Mark Fayne and Ryan Carter scored 24 seconds apart early in the first period to spark the New Jersey Devils to a 7-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
The jury is still out on whether the Devils will contend for a playoff seed. Their depth will be tested against three loaded Pacific Division foes and the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins.
The New Jersey Devils are on the outside looking in at a playoff spot thanks to a seven-game winless streak (0-3-4) that has left them two points behind both the Rangers and Islanders for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Johan Hedberg recorded his first shutout of the season, a 3-0 win for the Devils over the Islanders. It was Hedberg’s eighth shutout with New Jersey, breaking a tie with Chris Terreri for the second-most in club history.
Sidney Crosby lit up the Devils in a 5-1 victory at Consol Energy Center.
Kovalchuk, who signed a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey in 2010, played in a KHL game Tuesday. He told Russian media he was playing to stay in shape pending the end of the lockout.
New Jersey defenseman Mark Fayne, a key cog in the Devils’ run to the Stanley Cup finals, had surgery to repair a ligament in his wrist last week, and will be out up to four months.
Just two wins shy of his 4th Stanley Cup, Martin Brodeur has clearly stated he would like to return next year.
The Devils have gone from the brink of being swept in four games to seizing the momentum due to their self-belief and even-keeled approach.
The Devils had plenty of chances to score on Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, but they cashed in only one in their 2-1 overtime loss Wednesday night.
The Devils’ defensemen aren’t exactly household names but are finally getting credit for the job they’ve done to push New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Scorching-hot Pittsburgh Penguins put five goals past Martin Brodeur as the Devils lost 5-2 on Saturday.
Lou Lamoriello got the jump on Monday’s NHL trading deadline as the Devils acquired Marek Zidlicky in a deal with the Wild Friday night.
Mark Fayne scored 1:18 into overtime to give the New Jersey Devils a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Tuesday night.
The Devils defeated the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night, 3-1.