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Well, that makes three straight losses and five defeats in their last six games for the Devils -- not exactly the way Pete DeBoer wants to be trending when approaching the meat of the season. All in all, it was a far better overall effort than it had been in the past couple games, particularly Sunday, but not enough to get off the schneid. Some thoughts...

Help needed: You want a main reason behind the Devils' current skid? Try these numbers: 1, 1, 1, 2, 1. That, in chronological order, is how many goals the Devils have scored in each of their last five losses. In past games, it's been due to an almost passive nature on offense and a reluctance to establish a hard forecheck early and often. Tonight, after a brief wave of Jets attacks, the Devils started forcing the play and getting chances but just could not finish, which is something we wondered if they could do on a regular basis before the season. It seems like if  Clarkson or Kovy isn't scoring the Devils are hard-pressed to find goals. Elias is having a strong season, but even he missed out on a couple chances to bury the puck tonight (one of which came on a nice cross-ice feed from Zajac). The bottom line is the Devils can't simply rely on their top two players to score. If they're going to compete for home-ice advantage in the first round, they're going to have to find the secondary scoring that made them so dangerous in last season's playoff run. I'm sorry but losing Parise is not an excuse anymore, not when you get 10 goals out of Clarkson and a 22-point start from Elias in the season's first 20 games. Zajac has been non-existent offensively for the most part this season and Henrique has disappeared after putting together a good first few games when he returned from injury. Kovy cannot be the end all, be all of this offense or else the Devils won't just struggle to host a playoff series -- they'll struggle to make the playoffs in an absurdly packed Eastern Conference. DeBoer messed around with his forward lines entering play tonight in an attempt to spark the dormant offense. It work in the sense that the Devils' top two lines started generating chances and putting consistent pressure on an opponent, but that's not enough.

Opening salvo: When you're a team that's already struggling to score goals, going down 1-0 eight seconds into the game doesn't exactly help matters, especially when that goal happens on a defensive breakdown in the neutral zone. Yes, Andrew Ladd was in the right place at the right time, but it was the "right place" because ALL of the Devils got caught drifting toward the puck and the other side of the ice right off the draw. Ladd wasn't out on an island. The puck didn't take that strange of a bounce. He simply came off his spot following the opening draw and played the left wing and was closer than any Devils was when the puck bounced to the middle of the ice. Ladd then had a clear path to the net because Zidlicky tried to step up and play the man and there was no one at home when the puck bounced another way. However, it's difficult to put this all on Zidlicky when Clarkson, who was matched up against Ladd off the draw drifted to the other side of the faceoff dot instead of staying with his man. It's a tough break, yes, but it's also a situation that could've been avoided if only the Devils had maintained responsibility off the draw and not been caught staring at the puck. Hedberg, who I thought played well overall tonight, never had a chance on Ladd's shot, which was the result of some nice stickwork by the Jets captain.

PK back: If there was one encouraging sign out of tonight's loss (and there was more than one), it was the return, for at least one night, of the Devils' penalty kill. New Jersey was faced at one point with about 3:30 of consecutive power-play time for Winnipeg, including about 90 seconds of 5-on-3 action. But unlike in games past when power-play goals have put the Devils in big holes, this time the penalty killers were up to the task -- even without sticks. Henrique in particular had maybe his best shift of the game, just missing a pass that would have sprung him for a short-handed breakaway and then playing balls to the wall in his own zone seconds later, even after his stick broke. It was an impressive sign overall for the Devils and it's an aspect of their game that has to be strong at all times -- and I really mean that. There is no room for slacking when it comes to the Devils' PK. While some teams have the offensive firepower to survive a mediocre penalty kill, it's become obvious that this Devils team simply can't allow extra goals. Whether that means a top-five PK or simply limiting teams to two, one or no power plays on most nights, it's something DeBoer and the Devils have to make sure is a nightly staple of their game. No nights off on the PK. Not this year.

