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December 31, 2010
Devils optimistic after 3-1 victory over Thrashers
Players hopeful new year means new start Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Jason Arnott tries to get his stick on a deflected save by Thrashers goaltender Chris Mason on Friday. They couldn’t turn the page on the calendar fast enough. 2010? Good...
Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner starting to get confidence back
Scores his first goal since Nov. 10 Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk (17) scores on a breakaway to seal the Devils' 3-1 victory over the Thrashers Friday evening. Jamie Langenbrunner's fourth goal of the season was a long time coming. When the Devils'...
Devils' Jacques Lemaire won't split goalie duties yet
Martin Brodeur is still the No. 1 guy Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerAtlanta's Chris Thorburn lands on Devils defenseman Mark Fayne after their second period fight. Is Johan Hedberg making Devils coach Jacques Lemaire think hard about splitting the team's goaltending...
Devils-Thrashers: As they play
Colin White sidelined by illness Saed HIndash/The Star-LedgerDefenseman Colin White (5) missed Friday night's game because of illness. The Devils played their final game of 2010 when they hosted the Atlanta Thrashers Friday night at the Prudential Center. Johan...
Henrik Tallinder: All Devils are playing for now is personal pride
Colin White too ill to play against Thrashers Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerAlthough back with the Devils, Brian Rolston will not play against the Thrashers Friday night. What are the Devils playing for with the playoffs no longer in the picture? Pride. "That's all...
Devils send Mark Fraser to Albany (AHL) for conditioning
Nick Palmieri returned to minor league club Kevin Hoffman/US PresswireMark Fraser was suffered a fractured right hand in this Oct. 13 fight with Cody McCormick (8) of the Buffalo Sabres. Defenseman Mark Fraser, who has missed the last 32 games after suffering a...
December 30, 2010
Struggling goalie Martin Brodeur will sit out against Atlanta
Brodeur is 1-8-0 and has lost six straight since returning from an elbow injury Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerGoalie Martin Brodeur collides with the Rangers' Alexander Frolov following a first-period save on Wednesday nightDevils goalie Martin Brodeur will have to wait...
Devils winger Brian Rolston goes unclaimed on re-entry waivers
Veteran has this season and next remaining on a four-year, $20.25 million contract Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerVeteran winger Brian Rolston was placed on re-entry waivers on Wednesday Perhaps scared off by the remaining year on his contract, Devils winger Brian Rolston...
Your comments: Lemaire, Devils see some positives despite loss to Rangers
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerAndy Greene and the Devils lost 3-1 to Sean Avery and the Rangers on Wednesday. The Devils lost their sixth straight game Wednesday, a 3-1 defeat to the New York Rangers. But Jacques Lemaire...
December 29, 2010
Devils saw some positive signs in loss to rival Rangers
Jacques Lemaire says they played with more intensity Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerCoach Jacques Lemaire gets his point across with Devils (left to right) Tim Sestito, Rod Pelley and Adam Mair Wednesday night. Looking for any positive signs, the Devils believe they...
Devils' slide continues after a deflection off Andy Greene's glove
Six straight losses Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerRangers Brandon Dubinsky (17) and Michal Rozsival (33) celebrate Rozsival's second period goal Wednesday night as Devils' winger Patrik Elias looks on. Even when they play well, the bounces go against the Devils. Despite a...
Losing streak reaches six games as Devils fall to Rangers 3-1
Devils lead for all of 47 seconds before fading Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur removes the puck from his net after the Rangers' Michal Rozsival scored in the second period Wednesday night. Behind Brodeur, the Rangers celebrated. The playoffs...
Devils-Rangers: As they play
Vladimir Zharkov gets start Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerVladimir Zharkov was in the Devils' lineup Wednesday night against the Rangers. Looking to snap a five-game losing streak, the Devils hosted the Rangers Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. Martin Brodeur...
Jacques Lemaire stresses again: Devils are out of shape
Says the game is getting much quicker Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJason Arnott says he's never seen anything like the Devils' struggle this season. Jacques Lemaire continues to hammer away at the theory the Devils are out of shape. He said in the past two days he has...
There is interest from other NHL teams in Devils' Brian Rolston
Hopes he'll be claimed by another team Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesBrian Rolston skates past Maple Leafs goalieJonas Gustavsson Sunday in what will likely be his last game for the Devils. There is interest from several NHL teams in Devils forward Brian...
Is it still possible for the Devils to make the playoffs?
They need 70 points in their final 47 games Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerCan Jacques Lemaire get the Devils into the playoffs? Jacques Lemaire is a great hockey coach, but he is not a miracle worker. Few believe the Devils have any chance whatsoever of making the...
