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February 28, 2013
Devils' goalie Johan Hedberg: Our luck will change
Bobby Butler benched by coach Pete DeBoer in loss to Jets WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Devils goalie Johan Hedberg says the team must stay positive to get out of its three-game losing streak. "You have to. No one is feeling sorry for us. We're the only ones that can change...
Devils falter late, lose to Winnipeg, 3-1
Andrew Ladd scores early and late to hand Devils their third straight loss WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Devils coach Pete DeBoer did not want to put too much importance on the start of a three-game road trip tonight against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. But he...
As they play: Devils vs. Jets at Winnipeg
Travis Zajac plays in hometown as an NHLer for first time WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- With Devils goalie Martin Brodeur sidelined for at least the next two games with a sore back, Johan Hedberg made his third straight start for the Devils tonight against the Winnipeg Jets at...
Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk doesn't like NHL's proposed realignment
Travis Zajac, back in hometown, recalls days pumping gas WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The NHL has proposed a realignment plan in which the league would go from six divisions to four, as well as changing the playoff system, and Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk doesn’t...
Devils' Ryan Carter: 'We can now call it a concussion'
Winger says he hopes to play Saturday in Buffalo WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Devils winger Ryan Carter today confirmed that he was suffering from a concussion, the result of a hit to the head during the Feb. 18 game against Ottawa. "I think it's pretty much what we can call...
Devils: Johan Hedberg will play until Martin Brodeur is ready
Rookie Keith Kinkaid will have to wait WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Devils coach Pete DeBoer said Johan Hedberg will be his goalie until Martin Brodeur recovers from a sore back. DeBoer didn't rule out the possibility of Brodeur joining the club in Buffalo or Toronto...
February 27, 2013
Devils recall forward Tim Sestito from Albany (AHL)
Devils face Winnipeg Jets tomorrow night The Devils have recalled forward Tim Sestito from Albany (AHL). Sestito will accompany the team to Winnipeg for tomorrow night's game against the Jets.
February 26, 2013
Newark City Council votes to approve Devils arena deal
The deal guarantees a tax revenue stream for the city that could translate into $2 million a year for at least the next 25 years Mildred C. Crump, pictured with Councilman Ras Baraka in this file photo, was the lone "no" vote...
Devils' Bryce Salvador: Kid from Manitoba becomes respected captain
Grew up less than two hours from Winnipeg WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The man who wears the ‘C’ for the Devils seems like a natural. Bryce Salvador plays the tough minutes on the ice and gives the tough speeches in the dressing room when the situation calls...
Devils put Martin Brodeur on IR; will recall center for trip to Winnipeg
GM Lou Lamoriello: 'This is just a precaution. He still feels uncomfortable' The Devils have put goalie Martin Brodeur on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 24 because of a sore back. Consequently, the 40-year-old goalie cannot play before Monday night's game...
Devils' Travis Zajac hoping for a memorable homecoming in Winnipeg
Center has never played in hometown, where he rooted for Jets and Teemu Selane Devils center Travis Zajac was seven years old when former Winnipeg Jets winger Teemu Selanne set the NHL rookie record by scoring 76 goals in 1992-93. He can remember Selanne celebrating...
Devils unsure whether Martin Brodeur will make trip to Winnipeg
Keith Kinkaid, recalled from Albany (AHL), could accompany team Devils coach Pete DeBoer isn’t sure whether goalie Martin Brodeur will accompany the team to Winnipeg tomorrow morning because of his sore back. “I don’t know. He’s seeing some...
Devils recall goalie Keith Kinkaid from Albany (AHL)
Martin Brodeur day to day with sore back The Devils recalled goalie Keith Kinkaid from Albany (AHL) today as Martin Brodeur remains day to day with a sore back. Brodeur injured his back in a recent practice and said he played a few games with soreness until he felt he...
Newark, Devils end years of acrimony with deal on Prudential Center
City officials estimate the new deal could net the city as much as $50 million over the life of the lease. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, left, and New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek have hashed out a revenue-sharing deal...
