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I'm not going to say the Devils stole this one, because they played well enough to win, but boy, the Caps' penalty problems certainly got them going in the third. With a noon start coming Saturday, this was a big win for the Devils and they could ice what's left of the Caps' season with a sweep of this two-game series. Some thoughts...

Dueling Russians: Alex Ovechkin came out firing on all cylinders in the first two periods, playing with the jump and speed that he used to display on a regular basis. There was the ridiculous undressing of Bryce Salvador and the spin move that left Henrik Tallinder useless and finally an end-to-end rush that he shot wide. It was vintage Ovechkin for 40 minutes and although he didn't score, it appeared only a matter of time before Ovi buried one. But then all of a sudden to star the third, Ilya Kovalchuk seemed liked a different player. Perhaps energized by Ovi's sudden resurgence or pissed off by his team's poor effort in the second period, Kovy was all over the ice in the third. Even before he scored the game-winning goal on a picture-perfect one-time setup from Patrik Elias, Kovy was rushing Caps goalie Braden Holtby and drawing penalties with strong work along the boards. It was always like Kovy realized there was nothing else going for the Devils tonight and took it upon himself to be the best player on the ice for the final 20 minutes. Of course, it helped that he basically played the entire period because of how much time the Devils spent on the power play during the third. Still, on nights like tonight, we're reminded that the Devils have something that only a handful of other teams have: a player that is the most skilled player 95 percent of the time he's on the ice. I mean, really, how many other players could've taken the shot that he scored the game winner on? Just fantastic.

A mixed bag: I chose to avoid the obvious "Capital Punishment" joke here, focusing instead on the fact that the Devils' special teams tonight deserve a mixed review tonight. Yes, the game winner came on a power play, but it was the second 5-on-3 situation in five minutes. When you get chances like that, you're supposed to bury them. Meanwhile, the other five power plays, including the other 5-on-3, were entirely forgettable, filled with bad puck movement and an allergy to getting pucks actually on goal. Now, some of that is because the Capitals did a very nice job of blocking shots and interrupting passing lanes with their sticks, but this is too much a running issue to simply chalk it up to another team having a strong penalty kill. On the season, the Caps had the 25th-ranked penalty kill entering play Thursday and yet the Devils made them look like a top-five unit. The lone PP goal came on a shot from Kovy at the point, which seems to be the only way they score on the man advantage besides a garbage goal from David Clarkson. What about changing up Kovy's partner on the point? They've tried Andy Greene and Marek Zidlicky, but what about Adam Larsson? I think this is worth exploring and it's something I'll write more about tomorrow. As for the penalty kill -- yikes. The Devils allowed goals on two of the Caps' four power plays and it could've been worse. The second goal was particularly disturbing for a couple reasons. One, the penalty came less than two minutes after the Caps scored their first power-play goal of the night. Two, the actual scoring play on that second power-play goal came right after the Devils had tied it up short-handed and allowed the Caps to regain momentum after the Devils had seemingly stolen it out from under them. Pete DeBoer, you have a problem here.

Changing lines changes times: After a really nice start to the game and a strong first period overall, the Devils were completely on their heels to start the second period and never seemed to recover. That is, until the start of the third, when Pete DeBoer apparently decided to toss his player's names in a hit like and pick them out in random like a Super Bowl squares pool. Combinations we saw in the third period: Kovy-Henrique-Butler, Elias-Zajac-Clarkson, Ponikarovsky-Loktionov-Gionta and Ponikarovsky-Gionta-Kovalchuk. And those are just SOME of the combinations that saw DeBoer basically start blindly throwing darts at a board like an exhausted teacher too lazy to grade papers (OK, that's the last joke, I swear.). Whatever it was, it seemed to shake the Devils out of their funk and get them going on a night when they didn't get their trademark "spark" shifts out of the Carter Matteau-Gionta-Bernier line. That's usually the line DeBoer will start a period after he thinks the Devils were flat in the previous 20 minutes. While I think it was more a function of trying to get the team going than permanent change, I did see some things I liked, specifically Bobby Butler playing with Kovy and the chemistry between Andrei Loktionov and Kovy. I'll be interested to see if any of these combos make appearances again Saturday afternoon, even if DeBoer sticks with the same basic combos to start the game.

