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September 30, 2015
Should Devils be worried about Kyle Palmieri's injury?
Coach says winger suffered a 'little minor tweak' PHILADELPHIA -- The Devils' 4-2 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Flyers was satisfying, but it may have come at a significant cost. Winger Kyle Palmieri suffered an undisclosed injury early...
Devils' instant analysis: Was preseason win over Flyers costly?
Kyle Palmieri injured in 4-2 triumph PHILADELPHIA -- The outcome of the Devils' preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center was meaningless, but several developments during the 4-2 victory were important to note. Easily the...
Flyers' Chris Porter waived by day, scores by night in loss to Devils | Rapid reaction
Zajac scores twice for Devils in 4-2 victory. PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers radio analyst Steve Coates told a story on air Wednesday night from his days as a minor leaguer for the 1979-80 Philadelphia Firebirds when an opponent skated up to him and announced, "You're on...
Devils lose Kyle Palmieri with apparent injury
Winger shaken up going into end boards against Flyers PHILADELPHIA -- The Devils lost winger Kyle Palmieri with an apparent injury early in the second period of Wednesday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Palmieri went into the...
University of Minnesota Duluth to retire Chico Resch's No. 1
Goalie was a Devils player and broadcaster The University of Minnesota Duluth will officially retire Glenn (Chico) Resch's No. 1 jersey during a first intermission ceremony at AMSOIL Arena on Oct. 30 Resch, the former Devils player and broadcaster, will...
Devils goalies weigh in on having to deal with 3-on-3 overtime
Team is 3-0 in preseason demonstrations PHILADELPHIA -- With a 3-0 record in preseason 3-against-3 overtime demonstrations, maybe the Devils' goaltenders will embrace the NHL's new format designed to prevent an overabundance of shootouts. For now, they remain...
Cory Schneider says fans will have reason to embrace Devils this season
Goalie predicts 'an exciting brand of hockey' PHILADELPHIA -- You wouldn't expect goalie Cory Schneider to call this a lost season despite all the changes the Devils have undertaken this year. But when I asked Schneider Wednesday morning ice he...
Will this be Devils center Jacob Josefson's breakout season?
Coach John Hynes seems to have faith in the 24-year-old Swede PHILADELPHIA -- There have always been some believers in Jacob Josefson, among them former Devils director of scouting David Conte. But it might not be wrong to suggest that in this training...
Will Devils keep rookie Pavel Zacha?
First-round draft must be ready to make an impact in NHL or go back to junior NEWARK -- Head coach John Hynes has made it clear the Devils will not keep rookie forward Pavel Zacha to break him into the NHL slowly. The team's first-round pick in June's...
Is Brayden Schenn battling Scott Laughton for Flyers' 3rd line center?
Chris Porter and Colin McDonald placed on waivers; Flyers roster down to 24. The Flyers hit the ice Wednesday morning at Wells Fargo Center to prepare for their next-to-last preseason game Wednesday night against the Devils, then made two more cuts. Left wing...
Connor McDavid a Hart favorite already? Here are NHL Awards odds
Bovada has Flyers' Claude Giroux among its Hart favorites, Devils' Cory Scheider and Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist among its Vezina favorites. Connor McDavid mania has hit the NHL, and people are expecting the Edmonton Oilers 18-year-old center to be great...
September 28, 2015
Devils coach John Hynes breaks down his 5 demands for Devils
Team toughness is vital NEWARK -- Rookie coach John Hynes is making a positive impression in training camp as he tries to reconstruct the Devils' style of play and their mental approach to the game. But what are his coaching demands? We asked. 1. Puck possession "We...
September 27, 2015
Can Devils prospect Joe Blandisi follow in footsteps of these NHL pests?
Forward was assigned to Albany (AHL) NEWARK -- Devils winger Joe Blandisi may have been assigned to Albany (AHL) Sunday, but there seems to be little doubt that he will soon be back with the NHL club. Blandisi enjoyed a strong preseason and already looks like an...
Devils assign Joe Blandisi and Paul Thompson to Albany (AHL)
13 others sent to minors NEWARK -- The Devils reduced their roster to 27 players Sunday when they assigned 15 players, including forwards Joe Blandisi and Paul Thompson, to Albany (AHL). Forward John Quenneville was also assigned to his junior team (Brandon...
