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More Talent For The New Jersey Devils

from Chris Ryan of NJ.com,

It was Zajac’s overtime goal, after all, that gave the Devils a season-ending win over the Florida Panthers, keeping them in 29th place in the NHL standings with the third-best odds in the draft lottery.

A loss would have dropped them to 30th. Without that win, the Devils wouldn’t have been celebrating an even larger victory on Tuesday night.

The precise bounce of four lottery balls on Tuesday night in Toronto that moved the Devils to the top spot in June’s NHL Draft, giving the team its second No. 1 overall pick in three years.

More than two months still stand between the Devils and their official selection on June 21 in Vancouver, but Tuesday marked a pivotal moment in the direction of the franchise. Now that they’re officially on the clock, here’s what adding Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko would mean to the team.

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The Battle Between The New York Rangers And New Jersey Devils

from Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post,

Well, it was nice while it lasted for the Rangers — albeit for two games.

A very modest two-game winning streak came to an unceremonious end in the form of a distasteful 4-2 loss to the Devils on Monday night at Prudential Center.

It was the fourth meeting between the teams this season and the first in which the Devils, the only team below the Rangers in the Metropolitan Division, managed to win.

It was perhaps that motivation that led the Devils to surprise the Rangers with some unexpected fight one day after the Rangers breezed past a loafing Flyers team Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia — a sure sign the Flyers, just eliminated from playoff contention, wanted no part of playing a game of no consequence.

The fact both the Rangers and Devils have long been out of any postseason conversation mattered little as the game hardly resembled one between teams anxiously awaiting the offseason.

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Hockey Topics Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Whenever there is a first time ever, even if the relevant time frame consists of 37 years and 36 NHL seasons, it is worthy of notice. Slap Shots has noticed this marks the first time since the Rockies came east to settle in New Jersey in 1982-83 that the Devils and Rangers are both out of the playoffs the same year.

The incendiary rivalry that produced perhaps the greatest conference final/semifinal in Stanley Cup history — the epochal 1994 series stands for all time with 1979 Canadiens-Bruins, 1996 Avalanche-Red Wings and 2014 Kings-Blackhawks — has been downgraded to a pillow fight.

Enmity has become ennui. What not so long ago would have been unthinkable is immutable reality. The Devils are on their way to their sixth miss the past seven years while the Rangers will be on the outside of the playoff one-way window that’s a funhouse mirror on the other side for the second straight time.

more plus items like this (NYR related),

Nobody knows why No. 3 wore No. 4, or why No. 4 wore No. 2 or, for that matter, why No. 9 wore No. 9, or why No. 17 wore No. 17.

So in this interactive world, a plea: Help.

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The Edmonton Oilers With Another Bad Loss At Home

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

So, that’s how it ends?

The Edmonton Oilers go 7-2-2 in their previous 11 to keep themselves marginally in the race for the final playoff position in the Western Conference. And then they do that? At home?

Just as they appear to be coming up in the rearview mirror of the teams ahead of them, a gimme game finally comes along, and they gag on it? Gas it? Stink the joint out? Absolutely reek?

And they not only lose it, they lose it 6-3 to the New Jersey Devils, the NHL team with the worst road record in the league and with 12 players out of the lineup with injury, including eight regulars and six of their top-nine forwards.

Only one player in their line-up had more points than Leon Draisailt has goals (42) for the Oilers.

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Video- Kurtis Gabriel Suspended One Game

Boarding.

 

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Kurtis Gabriel Will Be Meeting With DoPS Today

 

Watch the hit here.

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Video- Nolan Patrick Gets Revenge On Kurtis Gabriel

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Philadelphia Flyers' Nolan Patrick takes his revenge on New Jersey Devils' Kurtis Gabriel, after being on the receiving end of a boarding call earlier in the game. Gabriel would leave the ice for concussion protocol.

 

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Health Update On Taylor Hall

The New Jersey Devils provided the following medical updates on left wing Taylor Hall:

Earlier this week, Taylor Hall underwent successful left knee arthroscopic surgery performed by Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow, the Devils' head orthopedic surgeon and Chief Medical Officer for the New Jersey Devils and HBSE, assisted by team orthopedic surgeon Dr.  Michael Shindle. 

Hall will begin rehabilitation immediately and will be evaluated regularly by the medical and training staffs throughout the rehabilitative process.  Over the next few weeks, a timeline for his return to play will be guided by his progress.   Updates on his status will be given when available. 

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Video- Mirco Mueller Taken Off On A Stretcher

No update yet from the Devils.

 

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Marcus Johansson Headed To Boston

added 3:25pm,

 

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