Spare parts: Speaking of the "same basic combos" -- Are we finally done here with Henrik Tallinder and Krys Barch? I mean, you're telling Mark Fayne and Peter Harrold (as a forward) are worse options? I find that incredibly difficult to believe, each for their own reasons. Tallinder just seems completely lost out there and you don't want to put him on either of the top two defensive pairs, meaning he's stuck with the incredibly slow-footed Anton Volchenkov -- and that means whichever forward line is skating against the Devils during that shift basically has a free pass at the net. As for Barch, I mean, c'mon. Who are we fooling here? It's fine keeping him on the roster to match up against goons, but who do the Caps have that even remotely qualifies for this? Harrold hasn't skated once all season. It's time -- and if you don't want to play Harrold up front, then recall Matt Anderson because I'm so tired to seeing Krys Barch struggle to give the Devils any sort of competent play except when he's dropping the gloves. And it's also time for Fayne to get back in -- and I'd put money on at least the Fayne-Tallinder swap happening for Saturday's matinee. I know he struggled after the death of his grandmother, but there's no questioning that the Devils' best six defensemen are Salvador, Fayne, Greene, Larsson, Volchenkov and Zidlicky.

Notes: Congrats to Andrei Loktionov on his first goal with the Devils, and what a sound series of plays by him to lead to the goal. First, he cleanly won the draw back to the point and then perfectly positioned himself to right of the net while anticipating a rebound on Larsson's slapper from the right point. And what happened? The rebound came right to his stick and he had a wide open net. Plays like that will keep him in the NHL. ... David Clarkson said after the game that he's OK after he appeared to hurt his wrist during the second period, which is obviously good news. Still, the nicks on Clarkson are starting to add up and I wouldn't be shocked if he got a game off for "maintenance" in the next week or so once Ryan Carter returns. ... Salvador made a couple of smart "vet" plays tonight, but it's pretty clear the Andy Greene-Adam Larsson combo is the Devils' top defensive pair. ... A strong night from Braden Holtby tonight and a tough loss for him. I just wonder how good he can be with an average Caps team in front of him. ... Stefan Matteau's too-many-men penalty was a complete mental error by the rookie. If you're going to jump on the ice a few seconds before the player you're placing gets to the bench -- Don't. Touch. The. Puck. ... Bobby Butler might have the best shot on the Devils after Kovy. Seriously. ... Adam Henrique's work on the first goal (a short-handed tally by Patrik Elias) deserves so much praise. He single-handedly won the puck not once, but twice behind the net and had the sense to spin and deliver a backhand to the other side of net, where Elias just happened to be waiting with an open net. ... How did the Devils close out that one? By being aggressive. That's how they close games. Not by sitting back, but by forcing the play back into the other end. It was textbook Devils hockey.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Alex Ovechkin, Andrei Loktionov, Capitals, Caps, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Krys Barch, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Washington Capitals

Mar 29, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save in front of New Jersey Devils left wing Blake Pietila (56) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Mar 29, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save in front of New Jersey Devils left wing Blake Pietila (56) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have assigned forward Blake Pietila to their AHL affiliate in Albany, the team announced on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Pietila has an assist in 10 games with New Jersey this season.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall scores a goal on Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall scores a goal on Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils lost to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout, 4-3, Tuesday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 0:52 WIN Nikolaj Ehlers; Assists: Blake Wheeler, Jacob Trouba
  • 8:10 NJ Beau Bennett; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Dalton Prout
  • 12:07 NJ Taylor Hall; Assist: Travis Zajac

Second period:

Tags: Beau Bennett, Pavel Zacha, Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac
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New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday at Prudential Center at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Jets won the first matchup between these teams this season. A win tonight would give Winnipeg a sweep of the season series for just the third time in franchise history (first two were 2005-06 as the Thrashers and 2013-14 as the Jets).
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(AP)

The Devils have signed D Michael Kapla from UMass-Lowell to a two-year entry deal, according to Andrew Gross of The Record.

Kapla will report to the Devils.

