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December 31, 2013
Devils: Lucky horseshoe, new linemates key Adam Henrique hot streak
Devils center Adam Henrique's luck turned after he opened a Christmas gift. NEWARK - One of the Devils' biggest offensive weapons hadn't scored a goal in 12 games, then went home to Brantford, Ontario for Christmas break. When returning, he got hot right...
Devils feel they may be putting together a mid-season run
5-1-2 in their last eight games NEWARK -- With a 5-1-2 record in their last eight games, the Devils feel they are starting to go on a run. “You can look it it like that a little bit. We’re doing a good job staying in games and getting points,” Martin...
Devils lose Patrik Elias in tough 2-1 victory over Penguins
Elias suffers undisclosed injury early in game against Eastern Conference leaders NEWARK – A satisfying 2-1 victory over the conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins turned out to be bittersweet for the Devils when they lost veteran forward Patrik Elias with an...
Devils, Penguins instant analysis
NEWARK - Final: Devils 2, Penguins 1 HIGHLIGHTS • The Devils won their 2nd in a row to reach the midway point of the season over .500 for the first time at 17-16-8. They’re 17-12-5 since going 0-4-3 in their first 7. • Devils C Adam Henrique stayed hot by opening the scoring 1:38 in...
Pittsburgh Penguins at Devils GAMEDAY
Today: Pittsburgh Penguins (29-11-1, 59 points, 1st in Eastern Conference) at Devils (16-16-8, 40 points, tied for 10th in Eastern Conference) Site: Prudential Center Time: 1 p.m. TV: MSG Plus (Steve Cangialosi & Glenn Resch) Radio: WFAN 660AM, 101.9 FM (Matt Loughlin & Sherry Ross)...
Gameday notes: Cam Janssen reveals secret to beating Penguins
Devils forward Cam Janssen says his team perfecting its system can trump the Penguins' skill Tuesday at Prudential Center. NEWARK - Devils veteran forward, Cam Janssen, a fourth-line grinder known for dropping his gloves, believes there's a simple - and boring -...
Devils vs. Penguins: Live game analysis and fan discussion
Martin Brodeur vs. Marc-Andre Fleury NEWARK -- Martin Brodeur was in goal as the Devils hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday afternoon at Prudential Center. Marc-Andre Fleury was in net for the Penguins. Anton Volchenkov, Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby were...
Devils' Pete DeBoer: Penguins' key to overcoming injuries is having the 'best player in the world' in Sidney Crosby
Teams meet for final time this season The Devils and Penguins will meet for the fourth and final time this season Tuesday afternoon at Prudential Center. Devils coach Pete DeBoer had mixed emotions. "It seems like we've (faced) them quite a bit. You never wish to...
Devils' Steve Bernier expects to play vs. Penguins: 'I got lucky. It could have been bad'
Winger crashed hard into end boards during practice Monday Devils winger Steve Bernier said will will take the pregame warmup and determine whether he is capable of playing Tuesday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center. Bernier crashed hard...
December 30, 2013
Jaromir Jagr, anticipating big second half, won't ask Devils for trade at deadline
Doesn't want to be 'a rented guy' for top contender Few would argue that Jaromir Jagr was the Devils’ Most Valuable Player during the first half of this season. His 34 points and 13 goals both lead the team, and the big winger’s four...
Devils: Martin Brodeur will face Penguins; Steve Bernier and Anton Volchenkov questionable
Bernier crashed hard into end boards during practice Devils coach Pete DeBoer said winger Steve Bernier is questionable for the team’s New Year’s Eve matinee against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center. Bernier was hurt during practice Monday when...
Devils want no part of Times Square after New Year's Eve matinee
The Devils will have New Year's Eve night off after playing a Tuesday matinee at home against Pittsburgh, but no one wants to head to Times Square to see the ball drop. NEWARK – The Devils play their first day game of the season Tuesday at home against the...
Devils' Olympians, Russians on terrorist attacks in Volgograd: 'Scary'
The Devils' Olympians and Russians have been frightened by the recent terrorist attacks in Volgograd, Russia. The Wjnter Olympics will be played in Sochi, Russia in February. NEWARK – Patrik Elias showed up for Devils' practice Monday morning to hear...
Devils: Anton Volchenkov, Adam Larsson practice with full team; Steve Bernier hurt
Devils host Penguins Tuesday afternoon Steve Bernier slid full speed into the end boards and had to leave practic Monday morning at AmeriHealth Pavilion as the Devils prepared for Tuesday's home matinee against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bernier was taking on Marek...