February 25, 2013
Video: NJSIAA Hockey Bracketology; Delbarton, Morris Knolls, Ramsey top seeds
Breaking down Non-Public, Public A and Public B state tournaments
Video: NJSIAA Hockey Bracketology; Delbarton, Morris Knolls, Ramsey top seeds
Breaking down Non-Public, Public A and Public B state tournaments Watch video Seeds for NON-PUBLIC -- PUBLIC A -- PUBLIC B have been announced. To see how we arrived at this point, check out the live blog from the NJSIAA meetings as well as The...
Devils' Martin Brodeur is 'day to day' with sore back
Team will probably bring in a goalie for practice tomorrow Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was examined today by the team's doctor and is “day to day” with a sore back. “We’ll just leave it to the doctors and we’ll see how he is," general...
Are Devils' defensemen trade bait for a top six forward?
Martin Brodeur 'day to day' with sore back; Jacob Josefson returned to Albany (AHL) Even before the Devils hit a rut and began to falter over the last half-dozen games, general manager Lou Lamoriello was formulating a plan for what the team needs to become a...
Newark, Devils finally reach Prudential Center development deal
Newark will build a parking deck next to its municipal courthouse on Green Street, and the Devils will rent a healthy share of spaces, guaranteeing income to the city Newark Mayor Cory Booker, left, and New Jersey Devils owner...
Devils hot topic: What's gone wrong the last 10 days?
Devils have been outscored 18-8 in last five games After starting the season on such a high note, the Devils have now lost four of their last five, and they've barely even been competitive in a couple of those defeats. The Devils have been outscored 18-8 in the last...
February 24, 2013
Devils felt disallowed goal was either legitimate or a Winnipeg penalty
But coach Pete DeBoer said it was a non-factor in the loss The Devils were trailing, 4-2, when Marek Zidlicky shot the puck in at 13:53 of the third period of tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets. The goal was disallowed because the whistle had blown. But there...
Sore back sidelined Devils' Martin Brodeur
Said it stiffened up in warmup but he doesn't think it will linger Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said it was a sore back that prevented him from starting tonight against the Winnipeg Jets, but he doesn't feel the problem is a major concern. The 40-year-old goalie...
Devils fall to Jets, 4-2, at Prudential Center; Martin Brodeur scratched in warmups
The Devils have lost four of their last five games It became evident that something was wrong with Devils goalie Martin Brodeur when he left the ice with more than three minutes remaining in Sunday’s pregame warmup. The Devils said Brodeur had "a little...
Devils' Martin Brodeur leaves pregame warmup early
Goalie was supposed to start vs. Winnipeg Martin Brodeur was set to start in goal for the Devils tonight against the Winnipeg Jets but was injured during the pregame warmup. Johan Hedberg was given the start instead of Brodeur. There was no word yet regarding...
As they play: Devils vs. Winnipeg Jets
Martin Brodeur injured in pregame warmup Martin Brodeur was set to start in goal for the Devils tonight against the Winnipeg Jets at Prudential Center but left the pregame warmup early. Johan Hedberg was given the start in place of Brodeur. Jacob Josefson, recalled...
Devils among NHL teams having trouble giving players days completely off
CBA says four days a month are required, but that's a stretch Devils coach Pete DeBoer has paid considerable attention to keeping his players physically fresh amidst their difficult schedule. He’s had some optional practices and morning skates where most...
Devils: Ryan Carter put on IR as concussion-like symptoms linger
Jacob Josefson recalled from Albany (AHL); Mattias Tedenby released from hospital The Devils today placed left winger Ryan Carter on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 18 and recalled forward Jacob Josefson from Albany (AHL). Carter is eligible to come off IR play...
February 23, 2013
Devils: Missed penalty shot by Steve Bernier a turning point?
Injured Ryan Carter won't play in tomorrow's home game against Winnipeg Jets WASHINGTON – It could have been a turning point for the Devils. Down by a goal, winger Steve Bernier was tripped by Capitals defenseman Tom Poti during a breakaway at 12:31 of...
Devils overwhelmed by Capitals, Alex Ovechkin hat trick, 5-1
Johan Hedberg victim of four goals in third period WASHINGTON – Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk predicted yesterday that Alex Ovechkin would regain his missing scoring touch very soon. It was, in fact, sooner than Kovalchuk and his teammates would have...
