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New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt with the puck as Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt with the puck as Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

Jesper Bratt scored two of the New Jersey Devils' four second-period goals en route to a 6-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday at KeyBank Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 6:28 NJD Stefan Noesen; Assist: Brian Gibbons
  • 18:56 NJD Gibbons; Assists: Nico Hischier, Marcus Johansson

Second period:

  • 5:02 BUF Evander Kane (power play); Assist: Rasmus Ristolainen
  • 5:23 NJD Jesper Bratt (short handed); Assists: Adam Henrique, Mirco Mueller
  • 7:49 NJD Johansson; Assist: Taylor Hall
  • 12:19 NJD Bratt; Assists: Hall, Andy Greene
  • 18:56 NJD Johansson; Assist: Bratt
Tags: Adam Henrique, Andy Greene, Brian Gibbons, Cory Schneider, Buffalo Sabres, Taylor Hall
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

After what appeared to be a promising start under new coach Phil Housley, the Buffalo Sabres already have their backs against the wall.

That's what a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night -- where the Sabres allowed two short-handed goals -- will do.

The Sabres (0-1-1) will look to get back on track in a matinee game at home against the New Jersey Devils (3 p.m. ET) on Monday.

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New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee with the puck as Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee with the puck as Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel pursues during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

Anders Lee scored twice in the third period to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday at KeyBank Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:31 NYI Cal Clutterbuck; Assist: Nick Leddy

Second period:

  • 10:08 BUF Evander Kane; Assist: C.J. Smith
  • 11:04 NYI Joshua Ho-Sang; Assist: Dennis Seidenberg

Third period:

  • 5:17 BUF Zemgus Girgensons; Assists: Matt Moulson, William Carrier
  • 9:19 NYI Anders Lee
  • 14:33 NYI Lee
Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Nick Leddy, Buffalo Sabres
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Michael Cammalleri (Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Cammalleri (Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils beat the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 8:46 NJ Adam Henrique (power play); Assists: Michael Cammalleri, Pavel Zacha

Third period:

  • 8:39 BUF Tyler Ennis; Assists: Kyle Okposo, Justin Falk
  • 12:33 NJ Pavel Zacha (power play); Assists: Cammalleri, Damon Severson
Tags: Adam Henrique, Damon Severson, Mike Cammalleri, Pavel Zacha, Buffalo Sabres
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New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils host the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center at 7 p.m. ET on Monday. 

According to STATS...

  • The Devils are 7-1-0 against the Sabres since the beginning of the 2014-15 season. That is tied for their most wins against any one team during that span (also Philadelphia and Carolina).
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Dec 23, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) shoots past Buffalo Sabres defenseman Justin Falk (41) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 23, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) shoots past Buffalo Sabres defenseman Justin Falk (41) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

  • 12:05 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Travis HamonicShane Prince

Second Period

  • 14:36 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Cal ClutterbuckDennis Seidenberg
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Nov 30, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 30, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders take on the Sabres at Barclays Center on Friday night at 7 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Sabres lost, 3-1, at home to the Hurricanes last night, dropping their third straight game (0-1-2 record), and snapping their season-best four-game point streak. Buffalo has scored one goal or fewer an NHL-high 16 times in 2016-17.
  • New York defeated Boston, 4-2, at TD Garden on Tuesday night, snapping its five-game losing streak with the win. The Isles have allowed two or more goals 29 times in 2016-17 -- tied for fourth most in the league.
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Dec 16, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) takes the puck around Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane (9) as center Jack Eichel (15) looks on during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 16, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) takes the puck around Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane (9) as center Jack Eichel (15) looks on during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 13:08 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Cal ClutterbuckNikolay Kulemin

Second Period 

  • 2:32 BUF Johan Larsson; Assists: Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe 
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Dec 10, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) carries the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus beat New York 6-2. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 10, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) carries the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (34) trails the play during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Columbus beat New York 6-2. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders head to Buffalo to take on Kyle Okposo and the Sabres at 7 p.m. on Friday night...

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders lost, 5-4, at home to the Blackhawks last night, dropping their third straight tilt by a combined score of 15-8. Including a 3-for-3 performance by Chicago, opponents are 6-for-10 with the man-advantage against New York in the last three tilts.
  • The Sabres doubled up the Kings, 6-3, at KeyBank Center on Tuesday night, improving to 4-2-1 in their last seven contests. Buffalo has 11 wins through its first 28 games in 2016-17 -- the same total it had through 28 games last season.
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Nov 8, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) passes the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shootout. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) passes the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shootout. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils will look to extend their season-best winning streak to four games on Saturday when they face the Buffalo Sabres in the second half of a home-and-home series.

