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January 31, 2011
Jason Arnott wonders if Devils will trade him before Feb. 28 deadline
Team could deal him for a draft pick or prospect James Guillory/US PresswireJason Arnott wonders if he will spend the rest of the season with the Devils or get traded. Jason Arnott spent the All-Star break in Miami. The Devils' veteran center isn't sure where he will...
Another snow adventure for Devils Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias
Team flight couldn't land in Newark after game in Detroit Saed Hindsash/The Star-LedgerPatrik Elias (left) and Henrik Tallinder (right) were among those on the Devils' diverted flight home from Detroit. Most of the Devils did not take the team plane home from...
Your Devils comments: Elias envisions a winning season next year
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesPatrik Elias, the Devils' lone All-Star, believes this is a one-season blip for the team. Patrik Elias, the Devils' lone All-Star, believes the team's awful season is a one-year blip and will not...
Mark Fraser, 3 Devils forwards back from Albany (AHL); Mark Fayne absent
All-Star Patrik Elias doesn't practice Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDefenseman Mark Fraser is back after a conditioning stint at Albany (AHL). Defenseman Mark Fraser was back with the Devils today after a conditioning stint in Albany (AHL). Also, Nick Palmieri...
January 30, 2011
Team Lidstrom holds off Team Staal, 11-10, in NHL All-Star Game
Loui Ericksson, Danny Briere and Anze Kopitar net two goals each for Lidstrom; Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp is MVP playing for Staal Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesFlyers Center Daniel Briere of Team Lidstrom connects on a third-period goal past Rangers goalie Henrik...
Peers vote Devils' Travis Zajac one of NHL's most underrated players
CBC/NHLPA poll results Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDevils center Travis Zajac is regarded as one of the NHL's most underrated players. Devils center Travis Zajac has been voted one of the league's most underrated players by his peers. In the CBC's Hockey...
Despite current woes, Devils All-Star Patrik Elias eyes a winning season next year
Forward can't see himself playing for another team Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesDevils forward Patrik Elias answers questions during a press conference Friday during NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, N.C. Elias will make his third All-Star appearance. In his own mind...
January 27, 2011
Devils assign four players to Albany (AHL)
Nick Palmieri, Mattias Tedenby among those sent down Claus Andersen/GettyNick Palmieri recovered from an upper body injury in time to face the Red Wings Wednesday night. The Devils announced today that RW Nick Palmieri, LW Mattias Tedenby and RW Vladimir Zharkov have...
Your comments: Two key calls go against Devils in 3-1 loss to Detroit
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com Claus Andersen/Getty ImagesReferee Dave Jackson waves off a goal by Ilya Kovalchuk late in the third period on Wednesday night that would have tied the game. The Devils' seven-game point streak came to an end Wednesday...
January 26, 2011
Devils' Brian Rolston wishes there was no All-Star break
Found scoring touch in last seven games DETROIT-- Brian Rolston, who scored two goals in his first 25 games of the season, went into the All-Star break with four goals in seven games. The winger, who looked to be out of the picture when he was put on waivers...
Devils question two key calls in 3-1 loss to Red Wings
Ilya Kovalchuk has late goal disallowed DETROIT-- Sooner or later, the Devils knew their second-half streak of picking up at least one point in every game was going to end. What hurt most about Wednesday night's 3-1 loss to the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena was the way...
Devils end four-game winning streak, falling to Red Wings, 3-1
Devils suffer first loss in regulation in eight games Claus Anderson/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk is held in check by the Red Wings' Brian Rafalski on Wednesday night. On the same day he confirmed he won't be returning next season as the Devils' coach...
Devils-Red Wings: As they play
Last game before All-Star brteak DETROIT -- The Devils played their final game before the All-Star break, facing the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils, who were without defenseman Colin White (lower body). After the break...
Your comments: Devils' Jacques Lemaire says he won't coach team next season
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerJacques Lemaire is 7-7-1 since taking over as interim coach of the Devils. The Devils are playing much better under interim coach Jacques Lemaire than they did under ex-coach John MacLean. New...
