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

The Devils hope to snap a four-game losing streak as they meet the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

  • New Jersey lost, 4-3, in overtime to Montreal on Monday night at Prudential Center, dropping its fourth straight game overall (0-2-2 record). The Devils have lost 10 overtime (non-shootout) games in 2016-17 -- tied with the Red Wings for most of any team in the league.
  • The Capitals beat the Rangers, 4-1, at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, improving to 28-0-1 when lighting the lamp four or more times in 2016-17. Washington's 29 games with 4+ goals is tied with the Blueshirts for second most in hockey this season (Pittsburgh -- 30).
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New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils blew a two-goal lead in the third period and lost to the Montreal Canadiens in overtime, 4-3, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 19:41 NJ Kyle Palmieri; Assist: Travis Zajac

Second period:

Tags: Damon Severson, John Moore, Joseph Blandisi, Kyle Palmieri, Montreal Canadiens, Travis Zajac
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New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood after scoring during the first period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood after scoring during the first period against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Taylor Hall had three points but Keith Kinkaid allowed six goals in the New Jersey Devils' 6-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:15 NJ Miles Wood (Power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri
  • 14:33 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg

Second period:

  • 2:44 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Stephen Gionta
  • 9:32 NYI Strome
  • 11:59 NYI Andrew Ladd (short handed); Assist: Johnny Boychuk
  • 13:21 NJ Palmieri; Assists: Travis Zajac, Hall
  • 17:55 NJ Steven Santini; Assists: Zajac, Hall

Third period:

  • 0:26 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Strome, Anders Lee
  • 1:00 NYI Jason Chimera
  • 8:37 NJ Hall (Power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Keith Kinkaid
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac
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New York Islanders celebrate scoring during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders celebrate scoring during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Strome had two goals and one assist as the New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils, 6-4, on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:15 NJ Miles Wood (Power play); Assists: Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri
  • 14:33 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Anthony Beauvillier, Dennis Seidenberg

Second period:

  • 2:44 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Stephen Gionta
  • 9:32 NYI Strome
  • 11:59 NYI Andrew Ladd (short handed); Assist: Johnny Boychuk
  • 13:21 NJ Palmieri; Assists: Travis Zajac, Hall
  • 17:55 NJ Steven Santini; Assists: Zajac, Hall

Third period:

  • 0:26 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Strome, Anders Lee
  • 1:00 NYI Jason Chimera
  • 8:37 NJ Hall (Power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Keith Kinkaid
Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Strome, Stephen Gionta, Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

A pair of teams looking to gain valuable ground in the jumbled Eastern Conference wild card race will play for the second time in as many nights Sunday, when the New York Islanders host the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center.

The Devils further complicated the wild card race on Saturday, when they held off a furious late comeback by the Islanders to earn a 3-2 victory at Prudential Center.

Devante Smith-PellyTravis Zajac and Pavel Zacha scored as the Devils carried a 3-0 lead into the final 17 minutes, but Andrew Ladd and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders, who missed a chance to tie the game in the final 90 seconds when Nick Leddy's shot at an open net bounced off a post. >> Read more

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

A pair of teams looking to gain valuable ground in the jumbled Eastern Conference wild card race will play for the second time in as many nights Sunday, when the New York Islanders host the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center.

The Devils further complicated the wild card race on Saturday, when they held off a furious late comeback by the Islanders to earn a 3-2 victory at Prudential Center.

Devante Smith-PellyTravis Zajac and Pavel Zacha scored as the Devils carried a 3-0 lead into the final 17 minutes, but Andrew Ladd and Anthony Beauvillier scored for the Islanders, who missed a chance to tie the game in the final 90 seconds when Nick Leddy's shot at an open net bounced off a post. >> Read more

Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

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The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
The New Jersey Devils celebrate a goal by Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils (14-16-7) will look to start the new year off with a win on Monday as they take on the Bruins (20-15-4) in Newark.

