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NEW YORK (May 15, 2013) – Two outdoor regular-season NHL® games will be played at Yankee Stadium during the 2013-14 season as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ the National Hockey League announced today.
The two games scheduled for Yankee Stadium are:
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 12:30 p.m. ET
New York Rangers at New York Islanders
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 7:30 p.m. ET
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Clarkson said he hasn’t thought about whether tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins could be his last home game as a Devil. After facing the Penguins, the Devils close out the season Saturday afternoon against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden and Clarkson doesn’t know what will happen after that.
“I haven’t really thought about it yet,” Clarkson said. “I’m going to finish these two games and play my hardest. I haven’t thought about this being my last home game.”
Clarkson said again he’d like to re-sign with the Devils, but also acknowledges that he doesn’t know if he will be back.
“I’ve enjoyed playing here,” he said. “I don’t know what’s ahead, but I haven’t really thought about that. It’s not something that’s come into my mind or mindset. I’m going to go out there and play like we’re still in and we’re still fighting for something and that’s all I can do.”
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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils 2012 first-round draft pick Stefan Matteau did not quit his junior team, his agent Pat Brisson said this afternoon.
There were multiple initial reports that Matteau, 19, quit the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada after being benched for the third period of the Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Baie-Comeau in Game 2 of the QMJHL semifinals. Armada GM Joël Bouchard announced today that the team had released Matteau.
Brisson said that Matteau was actually released after Saturday night’s game.
“The team decided to release Stefan. He didn’t quit,” Brisson said. “They made a decision. People read the headlines at first that Matteau quit and drives back with the fans. The team made a decision to release him. Joël was firm about it. They gave him a plane ticket to go back from Baie-Comeau to Montreal and he decided to ride back on the bus. His father (Armada assistant coach and former NHLer Stephane Matteau) decided to drive back with him.
“So, the issue of him being on the fan bus, under the circumstances he decided to ride right back rather than wait until the next day and fly back. He decided to ride back with his dad.”
added 8:59pm, The GM of Armada explains the process in the CBC video below...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
From the Final in 2012 to Finality in 2013.
And when Martin Brodeur was asked if he could define the difference in the Devils from one year to the next in the moments following regular-season Game 45 elimination from playoff contention with yesterday’s 4-1 Garden defeat to the Rangers, the all-time goaltender didn’t hesitate.
“There’s Zach,” he said, meaning captain Zach Parise, the first-line winger who left the Eastern Conference champions behind in July to accept a 13-year, $98 million free agent offer from his home state Wild. “That’s a top-three forward we never got back.”
from Stan Fischler at the Daily Freeman,
In Newark, where the Devils enjoyed an unprecedented season-long run of sellouts at Prudential Center, fans are massaging their scalps, wondering how the plunge from the penthouse to the pits occurred almost without warning and precedent.
Or, as Mr. Devil-turned-broadcaster Ken Daneyko says, “I’ve never seen anything like this collapse.”
While the Blueshirts prepare for the playoffs, Lou Lamoriello’s club can only ponder what-might-have-been, especially since the Devils leaped from the starting gate in this aborted hockey season with an 8-1-3 record.
The ever-trustworthy Fischler Sports X-Ray Machine provides all the pertinent answers which, incidentally, are so simplistic they can be summed up in six words: Age, Injuries, Sophomore Slump, Zach (and) Parise. To wit:
AGE -- DeBoer entered the season with two veteran goaltenders. Future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur will be 41 years old in a little more than two weeks. His sidekick Johan (Moose) Hedberg will be 40 two Sundays from now. The most productive Devil, Patrik Elias just turned 37.
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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
A year ago, the Devils were set to embark on a run that ended in the Stanley Cup Finals. Today, we’re left to wonder what has gone wrong this season:
1. Injuries to two stars
Goalie Martin Brodeur was sidelined by a pinched nerve in his upper back and neck for most of March. He did not play in 13 straight games and the Devils went 3-8-2 in those games.
Kovalchuk hasn’t played since clattering into the end boards on March 23 against the Florida Panthers. The Devils have lost all 10 games, albeit three times in shootouts and once in overtime.
That’s a combined 3-14-6 during those two periods. Had the Devils even played .500 hockey during those stretches, they’d be in the playoffs.
2. Too many role players
General manager Lou Lamoriello made some key moves to assemble a winning team last season. The additions of Ryan Carter and Steve Bernier were outstanding and Stephen Gionta completed the fourth line.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
If you follow Hockey Night in Canada analyst Craig Simpson on Twitter, you likely know about the spooky situation Martin Brodeur has been mired in for the last three weeks.
After a month-long absence, the 40-year-old New Jersey Devils goalie returned from a pinched nerve ailment on Mar. 21, scored his third career goal and won. Two nights later, he won again. It was career victory No. 666, a fitting total for a lifelong Devil.
However, it has proven to be an omen. Brodeur hasn't won since. He arrives in Toronto on Monday to play the Maple Leafs on a nine-game (0-5-4) winless streak. The NHL's all-time winningest goalie had added to his all-time leading loss total (378) and, with seven games remaining, New Jersey's playoff hopes are slipping away.
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from Brian Stubits of Eye On Hockey,
As part of a chaotic sequence around the Senators' net on Friday night, Anderson was peering into the corner following the puck while Henrique was skating right next to him. Slyly, Anderson stuck out his stick and, with the butt end, caught the face of Henrique.
At the same time, David Clarkson and Zack Smith were having a fight behind the net. There was more pushing and shoving going on, so Anderson's high stick wasn't seen or called by the referees.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Lamoriello’s team is now 10th in the East and has lost eight in a row, the 40-year-old Brodeur hasn’t won a game since March 15, Ilya Kovalchuk can’t get healthy and defenceman Anton Volchenkov was sat down for four games on Thursday for elbowing Brad Marchand.
Suddenly, this is starting to look a little like Calgary East, a situation in need of a substantial step back to rebuild but one in which that approach is likely to be received badly.
It certainly didn’t start to happen at last week’s trade deadline. Instead, Steve Sullivan was acquired for a seventh-round pick, another coat of paint to try to stave off the creeping mildew that has impacted this roster since, well, Niedermayer left town after the 2003-04 season.
A steady stream of stalwarts has departed as unrestricted free agents — Niedermayer, Brian Gionta, Brian Rafalski, Scott Gomez, John Madden, Paul Martin — without fetching anything in prospects or players before they left. That has been the Lamoriello approach to dealing with free agents, and really he’s been burned only on Niedermayer and Rafalski.
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