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

New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils blew a two-goal lead in the third period and lost to the Montreal Canadiens in overtime, 4-3, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 19:41 NJ Kyle Palmieri; Assist: Travis Zajac

Second period:

Tags: Damon Severson, John Moore, Joseph Blandisi, Kyle Palmieri, Montreal Canadiens, Travis Zajac
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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri skates with the puck while being defended by Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri skates with the puck while being defended by Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils host the Montreal Canadiens on Monday at Prudential Center at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Montreal beat Toronto, 3-2, in overtime at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night, winning its second straight road tilt for the first time since January 7 (at Toronto) and 11 (at Winnipeg). The Habs are 26-1-4 when netting at least three goals in 2016-17.
  • The Devils dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Rangers at Prudential Center on Saturday night, and have now lost three straight, and four of their last five games overall. Dating to December 8, New Jersey has lost 14 straight games when allowing four or more goals (0-12-2 record).
Tags: Kyle Palmieri, Montreal Canadiens
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New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) takes a slap shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty)
New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) takes a slap shot against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty)

The Devils have placed Pavel Zacha (concussion) on IR retroactive to Feb. 21, and have recalled Blake Coleman from Albany, the Devils announced Monday morning.

In 52 games with New Jersey this season, Zacha has racked up eight goals and eight assists.

Coleman has appeared in only five games with the Devils this season, recording his only point, an assist, during the Jan. 17 win over Minnesota. 

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) scores a goal on New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) scores a goal on New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta (32) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Rangers rallied from a 3-2 third period deficit to tie the game and Mika Zibanejad came through with the winning goal in overtime to lead New York past the Devils on Saturday at the Prudential Center. >>Read more

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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)

The Devils host the rival Rangers at Prudential Center at 5 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs, 2-1, in a shootout at Air Canada Centre on Thursday night, improving to 8-1-1 (.850) in February -- best in the East, and second best in the league entering play this weekend. The Blueshirts are 3-2 in shootouts this season.
  • New Jersey lost, 2-1, to Ottawa at Prudential Center on Tuesday night, falling to 5-12-2 in its last 19 home tilts overall (8-0-2 in first 10 home games of the season). The Devils are just 1-3-1 when getting three or more days off between games this season.
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New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) skates with the puck up ice.  (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) skates with the puck up ice. (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))

Craig Anderson made 29 saves and the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Tuesday night despite playing without three of their top forwards.

Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson scored for Ottawa, which swept the three-game season series with the Devils while allowing only two goals.

Travis Zajac scored for New Jersey and Cory Schneider made 21 saves. The Devils have lost two in a row and three of four.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood after scoring during the first period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood after scoring during the first period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Taylor Hall had three points but Keith Kinkaid allowed six goals in the New Jersey Devils' 6-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:15 NJ Miles Wood (Power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri
  • 14:33 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg

Second period:

  • 2:44 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Stephen Gionta
  • 9:32 NYI Strome
  • 11:59 NYI Andrew Ladd (short handed); Assist: Johnny Boychuk
  • 13:21 NJ Palmieri; Assists: Travis Zajac, Hall
  • 17:55 NJ Steven Santini; Assists: Zajac, Hall

Third period:

  • 0:26 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Strome, Anders Lee
  • 1:00 NYI Jason Chimera
  • 8:37 NJ Hall (Power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Keith Kinkaid
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac
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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)

A pair of teams looking to gain valuable ground in the jumbled Eastern Conference wild card race will play for the second time in as many nights Sunday, when the New York Islanders host the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center.

The Devils further complicated the wild card race on Saturday, when they held off a furious late comeback by the Islanders to earn a 3-2 victory at Prudential Center.

Devante Smith-PellyTravis Zajac and Pavel Zacha scored as the Devils carried a 3-0 lead into the final 17 minutes, but Andrew Ladd and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders, who missed a chance to tie the game in the final 90 seconds when Nick Leddy's shot at an open net bounced off a post. >> Read more

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Tags: Andrew Ladd, Nick Leddy, Pavel Zacha, Travis Zajac
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Feb 16, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Senators defeated the Devils 3-0. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 16, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Senators defeated the Devils 3-0. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils built up a 3-0 lead before the Islanders chipped away to come within one goal, but ultimately New Jersey held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday night at the Prudential Center. >> Read more

First Period:

  • 7:10 NJD Devante Smith-Pelly; Assists: Travis Zajac, Jon Merrill

Second Period:

  • 8:49 NJD Travis Zajac (Short Handed); Assists: Adam Henrique

Third Period:

  • 6:21 NJD Pavel Zacha (Power Play); Assists: P.A. Parenteau, Damon Severson
  • 8:58 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Calvin de Haan
  • 13:48 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Alan Quine, Johnny Boychuk
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Dec 13, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) and New York Islanders center Calvin de Haan (44) battle for a loose puck at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 13, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) and New York Islanders center Calvin de Haan (44) battle for a loose puck at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders head to New Jersey to take on the Devils at 7 p.m.

