The last time the Devils were in the midst of a lengthy losing streak, Pat Pickens and I got together and debated whether the Devils were in real trouble. Pat was a little more optimistic than me, although we both saw a chance for redemption. Then Ilya Kovalchuk got hurt and the Devils went off the rails. With eight games left, Pat and I faced a simple questions: Will the Devils make the playoffs? What follows is a quick answer to that question followed by a debate over why it happened, how to fix it and whether Pete DeBoer should be part of the solution or on the chopping block.

From: Corey Griffin

To: Pat Pickens

Subject: Point-Counterpoint

OK Pat, so after last night's loss, the Devils are four points out of the playoffs with eight games left. Out of the Islanders, who are in seventh, and the Rangers, who are in eight, the Devils only have a game in hand on the ninth-place Jets, who are two points ahead of them. They're also behind all three teams in both of the NHL's top playoff tiebreakers (points percentage and ROW).

So I ask you, will the Devils make the playoffs?

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From: Pat Pickens

To: Corey

I was asked this same question by one of my friends last night while the Bruins were ahead 4-2. I started with a "you know, it isn't out of the question because..." Then he told me to shutup and give him my answer.

And I had to say no.

Is it possible? Most definitely. The Devils will be able to control their own fate with a game Friday against the reeling Senators, plus two with the Rangers in the final week. They have games against the lowly Panthers and the Flyers. Would it stun me if they closed 7-1 and made the playoffs with 54 points? Absolutely not.

But, I don't think it's going to happen.

Ilya Kovalchuk's going to come back -- and that means goals are coming. New Jersey can build off a spirited comeback Wednesday night and take some good feeling into Friday's game. But, I think it's time to face reality. Bryce Salvador's likely out for the season, Anton Volchenkov will miss at least half of those eight, and even when Kovalchuk returns, he won't be 100 percent.

Devils fans have had a nice run of success through the Lamoriello years -- many have never endured a losing streak quite like this one. One can blame injuries -- or the abbreviated season -- for the Devils' circumstances. But at the end of the day, this team is not built to win this year. Zach Parise was this team's guts, and he's in Minnesota.

Plus, arithmetic is against the Devils. If the Devils go 7-1 in their final eight, the Rangers and Islanders need only to go 5-3 in their final eight to finish with 54 points and the tiebreaker.

I think New Jersey's only hope is that Ottawa continues to freefall, or the Isles suddenly come back to earth. But I don't see the Isles missing the playoff party.

What say ye, Corey? Is this Devils team top-eight bound.

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Medieval Times -- good times for everyone! Well, everyone that can drink.

Corey: First of all, "What say ye?" When did this become a discussion at Medieval Times? Where's my turkey leg and my cask of ale that tastes remarkably like Bud Light yet resides in an imposing tin mug? Also, for the record, I don't know about other people, but I had a damn great time at Medieval Times. I also had about eight of those casks, but that's besides the point. I don't understand why it gets such a bad rap. As long as there's people "jousting" and cold beer in large cups, I see no problem with it at all. Long live Medieval Times.

As for the Devils' playoff chances? They're somewhere between faint and "Can we just bleeping end this year already?!" The math is not in their favor as you pointed out and they've yet to prove to me they're capable of winning four out of five, let alone seven out of eight. Last night, a fan tweeted me that he's torn between wanting the season to end and wanting to make some extra money off re-selling his playoff tickets. I mean, that pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

People will look back on this season and cite the injuries and that's a fair point, but it's not the sole reason they're in this position. Lamoriello basically mothballed this season before it began, hoping to sneak with a chickenshit roster that was counting on at least one 20-goal-pace season out of the Jacob Josefson-Mattias Tedenby-Bobby Butler triumvirate. Think about how ridiculous that sounds in hindsight. Also, keep in mind the Devils were hoping for some sort of repeat of David Clarkson's 30-goal breakout while also banking on legit growth seasons from Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac, the latter of which had to do so without his binky and best friend, Zach Parise.

So no, the Devils will not make the playoffs and I think a lot of Devils fans, and the Devils themselves, are about to start looking for reasons why.

