Six games in and a giant goose egg in the W column.

A zero that grows exponentially now, with every loss.

Who/what is to blame for a 0-3-3 team fresh off a 3-0 defeat in what was certainly a "must-win" game.

I'll preface these thoughts with this statement: No matter what has happened so far, by the end of this week, there will either be a full-on tailspin or the team could be back in the playoff picture in the Metropolitan Division.  It's troubling to say that the season hangs in the balance on October 14th, but with three days off before the final leg of their road trip in Ottawa, then a home game against the Rangers, this could be a defining week for this team.  Win both, everything suddenly doesn't look so bad. Lose both and head into the fourth week of the NHL season in disarray.

So, where does the blame lie six games in? Let's take a look at some of the different pieces in this organization.

1. Pete DeBoer - It's always easy to blame the coach for struggles. Many times, a team that greatly underachieves will result in the firing of their coach.  Can you really put this on DeBoer? The third-year coach inherited a team this year that lost its best player. Sure, they filled the holes with some talent, but the hardest part is finding the best way to utilize those players. The constant line changes are troublesome, but considering that there is no blue print for success, different line combinations have to be tried out. If the team isn't scoring, the only thing he can do is try to find some chemistry between different players. The time to fire a coach is when he's lost the dressing room. Is the team not responding to him anymore? We don't know that, but from what we can tell, this isn't the case. The Devils have played well enough in four of their six games to come away with a win, but it didn't happen. He's not on the ice, he can't take shootout attempts, he can't have the refs reverse a goaltender interference call in Calgary. What he can do is keep this team focused and ready to put their best effort on the ice each night. If that is still happening, then DeBoer will stay.

2. The assistant coaches - It seems like everyone is ready to jump off the Dave Barr bandwagon already. It's six games, learning a new power play system with a plethora of new bodies. Is Barr's power play any different than it was at any time over the last few years? There have been plenty of coaches running the Devils power play over the last few years, all with the same results. To me, that points to personnel over coaching. Doesn't matter the system if the players just aren't getting the job done.  Their current 6.7% on the man-advantage is good for second worst in the league. As for Scott Stevens, he has a lot to prove. There's no doubt that #4 was an incredible player and leader during his playing days, but so far the Stevens-led defense has not shown anything to suggest that he's doing well. Sure, you can easily blame personnel, that the defense is too slow, etc. The biggest area of concern is that Adam Larsson almost seems to have regressed since last season. He has been beat numerous times on plays that have resulted in a goal. Larsson should be able to learn from Stevens right? As for the penalty kill, that hasn't been strong either. Though they're middle of the pack at 81.2%, their record setting number of two seasons ago seems like eons away at this point.

3. The goaltending - Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur were supposed to be one of the best tandems in the NHL. So far, it's been almost the opposite. Yes, the defense has left both netminders out to dry, but good goaltenders steal games. How many times have we seen the Rangers look lost in years past, just to see Henrik Lundqvist stand on his head to get a win. Brodeur has done that many times in the past when this team needed a big-time performance. With all the struggles that this team has had, a dominant goaltending performance might be what it takes to get a win and that hasn't happened so far. Yes, Schneider was very good against the Jets last night, but in the end, it wasn't enough. In a game like Sunday's contest, he had to make the save on Evander Kane's sharp angle goal that made the game 1-0 Jets. At some point, if this team is going to go anywhere, one of these two needs to step up their game and put the team on their back, rattle off a stretch where they give up one or two a night for 4-5 games.

4. The defense - The breakdowns from the d-corps have been staggering at times. The defense has been almost what Johan Hedberg was to the team at points last year, where a terrible play results in a disheartening goal that puts the team behind. This team blew a 2-1 lead to the Islanders, a 3-0 lead to the Oilers, a 2-0 lead to Vancouver and a 2-1 lead to Calgary. Where is the shutdown defense? When is this team going to grab a lead and play suffocating defense to preserve a win? It hasn't happened yet, not even once. Anton Volchenkov and Bryce Salvador have been struggling at times and even Andy Greene got undressed by Evander Kane on a play along the boards against the Jets. As a whole, this unit needs to find a way to keep leads, or this will be a long season.

