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Even though the New Jersey Devils are no longer playing as team, some Devils are still playing competitive hockey.

The IIHF World Championships are happening abroad-- in Finland and Sweden, in fact. There are two Devils apiece on Teams USA and Russia and one on Team Sweden.

Ilya Kovalchuk posted three shots on goal in 23:19 of ice time in Team Russia's stunning 2-1 loss to France on Wednesday.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, HENRIK TALLINDER, IIHF World Championships, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Team Canada, Team Russia, Team Sweden
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Even though the New Jersey Devils are no longer playing as team, some Devils are still playing competitive hockey.

The IIHF World Championships are happening abroad-- in Finland and Sweden, in fact. There are two Devils apiece on Teams USA and Russia and one on Team Sweden.

Stephen Gionta recorded his first IIHF World Championship goal, helping Team USA beat Team Finland 4-1 on Wednesday in Helsinki.

Tags: Craig Smith, HENRIK TALLINDER, Notes, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Team USA
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With the Devils not being part of the playoffs this year, it's time for everyone second-rate tournament -- the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS! So which Devils will be carrying the flag on their backs this month?

Via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

Stephen Gionta and Ryan Carter will both play for Team USA in the world championships in Finland and Sweden.

Ilya Kovalchuk will play for Russia, in the same group as the U.S.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, News, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta
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Sticking to their motto of planning to give some youngsters a chance in the final few games, the Devils have decided to give Alex Urbom a chance Tuesday night. Henrik Tallinder will be a healthy scratch to make room for Urbom, who will be paired with Peter Harrold.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

Urbom, a 2009 third-round draft pick, began the 2010-11 season in New Jersey and ended up playing eight NHL games that season. He played in five games last season, but this will be his first game in the league this season, so he?s looking forward to it.

?It?s always fun to play up here,? Urbom said. ?It?s going to be real fun.?

Tags: Alex Urbom, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, New Jersey Devils, News, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold
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Links: Twitter | NHL.com recap

A lifeless start, a couple of bad penalty calls and suddenly the Devils were frustrated, losing and on their way to playoff elimination. All in all, a sad but fitting end (as far as playoff chances go) to a season that was flawed from the get-go. Some thoughts...

Two things: When you combine a lack or energy with some questionable officiating, you usually get one of two results. Sometimes the team will take on an "us against the world" mentality, snap out of their funk and go on a tear the rest of the game. That didn't happen today. Instead, the Devils went further into their shell and seemingly quit on the game and essentially their season. Even Martin Brodeur admitted that he felt his teammates gave up when things didn't go their way. The Devils basically mailed in the first period, negating to forecheck or apply any sort of offensive pressure on the Rangers. It was almost like the Devils came out assuming they were already eliminated from the playoffs. While it was a mathematical eventuality, it's still disconcerting to hear players after the game talk about how they knew it was just a matter of time. When you hear stuff like that, you can understand why you get a first period like the Devils had today.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Johan Hedberg, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

Did the Devils play an A-plus game? No. I'd argue they played a couple better overall games during the 10-game winless streak. But the important thing is the streak is over and the Devils are back in the win column thanks to a few superlative efforts. It likely won't get the Devils back in the playoff chase, but a couple wins over the last 10 days would be important for their confidence heading into the offseason. Some thoughts...

It's over: Everyone can breathe a big sign of relief. The winless streak is finally over and it didn't even take Ilya Kovalchuk returning to finally stop it. Of course, like I said above, this wasn't a perfect game. They struggled to put pucks on net in the first and had difficulty finishing in the second before Ryan Carter snapped one of Ilya Bryzgalov's shoulder. But the important thing was the Devils kept working in two very important areas: the neutral zone and below the Flyers' goal line. The Devils did a good job in long stretches of stopping the Flyers at the blue line and both of the Devils even-strength goals came as a result of their work in the neutral zone. As for the forecheck, it was strong almost all night long. The Devils generated a ton of chances off their pressure below the goal line and it eventually wore down Philly's defense. While the Devils aren't talented enough to out-skill teams, they are dedicated and strong enough to out-work them. It's a long shot, but wins like this are the kind of victories that send a team to length winning streaks. The Devils worked their way past an inferior opponent to a streak-busting victory and were rewarded after several games in which they played well but didn't win.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Devils, Devs, Flyers, HENRIK TALLINDER, JACOB JOSEFSON, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Philadelphia Flyers, Philly, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier
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Adam Larsson took a shot off his leg at practice Tuesday and won't be in the lineup Wednesday night. He'll be replaced by Henrik Tallinder, which is not the only change in Pete DeBoer's lineup.