On Friday night, the Devils skated away with a 2-1 overtime road win in a game that featured an unlikely hero in captain Andy Greene. The steady defenseman was given a penalty shot opportunity 29 seconds into overtime and made no mistake, firing a wrist shot past Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson.

Tags: Andy Greene, Buffalo Sabres
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Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) takes a shot on goal against Florida Panthers during the first period at the BB&T Center. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson (28) takes a shot on goal against Florida Panthers during the first period at the BB&T Center. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils (6-3-3) take on the Sabres (5-5-3) on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Buffalo. 

According to STATS...

  • The Devils beat the Hurricanes, 3-2, in a shootout at Prudential Center Tuesday night, sweeping the home-and-home series with Carolina, and improving to 5-0-1 at home this season. New Jersey has just one win in six 2016-17 road tilts (1-3-2 record).
  • Buffalo dropped a 2-1 shootout with Ottawa at KeyBank Center on Wednesday night, losing its second straight and for the third time in the last four games overall. The Sabres have scored one goal or fewer six times this season -- tied for most of any Eastern Conference club.
  • This is the first meeting of the season between these clubs. The Devils have won five of six games against the Sabres since the beginning of 2014-15, including all three tilts played in Buffalo.
Tags: P.A. Parenteau, Buffalo Sabres
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New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello skates after the puck during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello skates after the puck during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers face the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Rangers have won each of their last nine games versus the Sabres, their longest win streak versus Buffalo all-time and their longest active win streak versus any single opponent. New York has outscored Buffalo, 36-13, over the nine-game streak.
  • The Sabres beat the Maple Leafs, 4-1, on Thursday. The win was Buffalo's seventh in March, the Sabres' most in a month since totaling 10 in March of 2012.
  • The Rangers lost at Carolina, 4-3, on Thursday, New York's ninth loss this season when leading in the third period (tied for third most in the NHL, entering the weekend) and its third such loss since March 12 (tied with Carolina for the most in the NHL entering the weekend).
  • Johan Larsson recorded his first career multi-goal game with two goals on Thursday, his second consecutive game with at least two points (totaling two goals and two assists over the two games). Prior to his current streak, Larsson had never recorded consecutive multi-point games.
  • Cal O'Reilly had two goals on Thursday, his first career multi-goal game. O'Reilly recorded all three of his goals on the season in March, his second-most goals in any calendar month over his career (had four in November of 2010).
  • Mats Zuccarello scored a goal on Thursday, his third in his last five games played (also added two assists over that span). Zuccarello has totaled 58 points this season, one shy of his single-season career high (set in 2013-14).
Tags: Matz Zuccarello, Buffalo Sabres

The New York Rangers team wait while a Dallas Stars goal is reviewed during the third period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)
The New York Rangers team wait while a Dallas Stars goal is reviewed during the third period at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers' first game without Henrik Lundqvist was a pleasant surprise against the top team in hockey. The second might have had them saying enough is enough.

There's at least one more game separating their No. 1 goaltender from a return, and it's Tuesday night in Buffalo against a Sabres team seeking its first five-game point streak in nearly four years.

Lundqvist is expected to return from a neck injury this weekend - either Saturday in Detroit or Sunday at home against Pittsburgh - while Rick Nash is also nearing a return. He'll miss his 20th consecutive game with a bone bruise in his leg, but he's finally returned to practice on a no-contact basis.

Tags: Antti Raanta, Dylan McIlrath, Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal, Rick Nash, Buffalo Sabres
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The Rangers defeated the Sabers 6-3 Monday night behind five points from Derick Brassard and solid team defense.

(AP) -- Red-hot J.T. Miller scored from in close after the Rangers squandered a two-goal third-period lead and New York came back to beat Buffalo 6-3 Monday night for its eighth straight win over the Sabres.

Derick Brassard scored twice and Mats Zuccarello added a power-play goal after Miller snapped a 3-all tie for the Rangers, who headed into the NHL All-Star break with three wins in four games.

Rookie defenseman Dylan McIlrath and Viktor Stalberg also scored for the Rangers.

Tags: Derick Brassard, Dylan McIlrath, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Mats Zuccarello, Buffalo Sabres, Viktor Stalberg
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist goes after the rebound against the Carolina Hurricanes during second period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USATSI)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist goes after the rebound against the Carolina Hurricanes during second period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USATSI)