December 29, 2013
Devils: The highs and lows from their first half
Jaromir Jagr is first half Most Valuable Player The Devils will reach the halfway point of the season when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday afternoon at Prudential Center. Here is a look at the first half: Best Win A 4-3 overtime victory over the Rangers...
WATCH: Devils' Travis Zajac scores one of the most painful game-winning goals ever
Gutty performance in a 2-1 victory over Islanders UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Usually, a team celebrate a goal, but Saturday night the Devils rushed to check on the guy who had scored it after Travis Zajac knocked in the eventual game-winner against the New York Islanders...
December 28, 2013
Devils: Bryce Salvador shows no rust in successful return
Devils captain Bryce Salvador's first game back after missing 30 games with a foot injury was a big success. The veteran defenseman had a strong game and the Devils beat the Islanders 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum. UNIONDALE, N.Y. – His left foot wasn't an issue at...
Devils' Ryane Clowe emerges from his first post-concussion fight unscathed
Rookie Reid Boucher bounces back strong after a poor game Friday night UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Five minutes into his second game back from a concussion, Ryane Clowe got into his first fight. It had his coach and probably a few others holding their breath. Clowe...
Devils defeat Islanders, 2-1, as Cory Schneider ends personal five-game losing streak
Captain Byrce Salvador returns to lineup after missing 30 gasmes with fractured foot UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Devils goalie Cory Schneider was on the verge of going the entire month of December without a victory. Winless since Nov. 30, Schneider finally ended a...
Devils, Islanders instant analysis
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Final: Devils 2, Islanders 1 HIGHLIGHTS • After being outplayed badly for much of the third period and seeing their 1-0 lead disappear, the Devils stormed back to score the game-winner 13:03 into the final period on a rising one-timer from the left circle by Marek...
Gameday notes: Devils get break with Isles missing John Tavares
The Devils will catch a big break Saturday night with Isles star John Tavares out with a lower-body injury. UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The Devils could use a little good fortune to get them going on the heels of consecutive poor efforts, and a big one was sent their way...
Devils at New York Islanders GAMEDAY
Tonight: Devils (15-16-8, 38 points, tied with 3 teams for 8th in Eastern Conference) at New York Islanders (11-20-7, 29 points, 15th in Eastern Conference) Site: Nassau Coliseum Time: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Plus (Steve Cangialosi & Glenn Resch) Radio: WFAN 660AM, 101.9 FM (Matt Loughlin & Sherry...
Devils vs. Islanders: Live game analysis and fan discussion
Cory Schneider vs. Evgeni Nabokov; Anton Volchenkov out with 'total body soreness' UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Captain Bryce Salvador returned to the lineup after missing 30 games with a fractured foot as the Devils faced the Islanders Saturday night at Nassau...
Devils: Ryane Clowe feels good after giving hits, taking some
Ryane Clowe's first game back from a long absence due to a concussion went so well on Friday night that he'll be in the lineup again for Saturday night's game at Long Island. UNIONDALE, N.Y. - When the puck dropped Friday night and Ryane Clowe was sitting...
Devils' Bryce Salvador set to return and add some grit and leadership
Captain will play against Islanders after missing 30 games with fractured foot UNIONDALE, N.Y. – The emergence of Devils rookies Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill as capable NHL defensemen brought up an interesting dilemma for coach Pete DeBoer. Would it be...
Devils' Reid Boucher: I didn't earn privilege to take part in shootout
Rookie says he deserved to sit in third period and OT: My compete level was off UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Devils rookie Reid Boucher spent most of the third period and all of overtime on the bench Friday night. So when it came time for coach Pete DeBoer to choose his...
Devils: Adam Henrique adjusting to bouncing around so much
NEWARK - Here's what it's like being Devils forward Adam Henrique, a human yoyo this season when it comes to where he’ll line up on a given night: He began the season playing 4 games at left wing, and then … 1 game at center, 1 at left wing, 12 at center, 1 at left wing, 4 at...
Devils' lethal PK works more magic in win over Isles
The Devils' penalty killers, a strength all season long, came up big again Saturday night in a 2-1 road victory over the New York Islanders. UNIONDALE, N.Y. – As well as Devils goalie Cory Schneider played allowing just 1 goal Saturday night, especially in...
December 27, 2013
Cory Schneider will be in goal for Devils against Islanders
Ryane Clowe not sure if he'll play back-to-back games Cory Schneider will be in goal Saturday night against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Martin Brodeur was in net for Friday night's shootout loss to the Blue Jackets. “It’s unfortunate that...
Christmas hangover dooms slow-starting Devils
The Devils had a rough start to their first game back from the Christmas break and wound up losing 2-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shootout. NEWARK – Devils forward Stephen Gionta let out a laugh in embarrassment when hearing just how awful his team was...
