The Devils could use a goal scorer like Reid Boucher, especially the way he's playing right now.

The Sarnia Sting forward -- and Devils draft prospect -- scored six goals last week, four of which came in Sarnia's 13-3 victory over the Erie Otters last Thursday.

Boucher is up to 57 goals -- 15 better than Plymouth's Vincent Trocheck. The 19-year old's 85 points is good for fifth in the OHL. He's 13 points behind Nick Cousins.

With six games left, Boucher would have to score an unbelievable number of goals to break the single-season OHL goal record. But he's three goals from 60 -- a mark not touched since Oshawa's Brett MacLean potted 61 in 2007-08.

Traveling out to the Western Hockey League, New Jersey's second-round draft pick from a year ago is showing his offensive side as well.

The Kelowna Rockets' Damon Severson ranks sixth among defensemen with 46 points in 62 games played. Severson leads all Kelowna 'D' in points.

Back in the states, a Devils prospect is helping the nation's No. 3 college hockey team.

Blake Coleman -- also a 2011-Devils draft pick -- leads Miami University (Ohio) in shots on goal with 110. Coleman's 14 points ranks him seventh on Miami's team. The Redhawks are 21-8-5.

On the farm

Though he was called up by the big club, Jacob Josefson's two shorthanded goals ranks him ninth in the AHL. ... Recently called up goalie Keith Kinkaid has posted a 17-11-5-2 record in Albany. The goalie posted a 2.65 goals-against average in 33 games. ... Joe Whitney scored two goals in New Jersey's 6-4 win over the Hershey Bears Sunday. Whitney is second on Albany's team with 31 points and leads the club with a plus-15 rating and 133 shots on goal.

Tags: Albany Devils, Blake Coleman, Damon Severson, Jacob Jos, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Prospect Buzz, Reid Boucher

Nov 13, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 13, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Taylor Hall netted two goals to help the Devils snap a three-game losing streak in a 4-2 win over the Penguins Tuesday night.  >> Read more

First Period

  • 0:28 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Taylor Hall, Damon Severson
  • 13:57 PIT Phil Kessel (Power Play); Assists: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
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Nov 9, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) shoots the puck in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Nov 9, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) shoots the puck in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Coming off a long, ugly road trip, the New Jersey Devils must be hoping that a return Tuesday to the Prudential Center to host the Pittsburgh Penguins is a case of Home, Sweet Home.

The Devils (6-8-1) have not skated on home ice since a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Oct. 27. Over the following two weeks, the Devils played seven games on the road, losing six. They allowed 33 goals in those six defeats, sinking to the cellar of the Metropolitan Division.

"You gotta power through it," Devils center Brian Boyle told nj.com. "You gotta will it to happen, expect good things, be positive. It's difficult right this minute, but it's a new day tomorrow." READ MORE

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

Legendary New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur was officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Brodeur, the NHL's all-time leader in games, wins and shutouts, joined Martin St. Louis, Jayna Hefford, Alexander Yakushev, Gary Bettman and Willie O'Ree in the Class of 2018.

Two of Brodeur's long-time Devils teammates, Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer, presented Brodeur with his Hall of Fame plaque.

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Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele checks New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri in the first period at Bell MTS Place. (James Carey Lauder/USA TODAY Sports)
Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele checks New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri in the first period at Bell MTS Place. (James Carey Lauder/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils allowed at least five goals in their third consecutive game as they lost to the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Sunday at Bell MTS Place. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:02 WIN Jack Roslovic; Assist: Dustin Byfuglien
  • 3:31 WIN Mark Scheifele; Assists: Blake Wheeler, Nikolaj Ehlers
  • 7:15 NJD Brett Seney; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Damon Severson

Second period:

  • 2:58 WIN Mark Scheifele; Assist: Jacob Trouba
  • 3:45 NJD Blake Coleman; Assist: Damon Severson
  • 7:54 WIN Nikolaj Ehlers; Assists: Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler
  • 12:47 WIN Mathieu Perreault; Assists: Kyle Connor, Bryan Little
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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- If there was a trophy for most assists in a season, Blake Wheeler would be one of the early favorites to hoist it at the end of the season.

The Winnipeg Jets captain had a five-point night in a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday at Bell MTS Place, setting up the first four goals and scoring the last into an empty net.

That performance gave Wheeler 18 assists in 15 games, the second-highest assist total in the league behind Colorado's Mikko Rantanen, who had 19. Wheeler led the NHL in assists last season with 68 and has more than any other player since the start of the 2015-16 season.

