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Parise ‘never would’ve predicted’ Devils would miss playoffs three years in a row


Though they’re not mathematically eliminated yet, the New Jersey Devils won’t make the postseason this year. It’ll mark the organization’s third straight miss, a fact that took their former captain by surprise.

“I never would’ve predicted they’d miss the playoffs three years in a row. Just because of the way things are run,” Minnesota forward Zach Parise said prior to Tuesday’s 6-2 blowout win over the Devils, per the Star-Ledger. “I hope they can pull off something at the end of the year, or next year, and get back in.”

Parise, who spent the first seven years of his career in New Jersey, went to the playoffs six times with the Devils — the only time the Devils missed during the Parise era was the 2010-11 campaign which, not coincidentally, was the year Parise missed 69 games after a torn meniscus in his right knee.

New Jersey’s last playoff appearance, also not coincidentally, was in Parise’s last year with the club, when the Devils lost in the Stanley Cup Final to Los Angeles. The current team barely resembles the one that captured the Eastern Conference crown three years ago; gone are the likes of Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk, David Clarkson, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Marek Zidlicky, Ryan Carter, Petr Sykora, Mark Fayne, Anton Volchenkov and Martin Brodeur.

The club also made a coaching change, firing Peter DeBoer and replacing him with an unconventional three-coach setup comprised of Adam Oates, Scott Stevens and GM Lou Lamoriello.

Lamoriello has been the target of heavy criticism over the last three years, as a number of his veteran acquisitions — Ryane Clowe, Michael Ryder, Martin Havlat, Damien Brunner, Tuomo Ruutu — have failed to pan out.

Parise wasn’t about join the list of Lamoriello critics, however, saying that part of the Devils’ issues could be chalked up to bad luck.

“Guys have good years. Guys have off-years,” he explained. “When you have a group of people having off-years, you might miss the playoffs. If you have a group of people having a great year, you’re in.

“It’s hard to predict.”

PHT Morning Skate: How a hockey enforcer became a drug-dealing cop

Pillars on courthouse exterior

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The tragic descent of Bryce Charpentier, a former minor league enforcer, who became a San Diego Police Officer and used his position to get and eventually deal drugs. (Vice Sports)

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Columbus has been terrible in the first 20 minutes of its recent contests. (Columbus Dispatch)

Highlights from San Jose’s 2-1 shootout win over Pittsburgh:

In a possible nod to his future, Daniel Alfredsson was in Senators GM Bryan Murray’s box for Sunday’s game against Calgary. Alfredsson wanted to pick the brains of the scouting staff. (Ottawa Sun)

Nail Yakupov posed for a picture with the NHL’s first Russian referee, Evgeny Romasko. Paul Devorski is the one in more casual attire:

While we’re on the subject of Tweets, here’s a fun exchange between the Coyotes, Predators, and league:

Monique Lamoureux would love to have the opportunity to play in an outdoor game in the lead up to the Winter Classic. Her CWHL Boston Blades just won the Clarkson Cup against the Montreal Stars while the 2016 Winter Classic will feature the Canadiens and Bruins. (Puck Daddy)

Penguins forward Craig Adams was a healthy scratch again on Monday. Before that happened, the veteran of 937 NHL games said that while he obviously wants to play, he understands the situation. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Goalie nods: Neuvirth starts second straight for Isles

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Don’t call it a controversy

The Islanders will start Michal Neuvirth for the second straight game tonight against the Leafs — but it isn’t a sign of potential goalie drama.

Tonight is the first of the Isles’ back-to-back set, which culminates tomorrow with a crucial tilt against the Rangers. Jaroslav Halak will face the Blueshirts, a team he’s fared well against this season, going 3-1-0 with a 2.51 GAA and .935 save percentage. Tomorrow’s game also represents the fifth and final meeting of the season between the two New York-based clubs, and a chance for the Isles (and Halak) to beat the Rangers in four of the five meetings.

As for Neuvirth, tonight’s game gives him a chance to make up for his debut — a shootout loss to the Panthers on Saturday, in which he allowed three goals on just 18 shots.

For Toronto, Jonathan Bernier will be in goal.


Oilers at Red Wings: Ben Scrivens vs. (no Detroit starter yet)

Ducks at Canucks: (no Anaheim starter yet) vs. Eddie Lack

Preds at Coyotes: (no Nashville starter yet) vs. Louis Domingue

Pens at Sharks: (no Pittsburgh starter yet) vs. Antti Niemi