Brian Rafalski on Devils: It took time for defense to find chemistry
He isn't surprised by ex-club's struggle Brian Rafalski isn't surprised that it took the Devils and their defense corps time to clock this season. And if the Detroit Red Wings defenseman is shocked to see his form club at the bottom of the NHL...
Jacques Lemaire won't return next season to coach Devils
Confirms he told Mike Babcock at Olympics he'd retire last year DETROIT-- Jacques Lemaire confirmed that he told Red Wings coach Mike Babcock during the Olympics in Vancouver last winter that he would retire at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season. Indeed, Lemaire...
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock: Devils are different with Jacques Lemaire
'He oozes confidence' Red Wings coach Mike Babacock doesn't see the Devils as the worst team in hockey, even though the standings say that's true. Not with Jacques Lemaire back behind the bench. "I think they're in the sweepstakes for the (top)...
Devils' Colin White has no 'lower body' structural damage
Knee injury to Jeff Frazee will cost goalie just two weeks Ed Mulholland/US PresswireColin White will likely need until the All-Star break to allow a 'lower body' bruise to heal. Defenseman Colin White underwent both an MRI and CAT scan for what is believed to be a...
January 25, 2011
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire remains uncertain about status of Nick Palmieri, Vladimir Zharkov
Devils forward feel better, but Lemaire must make decision about Red Wings game Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesNick Palmieri's status is still in the air Devils forwards Nick Palmieri and Vladimir Zharkov both spoke of their improved health leading up to Wednesday's game...
January 24, 2011
Your Devils comments: Jacques Lemaire not thinking about playoffs
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur and Ilya Kovalchuk are two reasons why the Devils are 6-0-1 in their last seven games. The Devils may have turned around their season, but coach Jacques Lemaire insists he is...
Devils defenseman Colin White to undergo MRI today
Out with lower body injury Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDefenseman Colin White (5) is having an MRI today. Defenseman Colin White, who suffered an unspecified lower body injury in Philadelphia Saturday, is undergoing an MRI today, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello...
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire not even thinking about the playoffs
Only when team is five points from eighth place James Guillory/US PresswireNick Palmieri said he hopes to play in Detroit Wednesday night. Jacques Lemaire isn't thinking about the playoffs. Even though the Devils have turned their season around, the veteran coach isn't...
Nick Palmieri skates in Devils' optional practice
Team is on a 6-0-1 roll Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerMartin Brodeur and the Devils have only dropped one point in the second half of the season. Still on a roll, the Devils have an optional 11 a.m. practice today at the AmeriHealth Pavilion. Nick Palmieri, who missed...
January 23, 2011
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: We can't blame first half on John MacLean
But Jacques Lemaire's approach is working Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerBrian Rolston, selected as second start in the Devils' 5-2 win over the Panthers, waves to Prudential Center crowd. The Devils are willing to credit Jacques Lemaire with their second half...
Jacques Lemaire unhappy with Devils' play in win over Panthers
'Too many things' missing Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk (right) congratulates Martin Brodeur after Devils' victory over Panthers. Jacques Lemaire is undoubtedly happy about the Devils' 6-0-1 run. Nevertheless, the Devils coach wasn't at all pleased...
Devils' second-half streak continues with 5-2 win over Panthers
Devils are 6-0-1 since second half of season began Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerNew Jersey Devils defenseman Anssi Salmela (29) and Florida Panthers right wing Evgeni Dadonov (63) battle for the puck behind the Devils' goal Sunday. Scott Clemmensen was the only...
Devils-Panthers: As they play
Martin Brodeur vs. Scott Clemmensen II G. Fiume/Getty ImagesScott Clemmensen was in goal for the Florida Panthers today. The Devils faced goalie Scott Clemmensen for the second time in nine days today as the Florida Panthers visited the Prudential Center. Martin...
Albany goalie Jeff Frazee will have knee surgery Monday; Tyler Eckford takes leave
Devils recall Alexander Vasyunov Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerAlbany (AHL) goalie Jeff Frazee will have arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. Albany (AHL) goaltender Jeff Frazee will undergo exploratory arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday, Devils general manager Lou...