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Pat: What's crazy is the Devils' start warranted all that excitement -- they were 8-1-3, Clarkson was scoring goals en masse, the goaltending was great and all was fine.

I agree that Lamoriello deserves blame. DeBoer may take the fall for this, but he's playing the hand he is dealt. Butler was clearly a mistake. Tedenby and Josefson haven't even played.

With a shrinking salary cap and looming free agency for Elias and Clarkson, it's sad to think that it may get worse before it gets better.

As for Medieval Times, sadly we'll have to agree to disagree.

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Corey: One of the biggest problems for the Devils this season -- and it's one they're going to have to address entering next season -- is the lack of a true leader that sets the tone on the practice rink, during games when they're trailing and in the locker room. The Devils could've gotten by without Parise the player, but they never really replaced his attitude or his heart in the room or on the ice. I wrote last night that this team is fragile, which is a word Pete DeBoer used to describe his own team during the first period Wednesday. In today's NHL, it can't just be about the coach calling a timeout or striking the right tone during intermission. There needs to be a player in the room whose presence translates into the way the team responds to adversity. I get that Bryce Salvador is well-liked by his teammates, but he was never going to be that guy. Is Clarkson that guy? Maybe if he re-signs they can hand him the captain's "C" and make the Devils his team, but that's a major question mark entering this summer. What if Toronto opens the vaults for the hometown kid? What about the "mystery team" that is always lurking with every semi-big-time free agent?

You mention DeBoer possibly taking the fall for this, but I think that would be absolute idiocy. I think DeBoer is far from the problem with this team and his firing would be a massive mistake by Lou, who I think would be firing DeBoer to cover up his shoddy roster. I don't see this team tuning him out. In fact, I see the

opposite. When DeBoer calls timeouts, the Devils respond, like they did last night. When they enter the intermission and DeBoer talks to them between periods, they

respond. Slow starts? There's only so much a coach can do after giving his players scouting reports, video tape and the overall gameplan. At some point, it's up to the players to take ownership inside the room before the first period begins and find a way to play a solid first 20 minutes for more than one or two games at a time.

When the Devils miss the playoffs, this season might be disappointing but it's not wholly unexpected outside of Devils fans. If Pete DeBoer gets fired, this season will be an outright disaster.

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Are things still all good between Pete DeBoer, left, and Lou Lamoriello, right?

Pat: I wholeheartedly agree that firing DeBoer would be a huge mistake. In the, albeit limited, interactions I've had with him he seems to have a great demeanor, is a

standup guy and has his players' backs. Look no further than his willingness to take on John Tortorella during last year's playoffs as proof that DeBoer senses timing and knows when to push and lay off.

Still, would it be so unprecedented if Lou DID pull the plug? Robbie Ftorek, Kevin Constantine and Claude Julien would beg to differ.

I love your point about Parise. The Devils are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the second time in three years. What is the common denominator? No Parise.

I believe this is Kovalchuk's team, and he will be the "C" after this year. You could make the case that no team misses one skater worse than New Jersey misses Kovalchuk.

If I'd have told you before the year that the Devils would play a month without Brodeur and three weeks without Kovalchuk -- in a 48-game season -- would you think that team would even be in playoff contention?

Can we honestly view this year as anything more than an outlier? In a 48-game season last year, I don't think the Devils would've been a playoff team either.

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Corey: Honestly, I think if this were an 82-game season, the Devils would be in nearly the same position they're in now. They might be in seventh or eighth instead of 10th, but I still think they'd be a team in the bottom of the playoff picture fighting to make the postseason in the final weeks. For all the talk about the shortened season "wearing down" veterans, I think it would've been even more pronounced over a full 82-game campaign. With how banged up Bryce Salvador is right now, do you see him making it through a full season? How do you think Henrik Tallinder or Dainius Zubrus' bodies would respond to 82 games? I think this roster is a fringe playoff team whether they play 48, 65 or 82 games. Also, keep in mind that a player like Kovalchuk is clearly rushing back before he's healed before a shortened season. If this were a regular season, he'd likely miss at least a month to six weeks with this injury.

