Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

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 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."

Tags: Minnesota Wild
Read More

 (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.

Read More

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:

Tags: Taylor Hall, Vancouver Canucks
Read More

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.

Tags: Calgary Flames

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).
Read More

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. 


Devils forward Mike Cammalleri and Edmonton defenseman Adam Larssen (6) chase a loose puck. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)
Devils forward Mike Cammalleri and Edmonton defenseman Adam Larssen (6) chase a loose puck. (Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

Leon Draisaitl scored 1:50 into overtime to give the Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Devils Thursday night in Edmonton. The Devils surrendered two one-goal leads in the loss. 

Read More

The Florida Panthers celebrate a goal by Florida Panthers right wing Reilly Smith during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
The Florida Panthers celebrate a goal by Florida Panthers right wing Reilly Smith during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils lost to the Florida Panthers, 3-0, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:55 FLA Reilly Smith (power play); Assists: Jussi Jokinen, Vincent Trocheck

Second period:

  • N/A

Third period:

  • 18:55 FLA Jussi Jokinen (ENG)
  • 19:44 FLA Vincent Trocheck (ENG); Assist: Keith Yandle
Tags: Florida Panthers
Read More

Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the first period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the first period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Letestu scored on a power-play goal 3:59 into overtime to lead the Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Devils Saturday in Newark.

Read More

 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

On June 29 last summer, the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils rocked the hockey world with a bold trade of former first-round draft picks, Taylor Hall and Adam Larsson.

Now, more than six months later, Hall and the Devils (16-17-7) will face Larsson and the Oilers (20-13-7) for the first time since that mega deal, when the teams clash Saturday night at the Prudential Center.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers
Read More

Jan 6, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils induct former Devils owner Dr John J. McMullen into their Ring of Honor prior to the start of the NHL game between the New Jersey Devils and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils induct former Devils owner Dr John J. McMullen into their Ring of Honor prior to the start of the NHL game between the New Jersey Devils and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Former New Jersey Devils owner John McMullen is the first member of the team's Ring of Honor.

The man who brought the NHL to New Jersey in 1982 was posthumously inducted before the Devils' game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night at the Prudential Center.

Read More

Jan 6, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal on New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal on New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

  • 9:26 TOR Nazem Kadri (Power Play); Assists: James van Riemsdyk, Nikita Zaitsev
  • 13:17 TOR Connor Brown (SH, unassisted)
  • 14:40 TOR Auston Matthews; Assists: Zach Hyman, Jake Gardiner
  • 15:15 TOR Tyler Bozak (Power Play); Assists: Nazem Kadri, Mitchell Marner

Third Period 

  • 16:36 NJD P.A. Parenteau (Power Play); Assists: Adam Henrique, Damon Severson
  • 17:31 NJD Jon Merrill; Assists: Miles Wood, Devante Smith-Pelly
  •  

Recap: Nazem Kadri sparked Toronto's four-goal first period with a power-play score, and the red-hot Maple Leafs beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Friday night. >> Read more


Next Game: The Devils come back on Saturday night and take on the Oilers at home at 7 p.m. 


Oct 18, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) skates with the puck as Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) chases during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 18, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) skates with the puck as Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie (37) chases during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Devils captain Andy Greene is missing his first regular-season game since 2012.

The 34-year-old defenseman sustained an upper-body injury in the Devils' game at Carolina on Tuesday night, when he was struck on the left wrist by a Jordan Staal shot. He had played in 350 consecutive games dating to March 6, 2012.

Read More

Jan 2, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) plays the puck past Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 2, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) plays the puck past Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Devils beat the Maple Leafs at home, 5-4, in a shootout on November 23. New Jersey has won six of its 10 games played versus Toronto since the start of the 2013-14 season, with all four losses coming in shootouts; six of the 10 games, overall, were decided by a shootout.
  • The Maple Leafs lost, 6-5, in overtime at Washington on Tuesday, snapping their five-game win streak in the process. The five goals scored by Toronto were its most in any loss this season.
Read More

The Devils' Seth Helgeson knocks down the Kings' Jordan Nolan (71) in the first period in the teams' Feb. 14 matchup in New Jersey. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
The Devils' Seth Helgeson knocks down the Kings' Jordan Nolan (71) in the first period in the teams' Feb. 14 matchup in New Jersey. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils have called up defenseman Seth Helgeson, the team announced Thursday.

