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

Drew Stafford scored the game-winning goal in the third quarter to lead the Devils to a 2-1 win over the Rangers on Saturday at the Prudential Center. >> Read more


First Period 

  • No goals 

Second Period

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

Jesper Bratt scored two goals in the third period and Keith Kinkaid saved 28 of 29 shots to help the Devils defeat the Canadiens, 4-1, on Thursday at the Bell Centre. >> Read more

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New Jersey Devils right wing Nick Lappin (36) and New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) fight for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Nick Lappin (36) and New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) fight for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports)

With four seconds left in overtime, Filip Chytil scored to give the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Devils on Wednesday night. >> Read more

First Period 

  • 15:54 NYR: Kevin Hayes (Power Play); Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Shattenkirk

Second Period

  • 4:11 NJD: Pavel Zacha; Assists: Drew Stafford, Miles Wood
  • 4:32 NYR: Chris Kreider; Assist: Mats Zuccarello
  • 7:15 NJD: Brian Gibbons (Power Play); Assists: Drew Stafford, Jimmy Hayes
  • 10:16 NYR: David Desharnais; Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Kreider
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Brian Boyle (24) carries the puck during the warm up in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals at Air Canada Centre. Washington defeated Toronto 5-4. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Brian Boyle (24) carries the puck during the warm up in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals at Air Canada Centre. Washington defeated Toronto 5-4. (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Devils C Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, the team announced on Tuesday.

Devils GM Ray Shero said the cancer was found through routine bloodwork at the beginning of the team's training camp. Boyle has missed practice throughout the week.

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New Jersey Devils center Marcus Johansson skates during the pregame warmups for the NHL preseason game between the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Marcus Johansson skates during the pregame warmups for the NHL preseason game between the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils blew out the Washington Capitals, 4-1, on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more

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The Devils re-signed D Damon Severson to a six-year, $25 million contract, GM Ray Shero announced Monday.

Severson, 23, has spent his first three NHL seasons with the Devils, who now have him under contract until the 2022-23 season. 

"Damon brings an important dimension to our hockey club and he is a young defenseman that we are excited to work with," Shero said. "This deal shows our ownership's commitment in what we continue to build here. We look forward to helping Damon continue to grow and develop as a player."

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Denver Pioneers defenseman Will Butcher (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Denver Pioneers defenseman Will Butcher (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils agreed to a two-year entry deal worth $925,000 annually with former University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher, the team announced Sunday.

Butcher, 22, became an unrestricted free agent earlier in the month when he chose not to sign with the Colorado Avalanche.

Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award last season after totaling seven goals and 30 assists. He recorded 28 goals and 75 assists in 158 career games with Denver. 

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(Winslow Townson)

The Devils have signed veteran winger Drew Stafford to a one-year deal. 

The deal is worth $800,000 as GM Ray Shero announced the signing on Friday. 

Stafford split time with the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets last season where he totaled eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points

The 31-year-old took a tremendous pay cut after making $4.35 million the past two seasons. He has totaled 400 points since joining the NHL in 2006.

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New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils have lost top center Travis Zajac for four to six months with a pectoral injury.

Devils executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero announced that Zajac had surgery to repair the pectoral muscle on Thursday.

Shero said the Zajac was hurt last week during offseason training. >> Read more

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

The Devils will retire Patrik Elias' No. 26 during a pregame ceremony on Feb. 24, the team announced Wednesday.

Elias underwent knee surgery prior to last season and looked to make a comeback bid to the ice, but decided to hang up his skates this March. He did not suit up during any game last year. 

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(Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Devils F Ilya Kovalchuk will likely make his return to the NHL in the 2018-19 season, per NJ.com's Chris Ryan. 

Kovalchuk expressed interest in returning to the NHL this season with the Devils granting him permission to seek a deal with other teams. However, he told Russia-24 TV that he will likely play one last season in the SKA before returning to the states. 

As Kovalchuk sought deals this season, the Devils were not opposed to making a sign-and-trade. However, GM Ray Shero said the deal had to make sense for the Devils. 

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Center Nico Hischier, chosen by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, puts on a jersey at the draft in Chicago. (AP)
Center Nico Hischier, chosen by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, puts on a jersey at the draft in Chicago. (AP)

The Devils have signed first overall pick Nico Hischier to a maximum entry-level three-year contract, Vice President/GM Ray Shero announced on Saturday.

Hischier's contract is worth $925,000 AAV and includes performance bonuses. The 18-year-old just completed New Jersey's Development Camp on Saturday, according to the team.

Hischier tallied 38 goals and 48 assists in 57 games for for Halifax (QMJHL) in 2016-17, which was the most among rookies. In the playoffs, Hischier scored three goals and had four assists. 

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Mar 19, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Devils 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Mar 19, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Devils 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Despite the Devils lacking on the defensive front last season, G Cory Schneider believes the group the team already has, per NJ.com's Chris Ryan. 

Instead of the defense needing to improve, Schneider thinks the goals allowed last season were his fault. He knows that if he plays his game, there is bound to be a drastic change.