5. The offense - Everything looked like it'd be okay with this unit, but the wild inconsistencies are hurting them. Shut out twice so far in six games and no game where they were able to score a big goal to protect a lead. 1.83 goals for is not going to get it done, despite some of the promising things we've seen from this unit. Something that can't be overlooked is the team's faceoff win percentage. The Devils are second to only the Florida Panthers for the WORST faceoff percentage in the league at 44.1 percent, which must get better. When faceoff numbers are that low, you're not only limiting your offensive chances, but also creating many more chances for the opposition in your own end. That number must be better.  Damien Brunner, Michael Ryder and Jaromir Jagr have been nice additions and have shown some early scoring touch. As for the two Devils who have inked long-term contracts in recent years,

Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique each have two points. Both of them must elevate their play if this team is going to score at a more consistent rate.

Pick your poison. You can find blame just about anywhere with this team, but when you're 0-3-3, that's not hard to do. With a few days off before the Ottawa game, a good stretch this week can begin to put all of this in the rear-view mirror. If not, we'll be looking at a potential make-or-break week for this team in the final full week of October

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko went head-to-head on Thursday night for the first time since the duo was selected first and second, respectively, in this year's NHL Draft.

With the Devils already up 2-1 in the second period, Hughes recorded his first NHL point. with under eight minutes to play in the period, Matt Tennyson wristed a shot from the point. The shot deflected off of Hughes' stick, then bounced off Miles Wood's backside and into net past Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev.

Wood was credited with the goal, but Hughes picked up his first career NHL point on the play. 

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 (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
(Anne-Marie Sorvin)

Disappointing seasons from the Rangers and Devils prompted impressive offseason work from both organizations. It certainly helped that both teams had the top two picks in the NHL Draft -- selections that netted potentially franchise-altering talents in Kappo Kakko and Jack Hughes, respectively.

While they didn't have a high draft pick or significant free agent signing, the Islanders made a handful of moves, mainly in the form of re-signings. For the most part, their roster enters 2019-20 relatively unchanged.

Taking all of this into consideration, here's a closer look at the biggest moves each organization made...

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jordan Eberle, Mika Zibanejad, Robin Lehner, Taylor Hall
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(Andrew Nelles)

The New Jersey Devils have continued their offseason overhaul.

After acquiring P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds and No. 1 overall draft pick Jack Hughes, the Devils added another significant young piece to the team on Monday, trading for 27-year-old Russian winger Nikita Gusev and then signing him to a two-year, $9 million contract.

Gusev has taken an interesting road to the NHL. Despite being drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012, Gusev has never played an NHL game. His rights were traded to the Vegas Golden Knights during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, but again he stayed in Russia, where he played for the KHL's SKA Saint Petersburg.

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Jack Hughes, the Devils first overall draft pick, donned the red and white jersey for the first time on Tuesday when he took the ice for the start of the team's developmental camp.

"Yeah, it was good to get out here. Good little skate to get our feet under us. It was good to get out there with the jersey for the first time."

While Hughes admitted the hype has gone down and he's had time to relax by the pool, he's ready to start soaking in all the information his new coaches will be throwing at him as he gets acclimated to his new team.

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Jack Hughes talks to SNY about getting drafted first overall by the New Jersey Devils, and what lies ahead as he starts his NHL career.

Jack Hughes, the New Jersey Devils' first-round pick and first overall pick of the NHL Draft, was officially introduced as a Devil on Tuesday at the Prudential Center in Newark where he unveiled he will be wearing No. 86. 

The 18-year-old joined SNY's Dan Graca for a few minutes to discuss what it was like being the No. 1 pick and what lies ahead for his NHL career, plus much more. 

