Backstrom Hat Trick, Holtby Stifle Devils in Washington

It has not been easy for the Devils on the road this season. Put them up against a surging defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, and you had a bit of a recipe for disaster. The Devils fell 6-3 at Capital One Arena tonight.

The good news, however, is that that score was not fully indicative of how the Devils played. They played well, but just ran into a brick wall in Caps’ goalie Braden Holtby. When the Devils beat Washington 6-0 back in October, they faced backup Pheonix Copley. Tonight, they got Holtby and he was brilliant. He stopped 33 of 36 Devils shots, but that only tells half the story. Especially for a period of time in the mid-to-late second period, the Devils threw everything but the kitchen sink at Holtby and he was consistently equal to the task. He stopped several key breakaways by the Devils, including one by former Capital Marcus Johansson and two by Brett Seney.

Keith Kinkaid went for the Devils and stopped 25 of 29 shots he faced. Kinkaid was just as good, but did have one mental gaffe that led directly to a goal in the second period, which we will get to.

Some roster moves to deal with before we get started, as the Devils placed J-S Dea on waivers in order to try to get him to clear and send him down to Binghamton. He was reclaimed by Pittsburgh off of waivers. Coming up to take his place from Binghamton was Mikey McLeod. The Devils’ 12th overall pick in the 2016 Draft made his NHL debut tonight slotting in for Stefan Noesen, who was a healthy scratch. Drew Stafford and Egor Yakovlev were the other scratches. Johansson was back after missing one game due to injury and Mirco Mueller slotted back in on defense. Joey Anderson is week-to-week with a broken ankle suffered a few games ago when he crashed into the net. He had surgery on the ankle.

McLeod finished the game with an even plus/minus rating, won 17-percent of his faceoffs all in 5:36 of ice time (including four seconds on the power play). He had three goals and seven assists in the AHL this season so far for a total of ten points.

A little bit of fun trivia before we get started as the linesmen for the game, Brandon Gawryletz and Travis Gawryletz are brothers. According to Steve Cangialosi of MSG+, they had only worked one other game together at the NHL level prior to tonight.

Backstrom got the Capitals off to a roaring start when he scored at 3:51 of the first period from Alex Ovechkin and Michal Kempny. Ovechkin caught the Devils in a change and turned on the jets to skate the puck into the Devils’ zone. There he fed Backstrom who scored his first of the game to make it 1-0 Washington.

At 18:38 of the first, former Devil Devante Smith-Pelly took an interference call against Andy Greene. The Devils would be on the power play and when the horn sounded, would have 36 seconds of carry over time to the second.

But, just eight seconds into the second frame, the Caps’ Tom Wilson took the puck off the backboards on a Matt Niskanen clearing attempt. He then scored from a strange angle as Kinkaid was not able to handle the puck cleanly on the wrap around. Lars Eller, who won the faceoff to begin the period, was given the secondary assist on the goal. It was now 2-0 Caps on that shorthanded goal by Wilson.

But the Devils would grab one back when Travis Zajac scored a shorty of his own at the 9:23 mark of the second. Taylor Hall had taken a tripping call and the Devils were killing off a penalty. But then Blake Coleman stood the Capitals up at the Devils blue line and was on his way with Zajac on a 2-on-1. Coleman shot and Holtby made the initial save, with Zajac following up and hammering home the rebound to cut the Washington lead in half 2-1.

Overall, on special teams, the Devils were 0-for-5 on the power play with four shots on Holtby. They also had two shorthanded shots, of which they scored on one. The Caps were 1-for-4 on the power play with seven shots, plus one shorthanded shot (on which they scored).

Late in the second, everything hit the fan, so to speak. We talked about Brett Seney’s breakaways and on his second one, after he was turned aside by Holtby, Wilson plowed into the zone and leveled Seney from behind. Although it was actually shoulder-to-shoulder, it was from behind and Seney was without the puck and, because of Wilson’s reputation, he received a match penalty at 17:39. Wilson was gone from the game, with an automatic hearing with the league for possible supplemental discipline and the Devils were on a five minute power play.

However, the Devils would not score on that five minute power play, one which could have ultimately tied the game up at two. Instead, Washington continually stopped the Devils from getting a clean zone entry and set up.

There was 2:39 of carry over power play time into the third period, but once the Caps killed that off, they would begin to open the flood gates. Andre Burakovsky scored at 5:45 of the third from Kempny and Backstrom as he split the Devils defense and beat Kinkaid on a partial breakaway.

The wheels then began to seemingly fall off for the Devils as 8:26 of the third, Miles Wood was assessed a double minor for butt ending Dmitry Orlov with his stick. Then, at 10:17, Sami Vatanen was called for hooking Jakub Vrana and Washington would have two minutes of 5-on-3 power play time. And that is just poking the bear that is the fourth-ranked power play unit in the NHL. Backstrom scored at 10:57 to make it 4-1. He took a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov and shot the puck under the crossbar and in. John Carlson had the secondary assist.

In what was already a strange game, the Devils were not through yet. They began the long climb back into things at 12:35 when Nico Hischier finished a play started by Hall. Hall drove to the Caps’ net with a nice power move and Nico put the rebound away. That goal made it 4-2 and gave the Devils some life.

The Devils would cut the Capital lead to one at 18:10 when Johansson scored on his old team from Hall and Hischier. This one came when the three rushed up the ice and Hall fed Johansson as Marcus was crashing the net. He shoveled the puck in from right on the doorstep and made it 4-3.

We seemed to be headed for a dramatic finish, as the Devils pulled Kinkaid with about 1:30 remaining in the game. But things were not to be as Ovechkin grabbed the puck at his own blue line, knew he had time and sent it down the ice to score into the empty net. That put Washington back up by two at 5-3.

But the Devils felt that they still had time and they pulled Kinkaid again with a little over a minute remaining. Backstrom then broke in on the empty net with Ovechkin, who fed him to score into the open goal mouth and finish off his hatty. That made it 6-3 Capitals, which was our final.

The Devils had a good night statistically, out shooting Washington 36-31, winning 53-percent of the game’s faceoffs, out hitting the Caps 12-6 and having less giveaways at 12 for the Caps to the Devils’ nine. Washington registered more blocked shots at 14 to 11.