Helgeson has played two games in the NHL this season, taking five penalty minutes for a fight against the Flyers. 

In 43 NHL games, Helgeson has three points and a minus-1 rating. 


New Jersey Devils center Reid Boucher (12) celebrates his goal during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils center Reid Boucher (12) celebrates his goal during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

Update (Jan. 4)

12:25PM: The Vancouver Canucks have claimed F Reid Boucher off waivers, the Devils confirmed on Wednesday.

Previous Reports (Jan. 3)

12:15PM: The Devils have placed F Reid Boucher on waivers, the team announced on Tuesday.

Boucher appeared in 12 games for New Jersey this season, recording one goal and two assists.

The Devils selected the 23-year old forward in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tags: Reid Boucher
Read More

Jan 3, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) stops the first period shot against Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan (33) at PNC Arena. (James Guillory (USA Today))
Jan 3, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) stops the first period shot against Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan (33) at PNC Arena. (James Guillory (USA Today))

Adam Henrique, Michael Cammalleri and Kyle Palmieri each had a goal and an assist, leading the New Jersey Devils over the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Carolina ended an 11-game home points streak (10-0-1), and the Devils clinched the four-game season series. New Jersey has defeated the Hurricanes twice in regulation and once in overtime in three meetings.

Devils goalie Cory Schneider made 29 saves a night after shutting out the visiting Boston Bruins.

Devils defenseman Andy Greene, who was skating in his 350th consecutive NHL game, was hit in the eye with a puck off the stick of Jordan Staal at 18:13 of the first period and did not return. 

Tags: Adam Henrique, Damon Severson, Kyle Palmieri
Read More

New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils (15-16-7) look to win their second consecutive game as they take on the Hurricanes (16-13-7) in Carolina on Tuesday.

According to STATS:

  • New Jersey beat Boston, 3-0, last night at Prudential Center, winning for the second time in its last three tilts, and recording its second shutout in the last six contests (had zero shutouts in first 32 games of the season). The Devils have netted three or more goals just 13 times in 2016-17 -- tied with Buffalo for fewest in the Eastern Conference.
  • Carolina dropped a 3-1 decision in Tampa on New Year's Eve, falling to 2-7-2 on the road since Thanksgiving. The Hurricanes are just 1-11-4 (.188) when allowing three or more goals in 2016-17 -- worst in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Devils have taken both meetings with the Canes this season, 4-1 at PNC Arena on November 6, and 2-1 in a shootout at Prudential Center on November 8. Dating to the beginning of 2014-15, these clubs have split their last six tilts in Raleigh, each skating off with three wins.
  • P.A. Parenteau lit the lamp last night, giving him three goals in his last four games, and six in his last 10 skates overall (had five goals in first 26 games of the season). Parenteau has three points (2g, 1a) in his last three games vs. the Canes.
  • Sebastien Aho scored Carolina's lone goal Saturday night, giving him three points (1g, 2a) during his current career-long three-game scoring streak, and 20 points on the season overall. All seven of Aho's markers this season have come at even-strength.
  • New Jersey is 3-2-2 in the second of back-to-back tilts this season. Tonight's game marks the 14th time Carolina will take on a team in the second of back-to-backs in 2016-17 -- most of any team in the league (Canes are 7-5-1 in first 13 such matches).

© 2017 by STATS.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes

The New Jersey Devils during practice on media day for the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)
The New Jersey Devils during practice on media day for the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)

The Devils will honor their former owner John McMullen by making him the first inductee into the team's new Ring of Honor prior to Friday's game against Toronto.

McMullen purchased the Colorado Rockies franchise in 1982 and moved them to the Meadlowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the following season where they became the New Jersey Devils.

The most important move made by McMullen, and possibly the most significant personnel decision in the franchise's history, was the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as the team's president in 1987. 

Read More

New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) celebrates his goal during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) celebrates his goal during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The New Jersey Devils are feeling relatively good about how they're playing, while the Carolina Hurricanes are dealing with the afterglow of a feel-good story.

The Metropolitan Division rivals meet Tuesday night at PNC Arena.