"Defensively, we're returning a lot of the guys we had last year. Goal prevention may have been more of a me issue than a team defense issue," Schneider said. "If I can play the way I know I can, it will obviously clear up any holes for defensive issues we have. I trust our defensemen. They player hard last year, they played their hearts out. We expect the same from them this year."

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The number one overall pick in the NHL draft, Nico Hischier, talks with Justine Ward about his first practice with the New Jersey Devils.

The number one overall pick in the NHL draft, Nico Hischier, talks with Justine Ward about his first practice with the New Jersey Devils.


 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Devils newest F Marcus Johansson is embracing the role as an underdog with the Devils, and believes the team can surprise the league this season, per NJ.com's Chris Ryan. 

Johansson knows playoff hockey, having made the postseason in six seasons with the Washington Capitals including last year. Now, he is on the other side of the spectrum with the Devils searching for their first playoff berth since the 2011-12 season where they lost in the Stanley Cup Final. 

Though the Devils were 12 games under .500 last season, he thinks the team is on the right path toward winning this year. 

"It's something that's moving in the right direction I fee like, and I don't mind being an underdog here," Johansson said. "I think we have a great team and if we can just put all the pieces together, I think we can surprise some people."

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This offseason, the Devils allowed Beau Bennett to walk in free agency and bought out the contract of forward Mike Cammalleri

Bennett, a UFA, signed a one-year deal worth $650,000 with the Blues after leaving New Jersey. The Devils never really made a serious offer to Bennett, who notched 19 points in 65 games. 

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Devante Smith-Pelly (25) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Devante Smith-Pelly (25) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Capitals have agreed to terms with former Devil Devante Smith-Pelly on a one-year, two-way deal, the team announced. 

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Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils acquired forward Marcus Johansson from the Washington Capitals in exchange for 2018 second- and third-round picks.

Johansson, 26, recorded 24 goals and 34 assists in 82 games during the regular season and two goals and six assists in 13 playoff games for Washington.

A first-round pick in 2009, Johansson has 102 goals and 188 assists in 501 career NHL games.

The Devils will give up Florida's second-round pick and Toronto's third-round pick next season.

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(Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports)

The Kings are expected to sign LW Michael Cammalleri to a one-year, $1 million deal, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie

The Devils had placed Cammalleri and RW Devante Smith-Pelly on unconditional waivers, for the purpose of buying out their contracts, the team announced Friday.

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

The Devils have signed free agent F Brian Boyle to a two-year deal worth $6.1 million, according to Chris Ryan of NJ.com.

The 32-year-old forward, who played the final 21 games with the Maple Leafs last year, reportedly was interested in returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Between Toronto and Tampa Bay in 2016-17, Boyle recorded 13 goals and 12 assists in 75 games.

The former New York Ranger has notched 93 goals, 76 assists and a minus-20 in 624 NHL games. 

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The New Jersey Devils introduce their first overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, Nico Hischier, on Monday night

New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils extended qualifying offers to nine players, including defenseman Damon Severson and forward Blake Coleman, on Monday.

The Devils also extended offers to defenseman Vojtech Mozik, goaltender Scott Wedgewood and forwards Joseph BlandisiStefan NoesenBlake PietilaKevin Rooney and Ben Thomson.

Players have until July 15 to sign a contract with the team. They may sign an offer sheet with another team, but the Devils are given the right of first refusal or draft choice compensation.

The league's salary arbitration phase takes place from July 20 to Aug. 4.

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(David Banks)

The New Jersey Devils drafted 11 players in the 2017 NHL Draft, including two third round picks, two fifth round picks, and three seventh round picks.


Round 1, 1st overall pick: C Nico Hischier

Scouting report...

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

The Devils selected C Jesper Boqvist with the fifth pick in the second round of the NHL Draft on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago.

Boqvist had six assists in 16 games for Brynas IF in 2016-17 before moving to Timra IK, where he scored three goals and added nine assists in 19 games. In seven games of international competition at the IIHF U18 World Championship in 2016, he had two goals and an assist in seven games.

"The left-shot forward has great speed with offensive skill. Boqvist (6-0, 179) is a very good skater with good first-step quickness and balance," said Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com. "He's a skilled puck carrier, and effective in traffic."

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Center Nico Hischier, chosen by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, puts on a jersey at the draft in Chicago. (AP)
Center Nico Hischier, chosen by the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, puts on a jersey at the draft in Chicago. (AP)

The Devils selected Swiss center Nico Hischier with the No. 1 pick Friday night at the first NHL draft to ever be held in Chicago. Hischier, 18, had 38 goals and 86 points for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Legue last season.

He is the highest-drafted Swiss player in NHL history and is known for his speed and excellent skating ability. He is listed at 6 foot and 179 pounds. He won the Michael Bossy Trophy (Best Professional Prospect) and Michael Bergeron Trophy (Offensive Rookie of the Year) last year.

New Jersey is coming off a last-place finish with a 28-40-14 record last season. The Devils also have the No. 36 pick in this year's draft.

