Recap: The Capitals blanked the Devils 4-0 on Saturday night.
Need to Know: The Capitals scored two goals in the second and two goals in the third period to blank the Devils. Nicklas Backstrom had two goals for the Capitals. The Capitals extended their streak to 6-0-2 over their last eight games. The struggling Devils are now 3-8-4 in their last 15 games.
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Next up: The Devils host the Hurricanes on Tuesday in Newark.
Recap: The Devils’ ended their five-game losing streak with the victory at the Prudential Center Friday.
Need to Know: Patrik Elias scored in the shootout and Keith Kinkaid (26 saves regulation & OT) stopped all three Tampa Bay shots for his first NHL win.
Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov scored with 40.1 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime; the Lightning outshot the Devils 28-18 in regulation and OT.
Adam Henrique scored on a power play 3:01 into the game. Elias had the other goal 12 minutes later, assisted by Henrique.
The Devils killed off a four-minute minor on Michael Ryder (high sticking) with 7:34 left before allowing Kucherov to tie it.
The Devils are 8-3-1 against the Lightning since 2011-12. They have held Tampa Bay to two goals or fewer in six of the eight wins.
The Devils’ five-game losing streak at the Prudential Center was their longest at home since a 0-5-2 skid to start the 2010-11 season. Since moving to New Jersey, their longest home losing streak is nine, in 1985-86.
Marek Zidlicky is leading the Devils in power-play points for the second consecutive season. Last season, he became the sixth defenseman and first since Scott Niedermayer in 2003-04 to lead the Devils in power-play points at season’s end.
Tampa’s plus-19 goal differential five-on-five is tied with Pittsburgh for the second best in the league (Nashville — plus-23).
New Jersey has five players on injured reserve after defenseman Damon Severson (fractured left ankle) joined the list Thursday. He’s expected to miss at least four weeks. New Jersey has gotten Travis Zajac (lower body) and Patrik Elias (groin) back in the past two games after extended absences.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Devils host the Capitals Saturday at 7 p.m.
The New Jersey Devils are 0-3-2 in their past five games.
The Devils, 11-16-6 overall, matched their longest skid in 2014-15 with a 2-0 defeat to Ottawa on Wednesday, which was also their fifth consecutive home defeat.
The Devils haven’t dropped six in a row since opening last season 0-4-3.
“Every team goes through it. That adversity is something you know you’re going to get at some point in a season,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “I think it came a little earlier and harder at us than it has before, but you have to deal with it. You have to get through it.”
New Jersey’s slide at the Prudential Center is its longest since an 0-5-2 skid to start the 2010-11 season, and it’s 2-7-4 in its last 13 overall.
Damon Severson has a hairline fracture in his ankle, GM Lou Lamoriello said.
Severson is expected to miss 4-5 weeks.
The 20-year-old defenseman has played in 32 games this season with the Devils, his first season in the NHL, scoring four goals and adding eight assists.
The Devils have placed Mark Fraser on wiavers, according to reporter Darren Dreger (Dec. 18).
Fraser has played in 12 games with the Albany Devils this year, scoring one goal and adding two assists.
The Devils lost their fifth straight home game Wednesday night against the Senators, but the home team didn’t think their effort on the ice deserved boos (NJ.com, Dec. 18).
“They were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me,” Patrik Elias said after his first game back from a groin injury. “But we didn’t deserve that today. The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.”
The Devils outshot Ottawa 34-16, five of those shots coming from Elias, but the fans were still unhappy with the home team’s performance.
“That’s tough. I don’t think we played a bad game,” defenseman Eric Gelinas said, who led the team with six shots. “We dominated the entire game. I think we played well. They got an early power play goal and that was the game-winner right there. It’s just a matter of scoring.”
Though the Devils might not be so surprised about the booing in the final two minutes of the game, as the night started with boos as well — coach Pete DeBoer was greeted with boos as his name was announced.
Despite the bookends of boos, DeBoer is still happy with his team’s effort on the ice.
“That’s as (good) as we can play and not win,” DeBoer said. “They came out and wanted to make a statement about us being at home and I thought the effort was there and the execution was there. They did everything we asked them to do, other than the result. You can’t fault them. They showed up and, I thought, gave everything they had tonight.”
While the Devils squared off against the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, it was a more peaceful scene on the concourse as more than 100 Devils fans gathered for a menorah lighting to mark the second night of Hanukkah (ESPN, Dec. 17). To read more of this story, click here