Lokti-motive: Andrei Loktionov has been the Devils' best forward for the past four games (non-Kovy division, of course). Yes, better than Elias. Loktionov has a point in each of those contest (two goals, two assists) and has played so well in the offensive zone that DeBoer moved him from the fourth line to the top unit in less than three games, displacing Zajac and forcing DeBoer to play Henrique out of position at left wing. In the process, he went from playing with Barch, Matteau, Butler and the like to being Kovy's wingman. How's that for a first five games? Every time he and Kovy are out on the ice, they're constantly looking for each other and more often than not the puck ends up on one of their sticks in position for a shot on net or scoring chance. Loktionov hasn't quite rediscovered the chemistry he had with Henrique in junior, but that will come over time. The question is how long DeBoer will keep this unit together considering he has an open preference for playing Henrique at center. With Zajac seemingly entrenched as the center on one of the Devils' top two lines, will Henrique have to play out of position for the foreseeable future? It's possible, but if he and Loktionov begin clicking, that top unit could be very dangerous.

Notes: As I wrote above, I thought Hedberg had a good game overall. He overplayed his hand on Byfuglien's rush up the ice and it put him out of position for when Byfuglien came around the net with the puck, but I think he played well enough for the Devils to win, which is all you can ask of a backup goalie. Definitely a bounce-back game for him. ... Speaking of that second goal, terrific job by the MSG crew showing Greene's stick stuck inside the net just before Ladd tapped it in. Bad luck, but like DeBoer loves to say, "in this game, you create your own luck." ... Ondrej Pavelec wasn't really tested the other night but made some big saves tonight. I'm still not sold on him as anything other than an average NHL goalie, but he definitely kept the Jets in it tonight. ... If Pavelec were better on a nightly basis, the Jets would be a much better team. Kane, Ladd and Byfuglien are so incredibly skilled and they have some decent complimentary pieces around those guys. I like the future for this team. ... The power play -- yeahhhh. Larsson on the point. Larsson on the point. Larsson on the point. I don't know how many times I can beat this drum. It's time to turn the record over and move on. ... Devils did a much better job backchecking tonight than they did Sunday, particularly Clarkson, who prevented an odd-man rush halfway through the second period by getting back and disrupting the play with his stick. ... The Devils did a good job of controlling the tempo after a rapid-fire first 10 minutes, but they let the play get a little too up-and-down in the third period and it prevented them from getting anything more than one-off chances. There was no sustained pressure and the Devils spent as much time racing back into their own zone as they did trying to even up the score. ... How many sticks broke for the Devils tonight? Total coincidence but felt like a record at one point.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jets, Johan Hedbger, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Peter DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Winnipeg Jets
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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 


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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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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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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 
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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
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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.

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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
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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:

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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
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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
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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
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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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Russian athlete Ilya Kovalchuk (71) celebrates with Sergei Andronov (11) after scoring a goal during the second period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)
Russian athlete Ilya Kovalchuk (71) celebrates with Sergei Andronov (11) after scoring a goal during the second period of the preliminary round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

Ilya Kovalchuk isn't expecting a warm reception at The Rock Tuesday night when the former Devil and current King makes his first return to Newark since departing the team in 2013. 

"I am pretty sure there will be a lot of booing, but I love that, so it's all good," Kovalchuk said, per NHL.com.

The Devils acquired Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers at the 2010 trade deadline, and in the offseason the Devils signed the goal-scoring winger to a 17-year, $102 million contract, a deal which was ultimately rejected by the NHL for cap-cirumvention. A 15-year, $100 million deal was approved. 

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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)

The Devils capitalized on the power-play and Nico Hischier provided some late-game heroics with the game-tying and winning goals to lead New Jersey to a 3-2 overtime road victory over the Montreal Canadiens. >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:22 MTL Jesperi Ktokaniemi; Assists: Artturi Lehkonen, Jordie Benn
  • 19:26 NJD Will Buttcher (Power Play); Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Marcus Johansson

Second period:

  • 16:33 MTL Phillip Danault; Assists: Jeff Petry, Max Domi
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New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac celebrates after scoring a goal with left wing Miles Wood against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac celebrates after scoring a goal with left wing Miles Wood against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils raced out to a 3-0 lead and blew out the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Monday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 13:08 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Miles Wood, Steven Santini
  • 14:53 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Blake Coleman, Travis Zajac

Second period:

  • 3:30 NJD Brian Boyle (short handed); Assist: Pavel Zacha
  • 4:28 PIT Derick Brassard; Assists: Marcus Pettersson, Juuso Riikola
  • 12:57 NJD Blake Coleman; Assists: Travis Zajac, Will Butcher
Tags: Blake Coleman, Damon Severson, Kyle Palmieri, Pavel Zacha, Pittsburgh Penguins, Travis Zajac
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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Henrik Lundqvist was not the only New York area athlete to impress at the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday. 