Yes, the injuries to Brodeur and Kovalchuk sabotaged what was an impressive start, but I think that start was the real outlier. It's also the only reason the Devils are still in contention. You can't tell me this team was a .600 or better hockey team like they were the first month of the season. Even when they're healthy, the Devils have been exposed for their flaws, which would've been exacerbated over a long stretch of games. In fact, I think the Devils are fairly similar to the Islanders in that respect. Over 82 games, there's more time for your inefficiencies and flaws to show, which would be the case with both of those clubs. Eventually the NHL will figure out they only have to respect Kovalchuk and pretty much no one else up front. Eventually the league would realize that you can blow by most of the Devils' defensemen. And eventually the NHL would come to find out that Brodeur can't go side to side as quickly as he once could and the Devils leave an awful lot of room open on the backside.

Yes, there would be advantages to this team playing a full season, like perhaps Travis Zajac and David Clarkson would find their offensive grooves for a decent stretch. But there's no way Patrik Elias would keep up his current scoring pace over 82 games, not with this supporting cast. The shortened season was probably a best-case scenario for the Devils and I think Lou knew that the team could compete within a restricted budget because of the lack of games. He obviously didn't count on losing his two stars for a combined two months, but they're only in the playoff chase because that hot streak gave them enough points early to weather injuries and their flaws becoming readily apparent.

In the end, this was an incomplete roster with an aging defensive corps coming off a bit of a miracle run last and losing its best player during free agency. How else could this have ended?

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Are young prospects like Reid Boucher the answer next season?

Pat: I think what this season -- 48, 65, 82 games -- exposed is that this team is OLD. They were among the oldest clubs a year ago, and this season exposed that. Injuries happen to old teams, and the Devils proved that.

I think Lamoriello will address that this offseason. He has to, right? Adam Larsson has to be able to play every night. Perhaps New Jersey would be wise to give Jon Merrill and Reid Boucher the opportunity to make the club out of camp next year. They've shown, albeit briefly, that they can compete in the AHL, maybe a youth infusion will inspire the veterans. It's been good historically for New Jersey -- look at 2000.

This team looks old, slow and uninspired. I know losing will do that -- especially losing a player like Kovalchuk -- but that's the Devils in 2013.

The benefit of this year could be the East doesn't seem to be open for a Devils-type run like last year was. Boston and Pittsburgh have separated themselves as the class of the East. Washington looks poised to strike. Even if the Devils get in, they're no better than a one-and-done team.

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Corey: I definitely agree that even if they make the postseason, it'll be a swift exit, likely at the hand of Pittsburgh. This team can't keep up with the Penguins or Bruins in a playoff series unless there's poor goaltending on the opponent's side or a herculean effort from New Jersey.

As for the offseason -- and next season -- I agree, a youth infusion would be wise, and I think that's what the Devils will get. I'd be shocked if Merrill and/or Boucher don't get at least a shot to make the team. But then even, they'll just be rookies. If the Devils replace Elias, Zubrus, Clarkson and Zidlicky with Boucher, Merrill and maybe Stefan Matteau, I'm not sure I see much of a wins increase next season. There will obviously be more in an 82-game slate than this year, but I don't see a markedly better team just because it's a younger team. The truth is that the foundation of this team likely missed it's window, at least with Brodeur in net. Next season will likely be a fringe playoff year based on the composition. But that's a debate for another day.

 

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Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban celebrates after a Predators goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)
Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban celebrates after a Predators goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

P.K. Subban is optimistic in his new team and what No. 1 pick Jack Hughes brings to the Devils.

A day after New Jersey acquired Subban in a trade with the Nashville Predators, Subban said he is looking forward to joining a team with playoff potential.

"My main objective is to come in and be a good mentor for the young guys, but I'm coming to win," Subban told the New York Post's Mollie Walker. "I'm not coming for participation, I want a Stanley Cup ring and I want to do that in New Jersey."

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Apr 22, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) in action during the game between the Stars and the Predators in game six of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Apr 22, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) in action during the game between the Stars and the Predators in game six of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Devils continue to load up on talent. 

