The Devils are preparing to begin a home-at-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. The Devils sit only two points behind the Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings. The Devils have split the series 2-2, with the series concluding on Tuesday night.
The Devils have won three games in a row with two wins over the Islanders and an additional win over the New York Rangers.
After coming back from a 2-0 hole, the New Jersey Devils took a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. With a little more then 10 minutes remaining, Zdeno Chara caught the puck and fed it over to David Krejci who buried the puck for his third goal of the night. The Devils argued that it should of been a hand pass, and goaltender Martin Brodeur was the first to say he thinks it went unnoticed after the game.
“That third goal, who knows if it was a hand pass or not, but it looked pretty close to us from where we were standing and they missed it,” Brodeur said to Rich Chere of The Star Ledger. “That made a big difference. Chara was jumping up and the first assist was Lucic, so automatically that’s a hand pass.”
If it was indeed a handpass, the goal should have been disallowed and the Devils would of still had a 3-2 lead.
There is no video showing just the handpass, but you can watch the highlights from NHL.com. This specific play begins at 2:36 of the video. Did Chara get away with one here?
Lou Lamoriello on Zidlicky:
On what Zidlicky brings the Devils:
“We had an opportunity to get an experienced right shot, puck-moving defensemen, who can also quarterback a power play and has a lot of experience.”
On what he gave up in the trade to get Zidlicky:
“We felt it was something we wanted to do and none of them (the players traded) are really playing regularly at this point. But we felt this was something to get it done.”
On why he traded Foster in deal after acquiring him earlier this season:
“In my opinion we had a chance to get somebody who was better suited to playing five-on-five, moving the puck out of the zone, jumping in the offense the way can with the type of forwards that we have at this point.”
On whether it make the team much better:
“We certainly wouldn’t have done it if we didn’t think it would make our team better.”
On whether injuries to Adam Larsson and Henrik Tallinder played into the trade:
“I don’t think that came into play because we knew that Adam would be back soon, but the thought process of having somebody young play without big-game experience did come into play when you had an opportunity to get (someone who does).”
On how it was no secret that Zidlicky wanted to come to the Devils:
“That absolutely plays into it with a player of his stature, that he wanted to come here.”
On whether he’s done dealing before the deadline:
“You never know. If you can make the team better, you do. We’re pleased with the addition right now and then we’ll just go from there.”
On whether Zidlicky is a top-two defenseman:
“In our opinion he is.”
On whether he asked Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias (Zidlicky’s good friends) about him:
“We had two people who knew him probably better than anyone in Jacques Lemaire, who coached him in Minnesota, and post-Jacques Lemaire, Dave Barr coached in Minnesota (as an assistant) last year. So, I don’t think you can have a better evaluation of a player than people who are on your own staff. Of course, he was a player that we had a lot of interest in when he was traded from Nashville. So, he was a player that we looked at for a period of time.”
On whether Zidlicky will be here in time for practice Saturday or Sunday’s game vs. Tampa Bay:
“We’re going to do everything we can to get him in. He’s in Dallas right now.”
“Pete has done an outstanding job,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said to Dave Hutchinson of The Star Ledger. “He knows what he wants. He’s comfortable and confident in his own skin and is open to suggestions. It’s his honesty and forthrightness that I like. He’s very communicative with his players.”
“All the guys want to play for Pete,” Parise said. “The mode and atmosphere around the locker room is great. He has done an awesome job.”
“You have to get guys to buy into your system and I think Pete has done that with his demeanor,” veteran goalie Martin Brodeur said. “He does a good job getting everybody involved, it’s not just a one-man show. Also, he understands the ups and downs of a season and is good about taking care of guys by giving them days off.”
- Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veilleux were both called up from the Albany Devils. They will play tonight against the Sabres. In the morning practice the morning, Veilleux skated with Jacob Josefson and Cam Janssen. Palmieri skated as an extra.
- According to Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger, Martin Brodeur has made a few tweaks to his pads and is now reaping the reward.
Since the All-Star break, the 6-2, 220-pound Brodeur has tweaked his leg pads and he’s 4-0-1 and playing some of his best hockey of the season.
Brodeur has lengthened his leg pads from 36 inches to 37 inches, and increased the width at the top of the pads from 9 1/2 inches to “about 10 1/4 to 10 1/2 inches,’’ he said. The bottom remains the maximum allowed (11 inches).
“For me, I think it protects a little more the five hole,” said Brodeur, who’ll be in net on Tuesday night when the Devils (31-20-4) travel to Buffalo (24-25-6). “When I go down on the butterfly there’s a little more pad there then I used to have. I always played with my pads wider at the bottom and tapered at the top like goalies did in the 1990s. Now I’m more in line with what other goalies wear around the league. I just wanted to see if I was able to play with something a little bigger and cover a little more net. It feels pretty good.”
“I’m playing tomorrow. Marty looked like he had some discomfort during the game. I don’t know if he’s good to go or not, but I’m told to play,” Hedberg said.“I’m playing tomorrow. Marty looked like he had some discomfort during the game. I don’t know if he’s good to go or not, but I’m told to play,” Hedberg said to Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger.
Pete DeBoer wasn’t as sure as Hedberg though.
“We haven’t made that decision yet,” DeBoer said. “We’ll talk to (Brodeur) tomorrow morning and we’ll make that call. That’s the plan. I don’t foresee why he couldn’t. I’m not concerned. He had a lot of work last night. He had a pretty taxing game. So we’re giving him the day off. I don’t foresee his injury keeping him out.”
Just two seconds after the puck dropped, Cam Janssen and Eric Boulton of the Devils and Mike Rupp and Brandon Prust decided to put on a show simultaneously for the crowd at Madison Square Garden that night. Both combatants dropped their gloves and decided to duke it out for a little while. The video can be seen here.
After being benched by Head Coach Pete DeBoer a game before against Montreal, Kurtis Foster came out to play against the Philadelphia Flyers with a chip on his shoulder. He responded the only way that anyone could think of when trying to come up with a solution on how to impress their coach: produce. Foster netted a pair of power-play goals, one in the first and one in the second. Alexei Ponikarovsky would eventually be credited with the game winning goal in the Devils 6-4 defeat of the Flyers.
Per Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger
“Devils rookie Adam Henrique remains sidleined with a groin injury and did not practice again today.”
The Devils have missed Henrique the past few games, as he has been on of the driving forces offensively behind Patrik Elias (who is expected to play Thursday), Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk.
Martin Brodeur will get the start on Thursday against the Montreal Canadians. It will be his seventh start in a row.
From The Fourth Period:
The Devils, who need to meet payroll twice a month until the end of regular season, are considering trading team captain Zach Parise for draft picks.
Parise is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and the team’s reported financial woes could put the Devils in a tough situation as to whether they can or are even able to re-sign him.
The 27-year-old is earning a $6 million cap hit this season and his value is only expected to go up as he has posted 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points in 47 games this season.
The full article can be read here.
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