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All Episodes: Rookie Diaries feat. Pavel Zacha

The Devils chronicle 2015 first round draft choice Pavel Zacha's rookie season in the NHL

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

Rookie Diaries Ep. 6: Pavel Zacha

Rookie Diaries Episode 6: Pavel Zacha

Devils forward Pavel Zacha reflects on his first NHL season in the final episode of Rookie Diaries.

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Watch the complete six-episode series of Rookie Diaries: Pavel Zacha! 

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Devils fall in season finale to Red Wings

John Moore scores lone Devils goal in 4-1 loss: Three things we learned

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

4/9 Postgame: DET downs NJD

4/9 Postgame: Devils fall to Wings in finale

Hear from the Devils following the club's 4-1 defeat in their season finale vs. the Detroit Red Wings

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The Devils lost their final game of the 2016-17 season, 4-1, to Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. John Moore had the lone goal. Here's what we learned: 

1) The past few games, Taylor Hall has been getting some minutes on the penalty kill, which isn't typically part of his game. Head coach John Hynes said it's been an opportunity to see if it's a potential area of growth for him. He played 1:20 on the PK on Sunday.

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An Emotional Night Looms for Patrik Elias' Farewell

Elias will skate #PattysLastLap prior to Devils vs. Isles

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

When nineteen-year-old Patrik Elias came to New Jersey from his native Czech Republic in the summer of 1995 he had one goal - to make the Albany Devils. 
 
"I just wanted to make the farm team. That was it. I had no big ideas about a long NHL career. I just wanted to make the farm team," said Elias, who was selected by the Devils in the second round of the 1994 NHL Draft. "I remember that my agent called me and said that Lou wanted to send me to juniors and I said 'Nope, I'm not going there.' I told my agent that if he wants to send me to juniors, I'm going back to Europe because I don't feel like that's going to help me develop."
 
Having spent the previous two seasons playing for HC Kladno of the Czech Elite League, he wanted to continue to play against men and challenge himself to grow as a hockey player. However, the management wasn't sure he was quite ready for that challenge and there were moments when Elias wasn't sure either.

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PIT wins special teams battle, defeats NJD

Pens top Devils 7-4: Three Things We Learned

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

4/6 Postgame: PIT tops NJD 7-4

4/6 Postgame: Pens top Devils 7-4

Hear from the Devils following the club's 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center

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The Devils lost, 7-4 on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center despite goals by Stefan Noesen, John Moore, Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri. Here's what we learned: 

1) Although Cory Schneider allowed seven goals on 28 shots, the Devils skaters explained after the game that most of those goals were on them. Stefan Noesen elaborated, "They were all our fault. Cory's numbers don't look very good tonight, but I thought he played very well." Palmieri also shared the same sentiment: "We allowed them to have so many chances off the rush with backdoor tap-ins. He didn't even have a chance to make the first save. We hung him out to dry."

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Henrique scores 20th goal as Devils fall to Islanders

Devils topped by Isles: Three Things We Learned

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

The Devils lost 2-1 to the New York Islanders, and here's what we learned. 

1) Keith Kinkaid made 36 saves on the night and has a career high of 21 starts in one season. We should expect to keep seeing him this season as Coach Hynes plans on rotating the goalies throughout the last five games of the season. 
 
Kinkaid is 7-12-3 on the season with a 2.70 GAA and .912 save percentage. 

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Rapid Reactions of Elias' Retirement

Fans, players and media react on Twitter to Patrik Elias' retirement

by Brian Born @BrianBorn / newjerseydevils.com

Patrik Elias announced his retirement from the NHL this morning after an illustrious 21-year career which is highlighted by two Stanley Cup Final with the Devils. Check out the reactions from players, fans and media following the breaking news. 

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Shero-Fitzgerald Past Creates Bright Future for NJD

Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald is the man behind Devils youth movement

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

In May of 2015, when the newly named general manager of the New Jersey Devils, Ray Shero, received permission from Jim Rutherford, the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, to speak with their assistant general manager, Tom Fitzgerald, Shero thought the interview that would follow was a mere formality. 
 
