Blackwood missed the last game of the year with a back injury but won't suffer any long-term impacts, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
It sounds like the move to hold out Blackwood was more precautionary than anything else given the Devils didn't have anything to play for. The netminder failed to reach the 20-win mark this season, as he posted a 14-17-4 record with one shutout and a career-worst 3.04 GAA. Still, the 24-year-old Thunder Bay native figures to be the preferred No. 1 option heading into the 2021-22 campaign.
Blackwood (undisclosed) won't play in Monday's season finale against the Flyers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Blackwood's season has come to a close, as Scott Wedgewood will start the season finale while Aaron Dell works in a backup role. A five-game winning streak prior to a clunker in his final appearance boosted Blackwood's numbers a bit down the stretch, but his overall results (14-17-4 with a 3.04 GAA and .902 save percentage) still left a lot to be desired. The 24-year-old netminder should continue to start for the Devils next season, but the defense in front of him will likely remain suspect barring a major offseason overhaul.
Blackwood made 22 saves in a 5-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday.
Blackwood came in hot with a five-game winning streak, but the Isles picked him and the Devils apart on Saturday. His recent play has salvaged his otherwise forgettable season and almost made both fantasy managers and fans forget he went 0-7-3 in the 10 games before that. Blackwood and the Devils have one more game this season (Monday in Philadelphia) and will then focus on prep for 2021-22.
Blackwood will patrol the crease during Saturday's road game versus the Islanders, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Blackwood was excellent in his last start Thursday versus the Isles, stopping 32 of 33 shots en route to an impressive 2-1 road victory. The 24-year-old netminder will attempt to extend his personal winning streak to six games in a rematch with the same Islanders squad Saturday.
Blackwood made 32 saves in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Islanders.
Blackwood played well against the slumping Islanders, as an Anthony Beauvillier goal in the second period was the only thing that stood between Blackwood and his second shutout of the season. The 24-year-old netminder has been understandably streaky while backstopping a young and often overmatched group of skaters in New Jersey, but Blackwood's finishing the season on a high note, having won his last four starts.
Blackwood will guard the road cage during Thursday's matchup with the Islanders.
Blackwood has been on a roll recently, picking up four straight wins while posting a 2.73 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He'll attempt to earn his 14th victory of the campaign in a brutal road matchup with an Isles team that's 20-3-3 at home this year.
Blackwood kicked out 33 of 36 shots Tuesday in a 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins.
Blackwood has followed up a 10-game losing skid with victories in each of his last four starts, his longest winning streak of the season. The 24-year-old been streaky all season long -- some of that is a byproduct of injuries and trades throughout the New Jersey lineup -- but Blackwood will have to find more consistency in 2021-22 to solidify himself as a reliable fantasy option. His 3.04 GAA and .902 save percentage this season are the worst such marks of his three-year NHL career.
Blackwood will start Tuesday's game against the Bruins.
Blackwood has been busy lately, starting five of the team's last six games. He's been anything but stellar, though, recording a 3-7-2 record with an ugly 3.35 GAA and .883 save percentage since April 2.
Blackwood made 31 saves in a 4-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday.
Blackwood was sharp -- he bailed his teammates out several times in moments when the Flyers trapped the Devils deep and looked every part the up-and-comer we thought he was from his previous two years. Blackwood was brilliant in the last 30 seconds of the first, denying Ivan Provorov twice at the left post at 19:38 and then stymying Sean Couturier twice on bang-bang rebounds from the slot a few seconds later. The Devils have been eliminated, but Blackwood has a lot to prove moving into 2021-22. His 3.08 GAA and .902 save percentage (32 starts) hover far too close to hockey's Mendoza Line.
Blackwood will draw the start for Saturday's road contest against Philadelphia, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Blackwood has given up at least three goals in each of his last six appearances, going 2-3-1 with a 3.48 GAA and .886 save percentage during that stretch. The 24-year-old has fared well against the Flyers this season, going 3-0-1 despite allowing 13 goals on 123 shots across those four games. He'll look to push his winning streak to three games against Philadelphia.
Blackwood made 21 saves in Thursday's 5-3 win over Philadelphia.
Blackwood beat the Flyers for the second consecutive game after previously sustaining 10 consecutive losses. He's only held one of his last 10 opponents to fewer than three goals, so Blackwood's still hard to trust, especially with his goal support likely to dry up once the defensively challenged Flyers leave town.