"It's been a whirlwind," he said. "I'm really excited to be a Devil."

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Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban celebrates after a Predators goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)
Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban celebrates after a Predators goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

P.K. Subban is optimistic in his new team and what No. 1 pick Jack Hughes brings to the Devils.

A day after New Jersey acquired Subban in a trade with the Nashville Predators, Subban said he is looking forward to joining a team with playoff potential.

"My main objective is to come in and be a good mentor for the young guys, but I'm coming to win," Subban told the New York Post's Mollie Walker. "I'm not coming for participation, I want a Stanley Cup ring and I want to do that in New Jersey."

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Apr 22, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) in action during the game between the Stars and the Predators in game six of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Apr 22, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) in action during the game between the Stars and the Predators in game six of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Devils continue to load up on talent. 

One day after selecting Jack Hughes first overall in the NHL Draft, the Devils acquired defenseman P.K. Subban in a trade with the Nasvhille Predators, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN. 

The Devils will send defensemen Jeremy Davis and Steven Santini, plus a 2019 second-round pick and 2020 second-round pick to Nashville.

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 (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
(Anne-Marie Sorvin)

The Devils selected center Jack Hughes with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.

He'll likely become the first-ever player to make the jump straight from the USA Hockey National Team Development Program to the NHL.

Here are six facts to know about the 18-year-old Hughes.

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Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; A general view of the draft floor and stage before the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports  (Jerome Miron)
Jun 22, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; A general view of the draft floor and stage before the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

It wouldn't have mattered which team had the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft. Jack Hughes just wants to be the first player taken.

"You always dream of being No. 1," Hughes told reporters Friday at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo. "You don't dream of being two, three or four when you're a young kid."

But the 18-year-old American center isn't about to ruffle any feathers. Asked whether he'd look better in red or blue, with the Devils and Rangers holding the top two picks in the NHL Draft, Hughes said, "I think I'd look good in either."

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

It was a rough season for the NHL's Hudson River Rivalry.

The Devils took a huge step back after making the playoffs in 2017-18, their 72 points the third-fewest in the league, while the Rangers were only six points better as they embarked on their first full season of their rebuild.

But next month's NHL Draft represents an opportunity for both teams to add a potential game-changing prospect, as the Devils hold the No. 1 pick with the Rangers picking right after at No. 2. American center Jack Hughes and Finnish wing Kaapo Kakko should be the top-two picks in some order, with Hughes long pegged as the top prospect in this draft class. 

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Although no New York-area teams made it to the Stanley Cup Final this year, the Empire State will still have a large impact on hockey's grandest stage. Twelve players from the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues have connections with the New York metro area in some way, so local fans still have plenty of reasons to tune in.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins have one of the largest collections of American-born hockey players of any team in the NHL. Not surprisingly, several of them have called New York home for at least part of their careers.

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

Time will tell whether the Devils thinking highly enough of Kaapo Kakko to take him over long-presumed No. 1 NHL Draft pick Jack Hughes, but Kakko's emergence over the last year has at least made it a debate.

And Kakko thinks it can happen, especially as he dominates in the IIHF World Championship.

"This is a big thing for me for the draft," Kakko told NHL.com through a translator. "I think I can be the first (pick)."

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The NHL Draft gets more interesting by the day.

Because the more Kaapo Kakko plays in the IIHF World Championship, the more he impresses, adding intrigue to the Devils' decision on whom to select first overall.  

The Finnish wing, who will go to the Rangers at No. 2 if the Devils take American center Jack Hughes at No. 1, scored a beauty of a goal on Thursday for his sixth goal of the tournament.

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The tournament is only two days old, but Kaapo Kakko is already the talk of the IIHF World Championship.

The 18-year-old Finnish wing scored a hat trick Saturday in Finland's 4-2 win over Slovakia, giving him five goals after he scored two in the team's opener on Friday.

Kakko's first of the game was a long one-timer. He showed brilliant hands on his second goal before adding an empty-netter.