Individually, Vatanen led all skaters for the Devils in ice time with 21:59 (3:26 on the power play and 1:04 on the penalty kill) while Hall led all forwards with 21:38 (6:48 of PP time and four seconds of PK time). Four players led in shots on goal with four (Hall, Kyle Palmieri, Johansson and Damon Severson) while Wood led in hits with four. Blocks went to Greene with three and five players registered a takeaway (Hall, Brian Boyle, Hischier, Coleman and Severson).

Next up, the Devils have to regroup fast. They will be facing another elite team in the Winnipeg Jets at home tomorrow at 7 PM. They are now winless in their last four games and will look to rectify that tomorrow night. We will, of course, have that for you right here tomorrow.

Devils Host Youth Shootout Challenge With Winners Going to All-Star Game

According to an article by Caela McLoughlin on the Devils official website, there was a pretty big competition going on at the Prudential Center last week.

On November 19, the Devils hosted the third annual Youth Hockey Shootout at the arena with 66 of the area’s youth hockey players facing off in shootout-style tournament. As McLoughlin stated, “(o)f the 66 players, there were 33 pairs, a goalie and a skater, representing 33 different local youth hockey associations and rinks from New Jersey.” She said that the tournament was run by former Devils Bruce Driver, Bryce Salvador and Colin White (and mascot NJ Devil) and emceed by PA Announcer Kevin Clark.

The shootout would continue until it got to a final round of two pairs. The two final pairs would then face each other during the November 21 Devils game against the Montreal Canadiens. The winners would then represent New Jersey at the NHL All-Star Shootout Challenge in San Jose against winners of similar shootouts in other NHL cities.

McLoughlin described the event as “a three-round, single elimination bracket-style shootout.” She said that “if there was a tie after the three rounds, the competition would enter sudden death.” She then mentioned that the longest heat in the shootout was between the Union Thunder and New Jersey Rockets, which she said went nine rounds.

The four winners who emerged from this round and moved on to the finals during the Devils-Canadiens game were Jacob Sokol and Bryan Schwarts from the New Jersey Stars and Matthew Zocks and Andrew Downey from Devils Youth.

The final took place during the first intermission of the game between the Devils and Montreal and goalie Zocks and shooter Downey came out victorious. They will now head to the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose in January to try to bring glory to the Devils and New Jersey youth hockey.

McLoughlin said that they were congratulated at center ice by Driver, White “and Dr. John Feldman of RWJBarnabas Health” to “wish them good luck in California.”

After competing in their own sort-of all-star skills competion, the kids from the Devils Youth will now compete against the best from all over North America at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. Congrats to all of the participants and good luck to Matthew and Andrew in San Jose!

To read more about this event please visit the official Devils website here.

Devils Fall in OT Again as Panthers Complete Comeback

It has been rough sledding for the Devils in overtime this year. But this game was a little tougher to swallow as the Devils had a few leads over the course of the night before ultimately losing in the extra period 4-3 to the Panthers down in Sunrise, Florida.

Both teams came into the game in last place in their divisions while the Panthers were in last place overall in the Eastern Conference. It has been a challenging season so far for each side, but the teams put together an entertaining game tonight. The Devils do remain at only two road wins for the year, as they now fall to 2-9-1 when away from Prudential Center.

This was the back end of the Devils’ third back-to-back of the year. They are now 0-2-1 in the second game of back-to-backs with one coming up this coming weekend against Washington and Winnipeg.

Two injury notes as Marcus Johansson is out, day-to-day with a lower body injury. J-S Dea slotted in at forward for him tonight. Also, Steven Santini is with the New Jersey club but remains on injured reserve. He will practice with the team while he continues to get better from his broken jaw.

Johansson was a scratch along with Mirco Mueller and Drew Stafford. Miles Wood played on the second line in place of Johansson. Blake Coleman was also a game-time decision.

The Devils also nearly lost Nico Hischier during this game, as he was hit from behind and had his face slammed into the glass by Bogdan Kiselevich midway through the third period. No penalty was called on the play – Nico had his numbers showing meaning he was turned away and that this was a clear hit from behind – and Nico did go down the tunnel for some treatment, but he did return later in the third frame.

In the crease, it was back to Keith Kinkaid for this game. He ended up with 30 stops on 34 Florida shots. He played a good game and got some help from the posts, especially very late in regulation with the game tied at three. Jared McCann hit the post on a clear breakaway that helped force the OT period. For the Panthers, James Reimer was in nets, subbing for the injured Roberto Luongo. He made 29 saves on 32 Devils shots.

Following a scoreless first period, only the second time this season that the Devils have played a scoreless first according to Steve Cangialosi of MSG+ (the other was on October 14 against San Jose), the scoring got kicked off in earnest in the second. Miles Wood scored his second of the year from Sami Vatanen and Egor Yakovlev at the 1:23 mark of the second frame. It came when Kyle Palmieri fought for the puck in the corner and slid it to Wood near the half wall. He gave it to Yakovlev, who went D-to-D with Vatanen. Vatanen shot and Wood, who had gone to the net, tipped it by Reimer to make it 1-0 Devils. It was Wood’s first goal since October 30 at the Lightning.

Then the Devils, who were nursing that 1-0 lead, got into penalty trouble. First they were assessed a too many men on the ice penalty at 5:35. Luckily, Blake Coleman would have the answer for the best kind of penalty killing. He scored a shorthanded goal. The goal came unassisted at 6:01 on a breakaway as he just fired the puck by Reimer without letting him get set. It was both Coleman and the Devils second shorthanded goals of the year.

But, while they were killing that first penalty off with a 2-0 lead, Travis Zajac took a slashing call on a nice scoring attempt by Jonathan Huberdeau at 6:49. The Devils would now be down 5-on-3 for 46 seconds. The Panthers would not delay. Aleksander Barkov scored over Kinkaid’s glove off of a feed from Evgenii Dadonov. Huberdeau had the secondary assist on the power play goal which came with four seconds remaining on the first penalty (the 7:31 mark of the period), meaning the Devils still had to kill off the remainder of the second penalty.

On the night, the Devils went 0-for-2 on the power play with three shots on goal. They had four shorthanded shots. Florida was 1-for-4 with four power play shots. They also had three shorthanded shots on special teams.

The Cats had cut the lead to one for the Devils but would knot things up before the end of the second. McCann scored at the 11:43 mark to tie things at two. He beat Kinkaid with plenty of time and space off of a feed from Mackenzie Weegar when the Devils failed to clear the zone. With the start of the third period, we would be exactly where we were going into the second: tied.

