Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils' Makeshift Lineup Shut out by Blue Jackets

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Devils' Makeshift Lineup Shut out by Blue Jackets

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NEWARK - The lineup was makeshift and the scoring opportunities were scarce again in a seventh straight losing effort.

But that wasn't necessarily a cause-and-effect situation in the Devils' 3-0 loss to the Blue Jackets on Sunday at Prudential Center in the start of a home-and-home series between the teams.

And if the rest of this season is about evaluating players for the rebuilding organization's next season - the team will almost certainly miss the playoffs for the fifth straight year - the lineup will continue to feature new faces.

"I don't think it's any excuse," veteran right wing Kyle Palmieri said. "We've got a couple of injuries. We've got a bunch of guys up here from Albany (AHL) but they're all really good players. They all earned call-ups. It wasn't by default. Top to bottom, we needed to do a better job of generating chances."

The 0-5-2 skid matches a season high as the Devils (25-28-12) were shut out for the sixth time and for the second time in three games. A 1-0 loss at Washington on Thursday featured a season-low 15 shots and they took 17 shots in Saturday's 3-2 loss at Boston.

This time, Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves for the Blue Jackets (41-17-6), the sixth straight playoff-bound team the Devils have faced. Cory Schneider, in his sixth straight start, stopped 19 shots.

"I think we were much better tonight than we were last night against Boston but there are no moral victories," defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. "We've got some hard-working young players in here that have done a good job since they've come up. They've got a chance to steal some jerseys. They're playing well. We need to feed off that hunger."

Captain Andy Greene (personal family reason), left wing Michael Cammalleri (shoulder) and center Jacob Josefson (upper body) were already out and rookie left wing Miles Wood (lower body) and defenseman Damon Severson (upper body) were newly banged up. …

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