In 41 games for UMass-Lowell this season, the 22-year old defenseman registered three goals and 27 assists.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid makes a glove save during the first period of their game against the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid makes a glove save during the first period of their game against the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Keith Kinkaid allowed two goals late as the New Jersey Devils lost to the Dallas Stars, 2-1, Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 11:02 NJ Blake Coleman

Second period:

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

The Carolina Hurricanes broke a 1-1 tie in the third period and pulled away with a 3-1 victory over the Devils on Saturday. With the loss, the Devils are now eliminated from playoff contention.  >> Read more

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Mar 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) draws a penalty as he is hooked from behind by Toronto Maple Leafs center Brian Boyle (24) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Mar 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) draws a penalty as he is hooked from behind by Toronto Maple Leafs center Brian Boyle (24) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

John Moore scored twice but the Devils still lost for the 13th time in 15 games, 4-2, to the Maple Leafs on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre. >> Read more...


First period:

  • 2:59 NJD John Moore; Assists: Damon SeversonKyle Palmieri
  • 5:46 TOR Josh Leivo (power play); Assists: Auston Matthews, William Nylander
  • 18:17 TOR William Nylander; Assists: Auston Matthews, Nikita Zaitsev

Second period:

  • 2:04 TOR James van Riemsdyk; Assists: Mitchell Marner, Tyler Bozak

Third period:

  • 9:04 NJD John Moore (power play); Assists: Pavel ZachaTaylor Hall
  • 19:14 TOR Connor Brown (empty net); Assists: Leo Komarov, Nazem Kadri
Tags: Damon Severson, John Moore, Kyle Palmieri, Pavel Zacha, Taylor Hall
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Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a game winning goal by New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64) during overtime at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a game winning goal by New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64) during overtime at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Thursay night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Devils won for just the second time in their last 14 games with Tuesday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Rangers. New Jersey is 5-for-15 (33.3 percent) on the power-play over its last five games, scoring at least one power-play goal in all five.
  • The Maple Leafs won their second straight and extended their point streak to four games following Wednesday's 5-2 victory at the Blue Jackets. Toronto has now scored at least five goals 13 times this season, its most since 2008-09 (17).
  • New Jersey and Toronto have gone to the shootout six times in the last 11 meetings. Dating back to the 2013-14 season, no other head-to-head series has seen at least six games reach the shootout.
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Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center.  (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Recap

Joseph Blandisi scored on an odd-man rush with 54.6 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils handed the New York Rangers a rare road loss, 3-2 on Tuesday night.

John Quenneville set up Blandisi's third goal of the season, and Quenneville and Taylor Hall also scored for the Devils. New Jersey got just its second win in 14 games (2-10-2) behind 38 saves by Cory Schneider, including a stop on Kevin Hayes in close just before Blandisi's winner.

The win was the Devils' first in four games with the Rangers this season. >> Read more...

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Mar 19, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Devils 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Mar 19, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Devils 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Boone Jenner scored two goals to help the Blue Jackets clinch a playoff spot in a 4-1 win over the Devils on Sunday at The Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 6:32 CLS Lukas Sedlak (Penalty Shot)
  • 10:23 CLS Boone Jenner (Short Handed); Assists: Jack Johnson, David Savard
  • 10:30 NJD Adam Henrique (Power Play); Assists: Pavel Zacha

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( Adam Hunger)

While the Blue Jackets have everything working for them, the Devils are once again playing out the string.

The Devils broke a 10-game losing streak Thursday by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 6-2 on Friday night but began a new skid with a 6-4 loss in Pittsburgh the following night. When this season ends, it mark the fifth straight season the Devils have missed the postseason since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2012.

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New Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid makes a save on a breakaway against Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel during the second period. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid makes a save on a breakaway against Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel during the second period. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Sidney Crosby scored two goals, including an insurance empty-netter with 14 seconds left, to give the Penguins a 6-4 win over the Devils Friday in Pittsburgh. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:35 NJD Kyle Palmieri Assists: Taylor Hall, John Moore
  • 6:37 PIT Phil Kessel Assists: Patric Hornqvist, Matt Cullen
  • 13:30 PIT Jake Guentzel Assists: Brian Dumoulin, Sidney Crosby
  • 14:02 NJD Stefan Noesen Assists: Pavel Zacha, John Quenneville
  • 19:45 PIT Sidney Crosby (Power Play) Assists: Mark Streit, Justin Schultz

Second period:

  • 15:47 PIT Nick Bonino Assists: Carter Rowney, Tom Kuhnhackl
  • 19:09 NJD Beau Bennett Assists: Adam Henrique, Jon Merrill

