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PREVIEW: Devils vs. Islanders 3.1.21

Devils play their first Reverse Retro game of the season as their five-game homestand continues against the Islanders

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils look to get back on track tonight when they face the New York Islanders tonight at Prudential Center. 

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

Read the game preview and check back following morning skate for our Pre-Game Story including lineup updates, videos and more. 

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GAME STORY: Capitals 3, Devils 2

Devils hold Capitals to only one shot in the third period as they pressed for the equalizer, coming up short

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils held the Washington Capitals to only one shot in the third period, but couldn't score one of their own to tie it up, losing 3-2 on Sunday afternoon. Yegor Sharangovich and Mikhail Maltsev scored for the Devils in a losing cause. 

Video: POST-GAME REPORT |Devils Fall Short to Caps Again

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PRE-GAME STORY: Devils vs. Capitals 2.28.21

Devils aim to bounce back from Saturday's loss to the Capitals as their five-game homestand continues

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

After falling 5-2 on Saturday, the Devils have another shot at the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon. 

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

Video: DEVILS MINUTE | A Better Start Needed

Read the game preview below and check back early afternoon for updates, videos and more. 

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GAME STORY: Capitals 5, Devils 2

Pavel Zacha scored to extend his streak to nine games and Devils battled back after a slow start but ultimately came up short on the afternoon

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils fell behind 3-0 in the first period but battled their way back into the game before ultimately falling 5-2 on Saturday afternoon to the Washington Capitals. 

Pavel Zacha scored for the Devils, extending his scoring streak to nine games, the second-longest active streak in the NHL. 

Video: POST-GAME REPORT | An Unacceptable Start

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PREVIEW: Devils vs. Capitals 2.27.21

On a day where the Devils will celebrate Travis Zajac's 1000th game, the Devils open a weekend back-to-back set at home against the Washington Capitals

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils kick off a set of back-to-back games against the Washington Capitals this afternoon. Prior to the game, the Devils will celebrate Travis Zajac's 1000th game, which he played this past Sunday against the Caps. 

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

Video: DEVILS MINUTE | Pregame Celebration

Read the game preview below and check back a few hours before the game for our Pre-Game Story, videos, updates and more. 

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BLOG: Devils Videos and Articles from Friday's Practice

The Devils practiced at Prudential Center ahead of Saturday's matinee against Washington

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils were on the ice at Prudential Center for practice ahead of Saturday's matinee against Washington. 

Just prior to practice, the club announced that they have assigned D Matt Tennyson from the taxi squad to Binghamton (AHL) and recalled D Josh Jacobs from Binghamton to the taxi squad. 

Ryan Murray and Janne Kuokkanen were both not on the ice, taking maintenance days. 

Check below for articles, videos, and more coverage. Check back soon!

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Video: DEVILS MINUTE | Pregame Celebration

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BLOG: How to Improve the Penalty Kill

A thorn in their side for most of the season, the Devils spent a good portion of time at practice today on the penalty kill

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

It was nearly a full team practice for the Devils on Friday at Prudential Center, with only Janne Kuokkanen and Ryan Murray out on maintenance days. With back-to-back games this weekend, it was an opportunity to work on the team's penalty kill. 

"We're doing a lot better stuff but still getting victimized by big mistakes on our penalty killing," said Devils head coach Lindy Ruff. "I thought our power play got us the goal we needed. We were stressing to try and get two in those four minutes.

"We spent five or 10 minutes today to get people familiar with assignments and being better in small areas."

The Devils power play ranks 31st and last in the NHL at 58.3%. They've allowed at least one power play goal in 11 of their 15 games this season and at least two power play goals in more than half: 8 of 15.

"We get down to the last 10, 15 seconds and make one read mistake that costs us not killing a penalty," Ruff continued. "You're going to see a situation where we look like a box and sitautions where we look like a diamond. You want to take away the strength of a team's power play and we've been trying different things to be more consistent."

Ruff talked about the differences between using a box or diamond formation and the importance to do both and adjust if needed. 

"The way power plays now have gone, if you have two really good flank shooters you can see a lot of where teams go into a diamond. You're seeing adjustments night after night."

He added that special teams strategy has an added wrinkle with the teams so familiar with one another in a schedule like this. 

"The unique part now is you're seeing the same team multiple teams and teams are making instant adjustments."

This weekend poses an additional challenge as the opponent both nights, the Washington Capitals, have had a deadly power play for years. This season is no exception, as they are clicking along at 32.9% and third in the NHL. 

"You have an incredible playmaker on the half wall and another good playmaker down below. Two left handers passing to three right handers that all have great shots," Ruff continued. "Carlson up top, Oshie in the hold and one of the best scorers in the game in Ovechkin. You try to take one of those away, and one of those other options they'll go to. That's the area we're learning. We have some killers who haven't killed a lot in the past."

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BLOG: Ruff on Zajac's Ceremony Saturday

Prior to Saturday afternoon's game against the Capitals, the Devils will honor Travis Zajac for his 1000th game in the NHL and with the organization

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

On Saturday, the Devils will honor forward Travis Zajac, who played his 1000th game with the organization this past Sunday in Washington. 

"For me, it's incredible," Devils head coach Lindy Ruff said of the accomplishment of reaching 1000 games. "When you look at a young player and step into the League, you feel like you should play forever but it doesn't happen."

Zajac became only the 66th player in NHL history to play 1000 games with one team. He joins three other Devils with that honor: Martin Brodeur, Ken Daneyko and Patrik Elias. 

"Tells you what type of player he is and how much respect he has for being a Devil (and how much the org has for him)," said Ruff. "The fitness, the conditioning. It's a lot of games."

Ruff added that having a player on the team like Zajac is so valuable. In particular, a team as young as the Devils. 

"They're around a guy that exemplifies exactly how you want to be a as a player. How you practice, how you want to play the game."

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BLOG: Jack on Getting Fans Back

With fans returning to Prudential Center on Tuesday, Jack Hughes was asked about being reunited with the Devils faithful

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

Earlier this week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that indoor venues can allow fans up to 10% of capacity. That means that a limited number of Devils fans will be allowed to attend games starting this Tuesday, March 2 when the Devils play the Islanders. 

Devils forward Jack Hughes was asked about the return of fans. 

"It's going to be really exciting. It's the start of hopefully one of these days having a full arena and getting back to normal," he said after practice today. 

Hughes was also asked whether he notices the fans. He said he stays pretty focused while play is going on but otherwise, yes. 

"When you're at home, there's momentum shifts and the crowd goes crazy over a hit or a shift and you can notice in that aspect. You'll also notice in TV timeouts."

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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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