The Flyers and Devils face off in a matchup of two teams playing out the string.

Who: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers

When: 7:30 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

Media: TV - MSG+ (Channel listings); Radio - Bloomberg (1130 AM)

Twitter: @cgriffin415 | @SNYDevils

Stats & Notes (via Devils PR)

  • New Jersey is looking to end a season-high ten-game (0-6-4) winless streak. A loss tonight would tie the second-longest winless streak in team history (11, accomplished twice, most recently 0-7-4, December 27, 1990-January 22, 1991)
  • Monday at Toronto the Devils were shutout for the third time in six games/this season. New Jersey was shutout in back-to-back games for the sixth time in club history and the first time since March 13-15, 2012.
  • Also Monday, New Jersey fell to 3-16-6 on the year when allowing the first goal. The Devils are 12-1-4 when scoring the first goal this season.
  • The Devils out shot the Maple Leafs Monday, 32-13, and have now out shot their opponent in 21 of the past 23 games.
  • New Jersey has allowed just 24 shots over the past two games combined, which ties the mark for the fewest in back-to-back games in team history (also March 19-21, 2001). -credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • The Devils have allowed just 46 shots over the past 3 games, which is a team record for a three-game stretch (previously 46, December 4-10, 2003).-credit Elias Sports Bureau
  • Toronto’s 2 shots in the second period Monday tied for a season-low for an opponent (also, April 12 vs. Ottawa, 3rd period).
  • The Devils are 3-0-1 vs. the Flyers this season and, including the playoffs, have won nine of the last 12 meetings between the teams.
  • Martin Brodeur (11 saves) took the loss in goal Monday. He has started 12 consecutive games and is 2-6-4 since returning to the lineup on March 21 at Carolina.
Expected Lineup

Forwards                                                              Defense                                                 Goalie

Elias-Zajac-Sullivan                                           Greene-Fayne                                  Brodeur

Zubrus-Henrique-Clarkson                      Tallinder-Zidlicky

Ponikarovsky-Josefson-D'Agostini           Harrold-Larsson

Carter-Gionta-Bernier

Inactives: Barch, Kostopoulos, Loktionov, Ubrom

Sidelined: Salvador (wrist)

Suspended: Volchenkov (two games)

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Devils center Brian Boyle discusses the team's optimism after their overtime win over the Capitals, admits there's still much to improve on.

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)

Devils all-star forward Taylor Hall was the hero for the team in their overtime 4-3 win against the Capitals, scoring the game-winning goal as well as picking up an assist earlier in the game, but he left the ice annoyed at a missed opportunity. 

The Devils were leading the Capitals 3-1 in the second period before two Washington goals sent the game into overtime, earning the visitors a point. Hall rues that the Devils were unable to finish off the game.

"For us to take the next step as a group, it's being able to finish off those games," Hall said...

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Dec 23, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) scores a goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg (31) during third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 23, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) scores a goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg (31) during third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Devils beat the Capitals 4-3 in overtime, though feel like they gave the Captials a point after leading 3-1 in the second period. Taylor Hall scored the overtime winner, while Drew Stafford, Andy Greene and Miles Wood were also on the scoresheet.  << Box score

First period:

  • 8:01 NJD Drew Stafford; Assist: Marcus Johansson
  • 12:10 WAS Brett Connolly; Assists: Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie

Second period:

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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)

The top two teams in the Metropolitan Division face off Thursday night at the Prudential Center when the first-place Washington Capitals come off their bye week to visit the second-place New Jersey Devils.

The Capitals (28-14-3) beat the Devils (22-12-8) in each of their first two meetings this season by identical 5-2 scores. After Thursday, the teams do not meet again until the regular-season finale for each on April 7 in Washington.

Winning games within the division is something the Capitals have done well this season, posting an 8-4-1 mark against Metro teams after knocking off the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 last Friday in their final game before the bye week.