https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/321996163790282752

Once again Pete DeBoer is shuffling multiple bodies in and out of the lineup. It's a trick he's tried multiple times this season to varying effect. There's been games where the "trick" has sparked the club or seen a player skate like his ass is on fire, but that's usually just a one- or two-game fix. Mostly, it's been a short-term, half-torn, blood-stained bandaid over a gaping wound. They Devils have been searching for a left wing on the first line all season. They've been trying to find six reliable defensemen (despite having eight on the roster) all season. They've looked for reliable third- and fourth-line wingers while trying to find anybody with a 20-goal scoring touch (Hello, Matt D'Agostini). None of it works. This is all very "deck chairs on the Titanic" rather than trying to find a combination that works. If there were one, DeBoer would've found it by now.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, JACOB JOSEFSON, Lineup Changes, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer
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Links: Twitter | NHL.com recap

The phrase "well, at least they got a point" is starting to mean something very different for these Devils. Tonight, it was more about the point not earned, much like last night's loss to the Lightning. As the playoffs approach (very quickly, might I add), it's becoming apparent that qualifying for the postseason isn't as much of a sure thing as previously thought. Some thoughts...

Points on the table: In the spirit of Schoolboy Q's "Hands on the Wheel," the Devils are really starting to temp fate here. They should have come away from this two-game trip with at least three points, but instead blew leads in the final 30 seconds both games. Tonight was a game that saw them play physical and play well for the most part and they were rewarded for it with two goals that came as a result of that work. The problem wasn't that the Devils took their foot off the gas. No, the Devils I think played too fast in the final minute. There's a reason why Pete DeBoer called a timeout with the Panthers' net empty. He wanted to the Devils to play calm, relaxed and smart, but instead they ended up running around in their own zone, chasing the puck and the Panthers were able to capitalize. As Steve Politi pointed out on Twitter after the game, the Devils have left at least eight to 10 points on the table this year, which is in direct opposition to the way they closed out games last season. Will those extra points come back to haunt them? It's too early to say. I still think they'll make the playoffs, but it could be a matter of seeding hurting the Devils in the first round. With the bottom of the East so tightly packed together, it's starting to look like six, seven and eight will be separated by two to four points -- points the Devils keep giving away.

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, HENRIK TALLINDER, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Panthers, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts
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https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/318061821682675712

Expect Tallinder to return to the lineup tonight.

Tags: Devils, Harri Pesonen, HENRIK TALLINDER, New Jersey Devils, News

From the Devils' optional skate Saturday:

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/318031275665539074

There's no word on who will come out of the lineup for Larsson, although my guess would be Peter Harrold, who did some extra work after this morning's skate. The Devils would have to clear a roster spot for Tallinder, who is currently on injured reserve.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Lineup Changes, New Jersey Devils

With the trade deadline a week away and the Devils limping toward it, there's a question of what GM/President Lou Lamoriello will do to boost the roster. Will he make a "go for it" deal with Martin Brodeur in possibly his penultimate season? Or will he sit tight and hope players returning from injury give the Devils a spark (or six)? If you take history and Lou's words to The Star-Ledger's Rich Chere on Wednesday into account, it's hard to argue with the latter.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/316995444121169922

And then there was this...

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, Buzz, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer
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An update on the Devils injured during tonight's game from coach Pete DeBoer:

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/316381263311298561

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/316381351441993728

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils, Stephen Gionta
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Well, it was only a matter of time. The Devils placed Ilya Kovalchuk on injured reserve Sunday night after announcing he would miss two to four weeks with a shoulder injury earlier in the day.

The Devils didn't make a corresponding move, meaning they now have an empty spot on the roster. Henrik Tallinder will likely be activated at some point this week and Alexei Ponikarovsky, who was retroactively put on IR today, is eligible to be activated Wednesday.