"I thought this was going to be a slam dunk," Shero said. "He was the captain when I was [assistant general manager] in Nashville. I gave him his first job in management in Pittsburgh and brought him up through the ranks. Why wouldn't he want to work with me? But when he came to meet with me, I realized real quick it wasn't a slam dunk at all."
 
As a player, Fitzgerald was known, above all else, as a competitor. He prided himself on being one of the toughest players to go up against night in and night out and strived to improve every season. After being drafted 17th overall in 1986, it's that work ethic and mentality that enabled him to play 17 seasons in the NHL for seven different teams, including two who selected them in their respective expansion drafts - Florida and Nashville - while averaging just 20 points a season. 
 
When he transitioned into management in 2007 as the Director of Player Development for the Penguins, his work ethic and competitive spirit didn't disappear. Not only did he still want to do everything he could to help his team win, but he also wanted to grow and be challenged in his new role. Just as he worked hard to grow and be challenged as a player to reach the highest level, his new goal was to reach the highest level in management. 
 
When Shero reached out to Fitzgerald about coming to New Jersey, it wasn't just about having the opportunity to work with a man he respected and had an outstanding previous relationship with. It was also about how this position could grow him as a member of management and prepare him for the opportunity to become an NHL GM someday.
 
"Looking back on it, I shouldn't have expected anything less," said Shero of the intense three hour meeting he had with Fitzgerald, where he had to sell him on the organization, the ownership and his expanded responsibilities as assistant general manager of the Devils. "He's a competitive guy who is extremely thorough in his research. The due diligence he took while making sure this was the right career move and opportunity for him is exactly the due diligence I saw from every management decision he made in Pittsburgh and why I wanted him on my team." 

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Devils edged by Jets in a shootout

Devils fall 4-3 in a SO to Winnipeg: Three things we learned

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

The Devils picked up a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to Winnipeg despite goals by Beau Bennett, Taylor Hall and Stefan Noesen. Here's what we learned: 

1) Cory Schneider made 33 saves on Tuesday night. After the game, Hall explained that the club didn't do a good enough job maintaining possession and relied too heavily on Schneider to bail them out.

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3/26 Recap: Devils fall to Stars in OT

Blake Colman scored the lone goal for the Devils, his first in the NHL

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

Postgame: Stars down Devils in OT

3/26 Postgame: Stars top Devils in OT

Hear from the Devils following the club's 2-1 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center

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The Devils lost, 2-1, in overtime to the Dallas Stars on two late power play goals on Sunday at Prudential Center. Blake Colman scored the lone goal for the Devils, his first in the NHL. Here's what we learned: 
 
1) Penalties played a major a factor tonight. Dallas had four power plays opportunities, accumulated eight shots and lit the lamp twice. The Devil went sixty-plus minutes without a man-advantage opportunity.

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3/23 Postgame: Leafs Top Devils 4-2

Devil Fall to Leafs in Toronto: Three Things We Learned

by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / newjerseydevils.com

Postgame: Leafs top Devils 4-2

3/23 Postgame: Leafs top Devils 4-2

Hear from the Devils following the clubs 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Devils lost, 4-2, tonight to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Center tonight despite goals by John Moore, including one on the power play. Here's what we learned: 

1) After the game, Moore said he was the beneficiary of some lucky bounces tonight, but he also put himself in position to take advantage of those bounces by taking seven shots - two of which missed the net, three were saved by the goalie and two found their way over the goal line. The defenseman also blocked two shots, forced a turnover, and dished out a hit in 21:03 minutes of TOI. 

2) The Devils put up a strong battle against the Leafs (who are battling for playoff positioning) in the opening forty minutes of play. At his postgame press conference, Coach John Hynes expressed satisfaction with the effort put forth from the Devils' youth, who showed off their consistency in back-to-back games. Hynes did however, send a message to the vets in the locker room, pushing for a complete sixty-minute effort. Expect the Devils veterans to ratchet up their compete-level as they enter this weekend's contests.

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