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

It appears as if there could be a good ol' New York vs. New Jersey battle for Finnish hockey phenom Kaapo Kakko

Many expect the 18-year-old forward to go second overall to the Rangers, but perhaps it is too early to count out the Devils just yet.  

Kakko scored an impressive goal at the IIHF Worlds on Friday, grabbing the puck on a breakaway while a defender attempted to trip him from behind. Kakko escaped free of the defender's stick while also deking out the goalie to sneak the puck past him. 

When the clip of the goal surfaced on Twitter, the Rangers tweeted out the eyeball emoji while the Devils tweeted out a double eyes emoji along with a gif of the goal five minutes later. 

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Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)
Finnish prospect Kaapo Kakko (left) posing with teammate Santeri Virtanen after winning the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. (Kaapo Kakko on Instagram/@kaapokakko)

The probable top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft have topped NHL Central Scouting's final rankings lists, which were released Monday.

American center Jack Hughes is ranked No. 1 on Central Scouting's list of North American skaters, while Finnish wing Kaapo Kakko is ranked No. 1 on its list of International skaters

The Devils drew the No. 1 pick in the June draft during last week's NHL Draft Lottery, while the Rangers came away with the No. 2 pick. Hughes has long been considered the consensus No. 1 selection, but there's been recent talk of Kakko at least closing the gap on Hughes as far as who the top prospect is in this year's draft class after a strong season in the Finnish Liiga.

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Winter is here.

With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.

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The 2019 NHL Draft lottery took place on Tuesday night, and it was the New Jersey Devils' card that flipped to lock in the No. 1 pick. 

This is the second time in the last three years the Devils were awarded the top pick, as they landed it in 2017 as well. They spent it on Nico Hischier, who has collected 99 points over two years thus far. 

After hearing the announcement, Devils GM Ray Shero couldn't be happier as he said "we need talent." That statement comes after a dismal Devils season where they finished last in the Eastern Conference with a 31-41-10 record. 

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New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford battle for the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and New Jersey Devils right wing Drew Stafford battle for the puck during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils snapped their two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 3:54 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Connor Carrick, Mirco Mueller
  • 14:34 NJD Travis Zajac (power play); Assists: Damon Severson, Nico Hischier
  • 18:40 NYR Brett Howden; Assists: Connor Brickley, Neal Pionk
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Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) plays the puck in front of New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) plays the puck in front of New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This spring marks the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest non-Stanley Cup Finals playoff series in history -- the New York Rangers' epic seven-game Eastern Conference finals win over the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers, on their way to their first championship since 1940 that season, trailed three games to two before winning Game 6 when Mark Messier backed up his victory guarantee with a natural third-period hat trick and winning Game 7 on Stephane Matteau's goal in the second overtime.

The tri-state rivals will not commemorate the anniversary with a similarly high-stakes meeting this spring. Instead, the Rangers and Devils will each be looking to take solace in playing out the string in inspired fashion Monday night, when they complete their season series as New Jersey hosts New York in Newark.

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Mar 30, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) shoots the puck at St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (34) in front of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (19) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 30, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) shoots the puck at St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen (34) in front of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (19) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Devils kept this one close, but the Blues pulled out the overtime win in a 3-2 loss for New Jersey at The Rock on Saturday night. >> Read More


First Period

  • 15:09 STL Robert Thomas; Assists: Pat Maroon, Tyler Bozak
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Mar 29, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Joey Anderson (49) and Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) battle for the puck in front of goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) in the third period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Mar 29, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Joey Anderson (49) and Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) battle for the puck in front of goaltender Jimmy Howard (35) in the third period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The Devils couldn't get anything past the Red Wings goaltenders in a 4-0 shutout loss on the road Friday night. >> Read More


