Relegated to the back page and beyond on most days in the New York/New Jersey area, for one day in January, hockey was king.

The sights were incredible. Gazing upon Yankee Stadium decked out in NHL logos was quite a sight. There was a buzz even before you entered the stadium. With media crews working to get fan interviews and photos, it was clear that this event was so, so much more than just a regular game.

The Atmosphere

I met a large group of fans for the game and we enjoyed standing outside of Gate 4 as the droves of people entered the stadium. It was cold, but it was fitting. I couldn't help but feel that the outdoor game in Los Angeles lacked something because it wasn't exactly "hockey weather."

Walking into the stadium, it hit me that this chance to play a game outdoors, with a "neutral site" game was so rare. Yes, the NHL plays the Winter Classic every year and there will be plenty more Stadium Series games to come, but never have they played a game between two bitter rivals that are located so close together.

There were tons of fans for both teams. Some were surprised at how many Devils fans showed up for the game, but those are just people who don't understand the passion and dedication of the New Jersey Devils fan base.

The fans were fantastic. Between some good natured ribbing and tailgating in the few parking lots around the stadium, it was a sight to behold. Swarms of people dressed in red and blue, ready to support their teams.

This game did something for the New York area in terms of hockey coverage. It showed everyone that hockey DOES matter to a lot of people and that a major event involving hockey can fill up a baseball stadium.

Inside the Stadium

Upon going inside and getting to my seats for the game, it was truly a sight to behold. The snow covering the ground was incredible. The cold and the wind... I think it made it better. Between people wearing layer upon layers, everyone still managed to wear a hockey jersey over their cold gear. Have to support the team, right?

The two logos carved in snow were great. The colorful banners and outfield wall covers made it feel like a home away from home for both teams. Even the stage, which featured the letters NHL changed to look like subway lines was fantastic. They even included what was a play on a subway map just to give it a more unique feel.

Surprisingly, a lot of the seats were pretty good. I was lucky enough to sit up top. The presentation inside the stadium included musical performances and even some fireworks. In front of the rink was a smaller rink that had young hockey players skating on it all day.

Even some of the lower seats were pretty good, this one a view from the 200 section.

The Game

The moments leading up to the game were interesting. Both fan bases began to make themselves heard and the chants were going back and forth. When the two teams were announced and the Devils took the ice in their timeless throwback jerseys it became real. The Devils and Rangers were actually set to play in front of a raucous crowd.

As the game progressed, the buzz continued to grow. When Patrik Elias scored, the building erupted and continued to do so through much of the 1st and 2nd periods as the teams traded goals.

When snow started to fall late in the game, it was a perfect culmination of the day.

Though the third period certainly left a lot to be desired. As a fan of the game of hockey, a close game would have made for a more intense atmosphere and a more compelling game, but when all was said and done, the Blueshirt faithful left happy with a win.

Devils fans may not want to think about this game right away, but it's not always about the wins and losses that make it special. Whether you were covering the game as a member of the media, working at the stadium, or sitting there as a fan with a group of friends, the game was a one in a lifetime moment. No matter how many outdoor games they may have in the NYC Metropolitan area, nothing will ever compare to this one, the first time everyone got to see the two teams tussle without a roof.

A Lasting Impact

With the Super Bowl taking place at the Meadowlands and the basketball season continuing, hockey will go back to it's place as the 4th biggest sport in the area. That gap between the sports is starting to dwindle. With ticket prices through the roof for NFL, NBA and MLB games, hockey for a lot of fans is the most affordable ticket. Fans were made yesterday and whether they root for the Devils or Rangers, that is a good thing. Whether people were watching from home, or experiencing the stadium in person, the impact of this event for the NHL was enormous.

Though the NHL has had it's share of troubles over the last few years, events like this are what is helping to build the brand. Between the 2012 series pitting the Devils against the Rangers and now this, hockey is beginning to make real strides in the New York market.

It's back to the back page once again for hockey, but the growth was seen and heard in a resounding way from Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

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The Devils jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but the Ducks quickly responded to hand New Jersey a 3-2 loss. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:50 NJD Marcus Johansson; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher
  • 9:10 ANA Daniel Sprong; Assists: Nick Ritchie, Adam Henrique
  • 10:38 ANA Troy Terry (Power Play); Assists: Hampus Lindholm, Daniel Sprong
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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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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

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
Tags: Anaheim Ducks
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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
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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)
(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
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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
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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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