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Nov 9, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) shoots the puck in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Nov 9, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) shoots the puck in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

The Maple Leafs jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 6-1 win over the Devils on Friday night at Scotiabank Arena. >> Read more

First Period

  • 12:34 TOR John Tavares; Assists: Ron Hainsey, Morgan Rielly

 

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Apr 14, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) shoots on goal as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) attempted to defend during the second period of game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Apr 14, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) shoots on goal as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) attempted to defend during the second period of game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs gave indications that they are learning how to win at home while the New Jersey Devils have yet to get their act together on the road.

After losing four of their previous home games, the Maple Leafs (10-5-0) defeated the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night and their record at Scotiabank Arena stands at 4-5-0.

The Devils (6-6-1), after thumping the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 Monday for their first away win of the season, were trounced 7-3 by the Ottawa Senators om Tuesday and are 1-5-0 on the road.

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Nov 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Maxime Lajoie (58) is checked by New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Nov 6, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Maxime Lajoie (58) is checked by New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Devils jumped out to an early lead but things began to unravel as the Senators exploded for seven goals in a 7-3 rout to hand New Jersy its fourth loss in its last five games. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:14 NJD Taylor Hall; Assists: Nico Hischier, Andy Greene
  • 11:20 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Ben Lovejoy, Nico Hischier
  • 12:05 OTT Thomas Chabot; Assists: Bobby Ryan, Chris Tierney
  • 12:58 OTT Mark Stone; Assists: Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel 
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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)

Brian Boyle scored a hat trick as the Devils snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:24 NJD Will Butcher; Assists: Joey Anderson, Jean-Sebastien Dea
  • 9:24 PIT Jamie Oleksiak; Assists: Olli Maatta, Jake Guentzel
  • 12:27 NJD Brian Boyle; Assists: Ben Lovejoy, Jean-Sebastien Dea

Second period:

  • 7:38 NJD Brian Boyle (power play); Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Will Butcher
  • 19:40 NJD Brian Boyle (power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Will Butcher
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New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier skates with the puck chased by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier skates with the puck chased by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins each lug a three-game losing streak into their Metropolitan Division matchup Monday at PPG Paints Arena, but the demeanor of each club is vastly different.

The Devils (5-5-1) felt as if they turned a corner in a good way Saturday despite a 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders, while Pittsburgh (6-3-3) was left reeling after a 5-0 loss the same night against Toronto.

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Nov 3, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) and New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) fight for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 3, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) and New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) fight for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jordan EberleBrock Nelson, and Scott Mayfield each scored goals and Thomas Greiss saved 35 shots to help the Islanders shut out the Devils on Saturday night at Barclays Center. >> Box Score


 

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Oct 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) celebrate after a Devils 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) celebrate after a Devils 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

NEW YORK -- Everyone knew things would be different for the New York Islanders after the departure of generational talent John Tavares. But few people expected the difference to manifest itself in a potentially record-setting start for the Islanders, who will look to remain perfect in the Metropolitan Division when they host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at Barclays Center.

The Islanders extended their winning streak to four games Thursday night when they moved into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan with a 3-2 shootout win over the other first-place occupant, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils suffered their second straight loss Thursday night, falling to the host Detroit Red Wings 4-3.

The winning streak for the Islanders (7-4-1) has come entirely against Metropolitan opponents. New York is 5-0-0 in the Metropolitan this season, the franchise's best start against divisional rivals since it opened the 1982-83 season 6-0-0 (wins-losses-ties) in the Patrick Division. >> Read more

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Nov 1, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) makes as defenseman Andy Greene (6) shields Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Nov 1, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) makes as defenseman Andy Greene (6) shields Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) in the second period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Devils had a chance late in the third, but an empty net goal killed their chance in a 4-2 loss to the Red Wings on Thursday night in Detroit. >> Box Score


First period:

  • 7:54 DET Martin Frk (Power Play); Assists: Mike Green, Dylan Larkin
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Oct 11, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 11, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Just as the Detroit Red Wings are finally beginning to gain some traction in the NHL season, the New Jersey Devils look to have lost their way.

These two teams currently headed in opposite directions will clash on the ice Thursday at Little Caesars Arena.