One day after selecting Jack Hughes first overall in the NHL Draft, the Devils acquired defenseman P.K. Subban in a trade with the Nasvhille Predators, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN. 

The Devils will send defensemen Jeremy Davis and Steven Santini, plus a 2019 second-round pick and 2020 second-round pick to Nashville.

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The Devils selected center Jack Hughes with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.

He'll likely become the first-ever player to make the jump straight from the USA Hockey National Team Development Program to the NHL.

Here are six facts to know about the 18-year-old Hughes.

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Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; A general view of the draft floor and stage before the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports  (Jerome Miron)
Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; A general view of the draft floor and stage before the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

It wouldn't have mattered which team had the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft. Jack Hughes just wants to be the first player taken.

"You always dream of being No. 1," Hughes told reporters Friday at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo. "You don't dream of being two, three or four when you're a young kid."

But the 18-year-old American center isn't about to ruffle any feathers. Asked whether he'd look better in red or blue, with the Devils and Rangers holding the top two picks in the NHL Draft, Hughes said, "I think I'd look good in either."

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It was a rough season for the NHL's Hudson River Rivalry.

The Devils took a huge step back after making the playoffs in 2017-18, their 72 points the third-fewest in the league, while the Rangers were only six points better as they embarked on their first full season of their rebuild.

But next month's NHL Draft represents an opportunity for both teams to add a potential game-changing prospect, as the Devils hold the No. 1 pick with the Rangers picking right after at No. 2. American center Jack Hughes and Finnish wing Kaapo Kakko should be the top-two picks in some order, with Hughes long pegged as the top prospect in this draft class. 

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Although no New York-area teams made it to the Stanley Cup Final this year, the Empire State will still have a large impact on hockey's grandest stage. Twelve players from the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues have connections with the New York metro area in some way, so local fans still have plenty of reasons to tune in.

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The Bruins have one of the largest collections of American-born hockey players of any team in the NHL. Not surprisingly, several of them have called New York home for at least part of their careers.

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

Time will tell whether the Devils thinking highly enough of Kaapo Kakko to take him over long-presumed No. 1 NHL Draft pick Jack Hughes, but Kakko's emergence over the last year has at least made it a debate.

And Kakko thinks it can happen, especially as he dominates in the IIHF World Championship.

"This is a big thing for me for the draft," Kakko told NHL.com through a translator. "I think I can be the first (pick)."

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The NHL Draft gets more interesting by the day.

Because the more Kaapo Kakko plays in the IIHF World Championship, the more he impresses, adding intrigue to the Devils' decision on whom to select first overall.  

The Finnish wing, who will go to the Rangers at No. 2 if the Devils take American center Jack Hughes at No. 1, scored a beauty of a goal on Thursday for his sixth goal of the tournament.

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The tournament is only two days old, but Kaapo Kakko is already the talk of the IIHF World Championship.

The 18-year-old Finnish wing scored a hat trick Saturday in Finland's 4-2 win over Slovakia, giving him five goals after he scored two in the team's opener on Friday.

Kakko's first of the game was a long one-timer. He showed brilliant hands on his second goal before adding an empty-netter.

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

It appears as if there could be a good ol' New York vs. New Jersey battle for Finnish hockey phenom Kaapo Kakko

Many expect the 18-year-old forward to go second overall to the Rangers, but perhaps it is too early to count out the Devils just yet.  

Kakko scored an impressive goal at the IIHF Worlds on Friday, grabbing the puck on a breakaway while a defender attempted to trip him from behind. Kakko escaped free of the defender's stick while also deking out the goalie to sneak the puck past him. 

When the clip of the goal surfaced on Twitter, the Rangers tweeted out the eyeball emoji while the Devils tweeted out a double eyes emoji along with a gif of the goal five minutes later. 

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The probable top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft have topped NHL Central Scouting's final rankings lists, which were released Monday.