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The Devils will kick off their 2017-18 season against the Colorado Avalanche on October 7 at the Prudential Center. 

View the full schedule here.

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Mar 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) is checked by New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (7) in the second period at Nationwide Arena.  (Aaron Doster (USA Today))
Mar 7, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) is checked by New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (7) in the second period at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster (USA Today))

The Devils have lost defenseman Jon Merrill in the Expansion Draft to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. 

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The Devils announced they will play the Avalanche in their home opener on Oct. 7.

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New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

New Jersey Devils forwards Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall are among the nine players the team will protect in the NHL expension draft.

The Devils will also protect forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac, defensemen Andy Greene, John Moore, Mirco Mueller and Damon Severson, and goaltender Cory Schneider.

Goaltender Keith Kinkaid and forwards Michael Cammalleri and Devante Smith-Pelly are among the 24 players the Devils made available for the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who will submit their draft selections by 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

Las Vegas must choose one player from each team and must take a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.

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Though he has not ruled out the option, Devils general manager Ray Shero says he will "probably" hold on to the first overall pick in this year's NHL Draft, per NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale. 

Shero has been getting calls from teams interested in trading for the No. 1 overall selection, but he isn't returning them.

"I've gotten calls asking if there's interest moving down and other calls where it's been more specific and it's something to think about," Shero said. "But I haven't called them back. The idea is we'll probably be picking, but we're open to a lot of things."

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The New Jersey Devils have announced their 2017-2018 preseason schedule Monday morning.

The Devils preseason schedule consists of seven games, all against Eastern Conference opponents, with two home games and five road matchups, including one neutral-site "road" game.

New Jersey begins its preseason on Monday, September 18 at home against Washington. The Devils will then travel across the Hudson River to take on the Rangers on Wednesday, September 20, and to Montreal to face the Canadiens on September 21. 

The Devils then return home for another matchup against the Rangers on Saturday, September 23.

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(Eric Bolte)

Devils 2016 first-round pick, Michael McLeod, will look to improve his strength and conditioning to hopefully make it to the NHL this season, per Chris Ryan of NJ.com. 

The 19-year-old, who was selected 12th overall last year, is hoping to make the big leagues this season. To do so, director of amatuer scouting Paul Castron thinks he needs to hit the weights.

"I think the biggest part is the strength and conditioning," Castron said. "You don't necessarily need to rush that, sometimes it's just a maturing factor. Guys get older, they fill out. Sometimes guys rush that and get injured working out. You've got to put the time in the gym obviously, got to eat properfly and do all the little things right."

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

With the NHL Draft just a few weeks away, the Devils are contemplating which of the top prospects to take with the number one pick.

New Jersey is expected to select one of two centers with the first overall selection: Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier. Patrick is ranked No. 1 and Hischier No. 2 by Central Scouting, but many consider both prospects equally worthy of the top selection.

"They are different types of players," Devils general manager Ray Shero said to the New York Times.

Patrick was the captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. Although he missed more than half of the season due to injuries, Patrick finished the year with 20 goals and 26 assists in just 33 games. He truly put himself in the national spotlight during the 2015-2016 season, when he recorded 102 points in 72 games and led the Wheat Kings to the Memorial Cup (the championship of Canadian junior hockey), earning MVP honors for the playoffs.

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(Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports )

Devils general manager Ray Shero isn't losing sleep over the possible return of Ilya Kovalchuk to the NHL, according to Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com.

Kovalchuk has expressed interest in returning to the NHL, but with the Devils holding the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft later this month, Shero isn't focused on him at the moment.

"As far as I know, that's still the plan," Shero said at the NHL Scouting Combine Thursday. "Kovalchuk kind of drives the bus on this in terms of talking to teams or where he could want to play." 

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(Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)

The Devils have met with potential first overall pick, Nolan Patrick, at the NHL Scouting Combine, according to Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com.

The team met with the 18-year-old on the first day of the six-day combine, and Patrick said the meeting was straightforward.

"It was straightforward questioning, they were really friendly," Patrick said. "They asked at one point what was most important to me, being a top scorer or winning the game. That answer is pretty obvious: winning the game."

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

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

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(AP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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( Adam Hunger)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

Second period:

  • 10:18 DET Zetterberg; Assist: Nyquist

Third period:

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

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


First period

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

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

According to STATS: 

  • The Islanders beat the Hurricanes, 3-0, at PNC Arena on Thursday night, keeping their slim postseason hopes alive in the process. New York has won four straight games -- its longest win streak of the 2016-17 campaign.
  • New Jersey lost, 7-4, to Pittsburgh at Prudential Center on Thursday night, dropping to 1-5-2 in the last eight games overall. The seven goals scored by the Pens were the most allowed by the Devils in any game this season.
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Mar 19, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Devils 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Mar 19, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Devils 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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

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

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

Recap

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

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

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New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid makes a glove save during the first period of their game against the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid makes a glove save during the first period of their game against the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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


First Period

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Recap

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

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

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