New Jersey Devils News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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3/13/13: New Jersey currently finds themselves in a tight battle for the final couple playoff spots in the Eastern Conference halfway through the abbreviated NHL season. Left winger Patrik Elias leads the squad with 25 points, serving up 17 assists through Tuesday. Goalie Johan Hedberg has done a decent job filling in for injured starter, Martin Brodeur. Through 13 games, Hedberg is 4-7-2 with a 2.97 GAA and a .879 save percentage. The Devils certainly can't wait have the veteran, Brodeur back between the pipes. New Jersey will look to move up the Eastern Conference standings with a pair of games with rival Philadelphia, followed by Montreal and the New York Rangers on deck.
2/21/13: The Devils are a point ahead of the Penguins in the standings, and there is a large drop off after that. New Jersey surprised everyone last year with their run to the Stanley Cup Finals (losing to the L.A. Kings). Then they lost captain Zach Parise to free agency. But most insiders realized that the team had enough talent to contend again this year. Most surprising is the emergence of David Clarkson from enforcer to leading goal scorer. He is not fighting or defending his teammates as in the past, however, he is filling the need for scoring - so this may work out after all.
2/14/13: The Devils are off to a fine start, showing no affects from losing their captain, Zach Parise, to free agency (Parise signed with the Wild for $98 million and seven years). New Jersey leads the Atlantic Division with an 8-1-3 record, good for 19 points and three ahead of Pittsburgh. Martin Brodeur, at age 41, is still showing that he is an elite goaltender, even in a condensed season. Currently, they are on a five game winning streak and off to their best start in franchise history. Meanwhile, the L.A. Kings - who beat the Devils for the Stanley Cup - are languishing in last place in their division.
11/29/12: Forward Adam Henrique, who famously scored game winning goals in not one, but two game sevens in last season's playoffs, will miss four to six weeks to repair ligament damage to his thumb. As a rookie, Henrique scored 16 goals and 35 assists and is considered the top young gun in the Devils' organization. Henrique has been playing for the Albany Devils of the AHL this season as the NHL lockout continues. Aside from Henrique, defenseman Anton Volchenkov was injured playing in the KHL in Russia. As it stands right now, there is no need to rush the injured back into service, as there is no end in sight to the lockout.
11/22/12: Adam Henrique had the best rookie season of any Devil since Scott Gomez, and he turned out all right. In 74 games last season, Henrique scored 16 goals, added 35 assists - totaling 51 points for the rookie forward. He is stuck playing for the Albany Devils right now as the lockout goes on, but has impressed thus far. He has four goals and two assists in 13 games. Maybe these are not Gretzky numbers, but he is certainly the best young player in the Devils organization, and will probably be wearing red and black for many years.
11/15/12: Mattias Tedenby may not be the piece that fills the Zach Parise defection, but should be a name in the minds of Devils' fans. Tedenby, a small but fast winger, has had time with the big club, but has essentially played himself off the roster by not playing any defense. But his offensive prowess is encouraging. Aside from the NHLers who are playing in the AHL because of the lockout, Tedenby is the best offensive weapon in the minors. He has shown flashes of his talent in the NHL - he is fast, a great stick handler, and has a good shot - but now looks to sustain those talents and may make the Devils on a full time basis. That is, if the season would ever start.
/8/12: Regardless of if the current NHL season is wiped out or not, the Devils will be busy next off season. Many contracts are set to expire, and seven players will be unrestricted free agents, while two more will be restricted free agents. In total, the Devils will only have 13 players under contract for the 2013-14 season. And these are big names like Patrick Elias, Travis Zajac, and Marek Zidlicky. New Jersey is already in financial distress, so resigning many of these players will be impossible, forcing the team to depend on prospects perhaps earlier than they expected to.
11/1/12: If the season can be saved, and that is a big, hopeful "if", then there really is no reason that the Devils could not return to the Stanley Cup Finals. New Jersey returns most of their roster with the notable exception of captain Zach Parise, who followed big money to return to his home state of Minnesota. Otherwise, the team is still solid. Goalie Martin Brodeur may be in his 40's, but he is still an elite netminder. Meanwhile defenseman Bryce Salvador stepped up in the playoffs and demonstrated that he can be an elite defenseman, as well as score a few clutch goals.
10/18/12: Lost among the Zach Parise free agency defection was Travis Zajac. Zajac was drafted 20th overall in 2004 by the Devils and has quietly become a core player for the franchise and a suitable option at center. Many fans may have forgotton about him since he was out most of last year with an achilles injury. He returned late in the season and helped the team on their road through the playoffs. In 39 games, he scored 9 goals and 11 assists. With Zajac healthy now, he could be Parise's replacement for scoring, especially if he gets on a more offensively talented line.