Devils drop sixth straight shootout to Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-1
The Devils had scored five goals in each of Martin Brodeur previous two starts and a total of 13 in his last three appearances, but the goalie’s teammates had trouble finding the net in their first game back after a three-day Christmas break. Martin Brodeur was...
Devils, Blue Jackets instant analysis
NEWARK - Final: Columbus 2, Devils 1, shootout LOWLIGHTS • After getting a third-period goal to salvage a point, the Devils lost to Columbus for the third time in three games this season when falling to 0-6 in shootouts this season, 0-10 since beating Winnipeg last March 10. Cam Atkinson won...
Columbus Blue Jackets at Devils GAMEDAY
Tonight: Columbus Blue Jackets (16-17-4, 36 points, 12th in Eastern Conference) at Devils (15-16-7, 37 points, tied for 10th in Eastern Conference) Site: Prudential Center Time: 7 p.m. TV: MSG Plus (Steve Cangialosi & Glenn Resch) Radio: WFAN 660AM, 101.9 FM (Matt Loughlin & Sherry Ross)...
Devils vs. Blue Jackets: Live game analysis and fan discussion
Ryane Clowe back from concussion Ryane Clowe returned to the Devils' lineup Friday night as they hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets at Prudential Center. Clowe has been sidelined with a concussion since Oct. 13. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils. Curtis...
Devils put Damien Brunner on injured reserve, activate Ryane CloweS
Swiss winger suffered right knee injury Dec. 20 The Devils placed winger Damien Brunner on injured reserve Friday retroactive to Dec. 20 and activated Ryane Clowe. Brunner suffered a right knee injury in the Dec. 20 game against the Ducks when he was checked into the...
Gameday notes: Devils will try, try again to handle pesky Blue Jackets
NEWARK - In case any Devils players had turned the page on one of their worst games of the season, Pete DeBoer gathered everyone together on Friday morning for a reminder. The Devils seemed on their way to a road win Dec. 10 up 2 goals early in the second period in Columbus, then stunk it up the...
Devils expecting Clowe to score and throw weight around
Devils center Andrei Loktionov is excited that left wing Ryane Clowe will be on his line for Friday night's game against Columbus. NEWARK – Devils center Andrei Loktionov made it a point to take notice of Ryane Clowe during recent practices. The Russian...
Devils' Pete DeBoer: We left too many points on the table in first half
Coach says making the playoffs will hinge upon not blowing leads and winning shootouts Coach Pete DeBoer views Friday night’s meeting with the Columbus Blue Jackets as the start of second half of the season and he says the Devils cannot continue to squander...
Pete DeBoer: No playoffs unless Devils stop 'leaving points on table'
Devils coach Pete DeBoer thinks the Devils have blown chances to be sitting in a better position than tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. NEWARK – Devils coach Pete DeBoer likes to break up hockey seasons into two halves, and the way he sees it...
Devils' Ryane Clowe, after missing 32 games with concussion, set for return
He'll skate on line with Andrei Loktionov and Stephen Gionta against Blue Jackets Devils left winger Ryane Clowe had hoped to play a game before the Christmas break. That didn't happen, but now that he is in the lineup for Friday night's home game against the...
Devils: Knee injuries have kept Ryan Carter and Adam Larsson out longer than expected
Both take part in morning skate but aren't ready to play Devils defenseman Adam Larsson and left winger Ryan Carter were both sidelined for an extended period because of knee injuries. Carter suffered a damaged MCL when he fell during a Nov. 30 fight with...
Devils, with Ryane Clowe returning, will host Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Carter, Adam Larsson skate with team but won't play Back from the NHL's Christmas break, Ryan Carter and Adam Larsson were among those who took part in the Devils' morning skate Friday at Prudential Center. While Ryane Clowe will return to the lineup, captain...
Who's Devils' 1st-half MVP? Jaromir Jagr? Andy Greene? Here's top 5
Jaromir Jagr and Andy Greene are the Devils' top first-half MVP candidates, but others get props for playing big roles in keep the team right there for an Eastern Conference playoff berth. NEWARK - The Devils went into Christmas break with a 15-16-7 record, which...
December 26, 2013
USA opens World Juniors with Devils' Stefan Matteau starring
Devils prospect Stefan Matteau figures to get some great experience this month playing for Team USA in the World Juniors, and he sure stood out in his team's opener Thursday in Malmo, Sweden. Although not scoring, Matteau earned Team USA player of the game honors for his work in a 5-1 victory...
Can Devils rely on Andy Greene to lead them to a playoff spot?