We suspected the Devils might wait to IR Kovy until they got results of the MRI, which he was undergoing at the time of Lou Lamoriello's presser earlier this afternoon -- not that we're likely to find out the results of that test. We'll have an overall piece on the impact of Kovy's injury on the Devils as a whole and their possible trade deadline plans tomorrow.

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, News

Henrik Tallinder made a full appearance at today's optional skate, testing out his ankle to very positive results.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/315488411211419648

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/315488579142963201

Tags: Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils
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With Martin Brodeur on the verge of returning, Devils fans can now turn their attention to the health of the other walking wounded, namely: Andrei Loktionov, Henrik Tallinder and Dainius Zubrus.

We'll start with the most recently injured, Loktionov, who has one of those wonderful "undisclosed" injuries.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/313693507514671104

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, Harri Pesonen, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Injury Report, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils
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Usually when a team holds an optional practice, the biggest news comes from whichever players are currently wounded, hurt or on injured reserve. Thursday was no different, with Pete DeBoer announcing that all of the Devils' injured players skated on their own today! That means Dainius Zubrus, Martin Brodeur and Henrik Tallinder all took to the ice as some point Thursday. Reason for celebration, right? Well, not so fast my friends.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/312272378350686209

Oh. Well, OK, that's not too surprising, but Zubrus skating has to be a good sign, right?

Tags: DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
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Bryce Salvador is wearing the captain's "C" this year, but his play certainly hasn't been up to that level.

Being that the Devils are at the half-way point of the season (OK, a couple games past it but cut us some slack), we decided to do some ?grades? for this team. Originally, this was supposed to be one full post, but after compiling them, it seems better to break them up into different pieces today. Earlier, we gave you our grades for the forwards. Next up, the defensemen.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Analysis, ANDY GREENE, Anton Volchenko, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Marek Zidlicky, Midterm grades, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside
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The Devils announced Tuesday that Dainius Zubrus could begin skating soon, coach Pete DeBoer gave an update before Wednesday's optional practice on the status of two other injured Devils: Martin Brodeur and Henrik Tallinder.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/311848789956767744

Unfortunately, there's not much to go on here. It's good that they're both skating, particularly Tallinder since his injury (lower body) would be the one most affected by just a trip around the rink. We're still in wait-and-see mode here, particularly with Brodeur. The Devils (and Brodeur) have absolutely no interesting in rushing Marty back just to lose him for the rest of the season. The Devils see Hedberg as a solid-enough fill-in goalie to keep them in the playoff chase while Brodeur heals. At this point, the next step for both players is likely a non-contact practice for Tallinder and maybe some skating with the team by Brodeur. Once they both reach the point of a full practice, we can expect them back in game action fairly quickly.

Tags: Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

The hockey boards lit up toward the end of last week at the prospect of Dany Heatley coming east?to New Jersey.

Can you picture this scene, only with Dany Heatley wearing a Devils sweater?

That trade has likely been delayed, considering Tallinder was placed on IR today. But it's no secret that Heatley's been frustrated ever since he was pulled from the Minnesota Wild's top-line back in February.

Tags: Analysis, Atlanta Thrashers, Cory Clouston, Dany Heatley, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Mike Yeo, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, San Jose Sharks
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Henrik Tallinder is not nursing a blod clot in his leg-- the injury that forced him to miss 37 games last year.

Henrik Tallinder was placed on injured reserve-- retroactive to March 7.

Forward Harri Pesonen was recalled from Albany and will wear No. 16.

Tags: Analysis, Harri Pesonen, HENRIK TALLINDER, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside
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Prior to Sunday's game, Devils coach Pete DeBoer updated the the media (and fans) on some of the injuries the Devils are currently dealing with. For one, how and when Bryce Salvador suffered his mysterious upper-body injury.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/310862852451860481

The important distinction in that note is not that Salvador is healthy, but rather that he can't hurt himself worse by playing. As for the other tentpole of the Devils' defensive gameplan, DeBoer offered some sort of of update on Martin Brodeur.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer
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As the Devils return home for the second half of a back-to-back, coach Pete DeBoer elected to make a few lineup changes -- at least one of which was initiated by the health of captain Bryce Salvador.