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Jan 16, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 16, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Damon Severson scored consecutive goals less than two minutes apart in the second period as the Devils snapped ended their six-game winless streak with a 4-1 win over the Islanders on Tuesday night at Barclays Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:39 NYI Anders Lee
  • 15:20 NJD Kyle Palmieri (PP); Assists: Sami Vatanen, Marcus Johansson

Second period:

  • 12:58 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Brian Gibbons, Stefan Noesen
  • 14:24 NJD Severson; Assists: Ben Lovejoy, Jesper Bratt
  • 18:20 NJD Taylor Hall

Third period:

  • NONE
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Jan 13, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Travis Konecny (11) scores a goal on New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Jan 13, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Travis Konecny (11) scores a goal on New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

NEW YORK -- A win over the New Jersey Devils nine days ago helped snap an extended funk by the New York Islanders. The Devils will look to return the favor Tuesday night, when they again visit the Islanders in a matchup of Metropolitan Division rivals at Barclays Center.

The Islanders earned their third straight win Monday, when they edged the host Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, in overtime Monday. John Tavares' goal 1:51 into the extra session ensured a yeoman-like effort by backup goalie Thomas Greiss (a career-high 52 saves) would not go for naught for New York. >> Read more

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Jan 13, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) and New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) battle for the puck during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Jan 13, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) and New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) battle for the puck during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Sean Couturier scored goals in back-to-back periods to fuel a 5-3 win for the Flyers over the Devils on Saturday night at the Prudential Center.  >> Box score

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Nov 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The 2017 NHL draft was the Nico and Nolan show, with passionate debates about whether Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick would be the first overall selection.

Ultimately, the New Jersey Devils (22-11-8) made Hischier the first Swiss-born player in league history chosen first overall and the Philadelphia Flyers (19-15-8) grabbed Patrick with the next selection.

Nearly seven months later, the top two picks in the most recent draft face one another on the ice for the first time as professionals when the Devils host the Flyers on Saturday night at the Prudential Center.

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On Saturday night, the Devils will play the Flyers for the first time this season. More notably, the top two picks of the 2017 NHL Draft will line up against each other for the first time.

Nico Hischier was drafted by the Devils with the first pick then the Flyers selected Nolan Patrick second overall. Devils GM Ray Shero is extremely happy with his pick.

"It's going to be real enjoyable watching Nico over his development on and off the ice," Shero said...

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New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

After 41 games this season, the Devils have been a pleasant surprise. They headed into their week-long break third in the Metropolitan division with 52 points.

They trail the Capitals, 57 points, and the Blue Jackets, 53, while having four games in hand on Columbus and three on Washington. They will make up some of that ground in February, as the team plays 14 games in 28 days.

Forward Kyle Palmieri reflected on the first half of the season, content with how the Devils have performed despite limping into the break on a 0-2-3 slide. 

"I think our team has played well," Palmieri said...

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Dec 23, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) scores a goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg (31) during third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 23, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) scores a goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg (31) during third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Devils forward Taylor Hall earned his third straight NHL All-Star Game selection and second straight with New Jersey, the club announced Wednesday.

Hall was named to his first All-Star team during the 2015-2016 season, his last with the Edmonton Oilers.

The 26-year-old will be the only Devil represented on the Metropolitan Division squad. He leads the Devils with 15 goals and 42 points in 39 games this season.

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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) looks on during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) looks on during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The Devils and Islanders engaged in a back-and-forth contest through three periods, but after a scoreless overtime, Brock Nelson made the game-winner in a shootout to help the Islanders defeat the Devils, 5-4. >> Box score

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall drives with puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall drives with puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- The only thing the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils need more than the NHL's version of a "bye week" is a win heading into their time off.

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Nov 29, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes reacts to a call during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Nov 29, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes reacts to a call during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

Devils head coach John Hynes was far from happy after the team fell to the Stars 4-3 on Thursday night, their fourth straight loss.

Hynes didn't mince words. He said the team beat themselves. Defensemen Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen, in particular, were negatively involved in a few goals for the Stars.

"We gave it away," Hynes said

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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)

The Devils lost their fourth straight, as they fell to the Stars 4-3 in Dallas. Taylor Hall was involved in all three Devils goals, scoring one and assisting two.

Brian Boyle started the night with a powerplay goal but ultimately three Stars second-period goals was too much to overcome. << Box score

First period

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New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

DALLAS -- The New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars meet Thursday night at American Airlines Center for the second and final time this regular season with both teams looking to rebound from tough losses.

New Jersey (22-10-7) lost 3-2 in a shootout at St. Louis on Tuesday, a loss which puts the Devils' road record at a still-impressive 10-5-4.

The Devils are looking to avoid their second four-game losing streak of the season. New Jersey previously lost four straight between Nov. 3-9.

