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New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh plays the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh plays the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:53 NYR Steven Kampfer; Assists: Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider
  • 7:43 TB Brayden Point (power play); Assists: Nikita Kucherov, Jonathan Drouin

Second period:

  • 5:04 TB Gabriel Dumont; Assist: Jason Garrison
  • 10:22 NYR Michael Grabner

Third period:

  • 13:32 TB Point; Assists: Ondrej Palat, Kucherov
Tags: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Michael Grabner, Tampa Bay Lightning
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New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh watches as his shot goes past Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek for a goal in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh watches as his shot goes past Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek for a goal in the second period at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Rangers host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • This is the third and final game between these teams this season. The Rangers have won the first two meetings and are looking for their third season sweep of the Lightning all-time (the first two were 2012-13 and 2008-09).
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat shoots the puck as New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat shoots the puck as New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Mika Zibanejad scored in overtime and Antti Raanta recorded a shutout as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-0, Monday at Amalie Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

Tags: Antti Raanta, Mika Zibanejad, Ryan McDonagh, Tampa Bay Lightning
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New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) plays the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) plays the puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Islanders (5-6-2) travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning (7-5-1) on Thursday night.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders beat the Canucks, 4-2, in New York on Monday, snapping a three-game losing streak. They lost four consecutive games only once all of last season. It was just the third time this season they've gotten at least four goals, more than only eight other teams.
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New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

TAMPA, Fla. -- The NHL schedule provides opportunities for quick revenge sometimes, and nine days after the Tampa Bay Lightning handed the New York Islanders a 6-1 loss on their home ice, the two teams square off again at Amalie Arena on Thursday.

The Islanders (5-6-2) ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win Monday against Vancouver -- the Canucks' ninth straight loss -- while the Lightning hope to bounce back from a 3-1 loss at Florida on Tuesday that left them with a 7-5-1 record.

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Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Beau Bennett (8) shoots the puck on Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during the first period at the BB&T Center. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Beau Bennett (8) shoots the puck on Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during the first period at the BB&T Center. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils head to the road to take on the Lightning on Saturday night in Tampa Bay. 

According to STATS...

  • The Devils allowed a season-high four goals and dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday night. At 3-0-2 in its last five tilts, New Jersey is looking to record its first 6+ game point streak since going 5-0-1, January 19-February 6, 2015. 
  • Tampa Bay lost, 4-3, in a shootout with the Bruins at Amalie Arena on Thursday night, and has now dropped four of its last five contests overall (1-3-1 record). The Bolts are 11-0-1 the last 12 times they've potted three or more goals in the regular season (dating to March 22 last season).
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Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Florida Panthers during the third period at the BB&T Center. The Florida Panthers defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Florida Panthers during the third period at the BB&T Center. The Florida Panthers defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils meet for the third and final time this season Saturday -- all in the first month of the season -- and after splitting the first two meetings, Tampa Bay might want to try a different start.

In both a 3-2 win in Tampa three weeks ago and a 3-1 loss on the road last weekend, the Lightning opened the game down 2-0 to the Devils after one period, an early struggle that's been a regular part of the Lightning's season so far. They're 6-4-1, but they've given up the first goal in seven of those 11 games.

"Clearly, it's troublesome," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper after another 2-0 deficit in Thursday's home shootout loss to the Bruins -- in the 10th frame of the shootout. "We fell down (Thursday) but I didn't think we should have been down 2-0. When they got their legs under them, they played well enough to win."

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Justine Ward breaks down the Rangers' 6-1 victory over Tampa Bay, while players and head coach Alain Vigneault react to the win.