Defenseman has had a brilliant first half Pete DeBoer prefers not to think about where the Devils might be in the standings without Jaromir Jagr’s performance through the first 38 games. Probably facing long odds for their chances at earning a playoff spot. The...
December 25, 2013
Martin Brodeur, Jaromir Jagr, Devils share Christmas memories
Devils goalie Brodeur used to love skating at the Forum, then home to the Montreal Canadiens, as a kid, while Adam Henrique remembers always spending party of the holiday going outside to play some pond hockey with his 3 brothers. Before heading home for a 3-day...
NJ.com's 2013 sports gifts to eight athletes, two coaches and one radio host
We're getting the holiday spirit by giving presents to 10 big names in sports. While you're spending Christmas opening gifts, some of our local athletes and coaches might feel a little left out. Not to worry. We've got them covered. To celebrate the season...
NJ.com's hottest sports stories of 2013
Here's what caught readers' eyes the most What will you remember about sports in 2013? It was a crazy year. Rutgers couldn't stop making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Giants and Jets each scuffled through tough seasons. Alex Rodriguez produced news...
December 24, 2013
Devils' Martin Brodeur remembers his idyllic Christmases growing up in Quebec
Memories of Montreal Canadiens holiday parties and family cottage For the first 15 years of his life, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur lived a Hallmark kind of Christmas. His parents owned a small cottage in the Quebec countryside about an hour north of Montreal and...
WATCH: The NHL play being called the 'butt-goal' -- better or worse than the butt fumble?
Coyotes goalie Mike Smith carried a puck into his own net on his backside.   Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is going to want the goal he allowed on Monday night back after he carried the puck on his backside. Take a look at the video above -- the Sabres' overtime...
Devils: Christmas break comes at right time for Cory Schneider
The only person blaming Cory Schneider for the Devils' 5-2 loss in Chicago on Monday night was Cory Schneider. CHICAGO – The night before the night before Christmas, Devils goalie Cory Schneider really was hoping Santa would deliver an early present. Of...
Can the Devils compete against the NHL's elite?
The Blackhawks have 58 points, second-most in the league, behind Anaheim (59) CHICAGO – A shaken Devils team can only wonder if their lopsided loss to the Blackhawks was a signal that they are not in a class with the league’s elite. "Now we have to look...
December 23, 2013
Devils show little sign of offensive life in Blackhawks romp
If not for 2 shots on goal in the final minute, the Devils would have finished with a season-low in their 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night at the United Center. CHICAGO – Here how bad the Devils' first-period attack was Monday night against the...
Devils outclassed by Blackhawks, 5-2
Goalie Cory Schneider hasn't won since Nov. 30 and is 0-3-2 in his last five starts CHICAGO – The Devils have pointed to a difficult schedule, injuries and inconsistency for several of their losses this season. When they dissect last night’s 5-2 loss...
Devils, Blackhawks instant analysis
Final: Blackhawks 5, Devils 2 LOWLIGHTS • The Devils were even with the powerhouse Blackhawks 1-1 in the second period and seemed a threat to steal at least a point playing the best team in hockey on the road, but Patrick Kane scored 2:20 after Steven Giants' tying goal and Bryan Bickell made...
Devils: Jaromir Jagr has fond memories of winning Cup in Chicago
CHICAGO - When Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr was a teenager with long flowing hair a generation ago, he raised the Stanley Cup at old Chicago Stadium. Two years into his NHL career, No. 68 had won two Cups playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now 41, he’s still looking for No. 3. “I...
Devils, Chicago Blackhawks GAMEDAY matchup
Tonight: Devils (15-15-7, 37 points, 8th in Eastern Conference) at Washington Capitals (25-7-6, 56 points, 1st in Eastern Conference). Site: United Center Time: 8 p.m., EST TV: MSG+ (Steve Cangialosi & Glenn Resch) Radio: WFAN 660AM, 101.9 FM (Matt Loughlin & Sherry Ross) 2013-14: This is...
Devils vs. Blackhawks: Live game analysis and fan discussion
Cory Schneider vs. Antti Raanta CHICAGO -- The Devils played their final game before the Christmas break Monday night when they faced the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Cory Schneider was in goal for the Devils. Antti Raanta (7-1-2, 2.22 GAA) started for...
Blackhawks' Johnny Oduya: Devils best place for young blueliner
Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya thinks Devils young blueliners Eric Gelinas and Adam Larsson are in great hands because they're beginning their NHL careers in Jersey. CHICAGO - Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya has been a shutdown defenseman on the...
Gameday notes: Devils' Jaromir Jagr a big fan of Patrick Kane
Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr says he'd pay to watch Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane play. On Monday night, they'll square off when Jersey plays Chicago at the United Center. CHICAGO – When Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr watches hockey during his free...