With Devils reeling, game against Rangers has lost rivalry luster
Devils have lost 19 of last 27 against NY Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerBecause of the Devils poor play, Wednesday's game has become a sort of non-rivalry. Imagine the verbal ammunition the Devils have provided for Sean Avery with their well-earned designation as the...
December 28, 2010
Your comments: Devils players, coach hurt by decision to send Rolston to minors
Highlighting the best comments from the NJ.com community Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils captain Jamie Langenbrunner on the Rolston move: "It's a reflection of where we are in the standings and the way things are." Several players, including captain Jamie...
Devils' players, coach hurt by decision to send Brian Rolston to minors
He'll be assigned to Albany (AHL) and put on re-entry waivers Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJamie Langenbrunner said the decision to assign Brian Rolston to Albany (AHL) hurt him personally. Jamie Langenbrunner took it personally. When the Devils' captain heard that...
Decision to play Devils-Maple Leafs game was a wrong one
But GM Lou Lamoriello defends the call Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils GM Lou Lamoriello said the right decision was made to play Sunday's game in Newark. The NHL prides itself on refusing to cancel hockey games because of bad weather. And there is no one who wants...
Devils assign Brian Rolston to Albany; will be placed on re-entry waivers
Lou Lamoriello will try trade veteran forward Scott Rovak/US PresswireBrian Rolston was placed on re-entry waivers by the Devils today. The Devils will assign veteran forward Brian Rolston to Albany (AHL) today so that he can be placed on re-entry waivers Wednesday. He...
December 27, 2010
Jacques Lemaire doesn't blame John MacLean for out-of-shape Devils
It's the players' responsibility Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesMartin Brodeur makes a save during Sunday night's loss to the Maple Leafs. Two games after replacing John MacLean as head coach, Jacques Lemaire doesn't like what he sees. As unlikely as it may seem...
Your comments: Devils not showing much improvement so far under Lemaire
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com William Perlman/The Star-LedgerJacques Lemaire is 0-2 as interim coach of the Devils this season. Two games into the Jacques Lemaire era, part three, and two bad losses. Under the interim coach, the Devils have not shown...
It was a long night for Devils car-poolers Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac
Spent eight hours stranded on Route 280 Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesPatrik Elias (26) and Travis Zajac (19) spent Sunday night and Monday morning stranded on Route 280. It was an adventure Travis Zajac could never have anticipated. For a kid from Winnipeg, where blizzards...
Devils recall Vladimir Zharkov from Albany (AHL)
Vladimir Zharkov recalled from AHL Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesAnssi Salmela (left) looks at scoreboard as Toronto's Nikolai Kulemin celebrates a Leafs goal Sunday night. Patrik Elias, praised by coach Jacques Lemaire Sunday night, was back on a line with center Jason...
December 26, 2010
Little improvement in Devils after two games under Jacques Lemaire
Lack of confidence hurting last-place club Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesGoalie Martin Brodeur is unable to stop a shot from Toronto's Colby Armstrong during the Devils' 4-1 loss Sunday night. Two games under interim coach Jacques Lemaire and the Devils have two...
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire: We don't need Ilya Kovalchuk to fight
Tangled with Dion Phaneuf Sunday night Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesIlya Kovalchuk (left) fights Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf during Sunday night's second period. There was a cut on Ilya Kovalchuk's right cheek. The Devils' left winger says it was from his own visor and...
In 4-1 loss to Maple Leafs, more holes exposed on Jacques Lemaire's Devils
Lemaire's second game no better than first Getty ImagesThe Devils played to a sparse crowd at the Prudential Center Sunday amid a blistering snowstorm. He may be headed for the Hall of Fame, but Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is suffering from a lack of confidence...
Devils-Maple Leafs: As they play
Second game for Jacques Lemaire Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesJonas Gustavsson was in goal for the Maple Leafs. Back from a brief Christmas break, the Devils faced the Toronto Maple Leafs on a snowy night in Newark. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils while Jonas...
Devils' Lou Lamoriello: Game with Maple Leafs 'is a go'
Snow not bad enough to postpone game in Newark Kevin R. Wexler/The RecordDevils GM Lou Lamoriello says the Devils-Maple Leafs game is on. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said conditions would have to get a lot worse to cause Sunday night's meeting with the...
Season could be over for Devils' Zach Parise
Can't start skating until at least March Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerZach Parise may not play again this season. At best, he'll get only a handful of games. Zach Parise still hopes to play a few games in late March or April, but the injured left winger knows it is...
Henrik Tallinder says there is no country club atmosphere on Devils
Calls his own season "very, very average" Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDefenseman Henrik Tallinder (right with Patrik Elias) called his play this season "very, very average." Jacques Lemaire's assessment that the Devils were overconfident at the start of...