10/4/12: Krys Barch is not a household name. He is not a superstar or goal-scoring hero. He is your average work-a-day NHL grinder who signed with the Devils in the offseason after stints with the Panthers and Stars. But perhaps he should be the players' spokesman. In an admittedly drunken Twitter rant, he eloquently outlined the perils of playing professional hockey and the unfair revenue sharing. The lockout is still on and the first two weeks of the regular season are cancelled. But Barch makes excellent points about the players and owners working together to get this thing solved once and for all.
8/16/12: The National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) formally responded to the NHL proposal for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current CBA will expire on September 15, and the league has indicated they will lock out the players if a new agreement is not reached. The NHLPA has noted that they are willing to continue playing without a new CBA and that is legally permissable. The NHLPA counterproposal details are not known yet, but indications are that the owners and players have a lot of work ahead to bridge the gap, but both sides always tells the media that the other side is being unreasonable.
8/2/12: With the Devils defense a point of strength for the team and 8 blueliners under contract, there is no need to rush prospect Jon Merrill to the big leagues. Merrill will instead return to the University of Michigan for his junior season to play defense for Red Berenson and the Wolverines. Merrill is a big 6'3 D, but still has more development to do. He was suspended for the first 22 games last season for breaking an unspecified team rule. Merrill was the Devils second round pick in 2010 and is only 20 years old and has the luxury of development.
7/26/12: The New Jersey Devils, still reeling from the loss of captain Zach Parise in free agency to the Minnesota Wild, were able to re-sign defenseman Mark Fayne and avoid arbitration. Fayne signed a two year deal for $2.6 million, which will more than double his $550,000 salary last season (his first full NHL season). The signing gives the Devils eight blueliners on the roster, which provides both depth in the case of an injury or suspension, as well as trade assets. The Devils will have to figure out how to replace Parise's leadership and scoring, and several people think Bryce Salvador may be the Devils next captain.
The New Jersey Devils pushed the Kings to Game 6 after winning two consecutive games to bring the series to 3-2, but it proved to be too little too late for the Devils as they fell in Game 6 at the Staples Center on Monday night by the score of 6-1. A crippling boarding major by Steve Bernier in the first period was absolutely devastating for New Jersey as the Kings ended up scoring three goals on the power play and went into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead. The Kings would never look back and added an empty-netter late in the third, followed by another quick goal that they snuck past Brodeur only seconds later to cap off the win and eliminate the Devils.
Key goals by Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique propelled the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on Wednesday night. The Devils were able to avoid being swept out of the Stanley Cup Final and will now head back to New Jersey to play at least one more home game in front of the Prudential Center crowd. Adam Henrique, who has quickly become the star of this postseason for the Devils, scored with under 5 minutes to play in Game 4 to give the Devils a 2-1 lead before Ilya Kovalchuk added an empty-netter to seal the win for New Jersey. Game 5 will be played on Saturday night.
Despite a valiant effort from veteran goalie Martin Brodeur, who only allowed one goal in all of regulation, Anze Kopitar snuck one past him almost halfway through overtime in Game 1 to hand the Devils a heartbreaking loss in an extremely well-played game by both teams. The Devils, who won three straight games in the Eastern Conference finals to eliminate the Rangers, were riding high heading into the Stanley Cup Finals. They will now look to even up the series in Game 2 on their home ice and regain the series momentum.
5/22/12: The ongoing chess match between the Devils and the New York Rangers finally hit its tipping point in game four, with more hitting, late stick play, and rough-housing than the previous three games. After splitting the first two games at historic Madison Square Garden, the series shifted accross the river to 'the Rock' - AKA: the Prudential Center in New Jersey. Henrik Lundqvist dominated game three, allowing no goals behind stellar defense. The Devils evened the series (again) with their own 3-0 shutout on Tuesday - highlighted by Rangers' forward Mike Rupp punching Devils goalie (and former teammate) Marty Brodeur.
5/25/12 The New Jersey Devils took an early 3-0 lead in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden and survived a late scare to win their second straight in the Eastern Conference Finals and pick up a 3-2 series advantage heading back home to the Prudential Center for Game 6 on Friday night. Although the Rangers stormed back and managed to tie the game at 3-3 early in the third period, a huge goal from Ryan Carter with just over 4 minutes remaining gave the Devils a 4-3 lead and put them up for good. Parise would later add an open-netter to complete the 5-3 victory.
5/16/12: The New Jersey Devlis advanced to the Conference Finals by putting away the resurgent Washington Capitals in seven games. The Rangers shut out the Devils 3-0 in the series opener. New York was able to clog up the defensive zone for most of the game, and relied on Vezina nominee Henrik Lundqvist to stop breakaways from Zack Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils played well but were simply stopped by great defense that allowed only 21 shots and blocked another 26. Rangers host Game 2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday before the series shifts across the river to New Jersey.