Third period:

  • 5:17   PIT Carter Rowney Assists: Tom Kuhnhackl, Tom Sestito
  • 16:29 NJD Kyle Palmieri (Power Play) Assists: Joseph Blandisi
  • 19:26 PIT Sidney Crosby (ENG) Assists: Conor Sheary
Tags: Adam Henrique, Beau Bennett, John Moore, Kyle Palmieri, Taylor Hall
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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique each scored twice as the Devils snapped their 10-game losing streak Thursday night with a 6-2 win over the Flyers at the Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 17:00 PHI Michael Del Zotto; Assists: Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux
  • 18:11 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Travis Zajac

Second period:

  • 5:50 NJD Adam Henrique; Assists: Beau Bennett, Dalton Prout
  • 9:40 NJD Joseph Blandisi (power play); Assists: Damon SeversonPavel Zacha
  • 11:13 PHI Brayden Schenn; Assists: Radko Gudas, Michael Del Zotto

Third period:

  • 1:33 NJD Taylor Hall; Assists: Travis Zajac
  • 4:08 NJD Adam Henrique; Assists: John MooreKyle Palmieri
  • 15:21 NJD Taylor Hall (empty net)
Tags: Adam Henrique, Beau Bennett, Damon Severson, John Moore, Joseph Blandisi, Kyle Palmieri, Pavel Zacha, Taylor Hall
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Mar 4, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64), defenseman Jon Merrill (7) and defenseman Steven Santini (34) stand on the ice after giving up a goal to the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Mar 4, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64), defenseman Jon Merrill (7) and defenseman Steven Santini (34) stand on the ice after giving up a goal to the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

The Devils look to snap their 10-game losing streak as they host the Flyers at the Prudential Center tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Devils have beaten Philadelphia twice this season by a combined margin of 8-1. New Jersey has thus improved to 13-3-3 in the series since the beginning of 2013-14, during which time the Devils have outscored the Flyers at even strength, 42-22.
  • The Flyers ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Penguins on Wednesday which matched Philadelphia's largest margin of victory this season. It was the Flyers' fourth team shutout of 2016-17.
  • The Devils' game against Winnipeg on Tuesday was postponed due to Winter Storm Stella and will be made up on March 28. The storm denied New Jersey an opportunity to end its 10-game losing streak (0-8-2), which is tied for the second-longest skid in franchise history (14 straight losses by the Kansas City Scouts in 1975-76).
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New Jersey Devils forward John Quenneville (47) plays the puck during the second period of a preseason hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)
New Jersey Devils forward John Quenneville (47) plays the puck during the second period of a preseason hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)

The Devils have recalled F John Quenneville from Albany, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Quenneville has not recorded a point in two games with New Jersey this season.

In 53 games with the Albany Devils this year, Quenneville has recored 12 goals and 29 assists.

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A general view of the NHL shield logo before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. (Steve Mitchell)
A general view of the NHL shield logo before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. (Steve Mitchell)

Tonight's game between the Devils and Jets at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ has been postponed due to the "severe winter storm impacting the area," the NHL announced late Tuesday morning.

The game has been rescheduled for March 28.

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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))

The Devils scored four goals in the final two periods but fell short to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, 5-4. >>Read more

First Period

1:27 ARI Radim Vrbata; Assists: Max Domi, Connor Murphy

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have sent goaltender Ken Appleby to the AHL and have recalled forward Blake Pietila, the team announced. 

Pietila has played in two NHL games this year, posting a minus-2 rating. 

In 27 games in the AHL, Appleby has a .909 save percentage. 

 


Mar 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Members of the New Jersey Devils and -the Colorado Avalanche fight near the benches during the second period at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Humphreys)
Mar 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Members of the New Jersey Devils and -the Colorado Avalanche fight near the benches during the second period at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Humphreys)

Francois Beauchemin scored with 1:14 left as the Avalanche handed the Devils their ninth straight loss, 3-2, on Thursday night at Pepsi Center. >> Read more


First period:

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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. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
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. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Devils captain Andy Greene will miss Thursday night's game against the Avalanche, although he has rejoined the club after his father's death, the team said.

The 34-year-old defenseman last played a week ago, and has missed New Jersey's last three games.