Devils fall to Capitals, 5-1, as Alex Ovechkin scores hat trick
Johan Hedberg is victim of Ovechkin's 11th career hat trick WASHINGTON – Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk predicted yesterday that Alex Ovechkin would regain his scoring touch soon. It was sooner than Kovalchuk and his teammates would have liked. Ovechkin...
As they play: Devils vs. Capitals in Washington
Johan Hedberg starts in goal against Braden Holtby WASHINGTON -- Johan Hedberg was in goal for the Devils today as they faced the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. Coach Pete DeBoer made a change on defense with Mark Fayne replacing Henrik Tallinder. Tallinder...
Devils' system: Do the players actually matter?
Andy Greene: 'You can't put anyone in there and do the same thing' WASHINGTON -- The Devils say it themselves. In order to win consistently, they must stick to coach Pete DeBoer's system. But when opponents claim it is the Devils' system and not the...
February 22, 2013
Is Devils' Stefan Matteau, who turns 19 tomorrow, a future top 6 forward?
Pete DeBoer, Ilya Kovalchuk think rookie can be a goal-scorer some day ARLINGTON,Va. – If the widely held belief that touching the Stanley Cup before you actually win it means you’ll never get your name on the trophy, Devils rookie Stephane Matteau is...
Devils: Johan Hedberg will start in goal against Capitals
Second of back-to-back games in Washington ARLINGTON, Va. -- Johan Hedberg will start in goal for the Devils when they face the Washington Capitals again tomorrow afternoon at the Verizon Center. Hedberg was in goal for the Devils' loss to the Islanders last Saturday...
Devils go back to familiar lines in practice today
Coach Pete DeBoer had done some juggling late in win over Capitals ARLINGTON, Va. -- Devils coach Pete DeBoer went back to his familiar line combinations today as the team held a full off-day practice at Kettler Iceplex. After making some changes in the third period...
February 21, 2013
Devils' Martin Brodeur made the right read on Alex Ovechkin
David Clarkson avoids injury in win over Capitals WASHINGTON – Devils goalie Martin Brodeur knew there was trouble coming. The Capitals had pulled goalie Braden Holtby and were threatening to tie the game with a minute remaining. Out of the corner of his eye...
Devils rally past Capitals, 3-2, behind Loktionov, Kovalchuk goals
Patrik Elias adds short-handed goal and an assist as Devils snap two-game losing streak WASHINGTON – It may have been a marquee matchup between Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin, but it was the Devils’ newly acquired Russian who sparked a comeback Thursday...
Devils: Mattias Tedenby remains hospitalized with infection
Suffered skate cut to face WASHINGTON -- Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Mattias Tedenby, who suffered a skate cut to the right side of his face while playing for Albany (AHL), remains hospitalized with an infection. "There was swelling so they had to put a...
As they play: Devils vs. Capitals in Washington
Ryan Carter sidelined with head injury WASHINGTON -- The Devils and Capitals played the first of back-to-back games at Verizon Center tonight. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils. Braden Holtby started for the Caps. Ryan Carter (head injury) was out of the...
Devils and Capitals back-to-back games have playoff feel
Coaches Pete DeBoer and Adam Oates know each other well WASHINGTON – Back-to-back games between the Devils and Capitals at the Verizon Center has the feel of a playoff series. With two old colleagues, Peter DeBoer and Adam Oates, going head to head. “We...
Devils' Adam Henrique and David Clarkson skating alongside greatness
May look back on days playing with a Hall of Famer WASHINGTON – At the age of 23, Adam Henrique doesn’t look too deeply into the fact he is skating on the same line as Devils’ all-time scoring leader Patrik Elias. But Henrique, in his second NHL...
Devils won't classify Ryan Carter's head injury as a concussion
GM Lou Lamoriello says left winger is 'day to day' WASHINGTON – The Devils will not classify Ryan Carter’s injury as a concussion, even though the left winger didn’t accompany the team here for back-to-back games against the Capitals. Carter...
February 20, 2013
Is Patrik Elias, Devils all-time leading scorer, a future Hall of Famer?