Damien Brunner update: Still no surgery needed for Devils' winger
GM Lou Lamoriello thinks Stefan Matteau and Steve Santini will make U.S. junior squad CHICAGO – There has been no change on the original diagnosis that Devils winger Damien Brunner, who suffered a right knee injury Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks, will not...
Devils: Cory Schneider will face Blackhawks; Jacob Josefson in for Tim Sestito
Schneider is 2-1-1 with 3.09 goals-against average against Chicago CHICAGO – Devils goalie Cory Schneider, who has a 2-1-1 career record with a 3.09 goals-against average against the Blackhawks, will be in goal Monday night at United Center. He knows the Hawks...
Devils' Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe will sit out last game before Christmas break
Coach Pete DeBoer says "neither was an option" against Blackhawks CHICAGO – Devils winger Ryane Clowe will not get his Christmas wish—a game before the holiday break. Neither Clowe nor defenseman Bryce Salvador will be in the Devils’...
Eddie Olczyk impressed at what Devils are doing after losing big guns
NBC hockey broadcaster Eddie Olczyk says Devils upper management deserves credit for keeping team competitive after losses the last two summers of Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. CHICAGO - Eddie Olczyk hasn't seen every Devils’ game this season, yet from what...
Devils: Bryce Salvador likely to wait until after Christmas for his return
Devils have full morning skate in Chicago CHICAGO -- Devils captain Bryce Salvador will apparently wait until after Christmas to return to the lineup. The defenseman skated as an extra during the team's morning skate Monday at United Center. Devils' morning...
Devils prospects Stefan Matteau and Steve Santini make 24-man U.S. junior cut
One more cut before start of world junior championships in Sweden The U.S. national junior team's roster for the upcoming world championships was trimmed to 24 players Sunday and Devils prospects Stefan Matteau and Steve Santini are both still on the team with one cut...
NJ.com's 2013 Sports Knuckleheads of the Year
A look at the 10 athletes, coaches and administrators who made headlines for the wrong reasons in 2013. We've made our list, checked it twice and discovered some athletes, coaches and administrators who were naughty or not nice in 2013. In the end, local teams and...
December 22, 2013
Devils' Patrik Elias wants to reach 1,000 point mark this season
Needs to score 46 in team's final 45 games CHICAGO – Patrik Elias wants desperately to get back into the playoffs and perhaps win a third Stanley Cup. It is what drives the Devils’ 37-year-old forward at this stage of his career. But there is...
Devils: Jaromir Jagr catches Mark Messier, but most happy about win
Jaromir Jagr caught another legend on the all-time goal list Saturday night, but was most excited about the Devils rallying from a 2-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 in overtime. WASHINGTON - From his corner seat in a happy Devils...
December 21, 2013
Devils making move up in standings with hot streak
A 3-0-1 surge has jumped the Devils from 13th place in the Eastern Conference into the 8th and final playoff spot. WASHINGTON –There’s been a lot of chatter over the last week among Devils players about where their team will sit heading into the Christmas...
Devils, Capitals instant analysis
HIGHLIGHTS • D Andy Greene was the biggest hero in a night of many heroes with a goal 43 seconds into overtime off a rebound of a Jaromir Jagr shot, lifting the Devils to a 5-4 OT win in a game they trailed 4-2 in the third period on the road. • The Devils roared back from a 4-2...
Andy Greene goal gives Devils 5-4 win over Capitals in overtime
Devils rally from a 3-1 deficit after two periods WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 30th goal, but it was the Devils who stole the show with a dramatic third period comeback and a 5-4 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals tonight at...
Like in Pittsburgh, Caps fans show no love to Devils' Jaromir Jagr
Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr is beloved in most road arenas … but not by many fans in his first two NHL cities, Pittsburgh and Washington. Capitals fans booed Jagr again Saturday night. WASHINGTON - When talking up two of the NHLs aging superstars before...
Gameday notes: Devils lose Damien Brunner, but Michael Ryder still hot
WASHINGTON – With the Devils losing Damien Brunner for a month, they’ll look for two of their other right wings to stay hot. Jaromir Jagr, the team’s top scorer, went into Saturday’s game in Washington with a six-game point streak that is the Devils’ longest this...
Devils vs. Capitals: Live game analysis and fan discussion
Martin Brodeur vs. Braden Holtby WASHINGTON -- Martin Brodeur was in goal Saturday night as the Devils faced the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. Braden Holtby started for the Capitals. Andrei Loktionov and Jacob Josefson were Devils scratches. Devils'...