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  • 13:38 DET Danny DeKeyser; Assists: Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi 
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Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel skates with the puck while being defended by New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel skates with the puck while being defended by New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils scored twice in the third period to beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 1:55 NJD Blake Coleman (power play); Assists: Nico Hischier, Travis Zajac
  • 7:23 BUF Sam Reinhart; Assist: Rasmus Dahlin
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(Ed Mulholland)

A shootout was needed to decide who took the win in the Devils-Coyotes matchup on Saturday afternoon, and New Jersey came away with the victory, 2-1, on their home ice. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:31 PHX Oliver Ekman-Larsson; Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Conor Garland
  • 17:01 NJD Drew Stafford; Assists: Pavel Zacha, Miles Wood
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Mar 21, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save on New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Mar 21, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) makes a save on New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The injury-riddled Devils lost their third straight game Thursday night, falling 5-1 to the Bruins in Newark. New Jersey has lost 10 of its last 12 games. Cory Schneider stopped 22 of 26 shot. >> Box score 


First period:

  • 18:34 BOS Patrice Bergeron; Assists: David Pastrnak; Brad Marchand
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Mar 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Capitals players celebrate a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Capitals players celebrate a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Devils backup goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood struggled in net during the second period, allowing three unanswered goals as New Jersey fell to the Washington Capitals, 4-1. >> Box score 


First period:

  • 2:52 WAS Andre Burakovsky; Assists: Nic Dowd, Brett Connolly
  • 19:59 NJD Kenny Agostino
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Mar 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) defends as Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) passes the puck in the third period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Mar 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) defends as Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) passes the puck in the third period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Washington Capitals conclude a four-game road stretch when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

New Jersey (27-37-9) has been eliminated from playoff contention and is returning from a six-game road trip to open a four-game homestand.

The Devils went 2-4 on the trip, which ended with a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

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Mar 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) defends as Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) passes the puck in the third period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Mar 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) defends as Colorado Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth (12) passes the puck in the third period at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Despite Cory Schneider playing well in goal, the Devils could not get anything going offensively and fell to the Avalanche 3-0 on Sunday. >> Box score 


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Mar 15, 2019; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (16) defends against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
Mar 15, 2019; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; New Jersey Devils defenseman Steven Santini (16) defends against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher (51) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports (Anne-Marie Sorvin)

The Devils erased a two-goal deficit to come back and defeat the Canucks in a shootout, 3-2, Friday night in Vancouver. The injury-riddled Devils have won consecutive games for the first time in a month. Damon Severson ended the game in the seventh round of the shootout. MacKenzie Blackwood made 25 saves. >> Box score


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Second Period:

  • 3:18 VAN Elias Pettersson (Power Play;) Assists: Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat 
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 (Perry Nelson)
(Perry Nelson)

The Devils took care of business on the road, defeating the Oilers in their barn, 6-3, on Wednesday night. >> Box score


First Period:

  • 7:34 NJD Kenny Agostino; Assists: Andy Greene, Kevin Rooney
  • 9:37 EDM Sam Gagner; Assists: Jujhar Khaira, Matt Benning
  • 14:22 EDM Alex Chiasson (Power Play); Assists: Connor McDavid, Oscar Klefbom
  • 19:41 NJD Travis Zajac (Power Play); Assists: Damon Severson
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Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) defends as a puck shot by New York defenseman Libor Hajek (not pictured) gets by New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2.
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Mar 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) defends as a puck shot by New York defenseman Libor Hajek (not pictured) gets by New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Devils scored the first two goals of the game, but that's all they could muster in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers at the Garden on Saturday night. >> Box score


First Period:

  • 16:26 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Kenny Agostino, Michael McLeod
  • 19:49 NJD Blake Coleman (Power Play); Assists: Will Butcher, Travis Zajac
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Devils' struggles continued Friday night as they were shut out by the Capitals in D.C., 3-0. New Jersey has lost five straight and has scored just one goal in its last three games. MacKenzie Blackwood made 33 saves. >> Box Score


