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Few teams have been a more consistent presence in the playoffs than the New Jersey Devils.
Seven straight losses in the final month of the season has put that in serious jeopardy.
The goal-starved Devils look to avoid going winless in eight consecutive games for the first time in 21 years Wednesday night when they host the Boston Bruins.
New Jersey has participated in 15 of the last 16 postseasons, missing out only in 2010-11. That run appeared on its way to continuing with the Devils sitting in seventh place in the Eastern Conference - four points clear of the ninth-place team - on March 24, the day before their losing streak started.
That run of futility has dropped New Jersey (15-14-10) into ninth in the East, two points behind the New York Rangers and Islanders in the race for the final two playoffs spots.
Sunday's 3-2 shootout defeat at Buffalo left the Devils with an 0-3-4 mark during the skid, putting them in danger of going eight straight without a win for the first...
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Offensive catalyst Ilya Kovalchuk skated with the Devils for the first time since injuring his right shoulder more than two weeks ago and hopes to return soon to the struggling New Jersey lineup.
Kovalchuk would not set a timetable for his return, but coach Peter DeBoer said the Russian star probably will play before he is fully recovered.
The Devils are winless in seven games...
Volchenkov received 5 for elbowing, a 10 and game misconduct.
There’s no other way to describe what Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov did to Brad Marchand on Wednesday night than to say it was downright dirty.
Volchenkov dropped Marchand with a high elbow to the head 15:11 into the second period of the Devils-Bruins game in New Jersey on Wednesday night. The hit left Marchand a little woozy, and the Bruins forward eventually fell to the...
As we’ve mentioned before, the L.A. Kings have one of the best social media teams in all of sports. Despite constant scrutiny, the Kings’ twitter feed continues to take jabs and troll other teams and their fans. Tonight, the New Jersey Devils were the latest victims after the Kings tweeted them the following message with this link attached. The Devils are typically more conservative...
This is a dirty, bush-league hit and it’s a violation of the NHL’s rule 48. The Head is targeted; it’s pretty cut and dried. I am going to be very surprised and disappointed if Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov isn’t given a 3-4 game suspension for this dirty and unnecessary hit on Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand.
Seriously, there is no defending this hit. I don’t...
It's not often you see a team skate a mediocre game and win by a four goal margin. The Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricans 6-2 in a game thats easy to write off, Carolina is awful without Ward. Now the Bruins face a team that are an actual threat to them. A team similiar to themselves. The Devils.
The last time the two teams faced off only one goal was scored and it was by newly...
Brendan Shanahan explains why no supplemental discipline was handed out on these types of hits.
Photo courtesy of the Devils’ official website
By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
The New Jersey Devils are both two points away from joining 16 teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and two points away from falling into 11th and increasing their odds of joining the other 14 teams for the first-overall draft pick in June. So with the clock ticking on their fate, it may not be too early to...