Greene has four goals and eight assists in 51 games this season.

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Mar 4, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64), defenseman Jon Merrill (7) and defenseman Steven Santini (34) stand on the ice after giving up a goal to the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Mar 4, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64), defenseman Jon Merrill (7) and defenseman Steven Santini (34) stand on the ice after giving up a goal to the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

The Devils will try and snap an eight-game losing streak (0-6-2) as they face the Avalanche at Pepsi Center Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.

  • New Jersey was blanked, 2-0, in Columbus on Tuesday night, losing for the eighth straight time in the process -- its longest single-season losing streak since a 10-game skid in 2012-13. The Devils are 0-4-0 in their last four road contests (6-0-0 in previous six road games).
  • Including back-to-back whitewashes, the Devils have been shut out three times in their last four contests. The Devils have never been shut out in three straight games (including years as the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies).
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Mar 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) is checked by New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (7) in the second period at Nationwide Arena.  (Aaron Doster (USA Today))
Mar 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) is checked by New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (7) in the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster (USA Today))

Third Period

  • 9:39 COL Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Sam Gagner, Scott Hartnell
  • 18:44 COL Cam Atkinson ; Assists: Brandon Dubinsky, Seth Jones

Recap

Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves for his third consecutive shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets handed the New Jersey Devils their eighth straight loss with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday night.

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 (Chris Humphreys)
(Chris Humphreys)

The Devils have traded D Brandon Gormley to the Senators in exchange for future considerations, it was announced Monday.

Gormley, 25, had two goals and eight assists in 35 games this season with the Albany Devils of the AHL...

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

The New Jersey Devils were shut out at home in a 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period: 

  • 2:45 COL Boone Jenner; Assists: Cam Atkinson, Brandon Dubinsky
  • 5:35 COL Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Sam Gagner, David Savard
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Mar 4, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) battles \b86 for the puck during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Mar 4, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) battles \b86 for the puck during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

The Devils rallied from a 2-1 deficit against the Boston Bruins to tie the game, but Ryan Spooner scored the deciding goal with 8:18 to go in the third period to lead the Bruins past the Devils on Saturday at the TD Garden. >>Read more

 

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Mar 2, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) skates with the puck as Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20) chases in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) skates with the puck as Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20) chases in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils head to Boston for a matchup with the Bruins at 7 p.m. 

According to STATS:

  • New Jersey dropped a 1-0 decision to the Caps at Verizon Center on Thursday night, and has now lost five straight games overall. The Devils have been involved in 34 one-goal affairs this year (16-6-12 record) -- tied for third most of any team in hockey.
  • Boston lost, 2-1, at home to the Rangers on Thursday night, snapping its three-game win streak in the process. The Bruins are 7-2-0 (.778) since Bruce Cassidy took over as head coach -- tied with Tampa Bay for the best record in the East since February 7.
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Mar 2, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana (13) in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 2, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana (13) in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Cory Schneider made 23 saves but the a third-period goal lifted the Capitals past the Devils, 1-0, on Thursday night at the Verizon Center. >> Read more


Third period:

  • 7:21 WAS Jakub Vrana (power play); Assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov, John Carlson
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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils hope to snap a four-game losing streak as they meet the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

  • New Jersey lost, 4-3, in overtime to Montreal on Monday night at Prudential Center, dropping its fourth straight game overall (0-2-2 record). The Devils have lost 10 overtime (non-shootout) games in 2016-17 -- tied with the Red Wings for most of any team in the league.
  • The Capitals beat the Rangers, 4-1, at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, improving to 28-0-1 when lighting the lamp four or more times in 2016-17. Washington's 29 games with 4+ goals is tied with the Blueshirts for second most in hockey this season (Pittsburgh -- 30).
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Feb 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout (47) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Feb 3, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout (47) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Devils made three trades prior to the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline Wednesday.

New Jersey obtained D Dalton Prout from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for D Kyle Quincey and F Shane Harper from the Florida Panthers for D Reece Scarlett, the team announced Wednesday. The Devils also dealt F P.A. Parenteau to the Nashville Predators for a sixth-round pick.

Devils GM Ray Shero said Parenteau's recent finger injury had no bearing on what the Devils received in the trade. 

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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).
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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).
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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.

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