The Wings, 1-7-2 in their first 10 games, have won two straight. They beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Sunday at home and posted a 5-3 road triumph Tuesday over the Columbus Blue Jackets, rallying after frittering away a 3-0 third-period lead.  >> Read more

 

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Devils jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but things took a turn for the worse from there. The Lightning broke out for five unanswered goals and added three more in the third for a 8-3 rout of the Devils. Nikita Kucherov and Braydon Coburn each scored two goals for Tampa. >> Box Score


First period:

  • 1:01 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Sami Vatanen, Mirco Mueller
  • 5:04 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Miles Wood
  • 7:30 TBL Braydon Coburn; Assists: Brayden Point, Yanni Gourde
  • 13:30 TBL Braydon Coburn; Assists: Cedric Paquette, Adam Ene
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Oct 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) celebrate after a Devils 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) celebrate after a Devils 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning return home Tuesday from a five-game road trip to host a playoff rematch against the New Jersey Devils.

But Tampa Bay faces the Devils without Norris Trophy winning defenseman Victor Hedman and Selke-caliber forward Ondrej Palat. Both players were injured on the recent road trip and expected to miss at least the next two games. >> Read more

 

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Oct 27, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils celebrate after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 27, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils celebrate after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Devils nearly blew a third period lead again on Saturday afternoon, but this time they were able to hang on for a 3-2 win over the Panthers at the Prudential Center to end a three-game losing skid. >> Box Score


First period:

  • 19:50 NJD Taylor Palmieri; Assists: Damon Severson, Nico Hischier
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Oct 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) celebrate after a Devils 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) celebrate after a Devils 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

While the Panthers seek their first consecutive wins of the season, as well as their first in regulation, the Devils hunt their first victory since Oct. 16.

New Jersey started the season with four consecutive victories but remains winless since then with two regulation losses and, most recently, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Nico Hischier scored twice in the loss, Taylor Hall extended his point-scoring streak to six games and Kyle Palmieri notched his team-high 11th point. Yet the Devils let a one-goal slip away late in the third period Thursday before Nashville's Kyle Turris scored the deciding goal in overtime. >> Read more

 

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Oct 25, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) defends against New Jersey Devils center John Quenneville (47) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 25, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) defends against New Jersey Devils center John Quenneville (47) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After blowing a third period lead, the Devils conceded in overtime in a 4-3 loss the the Predators at The Rock Thursday night. >> Box Score


First period:

  • 2:58 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri
  • 14:40 NSH Yannick Weber; Assists: Kevin Fiala, Calle Jarnkrok
  • 19:01 NJD Nico Hischier (PP): Assists: Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri
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Oct 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) celebrate after a Devils 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) celebrate after a Devils 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

This kind of deja vu, the New Jersey Devils can do without.

Last January when the Nashville Predators most recently visited New Jersey, the Devils had seven injured regulars missing from the lineup. As such, the resulting 3-0 loss to the Predators was not a big surprise.

Now, with the teams again set to face off Thursday at Prudential Center, the Devils are hoping for a better result despite another rash of injuries. >> Read more

 

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Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Devils center Brian Boyle said Wednesday that the cancer he was diagnosed with last September is now in remission. (NHL.com)

The 33-year-old announced the good news after receiving the results of his latest blood test on Monday. Boyle, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia on Sept. 19, 2017, was initially told by doctors that full remission could take up to 18 months. Instead it took just over 13 months.

"A test (BCR-ABL1) looks for the leukemia cells in your blood and when I was first diagnosed, it was at 75 percent," Boyle said, per NHL.com. "At the end of last season, it was at .08 percent, and in July I was .04 percent. The results showed all zeros on Monday. It's full molecular remission, and I feel really good. It was kind of the way the progression was happening the last few tests. When I told my wife, she was excited and got emotional.

"The game plan has been working well, and now I'm just going to continue with it. It was good news, but it doesn't change a whole lot for me and I'll continue taking the medicine." 