Michael Grabner recorded a hat trick and the New York Rangers scored four goals in the second period en route to a 6-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Dan Girardi, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, Tampa Bay Lightning
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Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) celebrates his goal during the first period of their game against Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils take on the Lightning at the Prudential Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Lightning have won each of their last five games versus the Devils, tied for their longest win streak versus New Jersey all-time (also October 18, 2003 to October 26, 2005). During its current five-game win streak versus the Devils, Tampa Bay has outscored New Jersey, 18-8.
  • The Lightning lost, 3-1, at Montreal on Thursday and are now 5-0-0 when scoring multiple goals and 0-2-0 when scoring one or fewer this season. Tampa Bay has yet to lose consecutive games this season, and its road loss at Montreal was its first loss away from home on the year.
  • Steven Stamkos has totaled 27 points in 26 career games played versus the Devils. Stamkos has scored a goal in each of his last four games versus New Jersey, overall, and has lit the lamp in each of his last three road games versus the Devils.
  • Alex Killorn scored a goal on Thursday, his sixth of the season (tied with Patrik Lane, Auston Matthews and Richard Panik for the most in the NHL entering the weekend). Killorn has scored a goal in six of Tampa Bay's seven games this season.

© 2016 by STATS

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning

Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu (33) reacts to a game winning goal by Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (not shown) during overtime at Prudential Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu (33) reacts to a game winning goal by Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (not shown) during overtime at Prudential Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Less than 24 hours after allowing a late lead to slip away before losing in overtime, the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night will face a stiff test at Prudential Center from one of the NHL's top teams.The Tampa Bay Lightning, who have won five of seven to start the season and enjoyed a day off Friday while the Devils were losing to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2, erased a 2-0 deficit in their first meeting with the Devils on Oct. 15 and earned a 3-2 regulation win.

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) skates with the puck past Florida Panthers center Colton Sceviour (7) in the first period at BB&T Center. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) skates with the puck past Florida Panthers center Colton Sceviour (7) in the first period at BB&T Center. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils (0-1) go for the first win of the season against the Lightning in Tampa Bay (1-0). According to STATS...New Jersey lost, 2-1, in overtime to the Panthers at BB&T Center Thursday night, dropping its season opener for the third time in the last four campaigns. The Devils have 51 overtime/shootout losses since 2012-13 -- most of any team in the league.

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New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu (33) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New Jersey Devils Kyle Quincey (22) in the first period at BB&T Center. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu (33) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New Jersey Devils Kyle Quincey (22) in the first period at BB&T Center. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The new-look New Jersey Devils are determined to make sure a two-game swing through Florida produces more than a case of sunburn.The Devils debuted a new lineup that includes the likes of Taylor Hall, P.A. Parenteau and a healthy Mike Cammalleri with mixed results in an opening night overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.

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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Florida Panthers during the third period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. The Panthers won 2-1. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save against the Florida Panthers during the third period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. The Panthers won 2-1. (Andy Marlin)

Yesterday, Brian Erni and I started breaking down the second round series between the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning, which begins tonight with Game 1 at Amalie Arena (7pm ET, NBCSN). 

Today, we continue by taking a look at where these teams stand defensively and in goal, the most important positions that will decide who advances to the Eastern Conference final against either the Washington Capitals or Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tale of the tape defensively

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)

The New York Islanders are in unfamiliar territory. It had been 23 years since they have advanced past the first round of the NHL playoffs, a feat they accomplished by winning consecutive double overtime games, both by 2-1 scores, to eliminate the Florida Panthers in six games.

Things don't get any easier from here forward. New York will now be playing one of last year's Stanley Cup finalists, the Tampa Bay Lightning, who despite having fewer points in the regular season (100-97), will start the series at Amalie Arena in Tampa tomorrow evening.

Both teams come in with some issues, both in their play and on the injury list. Statistically, they match up, maybe surprisingly, fairly even, as the Islanders and Panthers did. But this series will go way beyond statistics and 'fancy stats'. The team that wants it more will be the team advancing to the Eastern conference final. The team who pays more of a price will get rewarded.

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock reacts after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock reacts after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

John Tavares got his 30th goal and two assists, and the New York Islanders scored three times in a 5:15 span to get a crucial 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

Ryan Pulock, Matt Martin, Brock Nelson and Johnny Boychuk also scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 32 saves. New York holds the Eastern Conference's first wild-card spot and won for the third time in four games to reduce its magic number to two over Boston to secure a third straight postseason berth.