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Jan 2, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Tage Thompson (32) shoots and scores as New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) defends during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Jan 2, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Tage Thompson (32) shoots and scores as New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) defends during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Devils responded to every Blues goal in regulation with a goal of their own, but ultimately lost in a shootout, 3-2.

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Nov 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

ST. LOUIS -- Desperate times called for desperate measures.

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Dec 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) controls the puck against the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Dec 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) controls the puck against the Washington Capitals during the second period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

John Moore and Travis Zajac scored goals for the Devils, but it was not enough to defeat a Capitals squad that scored in every period en route to a 5-2 win on Saturday night. >> Box score

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Nov 30, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Eddie Lack (31) warms up prior to the game between the Calgary Flames and the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Nov 30, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Eddie Lack (31) warms up prior to the game between the Calgary Flames and the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

The New Jersey Devils traded defenseman Dalton Prout to the Flames in exchange for goaltender Eddie Lack, the Devils announced on Saturday.

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen in the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen in the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Thanks in large part to their play on home ice, the Washington Capitals are near the top of the Metropolitan Division.

The only team that's standing in their way is the New Jersey Devils, who will have ample opportunity coming up to recapture their early-season success on the road as they look to extend a slim lead.

In a matchup of two surging teams, Washington welcomes New Jersey to Capital One Arena on Saturday night.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall drives with puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall drives with puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

As the Devils were tied 3-3 with the Sabres in the third period of an eventual 4-3 overtime loss, Taylor Hall appeared to put the Devils ahead before his goal was called back for offsides. 

Much of the fanbase was frustrated as it was an impossibly close call, but Hall isn't too bothered by it.

"That's the nature of the game, that's why the rule is there," Hall said...

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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))

The Devils' five-game win streak ends as the team lost to the Sabres 4-3 in overtime. New Jersey's win streak came on a homestand and couldn't close it out with a perfect 6-0, they'll have to settle for 5-1-0. << Box score

First period:

  • 13:35 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Stefan Noesen

Second period:

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Dec 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (40) celebrates his goal during the second period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (40) celebrates his goal during the second period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

After winning the first five games, the New Jersey Devils look to close out their season-high six-game homestand with a perfect record Friday night when they host the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center.

The Devils (22-9-5) beat the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings on this homestand, outscoring the opposition 20-10 in the process. Along the way, New Jersey's five-game winning streak is its longest overall this season.

"We're not too worried about the streak, I think we're just worried about protecting home ice," explained Devils goalie Cory Schneider, who was outstanding Wednesday, making 31 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Red Wings.

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Dec 27, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 27, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Nico Hischier scored twice in the first period to lead the Devils past the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period: 

  • 15:16 NJD Nico Hischier; Assists: Steven Santini, Taylor Hall
  • 18:22 NJD Hischier; Assists: Hall, Jesper Bratt

Second period: 

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Dec 23, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks during first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 23, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks during first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The National Hockey League ramps back up after its annual three-day holiday break, but the schedule does no favors for the Detroit Red Wings, who face off with the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. 

While the Red Wings (13-15-7) will be refreshed from the time off, they return to action against the Devils (21-9-5), who sit atop the Metropolitan Division and bring a four-game winning streak into the matchup. >> Read more

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Dec 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) scores the game winning goal on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the shootout at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) scores the game winning goal on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the shootout at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Devils coach John Hynes said Brian Boyle and Kyle Palmieri left Saturday night's game due to precautionary reasons, according to multiple reports.

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Dec 23, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) misses a shot in front of Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg (31) during second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 23, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) misses a shot in front of Chicago Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg (31) during second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Devils scored three goals in the first period and Cory Schneider had 39 saves as the Devils beat the Blackhawks on Saturday, 4-1. >> Box score

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen in the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen in the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils are halfway through their longest homestand of the season and so far it is going very well.

The Devils are 3-0 on their six-game homestand and aim to get another win Saturday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.

New Jersey is 4-0-1 in its last five games and 20-9-5 overall after posting the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season.

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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)

As the Devils are just one point off first place in the Metropolitan Division, Taylor Hall has noticed something different: they don't play against backup goalies much these days.

Last season the Devils had the league's fourth-worst record, leading to teams not always taking them seriously. But this year, the Devils have earned respect around the league.