https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/310861770317246465

We'll have more on these changes in our game preview shortly.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau

The Devils dropped a surprise injury on the public Saturday morning, announcing Bryce Salvador did not make the trip to Carolina due to an upper-body injury. The news caught everyone a little off-guard, since nothing relating to Salvador's injury had hit the public before. So what is it? and serious? Coach Pete DeBoer answered today:

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/310443220628828161

The news of the captain's injury also came one day after the team said Henrik Tallinder wouldn't make the trip to Carolina due to a lower-body injury. The two injuries leave the Devils with just six healthy defensemen for the moment and they don't plan to recall a defensman from Albany to fill out the roster. Part of that is probably because DeBoer says it's possible one, if not both, could play tomorrow against Winnipeg.

Tags: Adam Larsson, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils
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Henrik Tallinder's lower-body injury Thursday night will keep him out of more than one game.

Pete DeBoer told the press corps on Friday that?Tallinder will not trek to Raleigh?with the Devils?for the Devils' game with the Hurricanes on Saturday. Tallinder injured himself during warmups Thursday night.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/310091310096850947

Tags: Analysis, Carolina Hurricanes, Dany Heatley, HENRIK TALLINDER, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, News, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

Bounce after bounce after bounce didn't go the Devils' way for two-plus periods Thursday night ... until they did. A rebound ended up right back on Adam Henrique's stick, same with Patrik Elias and then Elias had what might have been the biggest goal of the season (albeit a shootout score). Finally, the streak is over, hopefully for the Devils the pressure is off and? they can get back to playing a complete hockey game. Hopefully. Some thoughts...

Best player on the ice: The Devils aren't anywhere close to being in position to win that game if not for Johan Hedberg. Moose has taken a lot of heat during this losing streak -- and deservedly so. But tonight he was everything the Devils needed him to be. Hedberg was calm in the face of pressure, excellent with his positioning and made a couple saves he probably had no right making. He also got a few breaks (and caught a few posts, particularly in OT), but you tend to get those breaks when you're playing well. One of the more impressive aspects of his game tonight was his puck movement. After a couple early snafus, including one that led to him committing a penalty in the first period, Hedberg settled down with the puck on his stick and directly set up at least two legitimate scoring chances for the Devils. It's a small thing that Martin Brodeur usually excels at and it helps the Devils' defensemen move the puck up the ice without asking guys like Bryce Salvador to carry it end to end. Pete DeBoer had no doubt that Hedberg would eventually settle down and reward his patience in the veteran and tonight, DeBoer's faith paid off. The question now is whether this is a blip in the radar against a team that's OK at best or whether it's a sign of things to come. The Devils need it to be the latter because it doesn't appear that Brodeur is coming back from his back injury anytime soon. Hedberg doesn't have to win games like he did tonight, but he has to play well enough and not give up bad goals so the Devils are at least in games and have a chance to win.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, Buffalo Sabres, CBGB Line, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Sabres, Stephen Gionta, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Henrik Tallinder was a late scratch Thursday night with a lower-body injury. He was replaced in the lineup by Mark Fayne.

We should know more when DeBoer speaks to the media after tonight's game. Stay tuned.

Tags: Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, New Jersey Devils

This sudden change came during warmups Thursday:

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/309810265908707329

Fayne was scheduled to be a healthy scratch along with Adam Larsson, but apparently Tallinder was unable to go at the last minute. We'll let you know more on his status as soon as the information becomes available.

Tags: Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils

Whether you think the Devils are or aren't in trouble, there's one thing we all agree on: New Jersey's forwards are producing far too little offense. In response, coach Pete DeBoer has tried all manner of different line combinations to jump-start his offense. With none of those changes working for more than a shift or two, DeBoer went all the way back at today's morning skate.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/309687173458829312

We haven't seen those top two line combos since the first games following the Ponikarovsky trade. But wait! There's changes afoot on the back end, too.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexei Ponikarovsky, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, Pete Harrold, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The Devils held an optional skate this morning, but coach Pete DeBoer revealed two lineup changes for tonight's game, one more interesting than the other. First, the fourth line gets a bit of a change with Tim Sestito getting the chance to dress:

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/307177460531867649

Also, there will be some changes on defense, with a certain slow-footed Russian getting a night off.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, lineup changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Tim Sestito, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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After experimenting with some seriously strange line combos in the third period of last night's win, Pete DeBoer went back to business as usual at today's practice, including on defense.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/305021808791408642

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/305023096174305280

Tags: Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils, Notes
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

I'm not going to say the Devils stole this one, because they played well enough to win, but boy, the Caps' penalty problems certainly got them going in the third. With a noon start coming Saturday, this was a big win for the Devils and they could ice what's left of the Caps' season with a sweep of this two-game series. Some thoughts...