According to STATS: 

  • This will be the first meeting this season between the Islanders and Devils. New York is 7-0-1 in its last eight road games versus New Jersey, shutting the Devils out in two of its last three games played at Prudential Center in Newark.
  • The Islanders beat the Rangers, 4-2, at home despite trailing, 1-0, at the end of the first period, their 10th comeback win of the season. New York is now 15-6-4 since December 20, the fourth-best record in the NHL over that span (entering the weekend).
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Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils have traded Sergey Kalinin to the Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Viktor Loov, the team announced Saturday. 

Kalinin had been placed on waivers Friday and cleared Saturday right before the trade.

Loov, a seventh-round pick in 2012, will head to the the Devils' AHL affiliate. 

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Michael Cammalleri (Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Cammalleri (Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports)

Devils forward Mike Cammalleri will be a healthy scratch for Saturday night's game against the Islanders, according to multiple reports. 

Cammalleri has not scored since Jan. 3, a stretch of 18 games. In those 18 games, he has nine assists. 

In 51 games this year, Cammalleri has 10 goals and 20 assists. 

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have placed F Sergey Kalinin on waivers, reports Andrew Gross of The Record.

Kalinin, 25, has two goals and two assists in 43 games this season.

He had eight goals and seven assists in 78 games for the Devils last season.

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A shot by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, not pictured, of Sweden, enters the net of New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Newark, N.J. The Senators won 3-0. Also seen are Senators' Tom Pyatt (10) and Devils' Adam Henrique (14) on the play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
A shot by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, not pictured, of Sweden, enters the net of New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Newark, N.J. The Senators won 3-0. Also seen are Senators' Tom Pyatt (10) and Devils' Adam Henrique (14) on the play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Cory Schneider made 32 saves but the Devils lost for just the second time in seven games in a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. >> Read more


Second period:

  • 18:03 OTT Dion Phaneuf (power play); Assists: Chris Wideman, Bobby Ryan

Third period

  • 16:02 OTT Erik Karlsson; Assists: Derick Brassard, Tom Pyatt
  • 18:23 OTT Kyle Turris (empty net); Assists: Zack Smith, Mike Hoffman
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Feb 12, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 12, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils host the Ottawa Senators at the Prudential Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Senators fell to 3-4-1 in their last eight games with Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Sabres. Ottawa has been held without a power-play goal in a season-high five straight games, going 0-for-12 since February 4.
  • The Devils improved to 4-1-1 over their last six games with a 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Tuesday. New Jersey leads the Eastern Conference with a 42.9 power-play percentage in February (6-for-11).
Tags: Cory Schneider, Kyle Palmieri
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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)
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)

The Devils have activated Beau Bennett off Injured Reserve, and have moved Kyle Quincey to the IR retroactive to Feb. 4, the team announced on Thursday.

Bennett has three goals and seven assists in 40 games for the Devils this season.

Quincey has appeared in 51 games this year, racking up four goals and eight assists.

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New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri take the puck at center ice.  (James Guillory (USA Today))
New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri take the puck at center ice. (James Guillory (USA Today))

Devils defenseman Andy Greene scored the go-ahead goal on a power play and Kyle Palmieri converted on an odd-man rush with Taylor Hall to lead New Jersey over the struggling Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Cory Schneider made 28 saves and Pavel Zacha added a goal as New Jersey won for the fourth time in six games (4-1-1) in its push to make the playoffs.

The win was only the Devils' second against the Avalanche in 11 games.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) reacts skating off the ice after losing to the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. ( Adam Hunger)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) reacts skating off the ice after losing to the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. ( Adam Hunger)

The Devils scored first against the San Jose Sharks, but gave up three goals in the second period and lost by a score of 4-1 on Sunday at the Prudential Center. >> Read More

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Feb 3, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates his goal during the second period of their game against the Calgary Flames at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 3, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates his goal during the second period of their game against the Calgary Flames at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

One team is coming off its bye week, and the other is closing out a rough four-game road trip with its second game in as many days, when the New Jersey Devils host the San Jose Sharks Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center.

