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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

Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle attempts to play the puck in front of New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle attempts to play the puck in front of New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

John Moore scored the game-winning goal in overtime after the Devils blew a two-goal lead in the third period as New Jersey beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Monday at Xcel Energy Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 18:32 NJ Adam Henrique; Assists: Brian Gibbons, Andy Greene

Second period:

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Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers lays on the ice in front of New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider and defenseman Damon Severson during the first period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers lays on the ice in front of New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider and defenseman Damon Severson during the first period at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider has played in plenty of road games against the Minnesota Wild, though very rarely under ideal conditions.

Early in his career, when Schneider was backing up Roberto Luongo in Vancouver, and Luongo seemingly would always struggle in Minnesota, Schneider would usually come into the game sometime in the second period in relief, when the Wild had already built a big lead.

The Devils will play in Minnesota on Monday night after having a rough go of things Saturday at Winnipeg, where the Jets used a second-period outburst to send New Jersey to a second consecutive loss. New Jersey knows the road may get tougher soon.

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Nov 18, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) celebrates a goal by team mate forward Kyle Connor (81) during the second period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)
Nov 18, 2017; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) celebrates a goal by team mate forward Kyle Connor (81) during the second period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)

The Jets scored all five of their goals in the second period to beat the Devils, 5-2, on Saturday at the Bell MTS Place. >> Box score


First Period:

  • N/A

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Nov 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Devils come to town smarting from a heartbreaking road loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday as they surrendered the only goal of the game with two seconds left in overtime. Still, they have the same record as Winnipeg and Jets coach Paul Maurice is expecting a track meet.

"They've got a real quick team," he said. "They've got an awful lot of speed, some good puck movers. I think it's going to be as close to the fastest game we'll play all year. The fastest team that we've seen."

Cory Schneider will get the start in goal but he won't need any time to get his bearings. Bell MTS Place was his home rink when he played for the AHL's Manitoba Moose from 2007 to 2010.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider guards his net during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider guards his net during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • No goals

Second Period

  • No goals

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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)

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to avenge a 6-3 drubbing administered on Oct. 11 by the New Jersey Devils when the teams meet again Thursday at the Air Canada Centre.

The question is whether the Maple Leafs will have center Auston Matthews back in the lineup.

Matthews, who has missed three games in a row with an upper-body injury, practiced Wednesday with the team for the first time in more than a week.

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Nov 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with his teammates during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
Nov 12, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with his teammates during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

Miles Wood collected his first career hat trick while leading the Devils' offensive charge over the Blackhawks, 7-5, in Chicago. >> Box score

 

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(Ed Mulholland)

CHICAGO -- An up-and-down start to the season hasn't exactly provided the Chicago Blackhawks with an over-abundance of confidence.

But after erasing an early two-goal deficit en route to a much-needed victory Saturday night, the Blackhawks might have discovered some self-assurance heading into the back end of a back-to-back Sunday night against the New Jersey Devils.

A 4-3 overtime victory Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes helped the Blackhawks avoid entering Sunday's game at the United Center riding a three-game losing streak. After falling behind early, Chicago scored a pair of third-period goals to force overtime.

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Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck while being defended by Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) during overtime at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck while being defended by Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) during overtime at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Damon Severson and Kyle Palmieri scored the first two goals of the game to set the pace and help the Devils beat the Panthers, 2-1, on Saturday at the Prudential Center. >> Box score

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New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) in action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) in action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Florida Panthers snapped a losing streak Friday evening, but they are hoping to extend one for the New Jersey Devils when the two teams meet Saturday night at the Prudential Center.

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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))

Travis Zajac and Michael McLeod have both been cleared to practice, per NorthJersey.com's Andrew Gross. 

Zajac and McLeod were seen on the ice with their teammates for the first time this season as the Devils had their morning skate before playing the Panthers tonight. Head coach John Hynes didn't give a timetable for either player's return, but for Zajac, he indicated he may have a thought about it. 

Zajac underwent surgery to repair a torn left pectoral msuicle back on Aug. 17. It has kept him out of team practices, but he was skating on his own with McLeod.

McLeod, the Devils' first-round back in 2016, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Oct. 12. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. 

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Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils lost to the Oilers in the last seconds of overtime, but the story is Brian Boyle's emotional goal, his first since he was diagnosed with cancer before the season started.

"I've never cried after a goal before," Boyle told MSG after the first period. "That's a great feeling. It's everything..."

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New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Prudential Center. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Prudential Center. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)

Two teams looking to re-establish their footing meet Thursday night when the Edmonton Oilers visit the Prudential Center to face the New Jersey Devils.

