Martin Brodeur scratched himself from Sunday's game after feeling a twinge or a tweak or a pull (whatever language you prefer) in his back during warmups. Initially, the Devils called him day to day and said the injury wasn't believed to be serious. Brodeur sat out practice Tuesday and was sent to see a doctor.

Then, just before 5 p.m. ET, Brodeur became the third Devil to be place on injured reserve in the last two weeks. After a couple hours to think it over, I've come up with a few thoughts on the injury, the roster move and how this affects the Devils going forward...

Why so serious: The first question, obviously, is just how serious is the back injury? And subsequently, how much time will Brodeur legitimately miss? Lou Lamoriello says the doctor who examined Brodeur doesn't believe the injury is serious and the main reason behind him not playing Thursday has to do with the long plane ride to Winnipeg. OK, Lou. I'll bite. That's a fair point. As someone who has sat on a plane for more than two hours while also having a sore back, I can tell you that I was in much worse shape when I get off the plane than when I first boarded. So if there's absolutely no way the Devils want to risk aggravating the injury further by putting Marty on a plane, they still need a backup goalie in Winnipeg in case something happens to Johan Hedberg. But wait -- the Devils already added Hedberg's backup when they recalled Keith Kinkaid from Albany to take Jacob Josefson's spot. If it's all about roster flexibility for one game, mission accomplished, right? Not really -- and it comes back to something we already addressed on the blog: forward depth.

Unless Ryan Carter is activated tomorrow, the Devils only have 12 forwards, one of which is the "banged up" Stefan Matteau. If Carter doesn't feel well enough to return, then DeBoer is forced to roll a group of 12 forwards that includes Krys Barch and a wounded Matteau and if Matteau were to aggravate the injury or is unable to play his normal compliment of minutes, Pete DeBoer would either have to stretch out his top six guys or play the bottom two or three guys more minutes than he's comfortable with. But what about Pete Harrold, you say? Well, let's just cut to the chase on Harrold: He's a wasted roster space. The Devils have had plenty of opportunities to play him at wing but have repeatedly declined to do that. In the end, the Devils had no choice but to place Brodeur on IR and lose him for at least two games because of the way they've managed their roster up to this point by continuing to carry Harrold as the eight defenseman. If they had an extra forward on the NHL roster, they could have left Brodeur behind and waited to see how Carter felt. If he's healthy enough to return, then you place Brodeur on IR and give Carter the spot. Or, you could create a spot while avoiding Brodeur on IR by sending down that 13th forward as long as he doesn't have to clear waivers (Josefson). In that situation, DeBoer, hypothetically, could also pick 12 out of those 13 NHL forward and leave either Matteau or Barch on the bench. In the end, Brodeur was definitely going to miss tomorrow's game and the Devils were forced to lose him for Saturday as well because of their insistence of having eight defensemen on the NHL roster.

Trust factor: All of what I wrote above is contingent on the fact that you trust Lou. And I'm not using trust in the sense that Lou has suddenly lost his ability to be one of the best general managers in the NHL. I'm asking if you trust Lou when he tells you the injury is "minor." Remember, Ryan Carter's injury was "minor" before he went on IR and missed at least eight days. The Devils also called Dainius Zubrus' wrist injury a "minor" issue before Zubrus ended up needing surgery that will sideline him for at least four weeks. Lou hasn't said or done anything differently than almost every other GM in the NHL. Hell, look at the ubiquitous use of "upper-body," "lower-body," and the Rangers' use of "undisclosed" injuries. Teams lie about injuries. They lie to buy themselves time. They lie to give themselves leverage. And they lie sometimes just for the sake of greedily hogging information. But to play devil's advocate, what's to say Lou isn't lying about Brodeur's injury? What if Brodeur will miss more than a couple games and the Devils, in the midst of a serious funk, have to rely on Hedberg and Kinkaid for an extended length of time? Do you trust him then? Again, this is all just to play devil's advocate. As we wrote above, the way the Devils' roster is currently constructed didn't really leave them much choice but to put Brodeur on IR. But if there's anything I've learned with this team, it's not to take them at their word.

