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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.

Tags: Alex Urbom, Andrei Loktionov, Brandon Prust, BRYCE SALVADOR, Canadiens, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Habs, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stephen Gionta, TRAVIS ZAJAC

New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) skates with the puck up ice.  (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) skates with the puck up ice. (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

Second period:

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

Third period:

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Period:

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

Second Period:

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

Third Period:

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

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

According to STATS: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Mike Cammalleri

 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

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

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

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

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

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


Second period:

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

Third period

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

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

According to STATS:

  • The Senators fell to 3-4-1 in their last eight games with Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Sabres. Ottawa has been held without a power-play goal in a season-high five straight games, going 0-for-12 since February 4.
  • The Devils improved to 4-1-1 over their last six games with a 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Tuesday. New Jersey leads the Eastern Conference with a 42.9 power-play percentage in February (6-for-11).
Tags: Cory Schneider, Kyle Palmieri
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New Jersey Devils right wing Beau Bennett (8) shoots the puck on Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during the first period at the BB&T Center. (Jasen Vinlove)
New Jersey Devils right wing Beau Bennett (8) shoots the puck on Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during the first period at the BB&T Center. (Jasen Vinlove)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

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

Third period:

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

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

According to STATS...

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

First Period

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

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

According to STATS...

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur waves to the crowd before dropping the ceremonial first puck at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
Former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur waves to the crowd before dropping the ceremonial first puck at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

According to STATS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to STATS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Period 

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

Second Period 

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

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

According to STATS:

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

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

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

According to STATS...

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

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


First period:

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

Second period:

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

Third period:

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

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

According to STATS:

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports Images)
(Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils will not change their logo or red-and-black color scheme next season, according to the Bergen Record's Andrew Gross.

Amid speculation about possible changes to the Devils logo and jerseys, Gross writes the Devils will have a similar identity next season even though Adidas will take over for Reebok next season.

The Devils did not comment on next season's jerseys, according to Gross.

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider and defenseman Damon Severson defend against Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter during the first period at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider and defenseman Damon Severson defend against Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter during the first period at Rogers Arena. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils beat the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, in overtime Sunday at Rogers Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

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Jan 13, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) stops a shot from the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 13, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) stops a shot from the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 6:22 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Jon Merrill, Travis Zajac
  • 18:31 NJD Taylor Hall; Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Karl Stollery 

Second Period

  • 14:04 CGY Sean Monahan; Assists: Dougie Hamilton, Kris Versteeg

Next Game: The Devils continue their road trip on Sunday with matchup at the Canucks at 7 p.m.

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

The Devils take on the Flames in Calgary at 9 p.m. on Friday night. 

According to STATS...

  • New Jersey dropped a 3-2 overtime decision in Edmonton last night, losing its fourth straight game, and falling to 4-11-3 (.306) since December 8 -- second worst in the league (Colorado -- 4-12-0, .250). The Devils have scored two or fewer goals 29 times in 2016-17 (tied with Arizona for most in the NHL).
  • Calgary beat San Jose, 3-2, at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night, and enter tonight's tilt on a season-high tying four-game home winning streak. The Flames are 9-3-0 in their last 12 home games overall (3-7-0 in first 10 home tilts of the season).
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Apr 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson (16) shoots against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson (16) shoots against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils have activated forward Jacob Josefson off injured reserve and sent forward Nick Lappin to the AHL, the team announced Friday. 

Josefson was placed on IR earlier in January with all illness after battling with a concussion in late December. 

In 35 games with the Devils this year, Lappin had seven points (four goals, three assists) and a minus-10 rating. 

Josefson has just two points in 16 games. 

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