The Oilers (5-8-1) are coming off a 2-1 overtime victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday, their second win in three games, yet they have not won consecutive games all season.

Meanwhile, the Devils (9-4-1) face their first extended adversity, entering with a three-game losing streak after a 3-1 home-ice loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

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Nov 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The St. Louis Blues, down 1-0 in the second period, scored three unanswered goals and beat the Devils 3-1 on Tuesday at the Prudential Center. >> Box score

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Oct 11, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier (13) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Oct 11, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier (13) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Tuesday night game between the New Jersey Devils and the St. Louis Blues at the Prudential Center not only pits two of the league's top teams so far this season but is also an intriguing matchup between one club that consistently scores a lot and another known for its stout defensive play.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Brian Gibbons controls the puck in front of Calgary Flames defenseman TJ Brodie during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Brian Gibbons controls the puck in front of Calgary Flames defenseman TJ Brodie during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils lost to the Calgary Flames in a shootout after entering overtime tied at 4 on Sunday at Scotiabank Saddledome. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:34 NJ Taylor Hall; Assist: Nico Hischier
  • 11:07 CAL Michael Frolik (short handed); Assist: Mikael Backlund

Second period:

  • 1:56 NJ Ben Lovejoy; Assists: Hischier, Jimmy Hayes
  • 11:11 CAL Michael Stone; Assists: Kris Versteeg, Frolik
  • 12:27 CAL Sean Monahan; Assists: Micheal Ferland, Johnny Gaudreau
  • 12:37 NJ Brian Gibbons

Third period:

  • 6:54 CAL Ferland; Assists: Gaudreau, Sean Monahan
  • 11:11 NJ Andy Greene; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Lovejoy
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New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall skates during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall skates during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils are pleased with themselves right now, but not to the point where they feel comfortable.

"You have to be proud of our record to this point of the season and take confidence in that," forward Taylor Hall said.

"But at the same time, we were 9-3-3 last year and we finished 27th. We have a lot to improve. If you look at our last few games, we have been outshot and outplayed a bit. We have to figure it out quickly." >> Read more

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 (Perry Nelson)
(Perry Nelson)

The Devils lose their third game of the season to the Oiler, 6-3, in Edmonton.

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 (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
(Anne-Marie Sorvin)

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The resurgent New Jersey Devils boast a spotless 5-0-0 road record. The Edmonton Oilers are a disappointing 2-5-0 on home ice.

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New Jersey Devils' Will Butcher, from left, goalie Cory Schneider, Damon Severson and Steven Santini celebrate after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 in an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
New Jersey Devils' Will Butcher, from left, goalie Cory Schneider, Damon Severson and Steven Santini celebrate after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 in an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Cory Schneider made 37 saves for his first shutout of the season and 24th of his career, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.

Jimmy Hayes and Drew Stafford also scored to help the Metropolitan Division-leading Devils win for the ninth time in 11 games this season. New Jersey has won three straight and remains the NHL's only team with a perfect road record (5-0-0).

Taylor Hall added two assists and now has three goals and six assists in his last eight games against the Canucks. Read more >>

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Brian Boyle (24) carries the puck during the warm up in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals at Air Canada Centre. Washington defeated Toronto 5-4. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Brian Boyle (24) carries the puck during the warm up in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals at Air Canada Centre. Washington defeated Toronto 5-4. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Devils C Brian Boyle will make his season debut on Wednesday night, the team announced.

Boyle took regular reps in practice on Tuesday as he prepares to ease himself back into game action after being diagnosed with Leukemia during training camp.

Coach John Hynes said Tuesday that he would talk to Boyle regarding his status for Wednesday's game against Vancouver.

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Oct 28, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 28, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Taylor Hall scored two goals and the Devils came from behind in the third period to beat the Coyotes, 4-3, on Saturday at the Prudential Center. >> Read more

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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))

The Devils activated Cory Schneider from the injured reserve on Saturday.

Schneider missed time due to a lower body inury. He will start on Saturday when the Devils hosts the Arizona Coyotes, as Andy Greene will be out of the lineup due to the birth of his son.

Schneider, 31, has played in six games this season for New Jersey. 

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New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Prudential Center. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Prudential Center. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)

The Arizona Coyotes are off to the worst start in franchise history at 0-9-1. They've had every problem imaginable but one of them -- goaltending -- could be solved Saturday.

