJD Blake Coleman (Empty net); Assists: Andy Greene, Damon Severson
Tags: Kyle Palmieri, Los Angeles Kings, Taylor Hall
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Dec 1, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal with left wing Marcus Johansson (90) and defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Dec 1, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal with left wing Marcus Johansson (90) and defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Six years after meeting in the Stanley Cup Finals, the last-place teams in both conferences will get together Thursday night when the Los Angeles Kings host the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center.

The Kings (10-17-1) have already fired John Stevens as head coach and replaced him with Willie Desjardins, but he hasn't turned things around either. Stevens was let go on Nov. 4 after the Kings went 4-8-1 to start the season. They've gone 6-9-0 under Desjardins and have yet to win three in a row under either coach.

The Devils (9-12-5) are 0-3-3 over the past six games to fall to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

Tags: Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Taylor Hall
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat pushes New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri into the net during second period at Prudential Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat pushes New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri into the net during second period at Prudential Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The last-place Devils were blown out by the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 13:31 TB Nikita Kucherov; Assists: Brayden Point, Ryan McDonagh
  • 19:34 TB Brayden Point (power play); Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman

Second period:

  • 8:20 TB Tyler Johnson; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Nikita Kucherov
  • 11:26 NJD Egor Yakovlev; Assists: Sami Vatanen, Stefan Noesen
  • 12:39 TB Yanni Gourde; Assists: Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat
Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning
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New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)

Last spring, the New Jersey Devils learned first-hand how much ground they need to make up on the Tampa Bay Lightning, decisively losing a first-round playoff series four games to one.

As the teams get set to meet Monday night at the Prudential Center, the gap between the Lightning and Devils has widened considerably.

While the Lightning (19-7-1) are once again on top of the Eastern Conference, the Devils (9-11-5) are last in the East after finishing in eighth place a year ago.

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Taylor Hall (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
Taylor Hall (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

The hottest goal scorer in the NHL takes his act Off-Broadway Saturday night when Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets visit the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

Laine, the league's reigning First Star of the Week, scored 18 goals in November, the most ever in a single month in franchise history. After scoring a pair in Thursday's 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, Laine has five multiple-goal games this season and 13 goals in his last six games.

His first goal Thursday was the 100th of Laine's NHL career. He is the fourth-youngest player in league history to reach that plateau, behind Wayne Gretzky, Jimmy Carson and Brian Bellows. He reached the milestone in only 179 games.

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(Geoff Burke)

Capitals F Nicklas Backstrom managed a hat trick on his home ice, as the Devils lost their fourth straight road game 6-3 in Washington. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:51 WSH Nicklas Backstrom; Assists: Alex Ovechkin, Michal Kempny
Tags: Washington Capitals
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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals go for their seventh straight win when they host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at Capital One Arena.

New Jersey (9-10-4) is streaking in the opposite direction having dropped three in a row (0-1-2).

The Capitals (14-7-3) could get boost Friday with the return of forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, who missed the last six games with a concussion.

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)

Keith Kinkaid allowed a game-tying goal with 1:29 remaining in regulation and a game-winning goal to Mike Hoffman in overtime as the Devils lost to the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Monday at BB&T Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A
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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

Two struggling teams - the host Florida Panthers and the New Jersey Devils -- will meet Monday night at the BB&T Center.

The Devils, who lost 5-2 to the host Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night, will be playing on shorter rest than Florida. The Devils (9-10-3) are also last in the Metropolitan Division with 21 points and are 2-9-0 on the road.

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider reacts after he gave up a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider reacts after he gave up a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Devils goalie Cory Schneider allowed four goals in the first period en route to a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday at Amalie Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:19 TB Alex Killorn; Assist: Mathieu Joseph
  • 7:21 TB Brayden Point (power play); Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman
  • 9:15 TB Tyler Johnson; Assists: Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov
  • 9:39 NJD Stefan Noesen; Assist: Brett Seney
  • 11:25 TB Cedric Paquette; Assists: Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi
Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning
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Apr 3, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck on a penalty shot during the second period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Apr 3, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck on a penalty shot during the second period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Quick strikes have been the tone-setter for the Tampa Bay Lightning during a season-long, five-game homestand.

The New Jersey Devils want to avoid another slow start when they visit Amalie Arena on Sunday.

In the first two games of the homestand, Tampa Bay has scored in the opening minute and rode the momentum to victories against Florida and Chicago. Overall, the Lightning have opened the scoring in four consecutive games after giving up the first goal in nine of the previous 10.

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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) battles for the puck against New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) battles for the puck against New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Devils managed to force overtime with just seconds left in the third period, but Mathew Barzal put home the golden goal in a 4-3 loss at The Rock on Friday night. >> Box Score


First period:

  • 7:24 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier
Tags: Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Taylor Hall
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New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal fight for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal fight for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

A pair of Metropolitan Division rivals return to action following U.S. Thanksgiving to face off Friday afternoon when the New Jersey Devils host the New York Islanders at Prudential Center.

It is the second meeting this season between the teams, who are separated by 16 miles, a pair of rivers and only two points in the standings. Back on Nov. 3, the Islanders (10-8-2) beat the Devils (9-9-2) 3-0 behind Thomas Greiss' 35-save shutout.

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Nov 21, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) is congratulated by teammates after his second goal of the game during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 21, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) is congratulated by teammates after his second goal of the game during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Pavel Zacha scored twice in the second period, including a power-play goal, while Taylor Hall recorded two points in a 5-2 win over the Canadiens. >> Recap


First period:

  • 6:26 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Andy Greene, Blake Coleman
  • 6:50 MTL Jonathan Drouin; Assists: Andrew Shaw
  • 16:55 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Taylor Hall
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The Rangers, Islanders and Devils all have some young, talented members on their teams, which begs the question: Who is the best young hockey player in New York?