According to STATS:

  • The Bruins won their first meeting with the Devils this season, 2-1, in October. Boston owns a 17-4-0 record against New Jersey since the beginning of 2010-11, which includes a 7-3-0 record in New Jersey.
  • Boston finished 2016 with two wins against Buffalo, 4-2 on the road Thursday and 3-1 at home Saturday. The Bruins have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine road games (4-1-4 record).
  • Patrice Bergeron scored a goal in both of the Bruins' games against the Sabres after scoring just two goals in his previous 19 games. The Bruins are 6-1-0 in games when Bergeron nets a goal this season.
  • New Jersey lost at home to Washington on New Year's Eve, 6-2, and finished December with a 4-9-2 (.333) record. That was the worst record by an Eastern Conference team last month.
  • The Devils allowed six goals to the Capitals Saturday and have now allowed five or more goals in seven games this season. The only NHL team with more is Colorado (10).
  • Travis Zajac leads the Devils with 24 points this season. New Jersey is one of just two NHL teams that does not have a skater with at least 25 points this season (Arizona is the other).

© 2017 by STATS.

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New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri makes a pass. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri makes a pass. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

Mike Cammalleri recorded a hat trick to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday at PNC Arena.

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Oct 25, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Devils forward Taylor Hall continued to play well with his new team Tuesday night, scoring two goals in New Jersey's win over the Arizona Coyotes. Hall, who is on a point-per-game pace through six contests, now has five goals in six games after the two on Tuesday. All five of his goals so far this year have come at home at the Prudential Center.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Devils topped the Coyotes, 5-3, on Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.First Period: 7:04 ARI Jordan Martinook; Assists: Alex Goligoski, Jamie McGinn8:43 NJD Taylor Hall; Assist: Pavel Zacha

Tags: Adam Henrique, Damon Severson, Pavel Zacha, Reid Boucher, Travis Zajac
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New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern)
New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) before the game against Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern)

Though their matchup Saturday night is the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils will play until the fall, maybe only one of them truly wants to win it.

While it's clear the Devils' players want to close with a victory - especially with this possibly being Patrik Elias' finale - the Maple Leafs could have a much better chance for the draft's top overall pick if they lose in New Jersey.

"Drafting for our organization is very important," said Mike Babcock, capping a dreadful first season behind Toronto's bench. "We've taken it on the chin all year so we can be set up for it. At the same time, we have to respect one another in the game and play it the right way."

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GEICO SportsNite: Devils 00:00:32
The Devils defeated the Bruins 2-1 as they continue to fight for their playoff lives down the final stretch of the season.

Reid Boucher scored a tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, Keith Kinkaid made 39 saves and the New Jersey Devils kept their faint playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over the struggling Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Boucher also set up a power-play goal by Travis Zajac, helping the Devils stop a two-game losing streak and hand the Bruins their sixth loss in seven games.

Brad Marchand scored for the first time in nine games for the Bruins, who outshot New Jersey 40-15 but made the mistake of giving the Devils five power plays, two of which they converted. >> Read more

Tags: Keith Kinkaid, Reid Boucher, Travis Zajac

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson scores the game-winning goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood as Devils defenseman David Warsofsky reacts during overtime at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson scores the game-winning goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Wedgewood as Devils defenseman David Warsofsky reacts during overtime at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Victor Rask had the first multigoal game of his career, scoring twice as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Sunday.

Rask, who has scored in three straight games, ended the Hurricanes' skid of six consecutive games without a power-play goal when he connected in the second period to give him 20 this season.

