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GAME STORY: Devils 4 at Sabres 3 (OT)

Pavel Zacha had three points, including the overtime winner to lift the Devils to a 4-3 win over the Sabres

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

BUFFALO, NY - Pavel Zacha had three points, including the overtime winner, while Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt each scored their first of the season to lead the Devils to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Video: POST-GAME REPORT | Pavel's Points

Miles Wood scored the other Devils goal, with his team-leading sixth of the season.  

 

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PRE-GAME STORY: Devils at Sabres 2.25.21

Devils look to get back on the winning track in the second half of a home-and-home set with the Sabres

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils complete a home-and-home series with the Sabres tonight in Buffalo. 

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

Video: DEVILS MINUTE | Four Is Just A Number

Read the game preview below plus videos, our Pre-Game Story and more. 

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PRE-GAME STORY: Devils vs Sabres 2.23.21

The Devils look to halt their current two-game slump against the team that started it with the Sabres back in town for a rematch of Saturday's game

by Marc Ciampa and Chris Wescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils have lost two straight games and their current slump started against the very team they'll host on Tuesday night. The Sabres came into Jersey and spoiled Nico Hischier's season debut and his first game wearing the captain's "C" by a score of 3-2.

Video: DEVILS MINUTE | Full House

This game will take place at 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on MSG+ and MSG Go, as well as heard on the Devils Hockey Network.

Get all the info you need ahead of the game below.

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BLOG: Sunday's Devils Game Moved to 2 PM ET

With the NHL moving Sunday's Flyers-Bruins game in Lake Tahoe to the evening, Devils game is moved up to the afternoon

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

Due to Sunday's game between the Flyers and Bruins at Lake Tahoe being moved to 7 PM ET the Devils game in Washington, originally also scheduled for 7 PM, needed to be moved up to the afternoon. 

It will now be at 2:00 PM ET and can be seen nationwide on NBC. 

The NHL noted that, "The decision was made to change the start time of Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday between the Bruins and Flyers in the interest of Player safety due to Sunday's forecast of sunlight with no cloud cover and unseasonably warm temperatures."

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PREVIEW: Devils vs Sabres 2.20.21

The Devils look to stay hot as they host the Buffalo Sabres in a Saturday afternoon tilt at Prudential Center

by Chris Wescott and Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils continue their schedule coming off back-to-back wins in their return to game action. You can watch the game on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network. 

Video: PRE-GAME RAW | Lindy Ruff 02.20.21

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

Video: PRACTICE REPORT | Zajac on the Cusp of 1000

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FEATURE: Zajac Ready to Return

Travis Zajac had his 1000th game in his sights over a year ago and that moment may finally arrive this weekend

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

A clichéd way to talk about a player's 1000th game would be that it's been a long ride. For Zajac, he could say that not only about his illustrious career which has seen him play 998 contests including his NHL debut on October 6, 2006 at Carolina, but also about the final nine-game journey going back to March 10 of last year. 

"It's been a little bit of a waiting game, but it's going to make it all the more sweeter. It's been out of my control things that have happened this year, but really looking forward to it. And really looking forward to doing it in this team with this team and this organization."

Only 65 players in NHL history have played 1000 games with one team and Zajac will likely join that list on Sunday in Washington. 

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BLOG: Zajac on Optimism Around the Team's Performance

Observing the team from afar since January 28, Travis Zajac likes a lot of what he sees from this youthful Devils squad

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

Travis Zajac hasn't played a game for the Devils since entering the COVID-19 Protocol list on January 28. He's only missed four games but the team won three of those and he's liked what he's seen watching from the sidelines. 

"You see your team, that's hungry, that's fast, that's skilled. That's playing for each other. And I think that the biggest thing is there's a lot of unselfishness on this team," Zajac began. 

"There's a lot of guys buying into a system and a role and you need that to be able to win. So just from being around these guys there's a lot of fun, but at the same time there's a buy-in to what's the coaches are trying to teach and how we want to play. And you know as long as that continues, you're going to see us, you know, continue to gain confidence and, and become a better team."

Looking up and down the Devils roster, most players are in the range of 25 years of age and younger. That plus high-end talent shows how much potential the club has, Zajac noted. 

"You just look at the talent we have and the speed, scale and age group these guys are at, they're all young players and they're just gonna continue to get better and develop, and there's going to be ups and downs along the way."

What's also contributed is an overall positive attitude that Zajac sees in the camraderie on the team day in and day out. 

"There's a lot of energy in the room, in the room and. You can see it. The young guys come to the rink with a smile on the face, they're ready to work. They're joking around. They don't take too much too soon. They're not taking stuff too serious."

Zajac added that the coaching staff has helped to cultivate the positive environment. 

"So the coaching staff has done a great job too, of, of you know, letting them play, let them make mistakes you know, holding guys accountable when they need to, but it's, it's about giving them confidence. And now you're seeing what some of these guys are capable of."

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BLOG: Blackwood's Workload

Mackenzie Blackwood picked up right where he left off with two big wins this week but the road ahead is busy

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood played on January 19 and then went into COVID-19 Protocol. Just as he was about to get out of protocol, 18 of his teammates joined him on the list so he went nearly a month between starts from his January 19 50-save win over the Rangers and this past Tuesday's 39-save performance. 

Currently ranking sixth in goals-against average in the NHL at 1.94 and second in save percentage at .945, Blackwood's 27 saves on Thursday night in Boston was his fewest number of saves in a game this season. In his five games, he's averaged nearly 38 shots against and 36 saves, which begs the question about his workload. 

"You don't really know how a player feels when you go through that," Devils head coach Lindy Ruff said on Blackwood being on COVID-19 Protocol. "He's the only person who really knows how he feels but he has youth on his side, good energy right now."

Ruff added that the team play in front of him was a lot better in Boston which, if it continues, will help Blackwood knowing the Devils have four games in seven days pretty much the rest of the season with Blackwood likely playing three of those. 

"Not a lot of scramble opportunities, second opportunities. We knew he was going to face some good chances because Boston's got a good team. But we did a good job managing the puck in front of him."

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PRE-GAME STORY: Devils at Bruins 2.18.21

Devils visit Boston for the first time this season, looking to cool down the red-hot Bruins

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils continue their schedule on the heels of a victorious return to action on Tuesday against the Rangers as they travel to Boston tonight. 

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

Video: DEVILS MINUTE | Is Tonight Sami's Debut?

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

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BLOG: NHL Announces Six More Schedule Changes for Devils

All games on the Devils schedule have now been given make-up dates

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The NHL announced today a number of schedule changes with 29 games rescheduled and seven others awaiting a reschedule date. 

Of the 29 games rescheduled, six involve the New Jersey Devils, meaning that all Devils games now have a scheduled date and time. 

The following games have been re-scheduled:

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