Practice tussle between Devils' Mike Cammalleri and Jordin Tootoo is forgotten
Why the two veterans remain good friends NEWARK -- It was a moment that could have led to a fight between teammates and perhaps created some off-ice friction and dressing room tension on another team. But when Devils teammates Mike Cammalleri and Jordin...
September 26, 2015
Devils shrug off costly incident with broken stick on ice
It leads to a loss to New York Rangers... but it's preseason NEWARK -- Had they lost a game that counted to the New York Rangers because a broken stick on the ice near Cory Schneider's crease wasn't picked up by an on-ice official and resulted in a goal, the...
Are Devils close to trading Travis Zajac to Toronto Maple Leafs?
Talk in Toronto is that Lou Lamoriello wants him; center has a no-trade clause NEWARK -- Talk in Toronto is growing louder that the Devils may already have a trade on the table that would send center Travis Zajac to the Maple Leafs. It is no secret that...
Devils suffer 4-3 preseason loss to New York Rangers
Raphael Diaz and Derek Stepan each score two goals for Rangers NEWARK --  Derek Stepan's second goal of the game, coming with the help of a broken stick lying on the, ice lifted the New York Rangers to a 4-3 come-from-behind preseason victory over the...
Will injury prove to be a setback for Devils hopeful Paul Thompson?
Returns to play on line with Reid Boucher and Joe Blandisi   NEWARK -- Paul Thompson will return to the Devils' lineup Saturday night with a blackened left eye, the lingering effects of an altercation with Tyler Randell of the Boston Bruins last Sunday...
Kyle Palmieri excited about his first Devils-New York Rangers clash
'It'll be cool' NEWARK -- Growing up in Montvale, Kyle Palmieri was a New York Rangers fan. Now that he is a key member of the Devils, the veteran winger is anxious to play his first rival game against the Rangers. It happens Saturday night at...
Patrik Elias isn't ruling himself out of Devils' regular-season opener
But it seems unlikely veteran will be ready NEWARK -- Patrik Elias, who will not play in any of the Devils' preseason games because of a lingering right knee issue, said he hasn't ruled himself out of playing in the team's Oct. 9 regular-season opener against...
September 25, 2015
Joe Blandisi makes the Devils' coaching staff take notice
Rookie scores a shorthanded goal and plays with toughness NEWARK -- When the Devils signed Joe Blandisi in January, they already knew he was a goal-scorer. He was on his way to a 52-goal and 112-point season for the Barrie Colts in the OHL. But there is...
Devils post first preseason win, 4-2, over New York Islanders
A goal and a fight for Joe Blandisi; first win for coach John Hynes NEWARK -- Mike Cammalleri snapped a tie by scoring in the third period and the Devils posted their first preseason victory for rookie coach John Hynes, 4-2, over the New York Islanders Friday...
Ex-Devils Marek Zidlicky and Steve Bernier on Devils' big changes
Both got late-summer contracts from New York Islanders NEWARK -- After finishing last season with the Detroit Red Wings, but falling short of winning his first Stanley Cup, defenseman Marek Zidlicky feels fortunate to have signed a 1-year, $1.5 million deal with...
Lineups for Devils-New York Islanders preseason game
Keith Kinkaid in goal for Devils NEWARK -- The Devils will host the New York Islanders in a preseason game at Prudential Center Friday night. The two teams met Wednesday night in Brooklyn, N.Y., with the Islanders skating to a 2-1 victory in Barclays...
Sergey Kalinin's quest to make Devils: These are crucial games in any language
Language barrier, new league challenges for Russian forward NEWARK -- Devils coach John Hynes was straightforward. The decision has yet to be made whether Sergey Kalinin is an NHL player. Signed to a one-year, $925,000 contract on May 29 after playing...
POLL: Would you be comfortable if Keith Kinkaid had to be the Devils' No. 1 goalie?
Cory Schneider appears to be the Devils' long-term top goalie   While Keith Kinkaid had a strong 2014-15 season for the Devils, there is little reason to think he could supplant Cory Schneider as the team's No. 1 goaltender in the coming years. Or is...
September 24, 2015
How will the Devils do in 3-on-3 overtime this season?
They scored in OT trial against New York Islanders BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Devils were not successful in 4-on-4 overtime last season, compiling a 1-7 record, so what can they expect from 3-on-3 OT this season? They were successful in 3-on-3...