SNY narrowed down three candidate and a look at some of their stats through the first quarter of the 2018-19 season. 

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher controls the puck against Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook during he first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher controls the puck against Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook during he first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils allowed two goals in a span of eight seconds in the first period as they lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Sunday at PNC Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:22 CAR Justin Williams; Assists: Jordan Staal, Brock McGinn
  • 0:30 CAR Micheal Ferland; Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Dougie Hamilton
  • 6:33 NJD Pavel Zacha; Assists: Marcus Johansson, Jesper Bratt
Tags: Carolina Hurricanes
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Feb 22, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates with teammates after a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Feb 22, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates with teammates after a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes want their record to better reflect their performance and that will take winning more games.

The next chance comes against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday at PNC Arena.

The health of the Devils is worth watching for this game as the matchup comes on the tail end of games on back-to-back days.

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Nov 1, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) skates with the puck defended by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) in the third period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Nov 1, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) skates with the puck defended by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) in the third period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Devils controlled most of the game, but the Red Wings late surge earned them a 3-2 overtime win at the Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon. >> Read more

First Period

  • 11:35 NJD Pavel Zacha; Assists: Jesper Bratt
Tags: Damon Severson, Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac
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Nov 15, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Joey Anderson (49) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 15, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Joey Anderson (49) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Though the Detroit Red Wings and the New Jersey Devils have taken different paths so far this season, they arrive at Saturday's Prudential Center matinee with nearly identical records while trying to stay out of the basement of their respective division.

The Red Wings (8-9-2) did not win their first game until Oct. 20, but have seven wins in the last nine games. The Devils (8-8-1) won each of their first four games before dropping nine of 11, though they enter play Saturday having won two straight.

As a result, the Devils are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for last place in the Metropolitan Division and the Red Wings are one point ahead of the Florida Panthers in the Atlantic Division. >> READ MORE

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Nov 15, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Joey Anderson (49) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Nov 15, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Joey Anderson (49) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Joey Anderson tallied his first career Devils goal in a big 3-0 rivalry win over the Flyers on the road Wednesday night. >> Read more

Tags: Damon Severson, Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac
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New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle moves the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle moves the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils polished off the Pittsburgh Penguins to boost their home record to 6-1-1.

But the road has been a different story.

The Devils, sitting in last place in the Metropolitan Division, take a 1-7-0 record away from home into Philadelphia for Thursday night's game with the Flyers.

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Nov 13, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 13, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Taylor Hall netted two goals to help the Devils snap a three-game losing streak in a 4-2 win over the Penguins Tuesday night.  >> Read more

First Period

  • 0:28 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Taylor Hall, Damon Severson
  • 13:57 PIT Phil Kessel (Power Play); Assists: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
Tags: Damon Severson, Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac
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Nov 9, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) shoots the puck in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Nov 9, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) shoots the puck in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Coming off a long, ugly road trip, the New Jersey Devils must be hoping that a return Tuesday to the Prudential Center to host the Pittsburgh Penguins is a case of Home, Sweet Home.

The Devils (6-8-1) have not skated on home ice since a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Oct. 27. Over the following two weeks, the Devils played seven games on the road, losing six. They allowed 33 goals in those six defeats, sinking to the cellar of the Metropolitan Division.

"You gotta power through it," Devils center Brian Boyle told nj.com. "You gotta will it to happen, expect good things, be positive. It's difficult right this minute, but it's a new day tomorrow." READ MORE

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Former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur waves to the crowd before dropping the ceremonial first puck at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
Former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur waves to the crowd before dropping the ceremonial first puck at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Legendary New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Brodeur, the NHL's all-time leader in games, wins and shutouts, joined Martin St. Louis, Jayna Hefford, Alexander Yakushev, Gary Bettman and Willie O'Ree in the Class of 2018.

Two of Brodeur's long-time Devils teammates, Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer, presented Brodeur with his Hall of Fame plaque.

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Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele checks New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri in the first period at Bell MTS Place. (James Carey Lauder/USA TODAY Sports)
Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele checks New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri in the first period at Bell MTS Place. (James Carey Lauder/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils allowed at least five goals in their third consecutive game as they lost to the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Sunday at Bell MTS Place. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:02 WIN Jack Roslovic; Assist: Dustin Byfuglien
  • 3:31 WIN Mark Scheifele; Assists: Blake Wheeler, Nikolaj Ehlers
  • 7:15 NJD Brett Seney; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Damon Severson

Second period:

  • 2:58 WIN Mark Scheifele; Assist: Jacob Trouba
  • 3:45 NJD Blake Coleman; Assist: Damon Severson
  • 7:54 WIN Nikolaj Ehlers; Assists: Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler
  • 12:47 WIN Mathieu Perreault; Assists: Kyle Connor, Bryan Little
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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- If there was a trophy for most assists in a season, Blake Wheeler would be one of the early favorites to hoist it at the end of the season.

The Winnipeg Jets captain had a five-point night in a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday at Bell MTS Place, setting up the first four goals and scoring the last into an empty net.

That performance gave Wheeler 18 assists in 15 games, the second-highest assist total in the league behind Colorado's Mikko Rantanen, who had 19. Wheeler led the NHL in assists last season with 68 and has more than any other player since the start of the 2015-16 season.

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Nov 9, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) shoots the puck in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Nov 9, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) shoots the puck in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

The Maple Leafs jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 6-1 win over the Devils on Friday night at Scotiabank Arena. >> Read more

First Period

  • 12:34 TOR John Tavares; Assists: Ron Hainsey, Morgan Rielly

 

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