Michael Ryder RW NJ 3 Months

Ryder tallied a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-3 win over Toronto.

A nice effort for Ryder after he watched Tuesday's game from the press box as a healthy scratch. The former 35-goal man nonetheless has not found twine since Nov. 6, and he has a modest five assists in 12 games since that two-goal performance against St. Louis.

Michael Ryder RW NJ 4 Months

Ryder scored two goals in the final four minutes of the third period Thursday against St. Louis, but he and the Devils were nonetheless stuck with a 4-3 loss.

The Blues led 3-0 entering the late stages of the third period, only to see Ryder lead New Jersey in a spirited comeback attempt that fell just short thanks to a late insurance goal by the Blues' David Backes. Ryder's offense remains highly inconsistent, but he does own a fairly respectable nine points in 13 games.

Michael Ryder RW NJ 4 Months

Ryder picked up an assist in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets.

In addition to picking up his seventh point in 11 games this season, Ryder paced the Devils with three hits on the evening. He's been a reliable contributor on the team's third line and could approach 40 points by the time the season concludes.

Michael Ryder RW NJ 5 Months

Ryder scored a goal, handed out two assists and went plus-2 in Thursday's season-opening win over the Flyers.

On a weird night for the Devils, Ryder had his first three-point game since April 4, 2013, when he was with the Canadiens.

Michael Ryder RW NJ 5 Months

Ryder potted a power-play goal in Thursday's preseason loss to the Islanders, his third goal in two preseason games.

Ryder was maddeningly inconsistent last season, his first with the Devils. He is one of several New Jersey players expected to see significant power-play time and top-six minutes. Ryder can score, but how often he does so is the question. He finished last season with 18 goals scattered across all 82 games, his lowest total per-game total since the 2010-11 season.

Michael Ryder RW NJ 11 Months

Michael Ryder was the lone New Jersey goal scorer in a 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa Thursday.

Ryder's marker was his 18th of the year and brings his point total to 34 in 80 games. Anton Volchenkov and Tim Sestito picked up assists on the goal.

Michael Ryder RW NJ 11 Months

Michael Ryder skated on the Devils' fourth line during Tuesday's practice.

Ryder wasn't surprised by the decision to demote him. "Well, I only have one goal in how many games is it? The coach thinks this is the best thing to do for the team, so I just have t work hard and try and earn my ice time back," Ryder said. He has just one goal in his last 26 contests.

Michael Ryder RW NJ 12 Months

Michael Ryder's goalless drought reached 22 games on Saturday in a 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He was credited with a team-high four shots, but wasn't able to score his 17th goal of the season. "It's been tough," he said after the loss. "It's been a while since I scored a goal. Especially getting shut out tonight, I had a couple of good opportunities to put the team on the board and it's tough points to give away right now this time in the season. I've got to make sure I keep pushing and make sure I play that way or even better every night and try to find a way to score some goals."

Michael Ryder RW NJ 12 Months

Michael Ryder fired a team-high four shots on goals for the Devils, who fell 3-0 to the Lightning on Saturday night.

Ryder also had two penalty minutes and was one of five Devils to have an even rating. Signed for his ability to light the lamp, Ryder has just 16 goals and 29 points this season. Further, the winger is mired in a deep goal drought, his last one coming Jan. 11. Dainius Zubrus had four penalty minutes and was a minus-one.

Michael Ryder RW NJ 12 Months

Michael Ryder has not scored a goal in his last 16 games.

The streaky Ryder is in one of his bad streaks but he should come out of it soon. "I really liked him (Saturday) on the Island," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I thought (Sunday) he didn't find a way to get the puck to the net. I get concerned when he's not getting shots on net. I'm not concerned as much about the goals as I am about when the opportunities dry up. That's when you get concerned." Ryder has 16 goals and 28 points in 62 games with a minus-10 rating.