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Oct 20, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) defends against Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Oct 20, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) defends against Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

After starting the season 4-0, the Devils have now lost two straight games after falling to the Flyers, 5-2, on the road.  >> Box Score


First period:

  • 4:07 NJD Damon Severson (PP); Assists: Marcus Johansson, Miles Wood
  • 10:41 PHI Travis Konecny (PP); Assists: Travis Sanheim, Jordan Weal
Tags: Blake Coleman, Kyle Palmieri, Taylor Hall
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Oct 18, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jean-Sebastien Dea (10) and Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Nieto (83) battle for the puck during first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 18, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Jean-Sebastien Dea (10) and Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Nieto (83) battle for the puck during first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Taylor Hall scored his first goal of the season and tallied two assists for the Devils, but Gabriel Landeskog's hat trick lifted the Avalanche to a 5-3 win in Newark. >> Box score


First period:

  • 17:42 NJD Nico Hischier (PP); Assists: Travis Zajac, Taylor Hall

Second period: 

Tags: Blake Coleman, Kyle Palmieri, Taylor Hall
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Oct 11, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 11, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Last season, the Colorado Avalanche and New Jersey Devils were two of the biggest surprises in the National Hockey League, each ending droughts by reaching the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Neither team is going to sneak up on anyone this season, yet both are off to strong starts heading into their first meeting of 2018-19 on Thursday night at Prudential Center.

The Devils (4-0-0) are the only NHL team not to have lost a game so far. The Avalanche (3-1-2) are playing well despite losing two straight.

"It's a challenge playing these guys," Devils center Brian Boyle said. "They're a lot like us -- young, fast, hungry. It should be a good game." >> Read more

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Oct 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) celebrate after a Devils 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) celebrate after a Devils 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Kyle Palmieri scored once again as the Devils remained undefeated in a 3-0 shutout over the Stars at The Rock. >> Box score

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

A year ago, the New Jersey Devils learned that a fast start can build the foundation for a successful season. Looking to replicate that, the Devils seek a fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night when they host the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center.

The Devils (3-0-0) won their first three games last season, as well. They also earned wins in six of their first seven games, and nine of 11, setting the stage for a 97-point campaign and the organization's first playoff appearance in six years.

"It's huge because it gives you breathing room, a bit more space, and our start last year really propelled us to maintain that strong play all season long," said Devils alternate captain Taylor Hall. "You have to bank wins whenever you can, and it's especially nice to do so right at the start of the season."

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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) (Charles LeClaire)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Kyle Palmieri scored two goals for the third straight game and the New Jersey Devils rallied from their first deficits of the season to beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Sunday.

Jean-Sebastien Dea capped the two-goal, third-period outburst with the game winner at 3:25 and Keith Kinkaid made 37 saves as the Devils started the season with three straight wins for the second straight year.

Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier scored for the Sharks, who are heading home after a five-game road trip. Martin Jones made 33 saves as San Jose lost to New Jersey for the third time in its last 11 games.

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Taylor Hall (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
Taylor Hall (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils began last season with a blistering start out of the gate en route to their first playoff appearance since 2012.

Though the sample sizes are small, the Devils are off to another good start -- especially Kyle Palmieri.

Palmieri and the Devils try to make it three straight wins to start the season Sunday afternoon when they host the San Jose Sharks, who are concluding a five-game road trip.

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Oct 11, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 11, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Washington Capitals at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

In their home opener at The Rock, the Devils dominated the Stanley Cup-champion Capitals, 6-0, for their second straight win. >> Box score

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Apr 14, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) shoots on goal as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) attempted to defend during the second period of game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Apr 14, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) shoots on goal as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) attempted to defend during the second period of game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

If the New Jersey Devils wish to again consider themselves a serious playoff contender this season, there is no better test early on than to skate against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

That is precisely what the Devils (1-0-0) will do Thursday night when they play their home opener at Prudential Center against the Washington Capitals (2-0-1).

The Devils earned their first playoff berth in six seasons a year ago, finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference, before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round. They started 2018-19 on the right foot last Saturday, skating to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers as part of the NHL's Global Series in Gothenburg, Sweden. >> Read more

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Apr 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) skates with the puck during the first period of game five of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Apr 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) skates with the puck during the first period of game five of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Devils began their 2018-19 regular season on the right note with a 5-2 win over the Oilers in Sweden. >> Box score

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Feb 6, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; Former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur waves to the crowd before dropping the ceremonial first puck at Prudential Center. The New Jersey Devils will be retiring Brodeur's number next Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 6, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; Former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur waves to the crowd before dropping the ceremonial first puck at Prudential Center. The New Jersey Devils will be retiring Brodeur's number next Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have announced that Marty Brodeur has returned to the organization as Executive Vice President of Business Development.