January 22, 2011
Devils continue winning ways, beating Flyers, 3-1
Coach Jacques Lemaire isn't ruling out playoffs Ron Cortes/ PHILADELPHIA — In the past two weeks, the Devils have beaten the Lightning twice, as well as the Penguins and Flyers each once. Those clubs happen to have the three best records in the Eastern...
Devils' Tim Sestito avoids injury, pads penalty minutes total
Tumbled face-first into end boards Ron Cortes/MCTDevils goalie Johan Hedberg robs Danny Briere on a wrap-around with 4:14 left today in Philadelphia. Tim Sestito saw a lot of the end boards at the Wells Fargo Center. He was tripped by Scott Hartnell and went...
Johan Hedberg helps Devils end 0-6 drought in Philadelphia
Colin White not available after game Ed Hartline/US PresswireBouncing back from his early exit in the last game against the Flyers (pictured), Johan Hedberg stopped 26 shots in a 2-1 win today. Johan Hedberg felt the pressure. The Devils were 4-0-1 in their last five...
With a modest turnaround, are the Devils now buyers or sellers?
GM Lou Lamoriello won't say Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesJohan Hedberg is in the Devils' net today against the Flyers. Are the Devils buyers or sellers? Before their second half turnaround, the Devils were definitely sellers. They traded captain Jamie Langenbrunner to...
Devils-Flyers: As they play
Vladimir Zharkov, Nick Palmieri out Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesVladimir Zharkov did not play against the Flyers because of illness. PHILADELPHIA -- The Devils faced the Flyers today at the Wells Fargo Center without two of their young forwards. Vladimir Zharkov was ill...
Nick Palmier, Vladimir Zharkov out for Devils; Anssi Salmela will play wing
Adam Mair is back in lineup Ed Mulholland/US PresswireDevils rookie winger Nick Palmieri is checked by Pittsburgh's Kris Kunitz during Thursday night's game in Newark. Nick Palmieri couldn’t have dreamed that when he got his first real chance in the NHL his...
January 21, 2011
Two weeks later, Johan Hedberg gets start for Devils in Philadelphia
Nick Palmieri won't play Ed Hartline/US PresswireDevils goalie Johan Hedberg was pulled after this goal from Danny Briere on Jan. 8. The memory of Jan. 8 is still fresh in Johan Hedberg's mind. The Devils' goalie lasted just 14:41, allowing two goals against...
Nick Palmieri absent from Devils practice with upper body injury
Mattias Tedenby moves into his spot Alan Maglaque/US PresswireJason Arnott centered for Vladimir Zharkov and David Clarkson in practice. The Devils had a 1 p.m. practice toady at the AmeriHealth Pavilion before heading to Philadelphia for Saturday afternoon's game with...
January 20, 2011
Devils' Martin Brodeur: Shutouts are fun, but it's all about winning
Goalie records 114th shutout of his career Paul Bereswill/Getty ImagesDevils goalie Martin Brodeur makes a save in the first period against the Penguins on Thursday night in Newark. It's every Devils fan's fantasy: The second half of this season will be the exact...
Devils' Tim Sestito relishes first NHL fight
Center's first penalty minutes of the season Julio Cortez/APDevils rookie Nick Palmieri (32) celabrates his first period goal against the Penguins. It didn't take a lot to get Devils center Tim Sestito to drop his gloves and fight Maxime Talbot of the Penguins...
With Penguin stars missing, Devils defeat Pittsburgh, 2-0
Devils remain unbeaten in second half of season Ed Mulholland/US PresswireDevils defenseman Andy Greene plays the puck away from Penguins right wing Arron Asham during the first period at the Prudential Center on Thursday night. There was no denying that the...
Devils-Penguins: As they play
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both out Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesThe Penguins were without both Evgeni Malkin (left) and Sidney Crosby for the first time since 2006-07. The Devils faced the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night at the Prudential Center. It was the...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk: It was coach's idea to kill penalties
Jacques Lemaire issued the challenge James Guillory/Getty ImagesIlya Kovalchuk claims Jacques Lemaire suggested he kill penalties. Ilya Kovalchuk admits he has asked Jacques Lemaire for tips to improve his game. But the Russian winger says it was Lemaire who suggested...
