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This one hurts as much as a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the wrist. While the rival (and eighth-place) Rangers won in a shootout to move four points head of the Devils, New Jersey lost what felt like a microcosm of their entire season. There was the awful start, injuries to key players affecting the team and the Devils coming up just short of a tie game and a guaranteed point in overtime. Like I said, this one hurts. Some thoughts...

Fragile: It's a word Pete DeBoer used to describe his team after the Devils allowed three early goals despite the Bruins taking four penalties in five minutes AND Martin Brodeur stopping a penalty shot. It seemed a wildly appropriate description for a team that has been known to cave at the end of periods, surrender goals in bunches and lose their heads in their own zone. There's a reason why the Devils always seem to play better after DeBoer calls a timeout. He can read whether they need a kick in the ass or a moment to breathe and then suddenly, they look like a different team. It happened tonight and it's happened countless other times this season. The team's psyche is fragile and they don't have enough extraordinarily talented players on the roster to carry them through rough patches. Without Ilya Kovalchuk, it's a collection of "guys" -- some with high-quality talent, but most without. A "fragile" team combined with a limited roster is a bad combination and it's why they've gone one two very bad losing streaks this season. This is not a team that can answer the bell and fight through adversity, which is so strange since it's nearly the same team as last year's that basically made adversity its 24th man on the bench. THIS is where we're seeing and feeling the loss of Zach Parise, who's attitude, work ethic and willingness to buy in no matter what would drive the Devils through difficult times. Maybe Travis Zajac or Adam Henrique will get there some day, but they're not there now.

#WhereIsKovy: It's painfully clear how much the Devils miss Kovalchuk in the obvious ways, but it seems in every game he misses there's little things the Devils fail to execute and it leave's you asking, "Damn, where is Kovy?" Tonight, there were two small, but glaring examples. First, as pointed out by Steve Lepore (Puck The Media) on Twitter, the Bruins were able to aggressively attack the Devils players carrying the puck at the top of the zone on the power play. Normally, this is a job done (and done well) by Ilya Kovalchuk. He's excellent at picking spots for cross-ice passes and has no problem getting the puck deep when necessary. He also keeps the puck on a string, which often forces penalty killers to sit back and wait for Kovy to move the puck. This is why you'll sometimes see the puck go to and from Kovy four or five times during a possession on a power play without a shot. The killers respect Kovy, but usually only Kovy and if he's not on the ice, they attack, which led directly to two Bruins goals tonight. The second thing is a similar, but slightly different problem. The Devils have no one to carry the puck into the offensive zone, particularly on the man advantage. Marek Zidlicky can pull this off from time to time, but often when he's given room because of the way Kovy controls the play and directs the defense just with his movements. This is why you're seeing so many of the Devils' power plays stall out before, at and just after the blue line. They desperately miss Kovalchuk's puck possession and the space it creates at one of the busiest areas on the ice.

This isn't new: None of the problems the Devils faced tonight were due simply to Ilya Kovalchuk's absence. These have been issues all season, issues we've banged the drum about time after time and issues that won't go away this season. The Devils are often dreadful to start the first period. Sometimes, their goaltending or a goal from Kovalchuk will bail them out or DeBoer will call a timeout before things get out of hand. But sometimes you go down 3-0 in the first five minutes of the period and end up looking like (pardon the cliche) a bunch of chickens with your heads cut off. That last part is another season-long problem. The Devils have spent far too much time this year running around their own end. They often get caught staring at the puck, leading to open players on the backside or a trailer that enters the zone completely unchecked. The Devils could fight through those issues if they could score, but they have yet to find a way to consistently finish. For the four goals the Devils scored tonight, they left several more on the table -- including some before it got out of hand. All of these problems didn't manifest because Kovalchuk is hurt or when Martin Brodeur was on injured reserve. These have been issues since Game No. 1 against the Islanders and the Devils still haven't fixed them for longer than a game or two.

Tale of two streaks: The Devils' current eight-game losing streak is at the front of their descent from the playoff picture, but this current skid has taken on so much prominence because of a prior slide, particularly the Devils' 3-8-2 mark while Brodeur was on injured reserve. That losing streak started with a run of six winless games (five regulation losses, one SO loss) and ended with three straight losses. At the time Brodeur was hurt, the Devils were hanging out in the top four of the Eastern Conference after their red-hot start. Obviously they were destined to be a middle-to-bottom-of-the-playoff-picture team but still figured to linger in the top eight long enough to comfortably make the playoffs. When Marty returned, the Devils were still in the top eight and then won twice on March 21 and 23, the latter of which is the last time Kovalchuk was on the ice. Since then, it's been eight games without a victory and a slide to 10th place in the East. While losing streaks are impossible to avoid when you're a flawed team, two of them might be too much for the Devils to handle, regardless of how well they started.