American center Jack Hughes is ranked No. 1 on Central Scouting's list of North American skaters, while Finnish wing Kaapo Kakko is ranked No. 1 on its list of International skaters

The Devils drew the No. 1 pick in the June draft during last week's NHL Draft Lottery, while the Rangers came away with the No. 2 pick. Hughes has long been considered the consensus No. 1 selection, but there's been recent talk of Kakko at least closing the gap on Hughes as far as who the top prospect is in this year's draft class after a strong season in the Finnish Liiga.

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Winter is here.

With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.

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The 2019 NHL Draft lottery took place on Tuesday night, and it was the New Jersey Devils' card that flipped to lock in the No. 1 pick. 

This is the second time in the last three years the Devils were awarded the top pick, as they landed it in 2017 as well. They spent it on Nico Hischier, who has collected 99 points over two years thus far. 

After hearing the announcement, Devils GM Ray Shero couldn't be happier as he said "we need talent." That statement comes after a dismal Devils season where they finished last in the Eastern Conference with a 31-41-10 record. 

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New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford battle for the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford battle for the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils snapped their two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:54 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Connor Carrick, Mirco Mueller
  • 14:34 NJD Travis Zajac (power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Nico Hischier
  • 18:40 NYR Brett Howden; Assists: Connor Brickley, Neal Pionk
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Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) plays the puck in front of New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) plays the puck in front of New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This spring marks the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest non-Stanley Cup Finals playoff series in history -- the New York Rangers' epic seven-game Eastern Conference finals win over the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers, on their way to their first championship since 1940 that season, trailed three games to two before winning Game 6 when Mark Messier backed up his victory guarantee with a natural third-period hat trick and winning Game 7 on Stephane Matteau's goal in the second overtime.

The tri-state rivals will not commemorate the anniversary with a similarly high-stakes meeting this spring. Instead, the Rangers and Devils will each be looking to take solace in playing out the string in inspired fashion Monday night, when they complete their season series as New Jersey hosts New York in Newark.

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Mar 30, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) shoots the puck at St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (34) in front of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (19) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 30, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) shoots the puck at St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (34) in front of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (19) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Devils kept this one close, but the Blues pulled out the overtime win in a 3-2 loss for New Jersey at The Rock on Saturday night. >> Read More


First Period

  • 15:09 STL Robert Thomas; Assists: Pat Maroon, Tyler Bozak
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Mar 29, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Joey Anderson (49) and Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) battle for the puck in front of goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) in the third period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Mar 29, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Joey Anderson (49) and Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) battle for the puck in front of goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) in the third period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Devils couldn't get anything past the Red Wings goaltenders in a 4-0 shutout loss on the road Friday night. >> Read More


First Period

  • 13:38 DET Danny DeKeyser; Assists: Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi 
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Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel skates with the puck while being defended by New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel skates with the puck while being defended by New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils scored twice in the third period to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:55 NJD Blake Coleman (power play); Assists: Nico Hischier, Travis Zajac
  • 7:23 BUF Sam Reinhart; Assist: Rasmus Dahlin
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A shootout was needed to decide who took the win in the Devils-Coyotes matchup on Saturday afternoon, and New Jersey came away with the victory, 2-1, on their home ice. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:31 PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson; Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Conor Garland
  • 17:01 NJD Drew Stafford; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Miles Wood
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Mar 21, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save on New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Mar 21, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save on New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The injury-riddled Devils lost their third straight game Thursday night, falling 5-1 to the Bruins in Newark. New Jersey has lost 10 of its last 12 games. Cory Schneider stopped 22 of 26 shot. >> Box score 


First period:

  • 18:34 BOS Patrice Bergeron; Assists: David Pastrnak; Brad Marchand
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Mar 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Capitals players celebrate a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Capitals players celebrate a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Devils backup goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood struggled in net during the second period, allowing three unanswered goals as New Jersey fell to the Washington Capitals, 4-1. >> Box score 


First period:

  • 2:52 WAS Andre Burakovsky; Assists: Nic Dowd, Brett Connolly
  • 19:59 NJD Kenny Agostino
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Mar 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) defends as Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) passes the puck in the third period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Mar 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) defends as Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) passes the puck in the third period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Washington Capitals conclude a four-game road stretch when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

New Jersey (27-37-9) has been eliminated from playoff contention and is returning from a six-game road trip to open a four-game homestand.

