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Devils Drop Final Game of 2021-22 | GAME STORY

On Fan Appreciation Night, the Devils battled back three times but were defeated 5-3 by the Detroit Red Wings

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - Three times the Devils battled back to tie the Detroit Red Wings on the strength of goals by Dawson Mercer, Nolan Foote and Fabian Zetterlund but the difference was a late goal -- and empty netter -- as the hosts fell 5-3 on Friday night to conclude the regular season. 

Video: That's A Wrap | POST-GAME REPORT

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Hischier and Subban to Return Tonight vs. Wings | PRE-GAME STORY

New Jersey holds its season and home finale Friday night with the Red Wings in town

by Sam Kasan and Marc Ciampa @SamiKasan / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils finish the 2021-22 season with a home finale against the Detroit Red Wings Friday night. The club will be holding its annual fan appreciation night, featuring special warmup jerseys and partner activations.

Game time is 7:00 p.m. ET and you can watch on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network.

Check below for the pre-game story, roster updates, recent news, and more.

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Vesey Back on the Ice | INJURY REPORT

Jimmy Vesey returned to practice on Monday, looking to play in a game or two before the end of the season

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

Earlier this month, Jimmy Vesey was injured in a game against the Rangers. It looked serious as he had to be helped off the ice -- and was serious -- but Vesey is thankful that he'll have the opportunity to hit the ice before the season runs out on Friday. 

"It was a little scary. I thought something was seriously wrong but lucked out and it was just a bone bruise. I thought it was going to be worse so fortunate to be back and with the team. It feels good," said Vesey. 

"The pain right away was pretty significant. That's why I thought there was something seriously wrong. It's good to hear the news that it wasn't anything major. The time off has been more to let the swelling go down and get range of motion back. With the team going on the long road trip right after, it didn't make sense for me to go."

Video: Jimmy Vesey | INJURY UPDATE 4.25.22

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Blackwood Ready to Return | INJURY REPORT

Devils goaltender is expected to get into two of the team's remaining three games

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

Devils head coach Lindy Ruff said on Sunday that goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood would play in two of the final three games of the season if all goes well, starting tomorrow in Ottawa. 

"It's been a demanding year on him from the standpoint of what he's had to deal with. For him to be able to get back and play a couple of games with the group is important. For himself and for the team. It's great to see him get back between the pipes," said Ruff. 

"He's worked hard. It hasn't been a smooth road to get him there. Just to continue down that path, the number of games we have left, we could say it's not worth trying to battle to get these couple but he's ready to get back in."

Blackwood talked about the struggles he's had, with a heel injury that started with surgery this past offseason. 

Video: Blackwood's Back All Right | DEVILS NOW

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Bratt Returns Today as Devils Face Red Wings | PRE-GAME STORY

On the heels of a tough overtime loss on Saturday, the Devils look for a weekend sweep of Prudential Center opponents

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils conclude a three-game homestand this afternoon against the Detroit Red Wings. 

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

 Video: Homestand Buggin' | DEVILS MINUTE

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

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Nolan Foote Inserted into the Lineup Against Hurricanes | PRE-GAME STORY

In the second game of a three-game homestand, the Devils host the Carolina Hurricanes. This is the third of four meetings between the teams, with the final on Apr 28

by Catherine Bogart and Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

To kick off a weekend back-to-back, the Devils are hosting the Carolina Hurricanes for a matinee at Prudential Center.

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

Video: Matinee Battle | DEVILS MINUTE

Read the game preview below, plus lineup changes, injury updates, and more.

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Road Trip an Opportunity for Devils to Reset | BLOG

Eleven games remain in the season and a five-game road trip provides the club with a chance to get back on the winning track

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The just concluded four-game homestand did not go as planned for the Devils, with four straight losses (0-3-1). It compounded with a road loss in Toronto to give the club five straight games without a win. 

On top of that, the Devils have lost nine in a row away from Prudential Center. They're also 3-16-0 in their last 19 road games -- and 5-22-0 in their last 27 away from Jersey. 

But all that is behind them and these five road games coming up could make a huge difference in how the team feels about itself at the conclusion of the season. 

"It's a chance, for sure," stated Devils captain Nico Hichier. I'm sure everybody tries to battle hard the rest of the year. That's what we're looking for. Focusing on what we can do and just battle hard.

"We want to control what we can and be a competitive team the rest of the year."

Dawson Mercer added that the recent tough results have motivated the team to step up in these tough times. 

"You're not happy with the result and you need that motivation to make sure you come out stronger and get better," he said. "We want to make sure that these next games we can bring it up and get something positive from them going."

Mercer added that beyond the road trip, the entire final stretch -- which comprises of seven away from home and four at Prudential Center -- is important. 

"With 11 games, there's a month left and you want to finish up strong. You want to stay consistent and finish on a good note. Be happy with your year and look back on it."

Video: Lindy Ruff | PRACTICE RAW 4.8.22

Devils head coach Lindy Ruff laid out his expectations for the club this month. 

"I want the other team to know they were in one heck of a battle. I want them to go, 'man, that team competes.' Every play means something.The end result will be, if you're that team that's hard to play against and detailed, we will get the results and we'll take whatever that is," Ruff began. 

"Everybody wants to win. You don't play a game to not win. Put the work in, win your battles. Be the team that the other team goes, 'what a game they gave us.'"

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Devils See Power Play Starting to Turn Around | BLOG

In an 0-for-11 slump, the Devils power play is looking for a goal but the number of scoring chances are starting to go up

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

It's been a tough stretch for the Devils power play, with no goals in their last 11 chances dating back to March 27 in Montreal but the team is starting to see things turn around despite the recent loss of Jack Hughes. 

"We got a couple quick chances off the face-off last game. We need to make sure we get shots on net. If you don't get those, there's a lesser chance you're going to score," noted Dawson Mercer. 

Devils head coach Lindy Ruff said that the absence of Hughes has certainly had an effect on the makeup and success of the power play. 

"It definitely has an impact," he said. " When Jack came back (from his early season injury), we were working on net front with other personnel."

Video: Mercer | PRACTICE RAW 4.8.22

Some of the changes last game included giving some power play time to AHL call-up Fabian Zetterluand with some positive results. 

"We had some good looks on the power play. Point blank looks we didn't take advantage of," said Ruff. 

"We practice it every day. We know what our next game is going to look like. We put some of that into what our plays may look like. Last night there was some good. We didn't finish. Could we be better? There were some really good plays, too."

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Hughes Injured as Devils Comeback Falls Short in Loss to NYI | GAME STORY

Devils rally from a 3-0 deficit but ultimately fall 4-3 to the New York Islanders on Sunday afternoon

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils fell behind 3-0 but battled back to make it a one-goal differential before coming up short in a 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday afternoon. 

Jack Hughes was injured in a knee-on-knee hit by Oliver Wahlstrom in the second period and after trying to get back on the ice, ended up not returning. 

Video: Coming up Short | POST-GAME REPORT

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Zacha Returns to Action Today vs. Islanders | PRE-GAME STORY

Devils look to respond after a pair of tough losses

by Sam Kasan and Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils continue a four-game homestand with the second half of back-to-back contests at Prudential Center Sunday against the NY Islanders.

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

Read the game preview below plus lineup updates, interviews, videos and more. 

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