New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider allows a goal to Dallas Stars center Colton Sceviour during the second period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider allows a goal to Dallas Stars center Colton Sceviour during the second period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)

Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist on his 21st birthday, and the Dallas Stars stopped a four-game slide with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Vernon Fiddler, Jason Spezza and Colton Sceviour also scored for Dallas, and Kari Lehtonen made 18 saves. Fiddler's short-handed score into an empty net with 20 seconds left was his 100th career goal.

With about a month left in the season, Dallas, Chicago and St. Louis are locked up in a tough race for the Central Division title. The Stars (39-20-7) and Blackhawks (40-21-5) each have 85 points, and the Blues (37-20-9) have 83.

New Jersey has lost seven of nine. Adam Henrique and Devante Smith-Pelly scored for the Devils, and Cory Schneider had 15 saves before leaving with an injury at 2:05 of the third period. >> Read more

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New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt handles the puck as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt handles the puck as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

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


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

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

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


First period:

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

  • 7:14 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Brett Seney
  • 16:42 NJD Travis Zajac (Power Play); Assists: Marcus Johansson, Jesper Bratt
  • 18:17 CHI Patrick Kane; Assists: Dylan Sikura, Artem Anisimov
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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
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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.

Tags: Kyle Palmieri, Mathew Barzal
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 (Andy Marlin)
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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

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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)
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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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Dec 18, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Zach Hyman (11) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 18, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Zach Hyman (11) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils were simply no match for the Maple Leafs, who dominated New Jersey, 7-2, at The Rock on Tuesday night. >> Read more


First period

  • 6:01 TOR John Tavares; Assists: Nazem Kadri, Auston Matthews
  • 7:58 TOR Auston Matthews
  • 13:38 TOR Patrick Marleau; Assists: Nazem Kadri, Travis Dermott
  • 18:44 NJD Sami Vatanen; Assists: Brian Boyle
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Dec 15, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher (8) attempts a shot during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 15, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher (8) attempts a shot during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Bryan Boyle tied the game in the third period, but the Predators prevailed in a shootout to beat the Devils, 2-1, on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. >> Read more

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Dec 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) celebrates his game winning goal on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during overtime at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 14, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) celebrates his game winning goal on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during overtime at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Rangers couldn't hang on to their third-period lead, but they came away victorious in a shootout over the Panthers, 5-4, on the road. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:37 NYR Mika Zibanejad; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes
  • 18:10 NYR Vladislav Namestnikov (Short-Handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, Fredrik Claesson
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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)

The skidding Devils (10-13-6) would feel much more comfortable knowing star left winger Taylor Hall would be available Friday night. Hall, who won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player last season, left practice early Thursday with an undisclosed ailment.

"I don't have much for you yet," Devils coach John Hynes told reporters afterward. "I just know they pulled him off for precautionary reasons and I haven't talked to them yet."

Even with Hall, who is one of just six Devils to play in all 29 game this season, New Jersey has lost eight of nine (1-4-4) to fall into last place in the Eastern Conference.

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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)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Timo Meier scored twice, Joe Pavelski added his 20th goal of the season and the San Jose Sharks beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Monday night for their fourth win in five games.

Radim Simek scored his first NHL goal, Tomas Hertl added a late power-play score and Martin Jones stopped 22 shots for the Sharks, who have not lost in regulation at home since Nov. 15.

Andy Greene and Drew Stafford each scored his first goal of the season for the Devils, who are a league-worst 3-11-2 on the road. >> Read More

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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)

The Devils lost to the Anaheim Ducks 6-5 in a shootout after Marcus Johansson tied the game with under a minute left in regulation in a back-and-forth game Sunday at Honda Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:38 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assist: Egor Yakovlev
  • 2:12 ANA Jakob Silfverberg; Assists: Josh Manson, Andrew Cogliano
  • 2:47 ANA Kiefer Sherwood; Assists: Carter Rowney, Brandon Montour
  • 10:49 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assist: Taylor Hall
  • 13:08 NJD Damon Severson (power play); Assists: Marcus Johansson, Jesper Bratt
  • 13:39 ANA Brandon Montour; Assists: Ondrej Kase, Ryan Getzlaf
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New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)

The Devils got back in the win column after a six-game losing skid to down the lowly Kings in Los Angeles, 6-3. >> Box score


First period:

  • 13:49 NJD Kyle Palmieri (Power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Will Butcher
  • 15:41 LAK Brendan Leipsic; Assists: Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez

Second period:

  • 0:25 NJD Travis Zajac (Unassisted)
  • 6:59 LAK Adrian Kempe; Assists: Drew Doughty, Austin Wagner
  • 10:57 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Taylor Hall
  • 12:28 NJD Will Butcher; Assists: Miles Wood, Travis Zajac
  • 17:37 LAK Kyle Clifford (Unassisted)

Third period:

  • 11:06 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Sami Vatanen, Taylor Hall
  • 19:52 NJD Blake Coleman (Empty net); Assists: Andy Greene, Damon Severson
Tags: Kyle Palmieri, Los Angeles Kings, Taylor Hall
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Dec 1, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal with left wing Marcus Johansson (90) and defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Dec 1, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal with left wing Marcus Johansson (90) and defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Six years after meeting in the Stanley Cup Finals, the last-place teams in both conferences will get together Thursday night when the Los Angeles Kings host the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center.

