Jacob Josefson

Pens’ offensive woes continue in loss to Devils


For the sixth time in their last eight games the Pittsburgh Penguins scored one or fewer goals falling 2-0 to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

The Pens have been shutout twice in the eight-game span and have a record of 3-4-1.

Jacob Josefson and Adam Henrique had the Devils goals.

Cory Schneider made 35 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and third in 10 games.

With the loss the Pens failed to pick up ground on the New York Islanders for second spot in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh entered Tuesday’s action just two points shy of the Isles.

A Penguins win would’ve also created some breathing room between Pittsburgh and Washington. The Caps trail the Pens by just two points in the division.

Thomas Greiss stopped 17 shots in the loss.

Video: Devils defeat Sabres in the shootout


The New Jersey Devils ended a four-game losing streak on Tuesday. All it took was a visit from the Buffalo Sabres, the last-place team in the Eastern Conference.

Scott Gomez and Jacob Josefson scored in the shootout for New Jersey, while the Sabres were unsuccessful in both of their attempts, as the Devils skated to a 2-1 victory.

The Devils, held to just one regulation goal for the fourth consecutive game, took over the game in the third period, despite giving up the tying goal to Tyler Ennis.

They outshot Buffalo 17-8 combined between the third period and overtime, with Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth making 34 saves.

Cory Schneider made 24 saves for the win.

Schneider’s 34-save night pushes Sharks down in Pacific Division


On a night when the San Jose Sharks needed a win to keep pace with their division rivals, Devils goaltender Cory Schneider to hand New Jersey a 5-2 victory.

Schneider turned aside 34 of 36 shots, including 18 in the third period to earn his 16th victory of the season. Although the Devils ended up winning this one by a comfortable margin, Schneider had to defend in what was a tight contest for most of the night.

He was beaten early in the contest by Joe Pavelski as San Jose got on board first:

The Devils bounced back late in the period from a pair of unlikely sources though as Jordin Tootoo and Steve Bernier each found the back of the net. Sharks forward Matt Nieto tied the game early in the second frame before Mike Cammalleri netted what proved to be the game-winning goal:

Scott Gomez ended up with two assists against his former team, giving him 16 points in 23 games with New Jersey in 2014-15. Devils forward Jacob Josefson was playing for the first time since Dec. 27 and he only got 10:42 minutes on the ice, but he made the most of it with an assist and a shorthanded marker.

With this loss and Vancouver’s victory over Florida, San Jose has conceded second place in the Pacific Division. The Sharks also saw their edge on Calgary and Los Angeles shrink as the Flames earned a 2-1 overtime win against the Kings.

Michael Ryder, Scott Clemmensen have the mumps


Perhaps Devils GM Lou Lamoriello decided to give the team multiple quasi-head coaches because he’s worried about one of them spending time in the Devils’ sickbay.

New Jersey is unfortunately one of the hardest hit teams by the mumps outbreak. Forward Patrik Elias became the third Devils’ player to be diagnosed with the mumps on Friday after Travis Zajac and Adam Larsson. Today it was revealed that Michael Ryder has the disease as well, per the Bergen Record.

The illness has also spread to the Devils’ affiliate, the AHL Albany Devils, as 37-year-old goaltender Scott Clemmensen is battling the mumps.

The Devils will get back Dainius Zubrus (leg) and Jacob Josefson (groin) tonight though. Along with the anticipated recall of Tim Sestito, New Jersey will have 11 healthy forwards for their game against the New York Rangers.

The Devils are old, and that’s a problem no coach can fix


A quick, easy way to see if a team is getting a bit long in the tooth is to visit CapGeek.com and compare the amount of green to red.

Here’s how the New Jersey Devils look at forward:


So yeah, lots of green there. Of the 15 forwards listed, 14 of them have reached the stage in their careers where they’re pending unrestricted free agents. Only Jacob Josefson is a pending restricted free agent, shown in red.

The Devils’ defense features a bit more red…


…and rookie Damon Severson is averaging an impressive 23:01 of ice time this season.

But in a young man’s league like the NHL, where speed kills and teams need to be constantly refreshing their rosters with energetic legs, the Devils’ average age, around 31, raises a huge red flag.

Consider: Of the NHL’s 30 oldest skaters, five of them are Devils.

Three Devils — Jaromir Jagr, Bryce Salvador and Patrik Elias — are in the top five.


What’s more, the Devils’ prospects aren’t particularly well-regarded, with Hockey’s Future ranking them 27th out of 30.

Part of the reason for that is, since 1997, New Jersey has only had one top-10 draft pick, and that was used on defenseman Adam Larsson (fourth overall in 2011). Fair to say, the jury’s still out on him.

Tomorrow, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, one of the most successful executives in NHL history, is expected to announce a replacement for fired head coach Peter DeBoer.

Will he say anything about the roster he’s put together?

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