Wedgewood stopped seven of eight shots in relief of an ineffective Aaron Dell in Thursday's 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
The roles reversed after Dell replaced Wedgewood in Tuesday's loss to the Penguins. Wedgewood allowed a shorthanded goal to Teddy Blueger after entering in the second period but didn't face much rubber in the third as the Penguins focused on defense after yielding six third-period goals Tuesday. Neither Wedgewood nor Dell can be trusted while MacKenzie Blackwood (upper body) sits out.
Wedgewood was pulled from Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Penguins after allowing four goals on 13 first-period shots.
The loss will actually go on Aaron Dell's ledger, as New Jersey's six-goal outburst in the third period was enough to get Wedgewood off the hook. Pittsburgh's third goal against Wedgewood was particularly soft, coming on a backhand dump-in from the neutral zone, and it will sting even more considering the final difference was just one goal. Wedgewood has allowed 15 goals in his last four appearances while failing to reach a .900 save percentage in any of those games, all of which ended in defeat for the Devils.
Wedgewood will be stationed between the pipes for Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Wedgewood will make his first appearance since giving up four goals in an April 6 loss to the Sabres. The 28-year-old is sporting a 3-6-3 record with a .907 save percentage and 2.82 GAA. He started two games against the Penguins in March, allowing a combined five goals on 71 shots and splitting the two decisions.
Wedgewood stopped just 13 of 17 shots in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Buffalo.
The Sabres' fifth goal was an empty-netter, but that doesn't do much to mitigate Wedgewood's poor performance. New Jersey carried play and finished with 30 shots to Buffalo's 18, but the Sabres scored the game's final three goals after falling behind 3-2 in the second period. With just three wins in 12 starts and at least four goals allowed in five of those 12 games, Wedgewood isn't an advisable fantasy option when the Devils opt to give MacKenzie Blackwood a breather in net.
Wedgewood is in line to start in goal in Tuesday's home game versus the Sabres, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Wedgewood wasn't great in his last start March 26 against the Capitals, surrendering four goals on 31 shots en route to a 4-0 loss. He'll try to get back in the win column in a favorable home matchup with a Buffalo team that's 4-12-2 on the road this year.
Wedgewood made 27 saves in Friday's 4-0 loss to the Capitals.
The Devils couldn't solve Ilya Samsonov at one end of the ice and couldn't stop Alex Ovechkin at the other, making for a long night for Wedgewood. The netminder is 1-2-2 over his last five starts, and on the season Wedgewood carries a 2.72 GAA and a .914 save percentage.
Wedgewood will patrol the blue paint for Friday's game in Washington.
MacKenzie Blackwood has started the last three games but Wedgewood will get the starting nod on the second night of the back-to-back. The 28-year-old has been solid this month, going 2-1-2 with a 2.38 GAA and a .931 save percentage. The Capitals score the fourth most goals per game in the NHL and beat Wedgewood five times on 30 shots in their last meeting.
Wedgewood made 26 saves in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Penguins.
Kyle Palmieri staked him to a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Wedgewood couldn't make it hold up, especially once the Sidney Crosby line got rolling for Pittsburgh. It's Wedgewood's first regulation loss in five March outings, and on the season the 28-year-old carries a surprising 2.59 GAA and .918 save percentage.
Wedgewood will defend the blue paint during Saturday's home game versus the Penguins.
Wedgewood played well in his last start Thursday versus Pittsburgh, stopping 40 of 42 shots en route to an impressive 3-2 victory. He'll attempt to pick up his fourth win of the season in a rematch with the same Penguins club Saturday.
Wedgewood made 40 saves Thursday in a 3-2 victory over the Penguins.
He was a last-minute replacement for starter MacKenzie Blackwood, who was mysteriously scratched due to injury following warmups. Wedgewood was masterful in the blue paint. He was beaten on a tip on the power play in the second period, and then with just five seconds left when the Pens pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. Wedgewood will likely get more action if Blackwood is out for any period of time, so consider scooping him up for spot-starts. He's 2-0-2 in his last four starts.