First Period

  • 2:40 WSH Andre Burakovsky; Assists: Michal Kempny, Travis Boyd
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Mar 5, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) scores the game winning goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during shootout at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 5, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) scores the game winning goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during shootout at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It was a solid defensive game for both teams, but the Devils came out on the losing end in a shootout to the visiting Blue Jackets, 2-1, at The Rock on Tuesday night. >> Box Score


First Period

  • 0:52 CBJ Cam Atkinson; Assists: Davis Savard, Markus Nutivaara 
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Mar 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) and Boston Bruins center Danton Heinen (43) battle in front of the goal during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Mar 2, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) and Boston Bruins center Danton Heinen (43) battle in front of the goal during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

BOSTON (AP) Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal early in the opening period and Tuukka Rask made it stand up with 20 saves for his third shutout of the season, lifting the surging Boston Bruins to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

The victory improved the Bruins' streak of at least one point in every game to 16 straight (12-0-4) and they haven't lost in regulation since a 3-2 setback to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19. It's their longest since 18 games (14-0-4) last season.

Rask is 14-0-3 in his last 17 starts.

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Mar 1, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) battles with New Jersey Devils left wing Kenny Agostino (17) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Mar 1, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) battles with New Jersey Devils left wing Kenny Agostino (17) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

New Jersey-bred James van Riemsdyk wasn't friendly to his hometown team, as he led the Flyers in a 6-3 Devils loss on Friday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 12:53 PHI James van Riemsdyk (Power Play); Assists: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek
  • 14:16 PHI James van Riemsdyk; Assists: Ryan Hartman
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Feb 27, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Calgary Flames center Mark Jankowski (77) skates with the puck against New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 27, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Calgary Flames center Mark Jankowski (77) skates with the puck against New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils found themselves on the losing side of a low-scoring game at The Rock in a 2-1 loss to the Flames on Wednedsay night. >> Box score

Second period:

  • 1:07 CAL Elias Lindholm (Power Play); Assists: Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau
  • 13:52 CAL Mark Giordano; Assists: Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan
  • 16:47 NJD Kevin Rooney (Short Handed)

 

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New Jersey Devils right wing Nathan Bastian celebrates his first NHL goal during the first period of their game against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Nathan Bastian celebrates his first NHL goal during the first period of their game against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Nathan Bastian scored his first-career goal as the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 12:35 NJD Nathan Bastian; Assists: Connor Carrick, Egor Yakovlev
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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It went down to the wire Monday afternoon before the NHL trade deadline, but the Devils did trade pending unrestricted free agent Marcus Johansson to the Bruins in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 fourth-round pick.

Earlier Monday, the Devils dealt goalie Keith Kinkaid to Columbus for a 2022 fifth-round pick.

Johansson is now teammates with Brad Marchand, who concussed Johansson last year and whom Johansson ripped for the vicious elbow which caused Johansson's second concussion of the 2017-18 season. Johansson was injured on Jan. 23 last year and didn't return until Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs on April 16.

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Some of the best movies ever -- including some of the best sports movies ever -- have been filmed in and/or take place in New York. Here is our ranking of the 10 best...

10. Above The Rim (1994)

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Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) plays the puck against New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) plays the puck against New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers and Devils are both scrapping at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division but it was the Blueshirts who came out on top in a 5-2 win over the Devils. Jimmy Vesey, Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider scored three unanswered goals in the first period as the Devils fall for the second time in their last five games.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:48 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Tony DeAngelo
  • 8:54 NYR Ryan Strome (Power Play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 14:23 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey
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Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 23, 2018; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson (90) carries the puck during the overtime against the New York Islanders at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

While the Rangers elected to play players who are expected to be dealt, the Devils held out Marcus Johansson and veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Thursday ahead of any possible trades. Both players will make the trip to New York but are expected to be scratched again.

Without those two veterans, the Devils won for the third time in four games by getting goals from Travis Zajac, Steven Santini, Kurtis Gabriel and Miles Wood in a 4-0 home win over the Ottawa Senators.