Ron Hainsey scored the other Carolina goal, and Cam Ward made 23 saves.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Devils host the Rangers on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Rangers defeated the Red Wings, 1-0, in overtime on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, winning their second straight tilt, and improving to 7-1-1 in the last nine games overall. New York has two shutouts in its last six contests (had just three in first 53 games of the season).
  • New Jersey dropped a 4-3 decision to Washington at Verizon Center on Saturday night, losing its third straight tilt in the process. The Devils are now 21-3-1 when netting at least three goals in 2015-16 (8-21-6 in all other contests).
  • The Devils have taken two of the first three meetings with the Rangers in 2015-16, including a 3-2 win three weeks ago at Prudential Center. The clubs have split their last 10 tilts in New Jersey, each skating off with five wins.
  • Kevin Klein lit the lamp in overtime Sunday night, netting his fifth goal of the season, with two of those ending up being game-winners. The Blueshirts have three blueliners with at least five markers in 2015-16 -- tied with Ottawa for most of any Eastern Conference club.
  • Travis Zajac had a goal and a helper Saturday night, giving him 11 points (3g, 8a) in his last 13 games overall. Zajac has 13 career goals vs. the Rangers -- his most against any NHL opponent.
  • New Jersey is 18-0-1 (.974) when leading after two periods this season -- fourth best of any team in the league. The Rangers are 21-1-0 (.957) when entering the third stanza with a lead in 2015-16 (ninth best in the NHL).
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Devils host the Oilers on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Oilers were throttled, 8-1, by the Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday, dropping their second straight game by a combined score of 13-2. Edmonton's -32 overall goal differential is second worst in the NHL this season (Columbus is a -33).
  • The Devils lost, 2-1, to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night, and has now lost three straight games, all by a single tally. New Jersey has netted one goal or fewer 20 times this season -- tied for most in the NHL.
  • Edmonton defeated New Jersey, 5-1, in these clubs' first meeting of the season on November 20 at Rexall Place. The Oilers and Devils have split their last four tilts at Prudential Center, with each of those games decided by one goal.
  • Connor McDavid scored the Oilers' lone goal Sunday, giving him six points (2g, 4a) in four games since returning from a broken collar bone. McDavid is averaging 1.06 points per game in 2015-16 -- most of any rookie in the league (minimum 15 GP).
  • Travis Zajac lit the lamp shorthanded last night for the Devils, and enters this contest on a season-high tying three-game point streak (1g, 2a during streak). Zajac has 19 goals since the beginning of last season, and four of those markers have come while New Jersey was shorthanded.
  • Edmonton is 2-5-0 (.286) in the second of back-to-back games this season -- fourth worst in the league.
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GEICO Sportsnite: Rangers 00:00:39
Reactions from New York Rangers after they prevailed over the rival New Jersey Devils, 2-1, on Monday night at the Garden.

Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and the New York Rangers posted their first three-game winning streak since November with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

Kevin Klein, who broke a thumb last week, scored for the first time in 28 games and the streaking J.T. Miller scored for the ninth time in 10 games while the Rangers beat the Devils for the first time in three games this season.

This win came with captain Ryan McDonagh sidelined with a concussion. It was New York's fifth straight win at Madison Square Garden, and the Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 overall.

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New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider looks behind him at the puck in the net on a goal by New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider looks behind him at the puck in the net on a goal by New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and the New York Rangers posted their first three-game winning streak since November with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.

Kevin Klein, who broke a thumb last week, scored for the first time in 28 games and the streaking J.T. Miller scored for the ninth time in 10 games while the Rangers beat the Devils for the first time in three games this season.

This win came with captain Ryan McDonagh sidelined with a concussion. It was New York's fifth straight win at Madison Square Garden, and the Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 overall.

Cory Schneider made 35 saves for New Jersey, which lost its third straight (0-1-2). Travis Zajac scored a short-handed goal with 2:17 left to spoil Lundqvist's shutout bid. >> Read more...

Tags: Cory Schneider, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Kevin Klein, Ryan McDonagh, Travis Zajac

New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac screens in front of Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USATSI)
New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac screens in front of Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USATSI)

The New Jersey Devils face the Winnipeg Jets on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Jets have earned at least one standings point in each of their last eight games (6-0-2) against the Devils -- tied for the third-longest active streak against the Devils (Avalanche 10, Islanders nine).
  • The Jets have scored exactly one goal in three consecutive (and nine of their last 15) games. They also have allowed 12 special teams goals (11 PPG and one SHG) over their last 12 games.
  • The Devils, winners of three straight games, can match their season-long win streak (four games, October 18-24) with a win on Saturday night.
  • While the Devils have been outscored 56-54 at home this season, both they and their opponents have scored exactly 55 goals in their road games this season.
  • Devils center Travis Zajac tied a career high with four points (one goal, three assists) against the Senators on Thursday night, after recording just four points over his previous 16 games.
  • Jets rookie winger Nikolaj Ehlers has scored a goal in three of his last five games, after scoring a total of just two goals over his previous 33 games.
Tags: Travis Zajac, Winnipeg Jets

New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USATSI)
New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USATSI)