Replacement level: It seems somewhat timely that the struggling Devils are faced with starting Hedberg in possibly four straight games after we wondered aloud Sunday night whether the Devils would have to use him less going forward. After allowing two goals combined in his first three starts (2-0-1), Hedberg has allowed 14 goals over his past three (0-3-0). DeBoer says the Devils aren't giving him enough offensive help, which is true. The Devils have scored just four total goals in his last three starts. However, last I checked, the amount of goals a team scores doesn't exactly relate 100 percent to the amount of goals a goalie allows. There is a correlation in the sense that an offensive explosion or even an offensive push in the other direction takes pressure off of your goalie and forces the other team to react rather than attack. Still, what I've seen from Hedberg over those last three starts leads me to believe that he's not going to steal or maybe even win games for the Devils as a starter. That means the Devils are going to have to snap out of their offensive funk and carry the play in front of Hedberg while Brodeur is out, which is at least two games.

Those games are against Winnipeg and Buffalo, both of which are on the road. We saw on Sunday how difficult Winnipeg can be to play against if the Devils don't establish the forecheck and keep the pace of the game under control. If they can't do that, the Jets' defensemen will jump up into the play and can create mismatches that can overwhelm an average goalie (as they did Sunday). As for the Sabres, I would really like the Devils' chances with a semi-rested Hedberg in net, but are the Devils really going to play him in four straight? I don't necessarily think that's wise, which brings us to Kinkaid. We'll have a more in-depth post on Kinkaid before the weekend, but just speaking in generalities, do you want a player's first NHL start to be on the road against a desperate team and a player like Thomas Vanek? I get that the Sabres as a whole are struggling, but all I'm saying is that's an ideal situation for a rookie goalie. Especially a rookie goalie on a Devils team that is starting to slide.

Other options: For this segment, I'm going to need Devils fans to sit down. Everyone sitting down? Let's say, in the absolute worst case scenario, this is an injury that will sideline Brodeur for weeks, not days, and possibly into April. Now that you've imagined life without Marty, take several very deep breaths and remember this is all hypothetical. All set? Good. With that out of the way, let's talk about what the Devils would have in front of them if Marty were to miss a good chunk of the remainder of the season.

There are a couple goalies on the trade market that would be/are available. Chief among them of course is Roberto Luongo, who is very publicly on the block, yet maybe not on the block. It's very confusing. Luongo would obviously represent the closest quality version of a Brodeur replacement. He's got the pedigree, the skill set and the current ability to immediately step in and keep the Devils at the level they're currently playing (three points out of first in the East). He also comes with an exorbitant contract and likely a fairly stiff price tag to pry him from Vancouver. Plus, he's got a no-trade clause and a limited amount of teams for which he'd be willing to waive the clause. There's also the issue of just how willing the Canucks are to deal him considering how well he's been playing overall this season. They seem to like the idea (at least for now) of platooning him and Cory Schneider unless they get blown away by another team. With Brodeur under contract for another season after this one, I find it very hard to believe Lou would be willing to trade a can't-miss package for a 33-year-old goalie with nine years left on his contract after this season.

This brings to three other options on the trade market. One is someone Devils fans are very familiar with: Scott Clemmensen, who currently backs up Jose Theodore in Florida. Although he was never really all that with the Devils, Clemmensen has shown in the past two years that he can cover for a starting goalie for stretches and even play really well at times.  The Panthers already have their goalie of the future in the system in Jacob Markstrom, who is currently toiling in the AHL and needs an NHL roster spot. There's no market for Theodore, so the Panthers either have to leave Markstrom in the AHL for the year, roster three goalies or deal Clemmensen. I can't imagine Clemmensen would cost more than a mid-round pick, although the Devils are already light on those after the Loktionov and Ponikarovsky deals. Perhaps the Devils could offer a conditional 2014 pick that could reach third-round status based on Clemmensen's performance. Of course, Clemmensen and Hedberg would be the epitome of "stop-gap solutions" and Clemmensen has another year left on his deal with a cap hit of $1.3 million, while Hedberg has one year and $1.4 million left. One of them would have to go when/if Brodeur returns and you're essentially trading a third- or fourth-round pick for a few weeks of serviceable play. Not exactly ideal.