Jacques Lemaire feels Devils were overconfident from the start
Team's failure has destroyed that confidence Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesDevils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said defense has been the team's biggest problem. After returning to Montreal for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Jacques Lemaire was back in New Jersey...
Devils return from Christmas break for morning skate in Newark
Host Maple Leafs Sunday night William Perlman/The Star-LedgerDevils coach Jacques Lemaire held his first morning skate today since replacing John MacLean. Jacques Lemaire held his first morning skate today since replacing John MacLean as Devils head coach last...
December 25, 2010
Coach Jacques Lemaire says Devils need confidence back
Devils languishing in last place in NHL Watch video William Perlman/The Star-LedgerJacques Lemaire watches the Devils from the bench last Thursday against the Islanders. The Devils lost 5-1 in Lemaire's first game back as coach. The problem with the...
December 24, 2010
Politi: Devils' 'Ebenezer Lou' takes first step of many
GM Lou Lamoriello claims responsibility for team Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger"The responsibility is right here with me," Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said Wednesday of the team's woes. "I put the coaching staff together. I put the players together." With just two...
December 23, 2010
John MacLean is fired, but still no spark as the Devils fall in Jacques Lemaire's first game back
John MacLean holds the Devils’ club record for most goals (347). He is second in points (701) and third in assists (354). But when it came to imparting his vast knowledge, there was a disconnect in the Devils’ locker room and he was fired Thursday after a brief tenure that lasted just...
Islander beat Devils, 5-1, ruin Jacques Lemaire's return
Devils have lost four straight and nine of their past 10 The Devils re-re-hired Jacques Lemarie because their 5-on-5 game was stuck in a malaise. Well, their 5-on-5 game was joined by the power play and penalty kill Wednesday night. The Devils yielded a power-play...
As they play: Devils vs. Islanders
Devils have lost eight of their past nine Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerNew Devils coach Jacques Lemaire will try to rally his troops tonight vs. the Islanders Devils coach Jacques Lemaire makes his debut -- for the third time -- as coach. Martin Brodeur starts in...
Devils bring back Jacques Lemaire for a third time
Devils rank last in the NHL in scoring with 57 goals Andy Mills/The Star-LedgerJacques Lemaire will begin his third stint as Devils coach tonight vs. the Islanders Jacques Lemaire is known as an old-school coach and brilliant hockey mind, a no-nonsense guy who is set...
Your comments: Devils fire coach John MacLean
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerJohn MacLean was fired less than halfway through his first season as a coach. The Devils fired coach John MacLean just a few months into his first year. Jacques Lemaire, who retired at the end...
Devils fire coach John MacLean
Jacques Lemaire returns to team for third stint as head coach Amanda Brown/The Star-LedgerHired in June, John MacLean has been fired as coach of the Devils just 33 games into his first season. John MacLean's short and rocky tenure as Devils coach has come to an end...
Though times are tough for Devils, Martin Brodeur wants to stay put
Veteran goalie said he does not want to be traded Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur, 38, is one of the team's biggest trading chips, though GM Lou Lamoriello said dealing him would be "ridiculous." Martin Brodeur, the future Hall of Fame goalie...
December 22, 2010
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has no desire to be traded
Although Devils future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur was visbly frustrated after Tuesday night's 5-1 loss to the Capitals -- the Devils' eighth loss in the past nine games -- he said this morning he has no intention of asking for a trade. Brodeur, 38, is perhaps the biggest trading...
December 21, 2010
For Devils, five-on-five continues to be troublesome
Anssi Salmela was a healthy scratch Tuesday MCTNew Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) looks back as a goal by the Washington Capitals' Mike Knuble, not pictured, slips across the goal line during the third period. The Capitals defeated the Devils, 5-0, at the...
Devils lose eight of nine, fall to Capitals, 5-1
Loss was ninth straight for Devils on the road MCTThe Washington Capitals' Jason Chimera (25) hits the ice as he scores against New Jersey Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur during the second period WASHINGTON — Youth and speed was served last night at the Verizon...
As they play: Devils vs. Capitals
The Devils have lost eight straight on the road Noah K. Murray/The Star-LedgerDevils were hoping for a big game from goaltender Martin Brodeur last night vs. Capitals Martin Brodeur will start his sixth consecutive game and is coming off a poor performance vs. Atlanta...
Devils want to win ``battles'' tonight vs. the Capitals
MacLean says Devils must win battles for loose pucks Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerThe Devils miss Zach Parise's speed and scoring ability WASHINGTON - Goalie Martin Brodeur getting beat for two goals in the first 1:42 of a loss to Detroit is there for everyone to...
