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New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait (37) reaches for the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait (37) reaches for the puck during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Defenseman Brian Strait has signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets, the team announced Friday. 

Strait's one-way contract will be worth $600,000 for the year. 

Strait joined the Islanders in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, playing a combined 170 games over four seasons. 

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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 York Rangers forward Derick Brassard looks to make a pass against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USATSI)
New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard looks to make a pass against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. (Perry Nelson/USATSI)

The Rangers travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets for an 8 p.m. road game on Friday.

According to STATS:

  • The Rangers are 4-1-0 all-time against the Jets' franchise in Winnipeg. The Jets were held to two goals or fewer in each of the four defeats.
  • The Rangers are currently riding a six-game road losing streak (0-4-2), their longest road skid since a 0-7-2 stretch from January 18-February 25, 2009. They've surrendered 17 goals in their last three road defeats.
  • The Jets' franchise has reached the postseason twice in their history - which began in 1999-2000 - and were swept in both series. Their first playoff appearance was against the Rangers in 2007. The Blueshirts outscored them 17-6 in the four-game sweep.
  • Derick Brassard leads the Rangers in goals this month with four (both multi-goal games). He is one of seven NHL players with two or more multi-goal games this month.
  • The Rangers are one of four teams that rank in the top 10 in the NHL in both power play and penalty kill percentage. They rank sixth on the power play and ninth on the penalty kill. The Devils, Blues and Capitals are the other three teams in this category.
  • The Jets have allowed the first goal in 20 games this season, tied for the third most in the NHL. Two Ontario teams -- the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs -- lead the league with 21 each. Winnipeg has a 6-12-2 record when allowing the first goal of the game.
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Despite a comeback late in the second period, the Islanders fell in their final game at Nassau Coliseum until November 11. The Jets are a beatable team and one that the Isles should have defeated to begin a five-game road trip. The Islanders will begin the west coast swing with a 6-3-0 record through the first nine games of the season.

For the game?recap click here.?

Since I was unable to be at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night, Islanders Insight staff writer, and Isles fan Joe Pantorno provides us with some thoughts from the loss below:

Tags: Islanders, new york islanders, Winnipeg Jets
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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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Tags: Around The Links, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Peter Harrold, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets

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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It's going to take an awful lot to get the Devils into the playoffs.

New Jersey clearly can't get into the tournament without winning some games. It also hasn't gotten much help lately.

Still, as it is mathematically possible for the Devils to get in, we keep it up.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Phialdelphia 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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(Editor's note: Buffalo and Philly are only pictured because they haven't been mathematically eliminated -- yet. We'll see ya in October, fellas.)

The Devils were in rough shape entering play Thursday night. Then the Senators, Islanders and Jets won in regulation, making the six and seven seeds basically unreachable and adding yet another ROW to Winnipeg's already impossible number. Those wins, combined with New Jersey's regulation loss Wednesday, put the Devils hoping for a Jets collapse and a sweep of the two-game mini-series against the Rangers in the final week of the season. That of course assumes the Devils keep pace with the Rangers until that point, which brings me to my next point.

Tags: Blueshirts, Broadway Blueshirts, Islanders, Isles, Jets, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Rangers, Scoreboard Watching, Senators, Sens, Winnipeg Jets
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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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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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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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Thanks to tiebreakers, the Devils are still in the No. 7 spot, but the Islanders and Rangers are catching up fast.

The Caps, keyed by Alexander Ovechkin's three-point game, crept to within three points of the eighth spot, and are only two points back of No. 3 Winnipeg for the Southeast Division lead.

Tags: Alexander Ovechkin, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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  • Evidently NHL general managers thought Tuesday was the trade deadline. Jaromir Jagr was traded to Boston. Derek Roy was shipped off to Vancouver. Marc-Andre Bergeron was traded to Carolina. Ryane Clowe was dealt to the Rangers. (NHL.com).
  • The New York Islanders, thanks to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets, have jumped into a tie with the Devils?for seventh in the Eastern Conference standings. (Newsday)
  • Meanwhile on the Devils' front, Lou Lamoriello does not expect to make many moves on Wednesday, writes Tom Gulitti (NorthJersey.com).
  • In fact, Dave Hutchinson says Pete DeBoer is prepared to battle with the lineup he has now (NJ.com).
Tags: Around The Links, Derek Roy, Jaromir Jagr, Lou Lamoriello, Marc-Andre Bergeron, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Pete DeBoer, Ryane Clowe, Winnipeg Jets

I'm not sure about you all, but I'm starting to get the vibe that the Devils are trying to keep things interesting.