The Rangers host the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • Buffalo lost, 3-0, at home to Detroit on Friday night, dropping its second straight tilt by a combined score of 5-1. The Sabres have been blanked four times in 2015-16 (tied for third most in the Eastern Conference).
  • New York was shut out, 3-0, in Ottawa last night, snapping a two-game win streak, and also getting blanked for the fourth time of the season. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in five straight games at Madison Square Garden (4-0-1 record).
  • Tonight marks the first of three meetings between Buffalo and New York in 2015-16. Dating to April 19, 2013, the Rangers have beaten the Sabres seven straight times, outscoring Buffalo by a combined 26-8 in those contests.
  • Including one goal and four helpers during his current five-game road point streak, Ryan O'Reilly has at least one point in 12 of his last 13 road skates (6g, 10a in those contests). O'Reilly has four assists in eight games vs. the Rangers overall, with three of those coming in his four career games at MSG.
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 14-3-2 (.789) at home in 2015-16 -- the second best home record of any NHL netminder (minimum 10 GS). Lundqvist is 4-0-0 with a 0.98 GAA, .963 save percentage and one shutout in his last four starts against the Sabres at Madison Square Garden.
  • Buffalo is just 5-8-1 (.393) when getting 2+ days off between games this year -- second worst in the NHL. The Rangers are 5-4-1 (.550) in the second of back-to-back tilts in 2015-16 (tied for 14th in the league).
Tags: Henrik Lundqvist, Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly (90) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)
Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly (90) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski)

The Devils are in Buffalo on Tuesday to take on the Sabres at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils were blanked, 4-0, by the Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday night, snapping their season-high tying five-game point streak with the setback. New Jersey has allowed 4+ goals just five times in 2015-16 -- tied for third fewest of any team in the league.
  • Buffalo scored two goals in the last 4:14 of the game, and beat Detroit, 2-1, at Joe Louis Arena last night, recording its second straight win by identical scores (beat Kings, 2-1, on Saturday). The Sabres are 2-2-0 in the second of back-to-back tilts this season.
  • The Devils beat the Sabres, 4-3, in these clubs' first meeting of the season on October 24 at First Niagara Center. Dating to January 6 last season, New Jersey has defeated Buffalo four straight times overall by a combined score of 12-6.
  • Adam Henrique, who was kept off the score sheet for the second time in his last three skates Sunday night, has nine points (5g, 4a) in his last nine games. Including his only two-goal game of the season the first time these clubs met in 2015-16, Henrique has six points (2g, 4a) during his current three-game scoring streak vs. the Sabres.
  • Ryan O'Reilly potted his team-leading 11th marker of the season last night, and now has four goals and seven assists during his career-high tying eight-game point streak. Including three points (1g, 2a) in these clubs' first meeting of the year, O'Reilly has four goals and four helpers in his last seven skates vs. the Devils.
  • Both the Devils and the Sabres have +4 power-play goal differentials in 2015-16 -- tied for fourth best in the NHL.
Tags: Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Devils 2-1. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Devils 2-1. (Ed Mulholland)

(AP) -- Adam Henrique was a major factor in the New Jersey Devils' victory over the Buffalo Sabres earlier this season.

He's expected to be back in time to make an impact Tuesday night.

Henrique will try to give the Devils a lift as they attempt to bounce back from one of their worst performances of the season against the Sabres.

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The Islanders host their second to last regular season game at Nassau Coliseum tonight. The Sabres will face the Isles one final time in Nassau County. The game is available on MSG Plus, as well as WRHU 88.7 FM and LI News Radio 103.9 FM.

Tonight will be the final time the Sabres and Isles meet this season. The Islanders are 1-0-1 against Buffalo this season, having lost in overtime in December and winning 3-2 in February.The Sabres have won two of their last three games and Brian Gionta has scored eight points in the last 10 outings.

Buffalo will start Andrey Markarov in net tonight, which will be his NHL debut.

Tags: 14-15 Game Day, Buffalo Sabres, Game Day Posts, Islanders, new york islanders, News
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Recap:?The Islanders jumped out to a 3-0 lead and were able to fend the Sabres off in route to a 3-2 victory.


Need to know: Colin McDonald got the scoring started quickly in the first period to put the Islanders in front. Anders Lee and Mikhail Grabovski each added a goal in the second period to make it a 3-0 game.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Game Recaps, Islanders, new york islanders, sabres
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The New Jersey Devils defeated the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 1-0 on an overtime goal by Steve Bernier. The win brings the Devils record back to .500 at 11-11-5, good for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division.

The least you should know:?

[sny-box]

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Postgame Thoughts
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New Jersey Devils?vs Buffalo Sabres - 7:00 pm

Prudential Center - Newark, New Jersey

TV:?MSG ?Radio:?WFAN 660 am, 101.9

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Even though the Devils' 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 29...

1994- Claude Lemieux's power-play goal at 13:49 of the second period proves to be the game-winner in New Jersey's 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Tags: Brian Gionta, Buffalo Sabres, Claude Lemieux, Colin White, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Even though the Devils' playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 27...

1994-?Dave Hannan scores the game's only goal at 5:43 of the first overtime, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 1-0 win over the Devils in game six of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Dave Hannan, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Rick Jeanneret
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Even though the Devils' playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 25...

