Feb 23, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) and New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) fight during the second period at Prudential Center. Miller received a match penalty for having tape too low on his hand. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 23, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) and New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) fight during the second period at Prudential Center. Miller received a match penalty for having tape too low on his hand. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

In the fall of 2016, the documentary "Ice Guardians" was released. The documentary delves into one of the most respected, yet dangerous, positions on an NHL team. But, as we have seen the roles these players once filled are quickly going away.

It took 22 games.

The team that once employed Tie Domi, Joey Kocur, PJ Stock and Colton Orr had zero fights through their first 21 games.

Zero.

It took until Game 22 for the New York Rangers to get a fighting major, and Brandon Pirri barely threw a single punch.

Add in the fact that the New York Islanders have three, and the New Jersey Devils have two - it's fair to say the NHL in the Tri-State area is changing.

But why has this happened? Why has a position that is so connected to the game, to the culture of the sport, being pushed aside? Where have the enforcers gone?

"There's a few of us left," noted Eric Boulton, who is currently playing for the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport. "[But] that role - it's more like a middle label now. There's guys that maybe get a little more ice time, and now all of a sudden they have to do that job, and they're probably not going to like doing that job."

A perfect example came on Nov. 1. With Boulton in the minors, the Islanders' Travis Hamonic fought former Ranger Brian Boyle. It was only the second period, the Islanders were losing 4-0, and they were getting pushed around. Hamonic may have a few fights under his belt, but considering he is a key to the Islanders' defense, can the team risk losing him for five minutes - or even worse, to an injury from a fight?

"He shouldn't be fighting every night," remarked Boulton, who has more than 140 fights in 654 career regular season games. "But if there's nobody else in the lineup, he's going to step up and do it if somebody hits John Tavares the wrong way, or is getting out of line. So, whether you're an enforcer or not, fighting is still in the game."

Fighting is still in the game -- after all, the Anaheim Ducks had 16 fights in their first 20 games this season. But its presence is drastically declining.

According to Hockeyfights.com, the 2015-16 season saw 0.28 fights per game. Less than 10 years before that, there were more than double at 0.60 fights per game in the 2008-09 season. In that same season, more than 40 percent of the games saw a fight. Last year, less than 25 percent saw the gloves drop.

"I think it'll always have a role," explained enforcer Luke Gazdic. "It helps eliminate guys taking cheap shots and runs at guys that can't protect themselves...that's what tougher guys are in the lineup for. ...there's always a place for enforcement and retribution on things happening to teammates.

As long as there's hockey there will be fighting in my opinion, and as long as there's hockey there will be room for guys that do the things that I do and play in a similar role that I do."

But not so fast. Gazdic was recently cleared to return to the Devils' lineup after breaking his foot in the preseason, but he was subsequently sent down to the minors. The expectation is his demoting was a conditioning stint, but there are no guarantees. There is no one who currently sits on the Devils roster who is deemed their enforcer. In fact the two fighting majors they have belong to Vernon Fiddler and Sergei Kalinin - two names that don't scream "fighter."

"There's a lot of guys that have found their way out of the game, but I think...it's more so on their inability to be able to keep up with the pace of the game," said Gazdic at the November premiere of the hockey documentary on enforcers, Ice Guardians. "Hockey has gotten so much bigger and stronger and faster over the last - I would even say four to six years."

But what is the impact of losing these players that, to an extent, controlled the game?

"I have this fear that if we don't have guys looking after each other that the rats will take this game over," then-Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said in 2012 after demoting Orr to the AHL. "That's my fear. I see guys running around and starting stuff and won't back it up. It makes me sick to my stomach…

These guys that won't back it up, won't drop their gloves, run around and elbow people in the head and hit people from behind. They never have to answer for that in the game. They used to have to answer for that in the game."

Burke may have been foreshadowing a bit. Case in point - In 2013, the Rangers' Rick Nash missed 17 games after taking an elbow to the head from San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart. Stuart received a two-minute minor, and despite having Arron Asham and Derek Dorsett on the team, it was Brian Boyle - a key penalty killer - who retaliated and earned roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the third period.

"In [my] day, when I played with Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy, my job was to play with Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier, but also make sure nothing happened to those two," Hall of Famer Clark Gillies said in an interview with SNY in 2013. "Fighting has always been a huge part of the game. From an intimidation standpoint, when things get a little out of hand the greatest way to shut things down a little bit is [to] send somebody out there, and grab somebody. Let them know that this stuff's got to stop. [But] they've kind of clamped down on it."