The Devils would retake the lead midway through the third at 11:27 when Jesper Bratt scored an almost identical goal to the Wood one. Bratt scored from Vatanen and Taylor Hall to make it 3-2 when the Devils set up shop in the Florida zone and Hall worked it back to Vatanen at the near point. He released a quick shot that Bratt was able to get a stick on and tip by Reimer. The Devils had the lead late, now they just had to hold on.

But they could not. After Reimer was pulled with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, Huberdeau scored from Barkov and Dadonov when the puck pinballed around in front of Kinkaid, finally finding its way onto Huberdeau’s stick. He put it past Kinkaid to tie things up at three. Following a back-and-forth last minute or so, we were headed to overtime with both teams getting a point out of the deal.

Early in the 3-on-3 extra session, it appeared the Panthers had won things when Mike Hoffman’s shot seemed to go in and out of the net. The referee signaled goal, the goal horn went off and the fans reacted, but replays showed that he had actually hit the post with it coming back out. New Jersey had gotten a reprieve but it was not to last.

A few seconds later, 1:28 into the OT, Hoffman scored for real from Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad to get the 4-3 win. The Devils had taken the hardluck loss and will now return to New Jersey before facing the Capitals in Washington on Friday.

The Devils ended the game winning just under half of the game’s faceoffs at 48-percent and were outhit by Florida 24 to 17. The Panthers had more blocked shots at 14 to 12 but the Devils had less giveaways with 13 to the Cats’ 19.

Individually, Damon Severson led in time on ice with 25:08 (1:05 on the PP, 1:19 on PK) while Hall led all forwards with 21:02 (2:46 power play/three seconds PK). Shots on goal were led by Brett Seney with four, hits were led by Coleman with three and blocked shots were led by Kyle Palmieri, Stefan Noesen and Andy Greene with two each. Hischier and Travis Zajac led in takeaways with two each.

Next up, as mentioned, the Devils will head home to regroup this week as they do not play until Friday down in Washington. That game will be at 7 PM and we will have a recap right here when all is said and done.

Lightning Strike Twice: Devils Fall in Second Trip to Tampa

Back on October 30, the Devils traveled down to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning. They fell in that game 8-3 in a game that started out for New Jersey but ended in a complete disaster. That was not the case tonight, as the disaster happened early in the first period and the Devils ended up falling 5-2 to the Bolts.

The Devils would try to get a little bit of a shake up in the roster by slotting Stefan Noesen and Egor Yakovlev in at forward and defense, respectively. Sitting in their place was forward J-S Dea and defenseman Mirco Mueller along with Drew Stafford. In other roster news, Steven Santini, it has been announced, will join up with the Devils at the Panthers tomorrow. He was on a long-term injured reserve conditioning stint in Binghamton. He should be available for the big league Devils tomorrow.

In addition to Santini coming back, there was one other milestone being celebrated tonight. Nico Hischier was playing in his 100th NHL regular season game. He played all 82 games last season and that is how he was able to reach that milestone so quickly. He mentioned to Erika Wachter of MSG+ before the game that in Europe they do not play as many games as in the NHL and that this was an achievement that he was very proud of.

In goal, both netminders saw a lot of rubber. Cory Schneider – looking for his first win since April 16 (a playoff win versus the Lightning) – made the start for New Jersey. He made 30 saves on 35 shots. For the Lightning, they are missing Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is on IR with a broken foot. In his place, Tampa threw out Louie Domingue. Domingue stopped 33 of 35 shots faced as well.

For Schneider, the first period was a rough one to be sure as he let in four goals, one of which was a direct result of a mistake made by him. But he played the other 40 minutes very well and was only beaten by a tough one that we will get into in the second period.

The first goal of the game was the goal that Cory would probably most like to have back. After some miscommunication behind the net, where he settled the puck down and it was stolen by a forechecking Mathieu Joseph. He gave it to Alex Killorn right in front of the net, who deposited it to make it 1-0 Tampa at 3:19 of the first period.

The second goal of the game saw one streak end and another continue. It began when Brian Boyle was called for cross-checking Nikita Kucherov at 6:15. Ken Daneyko on MSG+ was not happy with this call, citing how Kucherov had left his feet for a hit on Miles Wood a minute or so earlier which was not called. He felt that Boyle was just playing physical and it was a weak call. But, the call was made and New Jersey needed to kill the penalty off, which has not been a problem for them as they were on a streak of killing off 14 straight opponent’s power plays. But that would end when Brayden Point scored at 7:21 off of a nice feed from Kucherov. Victor Hedman had the secondary assist. That assist for Kucherov extended his point scoring streak to six consecutive games. It was now 2-0 Bolts.

As for the special teams, the Devils were 0-for-2 on the power play with four shots. Tampa went 1-for-3 with four shots on the man advantage plus a shorthanded shot.

The Lightning train kept rolling at 9:15 of the first when Tyler Johnson took a good pass from Point out of the corner following a nice outlet pass by Kucherov. Johnson beat Cory over his shoulder to make it 3-0 Lightning and the rout seemed to be on.

But the Devils would answer right back only 24 seconds later at 9:39 when Stefan Noesen scored from Brett Seney. It happened when Seney’s rebound was tucked behind Domingue by Noesen going to the front of the net. Boyle had been cutting across the crease prior to the goal and Tampa coach Jon Cooper decided to use his coach’s challenge as he thought that Boyle had interfered with Domingue before the goal went in, bumping him and not allowing him to get set to stop Noesen’s shot. The replay showed that that was not the case and the call on the ice stood as a good goal. The Devils had cut the Tampa lead to 3-1.

Cedric Paquette of the Lightning would restore the three goal, however, at the 11:25 mark of the first. He scored from Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi to make it 4-1 and the Devils were back in a hole.

They would seem to be in an even bigger hole late in the first when Taylor Hall was hit in the face by a puck, but he would return before the period was out.

Cory Schneider would be scored on again in the second period, but it was by no means any fault of his own and was another he would surely like to have back. Sami Vatanen was in front of the net trying to clear a loose puck, as he had Brayden Point bearing down on him. As he spun to clear the puck towards the corner, he inadvertently shot it at Schneider before he was fully set and it went in. Point got credit for the goal unassisted at 8:30 of the second. It was now 5-1 Bolts.