The Devils face the Arizona Coyotes on the road on Saturday at 2 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils have won three consecutive games against the Coyotes, while outscoring them 10-3 during the win streak.
  • The Devils have lost five of their last six games, during which they have been outscored 16-6 and averaged just 21.7 shots on goal per game.
  • The Coyotes have scored at least one power-play goals in each of their last five games -- tied with Vancouver for the longest active streak in the NHL entering the weekend. The Devils, meanwhile, have not scored a power-play goal over their last six games.
  • The Coyotes have six different skaters with double-digit goals scored this season -- tied with Winnipeg for the second-most skaters in the NHL this season (Capitals seven).
  • Shane Doan has scored eight goals on just 24 shots on goal over his last seven home games, but has just one goal in 12 career games against the Devils.
  • Travis Zajac has dished out multiple assists in back-to-back (and three of his last six) games against the Coyotes, but does not have a single assist over his last seven overall games.
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St. Louis gets a small measure of revenge on their home ice with a shutout over a snakebitten Devils team, who could not find an answer to the perfect play of Jaroslav Halak. This one drops the Devils' record to 22-21-11 on the season.

[sny-box]- Alex Steen is having the season of a lifetime. Tonight he netted his 27th of the year on a wrister from Jaden Schwartz and David Backes in the first. As it would turn out, that goal was also the game winner.

- The dominant Blues power play that the Devils stoned last time came through in a big way tonight, with Brendan Morrow deflecting a shot from Jay Bouwmeester to break the Devils midway through the third period. On the other side of the ice, the Devils went 0/4 on their power play opportunities.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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New Jersey earned an impressive win against an elite team in the St. Louis Blues. The Devs pulled out all the stops, finding a big reserve of goals for Cory, and treated the fans that braved the elements to a 7-1 victory. This win brings the Devils' record to 21-19-11 on the season.

[sny-box]Normally a slow starting team, the Devils manufactured two goals in the first three minutes from Mark Fayne and Ryan Carter.?Jaromir Jagr would add one off the skate at the midway point to make it three in the first.

The dominant Blues power play was blanked on all three opportunities, while New Jersey caught fire and went 3/4.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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New Jersey finished their four game road trip with a visit to Phoenix, and the Jobing.com Arena for a tough matchup with the Coyotes. ?The Devils and goalie Martin Brodeur struggled?early and couldn't quite complete the comeback, as they fell 3-2. ?This loss drops the Devils' record to 20-19-11 on the season.

[sny-box]

- The Coyotes struck first with a quick wrist shot from Jordan Szwarz?at 2:35 into the first period.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils bounced back tonight with an important, shutout win over a struggling Dallas Stars team at the Prudential Center. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 18-18-9 on the season.

[sny-box]

-?Michael Ryder?made the most of a perfect play and pass from Travis Zajac, snapping it past?Kari Lehtonen to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead midway through the second. ?This was Ryder's 15th goal of the season, and his third straight game lighting the lamp.?

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils came to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and fought off an offensive onslaught as they rallied back to beat the Capitals 5-4. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 15-15-7 on the season.

[sny-box]

- Marek Zidlicky with a first period, power play goal that came together after some great puck movement from Andy Greene, Jaromir Jagr, and the rest of the power play line. ?That's Zidlicky's 4th of the season, all of them coming on the power play

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils rallied to put together a decent effort, but could not overcome early mistakes as they fell to the?Pittsburgh Penguins from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA., by the score of 3-2. ?This one pushes the Devils' record to 12-15-6 on the season.

[sny-box]

-?Pascal Dupuis?got the final touch as he and Chris Kunitz rushed?Corey Schneider?who thought he had the puck covered. ?A mental lapse from the goaltender and the defense that should have been back supporting him put the Devils on the wrong-end of their earliest deficit on the season.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils defeated the?New York Rangers for the third straight time, this one ending 4-3 in overtime from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. ?The win pushes the Devils to 12-13-6 on the season.

[sny-box]

-?Brad Richards scored on a 2 on 1 against Martin Brodeur?in the first period continuing his recent string of good play. ?He currently stands at 3 goals in his last 6 games.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Not so long ago, the Devils put together a string of games that saw them post 20 goals in a seven game span, which was an average of 2.86 goals per game. Now, this team has struggled to score, tallying just four goals over their last three games, two of which have been losses.