Paul Martin surprised at Devils' struggle this season
Penguins defenseman says John MacLean shares blame Matt Strasen/US PresswirePaul Martin said he is surprised the Devils remain at the bottom of the standings. The last time the Devils missed the playoffs in 1996, Paul Martin was still four years away from being...
Devils' kids have been spared expensive rookie dinner... so far
Team's poor first half delayed ritual Ed Mulholland/US PresswireMattias Tedenby hasn't yet had to help pay for a Devils' rookie dinner. By this point the Devils might normally have had a dinner on the road in which the team's rookies had to shell out big...
Ilya Kovalchuk asked Devils' coach if he could kill penalties
Jacques Lemaire gave him the thumbs up Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk asked coach Jacques Lemaire if he could kill penalties. It seemed like an unusual request from a player that has been a prolific goal-scorer in the NHL and not known for his defense. Some...
Devils won't see Bryce Salvador or Matt Taormina 'for quite a while'
Defensemen still battling injuries Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerBryce Savlador has been out since the preseason with a cochlear concussion. As the Devils await a decision on whether Matt Taormina will need surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture in his left ankle, as...
January 19, 2011
Your comments: Kovalchuk's recent streaking has some fans thinking big
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com John O'Boyle/The Star-LedgerWould you dare to mention the words Devils and playoffs in the same sentence? Some NJ.com users did. Ilya Kovalchuk has three goals and two assists in his last four games, and the Devils are...
Devils defenseman Matt Taormina may need ankle surgery
Hasn't skated in a month Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerDefenseman Matt Taormina may need surgery on his injured ankle. Defenseman Matt Taormina, who hasn't skated in a month because of a non-displaced fracture of his left ankle, may require surgery. "We will...
Ilya Kovalchuk starting second half of season strong for Devils
Travis Zajac feels line is clicking Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerIlya Kovalchuk has five points in his last four games. Ilya Kovalchuk has scored goals in back-to-back games only once this season and that came back in mid-October before the roof caved in on the Devils'...
Devils credit Jacques Lemaire for team's turnaround
Coach deflects the credit Andy Marlin/Getty ImagesDevils players credit Jacques Lemaire with the team's turnaround. Where was this Devils team for the first 33 games with John MacLean behind the bench? Having captured seven of a possible eight points in their last four...
Devils work on power play in practice
Team coming on strongt in second half Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerAnssi Salmela, who cleared waivers last week, remains with the Devils. After a day off on Tuesday, the Devils were back on the ice today for practice. In fact, they went out early for the 11 a.m...
January 18, 2011
Devils defenseman Matt Corrente out 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury
Hurt in fight with Steve Downie Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerMatt Corrente is out 2-4 weeks with a shoulder injury. One of the reasons the Devils made Matt Corrente their first pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft was because of his toughness and his refusal to back down...
January 17, 2011
Mark Fraser's hand is fine after fight with Zenon Konopka in Devils' win
He broke hand back in October Kevin Hoffman/US PresswireThis is the Oct. 13 fight with Buffalo's Cody McCormick in which Mark Fraser broke his right hand. After Matt Corrente was injured in a fight last week with Tampa Bay's Steve Downie, the Devils had to be concerned...
Jason Arnott enjoyed seeing young Devils wingers have big game
Center jokes: 'I did everything' James Guillory/US PresswireJason Arnott collected the 499th and 500th assists of his NHL career. Even though he likes to joke about his advanced age, 36-year-old Jason Arnott remembers what it was like to be a young player...
Devils avenge earlier defeats with 5-2 victory over Islanders
Matthias Tedenby, Vladimir Zharkov score at Nassau Coliseum William Perlman/The Star-LedgerCoach Jacques Lemaire's Devils have taken points from their past four games. UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Devils’ mini-resurgence continues. Rookie winger Mattias Tedenby was...