5/18/12 A third period goal from David Clarkson gave the New Jersey Devils a huge 3-2 win on Wednesday night and tied up their best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals series with the New York Rangers at 1-1. Escaping from Madison Square Garden with a win was very important for the Devils and they did it thanks to the help of Ilya Kovalchuk and Ryan Carter, along with Clarkson's timely tip-in that squeaked past Henrik Lundqvist early in the third. The series will now shift across the Hudson River to the Prudential Center in Newark for Game 3 as the Devils look to keep their momentum and take a 2-1 series lead.
5/11/12: The New Jersey Devils defeated rival Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday to qualify for the Eastern Conference Finals - or in layman's terms, the seminfinals. New Jersey won the series four games to one, solidifying their advance with a 3-1 road win. But the series was much closer and more competitive than the standings would indicate. Two games went into overtime, and the Devils won both. The Devils played with more poise than the Flyers throughout the series - refusing to trade punches and instead allowing Philadelphia to take immature penalties. The Devils will now rest and wait for the winer of the Rangers/Capitals series.
5/11/12 Strong play from their veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur has propelled the New Jersey Devils to the Eastern Conference Finals where they await the winner of the New York Rangers-Washington Capitals series. After losing Game 1 to the Flyers in Philadelphia, the Devils proceeded to win four consecutive games, terrorizing Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov into giving up 15 goals in four games. The Devils rallied from a 3-2 series deficit to the Panthers in round one, and have since won 6 of their last 7 games en route to a surprising trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
5/3/12: The New Jersey Devils battle the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round of the NHL playoffs, earning the right to advance after winning a thrilling double overtime Game 7 on the road against the number 3-seeded Florida Panthers. The Devils took a 2-0 lead into the third period before the Panthers rallied for two late goals to send the game into overtime. The Panthers outplayed the Devils in the extra frames, even outshooting New Jersey 12-9 in the first OT. However, There Henrique picked up a loose puck on a dump-in and fired it between Jose Theadore's legs to to send the Devils to round two.
5/3/12 - With less than 3 minutes left in overtime, New Jersey Devils forward Alexei Poinkarovsky scored the game-winning goal to give the Devils a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. A perfect pass from Ilya Kovalchuk set up Ponikarovsky for a 2 on 1 in the Flyers zone. Ponikarovsky's first shot was saved but the rebound found its way back to his stick. He would not be denied the second time as Ponikarovsky backhanded the puck past Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Devils the win. It was also a great game Ilya Kovalchuk who missed the last game with a lower back injury. Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists in the game, one of which was on the game-winning goal. Patrik Elias and Zach Parise also had goals for the Devils. The Devils now lead the series 2-1, with game 4 on Sunday at 7:30 in Newark.
5/4/12 With a thrilling 4-3 win in overtime of Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals series, the New Jersey Devils took a 2-1 series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers. After falling in Game 1 in Philadelphia, the Devils have since won two games in a row, and will look to widen their lead in Game 4 at home in the Prudential Center in Newark. Ilya Kovalchuk notched a goal and two assists for the Devils in Game 3, and he helped to set up the game-winning overtime goal by assisting Alexei Ponikarovsky with 2:39 left in the first extra period.
4/27/12 - It took 3 periods, 2 overtimes, and another blown lead, but the Devils are headed to the 2nd round. Devils rookie, Adam Henrique scored his second goal at 3:47 in the second overtime to eliminate the Florida Panthers. The Devils had a 2-0 lead going into the 3rd period on Adam Henrique's first goal 90 seconds into the game and Stephen Gionta's second goal of the series. But, in this series no lead was safe. In the 3rd period, Stephen Weiss scored his 3rd goal of the series on a power play cutting the score 2-1. Then with less than 4 minutes left in the game. The Panthers capitalized on another power play when Marcel Goc scored on a rebound to tie the game up. Martin Brodeur came up with a couple of big saves in the first overtime. Both teams had their chances in overtime, but the Devils were the ones who succeeded. The Devils will head to Philadelphia to play their rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. These two teams have produced memorable playoff matchups in the past. This time around should be no different.
4/25/12: The Devils were widely favored in their first round matchup with the Florida Panthers, despite having the lower (6th) seed. Surprisingly, the Panthers did not get that memo, and took a 3-2 series lead on Saturday, April 21 with a 3-0 shutout at the BancAtlantic Center. Jose Theodore returnd to form with 30 saves, as the Devils could not match the Panthers' intensity. The Devils evened the series at home in Game 6 with a 3-2 overtime win. In Game 7, the Devils had a 2-0 lead in the third period, but allowed the Panthers to score twice, sending the game into overtime.
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