The Bruins came to the Prudential Center about two weeks ago and unloaded every container of ammunition they seemed to have on them. The Devils were embarrassed on their home ice with the game finishing a very lopsided 6-1. In that game, the Devils were careless with the puck, forgot how to backcheck and never had their legs underneath them after the horn sounded to end the first period. With so many holes to try to plug, the Bruins walked all over the Devils and Martin Brodeur, who had a forgetful outing.
For the time being forget Patrik Elias, Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise. Year in and year out, Devils fans expect these three individuals to perform to the best of their abilities every game. Their season point totals should always hover above 80 points, and if they don’t, we all have something to say. However, there has been someone added to the team this year who has exceeded almost everyones expectations, and his name is Adam Henrique.
I suppose it took a 6-1 trouncing by the Boston Bruins for the Devils to finally open their eyes. Over these past couple of games, the Devils have been playing a dominant style of hockey consisting of three equal parts: strong offense, shut-down defense and solid goaltending.
The Devils have defeated the Florida Panthers (5-2) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-1) in back-to-back games and have shown no sign of wear and tear.
As a blogger for the New Jersey Devils, it is easy enough to try to find the good in a bad game. It is easy to pick out the moments that allow you to hang your hat on them, and come back a few nights later, parked in front of the TV, to watch again. Every fan does it. The problem I am currently facing is what happens when you run out of patience for the things that never seem to change.
Devils center Ryan Carter has learned that there will be no disciplinary action taken after his hit against Carolina’s Jaroslav Spacek. During the play, Carter was issued a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct.
You can watch the hit here. Sorry for the crappy video, but you can still get the jist of it.
I am very surprised that nothing will come of this hit. As soon as it happened I had already come up with it being about a two game suspension.
You can read Carter’s thoughts after the jump.
“There are critical points on the table at this time of year and if you can be a focused team you can catch a lot of teams with their heads other places,” DeBoer said to Dave Hutchinson of The Star Ledger following a one-hour practice at the AmeriHealth Pavilion. “That’s got to be our goal through this time.”
“I think the guys are smart enough to look at the game and realize we did a lot more right than they did (the Devils outshot the Rangers, 31-21) and our team was in the right place,” DeBoer said. “We hit a hot goalie (Henrik Lundquist had 30 saves). That’s going to happen.”
After fully recovering from an offseason Achilles injury, Travis Zajac will make his season debut with the New Jersey Devils on Friday night against the Dallas Stars. The night adds and extra sense of nostalgia, as former Devils defenseman Scott Niedermayer will have his jersey raised to the rafters prior to the puck drop.
On their way to a 5-4 victory last night, the New Jersey Devils were led by strong performances on the ice by Zach Parise and Adam Henrique. The see-saw battle came down to the final minutes, where the Lightning forced a fair amount of pressure in trying to sneak in and force overtime. Parise and Henrique both finished the night with a goal and two assists.
“It was fun. Ideally we’d like to be able to put the clamps down at the end and shut them down a little better,” Parise said to Rich Chere of the Star Ledger. “We’ll have to keep talking about that and keep working on that. We have to do a better job of putting teams out of it when we have the lead.”
“I feel good. My legs are good. Everything is coming together,” Zajac said. “Now it’s just getting back into game shape. Hopefully before Christmas is the plan. We’ll see. I feel good now. It’s just little things, getting back into shape, and timing has a lot to do with it. Getting the hands and feet working at the same time. As soon as that comes—I’m sure it will be sooner than later—I have to be patient and make sure I’m feeling at my best to get back in.”
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There is no other way to word it other then to say that the Devils have been horrible these past couples weeks. After loses against the Islanders, Wild, Avalanche and Jets, the Devils morale is literally down in the dumps. To make matters worse, Devils beat reporter Rich Chere provided these alarming statistics over their most recent trip.
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