Devils-Islanders: As they play
Mattias Tedenby back in New Jersey lineup Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesMattias Tedenby was back in the Devils' lineup for the first time since Jan. 1. Mattias Tedenby, who sat out six games and last played on Jan. 1 in Carolina, was back in the Devils' lineup today...
Your comments: Devils in hunt for NHL's top draft pick
Highlighting the best Devils comments on NJ.com Steve Mitchell/U.S. PRESSWIREIlya Kovalchuk and the Devils are the NHL's worst team, with eight fewer points than the Islanders and Oilers. The Devils have been playing well lately, stringing together a 2-0-1 record in...
Jacques Lemaire says Devils can't worry about moving up in standings
Martin Brodeur will start vs. Islanders Steve Mitchell/US PressireMartin Brodeur will start in goal against the Islanders. Jacques Lemaire isn't worried about catching the Islanders. He remains focused on getting the Devils to play better. "I think it's going to take...
January 16, 2011
Devils and Islanders may be battling it out for top pick in NHL draft
Martin Brodeur: 'We need to play well.' Rick Stewart/Getty ImagesSean Couturier (7) of Canada tries to score against Team USA at the U20 world championships in Buffalo earlier this month. The next few weeks will be the turning point for this Devils season. It...
Wife shielded Anton Volchenkov from news of dad's death until after Flyers game
Defenseman: 'It would've been tough to play' Wayne Cuddington/Ottawa CitizenAnton Volchenkov said he is ready to play in Monday's game against the Islanders. Anton Volchenkov called his wife, Irina, before the Devils faced the Flyers in Philadelphia last...
Anton Volchenkov back with Devils after attending father's funeral
Team practices before heading to Long Island Alan Maglaque/US PresswireDefenseman Anton Volchenkov, who returned to Russia for his father's funeral, was back with the Devils. Defenseman Anton Volchenkov is back with the Devils after attending his father's funeral in...
January 15, 2011
Coach: Devils' Anssi Salmela plays 'probably his best game'
Also, goalie Martin Brodeur stops 19 shots Steve Mitchell/US PresswireDevils goalie Martin Brodeur blocks a shot in the first period against the Panthers on Saturday night. SUNRISE, Fla. — It has been a tough week for Anssi Salmela. The defenseman cleared...
Despite 3-2 OT loss to Panthers, Devils happy with road trip
Goalie Martin Brodeur says Devils are taking 'baby steps' Steve Mitchell/US PresswireThe Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk dives as he sweeps at the puck in front of the Panthers' Marty Reasoner in the first period Saturday night. SUNRISE, Fla. — Their first...
Devils felt they were the better team in overtime loss to Panthers
Take three of four points on Florida trip Steve Mitchell/US PresswireIlya Kovalchuk battles for the puck with Florida's Marty Reasoner (19) and Mike Santorelli Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center. Jacques Lemaire said he was happy with the Devils' effort in their...
Devils Colin White, Martin Brodeur say they believe in their team
Neither player wants to be traded from struggling Devils Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerDefenseman Colin White has a year left on his contract with the struggling Devils, but he says he does not want to be traded. SUNRISE, Fla. — Jamie Langenbrunner is in Dallas...
Devils-Panthers: As they play
Martin Brodeur vs. Scott Clemmensen Gary Vasquez/US PresswireMartin Brodeur started in goal against former backup Scott Clemmensen. Martin Brodeur was in goal Saturday night against his former backup, Scott Clemmensen, as the Devils faced the Florida Panthers at...
Play of fourth line helped wake up Devils
Trio has been in starting lineup in recent games Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerTim Sestito centers the Devils' fourth line. Before it started to turn around for the Devils in recent days, there was a bright spot with the team's unheralded fourth line. For some time now...
Martin Brodeur will make 3rd straight start for Devils; Anssi Salmela back in
Matt Corrente will sit Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerAnssi Salmela will return to the Devils' lineup Saturday night against the Panthers. Martin Brodeur will make his third straight start in goal for the Devils Saturday night against the Florida Panthers at the...

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