New Jersey dropped its fourth straight Monday night, 3-1, to the ninth-placed Islanders. Meanwhile, across the river, the Rangers polished off the Jets 4-2.

Both results moved the New York squads within two points of seventh place. New Jersey, which hasn't been outside the top-eight all season, could be by the week's end.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, 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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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.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Notes, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets
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The Islanders' huge 3-2 win in Washington, coupled with Winnipeg's 4-1 win in Raleigh boosted the Isles within two points of the arch-rival Rangers.

The Rangers meanwhile won a rather large game of their own, downing Philadelphia 5-2. The Rangers sit just two points back of the Devils with one game in hand.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Notes, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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You want some more good news Devils fans?

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/311489174287024128

You must crawl before you can walk, right? The Devils have been coy on Brodeur's status he was scratched before his Feb. 24 start against Winnipeg. But Brodeur can't play unless he can skate and getting him on the ice is of paramount importance.

Tags: Analysis, Breaking News, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Editorial Aside, Winnipeg Jets
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  • Full color and breakdown of New Jersey's second-straight home win, a 3-2 shootout victory over Winnipeg. (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com) (NHL.com) (AP).
  • Anton Volchenkov had an assist and was a plus-1 in 16:39 Sunday night, which is especially remarkable considering he injured his foot?in the third period. (NJ.com)
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets won their sixth straight last night in a shootout in Detroit... (NHL.com)
  • ...and the Chicago Blackhawks?lost?their second straight in regulation against Edmonton (NHL.com)
Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Around The Links, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Winnipeg Jets

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

Wins don't get much bigger than that. The Devils desperately needed a "W" before tonight's game and it became even more crucial considering the sterling effort they got from Johan Hedberg. As bad as last night was, tonight was a strong, strong effort across the board. Some thoughts...

Moose call: Honestly, that game shouldn't have even gone to overtime. While the Evander Kane goal (Holy shit, what a shot) was unavoidable and basically unstoppable, the Mark Stuart score only happened because Andy Greene had brain fart and tried to play a bouncing puck about a foot in front of Hedberg. If you look on the replay, Hedberg was in perfect position to stop Stuart's shot and likely would have. Now, does that mean the Jets wouldn't have scored another time and forced OT regardless? No, but I use it to point out that Hedberg was about as iron-clad as goalies get, especially backup goalies. Moose had probably his second-best game since taking over the full-time gig and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Devils needed this game in every sense of the word and their goalie delivered. Hedberg doesn't need to play this well every night, but the Devils do need his play to be close to what they've gotten in two of the last three games. The most impressive thing I saw from Moose tonight was how he stayed calm and didn't get overwhelmed or downtrodden after the Stuart goal. We've seen him in past games (Saturday night in particular) give up goals in bunches after the defense lets him down or a bad bounce leads to a goal. Tonight, however, he bounced right back and got better as the game went on. He was the absolute reason the game didn't end before OT and he was the reason they won in a shootout. This was very much a goaltender duel and in the end, Hedberg made a couple more saves when it was necessary. Impressive, indeed. Necessary -- absolutely. Now, let's see if he can do it two games in a row.

Tags: ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Jets, Johan Hedberg, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Winnipeg Jets
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Will it be two wins in three games or more losing for Andy Greene and the Devils?

Who: Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils

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

Tags: Devils, Devs, Gameday, Jets, New Jersey Devils, Winnipeg Jets
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  • Another road loss Saturday for New Jersey-- its fifth straight defeat away from Prudential Center. Here are your slew of links from the Devils' 6-3 loss to Carolina (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com) (AP) (NHL.com)
  • Devils goalie Johan Hedberg surrendered five goals on just 18 shots and was pulled for the second time in three games. Even still, Devils coach Pete DeBoer announced Hedberg will start AGAIN Sunday night against Winnipeg. (Fire & Ice)
  • The Hockey Night in Canada insiders discussed visors, GM meetings and Corey Perry in another excellent Hotstove segment. (CBC.ca)
Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Around The Links, Carolina Hurricanes, Corey Perry, Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Winnipeg Jets

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

Well, that makes three straight losses and five defeats in their last six games for the Devils -- not exactly the way Pete DeBoer wants to be trending when approaching the meat of the season. All in all, it was a far better overall effort than it had been in the past couple games, particularly Sunday, but not enough to get off the schneid. Some thoughts...