Wedgewood will guard the home goal in Thursday's game versus the Penguins, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
MacKenzie Blackwood took warmups but will sit out for an undisclosed reason. Wedgewood has produced a .914 save percentage and a 2-3-3 record this year.
Wedgewood kicked out 32 of 34 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Sunday.
Wedgewood held the Islanders off the board over the final two periods of regulation, but shootout goals by Anthony Beauvillier and Oliver Wahlstrom handed New York the victory. It was a much-improved performance by Wedgewood, who was lit up for five goals on 30 shots in his most recent start last Tuesday against Washington.
Wedgewood will defend the home net in Sunday's game versus the Islanders, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
MacKenzie Blackwood started in Saturday's loss, giving up three goals on 29 shots. Wedgewood gets the nod in the second half of back-to-back outings. The 28-year-old has been inconsistent this season, but ultimately, he's recorded a .910 save percentage and a 2-3-2 record. The Islanders enter Sunday's game on an eight-game win streak.
Wedgewood made 25 saves in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Capitals.
The second period doomed Wedgewood and the Devils, as the netminder gave up three goals in a little over seven minutes to dig a 4-1 hole, but the team was able to force an extra frame with a third-period rally. The 28-year-old is 2-3-2 on the season as MacKenzie Blackwood's main backup with a 2.71 GAA and .910 save percentage.
Wedgewood will guard the road goal in Tuesday's game versus Washington, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Wedgewood was unbeatable in his last start Sunday against the Bruins, stopping all 40 shots en route to an impressive 1-0 shutout victory. He'll try to secure his third win of the season in a tough road matchup with a Capitals club that's 7-3-2 at home this year.
Wedgewood made a season-high 40 saves in a 1-0 shutout over Boston on Sunday.
Making his first start since Jan. 30, Wedgewood became just the second goalie all year to blank the Bruins. It was the 28-year-old's fourth career shutout in just 30 NHL appearances, a rather historic rate according to Corey Masisak of The Athletic. Wedgewood was out of the NHL the last two seasons, but he's produced a stellar 2.33 GAA and .923 save percentage in six appearances for the Devils.
Wedgewood will guard the road goal in Sunday's game versus the Bruins, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Wedgewood hasn't played since Jan. 30, when he made his fifth straight start because MacKenzie Blackwood was in COVID-19 protocol. The 28-year-old Wedgewood posted a 1-3-1 record with a .901 save percentage in that stretch. He'll start Sunday because Blackwood started Saturday's loss to the Rangers.
The Devils have postponed their next three games due to COVID-19 protocol, and Wedgewood's next scheduled game is Feb. 9 against the Penguins.
The Devils doubled their number of players in COVID-19 protocol Monday, as they now have 10 players on the list. In turn, their next three games have been postponed. This is a fluid situation, but for now, the team is planning to retake the ice Feb. 9.
Wedgewood and the Devils won't play Tuesday against the Penguins after the game was postponed, Kevin Weekes of NHL.com reports.
Due to a COVID-19 situation among the Devils, the game will be put off to a later date. Currently, the team has five players in COVID-19 protocol, including MacKenzie Blackwood, Connor Carrick, Aaron Dell, Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac. There hasn't been any news about Thursday's game versus the Penguins, but it wouldn't be surprising if that contest was postponed as well.
Wedgewood stopped 28 shots in regulation and overtime and two of three shootout attempts during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres.
The first goal of the game didn't come until midway through the second period, but both offenses opened up after that. Wedgewood still played fairly well down the stretch and made a couple big saves just to help earn the Devils a point. The 28-year-old is only 1-3-1 with a .901 save percentage since being forced to take over as the team's No. 1 netminder, but his spot seems safe until MacKenzie Blackwood (COVID-19 protocols) is able to return.
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|04/22||@ PIT||L 1-5||1||7||8|
|04/20||@ PIT||L 6-7||4||9||13|
|04/06||vs BUF||L 3-5||1||4||13||17|
|03/26||@ WAS||L 0-4||1||4||27||31|
|03/20||vs PIT||L 1-3||1||3||26||29|
|03/18||vs PIT||W 3-2||1||2||40||42|
|03/14||vs NYI||L 2-3 (SO)||1||2||32||34|
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