Okay, so with no Luongo and no Clemmensen -- I have two other options for you: the Senators' Ben Bishop and the Kings' Jonathan Bernier. Like the Panthers, the Sens have their "goalie of the future" at the AHL level in Robin Lehner. Bishop, meanwhile, is a tantalizing option. He's 6-foot-7 and has been stellar while Craig Anderson has been sidelined and at 26 years old is young enough to potentially be looked at as a long-term replacement for Brodeur. He could come in, platoon with Hedberg and then Brodeur and enter next year in maybe a 60/40 split with Marty before taking on the full-time gig in 2014-15 after Brodeur's contract is up and he retires. However, admittedly, Bishop is a bit of a wild card. He began his career in the Blues organization but was eventually traded to Ottawa for a second-round pick and seems to have dismissed a lot of the concern about his ability to move laterally and is suddenly a very attractive option on the trade market.

If you prefer a goalie with a higher ceiling and stronger pedigree, then maybe Quick is for you. The former first-round pick (11th overall in 2006) has been unofficially on the trading block ever since Jonathan Quick emerged as an All-Star-caliber goalie. He's got loads of potential, has seen his level of play increase every season and even got the experience of the Kings' Stanley Cup run last season. Of course, a guy with that kind of resume at the age of 24 comes with a high price tag in trade talks and Kings GM Dean Lombardi has made it clear he won't just trade Bernier to trade him. The Lightning, who were openly interested in adding a young, franchise-caliber goalie in the offseason, traded for Nashville product Anders Lindback instead. Would Lou be willing to sacrifice multiple young assets (Reid Boucher, maybe?) in order to acquire a 24-year-old potential franchise goalie that could learn at the feet of arguably the greatest goalie ever? That's a question for another day, but intriguing to ponder nonethteless.

Tags: Devils, Devs, Emptying The Bag, Johan Hedberg, Keith Kinkaid, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside

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Michael Cammalleri scored the game winner in overtime as the Devils completed an epic come-from-behind victory against the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday afternoon. Prior to the game winner, the Devils scored three goals in the third period to force overtime.

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Cory Schneider (35) makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at United Center. (Jerry Lai)
Cory Schneider (35) makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at United Center. (Jerry Lai)

Martin Hossa's goal 1:31 into overtime gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Devils Thursday night in Chicago. The Devils surrendered two one-goal leads before Travis Zajac scored third goal midway through the third period to tie the score at 3

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have activated Taylor Hall from the IR, while Reid Boucher has been placed on waivers, the team announced Thursday evening

Hall suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee on Nov. 12, and had surgery to repair the injury two days later. While it was estimated he would be out for three-to-four weeks, Hall will return only 17 days after he underwent surgery. The Devils went 2-4-2 during Hall's absence.

In 14 games this season, Hall has five goals and seven assists.

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New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) warms up prior to the game between the New Jersey Devils and the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) warms up prior to the game between the New Jersey Devils and the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are once again starting to re-establish their footing within the cozy home confines of the United Center. The New Jersey Devils, on the other hand, are struggling to establish theirs on the road.

The Devils have dropped five straight games away from home after Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to the Jets in Winnipeg. It's a streak they hope to snap on Thursday night when they face the Blackhawks in Chicago's second straight home game following two weeks on the road.

New Jersey (10-7-5) couldn't bounce back from a two-goal deficit against the Jets, which added to the Devils' traveling woes. Despite Miles Wood scoring his first NHL goal and fellow rookie Nick Lappin adding another, New Jersey came up short and dropped to 3-7-3 on the road this season.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider allows a goal. (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider allows a goal. (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils lost to the Winnipeg Jets, 3-2, Tuesday at MTS Centre. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 11:20 WIN Mark Scheifele; Assists: Dustin Byfuglien, Nikolaj Ehlers
  • 13:21 WIN Blake Wheeler; Assists: Andrew Copp, Jacob Trouba

Third period:

  • 2:53 NJ Miles Wood; Assist: Adam Henrique
  • 4:47 WIN Patrik Laine; Assists: Scheifele, Ben Chiarot
  • 7:58 NJ Nick Lappin; Assist: Damon Severson
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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Vincent Carchietta)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Vincent Carchietta)

The Devils (10-6-5) will face off against the Jets (10-12-2) in Winnipeg on Tuesday night.