The Kings (10-17-1) have already fired John Stevens as head coach and replaced him with Willie Desjardins, but he hasn't turned things around either. Stevens was let go on Nov. 4 after the Kings went 4-8-1 to start the season. They've gone 6-9-0 under Desjardins and have yet to win three in a row under either coach.

The Devils (9-12-5) are 0-3-3 over the past six games to fall to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.

Tags: Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Taylor Hall
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat pushes New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri into the net during second period at Prudential Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat pushes New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri into the net during second period at Prudential Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The last-place Devils were blown out by the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 13:31 TB Nikita Kucherov; Assists: Brayden Point, Ryan McDonagh
  • 19:34 TB Brayden Point (power play); Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman

Second period:

  • 8:20 TB Tyler Johnson; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Nikita Kucherov
  • 11:26 NJD Egor Yakovlev; Assists: Sami Vatanen, Stefan Noesen
  • 12:39 TB Yanni Gourde; Assists: Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat
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New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)

Last spring, the New Jersey Devils learned first-hand how much ground they need to make up on the Tampa Bay Lightning, decisively losing a first-round playoff series four games to one.

As the teams get set to meet Monday night at the Prudential Center, the gap between the Lightning and Devils has widened considerably.

While the Lightning (19-7-1) are once again on top of the Eastern Conference, the Devils (9-11-5) are last in the East after finishing in eighth place a year ago.

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

The hottest goal scorer in the NHL takes his act Off-Broadway Saturday night when Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets visit the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

Laine, the league's reigning First Star of the Week, scored 18 goals in November, the most ever in a single month in franchise history. After scoring a pair in Thursday's 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, Laine has five multiple-goal games this season and 13 goals in his last six games.

His first goal Thursday was the 100th of Laine's NHL career. He is the fourth-youngest player in league history to reach that plateau, behind Wayne Gretzky, Jimmy Carson and Brian Bellows. He reached the milestone in only 179 games.

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Capitals F Nicklas Backstrom managed a hat trick on his home ice, as the Devils lost their fourth straight road game 6-3 in Washington. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:51 WSH Nicklas Backstrom; Assists: Alex Ovechkin, Michal Kempny
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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)

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals go for their seventh straight win when they host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at Capital One Arena.

New Jersey (9-10-4) is streaking in the opposite direction having dropped three in a row (0-1-2).

The Capitals (14-7-3) could get boost Friday with the return of forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, who missed the last six games with a concussion.

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid makes a save in the first period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sporta)

Keith Kinkaid allowed a game-tying goal with 1:29 remaining in regulation and a game-winning goal to Mike Hoffman in overtime as the Devils lost to the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Monday at BB&T Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A
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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

Two struggling teams - the host Florida Panthers and the New Jersey Devils -- will meet Monday night at the BB&T Center.

The Devils, who lost 5-2 to the host Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night, will be playing on shorter rest than Florida. The Devils (9-10-3) are also last in the Metropolitan Division with 21 points and are 2-9-0 on the road.

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider reacts after he gave up a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider reacts after he gave up a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Devils goalie Cory Schneider allowed four goals in the first period en route to a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday at Amalie Arena. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:19 TB Alex Killorn; Assist: Mathieu Joseph
  • 7:21 TB Brayden Point (power play); Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman
  • 9:15 TB Tyler Johnson; Assists: Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov
  • 9:39 NJD Stefan Noesen; Assist: Brett Seney
  • 11:25 TB Cedric Paquette; Assists: Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi
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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)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Quick strikes have been the tone-setter for the Tampa Bay Lightning during a season-long, five-game homestand.

The New Jersey Devils want to avoid another slow start when they visit Amalie Arena on Sunday.

In the first two games of the homestand, Tampa Bay has scored in the opening minute and rode the momentum to victories against Florida and Chicago. Overall, the Lightning have opened the scoring in four consecutive games after giving up the first goal in nine of the previous 10.

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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) battles for the puck against New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) battles for the puck against New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Devils managed to force overtime with just seconds left in the third period, but Mathew Barzal put home the golden goal in a 4-3 loss at The Rock on Friday night. >> Box Score


First period:

  • 7:24 NYI Jordan Eberle; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier
Tags: Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Taylor Hall
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