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Devils' Keith Kinkaid: Tough loss in shootout
Kinkaid stopped 27 of 28 shots in regulation and overtime, and four of six shootout attempts, in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Predators.
After turning in a strong performance Friday in relief of the struggling Cory Schneider, Kinkaid came right back with another stellar outing. As much as the club would like to help Schneider find his form again, their recent slide (3-5-6 over their last 14 games) doesn't give them any margin for error, so expect Kinkaid to remain the starter as long as he keeps giving them a chance to win.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Taylor Hall: Skips trip, out Saturday
Hall (lower body) did not travel to Nashville and will sit out Saturday's game against the Predators, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Hall will miss both ends of the Devils' back-to-back set Friday and Saturday because of the lower-body issue after he exited practice early for what was originally reported as "precautionary reasons.". He'll now take aim at returning to action Tuesday when New Jersey hosts the Maple Leafs.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Marcus Johansson: Helps seal OT win
Johansson picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Golden Knights.
His first point of the night helped get the Devils on the board, while his second set up Nico Hischier for the game-winner. Johansson now has nine points (four goals and five assists) in his last 10 games, and while his time in New Jersey has been a disappointment so far, the former Capital is beginning to show the form that prompted the Devils to trade for him two summers ago.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Travis Zajac: Sparks comeback in OT win
Zajac scored a power-play goal and added an assist at even strength in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Golden Knights.
The Devils found themselves in a 3-0 hole after the first period, but Zajac's 10th goal of the season early in the second got the comeback started. The 33-year-old has been struggling over the last month, getting held off the scoresheet entirely in 10 of his last 13 games, but his 19 points in 29 games on the season is still his best scoring pace since 2009-10.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Keith Kinkaid: Grabs win in relief
Kinkaid stopped 14 of 15 shots in relief of Cory Schneider during Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Golden Knights.
He was forced into action midway through the first period after Schneider coughed up three goals on seven shots, and Kinkaid steadied the ship enough for the Devils to mount a comeback. The 29-year-old has been struggling recently, going 1-3-3 with a 4.12 GAA and .874 save percentage over his last seven starts, but that's actually still better than what Schneider has been able to give New Jersey. Despite his work Friday, look for Kinkaid to remain between the pipes Saturday in Nashville.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Cory Schneider: Doesn't last half a period
Schneider stopped only four of seven shots before getting replaced by Keith Kinkaid in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Golden Knights.
His first home start of the year was a disaster, with the third and final goal summing up Schneider's current form in a nutshell -- William Carrier floated a seemingly harmless shot his way, and the goalie somehow knocked it between his own legs with his trapper. The Devils ended up climbing out of the 3-0 hole, but the victory won't go on Schneider's ledger, and the veteran remains winless on the season at 0-5-1 with a brutal .852 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Taylor Hall: Out Friday
Hall (lower body) won't play Friday against the Golden Knights, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
With Hall unavailable, the recently recalled John Quenneville will draw into the lineup against Vegas. Hall's injury isn't believed to be overly serious, but at this point he should probably be considered questionable at best for Saturday's clash with the Predators.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Stefan Noesen: Hits IR
Noesen (illness) has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 10.
Noesen has tallied just five points in the 20 games he's played in this season, but he may have been scheduled to draw in Friday with Taylor Hall (lower body) a game-time call for the contest. Instead, the Devils were forced to recall John Quenneville from the minor-league ranks as an insurance option. Since Noesen's illness is backdated, he will be eligible to return Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.... See More ... See Less
Devils' John Quenneville: Summoned by parent club
The Devils recalled Quenneville from AHL Binghamton on Friday.
New Jersey placed Stefan Noesen (illness) on injured reserve in a corresponding move, so Quenneville will likely round out the team's depth up front until Noesen is cleared to return. The 2014 first-round pick has been productive in the minors this season, notching nine goals and 19 points in 19 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Stefan Noesen: Game-time call
Noesen (illness) will be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup with Vegas, MSG Network's Erika Wachter reports.
Noesen was a healthy scratch for the Devils' last contest and only averaged 7:25 of ice time in the last two games he appeared in, so it isn't clear if he'd be in the lineup Friday even if he wasn't dealing with an illness. Nonetheless, another update on the bottom-six forward's status should surface once the Devils take the ice for pregame warmups against the Golden Knights.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Keith Kinkaid: In goal Saturday
Kinkaid will start between the pipes Saturday against the Predators in Nashville, Chris Ryan of NJ Advanced Media reports.
While he remains the primary netminder, Kinkaid has really struggled, allowing four or more goals in five of his last six contests. He takes on a Nashville squad that only ranks 19th in scoring (3.17 goals per game) this season, though the Predators also sport a plus-18 goal differential in as many games on home ice.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Cory Schneider: Facing Vegas
Schneider will start between the pipes in Friday's home matchup with the Golden Knights, MSG Networks' Erika Wachter reports.
Schneider has struggled in limited action this season, compiling an 0-5-1 record while posting an ugly 4.29 GAA and .862 save percentage in eight appearances. The American netminder will look to start righting the ship while picking up his first victory of the campaign in a tough home matchup with a hot Vegas club that's gone 8-2-0 in its last 10 contests.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Taylor Hall: Game-time decision Friday
Hall (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest against the Golden Knights, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Hall departed practice early for what was deemed "precautionary reasons," though his game-time tag suggests it could be more than that. Official word on his status should surface around the opening faceoff. If he can't go, Stefan Noesen (illness) could draw into the lineup for New Jersey.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Taylor Hall: Leaves practice early
Hall was taken out of Thursday's practice early for "precautionary reasons" according to coach John Hynes, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
While there wouldn't seem too much reason for concern regarding Hall's availability versus Vegas on Friday given the precautionary label, it is certainly a situation fantasy owners will want to monitor. As long as the Calgary native takes part in the game-day skate Friday, he should be in action against the Knights.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Stefan Noesen: Scratched Monday
Noesen was a healthy scratch in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
Drew Stafford took his spot and made an immediate impact by scoring the game's first goal. Noesen played just 9:33 and 5:17 in the last two games prior to getting taken out of the lineup, and he's stuck on five points through 20 games. His next chance to rejoin the lineup comes Friday against Vegas.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Ben Lovejoy: Offensive ineptitude continues
Lovejoy didn't factor into the scoring while recording one shot and a minus-1 rating over 17:33 of ice time during Monday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks.
Lovejoy has three assists in 26 games, with the last of those coming back on Nov. 6. His 17:33 of ice time in this one was the most the stay-at-home defenseman has played since Nov. 25, but he's still irrelevant in pretty much all formats.... See More ... See Less