Row, row, row: The Devils' least-favorite stat of the moment is not points, although that's not very favorable either. No, it's ROW, which stands for regulation and overtime wins. It's the second tiebreaker the NHL uses for playoff positioning -- a way of separating teams who pick up two points the normal way vs. those that do it in a skills competition. Unfortunately for the Devils, they trail each of the three teams directly in front of them in ROW. The 10th-place Devils currently have 13 ROW. Ahead of them in ninth place is the Jets, who have 19, the eight-place Rangers with 16 and the seventh-place Islanders with 17.  The Devils have just eight games left, so you can count out catching the Jets. The Rangers are feasible, especially considering the two teams play twice in the final week. But this now means the Devils can't wait until the shootout to beat teams (which they can't really do anyway, but still). The Devils have to put a priority on getting wins before the skills competition while also hoping to erase a three- or four-win gap in just eight games. I'm no math major, but that seems difficult, especially considering the Devils also trail most of those teams in "points percentage," which is the first tiebreaker the NHL uses. Oh, and the Devils are four points out with eight to play and have to jump two teams to get into the playoffs. Yuck.

Notes: I hope the Andy Greene goal doesn't get lost in the shuffle. That was a textbook forecheck by the Devils and a beautiful pass from Adam Henrique to Green on the other end of the ice. Also, as NBC pointed out, Greene made a small, but noticeable move to buy himself just a couple more inches and seconds before snapping the shot off. A pretty, textbook play from start to finish. ... Can we all agree Patrik Elias has the yips? He's either freezing with the puck or missing wide almost every time he gets it in a scoring position. You hope that his "deflection" tonight gets him out of the funk, but I'm not sure if it will. ... Bryce Salvador got absolutely bodied by Jaromir Jagr on the Bruins' first goal. It was a shining example of two things: One, Jaggs can still play and can still play very well; Two, Salvador has very minimal upper-body strength, which is likely a result of the knee injury and back/shoulder injury he's currently playing through. ... The Devils might get sloppy. They might not finish often. But they do player their asses off 95 percent of the time. After the timeout tonight, they were all over the Bruins and were diving all over their zone trying to protect the net when Brodeur was out of position on one play. They also battled back from down 4-0 and were the better team for long stretches tonight. They play hard and they have skill, but they just can't seem to put it all together at once. ... Bravo, Stephen Gionta, for the clear-cut hit of the year. ... Steve Sullivan, c'mon man! You know better than to play the puck across the blue line like that on the power play. ... Speaking of "new(er)" Devils, I thought Matt D'Agostini played pretty well. He drew a penalty in the first, scored a goal in the third and was generally better overall than I've seen him since joining the Devils. ... Yeah, Johnny Boychuk, maybe you shouldn't take anymore penalty shots. ... How does Zdeno Chara just waltz into the crease on the Bruins' fourth goal? SOMEBODY put a body on him, no? Or a stick? Or a cross-check? Anything. ... Andrei Loktionov does about one thing per game that just makes me excited to watch him play a full season next year. Tonight it was that sick turn and backhander that deflected off the crossbar. What a play. ... Yeah, Anton Volchenkov is going to want to answer tomorrow's call with a 212 area code. Or maybe Shanny's got one one of those slick 646 codes? Time will tell. ... Speaking of Shanabans, doesn't someone think Tyler Seguin should at least get a phone call for his reckless elbow on Marek Zidlicky late in the third period? Just asking.

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 (Anne-Marie Sorvin)
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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)
(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)
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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)

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.

Click below...

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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


First Period

  • 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


First Period:

  • N/A

Second Period:

  • 3:18 VAN Elias Pettersson (Power Play;) Assists: Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat 
Tags: Damon Severson, Stefan Noesen, Vancouver Canucks
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(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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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 
Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets
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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
Tags: Philadelphia Flyers
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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.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Keith Kinkaid, Marcus Johansson
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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
Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins
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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:

  • N/A

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
Tags: Buffalo Sabres
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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
Tags: Ben Lovejoy, Cory Schneider, Kyle Palmieri, Marcus Johansson, Minnesota Wild, Nico Hischier, Will Butcher
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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
Tags: Chicago Blackhawks
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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
Tags: St. Louis Blues
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New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Marcus Johansson celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Marcus Johansson scored two goals as the Devils beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Sunday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 11:35 NJD Pavel Zacha (power play); Assists: Ryan Murphy, Nico Hischier
  • 19:03 NJD Marcus Johansson; Assists: Nico Hischier, Kyle Palmieri
Tags: Carolina Hurricanes
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