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    Rookie left wing John Quenneville was a healthy scratch for Saturday night's 3-1 win over the Penguin at Prudential Center, a day after being called up from Binghamton (AHL).

    That was because Devils coach John Hynes opted to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the third straight game, coming off Tuesday night’s 3-1 win at Buffalo and Thursday night’s 4-3 win over the visiting Flyers.

    The alignment has allowed Hynes to ease defenseman Mirco Mueller, back into the rotation after the defenseman missed 31 game with a fractured left clavicle as well as double-shift Taylor Hall, 22, who now has points in 10 straight games after logging an assist in a season-high 25:58.

    “When you look at it after,” said Devils center Travis Zajac, who fought Gudas as soon as he exited the penalty box. “It could have been avoided maybe. Probably. But I think, it’s a fast game, when you look back at it,adidas Kris Letang jersey, it wasn’t like some of his malicious intent-to-injure type of hits. You never know what the league is going to do.”

    Palmieri said after the game Gudas, had lost the benefit of the doubt. But he, a repeat offender in terms of suspensions,adidas Jake Guentzel jersey, like Zajac, was not surprised Gudas did not receive a hearing with the NHL Player Safety Department.

    If the Devils’ performance is anything like their last two against the Flyers, this will be a loss.

    The teams, meet for the third time tonight at Prudential Center (Faceoff: 7 p.m.; Television: MSG Plus; Radio: WFAN-101.9FM/660AM,adidas Matt Murray jersey, with four games scheduled between Jan. 13-Feb. 13, digital One Jersey Network) after the Devils lost 5-3 at The Rock on Jan. 13 and 3-1 at Philadelphia on Jan. 20.

    “Obviously, it was 3-0 before we even got going to our game, the last time we played them in Philadelphia,Authentic Patrick Marleau jersey,” Devils captain Andy Greene said. “It doesn’t matter who you play in this league, you can’t have a start like that. The teams are too good. It’s too hard to bounce back from three goals on a consistent basis.”

    “Yeah, competitiveness in the net were all factors in the game.”, he looked much more calm in the net, he was more solid to the puck, square to the puck. His rebound control was good. I thought his battle level was high,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “He wasn’t guessing as much where the pucks were going to go. The goal went in he guessed a little bit. It looked like his footwork, even late when they had the opportunity to tie it six on four. His positioning, battle level

    In the Flyers’ first trip to New Jersey this season, they went 2 for 2 on the power play.

    special teams were a big difference,“The first game,” Hynes said. “The last game they just outplayed us. They were the better team start to finish. They beat us bad.”

    as he did in Buffalo,Hynes will again dress 11 forwards and seven defenseman, with Mirco Mueller in on defense for a second straight game after returning from a fractured left clavicle he suffered Nov. 12 at Chicago. Defenseman Steven Santini and right wing Jimmy Hayes will remain the healthy scratches.

    “It was nice to get Mueller back in, it’s an opportunity to double shift some players.”, he’s a player that really helps our team, we don’t have to play guys 22-23 minutes. We felt,” Hynes said. “It puts him in a situation to play good minutes and getting him back in the game also alleviates the heavier minutes, matchup-wise, it gives you a little more versatility on the back end. Up front

    1. It’s not the first time he’s drawn this assignment but it’s kind of neat to see former Devils prospect Kory Nagy, a fifth-round pick in 2008 who spent some time with the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany, 28, N.Y. and last played for the Toronto (AHL) Marlies in 2013-14, work a Devils’ game as an NHL linesman.

    their start the last time against the Flyers stunk. Two,2. The Devils are very focused on their start tonight for two key reasons. One, the Flyers are coming off a 5-3 loss at Washington Wednesday night.

    “Especially with them playing last night it’s important for us to get to our game early and set the tone, it’s evident off the bat. We’re playing with speed,” Greene said. “If we’re playing our game, we’re playing with structure, we’re managing the puck. When we get in trouble is when we get stubborn and try to make plays when they’re not there and it’s a battle. It sounds simple. It should be simple. We try to do some things sometimes that we’re not supposed to.”

    3. Kyle Palmieri turns 27 today. So how does he celebrate?

    He finally clinched Tuesday’s win with an empty-netter with 5.9 seconds left and also had an assist at Buffalo but still has just nine goals and nine assists in 30 games this season.

    ” Hynes said. “He took a step in Buffalo. He was moving his feet more.”,Authentic Kris Letang jersey,“We need more from Palmieri

    Hynes is hoping that Palmieri, on Pavel Zacha and Miles Wood’s right wing, can feed off the energy and smart play those two have had lately to elevate his own game.

    4. Flyers rookie goalie Alex Lyon,Authentic Jake Guentzel jersey,25, will get his first NHL start tonight after relieving Michal Neuvirth in the third period at Washington and stopping all five shots he faced.

    and they were pretty good at Buffalo.,5. Taylor Hall has at least one point in each of the last eight games he’s played and returned from a three-game absence because of an injured right thumb with a goal at Buffalo. I’d look for his line with Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt to be even better tonight

    just one point behind the second-place Penguins. The fourth-place Blue Jackets have the same 58 points the Devils do and the fifth-place Flyers are just two points back. ,6. Devils definitely need these points. Authentic Matt Murray jersey,They start the night in third place in the Metropolitan Division

    1. Trending in different directions. The Buffalo Sabres are on a three-game winning streak. They're looking for their first four-game win streak since December 2014. The team last had points in four straight games from Dec. 5 to 12,adidas Patrick Marleau jersey, 2017, when they went 2-0-2.

    Meanwhile the Devils are fighting for their playoff lives. They are on a four-game losing streak and have been shut out twice in that span (by Detroit and Nashville). Authentic Joe Pavelski jersey, New Jersey is tied with the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference wild-card race. Both teams have 56 points with the Rangers and Islanders behind with 55.

    who has missed the last three games with a right hand/thumb injury and could not represent the Devils at the NHL All-Star Game. The left-winger leads the Devils with 17 goals and 48 points. He is likely to return to the lineup tonight.,2. Taylor Hall likely to return. One of the reasons for New Jersey's slide was the injury to Taylor Hall

    3. Sabres goalies are hot. Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson have combined to stop all 80 shots faced at even strength in Buffalo's last three games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau,adidas Joe Pavelski jersey,Sabres goalies have only once gone four straight games without allowing an even-strength goal – when Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth combined to stop 102 even-strength shots from Nov. 18 to 28, 2014.

    Lehner, 2016.,Authentic Joe Thornton jersey, who will get the start against New Jersey, 2012. Lehner has now played 119:26 without allowing a goal, has posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time in franchise history since Ryan Miller had two in a row Feb. 29 and March 1, leaving him 7:33 shy of his career-best shutout streak set from Feb. 16 to 21

    and 82 points. And he's doing it at even strength.,adidas Joe Thornton jersey, 4. Jack Eichel is on a career-best pace. Eichel is on pace to shatter his personal bests in goals (24), 49 assists, assists (33) and points (57). His projected pace has him finishing the season with 33 goals

    the most in his three-year NHL career.,Eichel has 18 even-strength goals

    5. The lineup remains the same. Sabres coach Phil Housley said there were no changes to the lineup and that he likes the mix of guys right now.