The Devils bring a stretch of two victories in three games into the tilt after defeating the visiting Boston Bruins 3-0 on Monday night. The team is still trying to make up from a miserable stretch earlier in the season.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes
Read More

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save during the first period of their game against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save during the first period of their game against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils beat the Boston Bruins, 3-0, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 4:12 NJ P.A. Parenteau; Assists: Taylor Hall, Steven Santini

Second period:

  • N/A

Third period:

  • 1:44 NJ Sergey Kalinin; Assists: Jon Merrill, Miles Wood
  • 18:02 NJ Hall (empty net); Assist: Kalinin
Tags: Boston Bruins, Jon Merrill, P.A. Parenteau, Sergey Kalinin, Taylor Hall
Read More

The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils (14-16-7) will look to start the new year off with a win on Monday as they take on the Bruins (20-15-4) in Newark.

According to STATS:

  • The Bruins won their first meeting with the Devils this season, 2-1, in October. Boston owns a 17-4-0 record against New Jersey since the beginning of 2010-11, which includes a 7-3-0 record in New Jersey.
  • Boston finished 2016 with two wins against Buffalo, 4-2 on the road Thursday and 3-1 at home Saturday. The Bruins have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine road games (4-1-4 record).
  • Patrice Bergeron scored a goal in both of the Bruins' games against the Sabres after scoring just two goals in his previous 19 games. The Bruins are 6-1-0 in games when Bergeron nets a goal this season.
  • New Jersey lost at home to Washington on New Year's Eve, 6-2, and finished December with a 4-9-2 (.333) record. That was the worst record by an Eastern Conference team last month.
  • The Devils allowed six goals to the Capitals Saturday and have now allowed five or more goals in seven games this season. The only NHL team with more is Colorado (10).
  • Travis Zajac leads the Devils with 24 points this season. New Jersey is one of just two NHL teams that does not have a skater with at least 25 points this season (Arizona is the other).

© 2017 by STATS.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Travis Zajac

 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The season started so promisingly for the New Jersey Devils. They were 9-3-3 and didn't suffer a regulation home loss until Dec. 9, a sign that they may have been ready to improve on last season's middling results.

But as they welcome the Boston Bruins to Prudential Center on Monday to start 2017, the Devils have lost 10 and 12 are coming off a 6-2 blowout loss to the Washington Capitals at home.

"Every team in this conference is a challenge for us, and everyone is playing good hockey, including the Bruins," Devils winger Luke Gazdic. "So, we need to execute better than we have and cut down on our mistakes. We will definitely be better (than Saturday). I can promise you there will be a better effort on Monday."

Tags: Boston Bruins
Read More

New Jersey Devils defensemen John Moore (2) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1. (James Guillory)
New Jersey Devils defensemen John Moore (2) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1. (James Guillory)

Latest Update

6:52 p.m.: The Devils announced they placed defenseman John Moore on injured reserve with a concussion. 

Previous Reports

Moore will be released from the hospital after taking a big hit during the Devils' loss on Saturday, according to multiple reports

Playing the puck behind his own net, Moore was hit by Capitals forward Tom Wilson 3:10 into the first period. Moore, who hit his head on the glass, was taken off the ice on a stretcher and borught to a nearby hospital. 

Read More

Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) make a pad save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blackhawks won 3-2 in overtime. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid (1) make a pad save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blackhawks won 3-2 in overtime. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 2:36 WSH Brett Connolly; Assists: Andre Burakovsky, Brooks Orpik
  • 19:01 WSH Jay Beagle; Assists: Brooks Orpik, Daniel Winnik

Second Period

  • 6:53 NJD Kyle Palmieri (unassisted) 
  • 11:05 WSH T.J. Oshie; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
  • 11:38 WSH Alex Ovechkin; Assists: Matt Niskanen, T.J. Oshie
Tags: Washington Capitals
Read More

Dec 27, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates his goal on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (not pictured) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 27, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) celebrates his goal on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (not pictured) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils finish off a home-and-home series with the Capitals on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Prudential Center.

According to STATS...

  • Washington lost, 2-1 in a shootout, versus New Jersey on Thursday. The Capitals have killed off 27 of the last 28 opponent power plays (over the last 8 games).
  • New Jersey beat Washington, 2-1 in a shootout, on Thursday despite being outshot 44-27. The victory snapped a six-game road losing streak (0-5-1) for New Jersey.
Tags: Washington Capitals
Read More

New Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid prepares to make a save on Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid prepares to make a save on Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Jacob Josefson and Mike Cammalleri scored in the shootout and Keith Kinkaid made 43 saves as New Jersey ended a seven-game road losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Capitals Thursday in Washington. 

