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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

The Devils have fired radio analyst Sherry Ross on Tuesday, according to Chris Ryan of NJ.com.

Ross has served as the Devils color commentator on their WFAN radio broadcasts for the past 10 seasons. She worked as a hockey reporter with the Daily Record, The Record, Newsday and New York Daily News as well.

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(AP)

Ilya Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL next season, and the Devils have given him and his agent permission to seek a deal with other teams, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN.

New Jersey still holds the forward's rights as Kovalchuk left the NHL in the middle of his contract with the Devils.

LeBrun writes that Devils GM Ray Shero confirmed with Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, that the 34-year old definitely wants to return to the NHL next season. 

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A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)
A general view during the national anthem prior to the start of the game between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. (Andy Marlin)

The Devils will pick first overall in the NHL Draft after winning the NHL Entry Draft lottery.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Star will have the second and third overall draft picks, respectively.

The Devils have missed the postseason five straight seasons and finished their 2016-17 campaign with a 28-40 record.

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( Adam Hunger)

The Devils have signed defenseman Yaroslav Dyblenko to a two-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Thursday morning.

Dyblenko spent the past five seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. He spent last season with Moscow Spartak, where he recorded four goals, seven assists, and 51 penalty minutes in 51 games.

Through 180 KHL games, Dyblenko has 12 goals and 27 assists.

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GEICO SportsNite: Devils 00:00:51
Devils goalie Corey Schneider and head coach John Hynes recap the team's disappointing 2016-17 season and look forward to next year.

The Devils cleaned out their lockers at The Prudential Center on Tuesday, marking the official end of their 2016-17 season.

New Jersey finished in last place in the Eastern Conference and won just 28 games as the team missed the postseason for the fifth consecutive year. The Devils finished with the second-worst record in the NHL behind only the Colorado Avalanche.

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New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson jumps in front of Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard during the first period at Joe Louis Arena. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson jumps in front of Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard during the first period at Joe Louis Arena. (Raj Mehta/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils ended the 2016-17 season with a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 7:09 DET Riley Sheahan; Assists: Frans Nielsen, Darren Helm
  • 11:19 DET Tomas Tatar; Assists: Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg

Second period:

  • 10:18 DET Zetterberg; Assist: Nyquist

Third period:

  • 1:15 NJ John Moore; Assists: Jacob Josefson, Michael Cammalleri
  • 17:27 DET Riley Sheahan (power play); Assists: Nielsen, Dylan Larkin
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Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Jacob Josefson, John Moore, Mike Cammalleri
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New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his second period goal with teammates forward Anders Lee (27) and forward Josh Bailey (12) against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)
New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his second period goal with teammates forward Anders Lee (27) and forward Josh Bailey (12) against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)

Anders Lee scored two goals and Jaroslav Halak saved 37 shots as the Islanders beat the Devils on Saturday at the Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period

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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) battle for the puck during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) and New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) battle for the puck during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders and Devils play each other for the final time this season at 6 p.m. at the Prudential Center. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Islanders beat the Hurricanes, 3-0, at PNC Arena on Thursday night, keeping their slim postseason hopes alive in the process. New York has won four straight games -- its longest win streak of the 2016-17 campaign.
  • New Jersey lost, 7-4, to Pittsburgh at Prudential Center on Thursday night, dropping to 1-5-2 in the last eight games overall. The seven goals scored by the Pens were the most allowed by the Devils in any game this season.
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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)

The Devils fell behind early on Thursday night and were unable to keep up with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated New Jersey by a score of 7-4 on at the Prudential Center to clinch home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. >> Read more

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GEICO SportsNite: Patrik Elias 00:00:20
New Jersey Devils' all-time leading point scorer Patrik Elias was honored before a game against the Flyers after announcing his retirement.

New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore moves the puck up ice. (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))
New Jersey Devils defenseman John Moore moves the puck up ice. (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))

Recap

John Moore scored 59 seconds into overtime and New Jersey Devils snapped a six-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Keith Kinkaid made 35 saves in posting his first shutout of the season and helping the Devils win for only the third time in 21 games (3-14-4).

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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)

The Flyers scored twice in the first period and cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Devils at The Wells Fargo Center. >> Read more


First Period

7:28 PHI Brayden Schenn (Power Play); Assists: Claude Giroux, Shayne Gostisbehere

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Adam Henrique celebrates scoring a goal past Michal Neuvirth. (AP)
Adam Henrique celebrates scoring a goal past Michal Neuvirth. (AP)

The Philadelphia Flyers still have a snowball's chance of making the Stanley Cup playoffs, and until it completely melts they're going to keep believing it can happen.

The New Jersey Devils are hoping their next big win comes in the 2017 NHL draft lottery.

On Saturday night, the Flyers (37-32-8, 82 points) will try to keep their playoff hopes alive when they host the Devils (27-36-14, 68 points), who own the third-worst record in the NHL behind the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes.

Despite three straight wins, the Flyers remain six points behind the Boston Bruins (88 points) with five games to play. But they are also two points behind the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes and three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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(Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Recap

Anders Lee and Anthony Beauvillier scored to help the New York Islanders preserve their slim playoff chances with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 shots as the Islanders pulled four points behind Boston for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. New York won at home for the first time since beating the Devils here on Feb. 19, going 0-4-1 at Barclays Center in between.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) skates in warmups before his game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) skates in warmups before his game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

New Jersey Devils great Patrik Elias has retired from the NHL, the Devils announced Friday morning.

Elias played all 18 seasons of his NHL career with New Jersey, and will retire as a two-time Stanley Cup Champion and the Devils all-time leader in goals, assists, and points. 

The Devils will celebrate "Patrik Elias Week" over the final three home games this season, including Elias dropping the ceremonial puck on April 4, an open practice on April 7, and Elias participating in warm-ups during the April 8 home finale.

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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:

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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:

Tags: Blake Coleman, Dallas Stars, Keith Kinkaid
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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.
Tags: Pavel Zacha
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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...

Tags: Cory Schneider, Taylor Hall
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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

Second period:

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( 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).
Tags: Andy Greene, Kyle Palmieri
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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

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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.