According to STATS:

  • New Jersey lost, 4-3, in a shootout with Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday night, dropping its fourth straight road game in the process. The Devils went 1-for-2 with the man-advantage against the Pens, lighting the lamp on the power play for a season-high third consecutive game.
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New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri (13) celebrates his second goal of the game with teammates on the bench against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri (13) celebrates his second goal of the game with teammates on the bench against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Winnipeg Jets are preparing to welcome a nearly point-per-game player to their line-up and it's not going to cost them a single draft pick.

Ordinarily, the addition of somebody of Bryan Little's ilk would require a nearly-blockbuster trade, but instead the Jets will merely activate him from injured reserve.

Little, 29, played all of four shifts this season before going down with a lower-body injury during the season-opener against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 13. He had been the team's No. 1 center since the Jets moved north from Atlanta in 2011, but a fractured vertebrae in his back late last season, which caused Little to miss another 25 games, enabled Mark Scheifele to move into that spot.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The New Jersey Devils have recalled F Miles Wood from Albany (AHL), the team announced on Monday.

Wood was at practice with the team Monday morning.

The Devils selected Wood in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Devils' Travis Zajac (19) skates with the puck in front of Pittsburghdefenseman Justin Schultz. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
The Devils' Travis Zajac (19) skates with the puck in front of Pittsburghdefenseman Justin Schultz. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils gave up a game-tying goal to Sidney Crosby with 14 seconds left in regulation and went on to lose to the Penguins 4-3 in a shootout Saturday in Pittsburgh.

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November 19, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore (2) shoots on goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
November 19, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore (2) shoots on goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

As well as Matt Murray is playing, and as uncharacteristically poorly as Marc-Andre Fleury is playing, Sullivan might have no choice but to soon give a majority of the starts to Murray.

For the second time in five days, Fleury was worked over Friday in a blowout loss. He gave up an opening-minute goal to Charlie Coyle of Minnesota -- one of Coyle's two goals in the first period -- and the Wild went on to the second dominant win over the Penguins in as many games this season, a 6-2 decision that, at times, didn't look to be that close.

"Usually that doesn't faze us," Fleury said of giving up a quick, early goal. "We're a good enough team to come back."

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Nov 23, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA;Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 23, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA;Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

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Nov 23, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) celebrates with teammates after an shoot victory at Prudential Center. The Devils won, 5-4 in a shoot out. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 23, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) celebrates with teammates after an shoot victory at Prudential Center. The Devils won, 5-4 in a shoot out. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils look to win their second game in a row as they take on the Red Wings at the Prudential Center on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • Detroit beat Buffalo, 2-1, in a shootout at KeyBank Center on Wednesday night, snapping its four-game losing streak in the process. The Wings went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage against the Sabres, dropping their power-play conversion rate to 8.3 percent in the last seven games (2-for-24).
  • New Jersey defeated Toronto, 5-4, in a shootout at Prudential Center on Wednesday night, snapping its three-game losing streak with the win. The Devils went 1-for-3 with the man-advantage against the Leafs, ending their streak without a power-play goal at nine games.
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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a glove save during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a glove save during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout after rallying from three goals down in the first period on Wednesday at Prudential Center.

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Nov 8, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 8, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils return home for a matchup with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils dropped their third in a row with Monday's 4-0 loss at the Sharks. It took until the 18th game of the season for New Jersey to be shut out, its most games into the season since 2012-13 when it took until the 37th game.
  • The Maple Leafs had 30 takeaways in Tuesday night's loss to the Hurricanes. It was the most takeaways by one team in a single game since the Blackhawks had 31 against the Ducks on February 12, 2013.
  • Former Maple Leaf P.A. Parenteau has 14 points (4g, 10a) in 14 career games against Toronto. Parenteau has finished with a rating of +1 or better in each of his last six skates versus the Maple Leafs, tied for the longest active streak by a Leafs opponent.
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Nov 14, 2015; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri (13) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Penguins 4-0. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 14, 2015; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri (13) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Penguins 4-0. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Devils forward Mike Cammalleri will return to the lineup Wednesday after missing the team's previous six games. 

Cammalleri spent the last few games with his daughter, who had been sick with pneumonia. 