September 23, 2015
Devils send 7 players back to junior teams
Alexander Goulet released from amateur tryout BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- After Wednesday night's 2-1 preseason loss to the New York Islanders, the Devils assigned the seven players to their junior teams. The players sent back to junior were goaltender Mackenzie...
How is Devils rookie Pavel Zacha doing so far?
Coach John Hynes says he's a long way away from making a decision on him BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Coach John Hynes said he is a long way from making a decision as to whether Devils rookie Pavel Zacha should play in the NHL this season, but how has the...
Devils banged up in 2-1 preseason loss to New York Islanders
Pavel Zacha, Eric Gelinas dodge serious injuries after being struck by shots BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Pavel Zacha and Eric Gelinas were both hit by shots, but neither were seriously hurt, as the Devils fell to the New York Islanders, 2-1, in a preseason game Wednesday...
Adrienne MacLean: From hockey mom to competitive golfer again
John MacLean's wife will play in U.S. Senior Women's Amateur For the record, John MacLean has never outplayed his wife, Adrienne, on the golf course. Not once. "No. I can outdrive her," the former Devils winger and coach told NJ Advance...
Pavel Zacha getting a shot on Devils' first line
First-round pick will play left wing with Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri NEWARK -- Pavel Zacha has looked good enough in training camp so far to merit a spot at left wing on the Devils' first line. For Zacha, the chance to play on a line with Adam Henrique...
New Jersey's Kyle Palmieri is ready to be a face of the Devils
Winger talks about the added pressure NEWARK -- Former center Jim Dowd embraced the distinction of being a New Jersey kid who made good and went on to star for the Devils. Kyle Palmieri, though his background is somewhat different than Dowd's, is hoping...
September 22, 2015
Patrik Elias may miss all of Devils' preseason games
Reid Boucher will play against New York Islanders in Brooklyn NEWARK -- Despite assurance from Patrik Elias that he would be back "soon" from a right knee issue that has sidelined him from the start of training camp, the Devils are not planning to use...
Keith Kinkaid wants to be a No. 1 goalie, but can it be with the Devils?
Cory Schneider stands in his way NEWARK -- As an Islanders fan growing up on Long Island, facing that team was special for Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid, particularly getting to play in Nassau Coliseum. But something doesn't seem quite right to Kinkaid about...
Is this Mike Sislo's best chance to stick with Devils?
Forward crossed paths with coach John Hynes in the AHL NEWARK -- Maybe all of those games in the American Hockey League, patiently waiting to be called up by the Devils the past few seasons, will finally pay off for Mike Sislo. Before training camp even...
September 21, 2015
How is Devils' Adam Larsson doing so far without Scott Stevens as coach?
Defenseman showing why he was signed to a 6-year, $25 million contract NEW YORK -- Adam Larsson is coming off a 2014-15 season in which he took great strides under former Devils assistant coach Scott Stevens, so there are many who wonder if he can take his...
Devils' Stefan Matteau shakes off a shaky preseason start
Trying to earn an NHL job, he commits a bad turnover NEW YORK -- Stefan Matteau has said that Madison Square Garden is his favorite NHL arena, mostly because he spent so much time there when his father played for the New York Rangers. But as Matteau began his...
Devils fall to New York Rangers, 6-3, in preseason matchup
Goalie Cory Schneider stops 10 of 12 shots; special teams shine NEW YORK -- Jordin Tootoo, Mike Sislo and Adam Larsson all scored power play goals, but the Devils lost their second straight preseason game, 6-3, Monday night against the New York Rangers at...
Stefan Matteau on sticking with Devils: 'It's my job to lose'
Why he thinks he's ready NEW YORK -- This is Stefan Matteau's fourth training camp with the Devils and it feels different to the former first-round draft pick. "I worked hard this summer and with the changes that happened in the offseason it's definitely...
Devils' Reid Boucher practices; Patrik Elias says he'll return 'soon'
Boucher past concussion symptoms; Elias says right knee getting better NEWARK -- Reid Boucher, sidelined with a concussion, returned to the ice Monday and practiced with the Devils players who won't face the Rangers in a preseason game at Madison Square...
Devils' John Moore anxious to face Rangers for first time since trade
'I'd be lying if I said I haven't been thinking about this' NEWARK -- It's only a preseason game, but Devils defenseman John Moore hasn't forgotten that the Rangers gave up on him and traded him to the Coyotes last season. Moore won't downplay...
