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Penalty kill woes sink Devils vs. Habs

by Julie Robenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

The Devils three-game winning streak ended Friday night after losing, 3-1, to the Montreal Canadiens despite a goal by Steven Santini. Here's what we learned: 

1) The Devils struggled on the penalty kill tonight as all three Canadiens goals came on the power play, two during a five minute major against Karl Stollery for boarding. 

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Devils Tailgate: Episode 45 - Devils at Flyers

Podcast

by Devils Tailgate Podcast / newjerseydevils.com

In this episode of Devils Tailgate, Dave Turner and Jeff O'Connor look at some of the questionable calls in last night's loss against Montreal. They quickly turn the page and preview tonight's road contest against a desperate team in the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Pregame Notes: 1/21 Devils at Flyers

New Jersey Devils (19-19-9) at Philadelphia Flyers (22-18-6) 7:00PM ET • Wells Fargo Center • MSG+2 • TOJN

by New Jersey Devils / newjerseydevils.com

DEVILS VS. FLYERS

Tonight is the second of five games between the Devils and Flyers in 2016-17. New Jersey shut out Philadelphia, 4-0, on Dec. 22 at Prudential Center. Cory Schneider stopped 16 shots for his 13th shutout as a Devil. Four different Devils scored in the contest. Adam Henrique and P.A. Parenteau led the squad with one goal and one assist each. The teams will square-off again Mar. 16 at in New Jersey.

Tonight closes out the Devils' 11th of 18 back-to-back sets. New Jersey is 3-5-3 in first games and is 5-2-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The club is 5-4-2 vs. the Metropolitan Division division and is 10-12-5 against Eastern Conference opponents.

The Devils are 6-1-1 at Wells Fargo Center and are 12-3-3 overall against Philadelphia since the 2012-13 season. 

Taylor Hall has 10 points (5g-5a) in seven career games vs. Phi. Travis Zajac's has more points (32) vs. the Flyers than any other opponent.

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Kinkaid Starts vs. Habs at The Rock

1/20 Devils vs. Canadiens: Three Things to Know

by Julie Robenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

The Devils host the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Prudential Center as they look to extend their winning streak to four. Here's what you need to know:

1) Al Montoya will get the start for the Habs and Cory Schneider was scheduled to get the start tonight, but missed morning skate due to illness and is a game time decision. Keith Kinkaid will obviously start if Cory is unavailable. We don't know how serious Cory's illness is and if he'd be able to back up or if an emergency recall from Albany would be necessary.

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Devils Tailgate: Episode 44 - Devils vs. Canadiens

Podcast

by Devils Tailgate Podcast / newjerseydevils.com

In this episode of Devils Tailgate, forwards Beau Bennett and Blake Coleman join the program to talk about the team's successful 4-game road trip. After that, Dave Turner and Jeff O'Connor break down tonight's home matchup with the Canadiens.

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Going streaking: Devils on four-game point streak

Relive the biggest moments during the Devils 3-0-1 Western Conference road trip

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

3-0-1 Road Trip Recap

Western Conference Road Trip Recap

Take a look back at how the New Jersey Devils earned a 3-0-1 record during their recent Western Conference road trip

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The New Jersey Devils return to Prudential Center tonight riding a hot-streak, winning their last three consecutive games and earning at least a point in seven of the previous nine games played. The Devils have been a resilient group who have endured their fair-share of adversity since the start of the new year, due to Andy Greene and John Moore's injuries. Despite a constant shuffle at the blue-line, it seems the club has found consistency and elevated play from Steven Santini, Jon Merrill and Karl Stollery, who have filled voids of missing veteran defensemen. Twenty-two year-old Damon Severson (3g-19a) is playing some of the best of hockey of his NHL career and is tied for the Devils team-lead in assists (Zajac also has nineteen).

Since embarking on a four-game Western Conference road trip, the Devils have found much-needed offense from all four lines. Taylor Hall leads the team in points (11g-18a-29pts), racking up 2g-2a in his last four games. Kyle Palmieri has shown signs of heating up, scoring two goals over the last four. Let's look at some of the biggest moments during the Devils road trip that has translated to W's.

1. Hall OT winner vs. Calgary

Video: NJD@CGY: Hall unloads a laser from the circle for PPG
After a tough OT loss to Edmonton to kick-off the Devils road trip, New Jersey was in desperate need of two points in Calgary. Taylor Hall's provided the insurance goal needed en route to the Devils 2-1 victory over the Flames. 


2. Zajac's game-winning backcheck and assist to Hall in Vancouver

Video: NJD@VAN: Hall snaps OT winner past Markstrom
Taylor Hall gets credit for the game-winning goal vs. Vancouver, but Travis Zajac deserves special praise for the game-winning assist. Zajac has been viewed as the Devils best two-way forward and lived up to that standard with a beautiful back-check in OT that triggered an oddman rush, giving Hall the chance to win the game for New Jersey.