Brodeur will report to Devils Team President Hugh Weber and work across "all departments to identify, capitalize and develop on business opportunities for the Devils, Prudential Center and the outlying community. "

"It feels fantastic to be back home here in New Jersey," said Brodeur.  "This unique opportunity will allow me to build on existing relationships in the business community and take on a new challenge in my career.  I've been able to work in all facets of the game of hockey and have had a growing interest in the business surrounding the game.  Working with Hugh and his team will be beneficial for all of us.  Over 20 years in New Jersey, I was lucky enough to make connections that I can now use to help the Devils grow, not only in this area but beyond."

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Edmonton Oilers defenceman Eric Gryba against the Arizona Coyotes before the first period at Rogers Place. (Walter Tychnowicz/USA TODAY Sports)
Edmonton Oilers defenceman Eric Gryba against the Arizona Coyotes before the first period at Rogers Place. (Walter Tychnowicz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils signed defensemen Eric Gryba and John Ramage and forward Kurtis Gabriel to one-year, two-way deals on Sunday, the team announced.

Gryba's contrat includes $350,000 in guaranteed money and would be worth $700,000 at the NHL level, while Ramage's deal includes $150,000 guaranteed and would be worth $650,000 in the NHL. Gabriel is guaranteed to earn $100,000 and will make $650,000 at the NHL level.

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Feb 17, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Eddie Lack (31) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 17, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Eddie Lack (31) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Devils announced that they have re-signed G Eddie Lack to a one-year, $650,000 deal.

Lack, 30, was acquired by the Devils from the Flames in December. He made three starts for the Devils, posting a .903 save percentage and 3.19 GAA.

Lack started 35 games for the Canucks in 2013/14 and 31 games for the Hurricanes in 2014/15 before seeing his role reduced with Carolina the next season and a minor role for the Flames before joining the Devils last season. 

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Oct 22, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur stands next to his statue "The Salute" during the dedication ceremony before the start of the NHL game between the New Jersey Devils and the Minnesota Wild at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Oct 22, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur stands next to his statue "The Salute" during the dedication ceremony before the start of the NHL game between the New Jersey Devils and the Minnesota Wild at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Devils G Martin Brodeur has been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Brodeur is considered one of the best goaltenders in NHL history, and the numbers speak to it. He owns the record for wins (691), shutouts (125), saves (28,928), and games played (1,266). Brodeur also has three career goals. 

Spending 20 years with the Devils, Brodeur collected three Stanley Cups. He was the Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year) winner in 1194 as well as a four-time Vezine Trophy winner for best NHL goalie. He owns a couple Olympic gold medals as well for his participation with Team Canada.

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With the No. 17 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Devils selected D Ty Smith

Smith, 18, played for the WHL's Spokane Chiefs last season where he totaled 73 points (14 goals, 59 assists) over 69 games. Smith was also a memeber of Team Canada during the Hlinka Memorial tournament, where he tallied three assists over five games. 

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound defender may not have the prototypical size for a defenseman in the NHL, but he is considered an elite skate with a big upside...

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Taylor Hall Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports (Stephen R. Sylvanie)

Devils LW Taylor Hall made history on Wednesday night after winning the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player during the 2017-18 season. 

Hall became the first player in Devils history to win the award after posting a career-high 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) to lead New Jersey to a playoff berth. 

The 26-year-old edged out Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon in first place votes, as Hall had 72 and 1,264 points compared to MacKinnon's 60 first-place votes and 1,194 points. 

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Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Devils C Brian Boyle was awarded the Bill Masteron Memorial Trophy for perseverance at the NHL Awards on Wednedsay night.

Entering training camp this season, the veteran Boyle wanted to make a good first impression with his new club. However, a surprise diagnosis altered those plans entirely. Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, and he had to stop practicing to undergo his treatment.

If that wasn't enough, Boyle also learned that his two-year-old son, Declan, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Luckily, that diagnosis would change to a less-threatening arteriovenous malformation in his jaw that is treatable. Declan is still undergoing painful treatments, though, to fight the disease.

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Feb 21, 2018; Gangneung, South Korea; Olympic Athletes from Russia defenseman Yegor Yakovlev (44) and Norway forward Steffen Thoresen (21) battle for the puck in the second period of the men's hockey quarterfinals during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Feb 21, 2018; Gangneung, South Korea; Olympic Athletes from Russia defenseman Yegor Yakovlev (44) and Norway forward Steffen Thoresen (21) battle for the puck in the second period of the men's hockey quarterfinals during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

The Devils announced they have signed KHL D Yegor Yakovlev, per general manager Ray Shero.

Yakovlev, 26, tallied 9 points (5 G, 4 A) in 35 games with St. Petersburg in 2017/18. He represented Russia in the Olympics this year, winning the Gold Medal.

