With Ilya Kovalchuk on the mend and stars slumping, it’s imperative Devils GM Lou Lamoriello acquires a veteran scorer before the April 3 trade deadline.
With a little more than three weeks left in the lockout-shortened regular season, the New York Islanders are in an unexpected position — fighting for their first playoff berth since 2006-07.
Dmitry Kulikov scored at 1:43 of overtime and the Florida Panthers beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Saturday.
The Devils are 2-0-1 since Martin Brodeur returned after missing a month with a pinched nerve in his back. Brodeur’s return came just as the Devils slipped out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot for the first time this season.
Mika Zibanejad scored the winner in the shootout to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday.
Travis Zajac set up two goals, and the New Jersey Devils rode another solid performance by Martin Brodeur to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.
Martin Brodeur playfully asked what else he could have done for the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night, and coach Peter DeBoer had an idea. “If he would’ve got in a fight, he would’ve done a little bit of everything for us,” DeBoer said.
New Jersey is just 3-7-2 since Brodeur last played back on February 21st in Washington.
The 40-year-old Brodeur last played in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Feb. 21. The NHL’s all-time winningest goalie had an 8-2-3 mark with one shutout and a 2.27 goals-against average before being hurt.
The Devils may have put the brakes on their recent skid with two shootout victories in their last three games.
Patrik Elias holds nearly every record in Devils history, and he hasn’t suffered any decline in his game as his 37th birthday approaches.
New Jersey is now an NHL-worst 1-5 in games decided after regulation after tying Colorado with a league-best 16-6 mark in games decided in either overtime or shootouts last season.
Brodeur, 40, must miss at least seven days. So, the veteran is not allowed to play until at least Monday’s game at Toronto.
Brodeur last played last Thursday, finishing with 17 saves in New Jersey’s 3-2 win at Washington. He is 8-2-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average this season.
Jakob Silfverberg beat Martin Brodeur to his stick side in the shootout and goalie Ben Bishop turned aside 30 shots for his first victory of the season.