Read More

Washington's Alex Ovechkin shoots the puck against the Devils last season. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington's Alex Ovechkin shoots the puck against the Devils last season. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils visit the Capitals at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Washington.

Read More

 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

The Devils have activated F Jacob Josefson (concussion) off IR, the team announced Thursday.

He had been placed on IR on Dec. 22, retroactive to Dec. 17, 

D Seth Helgeson was called up from Albany of the AHL to take Josefson's spot on the roster.

Josefson, 25, has zero goals and two assists in 14 games this season.

Tags: Jacob Josefson, Seth Helgeson

 (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)
(Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

DevilsC Vern Fiddler will be out for three-to-four weeks due to a lower body injury, the team announced Wednesday.

LW Taylor Hall, who suffered a mouth injury during Tuesday night's game, will be out of the lineup Thursday night due to a lower body injury that is not related to his recent knee surgery. He's listed as day-to-day.

Fiddler, 36, has one goal and two assists in 35 games this season.

Hall, 25, has eight goals and 15 assists in 27 games.

Tags: Taylor Hall

Dec 27, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the first period at Prudential Center.  (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Dec 27, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Marc-Andre Fleury had 21 saves as the Penguins beat the Devils for the second time in five nights, and the third time in three games this season. Carl Hagelin and Bryann Rust added insurance goals in the third period for Pittsburgh, 10-1-2 this month.

PA Parenteau and Adam Henrique scored for the slumping Devils, who are 1-8-1 in their last 10. Cory Schneider had 22 saves.

Read More

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 (13-14-7) welcome the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins (22-8-5) to Newark on Tuesday.

According to STATS:

  • The Penguins defeated the Devils, 4-1, on Friday night at PPG Paints Arena, improving to 9-1-2 (.833) in 12 games this month -- currently their best record in any December all-time. Pittsburgh has won 10+ games in December four times in franchise history (last time: 11-3-0 in December 2013).
  • Including Friday night's setback, the Devils have scored two or fewer goals in eight of their last nine tilts. New Jersey has -18 goal differential this month -- worst in the Eastern Conference and third worst in the league overall.
  • Pittsburgh has won both meetings with New Jersey in 2016-17, each win coming at PPG Paints Arena. The Devils are 7-1-1 in their last nine home games vs. the Pens.
  • Sidney Crosby lit the lamp Friday night, scoring a goal for the third straight game, and for an NHL-high 24th time in 2016-17. Crosby, who has a marker in each of his two skates against the Devils this season, is looking to pot a goal in three straight games vs. New Jersey for the first time in his NHL career.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored the Devils' lone goal Friday night, and has now lit the lamp in back-to-back skates for the first time of the season. Palmieri has four markers and a helper during his current four-game point streak vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh is the only team in the league to boast three 30+ point skaters in 2016-17 (Malkin -- 39, Crosby -- 38, Kessel -- 34).

© 2016 by STATS.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) looks on during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) looks on during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)

The three-day Christmas holiday break in the past, the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils return to action Tuesday night at the Prudential Center to finish a home-and-home set that began with a 4-1 Penguins win in Pittsburgh last Friday.

That victory helped the Penguins (22-8-5) continue their impressive month of December. Pittsburgh has recorded at least one point in all but one of the 12 games it has played this month. The Penguins are 9-1-2 in December, a record that includes a season-high seven-game winning streak from Dec. 1-Dec. 14.

On the other side, Friday's result saw the Devils (13-14-7) continue their struggles this month. New Jersey, which had snapped a seven-game losing skid with a 4-0 home-ice win over the Philadelphia Flyers last Thursday, is just 3-7-2 in December.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins
Read More

New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu (33) moves the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu (33) moves the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)

The Devils have recalled D Yohann Auvitu from Albany, according to Andrew Gross of The Record.

Playing in his first NHL season, Auvitu has appeared in 23 games for the Devils this year. The 5-foot-11 defenseman has two goals and two assists.

After beginning his career overseas, Auvitu signed a one-year entry-level contract with New Jersey in May.

 


Dec 23, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Luke Gazdic (20) and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) chase the puck during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 4-1. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 23, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Luke Gazdic (20) and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) chase the puck during the second period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Penguins won 4-1. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils have assigned forward Luke Gazdic and defenseman Seth Helgeson to the AHL, the team announced Saturday. 