Alex Killorn and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning, and Ben Bishop gave up five goals on 23 shots. Tampa Bay is two points behind first-place Florida in the Atlantic Division.

Tags: Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Matt Martin, Tampa Bay Lightning, Thomas Greiss
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(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Islanders host the Lightning on Monday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Lightning beat the Devils, 4-2, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night, finishing up their six-game homestand with a mark of 4-2-0. With a win tonight, Tampa Bay will clinch its third consecutive postseason berth.
  • Tampa Bay's leading goal-scorer, Steven Stamkos will be out for 1-3 months due to a blood clot in his right arm (surgery is today). Dating to the beginning of 2013-14, the Bolts are 118-61-17 (.645) with Stamkos in the lineup, and 23-18-5 (.554) without.
  • The Islanders were throttled, 5-0, by the Penguins at Barclays Center on Saturday, snapping their three-game winning streak in the process. New York has been blanked twice in its last eight contests (was shut out just twice in first 69 games of the season).
  • These clubs have split their first two meetings of the season, both of which were played at Amalie Arena. New York, which will be hosting Tampa Bay at Barclays Center for the first time tonight, is 7-0-1 in its last eight home games against the Lightning.
  • Nikita Kucherov had a goal and two helpers Saturday night, and is now tied with Steven Stamkos for the team lead in points (64). Kucherov, who has nine points in his last six skates (5g, 4a), has a marker and two assists in eight career games against the Islanders.
  • Including one point in each of his first two skates against the Lightning this year, John Taveras has two goals and a helper during his current three-game point streak vs. the Bolts. Taveras has at least one point in 16 of his last 19 games vs. Tampa Bay (8g, 14a total in those contests).
Tags: John Tavares, Tampa Bay Lightning

New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils face the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Devils have gone 9-2-2 over their last 13 road games against the Lightning, while four of the last five games in Tampa Bay were decided by a single goal.
  • Each of the Lightning's last five games have been decided by at least three goals -- tied for the second-longest such streak in the NHL this season (Calgary has an active such streak of seven games entering the weekend).
  • The Devils, who have lost back-to-back road games by 3-2 margins, have scored more than three goals just once over their last 23 road games.
  • With a victory on Saturday, the Lightning will reach 45 wins for the third consecutive season. Prior to the 2013-14 season, the Lightning had won at least 45 games just twice (46 in both 2003-04 and 2010-11).
  • Kyle Palmieri has scored 29 goals this season -- one more than he had in his previous two seasons combined. With one more goal, he will become the Devils' first 30-goal scorer since the 2011-12 season, when Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and David Clarkson all had at least 30 goals.
  • Steven Stamkos, who has scored seven goals over his last nine overall games, has scored six goals over his last seven games against the Devils.
Tags: Kyle Palmieri, Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos celebrates as right wing Nikita Kucherov scores a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos celebrates as right wing Nikita Kucherov scores a goal against the New York Islanders during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Tyler Johnson and Jason Garrison scored 23 seconds apart midway through the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 7-4 on Friday night.