The Devils (23-21-10) have not played since a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres this past Monday. On the other hand, the Sharks (33-18-5) have played three games this week, losing each on the road, including a pair in overtime.

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Mar 25, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Joseph Blandisi (64) skates with the puck while being defended by Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Joseph Blandisi (64) skates with the puck while being defended by Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils have recalled forward Joseph Blandisi on Saturday, the team announced.

Blandisi, 22, has played in three games this season. In 28 games in the AHL this season, Blandisi has seven goals and 16 assists. 

The Devils next play Sunday against the Sharks at 12:30 p.m.


Michael Cammalleri (Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Cammalleri (Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils beat the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 8:46 NJ Adam Henrique (power play); Assists: Michael Cammalleri, Pavel Zacha

Third period:

  • 8:39 BUF Tyler Ennis; Assists: Kyle Okposo, Justin Falk
  • 12:33 NJ Pavel Zacha (power play); Assists: Cammalleri, Damon Severson
Tags: Adam Henrique, Damon Severson, Mike Cammalleri, Pavel Zacha, Buffalo Sabres
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New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils host the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center at 7 p.m. ET on Monday. 

According to STATS...

  • The Devils are 7-1-0 against the Sabres since the beginning of the 2014-15 season. That is tied for their most wins against any one team during that span (also Philadelphia and Carolina).
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Columbus' Ryan Murray, right, defends against the Devils' Michael Cammalleri. (Russell LaBounty)
Columbus' Ryan Murray, right, defends against the Devils' Michael Cammalleri. (Russell LaBounty)

Taylor Hall scored twice and Cory Schneider made 31 saves against one of the NHL's top scoring teams as the Devils defeated the Blue Jackets 5-1 Saturday in Columbus.

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Nov 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) skates against his former team the Dallas Stars during the first period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 15, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Vernon Fiddler (38) skates against his former team the Dallas Stars during the first period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils have traded Vernon Fiddler to the Nashville Predators for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, the teams announced. 

In 39 games for the Devils this season, Fiddler has just three points (one goal, two assists).

The 36-year-old signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract before this season. 


New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)

Consistently filling up the net at home has been a hallmark of what's becoming the best season in Columbus Blue Jackets history.

On Saturday night, the Blue Jackets seek their fourth straight home win over the New Jersey Devils, who have been red-hot on the road in recent weeks.

Columbus (33-12-5) is 18-5-1 at Nationwide Arena, where it will play eight of its next nine games, with the only road game scheduled for Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings.

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Feb 3, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on Calgary Flames center Matt Stajan (18) during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 3, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on Calgary Flames center Matt Stajan (18) during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

First Period

  • 17:15 CGY Sean Monahan; Assists: Johnny Gaudreau, T.J. Brodie
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Jan 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Oilers defeated the Devils 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Jan 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Oilers defeated the Devils 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils host the Flames at Prudential Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Flames won, 5-1, on Wednesday versus the Minnesota Wild. Calgary had two power-play (in four opportunities) and now has had eight special-team goals (7 PPG + 1 SHG) in its last seven games.
  • The Devils won, 4-3, on Tuesday at Detroit behind shorthanded goals from Kyle Palmieri and Adam Henrique. It was the first time the Devils have had multiple shorthanded goals in a game since December 8, 2011 versus Ottawa (shorthanded goals by Zach Parise and Dainius Zubrus).
  • This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Flames and Devils. The Devils won, 2-1, on January 13 at Calgary behind 31 saves from netminder Keith Kinkaid. The Flames are 1-6-1 against the Metropolitan Division this season.
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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) moves the puck up ice.  (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) moves the puck up ice. (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))

Kyle Palmieri scored twice and Cory Schneider made 27 saves, helping the New Jersey Devils hold on for a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Stefan Noesen gave the Devils the lead on their first shot 1:28 into the game. Palmieri put New Jersey ahead 2-0 lead less than five minutes later and restored its two-goal advantage with 34 seconds left in the second period with the first of his team's two short-handed goals.

The Devils went up 3-1 midway through on Adam Henrique's short-handed goal. Detroit pulled within a score on goals from Tomas Tatar and Nick Jensen.