The Devils went 2-4 on the trip, which ended with a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

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Mar 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) defends as Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) passes the puck in the third period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Mar 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) defends as Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) passes the puck in the third period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Despite Cory Schneider playing well in goal, the Devils could not get anything going offensively and fell to the Avalanche 3-0 on Sunday. >> Box score 


First period:

  • N/A
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Mar 15, 2019; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (16) defends against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Mar 15, 2019; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (16) defends against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

The Devils erased a two-goal deficit to come back and defeat the Canucks in a shootout, 3-2, Friday night in Vancouver. The injury-riddled Devils have won consecutive games for the first time in a month. Damon Severson ended the game in the seventh round of the shootout. MacKenzie Blackwood made 25 saves. >> Box score


First Period:

  • N/A

Second Period:

  • 3:18 VAN Elias Pettersson (Power Play;) Assists: Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat 
Tags: Damon Severson, Stefan Noesen, Vancouver Canucks
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(Perry Nelson)

The Devils took care of business on the road, defeating the Oilers in their barn, 6-3, on Wednesday night. >> Box score


First Period:

  • 7:34 NJD Kenny Agostino; Assists: Andy Greene, Kevin Rooney
  • 9:37 EDM Sam Gagner; Assists: Jujhar Khaira, Matt Benning
  • 14:22 EDM Alex Chiasson (Power Play); Assists: Connor McDavid, Oscar Klefbom
  • 19:41 NJD Travis Zajac (Power Play); Assists: Damon Severson
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Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) defends as a puck shot by New York defenseman Libor Hajek (not pictured) gets by New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2.
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Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) defends as a puck shot by New York defenseman Libor Hajek (not pictured) gets by New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Devils scored the first two goals of the game, but that's all they could muster in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers at the Garden on Saturday night. >> Box score


First Period:

  • 16:26 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Kenny Agostino, Michael McLeod
  • 19:49 NJD Blake Coleman (Power Play); Assists: Will Butcher, Travis Zajac
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(Geoff Burke)

The Devils' struggles continued Friday night as they were shut out by the Capitals in D.C., 3-0. New Jersey has lost five straight and has scored just one goal in its last three games. MacKenzie Blackwood made 33 saves. >> Box Score


First Period

  • 2:40 WSH Andre Burakovsky; Assists: Michal Kempny, Travis Boyd
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Mar 5, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) scores the game winning goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during shootout at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 5, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) scores the game winning goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during shootout at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It was a solid defensive game for both teams, but the Devils came out on the losing end in a shootout to the visiting Blue Jackets, 2-1, at The Rock on Tuesday night. >> Box Score


First Period

  • 0:52 CBJ Cam Atkinson; Assists: Davis Savard, Markus Nutivaara 
Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets
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Mar 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) and Boston Bruins center Danton Heinen (43) battle in front of the goal during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Mar 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) and Boston Bruins center Danton Heinen (43) battle in front of the goal during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

BOSTON (AP) Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal early in the opening period and Tuukka Rask made it stand up with 20 saves for his third shutout of the season, lifting the surging Boston Bruins to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

The victory improved the Bruins' streak of at least one point in every game to 16 straight (12-0-4) and they haven't lost in regulation since a 3-2 setback to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19. It's their longest since 18 games (14-0-4) last season.

Rask is 14-0-3 in his last 17 starts.

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Mar 1, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) battles with New Jersey Devils left wing Kenny Agostino (17) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Mar 1, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) battles with New Jersey Devils left wing Kenny Agostino (17) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

New Jersey-bred James van Riemsdyk wasn't friendly to his hometown team, as he led the Flyers in a 6-3 Devils loss on Friday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 12:53 PHI James van Riemsdyk (Power Play); Assists: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek
  • 14:16 PHI James van Riemsdyk; Assists: Ryan Hartman
Tags: Philadelphia Flyers
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Feb 27, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Calgary Flames center Mark Jankowski (77) skates with the puck against New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 27, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Calgary Flames center Mark Jankowski (77) skates with the puck against New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils found themselves on the losing side of a low-scoring game at The Rock in a 2-1 loss to the Flames on Wednedsay night. >> Box score