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The New Jersey Devils are limping home to the Prudential Center after a 1-3-0 Western Conference road trip.

New Jersey (9-6-3) hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday riding a three-game losing streak and will be without leading scorer Taylor Hall (knee surgery) and forwards Kyle Palmieri (upper body) and Michael Cammalleri (personal).

The Devils could certainly use some firepower, especially on a moribund power-play that is 0-for-29 in their last nine games. New Jersey is 26th in the NHL with 2.22 goals per game and the power play ranks 28th at 11.9 percent.

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Devils G Scott Wedgewood's mask features character David Puddy from Seinfeld.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Keeping the puck and putting pressure on the opponent are good ways to wind up on the winning side.

Sharks goalie Martin Jones thought that's what San Jose did all night, making his job easy.

Jones made 26 saves, Chris Tierney and Patrick Marleau each scored early and San Jose sent the New Jersey Devils to their third straight loss Monday night with a 4-0 victory. Read more >>

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils (9-5-3) travel to San Jose on Monday night to take on the Sharks (9-8-1) at 10:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Sharks dropped their third in a row with a 3-2 overtime loss at the Coyotes on Saturday. San Jose finished the night with 45 shots, its most in a loss since April 4, 2015 also at Arizona.
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New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore (2) shoots on goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore (2) shoots on goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

The San Jose Sharks are glad to be back home for an extended period. Perhaps it will get their struggling offense going.

San Jose opens a five-game homestand and a stretch of seven of eight at SAP Center on Monday night against the New Jersey Devils, who are dealing with their own problems trying to generate offense.

The Sharks are coming off a 3-3-0 road trip -- their longest of the season. Things started well with 10 goals scored in wins over the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. They followed by tallying only four goals in losses to the Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes.

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November 19, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (27) celebrates with center Nic Dowd (26) his goal scored against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Staples Center. Dowd provided an assist on the goal (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
November 19, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (27) celebrates with center Nic Dowd (26) his goal scored against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Staples Center. Dowd provided an assist on the goal (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

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Nov 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) and goalie Cory Schneider (35) defends against Dallas Stars center Gemel Smith (46) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) and goalie Cory Schneider (35) defends against Dallas Stars center Gemel Smith (46) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils take on the Kings in Los Angeles on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. 

According to STATS...

  • The Devils fell to the Ducks, 3-2, in Anaheim on Thursday, snapping a five-game winning streak. In all five games, the Devils allowed two or fewer goals. That was their longest winning streak since a five-game run in February 2013.
  • The Kings beat the Oilers, 4-2, in LA on Thursday, snapping a four-game losing streak. They've been a very streaky team, as they've already racked up three separate streaks of at least three losses, and two separate streaks of at least three wins. They're now 8-1-0 when scoring at least three goals, and 0-8-1 when scoring two or fewer.
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The Devils jumped out to a two-goal lead before surrendering the lead on THursday night. (AP)
The Devils jumped out to a two-goal lead before surrendering the lead on THursday night. (AP)

Second Period: 

Third Period: 

  • 16:20 ANA Ryan Kesler Assists: Jakob Silfverberg, Josh Manson
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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on a Dallas Stars shot during the second period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on a Dallas Stars shot during the second period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron)

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks seek to maintain their share of first place in the Pacific Division when they meet another surging team, the New Jersey Devils, on Thursday night at the Honda Center.

The Ducks joined the Edmonton Oilers at the top of the division by beating them 4-1 on Tuesday night, with goaltender John Gibson making a season-high 33 saves. While the Devils and Ducks face each other, the Oilers play the slumping Los Angeles Kings, who've lost four in a row.

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Oct 25, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Devils forward Taylor Hall  underwent arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, the team announced Wednesday. 

Forward Blake Pietila has been called up from the AHL to replace Hall in the lineup and will join the team in Anaheim. 

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(Ed Mulholland)

The Devils (8-3-3) travel to Dallas to take on the Stars (6-6-4) on Tuesday night.

According to STATS:

  • Each of the last six games between the Devils and Stars has been decided by one goal, with both teams winning three times. The teams faced off in the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals, with Dallas prevailing in six games.
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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

DALLAS -- Looking at their last 10 games, the New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars are definitely heading in opposite directions.