Detroit had an extra skater when Palmieri was called for interference with 2:16 left and pulled Jared Coreau about a minute later, but it couldn't take advantage of the opportunity to extend the game to overtime.

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(Andy Marlin)

The Devils' AHL affiliate in Albany will relocate to Binghamton, NY for the 2017-18 season, the team announced Tuesday.

"After evaluating multiple scenarios and obtaining the approval of the AHL Board of Governors, we have agreed to partner with a local operating group in Binghamton, NY to relocate our AHL franchise for the 2017-18 season," Hugh Weber, President of the Devils and Prudential Center, said in a statement. "The new arrangement will allow the organization to focus its efforts on developing our player prospects, while leaving the business operations to those with expertise in the market."

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) passes the puck during the third period of their game against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (34) passes the puck during the third period of their game against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have recalled defensemen Seth Helgeson, Steven Santini, and Karl Stollery from Albany, the team announced Monday morning.

All three defensemen were sent to Albany for the All-Star break.

Helgeson has registered two shots on goal in five games for the Devils this season.

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Taylor Hall (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports Images)
Taylor Hall (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports Images)

New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall scored four points in the Metro Division's two All-Star Games on Sunday.

Hall, 25, recorded a goal and an assist in the Metro Division's 10-6 win over the Atlantic Division in the semifinals and two assists in a 4-3 victory against the Pacific Division in the final.

Hall has 11 goals and 20 assists in 40 games at the break.

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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)

As part of the NHL's 100th anniversary celebration, the league has released a list of the top 100 players in NHL history.

The following players on the list have played for the Devils:

  • Brendan Shanahan
  • Martin Brodeur
  • Jaromir Jagr
  • Joe Nieuwendyk
  • Peter Stastny
  • Scott Niedermayer
  • Scott Stevens

 

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Washington's Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist through two periods of Thursday's game in Newark. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington's Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist through two periods of Thursday's game in Newark. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice and Alex Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky both had a goal and an assist to lead Washington to a 5-2 win over the Devils Thursday in Newark.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) warms up against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Candice Ward)
New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) warms up against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Candice Ward)

The Devils (20-20-9) battle against the Washington Capitals (32-10-6) to Newark on Thursday in the final game before the All-Star break.

According to STATS:

  • Washington was blanked, 3-0, in Ottawa on Tuesday night, snapping its 14-game point streak in the process (12-0-2 during streak). The Capitals failed to score despite getting six power-play opportunities against the Senators two nights ago -- tied for their most PPO with lighting the lamp in any game this year.
  • New Jersey lost, 3-1, to the Kings at Prudential Center on Tuesday night, and has now dropped five straight home games overall -- tied for its longest single-season home losing streak since a seven-gamer, October 8-November 10, 2010. The Devils are 2-8-2 when allowing three or more markers at home this season (8-0-1 in all other home games).
  • The Caps and Devils have split two meetings in 2016-17, each beating the other on the road. Dating to the beginning of 2014-15, Washington has beaten New Jersey five straight times at Prudential Center by a combined score of 17-5.
  • Alex Ovechkin had his season-high eight-game point streak snapped in Tuesday night's loss. Including one of his 16 career hat tricks on February 23, 2013, Ovechkin has 10 goals and five assists in his last 15 skates against the Devils.
  • Kyle Quincey potted the Devils' lone goal Tuesday night, giving him two markers in his last five skates (had two goal in his first 42 games of the season). Quincey has lit the lamp one time in 13 career games against the Capitals.
  • The Capitals have 11 different skaters with 20+ points in 2016-17 -- tied with the Wild for most of any NHL club. New Jersey has seven players with 20 or more points this season (tied for 16th in the league).

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New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique (14) clears the puck from the Devils' zone during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Marilyn Indahl)
New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique (14) clears the puck from the Devils' zone during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Marilyn Indahl)

The Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils find themselves at opposite ends of the standings as the two Metropolitan Division rivals play their final game before the NHL All Star break Thursday night at the Prudential Center.

Sitting atop not only the division, but the entire National Hockey League, the Capitals (32-10-6) are in contention for a second consecutive President's Trophy. They own a league-best plus-51 goal differential, have allowed the fewest goals of any team (104), and are 12-1-2 in their past 15 games.

Meanwhile, the Devils (20-20-9) are tied for last place in both the division and Eastern Conference with the fifth fewest points in the league, and are desperately trying to avoid a fifth straight year out of the playoffs. The Devils have scored only 111 goals, third fewest in the NHL.