Devils wary of Alex Ovechkin and Capitals' dangerous power play
Former Devils assistant coach Adam Oates has firepower in Washington WASHINGTON – The Devils face the difficult task of trying to stop Alex Ovehckin when they face the Capitals Saturday night at Verizon Center. That won’t be easy as Ovechkin leads the...
Devils: Damien Brunner injury won't rush Ryane Clowe return; Andrei Loktionov ill
Loktionov battles bad cold; Reid Boucher goes from expected scratch to back in lineup WASHINGTON -- The Devils will make several lineup changes when they face the Washington Capitals Saturday night at Verizon Center. In addition to winger Damien Brunner, who will be...
Devils' Damien Brunner out at least four weeks with knee injury
No surgery needed WASHINGTON -- Devils winger Damien Brunner, who suffered a right knee injury during the first period of Friday night's game against the Ducks, will be sidelined for a minimum of a month. Brunner will not need surgery. "He'll be out a minimum of four...
Devils: Two rough road test on tap before Christmas break
WASHINGTON – You could make a case that the Devils really have their work cut out tonight playing on-fire superstar Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on the road the night after letting a victory that was there for the taking against the powerhouse Anaheim Ducks turn into a 3-2...
December 20, 2013
Devils see positive from rallying to salvage point against Ducks
The Devils missed a chance for a three-game winning streak, but salvaged a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to a tough Anaheim Ducks' squad. NEWARK – Devils center Patrick Elias didn’t have a good answer to the emotions his team should be feeling after a...
Devils, Ducks instant analysis
Final: Ducks 3, Devils 2, OT HIGHLIGHTS • Jaromir Jagr worked some late magic to help the Devils at least get a point in their 3-2 overtime loss. The Devils' leading scorer, Jagr made a pretty setup that led to a game-tying, power-play goal 14:58 into the third period by Andy Greene. Jagr...
Kyle Palmieri's OT goal lifts Ducks over Devils, 3-2
Winner comes on wraparound at 2:37 of extra session Cory Schneider and Damien Brunner both hoped their luck had changed. But on a night in which the Devils’ goaltender was victimized by a bad bounce midway through the third period and a wrap-around in overtime...
Devils: His night of celebration over, Reid Boucher wants more goals
Devils rookie Reid Boucher has a first NHL goal, and it made him pretty popular with his friends and family for couple of days, but now the 20-year-old left wing wants to become a consistent scorer. NEWARK - Now that Devils rookie Reid Boucher has a first NHL goal, the...
Devils vs. Ducks: Live game analysis and fan discussion
Steve Bernier plays in 500th NHL game The Devils completed their three-game homestand when they hosted the Anaheim Ducks Friday night at Prudential Center. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils. Jonas Hiller started for the Ducks, who were 11-7-3 on the...
Devils, Anaheim Ducks GAMEDAY matchups
Friday: Anaheim Ducks (24-7-5, 53 points, 2nd in Western Conference) at Devils (14-15-6, 34 points, tied for 10th in Eastern Conference). Site: Prudential Center Time: 7 p.m. TV: MSG+ (Steve Cangialosi & Glenn Resch) Radio: WFAN 660AM, 101.9 FM (Matt Loughlin & Sherry Ross) 2013-14: Second...
Devils: Aging stars Teemu Selanne, Jaromir Jagr battle one last time
NHL legends Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne will meet for the last time in the regular season Friday night in Newark. NEWARK - The first time Anaheim Ducks all-time great Teemu Selanne took notice of Devils' legend Jaromir Jagr was in 1987. They were teenagers playing...
WATCH: Devils including Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias sing their favorite Christmas songs
Brodeur, Patrik Elias and others warbled a line from their favorite Yultide tunes.   There's nothing better in December than watching athletes try to sing (see: Mets, New York). So it's with great pleasure that we present members of the Devils crooning some of...
Gameday notes: Ducks see Devils as playoff team
The Ducks, one of hockey's best teams, like what they've seen from the Devils, who beat them earlier this season in Anaheim. NEWARK - The viewing sample is small, yet based on what some of the Anaheim Ducks have seen, they envision the Devils as a team that...
Why Brandon Myers is a winner and loser this week
A look back at the sports week that included names like Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Gilbride and Andrea Bargnani. This week, we learned why New Jersey is better than New York, when not to shoot in the NBA and how sitting courtside at a Knicks game will ignite a...
Devils' Ryane Clowe may not get to play a game before Christmas
But winger is still hopeful of playing in Chicago Dec. 23; Dainius Zubrus okay to play Devils winger Ryane Clowe remains hopeful of playing in a game before the Christmas break, but it won’t be this weekend at home against the Ducks or Saturday night in...