Johnson had a go-ahead rebound goal at 10:09 before Garrison stopped a 26-game goal drought and put the Lightning up 6-4. Garrison also had two assists after going 18 games without a point.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Steven Stamkos, Andrej Sustr and Victor Hedman, who had an empty-netter.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk, Nikolay Kulemin, Tampa Bay Lightning, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy carries the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy carries the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders face the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders have won three in a row against Tampa Bay and are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games against the Lightning. Including tonight, the two teams meet twice in the next 11 days.
  • The Islanders and Lightning are ranked fourth and fifth in the NHL in goals by Centers - the Isles' have 94 and the Lightning 89. Dallas leads the NHL in this category with 115 goals from Centers.
  • The Islanders have scored three goals or fewer in each of their last nine games, tied for the third-longest active streak in the NHL. They have a total of 16 goals and a 3-4-2 record during this stretch.
  • Nick Leddy's assist in the Isles' win over Ottawa on Wednesday was his 37th point of the season, tying his career high (also 2011-12 and 2014-15). Mark Streit is the only defensemen since 2007-08 who has posted at least 38 points in a season for the Islanders.
  • The Lightning had seven players earn at least two points in Tuesday's 6-2 win over Detroit, tying a team record that's been done four previous times, the last occasion was October 10, 2013, against the Florida Panthers.
  • Steven Stamkos is one goal away from his fifth career 35-goal season. Vincent Lecavalier (three) and Martin St. Louis (two) are the only two players with more than one 35-goal season for the Lightning in their history.
Tags: Nick Leddy, Tampa Bay Lightning

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save on Tampa Bay Lightning center Jonathan Marchessault during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save on Tampa Bay Lightning center Jonathan Marchessault during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Steven Stamkos extended his goal-scoring streak to a season-high five games and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the fading New Jersey Devils 4-0 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.

Ben Bishop made 21 saves for his third shutout of the season. Alex KillornOndrej Palat and Matt Carle also scored as the Lightning sent the Devils to their second loss in as many nights and fifth in six games.

Stamkos' goal-scoring streak is two games shy of his personal best, set in 2010.

Tags: Cory Schneider, Tampa Bay Lightning
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NHL linesman Darren Gibbs talks with New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
NHL linesman Darren Gibbs talks with New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center on Friday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils have won 12 of their last 15 home games against the Lightning, despite both teams scoring exactly 12 power-play goals over the stretch.
  • The Devils, who have lost four of their last five games, have seen three of their last five games decided by at least three goals.
  • While the Lightning have scored just nine of their 36 power-play goals on the road this season, the Devils have scored on 40 percent (10/25) of their power plays at home since January 21.
  • The last time the Lightning faced the Devils (last April 9 at home), both Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat had a trio of assists, which marked just the second time since the 2011-12 season that the Lightning had a pair of skaters with at least three assists in a game (also December 31, 2014 vs. Sabres -- Tyler Johnson and Palat, both three).
  • Kyle Palmieri scored his eighth power-play goal of the season at home on Tuesday night. Over his first five NHL seasons, Palmieri scored a total of just seven power-play goals.
  • Steven Stamkos has scored a goal in each of his last four games -- tied (with Toronto's Josh Leivo) for the longest active goal streak in the NHL.
Tags: Kyle Palmieri, Tampa Bay Lightning

The New Jersey Devils defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 3-0. The two teams skated in front of a sparse crowd at Prudential Center due to the snowstorm that has been dumping snow across the tri-state area. The win brings New Jersey's record to 13-15-6 on the season, good for 32 points.

[sny-box]

- Martin Brodeur notched his third shutout of the season by stopping all 33 Tampa Bay shots. The shutout is the 124th of Brodeur's career.

Tags: DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Damien Brunner, Jaromir Jagr, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Postgame Thoughts, Tampa Bay Lightning
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(This Week In Devils Hockey is a new column that will run Monday mornings and will take a look at the Devils' opponents for the upcoming week)

Three games on tap this week following Saturday night's comeback win in Boston. The Devils finally get two home games in a row, so they'll be looking to extend their home point streak and begin to climb back towards .500 on the season

Tuesday, October 29th - vs. Tampa Bay Lighting

Tags: Analysis, Hockey, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Upcoming Matchup
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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 May 2...

1997- Scott Niedermayer and John MacLean each score goals, and Martin Brodeur makes 21 saves in New Jersey's 2-0 win over the New York Rangers in game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tags: Grant Marshall, John MacLean, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Notes, Scott Niedermayer, Tampa Bay Lightning
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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 30...