Aside from Jaromir Jagr and more recently, Patrik Elias, and to some extent Ryan Carter, the Devils have struggled to score. With the goaltending turning in a strong performance almost every night, it's almost safe to say that two goals may get this team at least a point in more games than not. Scoring that second and even a third goal, has been a major struggle as of late.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, Andrei Loktionov, By The Numbers, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Damien Brunner, Jaromir Jagr, michael ryder, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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After last night's win against the Kings, it's time to take another peek at some advanced stats.

The stat I like to use is CorsiOn, which is basically a formula that combines all shots directed towards the net in the offensive zone versus shots towards the net in the defensive zone while each player is on the ice.

Tags: Analysis, By The Numbers, Eric Gelinas, Jaromir Jagr, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The Los Angeles Kings took down the New Jersey Devils 2-0 at the Prudential Center in the first meeting between the two teams since the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. ?The loss drops the Devils to 6-8-5 on the season.

[sny-box]

-?Dwight King scored on a deflection from a point shot by Jake Muzzin?late in the 3rd period to give Los Angeles the lead that they would take to the end of the game.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils closed out a strong weekend of play with a dominating 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators.? The win moves the Devils to 5-7-5 on the season.

[sny-box]

- This one was all Devils from the outset, as they were fast, disciplined and controlled the play all night.

Tags: Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Jaromir Jagr, Martin Brodeur, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The New Jersey Devils took down the?Philadelphia Flyers 2-0?from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.?with a well-earned bounce-back effort. ?The win pushes the Devils to 4-7-4 on the season.

[sny-box]

-?Adam Henrique scored on a deflection off of a blast from the point by Eric Gelinas in the first period.? This was the team?s first goal in six periods of hockey.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, NHL, PATRIK ELIAS, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The eye test surely tells the story of the Devils struggles without?Patrik Elias?and?Travis Zajac?in the lineup.

To no surprise, the Corsi numbers back up that claim, as Elias and Zajac are one and two respectively on the team in on ice-Corsi rating.

Tags: By The Numbers, corsi rating, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, stats, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Michael Ryder has no goals in his last five games.

We know he?s a streaky guy but outside of a post he hit on Saturday night against Philadelphia, he?s been relatively quiet.? For one, he?s not shooting nearly enough.? He has six shots in the team?s last five games.? Even with these last five contests, he?s shooting at an 18 percent clip.? That?s great.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, Damien Brunner, Feature, Hockey, michael ryder, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Ryane Clowe, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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After dropping a 1-0 contest to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Devils quickly turned their focus to the Minnesota Wild.

They'll be shorthanded once again, as Patrik Elias (upper body) and Travis Zajac (ankle) will not make the flight over to St. Paul.

Tags: cory schneider, Injury Report, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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After tweaking his ankle in practice, Travis Zajac will be out for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

Taking his place will be Jacob Josefson who play with Dainius Zubrus and Damien Brunner tonight.

Tags: Breaking News, Injury, New Jersey Devils, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The range of emotions last night was stark. Early in the third period the team was laughing on the bench, enjoying what was at that point, a very good effort.
Then, the?Ryan Nugent-Hopkins?goal?opened up a pandora's box and the game snowballed out of control.

Some may think the sky is falling.

Take a deep breath and say this three times: "It's only three games."

Tags: Analysis, cory schneider, Damien Brunner, Feature, Hockey, michael ryder, New Jersey Devils, NHL, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Vancouver Canucks
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"I think it will take a little time. We have some players that can provide some offense and we can get contributions from different people, which is going to be key."

- Travis Zajac on the team finding offensive chemistry
Tags: New Jersey Devils, Offense, Quote, TRAVIS ZAJAC

By Jeff O'Connor

It felt like the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals all over again on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center, as the New Jersey Devils downed the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1.? The game featured sharp goaltending, a fancy Marek Zidlicky, goal and relentless forechecking.? More importantly, there were two players that looked like their 2012 selves: Bryce Salvador and Anton Volchenkov.