Debate rages over what criteria constitute a Hall of Fame career During his last stint as Devils coach, Jacques Lemaire unflinchingly called Patrik Elias the team’s best player during that doomed 2010-11 season. No one disagreed. Until Ilya Kovalchuk scores...
Devils won't have Ryan Carter for either of two games in Washington
Martin Brodeur starts vs. Capitals; Mathieu Darche retires The Devils will not have left winger Ryan Carter for either of their two games against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center tomorrow night and Saturday afternoon. “He’s out for both...
Devils keep Ryan Carter off ice today with head injury; won't go to Washington
David Clarkson takes part in practice Ryan Carter, suffering from a possible concussion, did not practice with the Devils today in Newark and he will not accompany the team to Washington. Stefan Matteau took Carter's place at left wing on the line with Stephen Gionta...
February 19, 2013
Devils keep watch on Ryan Carter (head), David Clarkson (back) injuries
Possible concussion for Carter; Clarkson says he'll play in Washignton NHL officials decided there was no reason to fine or suspend Ottawa Senators Dave Dziuzynski or Chris Neil for their head-jarring sandwich hit last night on Devils winger Ryan Carter. But that...
No suspension or fine for hit on Devils winger Ryan Carter
Ottawa's Dave Dziuzynski and Chris Neil won't be disciplined There will be no suspension or fine for either Dave Dziuzynski or Chris Neil of the Ottawa Senators for their hits to Devils winger Ryan Carter Monday afternoon, according to the NHL. Carter suffered...
February 18, 2013
Devils' Patrik Elias: I was speared in stomach before scrum with Senators
Devils lost David Clarkson with 10-minute misconduct late in third period One of the last Devils players you’d expect to see in the middle of a scrum is Patrik Elias, but that’s what happened with 12.8 seconds remaining in the third period today at...
Devils' Ryan Carter suffered possible concussion; doctors will determine next move
Winger was sandwiched between two Ottawa players along boards Devils left winger Ryan Carter said it will be up to doctors to determine the severity of his head injury suffered on a double hit into the boards today at Prudential Center. Carter was sandwiched by...
Devils fall to Senators, 2-1, in shootout
After holding 1-0 lead for much of game, Devils lose for third time in four games A 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators wasn’t the Devils’ only concern this afternoon at Prudential Center. Jeff Carter, the Devils' third-line left winger, suffered an...
As they play: Devils vs. Ottawa Senators
Andrei Loktionov makes Devils debut Martin Brodeur was in goal as the Devils hosted the Ottawa Senators today at Prudential Center. Devils winger Bobby Butler faced his former club for the first time and Andrei Loktionov made his Devils debut. Loktionov wore No...
Devils' Bobby Butler 'pumped' to face former Ottawa teammates
Andrei Loktionov and Martin Brodeur are in; no other Devils changes Devils winger Bobby Butler still has close friends playing for the Ottawa Senators, but he was excited about facing his former club. The Senators bought out the final year of Butler’s contract...
February 17, 2013
Devils trying to figure out issues on penalty kill
Devils now own the 19th best penalty kill in the NHL -- below-average -- as they've killed off 80 percent of opponents' man-up opportunities. The drop-off just one season removed has been drastic. It was only last year that the Devils led the NHL with the best...
Martin Brodeur doesn't rule out another Olympics appearance for Canada
Pete DeBoer offers positive assessment of forward Bobby Butler If Team Canada comes calling, Martin Brodeur will listen. Despite the fact he'll be 41 years-old-during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Brodeur said today that he's interested if he's welcome...
Devils send down Jacob Josefson, recall Andrei Loktionov from Albany; Mattias Tedenby in 'good spirits'
Also, Lou Lamoriello said that Dainius Zubrus had a ligament repaired during surgery on his left wrist Thursday The Devils sent center Jacob Josefson down to Albany today, recalling Andrei Loktionov in his place. Josefson has just one assist in 15 games this season...