The Devils would get one more in the third period to make the score a little bit more respectable. Jesper Bratt had that one, unassisted at 5:21 of the final frame. It came off of a partial 2-on-1 with Wood where Bratt elected to shoot, slapping one by Domingue to make it 5-2. That goal was Bratt’s first of the year, as he had missed a good majority of the beginning of the season with the broken jaw.

And that was it. The Devils won just under half of the game’s faceoffs, with 49-percent of them. They also outhit the Lightning 23 to 17 and had one more block at 11 to Tampa’s 10. Tampa had one more giveaway at five to the Devils’ four.

Individually, Andy Greene led the Devils in ice time with 22:17 (which includes 4:25 on the PK). With Hall missing a bit of the first period, Blake Coleman led the forwards with 19:02 of time on ice (including 4:13 of shorthanded time). Hall did, however, manage to lead the team in shots on goal with five while Noesen – who had sat largely in part due to the coaching staff wanting him to “play more to his identity” – led in hits with four. Blocked shots were led by Hall as well with three and Hall, Travis Zajac, Coleman, Pavel Zacha and Wood each had a takeaway to lead the team collectively with one.

Next up, the Devils will have to forget about this one as they travel across the state of Florida to Sunrise to take on the Panthers tomorrow night. That game is at 7 PM on Monday and, of course, we will have coverage right here for you.

Barzal, Isles Bite Devils in OT

For the third time this season, the Devils extended a game past 60 minutes and for the third time this season, they lost. They fell to the New York Islanders 4-3 at Prudential Center in a good back-and-forth game.

It was Hockey Fights Cancer Night at The Rock on this Friday after Thanksgiving. The Devils warmed up in special lavender “Hockey Fights Cancer” jerseys that were later auctioned off to fans for charity. The dasher board ads were also in lavender to continue with the theme and the Devils had a special honorary assistant coach for the evening. Bennett Bargida, an 11-year-old leukemia survivor and youth hockey player, served in the role and also dropped the ceremonial first puck in a faceoff between the Devils’ Brian Boyle and the Islanders captain Anders Lee.

In addition to that, there were some returns and other injury-related moves. The Devils just got Nico Hischier back last game from his thumb injury and Jesper Bratt was able to drop the full face shield for a half-shield, having fully recovered from his broken jaw. In addition, the Devils got Sami Vatanen and Boyle back for this game from the injured reserve. The team, however also lost Joey Anderson to IR, with coach John Hynes saying that his lower body injury is “fairly serious.” We will see how much time Anderson spends out.

With Vatanen and Boyle back in, Egor Yakovlev was a healthy scratch on defense while Drew Stafford and Stefan Noesen sat up front. For Noesen, this was his second straight game as a scratch.

In nets, the Devils once again went back to Keith Kinkaid. He stopped 31 of 35 shots faced. Those saves included two point blank saves early in the game off the sticks of Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey.

The Islanders went with Thomas Greiss, who made 39 saves on 42 shots and was, again, almost impossible for the Devils to solve. The German goalie shutout the Devils for the first four periods he faced them, including the first meeting this season in Brooklyn and the first period tonight. He would emerge victorious and get the W.

The Devils would face a nice opportunity to beat Greiss early in the first period. The goalie himself was called for interfering with Miles Wood at the 3:43 mark. On the first play after the faceoff, Leo Komarov shot the puck the length of the rink to clear, but also shot it over the glass resulting in a delay of game penalty that put the Devils up 5-on-3 for 1:47.

But they would not score. Both teams would finish the day 0-for-3 with the man advantage as the Devils power play woes and penalty killing prowess continue. It was not without trying though, the Devils fired eight power play shots and one shorthanded shot at Greiss. The Isles mustered five PP shots at Long Island-native Kinkaid.

The Islanders got on the board first, scoring at 7:24 when Jordan Eberle went backhand to beat Kinkaid. Beauvillier had the lone assist as he recovered the puck in the neutral zone off of a Devils turnover.

The Isles had seemingly doubled their lead early in the second period when Bailey scored. The Devils would use their coach’s challenge to see if New York was offsides on the play. The call on the ice was a good goal, but a quick look at the video by the officials showed they were offsides and the goal was called back. It was a big break for the Devils and one that they would soon capitalize on.

At the 11:48 mark of the second period, Taylor Hall finally solved Greiss. He scored unassisted to tie the game at one. It came when Hall won the faceoff in the Isles’ zone. The puck was worked back to Andy Greene at the point by Hischier. He shot wide and Kyle Palmieri and Hall went to work digging it out of the corner. It eventually got to the front of the net and Hall was able to chip it by Greiss. A dirty goal and one that the Devils needed.

But it would only take less than three minutes for the Islanders to retake the lead. Lee scored at 14:14 from Valteri Filppula and Scott Mayfield. Kinkaid had lost his stick on the play and Filppula made a nice pass to Lee, who was uncontested in front of the Devils’ net. That goal made it 2-1 Isles.

That would take us to the third period. And just 2:43 into that frame, who else would score but the hero of the hour, Brian Boyle. Boyle scored from Blake Coleman and Vatanen to tie things at two. It was a redirection after Vatanen walked the blue line, playing catch with Will Butcher. Vatanen gave the puck to Coleman at the point, who stopped quickly to shake off an Islander defender, and shot. Boyle redirected the shot by Greiss and the game was knotted at two.

But the Devils kept letting New York back into things. Nick Leddy gave the Isles the 3-2 lead when he scored his first of the season. Leddy caught the Devils in a change and went end-to-end, scoring on his own rebound at 12:45. Filppula had the lone assist on the goal.

Things looked bleak for the Devils when Greiss stopped Palmieri late on a partial breakaway. Palmieri had split the New York D and was in all alone, but Greiss made the save with his right arm. The Devils would then pull Kinkaid with about 1:38 left in the game.

With that, the Isles had a few shots at putting things away. They kept firing at the open net and kept icing the puck, bringing the faceoff down into their defensive zone. With a need to tie things, the Devils got one of those icings and turned it into gold.

With eleven seconds remaining in the game, the Devils worked the perimeter of the Islanders’ zone. Hall played catch with Butcher at the point. Hall fired a shot on net and Marcus Johansson was johnny on the spot. He pounced on the rebound and jammed home a second try to tie things up at three with less than a dozen seconds remaining in regulation. It was his first goal since November 1 and his third of the season.