New Jersey (8-3-3) defeated Buffalo 4-2 at Prudential Arena on Saturday for its fourth consecutive victory. The Devils, who have a plus-5 goal differential, fifth-best in the Eastern Conference, are also 7-1-2 over their past 10 games.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) passes the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) passes the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

Devils F Taylor Hall will not play in tonight's game against the Dallas Stars due to a lower body injury, the team announced early Tuesday afternoon.

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The Devils' Cory Schneider had 21 saves Saturday. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
The Devils' Cory Schneider had 21 saves Saturday. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Cory Schneider had 21 saves and Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall two assists each as the Devils defeated Buffalo 4-2 Saturday in Newark. 

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Jan 29, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Petr Straka (51) skates against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Petr Straka (51) skates against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils have acquired forward Peter Straka from the Flyers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2017 or 2018, the team announced Saturday. 

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Nov 8, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) passes the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shootout. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) passes the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shootout. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils will look to extend their season-best winning streak to four games on Saturday when they face the Buffalo Sabres in the second half of a home-and-home series.

On Friday night, the Devils skated away with a 2-1 overtime road win in a game that featured an unlikely hero in captain Andy Greene. The steady defenseman was given a penalty shot opportunity 29 seconds into overtime and made no mistake, firing a wrist shot past Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson.

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Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) takes a shot on goal against Florida Panthers during the first period at the BB&T Center. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) takes a shot on goal against Florida Panthers during the first period at the BB&T Center. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils (6-3-3) take on the Sabres (5-5-3) on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Buffalo. 

According to STATS...

  • The Devils beat the Hurricanes, 3-2, in a shootout at Prudential Center Tuesday night, sweeping the home-and-home series with Carolina, and improving to 5-0-1 at home this season. New Jersey has just one win in six 2016-17 road tilts (1-3-2 record).
  • Buffalo dropped a 2-1 shootout with Ottawa at KeyBank Center on Wednesday night, losing its second straight and for the third time in the last four games overall. The Sabres have scored one goal or fewer six times this season -- tied for most of any Eastern Conference club.
  • This is the first meeting of the season between these clubs. The Devils have won five of six games against the Sabres since the beginning of 2014-15, including all three tilts played in Buffalo.
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Just as soon as the Buffalo Sabres get some positive injury news, they receive another setback on the injury front.

After Evander Kane's long-awaited return on Wednesday, the Sabres announced Thursday that center Tyler Ennis is expected to miss several weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a groin injury.

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(Ed Mulholland)

Taylor Hall's shootout goal lifted the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Devils host the Hurricanes at the Prudential Center on Tuesday night.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils took down the Hurricanes, 4-1, on Sunday. New Jersey improved to 28-0-2 (.967) when scoring at least four goals since 2014-15, good for fourth best in the NHL.
  • The Hurricanes' penalty kill is a perfect 10-for-10 in their last four games at the Devils. The four-game streak without a power-play goal against is the longest in New Jersey for the franchise since a five-game run from April 16, 1995 -- March 13, 1997.

 

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New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) celebrates with defenseman Damon Severson (28) after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) celebrates with defenseman Damon Severson (28) after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The New Jersey Devils have shown the ability to respond from some not-so-solid performances and that mindset could go a long way in helping the team navigate through the season.

The Carolina Hurricanes haven't been quite so in tune with dodging rough patches during the first few weeks of the season.

But Tuesday night at New Jersey, the Hurricanes aim to get on track because they've gone four games without winning in regulation.

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The Devils have assigned D Vojtech Mozík to Albany of the AHL, the team announced.

Mozik, 23, has yet to record a goal or assist in seven games this season.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri makes a pass. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri makes a pass. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

Mike Cammalleri recorded a hat trick to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at PNC Arena.

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The Devils visit the Hurricanes Sunday in North Carolina. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)
The Devils visit the Hurricanes Sunday in North Carolina. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils try to salvage one win from their southern trip when they visit Carolina Sunday night.

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Ben Bishop had 37 saves for Tampa Bay. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Ben Bishop had 37 saves for Tampa Bay. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils scored first but couldn't keep it going as the Lightning beat New Jersey 4-1 Saturday in Tampa, Fla. >> Read more


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Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Beau Bennett (8) shoots the puck on Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during the first period at the BB&T Center. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Beau Bennett (8) shoots the puck on Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during the first period at the BB&T Center. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils head to the road to take on the Lightning on Saturday night in Tampa Bay. 