February 16, 2013
Devils' Henrik Tallinder: Penalty shot for David Ullstrom was wrong call
David Clarkson on loss: 'No reason to worry' UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Devils defenseman Henrik Tallinder didn’t give himself high marks in is first game back after sitting out seven in a row. But he also did not feel he committed a crime bad enough to merit a...
John Tavares hat trick leads Islanders to 5-1 win over Devils
Isles score three power play goals UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Devils stayed out of the penalty box when they faced the Flyers Friday night, but they could not do the same against the Islanders 24 hours later. John Tavares scored a hat trick, including a pair on the...
As they play: Devils at Islanders
Henrik Tallinder replaces Mark Fayne on defense UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Henrik Tallinder was back in the Devils' lineup tonight as they faced the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. It was the Devils' final visit to Long Island this season. Johan Hedberg was in goal for the...
Devils' Mark Fayne admits level of his game dropped a bit
Henrik Tallinder to step in UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Devils defenseman Mark Fayne wondered what made his performance tail off enough in the last two games that coach Pete DeBoer felt it was time for a lineup change. Fayne will be a healthy scratch tonight when the Devils...
Devils' Mattias Tedenby said to be 'fine' after skate cut to face
Winger had lengthy cosmetic surgery UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Devils winger Mattias Tedenby underwent lengthy cosmetic surgery this morning to repair a skate cut he suffered on the right side of his face during last night’s AHL game for Albany. Several of the...
Devils: Henrik Tallinder will replace Mark Fayne on defense
Johan Hedberg in goal against Islanders tonight UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he will make a change to his defense tonight against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Henrik Tallinder will return to the lineup in place of Mark Fayne, who has struggled...
February 15, 2013
Devils were able to regroup after poor first period against Flyers
With only two penalties, not a typical Devils-Flyers game Devils coach Pete DeBoer saw his team on the verge of being blown out by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period tonight at Prudential Center. Trailing, 2-1, he called a timeout with 8:45 remaining in the...
Devils defeat Flyers, 5-3, as David Clarkson continues hot start
New Jersey scored four unanswered goals to pick up victory Continuing his pace to score 30 goals despite the lockout-shortened schedule, David Clarkson completed a Devils comeback tonight when he scored his 10th goal in a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers before...
As they play: Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Alexei Ponikarovsky on first line The Devils faced the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Prudential Center as they looked to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils. Ilya Bryzgalov started for the Flyers. Bobby Butler...
Devils rookie Stefan Matteau loses job on first line to Alexei Ponikarovsky
Dainius Zubrus expected to attend game against Flyers tonight Devils rookie Stefan Matteau has gone from the top line to the top of Prudential Center. With veteran left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky joining the team today after being reacquired in a trade, Matteau was...
Devils' Travis Zajac knows what Erik Karlsson faces with Achilles injury
Doesn't think Matt Cooke intentionally cut Norris Trophy defenseman When Devils center Travis Zajac watched the Achilles injury suffered by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson Wednesday night, he felt pain in his own foot. “Yes. I looked down at it...
Devils: Alexei Ponikarovsky joins team for morning skate
Host Flyers tonight Devils' newly-reacquired left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky took part in the morning skate today in preparation for tonight's meeting with the Flyers at Prudential Center. Ponikarovsky, who was reacquired Wednesday night in a trade with the Winnipeg...
February 14, 2013
Devils' Pete DeBoer may suggest players wear Kevlar socks
Cut suffered by Erik Karlsson a concern; Patrik Elias helping linemate David Clarkson Devils coach Pete DeBoer may some day suggest that his players wear Kevlar socks to prevent skate blade accidents such as the cut suffered by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson...
Alexei Ponikarovsky will help Devils weather the storm without Dainius Zubrus
Team has overcome key injuries before In recent seasons the Devils have had to overcome the long-term absence of forwards like Zach Parise and Travis Zajac because of injuries. While there are those who would undoubtedly suggest Dainius Zubrus is not an impact player...
Devils send Andrei Loktionov back to Albany (AHL)
To make room for Alexei Ponikarovsky on roster The Devils sent forward Andrei Loktionov back to Albany (AHL) today to make room for Alexei Ponikarovsky on the roster. Ponikarovsky was re-acquired in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets last night.

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