Second period:

  • 1:07 CAL Elias Lindholm (Power Play); Assists: Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau
  • 13:52 CAL Mark Giordano; Assists: Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan
  • 16:47 NJD Kevin Rooney (Short Handed)

 

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New Jersey Devils right wing Nathan Bastian celebrates his first NHL goal during the first period of their game against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Nathan Bastian celebrates his first NHL goal during the first period of their game against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Nathan Bastian scored his first-career goal as the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 12:35 NJD Nathan Bastian; Assists: Connor Carrick, Egor Yakovlev
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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It went down to the wire Monday afternoon before the NHL trade deadline, but the Devils did trade pending unrestricted free agent Marcus Johansson to the Bruins in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fourth-round pick.

Earlier Monday, the Devils dealt goalie Keith Kinkaid to Columbus for a 2022 fifth-round pick.

Johansson is now teammates with Brad Marchand, who concussed Johansson last year and whom Johansson ripped for the vicious elbow which caused Johansson's second concussion of the 2017-18 season. Johansson was injured on Jan. 23 last year and didn't return until Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs on April 16.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Keith Kinkaid, Marcus Johansson
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Some of the best movies ever -- including some of the best sports movies ever -- have been filmed in and/or take place in New York. Here is our ranking of the 10 best...

10. Above The Rim (1994)

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Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) plays the puck against New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) plays the puck against New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers and Devils are both scrapping at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division but it was the Blueshirts who came out on top in a 5-2 win over the Devils. Jimmy Vesey, Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider scored three unanswered goals in the first period as the Devils fall for the second time in their last five games.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:48 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Tony DeAngelo
  • 8:54 NYR Ryan Strome (Power Play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 14:23 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey
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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

While the Rangers elected to play players who are expected to be dealt, the Devils held out Marcus Johansson and veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Thursday ahead of any possible trades. Both players will make the trip to New York but are expected to be scratched again.

Without those two veterans, the Devils won for the third time in four games by getting goals from Travis Zajac, Steven Santini, Kurtis Gabriel and Miles Wood in a 4-0 home win over the Ottawa Senators.

"This time of year's never easy, and this is sort of the consequence of not having a good year to this point," said Devils goaltender Cory Schneider. Read More

 

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Feb 21, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate their 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 21, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate their 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

While Cory Schneider was a brick wall in net, the Devils ran up four goals against the Senators for a big win at home on Thursday night. >> Read More


First period:

  • 11:45 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Miles Wood, Will Butcher
  • 14:34 NJD Steven Santini; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher
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Gotta support the team. 

The New Jersey Devils hosted a "90s Night" on Tuesday and perhaps the franchises most famous fan from the decade made an appearance. 

Patrick Warburton reprised his role as David Puddy from "Seinfeld" at the Prudential Center during the ceremonial puck drop before the game against the Penguins. 

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Feb 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils couldn't mount a third-period comeback as the Penguins took them down, 4-3, at The Rock.


First period:

  • 2:14 NJD Jesper Bratt; Assists: Marcus Johansson, Mirco Mueller
  • 6:49 PIT Zach Aston-Reese; Assists: Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin
  • 12:12 NJD Marcus Johansson; Assists: Mirco Mueller, Jesper Bratt
  • 18:24 PIT Nick Bjugstad; Assists: Marcus Pettersson, Dominik Simon
Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins
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New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt handles the puck as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt handles the puck as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils won their second straight game by beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 7:25 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac
  • 13:38 NJD Jesper Bratt (power play); Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Damon Severson
  • 19:04 BUF Sam Reinhart; Assists: Zach Bogosian, Jack Eichel
Tags: Buffalo Sabres
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Jan 28, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Devils won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 28, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Devils won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After a miserable first two games of their three-game road trip, it appeared the Devils were going to fly home miserable from St. Paul Friday night as they found themselves down by three. But they erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime when Nico Hischier scored the winning goal to give the Devils a 5-4 win. Cory Schneider replaced Keith Kinkaid with the Devils down 4-1 and stopped all 15 shots he faced, giving him his first regular-season win since Dec. 27, 2017. Ben Lovejoy tied the game with 2:45 left in regulation. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:07 MIN Brad Hunt (Power Play;) Assists: Ryan Suter, Mikael Granlund
  • 9:55 MIN Joel Eriksson Ek
Tags: Ben Lovejoy, Cory Schneider, Kyle Palmieri, Marcus Johansson, Minnesota Wild, Nico Hischier, Will Butcher
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Feb 9, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a save against New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 9, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a save against New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Minnesota has lost six of seven (1-4-2) to fall into a tie for the final Western Conference wild card with Vancouver, though the Wild have two games in hand on the Canucks.