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(Andy Marlin)

The Devils will move their AHL affiliate from Albany to Binghamton next season, according to Pete Dougherty of the Times Union. 

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Jan 21, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Anaheim Ducks forward Stefan Noesen (64) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Jan 21, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Anaheim Ducks forward Stefan Noesen (64) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Devils have claimed F Stefan Noesen off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks, the club announced on Wednesday. The 23-year-old has scored two goals in 12 games this season.

The Devils also placed F Beau Bennet on Injured Reserve retroactive to Jan. 20 with a lower body injury.

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Kyle Quincey (22) and goalie Cory Schneider (35) embrace in celebration.  (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
New Jersey Devils defenseman Kyle Quincey (22) and goalie Cory Schneider (35) embrace in celebration. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson scored in the opening 1:46, and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Kings defenseman Alec Martinez capped their three-goal first period and Peter Budaj stopped 24 shots in his 21st win of the season. Jeff Carter had the primary assist on the first two goals.

Kyle Quincey scored in the third period for New Jersey, which has lost five straight at home.

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New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)

The Devils (20-19-9) look to continue their recent success when they take on the Los Angeles Kings (22-21-4) in Newark on Tuesday.

According to STATS:

  • The Kings lost, 3-2, to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night, and have now dropped a season-high four straight regulation games. Los Angeles has potted two or fewer goals in each of its last four tilts -- tied for its longest such streak of the year.
  • New Jersey walloped Philadelphia, 4-1, at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night, winning its fourth straight road game in a row. However, the Devils have dropped four consecutive home tilts, scoring two or fewer goals in each setback (0-3-1 record during streak).
  • The Kings defeated the Devils, 4-2, at Staples Centers in these clubs' first meeting of the campaign on November 19. Dating to 2011-12, Los Angeles and New Jersey have split their last four games at Prudential Center, each skating off with two victories.
  • Jordan Nolan had a goal and an assist last night, snapping his 13-game pointless streak, and recording his second multi-point game of the season. Six of Nolan's seven points in 2016-17 have come in road games (3g, 3a).
  • Miles Wood lit the lamp twice in Saturday night's triumph, recording the first multi-goal game of his NHL career, and earning first-star accolades for the performance. Wood has seven markers on the season -- tied for second most of any Devils' rookie in the last five seasons.
  • Los Angeles is 3-3-1 in the second of back-to-back tilts this season. New Jersey is 5-5-3 when getting two or more days off between games in 2016-17.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) reacts skating off the ice after losing to the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. ( Adam Hunger)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) reacts skating off the ice after losing to the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. ( Adam Hunger)

Two teams with similar records, but lately headed in opposite directions, meet on Tuesday night when the New Jersey Devils host the Los Angeles Kings at the Prudential Center.

The Devils (20-19-9) are coming off a rousing 4-1 road victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, their fourth win in the past five games. New Jersey's recent success after a dreadful 4-9-2 month of December revived the team's playoff hopes.

In contrast, the Kings (22-21-4) have lost four games in a row, including a 3-2 defeat to the Rangers in New York on Monday. The four-game losing streak is Los Angeles' longest this season following a pair of earlier three-game skids.

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Devils coach John Hynes talks about the Devils' recent success as they prepare for games against the Kings and Capitals at home this week.

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during a time out during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Marilyn Indahl)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during a time out during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Marilyn Indahl)

Beau Bennett (lower body), Andy Greene (left arm), and John Moore (concussion) will all be unavailable for New Jersey's game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, while Cory Schneider (illness) is likely to play, according to Andrew Gross of The Record.

Schneider, who has been serving as the team's backup goalie for the last two games because of a stomach illness, said he's feeling much better today and is once again eating. 

Bennett missed Saturday night's game against the Flyers after injuring himself during the Devils' 3-1 loss to the Canadiens on Friday.

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Dec 8, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates during the third period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 8, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates during the third period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

  • 7:11 NJD Pavel Zacha; Assists: Jacob Josefson, Kyle Quincey
  • 10:49 PHI Travis Konecny; Assists: Nick Cousins, Ivan Provorov

Second Period 

  • 15:51 NJD Kyle Palmieri (Power Play); Assists: P.A. Parenteau, Michael Cammalleri
  • 19:12 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Michael Cammalleri, Steven Santini
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Jan 13, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) stops a shot from the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 13, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) stops a shot from the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils go to Philadelphia to play the Flyers at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. 