Devils' Bryce Salvador, close to returning from broken foot, will travel with team
Captain was hit by Jack Johnson shot on Oct. 22 Devils captain Bryce Salvador will be traveling with the team to Washington and Chicago, but he isn’t sure he’ll get into a game before Christmas. Salvador has been sidelined since Oct. 22 with a...
Rangers fan from N.J. sues MSG after after allegedly being shoved over rail at Rangers-Devils game
A Middlesex County resident claims she was pushed by a guard during a fight at Game 5 of the Rangers-Devils series. Eileen Adler, a 65-year-old kindergarten teacher from Middlesex County, N.J., is suing Madison Square Garden after she said she was pushed by a security...
Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe will travel with Devils to Washington and Chicago
Cory Schneider will face Ducks Dainius Zubrus, Michael Ryder and Adam Henrique were the only players who did not participate in the Devils' morning skate Friday, buty coach Pete DeBoer said all three would be in the lineup against the Ducks. Captain Bryce Salvado...
Devils: Jaromir Jagr humbled yet content with his place in history
Breaking the NHL record for career game-winning goals on Wednesday night was extra special to Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr because the mark was held for years by Gordie Howe. NEWARK - Jaromir Jagr listened to the question from his locker seat at the Devils practice...
December 19, 2013
Devils' Cory Schneider, back in net after a week, trying not to feel pressure
First start since allowing a goal 41 seconds into loss in Pittsburgh Sitting on the bench behind Martin Brodeur the past two games has seemed like an eternity for Devils goalie Cory Schneider. In reality, it’s been a week since he last played. Battling his way...
Devils get lift with fireplug Stephen Gionta back in lineup
NEWARK - Stephen Gionta is the Devils' version of The Little Engine That Could. Not being blessed with great size, strength, speed and skill just doesn't matter. Determination, willpower and hockey sense do. Gionta, the Devils’ fourth-line center, proved it again Wednesday night by...
Devils: Ryane Clowe probably won't play this weekend but still hopes to play before Christmas
Adam Larsson is skating on his own but not close to return Ryane Clowe probably won't play any games this weekend, so the Devils' left winger is now facing the possibility that he will not get his wish of playing at least once before Christmas. Clowe, recovering from...
Devils looking for first three-game winning streak in a month
NHL's holiday roster freeze goes into effect 11:59 p.m. Thursday night For the first time since Nov. 29-30, the Devils have won two in a row. Their victories over the Lightning and Senators mark the first time they’ve won two straight in regulation time since...
Devils' Damien Brunner hit rock bottom before going on scoring spree
Coach Pete DeBoer thinks scratching Swiss winger against Detroit lit a spark It was the kind of goal that is often featured in TV highlights, but it was also one that Devils winger Damien Brunner doesn’t think he could have scored two weeks ago. He would go 17...
December 18, 2013
Devils: Reid Boucher compared to NHL great after 1st goal
Devils coach Pete DeBoer really talked up rookie Reid Boucher after the 20-year-old put in his first NHL goal in a win over Ottawa on Thursday night, comparing him to future Hall of Famer Mark Recchi. NEWARK - Devils coach Pete DeBoer was talking about his 20-year-old...
Devils defeat Senators, 5-2, behind goals from Jaromir Jagr and Reid Boucher
Jagr passes Steve Yzerman for eighth place on the NHL's all-time scoring list with 693rd goal Jaromir Jagr is climbing his way up the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list each time he finds the net. Having passed Steve Yzerman for sole possession of eighth place...
Devils: Reid Boucher scores 1st NHL goal
Devils rookie Reid Boucher, a prolific scorer in juniors last season, scored his first NHL goal Wednesday night in his seventh game. This one came pretty easily for the 20-year-old left wing, who scored just to the right of Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner 12:08 into the first period on a...
Olympic hockey: Jaromir Jagr focused on Devils, not Czech team
Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr says he'll worry about the Olympics when the time comes. Back home in the Czech Republic, Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr still is wildly popular, perhaps as much as Michael Jordan ever was in America. There, a hockey-crazed nation...
Devils vs. Senators: Live game analysis and fan discussion
Martin Brodeur vs. Robin Lehner Center Stephen Gionta returned to the Devils' lineup Wednesday night as they hosted the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center. Gionta had been out with a sprained right ankle. Martin Brodeur was in goal for the Devils. Robin Lehner...
Devils' Patrik Elias renews friendship with former Liverpool midfielder Vladimir Smicer
Czech soccer star will attend Devils-Senators game Devils forward Patrik Elias has entertained former Liverpool FC midfielder Vladimir Smicer the past few days. Smicer will attend the Devils-Ottawa Senators game Wednesday night at Prudential Center. "He's a big...