And with that, we were off to overtime. It was more back-and-forth action as the two teams looked for that second point. Finally, at 3:40 of the extra session, Mat Barzal broke in on a partial break on Kinkaid. He shot and then tucked his own rebound in for the New York win.

It was a tough blow for the Devils, who now are 0-3 in overtime games this season. But once again, the Devils outshot their opponents, something that is becoming a bit of a trend of late. The teams split the game’s 60 faceoffs 50-50. The Islanders outhit New Jersey 28 to 23 and blocked more shots, 13 to 10. They also had less giveaways (11-4) than the Devils.

Individually, Sami Vatanen was right back on the horse, leading all Devils’ skaters with 22:42 (three minutes on the power play and 1:16 on the penalty kill). Taylor Hall, who was being double shifted most of the game, led all forwards in time on ice with 22:02 (3:04 on the PP). Miles Wood, who had a good game, had five shots on goal, leading in that category while Boyle led in hits with five. Andy Greene and Ben Lovejoy blocked the most shots with two each and Coleman, Jesper Bratt and Greene each had two takeaways, which was good to lead there.

Next up, the Devils travel down to the Sunshine State for a back-to-back pair with the Lightning and Panthers. First up, Sunday night at 7 PM when they go to Tampa to take on the Bolts. We will, of course, have coverage for you right here following that game. See you then!

Devils Knock Off Habs In Thanksgiving Eve Tilt

If the Devils could play all of their games at The Rock, they’d be set. They play that much better at home than they do on the road. Tonight, they notched another win on home ice by defeating the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 the night before Thanksgiving.

Pavel Zacha, a guy who just a few weeks ago was down in Binghamton trying to get back in some kind of groove has found that groove. He scored two goals tonight to improve his goal-scoring streak to three games. But overall, it was a team effort with eleven different Devils notching at least a point with three getting two (Zacha, Taylor Hall and Marcus Johansson).

Injury-wise, the Devils had some good news today. Nico Hischier was back in the lineup after missing four games. Those were the first four games he had missed in his (young) NHL career. He had played all 82 games last season. Nico was back centering a line with Hall and Kyle Palmieri. Brian Boyle and Sami Vatanen remain on injured reserve, but did skate today. Steven Santini started a long term conditioning loan to Binghamton of the AHL tonight. He is recovering from a fractured jaw.

The Devils did lose Joey Anderson early in the game. He did not return and there was no word on what happened to him.

Eric Gryba, Drew Stafford and Stefan Noesen were the healthy scratches. Coach John Hynes did say that while Noesen has played well this year, he still needs to work on a few things and taking a night off and looking at video should help him out.

In goal, the Devils were back with Keith Kinkaid. He stopped 24 of 26 shots faced and got some help again from the post. Montreal countered with Carey Price. The former Vezina and Hart Trophy winner made 23 saves on 28 Devils shots.

The Devils kicked off the scoring when Kyle Palmieri connected from Andy Greene and Blake Coleman. It came 6:26 into the game when a relentless Coleman forecheck worked the puck eventually back to Greene. Greene fired a shot from the point that Palmieri was able to bat out of the air behind Price. His redirection gave New Jersey the 1-0 lead early.

But it would not last long. Just 24 seconds later, Jonathan Drouin scored off the rush, going top shelf over Kinkaid, for the Habs. Andrew Shaw had the lone assist on his goal and we were back to square one with a 1-1 game.

But before the first intermission, Hischier would give the Devils back the lead. The goal came at 16:55 and happened off of an offensive zone faceoff for the Devils. Montreal won the draw and the puck went back off the end boards to Hall. He found a seam to Nico, who shot on Price. The puck trickled behind Price to put the Devils up 2-1. It was a nice return present for Hischier and the Devils would not look back from there.

Hall make it 3-1 Devils in the second with a real beauty at the 8:59 mark of the period. Off the rush, Nico bounced the puck off the boards to himself to skate it into the far corner. From there, he found Johansson at the far half wall. Johansson found a nice seam to get the puck to Egor Yakovlev and the Russian took the pass at the near faceoff dot. He made a move toward Price that froze the Montreal goaltender briefly, then passed to Hall in the slot who buried the puck into an empty net. It was a bang-bang play and very nice. The assist to Yakovlev was also his first NHL point (and a nice one to get it on too).

From there, Pavel Zacha took over beginning at 10:01 of the second to make it 4-1 Devils. Jesper Bratt worked hard in the corner to get a loose puck to Marcus Johansson. Johansson directed to puck towards Zacha at the side of the net. Zacha was able to backhand a shot out of midair to shovel it into the empty net. The floodgates had officially opened as the Devils now had a three goal lead.

In their last seven games, the Devils had gone 0-for-15 on the power play. But that was about to change. At the 11:52 mark, Tomas Tatar was called for delay of game for closing his hand on the puck. The Devils were on their first power play of the game and with less than ten seconds remaining on the man advantage, Zacha struck again. He scored at 13:47 from Damon Severson and Brett Seney to make it 5-1. It came when Severson found Zacha through the neutral zone. He split the Canadiens’ defense and went five hole on Price. That ended the Devils’ power play goal drought right there.

Overall, the Devils were 1-for-1 on the power play with three shots. They also registered two shorthanded shots. Montreal was 0-for-2 on the PP, notching just two shots on goal.

The Habs would get one more when Max Domi (who came in with 25 points, the best start for a Montreal player in 100 years) extended his point streak to 11 games. He took a shot that was blocked and fluttered by Kinkaid to make it 5-2 at the 10:52 mark of the third. This came after the Canadiens had a goal disallowed earlier on in the period.

Kenny Agostino, a New Jersey native who played high school hockey at Delbarton and was twice named the New Jersey state player of the year by the Star-Ledger, had one waved off with 17:04 remaining in the game when the net came off its moorings before the puck crossed the line fully. The situation room in Toronto initiated a review, but the call on the ice stood, no goal.

And with the Domi goal, we had our final: 5-2.

The Devils, as a team, lost a staggering 60-percent of the game’s faceoffs and were outhit 19-13. Each team had 11 blocked shots and ten giveaways.