Salvador logged 24:24 of ice time with a plus-1 rating and five blocked shots.? Volchenkov was just as brilliant as he posted 17:10 on the ice to go along with a plus-1 rating and two blocked shots.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, BRYCE SALVADOR, Feature, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, preseason, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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By Dave Turner and Jeff O'Connor

We'll be doing a weekly mailbag article each week during the season, so if you have a question or comment, feel free to tweet us @SNYDevils or tweet Dave and Jeff directly @DevilsInsiders.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, Discuss, Eric Gelinas, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Ryan Carter, shea weber, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Tweets
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This is a series of posts on the Devils' pending free agents (restricted and unrestricted). We'll cover their strengths and weaknesses and end up with a final verdict on whether we think the Devils should re-sign the player. There will also be a poll at the end of each post so you guys can weigh in with your thoughts.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, Andrei Loktionov, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, KHL, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The Anaheim Ducks were eliminated from the postseason, which means we can all start speculating about whether winger Bobby Ryan will be traded this summer. The Ducks have devoted a lot of cap space to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and there might not be enough left to keep Ryan, who is due to count $5.1 million against the cap for each of the next two seasons (per Cap Geek).

If a 30-goal scorer is on the trade market, you would think Lou Lamoriello and the Devils would be interested. Todd Cordell of Hockey Buzz posed the question, speculated about Anaheim's asking price and then answered it rather definitively.

Via Hockey Buzz:

His points per game average was down a bit from his standards this season but he still had more even strength goals and points than every player on the Devils, so clearly he'd be a welcome addition.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Anaheim Ducks, Bobby Ryan, Buzz, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ducks, New Jersey Devils, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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I got a lot of postgame info last night. Most of it I used in Postgame Thoughts, yet some spilled over into today.

Here are some leftovers from the Devils' 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

For whatever reason, the arena seemed exceedingly quiet until Travis Zajac's second-period goal.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, Brandon Sutter, DAVID CLARKSON, Ilya Kovalchuk, James Neal, Jarome Iginla, Johan Hedberg, Jussi Jokinen, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Peter DeBoer, Ryan Carter, Sidney Crosby, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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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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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

As I said on Twitter postgame, this was an impressive win for a lot of reasons. Yes, the Devils probably should've played like this at some point during their 10-game slide. No, two more wins like this won't drastically change how we look at the season. However, there were bright spots in this game that lend themselves toward a positive look for next season and it's possible missing the playoffs flipped a switch in the psyche of a lot of these players, which is another topic for another day. As for? tonight's game, some thoughts...

Fortitude: At least for me, the most impressive part of tonight's win came after the Canadiens scored two unanswered, the second of which came including one in the final minute of the second period. We've seen the Devils melt down multiple times in that scenario, giving up an early goal in the third and going on to lose in regulation or in extra play. It's been one of my biggest criticisms of this Devils team, particularly during their recent slide. This team lacked a strong enough mental edge to their game to rebound from "woe is us" moments. Tonight, though, they didn't need a timeout to correct them and while they struggled to get shots on net in the third, they still kept the Canadiens at bay for long stretches. Also, the Habs came out in the third and tried to bully the Devils, who fought right back. Ilya Kovalchuk, for one, went right at the Canadiens after he got hit from behind. Kovy's response, along with the the energy he's played with and the way he drives the train (so to speak), has me wondering if it should be Kovalchuk with the captain's "C" next season. I know Salvador is respected in the room and a lot of guys like him, but would it kill them to give it to Kovy and have Salvador take an "A?" I think it would be a wise move that would help shape the team's mindset going into next season. Food for thought.

Tags: Alex Urbom, Andrei Loktionov, Brandon Prust, BRYCE SALVADOR, Canadiens, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Habs, Ilya Kovalchuk, JACOB JOSEFSON, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stephen Gionta, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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It's no secret that Adam Henrique has had a bit of a rough ride this season. After nearly winning the Calder Trophy as a rookie last year, Henrique has struggled to find his groove in his sophomore campaign. Pete DeBoer noticed and decided to give Henrique a night off with the Devils freshly eliminated from the playoff race.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?I think he needs to take a step back for a night and just watch,? Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. ?His confidence isn?t where it needs to be. So, that?s the solution I?ve come up with.?

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Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Devils, Devs, Lineup Changes, New Jersey Devils, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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