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Mirco Mueller might draw back into the lineup for Game 5 on Saturday.

Mueller played in the first two games of the first round series, but was a healthy scratch for Games 3 and 4. However, Sami Vatanen is dealing with an upper-body injury and probably won't be available on Saturday as a result. If that ends up being the case, then the Devils will need to alter their defense and dressing Mueller is a likely outcome. He has no points and a minus-one rating in two playoff games. He's also averaged 16:09 minutes per contest.
Apr 20 - 5:00 AM

Sami Vatanen (upper body) will not travel with his teammates to Tampa Bay this afternoon.

Despite that, Vatanen hasn't been ruled out for Game 5 on Saturday. It certainly seems unlikely that he'll play in the contest, but the Devils aren't ruling out the possibility of him traveling to Tampa Bay later and appearing in the contest. That feels like a bit of gamesmanship given that this is the playoffs, but we'll see what happens.
Apr 19 - 1:49 PM

Taylor Hall recorded an assist in a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Hall couldn't win this one for New Jersey, but he now has two goals and six points in four playoff games. This is the 26-year-old's first playoff series after enduring plenty of hardship with the Edmonton Oilers and then the Devils' 2016-17 rebuilding campaign.
Apr 19 - 4:55 AM

Will Butcher registered an assist in the Devils' 3-1 loss in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Butcher has a goal and three points in four playoff games. That's a great showing out of the 23-year-old rookie. Of course, the blueliner was great in the regular season too with five goals and 44 points in 81 contests. Whatever happens in the remainder of this series, Butcher is giving the Devils plenty of reason to be optimistic about their future.
Apr 19 - 4:53 AM

Ben Lovejoy tried to find a positive side after the Devils fell to 3-1 in their first round series against Tampa Bay.

The Lightning earned a 3-1 win over New Jersey Wednesday night to push them to the brink of advancing to the second round. Game 5 will be played in Tampa Bay on Saturday. "This is a spot we’re comfortable - we’re comfortable being the underdog," Lovejoy argued. "We need to go out and win one game in Tampa." The Devils certainly weren't highly regarded going into this season and they proved a lot of critics wrong by getting this far. Going into this series, they were once again expected to fall short. So an argument can be made that if anyone is feeling the pressure right now, it would be Tampa Bay, but that hasn't helped the Devils enough in this series to date. We'll see if the Devils can manage to push this series into Game 6.
Apr 19 - 4:51 AM

Cory Schneider allowed two goals on 36 shots in Wednesday's 3-1 Game 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It's a tough loss for Schneider who has now put in back-to-back great performances for the Devils. The series will now shift over back to Tampa with the Devils down 3-1 in the series. New Jersey will need another huge performance from their goaltender on Saturday if they have any chance at getting back into the series.
Apr 18 - 10:27 PM

Sami Vatanen was forced from Wednesday's Game 4 loss to Tampa Bay due to an upper-body injury.

Vatanen was injured on a hit from Nikita Kucherov, who appeared to make contact with the Devils defender's head. No penalty was called on the play and Kucherov may get a call from league for the hit. Heading into tonight's Game 4 matchup, Vatanen led all Devils in average ice-time with 23:23 per game and it would be a huge loss if he is unable to recover in time for Game 5. Consider his status day-to-day for now.
Apr 18 - 10:24 PM

Kyle Palmieri scored in Wednesday Game 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Palmieri took a feed from Will Butcher and blasted a one-timer in behind Andrei Vasilevskiy to open the scoring 8:23 into the first period on the power play. Unfortunately for the Devils, they couldn't muster up anything else offensively and eventually lost the game by a score of 3-1. Taylor Hall picked up the secondary assist on New Jersey's only goal. The Devils will head back to Tampa for Saturday's do-or-die Game 5 matchup.
Apr 18 - 10:23 PM

Mirco Mueller will be a healthy scratch in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

Mueller suited up in the first two games of the series, but he's now been scratched in back-to-back contests. He had no goals and four assists in 28 games during the regular season. Jesper Bratt, Michael Grabner, Jimmy Hayes, Brian Gibbons and Joey Anderson will also watch the game from the press box.
Apr 18 - 7:14 PM

Cory Schneider will be between the pipes for Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

Schneider was solid during Monday's 5-2 win in Game 3 (he stopped 34 of 36 shots). For the Devils to have a chance to even up the series tonight, they'll need their goalie to be rock-solid. He has a 1-0 record with a 1.42 goals-against-average and a .957 save percentage this postseason.
Apr 18 - 6:26 PM

Taylor Hall has excelled in his first playoff series.

It took Hall a while to finally get to the postseason, but he's making the most of it now. He has two goals and five points in three games so far. The Devils are still down in their series to Tampa Bay 2-1, but New Jersey might not even have earned a single win if not for Hall's efforts. He'll try to help the Devils even the series in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Source: NY Post
Apr 18 - 5:01 AM

John Quenneville will not require knee surgery, per the New Jersey Devils.

Quenneville suffered a right knee/MCL sprain earlier this month and missed the last 5 games of the season for Binghamton of the AHL. His rehab will be conducted and monitored by New Jersey's staff.
Apr 17 - 5:12 PM

Ben Lovejoy scored a goal in New Jersey's 5-2 win against Tampa Bay in Game 3 Monday night.

Lovejoy finished the 2017-18 regular season with two goals in 57 contests. This was his fifth goal and 15th point in 61 career playoff games.
Apr 17 - 5:09 AM

Blake Coleman found the back of the net in the Devils' 5-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 3 on Monday.

Coleman's goal was a shorthanded marker at 19:02 of the third period. He also scored a goal in Game 2 and has a plus-three rating over those two games. This is the 26-year-old's first playoff series.
Apr 17 - 5:07 AM

Cory Schneider turned aside 34 of 36 shots in Monday's 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Believe it or not, this was Schneider's first victory since Dec. 27. He suffered through a significant groin injury and a long losing streak during the second half of the year. Schneider turned aside all 25 shots he faced at even-strength, but he allowed the Lightning to score twice on the power play. Even though they found themselves down 2-1 in the third period, the Devils managed to come back to make this series interesting. Schneider now has a 1-0 record with a 1.42 goals-against-average and a .957 save percentage this postseason. Keith Kinkaid started the first two games of the playoffs, but Schneider will be the go-to guy going forward. The Devils will look to even up the series at two at home on Wednesday night.
Apr 16 - 11:37 PM


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