Blackwood will start between the pipes for Thursday's home contest against Philadelphia.
Blackwood will look to stretch together back-to-back wins Thursday, as he stopped 26 of 30 shots during Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Flyers. The 24-year-old has been decent against Philadelphia this season, going 2-0-1 while stopping 89 of 99 shots over three appearances. Blackwood appears to draw a decent matchup Thursday, as the Flyers have averaged just 2.20 goals per game over their last five outings.
Blackwood stopped 26 of 30 shots in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Philadelphia.
It wasn't the cleanest box score for Blackwood, but he received enough offensive support to end his personal winless streak at 10 games (0-7-3). He's given up four-plus goals in eight of his last 13 starts but will attempt to scratch together consecutive wins -- something he hasn't been able to do in over a month -- in Thursday's rematch with the Flyers.
Blackwood will start Tuesday's home game against the Flyers.
Blackwood was less than two minutes from snapping New Jersey's losing streak at nine games Sunday until Claude Giroux scored twice late to force overtime, and the Flyers ultimately prevailed in a shootout. The 24-year-old netminder will look to get a lead and finish the job in Tuesday's rematch, and doing so would snap a personal 10-game losing streak for Blackwood.
Blackwood stopped 33 of 36 shots in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Flyers.
Blackwood was sitting on a 3-1 lead with less than two minutes remaining in regulation until Philadelphia's Claude Giroux struck twice in a 22-second span to send the game into overtime. Nothing was settled in the extra session and the Flyers' Kevin Hayes scored the decisive goal in the shootout to extend Blackwood's winless streak to 10 games (0-7-3). The 24-year-old Blackwood is now 9-16-4 on the year with a 3.09 GAA and .901 save percentage.
Blackwood will defend the road goal in Sunday's game versus the Flyers.
Blackwood was pegged with the loss in Saturday's game against the Penguins, as he allowed three goals on 36 shots. Nevertheless, he'll start for a second straight day, and he'll aim to snap a nine-game losing streak in which he has recorded an .877 save percentage and a 3.68 GAA. The matchup against the Flyers is intriguing, though, as they have won just two of their last seven games while averaging 1.9 goals.
Blackwood stopped 33 of 36 shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Penguins.
Pittsburgh's final goal was scored into an empty net. Blackwood sat out the last two games with an upper-body injury and got a rude welcome in his return to the ice, as the Pens jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the eight-minute mark of the second period. The 24-year-old hasn't won a game since March 28 and has lost seven straight starts in regulation. Blackwood carries a shaky 3.10 GAA and .900 save percentage on the season.
Per Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site, coach Lindy Ruff told reporters Blackwood (upper body) is "good to go," indicating the 24-year-old netminder will get the start in goal in Saturday's road game versus the Penguins.
Blackwood missed New Jersey's last two games with an upper-body injury, but he's on track to get back between the pipes Saturday. He'll attempt to snap his personal eight-game losing streak in a brutal road matchup with a Pittsburgh club that's 18-3-2 at home this year.
Blackwood (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Thursday's game versus Pittsburgh, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Blackwood skated Thursday morning, so he could be ready to return soon, but he'll have to wait for Saturday's rematch with the Penguins for his next opportunity to do so. Scott Wedgewood and Aaron Dell will continue to shoulder the load in goal for the Devils until Blackwood is given the green light.
Blackwood (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Penguins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Blackwood sustained an upper-body injury during Sunday's loss to the Rangers and he'll miss at least one contest as a result. The 24-year-old netminder has struggled mightily in the month of April, going 0-6-1 while posting a sub-par 3.77 GAA and .859 save percentage. With Blackwood on the shelf, Scott Wedgewood is expected to get the starting nod for Tuesday's matchup with Pittsburgh.
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|05/08||@ NYI||L 1-5||1||5||22||27|
|05/06||@ NYI||W 2-1||1||1||32||33|
|05/04||vs BOS||W 4-3 (OT)||1||3||33||36|
|05/01||@ PHI||W 4-1||1||1||31||32|
|04/29||vs PHI||W 5-3||1||3||21||24|
|04/27||vs PHI||W 6-4||1||4||26||30|
|04/25||@ PHI||L 3-4 (SO)||1||3||33||36|
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