Despite their record of 1-4-2 over the last seven games, the Devils have at least one reason to be pleased.

Center Andrei Loktionov, acquired on Feb. 6 from the Los Angeles Kings for a fifth-round draft choice in 2013, has begun to settle in as the first-line center with five points (three goals, two assists).

“He’s good. Very patient with the puck. He makes plays,” linemate Ilya Kovalchuk said. “I think Pete (DeBoer) has started trusting him more defensively, so I think he was a really good addtion for us.

“He never got a chance in L.A. I think it’s great he’s getting an opportunity to play here on the top two lines.”

Loktionov scored the Devils’ third goal today on a blind backhand pass from Stefan Matteau, which allowed them to get one point in the shootout loss.

“It’s nice to score a goal,” Loktionov said. “If you win it would be much better.”