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Pregame Notes: 1/20 Devils vs. Canadiens

New Jersey Devils (19-18-9) vs. Montreal Canadiens (27-13-6) 7:30PM ET • Prudential Center • MSG+ • TOJN

by New Jersey Devils / newjerseydevils.com

DEVILS VS. CANADIENS

Tonight is the second of three meetings between the Devils and Canadiens in 2016-17. New Jersey fell, 5-2, against Montreal in their first match-up Dec. 8 at Bell Centre. Despite the loss Cory Schneider made a season-high 44 saves. Taylor Hall (1g-1a) and Adam Henrique (1g-1a) each had two point nights in the game. Henrique has six points (3g-3a) in his last four games against the Habs. The clubs will finish their season-series Feb. 27 at Prudential Center.

Tonight opens the club's 11th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 3-4-3 in first games and is 5-2-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 5-7-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 10-11-5 against Eastern Conference opponents.

New Jersey is 3-3-2 at Prudential Center and is 7-6-3 against Montreal overall since the 2011-12 season.

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One TV Guy's Memory of The 334 Club

MSG Network's Stan Fischler Remembers Jan. 22, 1987 and The 334 Club

by Stan Fischler @StanFischler / MSG Networks

The 334 Club

The New Jersey Devils 334 Club

On Jan. 22, 1987, the Devils and Flames played a hockey game in front of 334 fans who made the trek to Brendan Byrne Arena during a blizzard.

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I remember it like yesterday. 

Normally for a SportsChannel Devils telecast I'd be picked up by an intern and driven to the Meadowlands. In this case the intern was Dave Katz who, by the way, I still see and we reminisce about the event.

Katz was very dependable so I had no doubt that morning that he'd be coming. That is, until I heard the weather report and saw the blizzard-to-be begin. But since I had not heard from Katz, I presumed that he'd be coming at the usual 3 p.m. departure time from my apartment on 110th St. and Broadway in Manhattan.

Shortly after Noon, I could see that this would not be a temporary snowstorm and I began to wonder whether Dave would make it from his Brooklyn home. I will say this; he sure tried. But at 3 p.m. my phone rang and it was, as I feared, Katz.

"I can't make it," he said. "Roads here are virtually impassable." 

Plan B was the only one left: I told my wife, Shirley, who normally would drive to the game later in the day, that I was going to gamble on driving myself. She wished me luck and I walked down to my trusty little -- and it was little -- Honda Civic Wagon and proceeded to pray and drive. 

Right off the bat I knew there would be problems as I headed north on Broadway to 125th Street. But I made it to 125th, then left and over to the incline to the West Side Drive, heading north to the George Washington Bridge. Getting up the incline to the elevated highway was touch-and-go and traffic on the highway was even worse, but somehow I got to the GWB entrance and wisely took the lower roadway which, of course, was shielded.

Once back in Snowland -- alias New Jersey -- I wondered if the plows had managed to leave any Turnpike lanes clear and, sure enough, there was just enough room to slither in and around the marooned vehicles and continue onward. 

So far, so good with the Honda, but now it was getting darker and the snow was piling higher and the roadway was scarier with snow. The car managed to bob and weave its way until, alas, I actually was able to make it all the way to the service road that led to the arena parking lot and even got as far as a reasonable place to put the Honda near an entrance.

Once I made my way down to the SportsChannel studio, the next question was whether we had enough of a TV crew there and when I saw my director, Joe O'Rourke, I figured we might even get a show going after all. 

Up until about an hour before game time, we really didn't know whether the game would be held because so few fans had shown up. But once the green light was flashed from NHL headquarters, we did our TV thing. 

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Third Period Rally Sparks Wild Ending and NJD Victory

1/17 Devils defeat Wild 4-3: Three Things We Learned

by Julie Robenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

The Devils rallied in the third period to hand Minnesota their second regulation loss in the past 20 games as they beat them, 4-3, Tuesday night with goals by Pavel Zacha (PPG), Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri and Beau Bennett (GWG). Here's what we learned: 

1) Blake Coleman drew the attention of all five Wild skaters to his corner of the ice, allowing Bennett to come off the bench, sneak into the slot, accept the pass and score the game-winning goal late in regulation. Coleman had a pretty sweet celebration for his first NHL point and was the hard hat recipient. 

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Devils visit red-hot Wild tonight in Minnesota

1/17 Devils at Wild: Three Things To Know

by Julie Robenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

The Devils (18-18-9) are in St. Paul tonight to take on the Minnesota Wild (28-9-5). Here's what you need to know: 
 
1) No lineup changes tonight as head coach John Hynes wants to reward solid performances from the past two games. This lineup has not only won two in a row, but played with pace and structure and executed the game plan to their potential, and he hopes to see that continue tonight. While Andy Greene and Vern Fiddler are both skating with the team, they're not quite ready to go and with the team playing so well and two days off before they play Montreal on Friday, there's no need to rush their return. There is no new information to report on the status of John Moore. 

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