1993- Claude Lemieux scores two goals, and Chris Terreri stopped 30 of 31 shots as New Jersey staved off elimination with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Patrick Division semifinals at Brendan Byrne Arena. The Devils lost 5-3 in game five and were eliminated by the Pens.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Chris Terreri, Claude Lemieux, John MacLean, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Practice Reports
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The Devils helped themselves on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for them and their fans, that's the only help they got.

New Jersey remains six back of eighth place now with only five games remaining. The Devils' 3-0 win in Philadelphia kept them alive in the playoff hunt with five games left but did them no other good.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Winnipeg Jets
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Down six points with just six games left, it's time for the Devils to start helping themselves.

We can go over the scenarios every day, but without New Jersey wins it doesn't matter. The Devils are 0-6-4 in their last 10 yet are still mathematically alive.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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Yesterday, we talked about the Devils had to stop worrying about what other teams were doing and just win a game. Well, that didn't happen. They didn't even get an overtime point and now likely have to go 6-1 the rest of the way to make the playoffs, which includes a two-game sweep of the Rangers in the final week.

So tonight, the Devils have no choice but to sit back and root for the other teams. The Senators are off tonight, but they're completely out of reach. The Islanders are not "untouchable" but they're a pretty difficult team to catch.

Tags: Blueshirts, Broadway Blueshirts, Buffalo Sabres, Capitals, Caps, Devils, Devs, Evgeni Nabokov, Flyers, Islanders, Isles, Jets, Lightning, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Philly, Rangers, Rick Nash, Sabres, Scoreboard Watching, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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It's getting late fast for the Devils.

New Jersey's 5-4 loss to Boston Wednesday leaves it in dire straits. The Devils trail the three-way tie for sixth by four points with only eight games left.

The only solace New Jersey can take is it will have destiny in its own hands. The Devils will meet Ottawa Friday in a crucial affair at Prudential Center. Three of New Jersey's final eight will be against the Rangers and Sens.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, James Reimer, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs
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The Devils are down to nine games to make a postseason run.

New Jersey trails the eighth-placed Rangers by just two points with 17 days left. The Devils are four points behind the two-way tie for sixth between Ottawa and the Islanders.

The Isles and Senators seem to be going in opposite directions. Ottawa's lost five straight-- including a 3-2 loss in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Islanders are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and knocked off Philadelphia 4-1 on Tuesday in Uniondale, N.Y.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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The Toronto Maple Leafs, who seemingly doomed the Devils' playoff hopes just three days ago, have renewed life into New Jersey's postseason chances.

The Leafs' 4-3 regulation win over the Rangers at Air Canada Centre kept New Jersey within two points of both seventh and eighth in the East with only 18 regular-season days remaining.

With New Jersey idle again tonight, the team and fans can root for the Flyers and Lightning. Philadelphia, still clinging to faint-playoff life, will be on Long Island for a date with the Isles. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, will try to deal the reeling Senators their fifth-straight loss.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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Tags: Around The Links, Buffalo Sabres, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils

There are a few new names in the standings today.

The Devils also find themselves in an unfamiliar position: outside the East's top eight.

Five straight losses, two of which came in regulation, coupled with the Islanders' sudden hot streak, have left New Jersey on the outside looking into the playoff party.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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Look at those standings.

With the Devils' 5-4 shootout loss to Tampa Bay, there are now seven teams within four points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

It makes for a thrilling final three-and-a-half weeks left of this season.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Map, Winnipeg Jets
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Stefan Matteau played just 5:11 of ice time in Saturday night's 2-1 loss to Montreal.

Less than 24 hours later, according to Mikael Lalancette of Quebec's TVA Sports, Matteau was shipped back to juniors on Sunday.

Matteau netted just one goal and had two assists in 17 games with New Jersey. The 19-year old was a healthy scratch for three straight games before Saturday and had not recorded a point since New Jersey's loss in Buffalo on March 2.

Tags: Albany Devils, Breaking News, Buffalo Sabres, JACOB JOSEFSON, New Jersey Devils, QMJHL, Rick Kowalsky, Stefan Matteau
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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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Can Johan Hedberg and the Devils redeem themselves against the Sabres and stop the skid?

Who:? Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils

When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Devils, Devs, Gameday, New Jersey Devils, Sabres
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  • A slew of links from the Devils' 4-3 shootout loss in Buffalo-- New Jersey's fourth straight defeat. (Fire & Ice) (NJ.com) (AP).
  • Andrei Loktionov's goal Saturday was his for the fourth in five games. He has a five-game point streak, and Rich Chere examines how valuable his acquisition has been.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins engaged in a shootout-- a more traditional one-- in Montreal last night, as well. (NHL.c0m)
  • Ryan O'Reilly will make his season debut Sunday when the Avalanche play at Columbus.
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