Devils defenseman Anssi Salmela will be healthy scratch against Capitals
Salmela has appeared in three games since returning from knee surgery Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils defenseman Anssi Salmela won't play tonight against the Capitals. Defenseman Anssi Salmela, who returned to the lineup Dec. 15 after missing the first 29 games of...
Devils coach shuffling lines, hoping to break out of offensive funk
Coach John MacLean hopes to jump-start Ilya Kovalchuk on offense Christopher Pasatieri/Getty ImagesTim Sestito has replaced veteran Jason Arnott as the Devils' center. Embattled Devils rookie coach John MacLean unveiled his version of a major shake-up Monday when he...
December 20, 2010
Your comments: Brodeur can't provide a spark for struggling Devils
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com Noah K. Murray/The Star LedgerMartin Brodeur is just 1-4 since returning from an injury. Martin Brodeur is just 1-4 since returning to the Devils' lineup after missing eight straight games with a bruised right...
Devils coach John MacLean says he'll keep battling
Lamoriello has stood by his coach, perhaps because the GM knows MacLean is working with a flawed team Andy Mills/The Star-LedgerThe scoreboard hasn't been a pretty picture for Devils coach John MacLean this season Devils coach John MacLean was visbly shaken following...
Devils recall defenseman Matthew Corrente
Devils return to practice after 7-1 thumping in Atlanta on Saturday night Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger Devils coach John MacLean has done yeoman's work trying to rally his team Defenseman Matt Corrente, who was sent down a week ago Sunday, is back with the club and is...
December 19, 2010
Martin Brodeur can't provide a spark for floundering Devils
Star goalie has lost four of five games since return from injury Noah K. Murray/The Star-LedgerDevils goalie Martin Brodeur can't make the glove save on a second-period goal by the Atlanta Thrashers Saturday night. These are the worst of times for Devils veteran...
December 18, 2010
Quietly, rookie Mark Fayne has been key for Devils
Defenseman playing well after surprise early-season call-up Ed Mulholland/US PresswireDevils defenseman Mark Fayne had played just 15 games in the minors before being called up this season. ATLANTA — Devils rookie defenseman Mark Fayne has it all figured out...
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello trying to find taker for Brian Rolston
Veteran left winger could be traded Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils veteran forward Brian Rolston, who remains with the team after clearing waivers, is still on the trading block. ATLANTA — Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed a report in...
As they play: Devils vs. Thrashers
Devils have lost six of seven overall and seven straight on the road Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk said the Devils' effort on Friday night against the Predators was ``unacceptable.'' Martin Brodeur gets the start in goal over Johan Hedberg, who is...
Devils pre-game notes: Bergfors is healthy scratch
Devils face Thrashers tonight after loss to Nashville Thrashers forward and former Devils Niclas Bergfors will be a healthy scratch tonight for the fourth time in the past five games. Ironically, Bergfors, acquired by Atlanta in the Ilya Kovalchuk trade, has more...
Devils impressive power play performances sour against the Predators
Also, 12 NHL scouts attend the game to look at Devils players The Devils had been pitching a shutout on their penalty kill the past five games, having been successful on 19 consecutive disadvantages before surrendering two in their 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators...
December 17, 2010
Devils continue slide in a 3-1 loss to Predators
Devils suffer 10th loss in 14 games Those in attendance at the Prudential Center last night saw the Devils’ season in a microcosm. Goalie Martin Brodeur was beaten on a hard-luck goal, they hit the post twice, and their offense was a no-show. The Devils were...
As the play: Devils vs. Predators
Devils trying for only their second two-game winning streak of the season William Perlman/The Star-LedgerCenter Jason Arnott will play against his former team for the first time tonight Future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur starts in goal. FIRST PERIOD
Your comments: Devils want repeat perfomance against Predators
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerColin White and the Devils have killed off 19 straight opponents' power plays. The Devils finally ended their losing streak earlier this week, and now they hope to string some wins together...
Devils hoping for encore performance tonight vs. Predators
The Devils raced to a 2-0 lead in the first period vs. the Coyotes on Wednesday Noah K. Murray/The Star-LedgerLeft winger Ilya Kovalchuk had a pair of goals in the Devils' 3-0 victory vs. Phoenix on Wednesday Devils coach John MacLean is hoping to get another...
Devils' Jason Arnott prepares to play team that traded him
Also, Martin Broduer will start tonight in goal Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger Center Jason Arnott has scored a team-high nine goals for the Devils this season. Devils veteran center Jason Arnott refused to play the ‘‘what if’’ game Thursday as...

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