Clamped down? Has the NHL gone soft? Why wasn't there immediate retribution against Stuart for the hit on Nash?

Rule 46.11 - A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation shall be assessed an instigating minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting and a ten-minute misconduct.

The instigator rule.

Let's go back to the Pirri fighting major that happened in Game 22 against the Flyers, when center Travis Konecny didn't like a hit Pirri threw on Brandon Manning. So he went after Pirri. Pirri did get a boarding minor in addition to the fight. But Konecny got five minutes for fighting, two minutes for instigating and a 10-minute misconduct. 17 minutes in penalties for the 19-year-old. While an enforcer may not play that much regardless, having to shuffle lines for that long is tough on teammates and coaches alike.

In a 2013 interview with TSN, Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman -- the same player who was protected by enforcers Joey Kocur and the late Bob Probert -- said "I believe a player should get a game misconduct for fighting. We penalize and suspend players for making contact with the head while checking in an effort to reduce head injuries yet we still allow fighting. We're stuck in the middle and need to decide what kind of sport do we want to be. Either anything goes and we accept the consequences or take the next step and eliminate fighting."

His words created a shock wave through the hockey community. In the Ice Guardians documentary, it made a point to discuss concussions can come from boarding, elbows, open-ice hits, charging, etc. -- trying to pinpoint it on anything but fighting. But with the link between repetitive blows to the head and CTE, the deaths of at least seven former enforcers before the age of 50, and the countless others -- like former Devil Mike Peluso -- day-to-day, the question of whether fighting has a role is called into question.

"I don't think you want to give up a roster spot for someone who may not even see any ice time unless things get out of hand," commented Gillies. "With the two goaltenders, you've got 18 spots and I, as a coach or a general manager...I'd want to make sure I can use each and every one of those spots on my bench if I need to and not be afraid to put a guy out there in any situation...to have a spot on your bench being taken up by somebody that's really not going to use for any other purpose than just for fighting doesn't make sense to me."

So where does the NHL go from here? Will fighting go extinct? Will the enforcer position become a story of legend?

"They epitomized all of the values that we hold dear in hockey and it's from teamwork, sacrifice…the willingness to kind of step up and protect each other," former enforcer Luke Westgarth, who starred in the documentary Ice Guardians said. "The enforcer is something that you see for all of these values and that to me is the number one thing. I hope it isn't lost. It's so inherent in our sport that these values are what we find - what we hold dear - so it's odd to think that maybe if I was coming up today, I wouldn't make it, but that's the way sports and the world kind of evolves."

And it looks like we're evolving away from dropping the gloves.


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( Adam Hunger)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


First period:

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

Second period:

  • 10:18 DET Zetterberg; Assist: Nyquist

Third period:

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

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


First period

No goals

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

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

According to STATS: 

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

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

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

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

Recap

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

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

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

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


First Period

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
(Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Recap

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

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

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

New Jersey Devils great Patrik Elias has retired from the NHL, the Devils announced Friday morning.

Elias played all 18 seasons of his NHL career with New Jersey, and will retire as a two-time Stanley Cup Champion and the Devils all-time leader in goals, assists, and points. 

The Devils will celebrate "Patrik Elias Week" over the final three home games this season, including Elias dropping the ceremonial puck on April 4, an open practice on April 7, and Elias participating in warm-ups during the April 8 home finale.

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Mar 29, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save in front of New Jersey Devils left wing Blake Pietila (56) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Mar 29, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save in front of New Jersey Devils left wing Blake Pietila (56) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have assigned forward Blake Pietila to their AHL affiliate in Albany, the team announced on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Pietila has an assist in 10 games with New Jersey this season.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall scores a goal on Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall scores a goal on Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils lost to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout, 4-3, Tuesday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 0:52 WIN Nikolaj Ehlers; Assists: Blake Wheeler, Jacob Trouba
  • 8:10 NJ Beau Bennett; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Dalton Prout
  • 12:07 NJ Taylor Hall; Assist: Travis Zajac

Second period:

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New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday at Prudential Center at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Jets won the first matchup between these teams this season. A win tonight would give Winnipeg a sweep of the season series for just the third time in franchise history (first two were 2005-06 as the Thrashers and 2013-14 as the Jets).
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(AP)

The Devils have signed D Michael Kapla from UMass-Lowell to a two-year entry deal, according to Andrew Gross of The Record.

