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As I said on Twitter postgame, this was an impressive win for a lot of reasons. Yes, the Devils probably should've played like this at some point during their 10-game slide. No, two more wins like this won't drastically change how we look at the season. However, there were bright spots in this game that lend themselves toward a positive look for next season and it's possible missing the playoffs flipped a switch in the psyche of a lot of these players, which is another topic for another day. As forĀ  tonight's game, some thoughts...

Fortitude: At least for me, the most impressive part of tonight's win came after the Canadiens scored two unanswered, the second of which came including one in the final minute of the second period. We've seen the Devils melt down multiple times in that scenario, giving up an early goal in the third and going on to lose in regulation or in extra play. It's been one of my biggest criticisms of this Devils team, particularly during their recent slide. This team lacked a strong enough mental edge to their game to rebound from "woe is us" moments. Tonight, though, they didn't need a timeout to correct them and while they struggled to get shots on net in the third, they still kept the Canadiens at bay for long stretches. Also, the Habs came out in the third and tried to bully the Devils, who fought right back. Ilya Kovalchuk, for one, went right at the Canadiens after he got hit from behind. Kovy's response, along with the the energy he's played with and the way he drives the train (so to speak), has me wondering if it should be Kovalchuk with the captain's "C" next season. I know Salvador is respected in the room and a lot of guys like him, but would it kill them to give it to Kovy and have Salvador take an "A?" I think it would be a wise move that would help shape the team's mindset going into next season. Food for thought.

Youth movement: Tonight, we saw what will likely be three games of "auditions" for some of the younger players trying to earn favor ahead of training camp next September. Realistically, it even started a couple games ago, when the Devils started giving Jacob Josefson a real run as the season winds down. I'm not sure if it's the lack of pressure, the AHL demotion or the small sample size, but Josefson has looked like a different player the last couple games. He's been strong on the puck and made a couple of great defensive plays that turned the ice around in his own zone and in the neutral zone. More importantly for his case, though, is Josefson is contributing offensively, which has always been his weak point in the NHL. If Josefson continues this strong play the next two games and into training camp, the Devils are going to have some interesting decisions to make at center with him and Andrei Loktionov battling for that last center spot outside of Travis Zajac, Adam Henrique and Stephen Gionta. Speaking of Loktionov, boy, what a game he had tonight, eh? He might not have ended up on the scoresheet, but he was all over the ice. Unless he really struggles in camp next season, I find it very difficult to imagine anyone other than Loktionov playing with Kovalchuk to start the year. While we've seen what Loktionov and Josefson can do in stretches this season, we got our first look (this year, at least) at defenseman Alex Urbom. All in all, I thought it was a decent night for him. He made some smart defensive plays early but was one of the primary players at fault for the Habs' second goal, which Pete DeBoer said was partly due to Urbom getting caught in a long shift. I could see him getting another game, although I don't know if I would make it against a Penguins team that got Evgeni Malkin back tonight and could get Sidney Crosby back Thursday.

Where was this: Much like Josefson's sudden consistent solid play, I found myself watching tonight's game and wondering (like everyone else whose watched the majority of this season) WHERE IN THE WORLD THIS CHEMISTRY BETWEEN TRAVIS ZAJAC AND PATRIK ELIAS WAS ALL YEAR?! I'm so confused by what I saw tonight. These two have been searching for each other since about the midway point of the season when Dainius Zubrus' injury forced DeBoer to break up his first and second lines. They played together on and off for the rest of the season but always seemed to be a hair or sometimes a yard from finding each other. Honestly, there were times when it was flat-out ugly between the two of them, mostly due to Zajac's offensive struggles. And then there was the Florida game on Saturday and tonight's effort, when the two of them and David Clarkson played like we haven't seen since, well, never. Make no mistake, a playmaker like Elias is the key to Zajac's success. When Zajac was firing early in the year, it was largely due to playing off Kovalchuk. Since then, he's been strong in his own end but drifted offensively, just missing the net time after time after time. If Elias leaves the Devils this season, Lou Lamoriello will need to find a suitable replacement to play alongside Zajac next season (and Clarkson too, if he returns).