Help needed: You want a main reason behind the Devils' current skid? Try these numbers: 1, 1, 1, 2, 1. That, in chronological order, is how many goals the Devils have scored in each of their last five losses. In past games, it's been due to an almost passive nature on offense and a reluctance to establish a hard forecheck early and often. Tonight, after a brief wave of Jets attacks, the Devils started forcing the play and getting chances but just could not finish, which is something we wondered if they could do on a regular basis before the season. It seems like if? Clarkson or Kovy isn't scoring the Devils are hard-pressed to find goals. Elias is having a strong season, but even he missed out on a couple chances to bury the puck tonight (one of which came on a nice cross-ice feed from Zajac). The bottom line is the Devils can't simply rely on their top two players to score. If they're going to compete for home-ice advantage in the first round, they're going to have to find the secondary scoring that made them so dangerous in last season's playoff run. I'm sorry but losing Parise is not an excuse anymore, not when you get 10 goals out of Clarkson and a 22-point start from Elias in the season's first 20 games. Zajac has been non-existent offensively for the most part this season and Henrique has disappeared after putting together a good first few games when he returned from injury. Kovy cannot be the end all, be all of this offense or else the Devils won't just struggle to host a playoff series -- they'll struggle to make the playoffs in an absurdly packed Eastern Conference. DeBoer messed around with his forward lines entering play tonight in an attempt to spark the dormant offense. It work in the sense that the Devils' top two lines started generating chances and putting consistent pressure on an opponent, but that's not enough.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jets, Johan Hedbger, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Peter DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Winnipeg Jets
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Adam Henrique and the Devils look to repay for the Jets after Winnipeg's win in New Jersey on Sunday.

Who:? New Jersey Devils at Winnipeg Jets

When: 8:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 7:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Devils, Devs, Gameday, gameday, Jets, New Jersey Devils, Winnipeg Jets
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

Well, that got out of hand quickly. After a strong first period, the Devils seemed completely overwhelmed by the tempo of the game and just never got it going. All of the textbook problems were there and you have to wonder if Marty's late scratch may have played a factor. Some thoughts...

Funky: I delved into it briefly during the pregame post, but the Devils have been less than stellar over the past two weeks. During that stretch, they've failed to put together an overall game as strong and complete as some of their early season efforts. Is it the injuries and lack of depth catching up to them or is this the Devils team we should get used to seeing? I tend to think it's a bit of both. The Devils probably aren't as good as they showed in the first couple weeks, but they're certainly better than the team that lost 9-3 over the past two days. They're in a funk, which Pete DeBoer has been aware of for a few games now. DeBoer has tried to find a way to spark the Devils out of their funk, specifically using line changes to try to get players out of their comfort zones and force them back into doing some of the fundamentals of the Devils' gameplan. It's worked for some players (Travis Zajac's goal from Patrik Elias tonight), but for the most part the alterations have been unsuccessful in getting the Devils back to playing their basic game of forechecking, taking away the other team's best player and being responsible with the puck in their own zone. Is it time to panic? Not by a longshot, but the time to be concerned has definitely arrived.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Andrei Loktionov, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Jets, Johan Hedberg, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Winnipeg Jets
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The Jets visit New Jersey as the Devils return home after a 5-1 loss in D.C.

Who:? Winnipeg Jets at New Jersey Devils

When: 5:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 4:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Devils, Devs, Gameday, Jets, New Jersey Devils, Winnipeg Jets
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The Devils are tied atop the Atlantic Division standings yet are in fourth place due to the Pittsburgh Penguins' 12 wins.

New Jersey will play three straight road games-- in Winnipeg, Buffalo and Toronto-- after it hosts the Jets Sunday at 5 p.m.

Tags: New Jersey Devils, Notes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets

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