According to STATS...

  • The Devils allowed a season-high four goals and dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday night. At 3-0-2 in its last five tilts, New Jersey is looking to record its first 6+ game point streak since going 5-0-1, January 19-February 6, 2015. 
  • Tampa Bay lost, 4-3, in a shootout with the Bruins at Amalie Arena on Thursday night, and has now dropped four of its last five contests overall (1-3-1 record). The Bolts are 11-0-1 the last 12 times they've potted three or more goals in the regular season (dating to March 22 last season).
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Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Florida Panthers during the third period at the BB&T Center. The Florida Panthers defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Florida Panthers during the third period at the BB&T Center. The Florida Panthers defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils meet for the third and final time this season Saturday -- all in the first month of the season -- and after splitting the first two meetings, Tampa Bay might want to try a different start.

In both a 3-2 win in Tampa three weeks ago and a 3-1 loss on the road last weekend, the Lightning opened the game down 2-0 to the Devils after one period, an early struggle that's been a regular part of the Lightning's season so far. They're 6-4-1, but they've given up the first goal in seven of those 11 games.

"Clearly, it's troublesome," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper after another 2-0 deficit in Thursday's home shootout loss to the Bruins -- in the 10th frame of the shootout. "We fell down (Thursday) but I didn't think we should have been down 2-0. When they got their legs under them, they played well enough to win."

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The Devils' Nick Lappin (36) and Florida's Jaromir Jagr (68) chase a loose puck during the second period. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
The Devils' Nick Lappin (36) and Florida's Jaromir Jagr (68) chase a loose puck during the second period. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Vincent Trochek scored with 44 seconds left in overtime to give the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Devils Thursday in Sunrise, Fla. The Devils wiped out a two-goal deficit in the third period to force OT.

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(Ed Mulholland)

Dave Barr can't be happy.

Barr is the assistant coach who came over from the Buffalo Sabres this year to fix the Florida Panthers' power play.

The Panthers (4-5-1) enter Thursday's home game against the well-rested New Jersey Devils (4-2-2) at BB&T Center with a power play that is sputtering.

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The Devils' Cory Schneider had 21 saves Saturday. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
The Devils' Cory Schneider had 21 saves Saturday. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Adam Henrique and Damon Severson set each other up for first-period goals and the New Jersey Devils beat Tampa Bay 3-1 on Saturday night in Newark, ending a five-game losing streak against the Lightning.

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Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils take on the Lightning at the Prudential Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Lightning have won each of their last five games versus the Devils, tied for their longest win streak versus New Jersey all-time (also October 18, 2003 to October 26, 2005). During its current five-game win streak versus the Devils, Tampa Bay has outscored New Jersey, 18-8.
  • The Lightning lost, 3-1, at Montreal on Thursday and are now 5-0-0 when scoring multiple goals and 0-2-0 when scoring one or fewer this season. Tampa Bay has yet to lose consecutive games this season, and its road loss at Montreal was its first loss away from home on the year.
  • Steven Stamkos has totaled 27 points in 26 career games played versus the Devils. Stamkos has scored a goal in each of his last four games versus New Jersey, overall, and has lit the lamp in each of his last three road games versus the Devils.
  • Alex Killorn scored a goal on Thursday, his sixth of the season (tied with Patrik Lane, Auston Matthews and Richard Panik for the most in the NHL entering the weekend). Killorn has scored a goal in six of Tampa Bay's seven games this season.

© 2016 by STATS

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Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu (33) reacts to a game winning goal by Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (not shown) during overtime at Prudential Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu (33) reacts to a game winning goal by Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (not shown) during overtime at Prudential Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Less than 24 hours after allowing a late lead to slip away before losing in overtime, the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night will face a stiff test at Prudential Center from one of the NHL's top teams.The Tampa Bay Lightning, who have won five of seven to start the season and enjoyed a day off Friday while the Devils were losing to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, erased a 2-0 deficit in their first meeting with the Devils on Oct. 15 and earned a 3-2 regulation win.

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