23 games remain in New Jersey’s schedule.
23 games remaining for the Devils to put together a run to secure a playoff spot. 23 games for the Devils to erase a consistently inconsistent stretch of play leading up to the Olympic Break; a run of play characterized by a lack of offensive production, the surrendering of backbreaking goals late in games which eventually led to losses (see Colorado, Nashville etc) and a general sense of frustration.
One of the more frustrating aspects of watching the Devils play in the last month was the way in which they could utterly control a game in terms of possession and limiting the opposition’s scoring chances, yet barely manage good shots on goal, let alone an actual goal. This resulted in several instances where New Jersey gave up the game’s first goal against the run of play; their loss at St. Louis was one game which epitomized this trend.
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On this weeks episode David interviews Tom Gulitti and then talks about the Olympics, new line combinations and more!
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On this weeks episode David interviews Randy Miller. They talk about Pete DeBoer, the young players and the trade deadline.
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On this weeks episode David and John recap three games, Pete DeBoer getting mad and whether or not the Devils should even make a trade.
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On this weeks episode David and John recapped the blowout of Saint Louis, a win against the Capitals and a day out at Yankee Stadium.
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On this weeks episode David, John and Dan recap the games from this past week, Clowe’s hot streak and if the Devils should make any moves.
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On this weeks episode David, John and Dan talk about Ryane Clowe’s terrific play of the last week, a down week for Zubrus-Zajac-Jagr, ice time for the younger players and more.
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Michael Ryder threw the Devils a desperately needed lifeline with 29 seconds remaining Tuesday evening. Trailing 2-1, shorthanded with Martin Brodeur on the bench, the Devils scraped together an equalizer thanks to the quietly productive Newfie after an expertly placed cross-ice pass from Marek Zidlicky found Ryder at the backdoor for an easy finish. The joy of the the tying goal didn’t last long, as the Flyers got the last word, snagging an overtime winner from Brayden Schenn just 1:50 into the extra frame.
Schenn scored the winner and assisted on another goal after he was cut by a skate earlier in the game on his abdomen.
The loss for the Devils is their third-consecutive loss, albeit one where they get a divisional point in their feeble attempt to stay in the Metrpolitan Division playoff race; a race that is getting tougher with every loss and every win from Philadelphia and the suddenly surging Islanders, who topped Toronto 5-3 on Tuesday.
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On this weeks episode David, John and Dan recap a week that saw the Devils lose to the best and worst teams in the NHL. They also look at the Winter Classic, Stadium Series, World Junior Championships and more!
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The beginning of the third period of Friday’s 5-3 loss to Chicago bore a remarkable resemblance to the loss to Chicago on December 23. The Blackhawks exploded over a brief span to take complete control of a tied game, scoring three times in the space of 4:04 to take a 4-1 lead. The Devils, however fought back, only to come up short against one of the league’s top teams in a frustrating loss on the heels of Tuesday’s victory over PIttsburgh.
Marek Zidlicky scored twice in the third period to pull the Devils back in the game, generating several stretches of strong play that saw them unable to secure the equalizer. Chicago’s Patrick Sharp hammered home the victory with 1:28 remaining beating John Merrill to a loose puck and dancing around the poke check of Martin Brodeur to complete his hat trick.
Sharp opened the scoring in the second period and then scored the team’s third goal, beating Brodeur from the goal line along the boards on a bad angle. Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa notched the other two tallies in the third-period spree.
The Devils played with Chicago over the first two periods of the game, trading blows with one of the league’s best puck-possession teams. Brodeur did not look terribly good on several of Chicago’s goals, although the second Hawks tally deflected in off the skate of Zidlicky. Chicago put 24 shots on goal in the win, making Brodeur look a bit slow on a few of their goals.
It took the Devils most of the first period to wake up, as the team weather two early Chicago power play and after 10 minutes of play committed more icings than they had shots on goal.
Andy Greene scored the Devils first goal on a nice deke around Chicago goalie Antti Raanta, who is filling in for the injured Corey Crawford. Raanta turned away all but three of the 27 shots the Devils threw at him.
-Friday’s loss to Chicago saw the Devils eclipse the 12 shots they managed on December 23. Sadly, the 12 was not a season low.
-Patrik Elias did not play Friday and will not go with the team to Buffalo after leaving the New Year’s Eve win over Pittsburgh after his first shift.
-The Devils placed Mattias Tedenby”> on non-roster waivers to make room for the returning Ryan Carter, who had not played since November 30 after injuring his knee in a fight against Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno. Carter played 13:18 with no points and a shot on goal.
-Mike Sislo made his season debut on Friday, putting two shots on goal in 8:29 of ice time.
-The line of Adam Henrique-Ryane Clowe-Michael Ryder finished the game a combined minus-12, each notching a minus-4 rating.
-Henrique notched an assist on Zidlicky’s second goal, giving him at least a point in each of the last four games.
-Eric Gelinas’s assist on Zidlicky’s second goal was his first point since December 18 against Ottawa, a span of seven games.
-Cory Schneider is slated to start Saturday’s contest in Buffalo, as noted by Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record.
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