However, if recent history is any indication, the Devils may be exactly what the Wild need to steady themselves in the playoff race.

The Wild's lone win since the All-Star Break came last Saturday, when they beat the host Devils 4-2. Minnesota is just one of several Western teams to take advantage of struggling New Jersey, which is 1-4-1 in its past six games. In that stretch, the Devils have lost to the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings.

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Feb 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Drake Caggiula (91) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Marton)
Feb 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Drake Caggiula (91) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Marton)

The Devils got off to a hot start, but flamed out in a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks on the road Thursday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 7:14 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Brett Seney
  • 16:42 NJD Travis Zajac (Power Play); Assists: Marcus Johansson, Jesper Bratt
  • 18:17 CHI Patrick Kane; Assists: Dylan Sikura, Artem Anisimov
Tags: Chicago Blackhawks
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Feb 12, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) handles the puck as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Feb 12, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) handles the puck as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Devils couldn't get anything going against the Blues on the road Tuesday night, losing 8-3 in St. Louis.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:08 STL Alex Pietrangelo; Assists: Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko
  • 6:41 STL Ivan Barbashev; Assists: Robert Thomas
  • 10:30 NHD Pavel Zacha; Assists: Kenny Agostino
  • 15:47 STL Jaden Schwartz; Assists: Robert Bortuzzo
Tags: St. Louis Blues
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New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Marcus Johansson scored two goals as the Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 11:35 NJD Pavel Zacha (power play); Assists: Ryan Murphy, Nico Hischier
  • 19:03 NJD Marcus Johansson; Assists: Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri
Tags: Carolina Hurricanes
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Feb 9, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a save against New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 9, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a save against New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

A third period comeback wasn't in the books for the Devils, as they fell to the Wild 4-2 on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:57 NJD Brett Seney; Assist: Will Butcher
  • 12:19 MIN Marcus Foligno; Assists: Greg Pateryn, Luke Kunin
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Feb 7, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) crashes into New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) after a save by Greiss during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 7, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) crashes into New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) after a save by Greiss during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Josh Bailey scored the game winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout as the New York Islanders capped a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at Prudential Center with a four-game season series sweep. >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:32 NJD Kevin Rooney; Assists: Kurtis Gabriel, Jesper Bratt
  • 13:43 NYI Mathew Barzal; Assists: Ryan Pulock, Brock Nelson
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New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle moves the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle moves the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils began their sell-off ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline on Wednesday by sending forward Brian Boyle to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick. 

Boyle, 34, has 13 goals and 19 points this season and leads all forwards in blocked shots with 36 and was second on the Devils with 88 hits in 47 games. 

The 12-year veteran, who had also spent five seasons across the river with the Rangers, joined the Devils in 2017 but was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, a rare but treatable form of cancer that affects the bone marrow, before the season began

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Feb 5, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 5, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Los Angeles Kings left wing Ilya Kovalchuk (17) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

In his first game at The Rock since leaving the Devils in 2013, Ilya Kovalchuk put the exclamation point on the Kings' 5-1 win Tuesday against the Devils. The Kings broke a tie early in the third by scoring three times in a span of 1:20. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:21 LAK Adrian Kempe; Assists: Carl Hagelin

Second period:

  • 3:31 NJD Pavel Zacha; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Drew Stafford
Tags: Ilya Kovalchuk, Los Angeles Kings
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