Specials: I can't remember the last game when the power play and the penalty kill played as well as they did collectively tonight. Yes, the Canadiens' first goal was on the power play, but overall the Devils did a very good job killing penalties and the power play -- well, it looked like an actual power play. Not counting the fourth PP (which was cancelled out in seconds by Marek Zidlicky), the Devils scored on two of the three other times they had the man advantage. I'm not saying this was a banner night for the power play or the PK individually, but for the first time in a while, the Devils had both units clicking pretty well and it allowed them to get an early lead and then protect that advantage. Depending on what they do in the offseason, the Devils could have a much stronger power play next season once they have a full training camp to learn Matt Shaw's shoot-shoot-shoot system. For now, I think we'll all settle for consistent play in the final couple of games.

Notes: The Devils came out with a ton of energy and really attacked the Canadiens right off the opening draw. It can't be overstated how important that was. For one, it got the crowd into a basically meaningless game. Also, it put a struggling Habs team on its heels immediately. Montreal never had a chance to get on track offensively until midway through the second period, which is usually what we see out of New Jersey. ... Obligatory note about the CBGB line because the CBGB line is awesome. ... In all seriousness, at least once a game Stephen Gionta makes a play that's just purely out of effort. He doesn't always get a goal or a scoring chance out of it, but six times out of 10, it creates a problem for the other team. ... Ilya Kovalchuk looked MUCH better tonight than he did the last two games. His shots and his passes were both crisper and looked much more in sync with the game tonight. ... Speaking of Kovy, thankfully he slid into his left shoulder during the third period -- who knows what would've happened if he'd hit his right shoulder. ... Great forecheck by Zubrus on the Josefson goal. ... Speaking of great -- how about that pass/shot by Marek Zidlicky and the deflection by Steve Sullivan on the Devils' third goal? That's some beautiful hockey right there. ... Brandon Prust continues to endear himself to Devils fans with every passing game. ... It was a small moment, but Zajac had an awesome stickcheck from behind midway through the third period that stopped a Canadiens player (can't remember who it was) from getting a wide-open shot on net. Those are the little things he does defensively that'll make him so valuable once/if he gets his offensive game on track consistently. ... Finally, I loved how the Devils dominated the puck in the first period. I know I noted it to start this section, but it really was impressive. Every time the Devils got the puck, it seemed like they held it for 30 to 40 seconds at a time, often in the neutral zone or the offensive zone. It's a big reason why they won this game.

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Dec 6, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center.  (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Dec 6, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Taylor Hall scored a goal, set up a go-ahead tally by Kyle Palmieri and delivered a crushing check that knocked Vancouver defenseman Philip Larsen out of the game to lift the New Jersey Devils over the Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Defenseman Ben Lovejoy also scored and Cory Schneider made 22 saves as New Jersey remained the NHL's only team not to lose at home in regulation.

This is the first time the Devils have gone 10 home games without losing in regulation - they began 8-0-1 in 1987-88. This was also their first win in regulation in the last 11 games.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri (13) in action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri (13) in action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

The Devils (11-7-6) take on the Vancouver Canucks (11-12-2) in Newark on Tuesday night.

According to STATS:

  • The Devils ended their four-game road trip with a 5-4 overtime win at the Predators on Saturday. New Jersey rallied to win from three goals down after two periods for the first time since October 12, 2006 against Toronto.
  • The Canucks won for the third time in their last four games with Saturday's 3-2 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs. It was Vancouver's first home win against an Eastern Conference opponent since October 20 versus Buffalo.
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New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)

The Vancouver Canucks had a rough start to the season. After winning their first four games, they lost nine straight and were shut out four times in the process.

But as the Canucks prepare to take on the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, there's much more hope than there was a month ago.

The Canucks are 7-4-1 in their past 12 games as the embark on a five-game trip that could push them closer to a playoff spot in the West. They are four points out of a wild-card spot, partly because of the weakened conference, but that doesn't matter to the players, who are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

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New Jersey Devils right wing Beau Bennett (8) plays the puck while being defended by Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils right wing Beau Bennett (8) plays the puck while being defended by Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have activated F Beau Bennett off Injured Reserve, while F John Quenneville has been assigned to Albany, the team announced on Tuesday.

The Devils placed Bennett on IR after the forward suffered a laceration to his leg in practice last week.

The 25-year old has one goal and six assists in 20 games this season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

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

Third period:

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

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

According to STATS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wood was at practice with the team Monday morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Period

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

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

According to STATS...

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

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

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

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

According to STATS...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to STATS:

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

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

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

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

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

First Period

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

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

According to STATS...

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

Second Period: 

Third Period: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

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

According to STATS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to STATS...

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

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

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

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(Ed Mulholland)

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

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

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

According to STATS...

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

According to STATS...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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