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FEATURE: All-Star Weekend Provides Platform for Best of the Best

Women's hockey continues to grow and the NHL put some of the best players in the world on display at the 2020 All-Star Weekend in St. Louis

by Catherine Bogart CatherineBogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

ST. LOUIS, MO - Any time the U.S. and Canadian Women's National Teams play, the intense rivalry shows why it's one of the best competitions in hockey. Typically, these teams face each other at the Olympics or World Championships. However, for the first time ever, the NHL featured women's hockey in their annual All-Star Weekend festivities.

Video: ALL-STAR RAW | USWNT Alex Rigsby Cavallini

The Elite Women's 3-on-3 game took place Friday night and showcased the speed and excitement of the women's game.

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GAME STORY: Devils 5, Capitals 1

Led by Hischier's two goals, Devils down the league's top team on the road

by Catherine Bogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

WASHINGTON D.C. - Nico Hischier continued his impressive play, scoring two goals in the Devils win over the Washington Capitals. Hischier had the first and final goals of the night while wearing the 'A.'

"I feel good out there. Just feels right now that pucks are going," said Hischier. "I just try to bring the team every game something to help them win. When I can score a goal, great. If not I try to do the little things."

New Jersey's penalty kill was strong throughout the night. Not only did the penalty kill keep Washington from scoring during a 5-on-3 advantage, but Blake Coleman scored a shorthanded goal as well.

"[To] not only kill a penalty, but score on the PK, it's huge," said Louie Domingue. "It was one of the biggest keys tonight."

"We know that they have a big time power play and a lot of weapons. To minimize the damage they did was big," said Coleman. "Big kill and solid goaltending, Louis was outstanding."


Video: POST GAME |A full team effort leads to a Devils win

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BIG READ: Pride

In the latest issue of the Devils Big Read, we tell you the stories from our pride panelists and more

by Catherine Bogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

On January 4, 2020, the Devils hosted their annual Pride Night at Prudential Center.

Ahead of the game, the organization held an informative panel, featuring members of the LGBTQ community, moderated by Olympic Gold Medalist Meghan Duggan. We collected their stories, as well as the story of Eli who we profiled ahead of the evening, and compiled them for this edition of Devils Big Read.

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PREVIEW: Devils at Capitals

Devils head to D.C. for a game against a tough division rival, the League-leading Capitals

by Catherine Bogart and Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils square off against the Washington Capitals tonight in D.C. 

You can watch the game on MSG+ 2 or listen on the Devils Hockey Network. 

Video: 3-ON-3 | Injuries and Opportunities

Read the game preview below and check back for lineup updates, videos, our Pre-Game Report and more. 

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GAME STORY: Rangers 6, Devils 3

Devils came back twice but a strong offensive effort by the Rangers blueline was too much for the Devils to overcome

by Catherine Bogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEW YORK, NY - Although the Devils were able to come back and tie the game twice, a strong offensive effort from New York's blueline pushed the Rangers to a 6-3 win. Defenseman Tony DeAngelo had five points (3-2) in the game including back-to-back goals in the second period.

"We're certainly generating a lot more offense than we were," said Blake Coleman post-game. "They had some pretty solid goaltending. Three in this league should be enough to at least be in the game, but also win a lot of games as well."

"Offensively, we had a lot of shots, had opportunities to score, but we just, defensively, it has to get better. As simple as that," said Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine.

"[There were] a couple good individual efforts there. [Coleman] was crashing the net, had some big hits there and was trying to swing the momentum," said Kyle Palmieri following the loss.

Video: POST GAME |Devils at Rangers

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Devils at Rangers

Devils make their first visit of the season to Madison Square Garden

by Catherine Bogart and Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils face off against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden tonight.

You can watch the game on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network. 

Video: Devils:60 | Devils Visit Rangers

Read the game preview below plus our Pre-Game Report, lineup updates, videos and more. 

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BLOG: Devils Prepare for Islanders

Updates, news, notes and video links from Devils practice on Monday

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils practiced at the RWJBaranabas Hockey House Monday ahead of their Tuesday night game against the Islanders.