In four games in the NHL this season, Gazdic did not record a point. 

Helgeson has not registered a point in two games this year. 

No corresponding move has been announced by the team. 


Dec 23, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (not pictured) scores against New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) for a power play goal as Pens center Evgeni Malkin (71) looks on during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 23, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (not pictured) scores against New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) for a power play goal as Pens center Evgeni Malkin (71) looks on during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

  • 11:00 PIT Sidney Crosby (Power Play); Assists: Justin Schultz, Phil Kessel

Second Period 

  • 4:13 PIT Eric Fehr
Read More

 (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)
(Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils head to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins on Friday night at 7 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • New Jersey defeated Philadelphia, 4-0, at Prudential Center last night, snapping its seven-game losing streak, and recording the club's first shutout of the season. The Devils scored twice on the power play for the third time of the season last night (3-0-0 record in those games).
  • Pittsburgh was blown out, 7-1, by Columbus at Nationwide Arena last night, losing for the first time in regulation this month (Pens were 8-0-2 in first 10 games in December). The Penguins have allowed seven or more goals twice in 2016-17 (tied for most of any team in the league).
Read More

Dec 22, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a glove save during the third period at Prudential Center.  (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Dec 22, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a glove save during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

New Jersey ended a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1) Thursday night by shutting out the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0, New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider needed to make only 16 saves. The Devils responded to pregame criticism by general manager Ray Shero, the former Penguins GM, and coach John Hynes.

"Play harder. Really. Play (bleeping) harder," Hynes told his players, as reported by The Record.

They did, too. Now the Devils (13-13-7) will try to do so for a second successive night.

Read More

New Jersey's Seth Helgeson and Philadelphia's Dale Weise (22) fight during the first period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey's Seth Helgeson and Philadelphia's Dale Weise (22) fight during the first period. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

NEWARK, N.J. -- Cory Schneider made 16 saves in his first shutout of the season, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Thursday night to stop a seven-game losing streak.

P.A. ParenteauMiles WoodAdam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri scored for New Jersey, which won for the first time since defeating Vancouver 3-2 on Dec. 6.

The shutout was the 22nd of Schneider's career, and first in 45 games. His previous one occurred on Jan. 16 last season, a 2-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes

Read More

New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) skates during a break in the action during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) skates during a break in the action during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils (12-13-7) battle against the Flyers (20-11-4) in Newark on Thursday.

According to STATS:

  • Philadelphia beat Washington, 3-2, in a shootout last night, snapping a two-game losing streak, and improving to 11-1-1 in its last 13 tilts overall. The Flyers are 20-11-4 in 2016-17 -- it took them 43 games to garner win No. 20 last season (did so on January 17).
  • The Devils were shellacked, 5-1, at home by the Predators on Tuesday night, and have now dropped seven straight games overall (0-6-1 record). New Jersey has allowed at least five goals five times in its last 13 contests -- tied with Anaheim for most of any NHL club since Thanksgiving.
  • Tonight marks the first of five meetings between the Flyers and Devils in 2016-17. The road team won each of the four tilts in the 2015-16 season series.
  • Claude Giroux lit the lamp unassisted last night, snapping his five-game goalless streak, and giving him 10 markers on the season. Giroux has six points (1g, 5a) during his current three-game scoring streak vs. the Devils.
  • Andy Greene and Damon Severson both assisted on Sergey Kalinin's first goal of the season Tuesday night. New Jersey has gotten just 36 helpers from its blueliners this season -- second fewest of any NHL club.
  • The Flyers are 6-1-1 (.813) in the second of back-to-back games this season -- second best in the league. The Devils are 3-2-2 when facing teams in the second of back-to-backs in 2016-17.

© 2016 by STATS.

Tags: Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) makes a pad save against the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) makes a pad save against the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)

When the 2016-17 NHL season started, it was expected that the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils would find themselves battling one another for playoff positioning within the competitive Metropolitan Division.

Nearly three months into the season, though, the Flyers (20-11-4) are on much more solid ground than the Devils (12-13-7), due in large part to recent streaks that have taken the teams in opposite directions.

Philadelphia won ten games in a row from Nov. 27 through Dec. 14, a run which catapulted the Flyers into a comfortable Wild Card position after an uneven 9-10-3 start to the season.