Individually, Andy Greene led the team in ice time with 21:21 (including 3:15 shorthanded ice time) while Hall led the forwards with 20:46 (including 38 seconds of PP TOI). Shots on goal saw four as the most, with Hall, Palmieri, Zacha and Severson each notching that number. Blake Coleman led in hits with three while Greene led in blocked shots with three. Pavel Zacha had five takeaways to lead in that category.

Next up, Turkey Day tomorrow. Following that, the Devils will take on the Islanders at home on Friday (a 4 PM puck drop). That will be the Devils’ Hockey Fights Cancer Night and will also feature an angry Isles team, as they were blown out by the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden. We will, of course, have that game for you right here.

Early Miscues Doom Devils in Carolina

Well, there’s some good news and some bad news. The good news? The Devils became only the second team to outshoot the Carolina Hurricanes in a game this season. Carolina regularly outshoots their opponents by a ten to one margin, averaging more than 40 shots a game. The Devils fired 34 shots at them while limiting them to only 25 on target. Only Chicago had kept them in check by outshooting them and that was back on November 8.

Then there is the bad news. The Devils lost the game 2-1, letting in both Hurricanes goals about 30 seconds into the game. They dropped both games this weekend, mustering only one point out of a possible four.

Both teams were playing the back half of a back-to-back, with the Canes losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 last night at home and the Devils, of course, falling in OT to Detroit in Newark.

Some injury news saw Nico Hischier missing a third straight game, he is day-to-day. Brian Boyle, Hischier and Steven Santini skated earlier today, but coach John Hynes told Erika Wachter of MSG+ that only Nico and Santini seem to be close to returning. Sami Vatanen remains on injured reserve as well.

With that, the lineup remained the same as yesterday afternoon with only Cory Schneider starting between the pipes. Cory made 23 saves on those 25 shots against. He let in the first two shots he saw (though through little fault of his own) and played well most of the rest of the night after he settled in.

Going for the Canes was Curtis McElhinney. He stopped 33 of the 34 shots he saw. The Devils nearly had him beaten a few times, notably when Trevor van Riemsdyk poke checked the puck off of Joey Anderson’s stick on a breakaway for Anderson midway through the first. Van Riemsdyk went hard into the boards aftewards and left shaken up, but did return later on. Damon Severson also had seemingly beaten McElhinney a few moments later, with the puck getting behind the Carolina goalie. McElhinney quickly spun around and fell on it before it crossed the goal line, however.

The Canes started their quick onslaught just 22 seconds into the game. Justin Williams took advantage of Egor Yakovlev skating aggressively out towards a loose puck and snuck in a lane behind him. Jordan Staal gathered the puck and found Williams, who skated in on Cory and scored five hole. Brock McGinn had the secondary assist on that goal that make it a very fast 1-0.

Then, just eight seconds later, at 30 seconds in, Micheal Ferland scored from Teuvo Teravainen and Dougie Hamilton to make it 2-0 Hurricanes. This goal would go down as the game winner.

The Devils would draw within one at the 6:33 mark of the first when Pavel Zacha scored his second goal in two games off an assist from Jesper Bratt. Bratt skated up the right wing boards and played give and go just inside the Carolina zone with Marcus Johansson. Bratt then found Zacha slipping in behind the Canes’ defense. Zacha took the pass and used a beautiful backhand shot to beat McElhinney to cut the Hurricanes’ lead in half. Johansson was not officially credited with an assist, but should, and probably will, be later on.

And that was the scoring for the evening.

Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play with the Devils firing off five power play shots and the Hurricanes getting two through to Cory with the man advantage. Both teams also mustered a shorthanded shot each.

The Devils won 49-percent of the game’s faceoffs, but were unable to win a crucial draw late in the Carolina zone when Schneider was pulled for the extra attacker. The Hurricanes also outhit the Devils 37 to 25. The Devils blocked more shots (20-14), though.

Statistically, Damon Severson ate the most minutes at 22:33 (1:13 on the power play and 1:00 on the penalty kill). Travis Zajac led the forwards with 20:41 total time on ice (3:01 of power play time and 2:31 on the PK). Blake Coleman led in shots on goal with five while Zajac, Coleman and Greene all led in hits with three apiece. Greene and Ben Lovejoy each had the most blocked shots with four. J-S Dea and Mirco Mueller led in takeaways with two each.

Next up, the Devils return to Prudential Center on Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving, to take on the Montreal Canadiens. Puck drop for that one is 7 PM as the Devils will look to get back on a winning track heading into the holiday.

In one other bit of news, former Devils defenseman Paul Martin announced his retirement recently and I just wanted to wish him the best. He played 14 seasons in the NHL with the Devils, Penguins and Sharks and was always a solid presence on the blueline. Good luck to him in retirement.

Devils Fall in Overtime to Red Wings

I’m not going to lie, this was a tough one. The Devils lost in overtime, 3-2, to the Detroit Red Wings today at Prudential Center in a game that they almost fully controlled even late. Detroit was able to stay in the game with good goaltending by Jonathan Bernier and capitalize on their chances, winning the game in the process.

It was Military Appreciation Day at The Rock, with the Devils wearing special camo warmup jerseys that were then signed by the players and auctioned off for the Kyle Palmieri Foundation. Palmieri’s charity also benefited from the 50/50 at the arena. There were a lot of uniformed military personnel in attendance and a great crowd on hand in general.

There was some disappointing injury news, as defenseman Sami Vatanen was placed on injured reserve retroactive to November 15 with a lower body injury. Eric Gryba was recalled from Binghamton to take his place on the roster, and was scratched along with Drew Stafford and Nico Hischier. Nico is still out with an upper body injury and was asked if he could go today by the coaching staff. He felt that he could not give a 100-percent effort and missed the game. Hischier could return as soon as tomorrow at Carolina.

The Red Wings would lose Darren Helm early in the contest and he would not return, so they would be down a forward for the majority of the game.

Goaltending was excellent today. Bernier went for the Wings, as mentioned, and made 38 saves on 40 Devils shots. Keith Kinkaid went again for the Devils – John Hynes noted that his performance today would determine who started tomorrow with the quick turnaround on the back-to-back. Kinkaid stopped 27 shots on 30 total faced. The shot disparity is understandable when you consider that the Wings are third in the NHL in shots allowed per game with 35.1 entering this game.

But, much like the game against Philly the other night, there were a lot of posts involved. The Wings hit about four posts, including late in the first when Ben Lovejoy’s stick broke on a shot at the point. This resulted in a 2-on-1 where Dylan Larkin slid the puck through Kinkaid’s crease and hit the post.