"We don't see backup goalies anymore," said Hall, via Andrew Gross of The Record. "We get every team's full lineup and full attention. A playoff race with important games in January, February, I really haven't had that a whole lot. Now, it's about bringing our game to the next level."

Hall, who has 32 points (11g, 21a) in 32 games this season, hopes to make the postseason for the first time in his career. 

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Devils D Andy Greene may be looking forward to the holiday break, but there is still one more game to go. 

The Devils will take on the Blackhawks at the Prudential Center on Saturday, and for now, Greene is solely focused on that matchup.

"You can't," the Devils captain told NorthJersey.com's Andrew Gross. "It's tough but this is our job. Let's finish this off right and play the right way."

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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)

Brian Boyle's 2017 has been nothing short of an inspiration to those witnessing. He was diagnosed with cancer before the season started, beat it, returned to the Devils and has been excellent since returning to the ice. And it's not just fans that are inspired by Boyle, it's his teammates too. 

In the Devils 4-3 shootout win against the Rangers on Thursday night, Boyle scored a game-tying third-period power play goal before scoring the winning shootout goal. 

Devils rookie Nico Hischier was quick to heap effusive praise on Boyle after the win.

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Dec 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (40) celebrates his goal during the second period of their game against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 21, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (40) celebrates his goal 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 Devils beat the Rangers in New Jersey 4-3 after a shootout. Brian Boyle continues his impressive season as he tied the game with a powerplay goal in the third period before scoring the winning goal in the shootout.

Kyle Palmieri had two assists while Taylor Hall tallied an assist in his return. 

First period 

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New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

NEWARK, N.J. -- There have been many memorable games played between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils over the years, though not too many important ones in recent memory.

That changed this season with both teams jockeying for position at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings, making for an intriguing clash Thursday night when the Devils (19-9-5) host the Rangers (19-12-3) at the Prudential Center.

"It's exciting, with the proximity of the teams, when they are (both) competitive," said Devils coach John Hynes following practice on Wednesday. "We're glad we're in it. It's fun to be part of. Hopefully it continues that way."

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Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller makes a save while New Jersey Devils right wing Stefan Noesen and defenseman Andy Welinski battle for the puck during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller makes a save while New Jersey Devils right wing Stefan Noesen and defenseman Andy Welinski battle for the puck during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Stefan Noesen scored twice in the third period to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period

  • 6:44 ANA Ryan Getzlaf; Assists: Rickard Rakell, Josh Manson
  • 10:30 ANA Jakob Silfverberg; Assists: Andrew Cogliano, Adam Henrique

Second period

  • 8:10 NJ Miles Wood (power play); Assists: Sami Vatanen, Jesper Bratt
  • 11:21 ANA Henrique; Assist: Manson
  • 18:16 NJ Wood; Assist: Pavel Zacha

Third period:

  • 5:49 NJ Bratt; Assists: Blake Coleman, Brian Boyle
  • 15:53 NJ Stefan Noesen; Assists: Boyle, Andy Greene
  • 19:53 NJ Noesen (ENG); Assist: Boyle
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New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen in the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen in the first period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

On Nov. 30, the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks made a substantial in-season trade that moved center Adam Henrique west and sent defenseman Sami Vatanen east.

Three weeks later, Henrique returns to the Prudential Center as the Ducks (14-11-8) play the Devils (18-9-5) on Monday night for the first time since the trade.

"I'm looking forward to it," Henrique said after practice Sunday in New Jersey. "Honestly, I'm going to try to not think about all that all day, but it'll be hard not to. I'm sure it will be emotional."

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall drives with puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall drives with puck in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

Devils forward Taylor Hall is set to return to the lineup for Monday's game against the Anaheim Ducks after missing the previous two games with a right knee contusion.

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(Vincent Carchietta)

Brian Boyle notched his 100th and 101st career goals to help the Devils defeat the Stars, 5-2, at home. 

Boyle gave the Devils the lead with a power-play goal at 16:39 in the second period, and came away with the final goal on an empty netter. Boyle now has eight goals on the season. >> Box Score

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save on Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save on Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

 

In recent years, the Dallas Stars' annual trips through the New York metropolitan area have been disappointments. Kari Lehtonen is making this holiday season's visit one to remember.