Dueling Russians: Alex Ovechkin came out firing on all cylinders in the first two periods, playing with the jump and speed that he used to display on a regular basis. There was the ridiculous undressing of Bryce Salvador and the spin move that left Henrik Tallinder useless and finally an end-to-end rush that he shot wide. It was vintage Ovechkin for 40 minutes and although he didn't score, it appeared only a matter of time before Ovi buried one. But then all of a sudden to star the third, Ilya Kovalchuk seemed liked a different player. Perhaps energized by Ovi's sudden resurgence or pissed off by his team's poor effort in the second period, Kovy was all over the ice in the third. Even before he scored the game-winning goal on a picture-perfect one-time setup from Patrik Elias, Kovy was rushing Caps goalie Braden Holtby and drawing penalties with strong work along the boards. It was always like Kovy realized there was nothing else going for the Devils tonight and took it upon himself to be the best player on the ice for the final 20 minutes. Of course, it helped that he basically played the entire period because of how much time the Devils spent on the power play during the third. Still, on nights like tonight, we're reminded that the Devils have something that only a handful of other teams have: a player that is the most skilled player 95 percent of the time he's on the ice. I mean, really, how many other players could've taken the shot that he scored the game winner on? Just fantastic.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Alex Ovechkin, Andrei Loktionov, Capitals, Caps, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Krys Barch, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Washington Capitals
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It was just a matter of time before Henrik Tallinder got back in the lineup and last night's performance by Mark Fayne apparently provided Pete DeBoer with enough reason to change things.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/302813636387278848

I'll get into more detail in my preview for tonight's game, but I can't say I blame DeBoer after the game Fayne had last night. Also, a reminder, it'll be Johan Hedberg in net tonight.

Tags: Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils

Besides the Stefan Matteau news -- which we'll delve a little deeper into later today -- the other item of importance out of today's morning skate was the continued benching of Henrik Tallinder.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/299545653523136513

Pete DeBoer has stated and shown a willingness to rotate in all of his defensemen so far this season. Well, except for Peter Harrold. Sorry, Pete. So the question now becomes, how long will Tallinder sit for? Probably until Marek Zidlicky gets pulled. As more than a few of you pointed out on Twitter, Zidlicky's ice time has dipped considerably since the Islanders loss last Thursday. After bottom out at 19:12 and playing mostly 22-plus minutes a night on the first line, Zidlicky has been demoted to the third unit over the last three games. He's also seen his ice time drop from 18:26 to 16:30 to 13:19 in the last three games, respectively.

Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Lineup Changes, lineup changes, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils
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Tuesday marked the second straight game Henrik Tallinder was a "healthy scratch" after the Devils suffered easily their worst of the season, a 5-1 humbler at the hands of the Penguins. Even though he was only on the ice for one of the Pens' goals, he's been the odd man out against the Islanders and now the Rangers. So what's up?

Via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

?I don?t know. He wanted to make a change,? Tallinder said. ?You can make all kinds of excuses. What it comes down to, maybe, is playing better. He?s the coach and he needed to make some change after the Pittsburgh game and it worked out.?

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Tags: Buzz, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer
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As we wait for Bobby Butler to clear waivers or be claimed by another team, the general expectation is Mattias Tedenby will be recalled to take his roster spot (UPDATE: Devils confirm he'll be recalled at noon). Judging by the morning skate, he'll take LW on the second line with Patrik Elias at C and David Clarkson at RW.

[tweet https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/292670737456717825 align='center']

Also, looks like Adam Larsson will be among the inactives tonight, meaning Henrik Tallinder will likely be on the third defensive pairing.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Bobby Butler, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Lineup Changes, lineup changes, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils
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