Sixers send email to fans about buying Devils tickets
The Devils and the Sixers share the same owner in Joshua Harris, who purchased the Devils earlier this year. PHILADELPHIA -- It probably isn't the ticket offer most Sixers fans were expecting to get when they checked their inbox. The Sixers sent an email recently...
GAMEDAY notes: Brodeur, Devils need to do better vs. poorer teams
The Devils, 5-7-2 against teams with losing records, get another chance to improve that Thursday night with the Ottawa Senators in town for a 7:30 p.m. game at Prudential Center. Devils goalie Marty Brodeur can't figure out what's going on with his Jekyll & Hyde team...
Devils prospects Stefan Matteau and Steve Santini on USA 26-man world junior championships roster
Three more cuts to be made With the final three cuts still to be made, Devils prospects Stefan Matteau and Steve Santini are on Team USA's roster for the upcoming world junior championships. USA Hockey announced Wednesday that the roster has been trimmed to 26...
Devils will keep tabs on fatigue factor with Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr
Pete DeBoer says 19 minutes per game is too much for Jagr As the Devils move closer to the halfway point in this season, they are well aware that some of their key players aren’t kids anymore. Jaromir Jagr, 41, comes immediately to mind. He has averaged more...
Cory Schneider not 'mad' but wants more time in Devils net
Cory Schneider, sitting again Thursday night despite owning the sixth-best goals-against average in the NHL, is patiently waiting for a shot to see steady time in the Devils goal. NEWARK - The Devils dressing room was clearing out Thursday morning when the guys who...
Devils' Jaromir Jagr looking for first power play goal; Stephen Gionta to return
Andrei Loktionov also back in for Devils; Tim Sestito and Jacob Josefson will sit Jaromir Jagr’s 11 goals lead the Devils and are four more than any of his teammates have scored this season. But in 34 games, Jagr has yet to score a single power play goal...
Devils: Cam Janssen and Stephen Gionta take part in morning skate
Ryane Clowe also skates Cam Janssen, who left practice Tuesday with an injured right leg/knee, took part in the Devils' morning skate Wednesday and appeared to be fine. Stephen Gionta was among those who took part in the optional skate. They will face the Ottawa...
WATCH: New Mike Francesa parody video includes Mad Dog impressionist
What a year it's been for WFAN's Mike Francesa -- he battled with The Daily News' Michael O'Keeffe, feuded with ESPN's Keith Olbermann and just announced his show will no longer be broadcast by the YES Network. But we can't forget the trio of videos posted by...
Devils-Senators GAMEDAY matchup
Tonight: Ottawa Senators (14-15-6, 34 points, tied for 9th in Eastern Conference) at Devils (13-15-6, 32 points, tie for 12th in conference). Site: Prudential Center Time: 7:30 p.m. TV: MSG+ (Steve Cangialosi & Glenn Resch) Radio: WFAN 660AM, 101.9 FM (Matt Loughlin & Sherry Ross) 2013-14:...
NJ.com's top pro and college sports stories of 2013
A look at the biggest headline-makers of the year.  Let's face facts: When it came to local pro and college sports, 2013 wasn't exactly a year filled with joy. There were bullies, controversies, scandals and screw-ups. One retirement left fans shedding tears for...
December 17, 2013
Devils players believe a trade is not necessary to improve the team
Young players have stepped in to prominent roles on team For Christmas, Martin Brodeur would love to see the Devils acquire a 50-goal scorer. That would undoubtedly solve some of the problems facing a team fighting to get back to .500. But the veteran...
Devils: Reid Boucher impresses coach; Martin Brodeur in goal vs. Senators
Stephen Gionta could return from ankle injury Perhaps Devils rookie Reid Boucher doesn’t have to worry about losing his spot in the lineup as some veterans get healthy. Coach Pete DeBoer said Tuesday that Boucher has been impressive even though he is still...
Dainius Zubrus back on Devils' first line after missing day of practice
Big winger was rested on Monday Dainius Zubrus was back after a day of rest as the Devils practiced Tuesday at AmeriHealth Pavilion. The big winger skated on the first line with Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr. Mattias Tedenby, who had filled in for Zubrus in that spot...
Devils: Gelinas rebounds from rough night in Pittsburgh with yet another strong effort
Devils rookie Eric Gelinas wasn't going to let one humbling period of hockey that led to a minus-2 plus-minus evening play with his mind. He'd known what kind of positive impact he'd made since coming up from the AHL three weeks into the season, so making a couple of poor decisions that...

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