Islanders' Mathew Barzal scored two goals and finished the day with four assists while Devils' Kyle Palmieri also had a goal and an assist in the two games they both played for Team Metropolitan, which won the 3-on-3 style tournament with a 10-5 victory over the Central. 

Barzal and Palmieri both scored in the first period of the NHL All-Star Game final, with Barzal setting the tone with a wrister 22 seconds into the game.

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The Devils jumped out to an early 1-0 lead but the Ducks quickly responded to hand New Jersey a 3-2 loss. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:50 NJD Marcus Johansson; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher
  • 9:10 ANA Daniel Sprong; Assists: Nick Ritchie, Adam Henrique
  • 10:38 ANA Troy Terry (Power Play); Assists: Hampus Lindholm, Daniel Sprong
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 (Andy Marlin)
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The Devils allowed three unanswered goals to the Isles in the first period, and couldn't fight back in a 4-1 loss on the road. >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:48 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle
  • 9:19 NYI Michael Dal Colle; Assists: Scott Mayfield, Leo Komarov
  • 15:12 NYI Jordan Eberle (Power Play); Assists: Nick Leddy, Brock Nelson
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Jan 14, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) makes a save during the first period of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Jan 14, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) makes a save during the first period of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils couldn't fight back from four unanswered goals to start the game, as they fell to the Blue Jackets on the road, 4-1. >> Box score


First period:

  • 0:45 CBJ Cam Atkinson; Assists: Pierre-Luc Dubois
  • 2:28 CBJ Boone Jenner; Assists: Josh Anderson
  • 17:20 CBJ Artemi Panarin; Assists: David Savard, Cam Atkinson
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New Jersey Devils center Kevin Rooney celebrates his first NHL goal during the second period of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Kevin Rooney celebrates his first NHL goal during the second period of their game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils scored five unanswered goals in a wild second period as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 8-5 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 13:50 NJD Blake Coleman

Second period:

  • 3:07 CHI Patrick Kane (power play); Assists: Jonathan Toews, Dylan Strome
  • 5:16 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Sami Vatanen, Nico Hischier
  • 8:27 NJD Kyle Palmieri (power play); Assists: Will Butcher, Travis Zajac
  • 10:07 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Miles Wood, Blake Coleman
  • 14:58 NJD Sami Vatanen (power play); Assists: Jesper Bratt, Damon Severson
  • 17:58 NJD Kevin Rooney; Assists: Drew Stafford, Brett Seney
  • 18:19 CHI Patrick Kane; Assist: Henri Jokiharju
  • 19:01 CHI Brent Seabrook; Assist: Patrick Kane
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Jan 12, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Jan 12, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils held off the Flyers in a 3-2 win, snapping their three-game losing streak at The Rock on Saturday afternoon. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:32 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Drew Stafford, Pavel Zacha

 

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Dec 31, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford (18) plays the puck after a save by goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 31, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford (18) plays the puck after a save by goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The arrow appeared to be pointing upward last season for the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils after they each reached the playoffs. But the only race the Flyers and Devils are involved in this season is the one headed for the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers and Devils will each look to avoid falling into the Eastern Conference basement Saturday afternoon, when they face each other at Prudential Center.