According to STATS:

  • The Flyers were shellacked, 5-0, by the Capitals at Verizon Center last Sunday, dropping to 2-7-2 in their last 11 games overall. Philadelphia has allowed five or more goals 10 times in 2016-17 -- tied for second most in the NHL (Colorado -- 11).
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( Adam Hunger)

First Period 

  • 4:00 NJD Steven Santini; Assists: P.A. Parenteau, Taylor Hall
  • 5:14 MTL Alex Galchenyuk (Power Play); Assists: Alexander Radulov, Nathan Beaulieu
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Jan 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the first period of their game against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the first period of their game against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils take on the Canadiens at the Prudential Center on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Canadiens beat the Devils, 5-2, at home on December 8 and are 9-2-2 versus New Jersey since the start of the 2013 calendar year. Montreal has won each of its last two games played against the Devils; the Canadiens have not won three straight versus New Jersey since winning three in a row from January 24 -- March 11, 2008.
  • The Canadiens lost at home to the Penguins, 4-1, on Wednesday, their second consecutive loss. Montreal has scored just one goal (total) over its last two games, its fewest goals scored over a two-game span since lighting the lamp just once over a two-game span from March 19-20, 2016.
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New Jersey Devils forward Beau Bennett (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils forward Beau Bennett (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils scored three goals in the third period to beat the Minnesota Wild, 4-3, Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 17:58 MIN Jared Spurgeon (power play); Assists: Nino Niederreiter, Mikko Koivu

Second period:

  • 9:24 MIN Jason Zucker; Assists: Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu
  • 13:19 NJ Pavel Zacha (power play); Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Karl Stollery

Third period:

  • 5:23 NJ Adam Henrique; Assists: Taylor Hall, P.A. Parenteau
  • 9:08 MIN Erik Haula; Assists: Charlie Coyle, Spurgeon
  • 9:30 NJ Palmieri; Assists: Michael Cammalleri, Damon Severson
  • 17:43 NJ Beau Bennett; Assists: Blake Coleman, Miles Wood
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New Jersey Devils forward Mike Cammalleri (13) skates during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)
New Jersey Devils forward Mike Cammalleri (13) skates during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)

The Devils (18-18-9) travel to Minnesota to take on the Wild (28-9-5) on Tuesday.

According to STATS:

  • New Jersey's 2-1 overtime win over the Wild on October 22 extended the Devils' winning streak versus MInnesota to three games. New Jersey boasts a record of 12-5-2-0 in the all-time series, though the Devils are just 4-4-1-0 as the road team in those games.
  • After posting consecutive 2-1 victories at Calgary and Vancouver, the Devils will now seek their first three-game winning streak since taking five in a row between November 6 and November 15.
  • The Wild's 3-2 victory at Chicago on Sunday, when they overcame a 2-0 deficit, lifted Minnesota into a two-point lead over the Blackhawks in the Western Conference. And the Wild have played four fewer games than Chicago.
  • Cory Schneider stopped 21 of 22 shots in Sunday's victory at Vancouver, when he lowered his GAA in January to 1.74, the second lowest in the NHL this month (minimum 5 GS). Schneider's .940 save percentage in January ranks third.
  • With positive ratings in each of his last four games, Ryan Suter has boosted his season plus-minus to +28, the best mark in franchise history. Suter has seen at least 20 minutes of ice time in each of his last 202 games played, the third-longest active streak in the league.
  • By winning on Sunday, Devan Dubnyk improved to 23-7-3 this season. The 23 victories are tied with Manny Fernandez (2005-06) and Niklas Backstrom (2009-10) for the most ever by any Minnesota Wild goaltender prior to the All-Star (or Olympic) break.

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The New Jersey Devils have considerable work to do if they want to make a run at the playoffs. They're only four points back of the Carolina Hurricanes for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, but would need to leap-frog several few teams.

Still, having gone 2-0-1 in the first three-quarters of their current four-game West Coast trip, there is a greater belief in the Devils' locker room that by playing their own low-scoring style, they can re-insert themselves in the postseason conversation as they head into a date with the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

"We're not a team that's going to score five or six goals every night," said Devils forward Taylor Hall, who had the overtime winner in a 2-1 victory at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. "We've got to be a team that generates offense by shooting the puck to the net, keeping it simple in the o-zone and guarding them out down low."

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