Tags: Philadelphia Flyers
Read More

Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith (15) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Kyle Quincey (22) compete for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Newark, N.J. (Julio Cortez)
Nashville Predators right wing Craig Smith (15) and New Jersey Devils defenseman Kyle Quincey (22) compete for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Newark, N.J. (Julio Cortez)

James Neal scored twice in the first period, Juuse Saros stopped 27 shots and the Nashville Predators beat the New Jersey Devils 5-1 Tuesday night. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:42 Nsh James Neal; Assists: Viktor Arvidsson, Mattias Ekholm
  • 7:15 Nsh James Neal; Assists: Roman Josi, Viktor Arvidsson

Second period:

Read More

New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) skates with the puck in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers)

The Devils (12-12-7) welcome the Nashville Predators (14-12-5) to Newark on Tuesday night.

According to STATS:

  • Each of the last two meetings between these teams has been won 5-4 in overtime by the Devils in Nashville. The second of those games came on December 3, when New Jersey came from three goals down in the third period to force the extra period.
  • New Jersey has lost a season-high six straight games (0-5-1), including all four games of its recently-completed road trip (0-3-1). The Devils are 4-11-5 on the road this season but 8-1-2 at home -- third best in the NHL.
  • The Devils are one of three NHL teams without a 10-goal scorer this season, along with the Coyotes and Sabres. Michael Cammalleri leads the team with nine goals.
  • Nashville has gone to a shootout in each of its last two games, falling 2-1 to the Rangers Saturday before a 2-1 win in Philadelphia last night. It was the Predators' first shootout win of the season (1-3 record).
  • Filip Forsberg has four goals this season after leading Nashville with 33 last season. His decrease in goals per game (0.40 to 0.13, -0.27) is the second largest in the NHL (Shane Doan, Ari, -0.30; min. 0.5 G/Team G both seasons).
  • Cory Schneider is 8-0-1 in nine home starts this season, with a 2.28 GAA and .920 save percentage.

© 2016 by STATS.

Tags: Nashville Predators

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)

Two teams that have had similar home and road splits this season meet Tuesday night when the New Jersey Devils host the Nashville Predators at the Prudential Center.

The Devils are happy to be back home, where they own an impressive 8-1-2 record. They just concluded a winless four-game road trip (0-3-1) on Sunday with a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers, dropping their road mark to an unsightly 4-11-5.

"(Sunday) was a step forward for us because recently we've lacked a good compete level for a full 60 (minutes) on the road, but (Sunday) night we had that," said Devils rookie forward Miles Wood, who scored a goal and led the team with six shots on goal against the Rangers.

Tags: Nashville Predators
Read More

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau battle for a loose puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils allowed a late game-tying goal to Derek Stepan and lost to the New York Rangers in a shootout, 3-2, Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

Tags: Adam Henrique, Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Damon Severson, Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Klein, Kyle Palmieri, Mats Zuccarello, Mike Cammalleri, P.A. Parenteau, Ryan McDonagh, Taylor Hall
Read More

Ottawa's Derick Brassard faces off against the Devils' Vernon FiddlerSaturday. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)
Ottawa's Derick Brassard faces off against the Devils' Vernon FiddlerSaturday. (Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports)

Derrick Brassard broke a tie 1:14 into the second period and Ottawa went on to a 3-1 victory over the Devils Saturday, handing New Jersey its fifth consecutive loss.

Read More

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 head to Ottawa to take on the Senators at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils swept the season series versus the Senators last season by winning all three of their games versus Ottawa, the first time New Jersey has swept the season series since going 4-0-0 versus the Senators in 2008-09. The Devils have won each of their last three road games versus the Senators.
  • The Devils extended their losing streak to four games by falling, 5-2, at St. Louis on Thursday, tied for New Jersey's longest losing streak of the season. The Devils have been outscored, 19-5, during their current losing streak.
Tags: Ottawa Senators
Read More

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)

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators lost their first-line left winger and third-leading scorer when Mike Hoffman was suspended by the league for two games Friday afternoon.

Ottawa will be hoping a guy like Bobby Ryan can pick up the slack when the New Jersey Devils visit Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night for the first of three games between the teams this season.

Tags: Ottawa Senators
Read More
Login with Facebook Login with Twitter Login with SNY.tv