Kapla will report to the Devils.

In 41 games for UMass-Lowell this season, the 22-year old defenseman registered three goals and 27 assists.

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

Keith Kinkaid allowed two goals late as the New Jersey Devils lost to the Dallas Stars, 2-1, Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 11:02 NJ Blake Coleman

Second period:

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Carolina Hurricanes broke a 1-1 tie in the third period and pulled away with a 3-1 victory over the Devils on Saturday. With the loss, the Devils are now eliminated from playoff contention.  >> Read more

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Mar 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) draws a penalty as he is hooked from behind by Toronto Maple Leafs center Brian Boyle (24) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Mar 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) draws a penalty as he is hooked from behind by Toronto Maple Leafs center Brian Boyle (24) at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

John Moore scored twice but the Devils still lost for the 13th time in 15 games, 4-2, to the Maple Leafs on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre. >> Read more...


First period:

  • 2:59 NJD John Moore; Assists: Damon SeversonKyle Palmieri
  • 5:46 TOR Josh Leivo (power play); Assists: Auston Matthews, William Nylander
  • 18:17 TOR William Nylander; Assists: Auston Matthews, Nikita Zaitsev

Second period:

  • 2:04 TOR James van Riemsdyk; Assists: Mitchell Marner, Tyler Bozak

Third period:

  • 9:04 NJD John Moore (power play); Assists: Pavel ZachaTaylor Hall
  • 19:14 TOR Connor Brown (empty net); Assists: Leo Komarov, Nazem Kadri
Tags: Damon Severson, John Moore, Kyle Palmieri, Pavel Zacha, Taylor Hall
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Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a game winning goal by New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64) during overtime at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a game winning goal by New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64) during overtime at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Rangers 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Thursay night at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Devils won for just the second time in their last 14 games with Tuesday's 3-2 overtime victory over the Rangers. New Jersey is 5-for-15 (33.3 percent) on the power-play over its last five games, scoring at least one power-play goal in all five.
  • The Maple Leafs won their second straight and extended their point streak to four games following Wednesday's 5-2 victory at the Blue Jackets. Toronto has now scored at least five goals 13 times this season, its most since 2008-09 (17).
  • New Jersey and Toronto have gone to the shootout six times in the last 11 meetings. Dating back to the 2013-14 season, no other head-to-head series has seen at least six games reach the shootout.
Tags: Pavel Zacha
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Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center.  (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Mar 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save on New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Recap

Joseph Blandisi scored on an odd-man rush with 54.6 seconds left in overtime and the New Jersey Devils handed the New York Rangers a rare road loss, 3-2 on Tuesday night.

John Quenneville set up Blandisi's third goal of the season, and Quenneville and Taylor Hall also scored for the Devils. New Jersey got just its second win in 14 games (2-10-2) behind 38 saves by Cory Schneider, including a stop on Kevin Hayes in close just before Blandisi's winner.

The win was the Devils' first in four games with the Rangers this season. >> Read more...

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

Boone Jenner scored two goals to help the Blue Jackets clinch a playoff spot in a 4-1 win over the Devils on Sunday at The Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 6:32 CLS Lukas Sedlak (Penalty Shot)
  • 10:23 CLS Boone Jenner (Short Handed); Assists: Jack Johnson, David Savard
  • 10:30 NJD Adam Henrique (Power Play); Assists: Pavel Zacha

Second period:

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

While the Blue Jackets have everything working for them, the Devils are once again playing out the string.

The Devils broke a 10-game losing streak Thursday by beating the Philadelphia Flyers 6-2 on Friday night but began a new skid with a 6-4 loss in Pittsburgh the following night. When this season ends, it mark the fifth straight season the Devils have missed the postseason since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2012.