1988-? Kirk Muller scores 14 seconds into the game, and John MacLean's third-period redirection serves as the game-winning goal in New Jersey's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in game 7 of the Patrick Division finals at the Cap Center.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Brian Rolston, Doug Gilmour, John MacLean, Kirk Muller, Lyle Odelein, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Ottawa Senators, Scott Gomez, Scott Stevens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals
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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 28...

2001- After losing game one, the Devils blow a 5-1 third-period lead in game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Toronto Maple Leafs. But Randy McKay's goal at 5:30 of the first overtime lifts New Jersey to a 6-5 win over the Leafs, evening their best-of-seven series at 1.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Dave Andreychuk, Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Ottawa Senators, Pavel Kubina, Randy McKay, Scott Stevens, Tampa Bay Lightning, 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 26...

1997- Martin Brodeur records career playoff shutout No. 5, as the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 in game five, claiming their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series 4-1.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Florida Panthers, Jamie Langenbrunner, Martin Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Tampa Bay Lightning
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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 24...

2003- Martin Brodeur records a playoff shutout, and Jamie Langenbrunner registers a goal and an assist in New Jersey's win over the Tampa Bay Lighting in game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, From The Stands, Jamie Langenbrunner, John Madden, Los Angeles Kings, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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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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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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It's not hyperbole to call Thursday the NHL's biggest day to date.

The trade deadline is behind us, and with only 11-13 games left, there are seven teams within five points of the East's Nos. 7 and 8 seeds.

When you consider that five of those seven are in action tonight-- plus the Southeast Division-leading Jets-- it makes for a huge night on the ice.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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  • The usual collection of recaps from New Jersey's 5-4, shootout loss in Tampa Friday night. (NJ.com) (NorthJersey.com) (AP) (NHL.com)
  • Matt D'Agostini was one of New Jersey's bright spots, earning two assists Friday night. (Fire & Ice)
  • According to Tom Gulitti, Wednesday's trade deadline won't faze the Devils (NorthJersey.com)
  • Martin Brodeur will get the start Saturday in Sunrise-- his fifth straight since returning from injury-- according to Rich Chere (NJ.com)
Tags: Around The Links, Martin Brodeur, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning

The Devils scored just about every way possible on Friday night.

Yet, they still blew a two-goal lead and lost a very important point.

New Jersey scored a shorthanded goal, on its power-play, an even-strength goal and even on a penalty shot. Still, the Devils lost 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout on Friday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alex Killorn, Andrei Loktionov, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Benoit Pouliot, BRYCE SALVADOR, Corey Conacher, Florida Panthers, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Matt D'Agostini, Nate Thompson, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, Teddy Purcell, Tom Kostopoulos, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Victor Hedman
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With 15 games left, the Devils are only two points ahead of the Eastern Conference's No. 9 team.

But New Jersey can boost that advantage with some games it should win. The Devils will play back-to-back games in the Sunshine State, starting tonight with an affair with the lowly Lightning.

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  • Bryce Salvador, Alex Ponikarovsky and Stephen Gionta are all likely to play tonight in the Devils' game at Tampa Bay, according to Rich Chere (NJ.com)
  • Though the Pittsburgh Penguins look loaded, the Devils believe chemistry is key (NorthJersey.com)
  • While the Pens have made a splash, it appears as if Lou Lamoriello is more interested in 'adding pieces' this trade deadline (ProHockeyTalk).
Tags: Alex Ponikarovsky, Around The Links, BRYCE SALVADOR, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Stephen Gionta, Tampa Bay Lightning

  • The regular slew of links from New Jersey's 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers, Martin Brodeur's 666th career victory. (NJ.com) (NorthJersey.com) (NHL.com) (AP)
  • Though New Jersey won its second straight, Ilya Kovalchuk was injured during the third period. (NJ.com)
  • Tim Sestito was also injured and left last night's game. But, Pete DeBoer reportedly said he'll be fine (Fire & Ice)
  • Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning relieved head coach Guy Boucher of his duties on Sunday (NHL.com)
Tags: Around The Links, Florida Panthers, Guy Boucher, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tim Sestito

Tags: Around The Links, Chicago Blackhawks, Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Tampa Bay Lightning

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

The slide continues for the Devils in what was possibly their worst overall effort of the slide. Far too little pressure and attacking between the first five minutes and the last five minutes, lackluster defensive play and obvious frustration were the main highlights to take away from tonight's game. Some thoughts...