Fresh off a milestone win, Lehtonen looks to extend a personal run over the New Jersey Devils and lift Dallas to its sixth victory in seven road games on Friday night at Prudential Center.

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The Devils announced that they have acquired Coyotes' minor league forward Michael Latta for minor league forward Ryan Kujawinski.

Latta, 26, played in the NHL for the Capitals from 2013-16 before playing for the Coyote's AHL affiliate this season. In his years with Washington, Latta had four goals and 13 assists in 113 games. 

Kujawinski was a 2013 third-round pick of the Devils and had one goal and one assist in five games with the Devils' AHL affiliate this season. 

Latta will go to the AHL, according to Amanda Stein.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save on Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save on Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils scored just 81 seconds into the game but were blanked the rest of the way as they fell to the Canadiens 2-1 in overtime. Stefan Noesen scored the lone New Jersey goal and Cory Schneider saved 34 of 36 shots faced. << Box score

First Period

  • 1:21 NJD Stefan Noesen; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Andy Greene
  • 12:31 MTL Andrew Shaw; Assists: Phillip Danault, Jordie Benn 

Second Period

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Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck while being defended by Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) during overtime at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck while being defended by Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) during overtime at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens only have five games left before the Christmas break, and Thursday night's contest against the New Jersey Devils is their last home game before the New Year.

After losing their last three, the Habs (13-14-4) will be looking to close out 2017 at the Bell Centre with a victory.

"We've got one home game left before we head on the road for this Christmas break, so it's a pretty important five games for us," Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher told the team website. "We're going to try to take things game-by-game, but really understand that we can't have any bad nights. We've got to be accountable to our teammates, and try to string something together here."

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Dec 12, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) scores a goal on Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 12, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) scores a goal on Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Taylor Hall scored two goals and Cory Schneider saved 16 of 17 shots saves to help the Devils beat the LA Kings.  >> Box score

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Nov 29, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes reacts to a call during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Nov 29, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes reacts to a call during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

Devils' coach John Hynes didn't mince words in the aftermath of his team's 5-2 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night. 

Hynes was unhappy with how 'soft' the Devils played.

"You play soft and you play loose you have no chance to win," Hynes said, via Andrew Gross of The Record. "That was tonight's game. We were soft all over the ice. Too many soft individuals. We played a loose game, that's what happens. That's the game right there." 

The Devils will look to get back in the win column on Tuesday against the Kings.

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Nov 22, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 22, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt (63) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Mats Zuccarello nets twice as the Rangers beat the Devils 5-2 << Box score

First period: 

  • 6:14 NYR Jimmy Vessey; Assists: Boo Nieves, Paul Carey

Second period: 

  • 9:42 NYR Jesper Fast; Assist: Rick Nash
  • 13:45 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Blake Coleman, Stefan Noesen
  • 16:03 NYR Mats Zuccarello (unassisted)

Third period:

  • 6:21 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller
  • 6:34 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Will Butcher
  • 11:59 NYR Kevin Hayes; Assist: Rick Nash
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Nov 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Nov 7, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck during the second period of their game against the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils will renew their rivalry when they meet at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

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(Russell LaBounty)

The Devils couldn't score in the third period as the Blue Jackets stole one on the road, 5-3, at the Prudential Center. >> Box score

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(Russell LaBounty)

Earlier in the week, the New Jersey Devils faced some adversity and passed their next test with flying colors following some tough love from coach John Hynes. The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to find success with the same formula on Friday night when these two teams meet in the second game of a home-and-home set at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The Devils (16-7-4) thumped the Blue Jackets (17-10-1) 4-1 on Tuesday night in Columbus after Hynes held a stern meeting with team veterans the day before. Coming off a lackluster 5-0 road loss to the last-overall Arizona Coyotes, Hynes demanded better from his team in no uncertain terms -- and it responded, taking back first place in the Metropolitan Division in the process.

"It's black and white when he communicates with us," Devils center Brian Boyle told nj.com. "We have to start making a big difference in these games because you know how they go into December, New Year, after the All-Star break, after the trade deadline. It gets tighter and tighter..."

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Dec 5, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) carries the puck around Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (3) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)
Dec 5, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood (44) carries the puck around Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (3) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports (Russell LaBounty)

The Devils broke a 1-1 tie by scoring two goals in the second period before tacking another in the third to beat the Blue Jackets, 4-1, on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena.  >> Box score

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