Zajac, Larsson have mumps

Devils players Travis Zajac and Adam Larsson have been diagnosed with mumps.

Zajac is said to have recovered and has resumed skating with the team, Larsson is in isolation (Gulitti, Dec. 10).

“Travis had it, but he’s over it,” GM Lou Lamoriello said. “This only came about the last two days. Adam is on the recovery period right now, from what the doctors said.”

Devils place Elias on injured reserve

The Devils announced Tuesday that they have placed forward Patrik Elias on injured reserve after he re-aggravated a groin injury (SI.com, Dec. 9).

Elias returned to the ice on Saturday against the Capitals after missing last Thursday’s game against Toronto with a sore groin. But the 38-year-old didn’t last long as he re-aggravated the injury in the game against Washington.

New Jersey recalled center Reid Boucher from Albany to take over for Elias, the team’s second leading scorer last season despite only playing 65 games.

Game Recap: Blackhawks 3 – Devils 2 (Shootout)

Recap: The Devils beat the Blackhawks on Tuesday night at the Prudential center.



Need to Know: The Devils grabbed a 1-0 lead when Jordin Tootoo‘s wrist shot beat Scott Darling late in the first period.

With the Blackhawks applying most of the pressure in the second period, they got even at the 10:55 mark when Bryan Bickell beat Keith Kinkaid, who was making his first career start in net for the Devils, to make it 1-1.

Stephen Gionta knocked in a rebound early in the third period to put the Devils up by the score of 2-1.

With roughly three minutes to go in the third, Duncan Keith put a rebound past Kinkaid to even things, 2-2.

After a scoreless overtime period, the Blackhawks tallied the only two goals in the shootout en route to the victory.


Links: AP recap | Box Score


What’s Next: The Devils travel to Philadelphia to play the Flyers on Thursday at 7.

Game Recap: Devils 2 – Hurricanes 1

Recap: The Devils topped the Hurricanes on Monday night in Raleigh.


Need to Know: The Devils fell behind, 1-0, when Justin Faulk beat Corey Schneider at the 7:11 mark of the first period.

In the second period, New Jersey evened the score when Jaromir Jagr found the back of the net. Five minutes later, with less than 20 seconds to go in the period, Adam Henrique put the Devils up 2-1 when he cashed in on the power play.

The Devils were out-shot 17-1 in the third period, but were able to hold on for the victory.


Links: AP recap | Box Score


What’s Next: The Devils return home to face the Blackhawks Tuesday night at 7.

Larsson to IR; Havlat activated

Adam Larsson has been placed on injured reserve with the flu, retroactive to December 2.

Martin Havlat has been activated off IR, the team said.

Game Recap: Capitals 4 – Devils 1

Result: The Devils fells to the Capitals 4-1 on Saturday night.



Need to Know: The Capitals and Devils were tied 1-1 after the first period thanks to a Patrik Elias goal.

Cory Schneider made 25 saves on 28 shots. Brooks Laich scored an empty netter at the end of the third period.

Braden Holtby made 33 saves on 34 shots for Washington.

New Jersey dropped to 3-4-3 at Prudential Center, having played the fewest home games of any NHL team this season.


Links: Recap | Box Score | Play-By-Play


What’s Next: The Devils play at Carolina on Monday night.