Antti Raanta, acquired in the offseason to serve as the Coyotes' No. 1 goaltender, could return from a two-week absence due to a lower-body injury to face the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. He was on the ice Wednesday and practiced Friday, and the coaching staff feels he could be ready.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) in action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) in action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils have traded goaltender Scott Wedgewood to the Arizona Coyotes for a fifth-round draft pick in 2018, the teams announced Saturday. 

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 (Marc DesRosiers)
(Marc DesRosiers)

NEWARK, N.J. -- When the New Jersey Devils host the Ottawa Senators on Friday night there could be quite a few familiar names missing because of injuries.

The Senators (5-1-4) will be without two of their top scoring forwards, Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris. Zack Smith and Chris Wideman also may be unavailable.

Ryan is out for a month with a broken finger while Turris will sit out his second consecutive game with the flu. Smith has not played since suffering an undisclosed injury against the Devils on Oct. 19, though he may return to the lineup on Friday.

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Devils head coach John Hynes and No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier speak to the media as New Jersey looks to continue its hot start.

 

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Brian Boyle (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Brian Boyle (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

After Devils forward Brian Boyle was cleared for full participation in practice while he battles chronic myeloid leukemia, his return has inspired his teammates in the locker room.

"He's not only going to be a big boost to our on-ice play, but just having his morale in the locker room and his leadership is huge," Taylor Hall said, according to NHL.com's Jesse Spector. "If he hadn't been going through the leukemia like he is, he'd still be a huge leader in this room. Now that he's showing the effort and discipline that he's shown the past few weeks, it's hard not to rally around that."

The Devils have not given a timetable for when Boyle can return to game action, however his mere presence has lifted the spirits around the team.

"Even though he hasn't been around a lot," Devils head coach John Hynes said, according to Spector, "you can see the respect that he has in the room with the players, the guy that he is."

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Brian Boyle (24) carries the puck during the warm up in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals at Air Canada Centre. Washington defeated Toronto 5-4. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Brian Boyle (24) carries the puck during the warm up in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals at Air Canada Centre. Washington defeated Toronto 5-4. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils announced that F Brian Boyle has been cleared for full participation in practice.

Boyle, who is battling Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, has been limited with what he can do. He will join the Devils for practice Sunday at the RWJBaranabas Health Hockey House. 

There is no official timetable for Boyle's return to game action. The 11-year veteran played in 75 games amassing 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) last season with the Maple Leafs and Lightning.

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Oct 20, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA;San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) takes a shot against New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 20, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA;San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) takes a shot against New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Sharks goalie Martin Jones tallies 28 saves as the Devils are shutout at home, 3-0, for second loss of season. >> Read more

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 (Marc DesRosiers)
(Marc DesRosiers)

Since 2015-16, no Western Conference team has beaten its rivals in the East more often than the San Jose Sharks.

That bodes well for San Jose as it kicks off a five-game east coast road trip Friday night with a clash against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

"We have five games on the road and we have to take a minimum of like eight points," Sharks center Tomas Hertl confidently told the San Jose Mercury News.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils placed G Cory Schneider (lower body injury) on IR, retroactive to Thursday, the team announced.

Schneider suffered the injury during Thursday's game against the Senators in Ottawa, and is eligible to be activated on Friday, Oct. 27.

G Scott Wedgewood was recalled from Binghamton of the AHL on emergency conditions.

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Oct 19, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) scores against Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) in the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Oct 19, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) scores against Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) in the first period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

Nico Hischier scored twice, Taylor Hall had four assists, and the Devils rallied to beat the Senators, 4-2, at the Canadian Tire Centre. >> Read more

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Sep 21, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Daniel Audette (48) plays the puck and New Jersey Devils defenseman Mirco Mueller (25) defends during the second period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Sep 21, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Daniel Audette (48) plays the puck and New Jersey Devils defenseman Mirco Mueller (25) defends during the second period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

OTTAWA -- Led by a top-ranked power play and a productive rookie class, the New Jersey Devils are off to their best start in nine years.

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Oct 17, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) skates with the puck while being defended by Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 17, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) skates with the puck while being defended by Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Drew Stafford scored the game-tying goal in the third period to force overtime and Kyle Palmieri added the game-winner in a shootout to lead the Devils to a 5-4 win on Tuesday at the Prudential Center. >> Read More

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Sep 21, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) makes a glove save during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Sep 21, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) makes a glove save during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

NEWARK, N.J. -- Last season, neither the Tampa Bay Lightning nor the New Jersey Devils reached the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Oct 9, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher (8) breaks in on goal during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Oct 9, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher (8) breaks in on goal during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

Devils rookie D Will Butcher is already breaking team records just five games into the season. 