Rock bottom: Did the Devils hit rock bottom during the second period tonight? Pete DeBoer certainly hopes they did. He said as much after the game and about halfway through the second period, it was hard to disagree with him. There were brutal defensive breakdowns -- repeatedly. There was an offense that failed to get more than two meaningful shots on Anders Lindback from the halfway point of the first period to the final seven minutes of the third period. There was mediocre goaltending, albeit by a goalie who was hung out to dry on multiple occasions (including the second and third goals) by the players in front of him. So what now? The Devils have to realize that this is about as bad as it can get. They Devils were beaten 5-2 by a team that's not better than them, but definitely outplayed them. They've lost six straight and eight out of their last nine. Perhaps most disturbing is that six of those eight losses were to teams that are currently outside of the playoff picture, which means the Devils aren't only losing ground among the middle-class teams in the East, they're also dropping future tiebreakers against the team they could end up battling for playoff spots. Tonight was the first of six home games in eight contests. It's where the Devils need to get back into playing their style of hockey or else this won't be rock bottom -- and that's a really, really bad thing.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Keith Kinkaid, Lightning, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Tampa Bay Lightning, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Patrik Elias is one of several Devils hoping to bust out of a slump Tuesday night.

Who:? Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils

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

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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | AP recap

That makes three straight wins for the Devils after Saturday's debacle in Pittsburgh. Tonight wasn't quite the thorough end-to-end effort the Devils put forth against the Islanders on Sunday, but I thought they played a better overall game tonight than Tuesday's win over the Rangers. Some thoughts...

Peak form: After Wednesday's optional practice, Pete DeBoer said he thought the Devils were getting close to their peak form. Tonight's win was pretty good evidence of that. The Devils played one of the more complete games I've seen them play this year and that bodes well as they navigate through a pretty difficult stretch of games. It wasn't perfect -- they played with fire in the middle of the second period -- but it had everything you wanted to see. There was goal scoring from primary players and the second line of Elias, Henrique and Clarkson continued to produce points. The defense even got in on the act. More importantly, the Devils had maybe their most consistent forecheck of the season and were aggressive and physical right off the bat. As usual, Marty was solid most of the game and very good when he needed to be, although his puck handling still gives me agita at times this season. Eventually they'll need to cut down on the penalties (we'll get to that in a minute) and the close wasn't nearly as strong as DeBoer would like, but as the Devils string together good game after good game, it's fair to wonder what the ceiling for this team is this season. Entering the season, many pegged the Devils simply as playoff contenders, but after Thursday night they're only one point out of first in the Atlantic almost a quarter of the way through this shortened season. Dare to dream, Devils fans. Dare to dream.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stefan Matteau, Tampa Bay Lightning
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Steven Stamkos is in town to test Martin Brodeur and the Devils.

Who:Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils

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

Tags: Devils, Devs, Gameday, gameday, Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning
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Scoring Summary:First Period- Sykora (6) and Zubrus (9) and Downie (4) and Jones (1)

Second Period- ?Parise (9) and Kovalchuk (9) and Henrique (7)

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NICK PALMIERI, PATRIK ELIAS, Peter DeBoer, PETR SYKORA, Post game, Post Game, SNY, Tampa Bay Lightning, Zach Parise
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Hockey Buzz has a series of questions that surround the New Jersey Devils. They are great questions that really make you think about the Devils and the current state they are in. ?I will answer those questions...

"1.?Will the Devils finish in the top-six of the Eastern Conference, and why or why not?"

Tags: Adam Larsson, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Discuss, Hockey Buzz, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Keith Kinkaid, Martin Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Read, SNY, Tampa Bay Lightning, Zach Parise
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