Jesper Bratt and Jack Hughes did not join the team on the ice today. Hughes has not played since the Devils December 31 win over the Bruins, and Bratt took a shot to the foot in the team's January 2nd game against the Islanders.

Devan McConnell, the Devils Director of Performance Science & Reconditioning Coach, joined the team at practice today. He faced some shots at the start of practice and took over for Mackenzie Blackwood after about 25 minutes. The goaltender is not feeling well which led to a minimal practice.

The team saw some changes in today's lines at practice due to injuries.

Tweet from @amandacstein: #NJDevils are lining up like this at practice today ... but everyone stay calm for now, the team is missing two forwards on the ice (Hughes and Bratt) pic.twitter.com/PnncKeCNHo

Today's practice lines:

Simmonds - Hischier - Palmieri

Coleman - Zajac - Gusec

Boqvist - Zacha - Wood

Rooney - Street - Hayden

Greene - Subban

Severson - Vatanen

Butcher - Mueller

Carrick

Today is defenseman Will Butcher's birthday.

Tuesday night's game against the Islanders is Retro Night. You can still buy tickets here.

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BLOG: Team Battling Injuries and Illness

Bratt and Hughes day-to-day ahead of game against Islanders

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils have seen some injuries and illness around the team as of late, which impacted the lines in Monday's practice. Jack Hughes and Jesper Bratt did not join the team on the ice for practice. Hughes was injured during the New Year's Eve game against the Bruins (Dec 31), while Bratt took a puck to the foot in the game against the Islanders (Jan 2).

Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine gave updates about both players following Monday's practice.

"With Jack, still day-to-day, but it is maybe taking a little longer than expected," said Nasreddine. "It's nothing real major, but he needs a little bit more time. With [Bratt], he tried it this morning before everybody, so we'll have a better update tomorrow morning."

When asked about whether both players would be available tomorrow, Nasreddine did say there was a concern they wouldn't be ready, but there is still time before decisions need to be made.

"There's that concern, but it's still a little early for tomorrow's game, especially in [Bratt's] situation."

Mackenzie Blackwood only participated in 25 minutes of practice on Monday. The goaltender has been under the weather but wanted to get on the ice after yesterday's off day.

"He came in early this morning and had a little bit of an illness so he wasn't 100%. He went out to at least feel the ice after a day off, but tomorrow morning we'll have a better idea about that," said Nasreddine.

 

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BLOG: Time to Regroup Following Recent Success

Team is keeping a short-term memory and focusing in on being consistent

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils found success in December and the start of January, but faced a setback in their 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on January 4th. The team went into practice on Monday focusing on playing a full and complete game, something they didn't do in the game against Colorado.

"Last game I think we had one period we weren't playing well, but even there I think 40 minutes we were playing our game," said Nico Hischier to media after practice. "Now we will readdress the things we want to do better from that game. But right now we have to forget about that game, and focus on us and the Islanders."

Interim Head Coach Alain Nasreddine was happy with the team's effort in practice Monday and how they are resetting.

"We have to stay humble, we had some success. If you start cutting corners and taking shortcuts, it's going to come right back," said Nasreddine. "You can easily lose your game as much as you can find it."

This is the second time in a week these teams are playing each other, and Hischier said the team is looking to stay even-keeled heading into Tuesday night.

"For now, we always say not getting too high, not getting too low. We just need to bring that tomorrow - 60 minutes - not just 40."

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PREVIEW: Devils vs Avalanche

Devils aim for four wins in a row as the Colorado Avalanche pay a visit to Prudential Center

by Catherine Bogart and Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils won their third straight on Thursday night on Long Island against the Islanders and now aim for four in a row against a tough Colorado Avalanche team. 

You can watch the game on MSG or listen on the Devils Hockey Network. 

Video: Devils:60 | Devils Welcome Avalanche on Pride Night

Read the game preview below and check back for lineup updates, videos, our Pre-Game Report and more. 

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