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New Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid makes a save on a breakaway against Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel during the second period. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey goalie Keith Kinkaid makes a save on a breakaway against Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel during the second period. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Sidney Crosby scored two goals, including an insurance empty-netter with 14 seconds left, to give the Penguins a 6-4 win over the Devils Friday in Pittsburgh. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:35 NJD Kyle Palmieri Assists: Taylor Hall, John Moore
  • 6:37 PIT Phil Kessel Assists: Patric Hornqvist, Matt Cullen
  • 13:30 PIT Jake Guentzel Assists: Brian Dumoulin, Sidney Crosby
  • 14:02 NJD Stefan Noesen Assists: Pavel Zacha, John Quenneville
  • 19:45 PIT Sidney Crosby (Power Play) Assists: Mark Streit, Justin Schultz

Second period:

  • 15:47 PIT Nick Bonino Assists: Carter Rowney, Tom Kuhnhackl
  • 19:09 NJD Beau Bennett Assists: Adam Henrique, Jon Merrill

Third period:

  • 5:17   PIT Carter Rowney Assists: Tom Kuhnhackl, Tom Sestito
  • 16:29 NJD Kyle Palmieri (Power Play) Assists: Joseph Blandisi
  • 19:26 PIT Sidney Crosby (ENG) Assists: Conor Sheary
Tags: Adam Henrique, Beau Bennett, John Moore, Kyle Palmieri, Taylor Hall
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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique each scored twice as the Devils snapped their 10-game losing streak Thursday night with a 6-2 win over the Flyers at the Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 17:00 PHI Michael Del Zotto; Assists: Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux
  • 18:11 NJD Kyle Palmieri; Assists: Travis Zajac

Second period:

  • 5:50 NJD Adam Henrique; Assists: Beau Bennett, Dalton Prout
  • 9:40 NJD Joseph Blandisi (power play); Assists: Damon SeversonPavel Zacha
  • 11:13 PHI Brayden Schenn; Assists: Radko Gudas, Michael Del Zotto

Third period:

  • 1:33 NJD Taylor Hall; Assists: Travis Zajac
  • 4:08 NJD Adam Henrique; Assists: John MooreKyle Palmieri
  • 15:21 NJD Taylor Hall (empty net)
Tags: Adam Henrique, Beau Bennett, Damon Severson, John Moore, Joseph Blandisi, Kyle Palmieri, Pavel Zacha, Taylor Hall
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Mar 4, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64), defenseman Jon Merrill (7) and defenseman Steven Santini (34) stand on the ice after giving up a goal to the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Mar 4, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Joseph Blandisi (64), defenseman Jon Merrill (7) and defenseman Steven Santini (34) stand on the ice after giving up a goal to the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

The Devils look to snap their 10-game losing streak as they host the Flyers at the Prudential Center tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Devils have beaten Philadelphia twice this season by a combined margin of 8-1. New Jersey has thus improved to 13-3-3 in the series since the beginning of 2013-14, during which time the Devils have outscored the Flyers at even strength, 42-22.
  • The Flyers ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Penguins on Wednesday which matched Philadelphia's largest margin of victory this season. It was the Flyers' fourth team shutout of 2016-17.
  • The Devils' game against Winnipeg on Tuesday was postponed due to Winter Storm Stella and will be made up on March 28. The storm denied New Jersey an opportunity to end its 10-game losing streak (0-8-2), which is tied for the second-longest skid in franchise history (14 straight losses by the Kansas City Scouts in 1975-76).
Tags: Andy Greene, Kyle Palmieri
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New Jersey Devils forward John Quenneville (47) plays the puck during the second period of a preseason hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)
New Jersey Devils forward John Quenneville (47) plays the puck during the second period of a preseason hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte)

The Devils have recalled F John Quenneville from Albany, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Quenneville has not recorded a point in two games with New Jersey this season.

In 53 games with the Albany Devils this year, Quenneville has recored 12 goals and 29 assists.

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A general view of the NHL shield logo before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. (Steve Mitchell)
A general view of the NHL shield logo before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. (Steve Mitchell)

Tonight's game between the Devils and Jets at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ has been postponed due to the "severe winter storm impacting the area," the NHL announced late Tuesday morning.

The game has been rescheduled for March 28.

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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) moves the puck up ice.  (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) moves the puck up ice. (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))

The Devils scored four goals in the final two periods but fell short to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, 5-4. >>Read more

First Period

1:27 ARI Radim Vrbata; Assists: Max Domi, Connor Murphy

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Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 25, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) during the second period against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils have sent goaltender Ken Appleby to the AHL and have recalled forward Blake Pietila, the team announced. 

Pietila has played in two NHL games this year, posting a minus-2 rating. 

In 27 games in the AHL, Appleby has a .909 save percentage. 

 

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