Ex-Devil Jaromir Jagr allegedly blackmailed by 18-year-old model with pic in bed together (PHOTO)
A weird story about the 43-year-old forward. For those of you wondering, yes: Former Devils forward Jaromir Jagr is still an NHL player, who's heading into his 22nd NHL season with the Florida Panthers.  That means he's a pro at handling everything thrown at...
Andy Greene believes lofty goals are within reach for Devils
Defenseman content to stay in New Jersey for his shot at Stanley Cup NEWARK -- To the optimists, a spot in the playoffs seems like an acceptable goal for the rebuilding Devils this season. Being Stanley Cup contenders seems out of reach. But not for...
September 20, 2015
Devils fall to Boston Bruins, 2-0, in preseason opener
Coach John Hynes makes his NHL coaching debut Rookie coach John Hynes made his NHL debut as the Devils fell to the Boston Bruins, 2-0, Sunday night in their preseason opener at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Bruins defenseman Matt Irwin scored two power...
Devils name Eric Weinrich development coach
He'll work with the defensemen in Albany (AHL) NEWARK -- Former Devils defenseman Eric Weinrich was named a development coach for the team, general manager Ray Shero announced Sunday. Weinrich, 48, joins Pertti Hasanen, Patrick Rissmiller and Scott...
With Lou Lamoriello gone, Jordin Tootoo looks to impress Devils' new GM
Winger talks about changing numbers, Scott Gomez departure and re-signing NEWARK -- Jordin Tootoo was back home, hunting and fishing in Nunavit, the largest, northernmost and least populous territory in Canada. Located above the Northwest Territories, it is still snowy...
5 positive vibes from Devils training camp
How good can Pavel Zacha be? As the Devils got ready to play their first preseason game under rookie coach John Hynes, there was an optimistic feeling in training camp. Here are five positive vibes from the early stages of camp: 1. A transparent GM Ray...
September 19, 2015
Kyle Palmieri is happy that so many view the Devils as losers this season
Could predictions of a losing season be motivation? NEWARK -- The Devils have noticed. Almost no one expects them to be much of a factor in the NHL this season as they rebuild under new general manager Ray Shero. But the players feel differently. Jiri Tlusty...
Coach John Hynes and rookie Pavel Zacha excited about Devils preseason debuts
Here are the 22 players going to Providence, R.I., Sunday NEWARK -- Keith Kinkaid and Scott Wedgewood will split the goaltending and first-round draft choice Pavel Zacha will be in the lineup when the Devils face the Boston Bruins in their first...
Devils' Adam Henrique pleased with surgically-repaired wrist and bobblehead
Forward talks about his life-size bobblehead NEWARK -- It is pure speculation, but it is fair to think that Adam Henrique might have scored 25 or 30 goals had he not played half of last season with two torn ligaments and a bone chip in his left wrist. "I...
Devils scrimmage with fans in attendance; Jim O'Brien scores 2 goals
Mike Sislo starts the scoring NEWARK -- The Devils held a scrimmage Saturday morning at Prudential Center with fans in attendance. They played two 15-minute periods and a 3-on-3 five-minute overtime. Mike Sislo gave the red team the lead at 1:51 of the first...
Can Tyler Kennedy be this year's Scott Gomez for Devils?
Veteran forward, who's won a Cup, in camp on PTO NEWARK -- If Tyler Kennedy has an edge in his pursuit of a spot on the Devils' roster, it is his connection to the Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Kennedy, 29, scored some big goals to help...
September 18, 2015
Jiri Tlusty: Don't write me or the Devils off this season
Free agent pickup wants to score more than last year's 14 goals NEWARK -- Jiri Tlusty has heard the predictions for the Devils this season: Not many victories in a rebuilding season under a new coaching staff and general manager. The 27-year-old forward...
How many preseason games will Devils goalie Cory Schneider play?
Devils' No. 1 would like three full exhibition appearances NEWARK -- With the Devils 7-game preseason schedule opening Sunday night in Providence, R.I., against the Boston Bruins, followed immediately by Monday night's game against the Rangers at...
Devils players rate rookie coach John Hynes on his first practice
Training camp opens with full squad and some intensity   NEWARK -- What was John Hynes like in his first day of training camp with a full Devils squad? As advertised. He was intense, an interesting contrast to his friendly off-ice personality. "He's...