Special teams was a weird one today. Detroit typically has a good power play and penalty kill, but today they were 0-for-2 on the power play with three shots. They did give up a shorthanded goal to the Devils, however, which we will get to in a second.

The Devils did not get a power play opportunity on the afternoon, however there was one strange play early in the third that should have resulted in one. The Red Wings had too many men on the ice and one of the culprits, Andreas Athanasiou, tried to get off the ice by climbing into the area between the benches where Bryce Salvador stands. That should have been a penalty because he did not exit the ice directly to the bench, but was not called. A frustrating turn of events for the Devils, but one they had to deal with.

The first goal of the game was a big one for the confidence of it’s scorer. Pavel Zacha, who had been sent down to the AHL in an attempt to kickstart his season, finally broke through. He scored at 11:35 of the first off an assist from Jesper Bratt. Bratt recovered a Detroit turnover in the neutral zone, skated up the left wing boards and slid the puck to Zacha, who was cruising in near the slot. He buried a one-timer five hole to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

That is how it would stay for the next more-than-full period. At 15:42 of the second period, Ben Lovejoy was called for holding, but it was the Devils who would strike. Blake Coleman scored a shorthanded goal from Damon Severson and Andy Greene at 15:53. Severson chipped the puck up to Coleman, who broke in on a 2-on-1 with Travis Zajac. Coleman elected to shoot and fired it by Bernier’s glove side to make it 2-0 Devils. It was the Devils’ first shorty this season.

But the Red Wings would score the next three unanswered to get the win. The first came at 18:26 of the second when Luke Glendening scored to break Kinkaid’s nearly-95 minute shutout streak. Glendening scored from Dennis Cholowski and Tyler Bertuzzi to make it 2-1.

Detroit would tie things up about halfway through the third at the 13:37 mark when Michael Rasmussen scored from Mike Green and Bertuzzi. Rasmussen redirected a shot by Green with Glendening in front of the net. Glendening had bumped Kinkaid on the play and the Devils would use their coach’s challenge to see if there was goaltender interference. The replay showed that Glendening was pushed into Kinkaid by the defender, Lovejoy, and the call on the ice stood, it was a good goal.

With the game now tied up at two, both teams dug in. There was a point in the early part of the second period when it was pure back-and-forth end-to-end hockey. Now the Devils were trying desperately to retake the lead. Taylor Hall was robbed on a Bernier glove save late in the third that helped keep Detroit in things. That was indicative of the afternoon, as the Devils were just having trouble finishing for the most part.

When the final horn sounded with the game still tied, we were headed for OT. The Devils were 0-1 in the extra period this season (their loss coming to Nashville before the road trip), but they were about to go down to 0-2.

The Devils pushed the pace for almost all of the OT session, controlling the puck until Larkin was able to break in on a 2-on-1 with Anthony Mantha, who made a perfect pass to Larkin. He buried it and the Red Wings had the 3-2 win.

A disappointing loss, to say the least.

One of the main problems for the Devils in the overtime was winning faceoffs. They ended up winning 44-percent of the game’s draws. Detroit also outhit them 21-15 and had more blocked shots than the Devils, 16-13.

Severson led New Jersey in ice time with 26:16 total (including 1:16 shorthanded). Hall led all forwards with 19:57 total time on ice. Palmieri led in shots with five and Coleman led in hits with four. J-S Dea, Zacha and Severson each had two blocked shots to lead in that category and Miles Wood led in takeaways with two.

It’s a quick-ish turnaround for the Devils. They have a game tomorrow at 5 PM at the Hurricanes in Carolina. However, it is a bit different for the Canes, who will actually be playing tonight against the Blue Jackets at home. The Devils will be arriving in Raleigh around the time that that game starts. We will have coverage of that game for you right here.

Pennsylvania Sweep: Devils Defeat Flyers For Second Road Win of Season

With two straight games against the high-powered Pennsylvania NHL teams, the Devils could have gotten buried deeper in the hole they had dug for themselves last week.

Instead, they pulled off a sweep, taking two important Metropolitan Division games from the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. Tonight’s game was a 3-0 win over the Flyers down in Philly.

Keith Kinkaid got the shutout win, his third shutout of the season (a career high) and the seventh of his career (tying him with Chris Terreri on the Devils all-time list). He made 29 saves on the night in getting the Devils back to NHL .500 at 8-8-1. He also got some help as the Flyers hit four posts in the game and Ben Lovejoy came to his aid to make a big defensive play late when Kinkaid decided he was going to try to shoot at an empty net. This was no doubt inspired by Marty Brodeur going into the Hockey Hall of Fame, as Kinkaid grew up a big Marty fan. Opposing him was Brian Elliott, who made 23 saves on 25 shots against before leaving with an injury that occurred on the Devils’ second goal of the game. Calvin Pickard came on in relief and stopped the single shot he faced in 5:29 on the ice.

Speaking of time on ice, the Devils did suffer an injury as well. That would be defenseman Sami Vatanen, who left early in the second period after he went into the boards hard just after being hit with a high stick by Ivan Provorov. Vatanen, of course, is a big minutes-eater for the Devils and his presence was missed. The Devils finished the game playing with just five d-men. There is no word from the team yet on what is wrong with him, but he was favoring his left knee as he went off.

The Devils were also missing Nico Hischier, who is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Brian Boyle has been placed on injured reserve and is eligible to return around Thanksgiving time. The Flyers were getting back Jersey-native James van Riemsdyk, who had been out injured since October 6, the Flyers’ second game of the season.

The first goal of the game featured a pair of firsts. Joey Anderson scored his first career goal off assists from Brett Seney – his first career NHL assist – and Blake Coleman. Coleman would factor into all three goals by the Devils. Anderson’s goal came when Vatanen created a turnover in the neutral zone and the forwards regrouped to stay onside. Coleman grabbed the puck and skated into the Flyers zone and passed to Seney on the right wing. Seney one-touch passed it to Anderson, who was trailing. He fired the one-timer past Elliott to make it 1-0 Devils.

Philly would seem to tie things with 11:13 to go in the first. They scored on the power play, but the goal was immediately waved off on the ice as a result of incidental contact between van Riemsdyk and Kinkaid. Flyers coach Dave Hakstol used his challenge to try to get it overturned, but replays showed that van Riemsdyk banged into Kinkaid’s catching glove and then his hip hit Kinkaid’s head. This kept Kinkaid from getting set and the call on the ice stood: no goal. It was still 1-0 Devils.

