Recap: The Devils couldn’t get much going against the Islanders getting shut out 3-0 at home on Saturday night.
Need to Know: The Devils took 26 shots against Islanders’ Jaroslav Halak, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Islanders’ Ryan Strome scored in the first period, then added two more in the third period to beat the Devils. Travis Harmonic and Kyle Okposo also scored.
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The Devils have recalled forwards Reid Boucher and Stefan Matteau from Albany of the AHL for Saturday nights game against the Islanders. Patrik Elias is questionable with back spasms.
The pair were recalled under emergency conditions and could be sent back down if not needed before the game. The pair were at the morning skate at the Prudential Center (Gulitti, March 20)
Recap: Steve Bernier scored two second-period goals to give him 100 for his career and lead the visiting Devils.
Need to Know: The Devils swept the season series from the Sabres for the first time in 17 years. . .The Devils are 8-1-2 against Buffalo since the start of the 2011-12 season.
Keith Kinkaid (28 saves) lost his shutout with 8:20 remaining on Matt Moulson’s power-play goal. Kinkaid improved to 5-4-3 this season and has won three of his past four starts.
The Devils are 10-3-2 in their last 15 games, but still 10 points behind Boston for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. . .New Jersey is 25-1-2 when leading after two periods.
Jordin Tootoo scored in the third period. . .Scott Gomez and Adam Henrique had assists on both Bernier goals.
Gomez had 357 assists and 479 points with the Devils. He’s seven behind Scott Niedermayer for second all-time on the team’s all-time assist list and 41 behind Kirk Muller for second all-time on the points list.
Patrik Elias hasn’t scored in his last 11 games and has been held without a point in four straight at Buffalo.
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What’s Next: The Devils host the slumping Islanders Saturday (7 p.m.).
With an off day on Wednesday, a few of the New Jersey Devils stopped by the Ironbound Recreation Center on to visit students from Hockey in Newark, a youth hockey program offering year-round on ice opportunities (NJ.com, March 18).
“It was really cool to have professionals actually here,” 16-year-old Gabe Dos Santos said. “It was awesome.”
Among the visiting Devils was goaltender Cory Schneider, who was impressed by the energy and excitement of the kids on the ice.
“Sometimes you lose track of that when you get to the highest level,” Schneider said. To read more of this story, click here
The Devils stayed out of the box nearly the entire game in Tuesday’s 2-0 shutout victory over the Pittsburg Penguins, the first time the squad has played an entire game without being shorthanded since 2012 (Fire and Ice, March 17).
“I thought it was a relatively clean game on both sides,” coach Lou Lamoriello said. “There were what, two penalties called all night? There was a lot of open ice, but certainly there was a lot of traffic at different times.” To read more of this story, click here
As the Devils season winds down, GM and interim coach Lou Lamoriello is starting to look into exactly what he needs in the next head coach for the squad (NJ.com, March 17).
The Devils are 17-12-4 since Pete DeBoer was fired on Dec. 26 and Lamoriello stepped in with the help of co-coaches Scott Stevens and Adam Oates.
“We certainly will look at somebody within the framework of the system that we play. Defense first,” Lamoriello said. “But we also have to get some offensive players to complement that.”
Offensive players are definitely high priority for Lamoriello.
“We have to get a couple of offensive forwards,” Lamoriello said. “I think our role players are outstanding. I think I’m extremely pleased with our defense. I don’t think we can say enough about our goaltending the way it’s been. We have to get a couple of offensive players.”
But, even as Lamoriello has started to evaluate what his team needs this offseason, he said it’s still a matter of time before they make any decisions.
“We’re going to wait until, certainly, the season is over. There is no hurry to do it at this point,” Lamoriello said. “We’ll just make sure we get every possible option available before that decision is made.”