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Jan 8, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Evan Rodrigues (71) checks New Jersey Devils right wing Stefan Noesen (23) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Jan 8, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Evan Rodrigues (71) checks New Jersey Devils right wing Stefan Noesen (23) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

The Devils dropped their second straight game with a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at the KeyBank Center on Tuesday.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:286 NJD Nlake Coleman; Assists: Miles Wood, Travis Zajac
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New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt protects the puck from Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty during the first period at T-Mobile Arena. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt protects the puck from Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty during the first period at T-Mobile Arena. (Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils lost to the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Sunday at T-Mobile Arena in the third game of a four-game road trip. >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:06 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Ben Lovejoy
  • 9:37 NJD Ben Lovejoy; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Drew Stafford
  • 12:30 VGK Ryan Reaves
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Jan 4, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) celebrates with New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) after scoring a goal in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Jan 4, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) celebrates with New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) after scoring a goal in the second period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Keith Kinkaid stopped 21 shots and had two saves in a shootout, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.  >> Read More


First Period

  • 1:05 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Kyle Palmieri
  • 16:44 ARI Conor Garland
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Jan 2, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza (90) celebrates a goal by Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (not pictured) against New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 2, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Jason Spezza (90) celebrates a goal by Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (not pictured) against New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

 

DALLAS (AP) Miro Heiskanen found out Wednesday morning he had made the All-Star team in his first season in the NHL.

He celebrated with two goals, including a tiebreaking score in the third period of the Dallas Stars' 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

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Dec 31, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford (18) plays the puck after a save by goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 31, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford (18) plays the puck after a save by goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mackenzie Blackwood has provided an expected lift for the New Jersey Devils. Blackwood posted his second straight shutout, stopping 25 shots in the Devils' 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. >>Read more

First period

  • 12:03 NJD Brian Boyle; Assists: Drew Stafford, Brett Seney
  • 18:12 NJD Miles Wood (Power Play); Assists: Sami Vatanen, Jesper Bratt
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Dec 29, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) celebrate the Devils 2-0 win over the Hurricanes at Prudential Center. Blackwood recorded his first career NHL shutout. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 29, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) celebrate the Devils 2-0 win over the Hurricanes at Prudential Center. Blackwood recorded his first career NHL shutout. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped all 37 shots on goal as the Devils won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 13-15 with a 2-0 shutout win over the Hurricanes.  >> Read More

First period

No goals scored. 

Second period

  • 19:24 NJD Pavel Zacha (Short-Handed)
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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 40 of 42 Bruins shots to earn his first NHL win as the Devils defeated Boston on the road, 5-2.  >> Read More

First period

  • 0:25 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Andy Greene, Travis Zajac
  • 15:25 NJD Kyle Palmieri (Power play); Assists: Will Butcher, Brian Boyle

Second period

  • 15:07 BOS Chris Wagner; Assists: John Moore, Danton Heinen

Third period

  • 4:15 NJD Blake Coleman; Unassisted
  • 12:43 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Miles Wood, Stefan Noesen
  • 17:05 Bos Patrice Bergeron; Assists: Jake DeBrusk
  • 19:12 NJD Blake Coleman (Empty net); Assists: Nico Hischier, Andy Greene
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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 39 Devils shots as New Jersey failed to climb out of the cellar in the Eastern Conference in a 3-0 loss Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Read More

First period

  • 4:03 CBJ Cam Atkinson; Assists: Artemi Panarin, Ryan Murray
  • 5:31 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Alexander Wennberg, Zach Werenski

Second period

  • 10:47 CBJ Artemi Panarin

Third period

  • N/A
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) With the New Jersey Devils sinking fast in the Eastern Conference, their top line of Taylor HallKyle Palmieri and Nico Hischier came to the rescue as one would expect.

The Devils got the unexpected, too, in beating the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Friday night.

They got a bizarre, play-of-year type goal that featured New Jersey Sami Vatanen making a diving size in his own crease, a loose puck hitting a glove on the ice to set up a 2-on-0 break that Hall capped with goal.

 

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Dec 20, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) takes a shot as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (77) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Dec 20, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) takes a shot as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (77) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

Devils G MacKenzie Blackwood totaled 36 saves, but it was enough as the Blue Jackets took down New Jersey 2-1 in Columbus Thursday night. >> Read more


First period

  • 4:17 CBJ Nick Foligno; Assists: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Seth Jones
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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri moves into position against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils will get familiar with one another over the next four days.

The Metropolitan Division opponents will play each other twice in a home-and-home starting Thursday night at Nationwide Arena. Columbus will then visit New Jersey on Sunday in the final game before the Christmas break.

"We have some division games coming up, which I love," Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky said, according to the team's website. "I've played a lot of games in my career against the guys coming up, and I'm excited about that."

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