Anderson’s goal would prove to be the game winner as it remained 1-0 through two periods until the 13:52 mark of the third period. Kyle Palmieri scored from Coleman and Travis Zajac then to make it 2-0. This came when Coleman stood Philly up at the New Jersey blue line. The puck got to Zajac, who criss-crossed with Palmieri and passed to him at the Flyers’ goal line. He made a power move towards the net, but cut behind to try the wraparound. He stuffed it in the empty part of the net and the Devils had an insurance goal.

When Pickard was pulled with about 3:30 left in the game, Coleman would add an empty netter with an assist to Palmieri to complete his three point night. Coleman would not be named one of the game’s three stars, however, as Kinkaid was the first star, Elliott the second in a losing effort and Anderson the third.

On the power play, the Devils were 0-for-2 with three shots while Philly (whose special teams are a mess – their power play ranked 29th in the NHL and their penalty kill at 30th coming into tonight) was 0-for-4 with six shots. The Devils also had a lone shorthaned shot on Elliott.

Team-wise, the Devils won 45-percent of the game’s faceoffs. They did outhit the Flyers 32-27 and both teams had 14 blocked shots.

In Vatanen’s absence, Andy Greene took over the time on ice leadership, racking up 25:14 (including 6:31 on the PK). Zajac led all forwards with 19:36 (2:13 on the PP and 4:32 on the PK). Coleman led in shots on goal with five and Damon Severson (who left the game with less than two minutes left with Philly’s Wayne Simmonds, who got matching ten minute misconduct penalties) led the team with six hits. Blocked shots were led by Greene with four and Coleman and Anderson tied with two takeaways.

Next up, the Devils begin a busy weekend when they return home to take on the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center on Saturday. That game is a 1 PM puck drop and we, of course, will have it for you right here.

Devils Snap Skid, Defeat Pens at Home

The Devils got back from what was a disastrous road trip and were set to meet the Pittsburgh Penguins at home. A tall order, but one the Devils were ready for. The lone win on their trip came in Pittsburgh and last night, they beat the Penguins at Prudential Center 4-2.

I was able to attend the game and was there for Martin Brodeur Hall of Fame Night. Marty was on hand to drop the ceremonial faceoff prior to the game between Devils captain Andy Greene and Pens captain Sidney Crosby. There was special merchandise in the team store, a display of Marty’s more historical jerseys in the concourse, patches won on the current Devils’ uniforms and an interview that was shown during the second intermission between Marty and NHL Network host EJ Hradek. It was a great tribute to a man who changed a franchise.

But now on to the game itself. Some roster moves for the Devils, as Brian Boyle was placed on injured reserve with an upper body injury and Nico Hischier would miss the game with an upper body injury as well. Drew Stafford and Egor Yakovlev were the other scratches along with Hischier. Pavel Zacha was recalled from Binghamton to take Hischier’s place on the roster.

In goal, Keith Kinkaid was back for the Devils making 29 saves on 31 Pittsburgh shots. The Penguins went with Casey DeSmith. He stopped 31 shots against the Devils’ 34 on him. The Devils finished the game with 35 shots total, as they added an empty netter later on.

The Devils got on the board just 28 seconds into the game when Travis Zajac scored from Taylor Hall and Damon Severson. It was the start of a big night for all three of them. That goal came when Hall reversed the puck back into the Penguins’ zone. Severson got a chop at it to try to put it in and DeSmtih could not corral the rebound. Zajac was right there to hammer it home and give the Devils the 1-0 lead.

But the Pens would tie things up before the first intermission. Phil Kessel scored from Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the power play (set up when Stefan Noesen was called for high sticking at 13:12) at 13:57. The Pittsburgh power play was still as surgical as ever and it showed here.

The second period was a wild one for the Devils. It began when Severson scored his third of the year from Hall and Jesper Bratt at 8:06. That came when Bratt found Hall behind the Pittsburgh net. Hall then passed to Severson, camped out at the top of the slot, who boomed a one-timer past DeSmith to make it 2-1 Devils.

And the Devils would come oh-so-close to making it 3-1 in this period. At the midway point of the second, Bratt had seemingly scored but the whistle had actually been blown behind the play where Kessel and Brett Seney had gotten into it. This resulted in Kessel receiving two roughing minors and Seney one. The Devils would be on the power play, but would not find the back of the net. The Pens went 1-for-3 with the man advantage, generating two shots on Kinkaid (they also had two shorthanded shots) and the Devils were 0-for-2 with two shots (they had two shorthanded shots as well).

Early in the third period, the Penguins would again tie things up, at two this time. Jake Guentzel scored from Crosby and Kessel at 4:04. Crosby appeared to bump Kinkaid on the rush, leaving Guentzel clear to put the rebound into the net. The Devils used their coach’s challenge but the call on the ice stood, it was a good goal. The crowd was not happy about this to say the least. The noise level picked up considerably with the booing and razzing of the refs.

But the Devils were not done. Hall would scored at the 8:07 mark from Zajac and Kyle Palmieri to give the Devils back the lead. The assist was Zajac’s 300th career NHL assist. This goal developed on the rush when Palmieri lobbed the puck up to Zajac, who chipped it ahead to Hall. Hall got in tight on DeSmith, deked to his forehand and went five hole to put the Devils ahead 3-2.

The Pens would pull DeSmith with about two minutes remaining and Hall, on his way to being named the game’s first star, scored into the empty net from Noesen with less than 30 seconds left in the game to ice it.

The Devils won 49-percent of the game’s faceoffs and were outhit by a wide margin 32-16. The Devils recorded more blocks, 14-8, however.

Sami Vatanen once again led in total ice time with a huge 25:00 (1:23 on the power play, 2:26 on the PK). Zajac led the forwards with 22:57 total ice time (1:21 on the PP and 3:03 on the PK). Hall and Ben Lovejoy each fired six shots on goal while hits were led by Zacha with four. Blocks were led by Hall, Palmieri, Zacha and Greene who each had two apiece. Palmieri and Zacha led in takeaways with two each.

Next up, the Devils travel down to Philly to take on the Flyers on Thursday at 7 PM. We will have coverage right here for you then. (Hopefully earlier!)