Category: New Jersey Devils
Since the New Jersey Devils have just wrapped up their final preseason game, it is time to take a look into the regular season crystal ball. With the outlook of the team, I don’t see how the Devils could miss the playoffs, and further more not be contenders for the Atlantic Division. I will provide a team breakdown, and offer my opinion on how the Devils could possibly walk away with the victories.
After the Devils lost to the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center, head coach Peter DeBoer talked positvely about how often and how many minutes he plans on using Adam Larsson on a game by game basis, which all but locks up the notion that Larsson will be on the New Jersey Devils roster at the beginning of the regular season.
Larsson, who has shown he has the capacity to handle the NHL workload throughout the preseason, will be a vital defensive member on the blue line in order to try to help the Devils back to their regular winning ways.
Rich Chere reports the Devils will dress the following players tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Forwards—Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, Patrik Elias, Petr Sykora, Rod Pelley, Nick Palmieri, Jacob Josefson, Cam Janssen, Brad Mills, David Steckel, Stephane Veilleux, Steve Bernier
Defensemen—Henrik Tallinder, Adam Larsson, Andy Greene, Bryce Salvador, Anton Stralman, Mark Fayne
Goalies—Martin Brodeur, Keith Kinkaid
Anton Volchenkov injuried his leg against the Rangers in the second game and has sat out since. He is feeling better and will be in the lineup within the next few games.
Triple PPP you might ask? Easy. Parise, Patrik, Petr.
This line looks like it could be taking the ice for the first regular season game as the number one line. This line also has the chance to provide quite a few goals. Just like Jaromir Jagr is showing in Philadelphia, age is nothing but a number. Petr Sykora is right on tap with the current NHL stars when it comes to scoring. With Elias and Parise joining him on a line, he could easily find the opportunity to bury the puck in the net quite a few times this year.
Even though the Devils fell to the Rangers in the waning minutes, there were many positives signs to take out of this game.
The play of Adam Larsson, Adam Henrique, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jacob Josefson and the rest of the Devils left a sign of things to come on the ice. The play was physical, quick and made the Devils look like a really impressive hockey team. Unfortunately, the Rangers came back with a good gang of guys tonight on the ice at The Rock, and were able to snag the victory with time winding down in the third.
The Devils took on the Rangers tonight, and played well enough to walk away with a win. Potential captain Patrik Elias potted the decisive goal seconds into the overtime period after Zach Parise collected a wild pass from a Steve Eminger of the Rangers and got it to Elias at the right time.
Stephane Veilleux of the Devils and Andre Deveaux of the Rangers received 10 minute game misconducts each for fighting and instigating. Veilleux was unsuccessful in goating Sean Avery into a fight.
Finally the New Jersey Devils will begin their preseason games tonight, as they take on the New York Rangers in Albany, NY tonight. The Devils are coming with a fully loaded lineup tonight, as Patrik Elias, Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jacob Josefson and Adam Larsson.
The full lineups are continued on the next page.
Both Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg will not play tonight.
Be sure to check back later on tonight when I give my observations from the game!
Right off the bat, head coach Peter DeBoer liked what he saw when Patrik Elias and Zach Parise took the ice together on the first line. His eyes had to of gotten bigger when he saw Ilya Kovalchuk and Jacob Josefson run the second line of offense. Barring any major injuries, the Devils could be boasting a pretty nice looking offensive unit this coming season.
With Devils camp finished for the day, I will fill you in on some news that has been going around.
Right off the bat, head coach Peter DeBoer pushed the Devils, regardless if you were a veteran or a rookie.
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