Lamoriello waiting out trade deadline

With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching on March 2, GM and interim coach Lou Lamoriello has remained quiet about his plans for the Devils (, Feb. 24).

“But that’s a hard question to answer because really there’s 29 other teams thinking independently and it takes two of them to do something,” Lamoriello said on if he thinks activity will pick up closer to the deadline. “Sometimes you think there’s going to be no movement and there’s a lot and then the reverse.”

One thing is certain for Lamoriello, the trade deadline is always stressful for everyone involved.

“It’s a normal week but it’s a tough week. There’s no hiding it, but it is the same every year,” Lamoriello said. “No matter what side of the fence you’re on it’s a tough week. We’re dealing with lives. We’re dealing with futures. We’re dealing with everything. You can never lose sight of that no matter what you do. It’s just unfortunate that different names appear in different places. I know it’s part of the business but you don’t feel good about it. That’s why we don’t talk about anything, for those obvious reasons.”


Schneider on playoffs: ‘I’m up for the challenge’

Devils Cory Schneider picked up his third shutout of the season with Monday’s 3-0 victory over the Coyotes, and with just 22 games remaining in the regular season, the goaltender is ready to make the final push for the playoffs (Fire and Ice, Feb. 24).

“It’s that time of year, right? It’s the time of year where you may as well,” Schneider said of playing in every game. “If I’m feeling good, just keep putting me out there. I’m fine with that. My game, I like where it is and my body feels pretty good here. So, if we’re trying to really make a push here, then I’m up for the challenge and we’ll be ready whenever they need me.”

Schneider has been adjusting to his role as No. 1 between the pipes for the Devils, playing a league-leading 51 games this season and appearing in 52 overall.

“It’s been a constant,” interim coach and GM Lou Lamoriello said of Schneider’s performance. “I think we’ve said that every night about him. He’s been extremely consistent and gives us a chance. That’s what you ask of your goaltender. Certainly the players were pleased tonight him getting a shutout. You could hear that throughout that latter part of the third period.” To read more of this story, click here

Game Recap: Devils 3 – Coyotes 0

Recap: The Devils blanked the Coyotes on Monday night at the Prudential Center.

Need to Know: After the Devils hit a post and had what appeared to be a good goal disallowed, they took a 1-0 lead at the 12:23 mark of the first period when Scott Gomez scored unassisted.

Despite being outshot 14-7 in the second period, the Devils kept the Coyotes off the board to maintain their 1-0 lead heading into the third.

The Devils extended their lead to 2-0 less than two minutes into the third period when Mike Cammalleri found the back of the net. With 1:48 to go in the third, Cammalleri sealed the win when his empty net goal – his team-leading 23rd of the season – made it 3-0 Devils.

Cory Schneider was stellar, making 38 saves in the shutout.

The win gave the Devils their first four-game winning streak since February of 2013.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Devils host the Flames on Wednesday night at 7:30.

Kinkaid unavailable, Clemmensen called up

Keith Kinkaid is unavailable to play on Monday night, the Devils announced.

Scott Clemmensen will be called up to serve as back up, as Cory Schneider will start against Arizona.

Kinkaid left in the middle of the second period in the game against the Hurricanes Saturday night, but interim coach Lou Lamoriello said he will be OK (Devils, Feb. 21).

“He should be fine,” Lamoriello said of Kinkaid after the 3-1 victory over Carolina. “He just felt something in the lower part of his leg. Right now he’s OK. He should be OK Monday.”

Jordin Tootoo excited about more prominent role

The Devils decided to move Jordin Tootoo up from his usual spot on the fourth line to a more prominent checking role, and since the move both the Devils and the right winger have been pretty happy about it (Fire and Ice, Feb. 22).

“I’m enjoying every bit of it,” said Tootoo. “For me, it’s about coming to work every day and being prepared for whatever’s thrown at you and being a pro. I just prepare myself to do the best I can.”

Tootoo is used to his role as a bruiser, leading the Devils with seven fighting majors and 867 career penalty minutes. But he also brings a lot of speed to the ice, which the older squad is sometimes lacking.

“It’s no different than the role that he had when he came here (with) a little more ice time,” interim coach Lou Lamoriello said. “Then, with the way he’s played physically and trying to get a certain type of player on each line he’s fit that role.” To read more of this story, click here

Kinkaid OK, Devils won’t call up another goalie

Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid left in the middle of the second period in the game against the Hurricanes Saturday night, but interim coach Lou Lamoriello said he will be ok (Devils, Feb. 21).

“He should be fine,” Lamoriello said of Kinkaid after the 3-1 victory over Carolina. “He just felt something in the lower part of his leg. Right now he’s OK. He should be OK Monday.”

With Lamoreillo anticipating a healthy Kinkaid on Monday, he said it won’t be necessary to call up another goalie to be Schneider’s backup.

Cory Schneider filled in between the pipes for the remainder of the game. Had something happened to Schneider as well, Lamoriello said their emergency backup would have been goalie coach Chris Terreri.

Game Recap: Devils 3 – Hurricanes 1

Recap: The New Jersey Devils defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Saturday night at the Prudential Center.

Need to Know: The Devils wrapped up their scoring in the first, banked three goals in the first 20 minutes of play. But the three goal lead was enough to hold off the Hurricanes and come away with the win.

Tuomo Ruutu picked up the first goal, while Adam Henrique followed up less than two minutes later with an unassisted goal to put the Devils up 2-0. Andy Green capped of the first with a goal in the final minute, not to mention, ended his 71 game goal drought.

With six penalties between the two teams and three goals, the first period was by far the most active. But Keith Kinkaid saw his night end early in the second as he appeared to strain a muscle while reaching to make a save with just sic minutes left in the period.

Kinkaid made 17 saves before leaving the game. Cory Schneider stepped in for the remainder of the game, stopping 14 shots while letting in Carolina’s lone goal.

Links: AP RecapBox Score

What’s Next: The Devils continue their six game homestand as they welcome the Coyotes to the Prudential Center on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.