Yakovlev commented on the potential move, showing the feeling between club and player is mutual.

"The Devils have scouted me for 3 years," Yakovlev said. "They really wanted to see me on the team. That's why I chose New Jersey and I'm really happy to join the organization. I know they play a fast, smart hockey and I like it."

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Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Apr 3, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck on a penalty shot during the second period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Apr 3, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck on a penalty shot during the second period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The NHL has announced that Devils forward Taylor Hall has been nominated for the Hart Trophy as league MVP.

From the NHL's release, "Hall ranked sixth in the NHL with 39-54-93 (76 GP), setting career highs across the board to propel the Devils to a 27-point improvement in the standings and their first playoff appearance since 2011-12. Hall recorded 41 more points than his next-closest teammate (Nico Hischier: 20-32-52), the highest such differential by a club's top two scorers since 2007-08 (Alex Ovechkin: 112, Nicklas Backstrom: 69 w/ WSH). He collected points in 26 straight personal appearances from Jan. 2 - March 6 (18-20-38), a franchise record and the longest such streak by any player since 2015-16. Hall also set a club record with a 19-game point streak during that span (Jan. 30 - March 6: 13-13-26). The 26-year-old Calgary native and first-time NHL Trophy finalist is seeking to become the first player in Devils history to capture the Hart Trophy; goaltender Martin Brodeur finished third in voting in 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2006-07."

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New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall skates during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall skates during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)

Taylor Hall is a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the league's best player as voted by the players, the NHLPA announced. 

Hall is joined by the Oilers' Connor McDavid and the Avalanche's Nathan Mackinnon. McDavid won the award last season. 

Hall finished sixth in the NHL in points with 93 (39 G, 54 A) and led the Devils to the playoffs, where they lost to the Lightning in the first round. McDavid led the league in scoring with 108 points and Mackinnon finished fifth with 97 points. 

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Apr 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) defends New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) during the second period of game five of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Apr 21, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) defends New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) during the second period of game five of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

 The Lightning jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Saturday and went on to beat the Devils, 3-1, to advance to the second round of the playoffs. >> Box score

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Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall battle for the puck during the first period of Game 3 of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall battle for the puck during the first period of Game 3 of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jon Cooper isn't looking ahead by any means, but the Tampa Bay coach fully recognizes the opportunity to rest his team if the Lightning can close out their opening-round series with the New Jersey Devils by winning Game 5 on Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena.

"If you have a chance to win a series, do it," Cooper explained Friday with his team staked to a 3-1 series lead after a 3-1 win on Wednesday night in Newark. "It's the travel, it's the wear. Just to get the mental and physical rest, to sit around and hope all the other series go deep. If you have this opportunity, you hope to take advantage of it."

The Lightning have looked like the Eastern Conference's top seed in building a 3-1 lead against the Devils, who had won all three regular-season meetings with Tampa Bay.

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The Devils couldn't even the series against the Lightning as Nikita Kucherov led Tampa Bay with two goals in a 3-1 loss for New Jersey >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:23 NJ Kyle Palmieri (Power Play); Assists: Will Butcher, Taylor Hall
  • 11:30 TB J.T. Miller; Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos
  • 15:02 TB Nikita Kucherov; Assists: Braydon Coburn, J.T. Miller

Second period: No Goals

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The New Jersey Devils proved in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series with the heavily favored Tampa Bay Lightning that they are not a team simply content with reaching the postseason.  << Read more

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The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall during the second period of Game 3 of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall during the second period of Game 3 of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Taylor Hall recorded three points and Stefan Noesen scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as the Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Monday at Prudential Center.

The Devils trail in the series 2-1. >> Box score


First period:

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point defends during the first period of Game 2 of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point defends during the first period of Game 2 of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

As the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils shifts to the Prudential Center for Game 3 Monday night, one team espouses change while the other is quite fine with the status quo.

It is not hard to determine which team is which after the Lightning held serve on home ice, winning the first two games. Now it's up to the Devils to change the narrative as the series shifts to Newark, but that may be easier said than done.

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Apr 14, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) shoots on goal as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) attempted to defend during the second period of game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Apr 14, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) shoots on goal as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) attempted to defend during the second period of game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Alex Killorn scored two goals and the Lightning cruised to a 5-3 win over the Devils on Sunday to take a 2-0 series lead in the opening round of the playoffs. << Box score

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