Butcher has racked up eight assists in five games, which is a Devils record. He has been heavily involved in the Devils' early season success, and has gotten praise from teammates like F Taylor Hall who has been on the receiving end of one of his assists. 

"He's got a lot of skill, he moves the puck well, and he's so smart out there," Hall told NHL.com's Jesse Spector. "That's why we signed him,a nd that's why he was so highly regarded. He's brought a lot to our power play and our power play and our 5-on-5. We need that on our back end. We need guys who move the puck and provide offense and jump in, and it's graet to see quality this early."

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Adam Henrique (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Adam Henrique (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils bounced back from their first loss of the season as they topped the Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. << Read More

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Oct 11, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier (13) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Oct 11, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier (13) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are coming off disappointing losses Friday night.

Only one team will exit the ice satisfied with the outcome Saturday night when the Devils and Rangers begin their season series at Madison Square Garden.

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New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider (35) looks back after the Capitals' T.J. Oshie scored in the first period Friday. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider (35) looks back after the Capitals' T.J. Oshie scored in the first period Friday. (Ed Mulholland)

T.J. Oshie scored two goals and Alex Ovechkin became the fourth player in the NHL's expansion era to score nine goals in his team's first five games of a season as Washington defeated the Devils 5-2 Friday in Newark. It was New Jersey's first loss after winning its first three games of the season

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Apr 5, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The surprising New Jersey Devils look to keep the good times rolling Friday night when they host the Washington Capitals at the Prudential Center, a game that features two of the highest scoring teams in the NHL.

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(Eric Bolte)

The Devils' Michael McLeod will miss four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the team announced on Thursday.

 

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New Jersey Devils forward Brian Gibbons (39) celebrates his short handed goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils forward Brian Gibbons (39) celebrates his short handed goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

After a back-and-forth first period, the Devils took command in the second and eventually scored their way to a 6-3 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. >> Read more


First Period

  • 8:33 TOR James van Riemsdyk (Power Play); Assists: Mitchell Marner, Morgan Rielly
  • 9:07 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Steven Santini, Will Butcher
  • 10:45 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Steven Santini, Will Butcher
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New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt with the puck as Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt with the puck as Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

Jesper Bratt scored two of the New Jersey Devils' four second-period goals en route to a 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday at KeyBank Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 6:28 NJD Stefan Noesen; Assist: Brian Gibbons
  • 18:56 NJD Gibbons; Assists: Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson

Second period:

  • 5:02 BUF Evander Kane (power play); Assist: Rasmus Ristolainen
  • 5:23 NJD Jesper Bratt (short handed); Assists: Adam Henrique, Mirco Mueller
  • 7:49 NJD Johansson; Assist: Taylor Hall
  • 12:19 NJD Bratt; Assists: Hall, Andy Greene
  • 18:56 NJD Johansson; Assist: Bratt
Tags: Adam Henrique, Andy Greene, Brian Gibbons, Cory Schneider, Buffalo Sabres, Taylor Hall
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

After what appeared to be a promising start under new coach Phil Housley, the Buffalo Sabres already have their backs against the wall.

That's what a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night -- where the Sabres allowed two short-handed goals -- will do.

The Sabres (0-1-1) will look to get back on track in a matinee game at home against the New Jersey Devils (3 p.m. ET) on Monday.

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Adam Henrique (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Adam Henrique (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Adam Henrique got the Devils on the board early as New Jersey cruised to a 4-1 win over the Avalanche in the season opener. >> Read more


First Period

  • 4:04 NJD Adam Henrique (Power Play); Assists: Will Butcher, Kyle Palmieri
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche combined for only 118 points last season, or the same amount of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals.

On Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center, the Devils host the Avalanche (1-0-0) as both teams seek to distance themselves from last season.

Colorado already took a step in that direction, defeating the New York Rangers, 4-2, on Thursday night. After finishing last in the league with 22 wins and 48 points in 2016-17, the Avalanche skated into Madison Square Garden and never trailed en-route to a season-opening road victory.

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(Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

As the top pick in this year's NHL Draft, Nico Hischier wrote in the Players' Tribune that he is ready to fulfill his dream of playing at the highest professional level. 

Growing up in Switzerland, Hischier didn't get to watch many NHL games because most were not being broadcast in the country. However, at a young age, he was able to don a Devils uniform.

"It's pretty cool how things worked out because this is kind of the second time that I was picked to wear a Devils sweater," Hischier said. "When I was nine years old, there was this awesome tournament in Switzerland - whenever your team entered, you got to be a random NHL team. Like with the full jerseys, with a name and number on the back and everything. For the whole tournament, you were that team. It was sick."

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