"This time of year's never easy, and this is sort of the consequence of not having a good year to this point," said Devils goaltender Cory Schneider. Read More

 

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Feb 21, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate their 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 21, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate their 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

While Cory Schneider was a brick wall in net, the Devils ran up four goals against the Senators for a big win at home on Thursday night. >> Read More


First period:

  • 11:45 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Miles Wood, Will Butcher
  • 14:34 NJD Steven Santini; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher
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Gotta support the team. 

The New Jersey Devils hosted a "90s Night" on Tuesday and perhaps the franchises most famous fan from the decade made an appearance. 

Patrick Warburton reprised his role as David Puddy from "Seinfeld" at the Prudential Center during the ceremonial puck drop before the game against the Penguins. 

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Feb 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid (1) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils couldn't mount a third-period comeback as the Penguins took them down, 4-3, at The Rock.


First period:

  • 2:14 NJD Jesper Bratt; Assists: Marcus Johansson, Mirco Mueller
  • 6:49 PIT Zach Aston-Reese; Assists: Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin
  • 12:12 NJD Marcus Johansson; Assists: Mirco Mueller, Jesper Bratt
  • 18:24 PIT Nick Bjugstad; Assists: Marcus Pettersson, Dominik Simon
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New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt handles the puck as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Jesper Bratt handles the puck as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils won their second straight game by beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

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Second period:

  • 7:25 NJD Miles Wood; Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac
  • 13:38 NJD Jesper Bratt (power play); Assists: Kyle Palmieri, Damon Severson
  • 19:04 BUF Sam Reinhart; Assists: Zach Bogosian, Jack Eichel
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Jan 28, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Devils won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 28, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at PPG PAINTS Arena. The Devils won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After a miserable first two games of their three-game road trip, it appeared the Devils were going to fly home miserable from St. Paul Friday night as they found themselves down by three. But they erased a three-goal deficit to force overtime when Nico Hischier scored the winning goal to give the Devils a 5-4 win. Cory Schneider replaced Keith Kinkaid with the Devils down 4-1 and stopped all 15 shots he faced, giving him his first regular-season win since Dec. 27, 2017. Ben Lovejoy tied the game with 2:45 left in regulation. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:07 MIN Brad Hunt (Power Play;) Assists: Ryan Suter, Mikael Granlund
  • 9:55 MIN Joel Eriksson Ek
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Feb 9, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a save against New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 9, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) makes a save against New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Minnesota has lost six of seven (1-4-2) to fall into a tie for the final Western Conference wild card with Vancouver, though the Wild have two games in hand on the Canucks.

However, if recent history is any indication, the Devils may be exactly what the Wild need to steady themselves in the playoff race.

The Wild's lone win since the All-Star Break came last Saturday, when they beat the host Devils 4-2. Minnesota is just one of several Western teams to take advantage of struggling New Jersey, which is 1-4-1 in its past six games. In that stretch, the Devils have lost to the Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings.

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Feb 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Drake Caggiula (91) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Marton)
Feb 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Drake Caggiula (91) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Marton)

The Devils got off to a hot start, but flamed out in a 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks on the road Thursday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 7:14 NJD Damon Severson; Assists: Brett Seney
  • 16:42 NJD Travis Zajac (Power Play); Assists: Marcus Johansson, Jesper Bratt
  • 18:17 CHI Patrick Kane; Assists: Dylan Sikura, Artem Anisimov
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Feb 12, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) handles the puck as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Feb 12, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) handles the puck as St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends the net during the second period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Devils couldn't get anything going against the Blues on the road Tuesday night, losing 8-3 in St. Louis.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:08 STL Alex Pietrangelo; Assists: Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko
  • 6:41 STL Ivan Barbashev; Assists: Robert Thomas
  • 10:30 NHD Pavel Zacha; Assists: Kenny Agostino
  • 15:47 STL Jaden Schwartz; Assists: Robert Bortuzzo
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