Are Devils worried about possibility of knee surgery for Patrik Elias?
GM Ray Shero updates Reid Boucher's concussion situation NEWARK -- General manager Ray Shero said he doesn't think Patrik Elias will require anything other than rest to overcome a sore right knee that has sidelined him at the start of Devils training...
Devils' Patrik Elias battling right knee 'issue'
Veteran won't skate as team monitors situation NEWARK -- Devils forward Patrik Elias, battling a right knee issue for the past few days, will be kept off the ice while the team monitors the situation. Elias, 39, watched the team's scrimmage from the...
Can Paul Thompson score in the NHL for Devils after his AHL success?
Winger scored 33 goals for Albany last season NEWARK -- There were times last season, when the Devils struggled to score goals, that it certainly would have been tempting to bring right winger Paul Thompson up from the club's minor league affiliate in Albany...
Twitter accounts every sports fan should follow
Looking for entertainment on social media? Here's our Twitter must-follows. If you're a sports fan and use Twitter, you're probably following your favorite teams and favorite players. But are you following the most interesting people linked to your team? Curt...
September 17, 2015
Devils' Reid Boucher could be back soon from concussion
Coach John Hynes says jobs are up for grabs in training camp NEWARK -- Devils forward Reid Boucher, who suffered a concussion during the Buffalo Sabres Prospects Challenge game Saturday night, could be back on the ice within days. Boucher, who was at...
Letourneau-Leblond hoping to resume his interrupted Devils career
Winger was traded by Lou Lamoriello after taking a bad penalty NEWARK -- It's been just over four years since the Devils traded Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to the Calgary Flames. His first go-round with the Devils did not end well. Letourneau-Leblond was...
Devils' Patrik Elias: I'd accept the captaincy
Veteran hopes this isn't his last season NEWARK -- Seven months shy of his 40th birthday and perhaps beginning his final season with the Devils, Patrik Elias probably isn't the leading candidate to be named the team's new captain. Elias, of course, wore...
Devils' full training camp roster with numbers
David Schlemko gets No. 8; Jiri Tlusty No. 9 NEWARK -- The Devils released their full training camp roster. Veterans reported Thursday for physicals. Ryane Clowe, whose playing career is over because of a series of concussions, was at Prudential Center with...
September 16, 2015
Devils sign veteran winger Lee Stempniak to PTO
He'll attend training camp at age 32 NEWARK -- Their goal may be to get younger and faster, but the Devils Wednesday invited 32-year-old right winger Lee Stempniak to training camp on a PTO. Stempniak, who has played 708 career NHL games for the St.Louis...
Devils sign Jiri Tlusty; Tyler Kennedy on training camp tryout
Veteran forwards with almost 900 NHL games of experience NEWARK -- As general manager Ray Shero suggested earlier this week, the Devils Wednesday brought in two veteran forwards, although only one will be as a training camp tryout. Left winger Jiri Tlusty...
Where does David Schlemko fit in on Devils' defense?
Will he take a job from a young D-man? NEWARK -- Exactly what David Schlemko will add to the Devils' defense, if anything, will be determined over the next few weeks in training camp and preseason games. The question which can be asked is why, if the Devils...
Devils CEO Scott O'Neil: A year of change for organization after Lou Lamoriello
Team holds alumni association charity golf event NESHANIC STATION -- Before teeing off in the annual Alumni Association Charity Golf Classic held Wednesday at Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, Devils CEO Scott O'Neil summed up the state of the...
September 15, 2015
Devils' TV schedule on MSG; open practice planned
Steve Cangialosi, Ken Daneyko, John MacLean, Deb Placey back NEWARK -- MSG Networks announced that they will telecast 81 of the 82 Devils regular season games, plus three of the team's preseason games during the 2015-16 NHL season. A complete schedule is...
Reid Boucher's possible breakout season for Devils already derailed by concussion
Left wing injured last Saturday in Buffalo. Devils left wing Reid Boucher has to be really bummed. He's been thinking this could be his year he'd start showing people that he could score in the NHL and already he's sidelined indefinitely. ALSO: How much of Fred...
How much of Fred Shero is there in Devils GM Ray Shero?
What did he learn from 'The Fog?' NEWARK -- Unlike his head coach, John Hynes, Devils general manager Ray Shero is not an NHL rookie. He guided the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final twice, winning in 2009, and has a lengthy NHL resume and...

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