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STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 27, 2014 – The NHL Stadium Series matchups from iconic venues in Los Angeles and New York this past weekend set viewership records across NBC and NBCSN, continuing NBC Sports Group’s strong NHL ratings this season.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
It has become apparent that Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello must focus his attention on obtaining a left winger for the team’s top line.
With five weeks remaining before the NHL’s March 5 trade deadline, the Devils have not been able to find a suitable linemate for Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr since Dainius Zubrus was moved off that unit. With coach Pete DeBoer having said he is happy with his other forward configurations, Lamoriello may have to ratchet up his search for a veteran winger who can score....
Although Jacob Josefson stepped in alongside Zajac and Jagr for Sunday’s outdoor game against the Rangers, a search for help seems to be in the cards.
In fact, it would not be surprising to see Lamoriello bring in a veteran defenseman, as well. Rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas gives the Devils an offensive threat on the blue line and he has played well enough defensively for stretches, but DeBoer tends to lean towards experienced veterans down the stretch and in the playoffs.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So there is another one of these coming up on Wednesday night, another chance for the Rangers to turn Yankee Stadium into the Bronx Blue against the Islanders the way they did against the Devils on Sunday afternoon.
And when Derek Stepan, who put the cherry on top of the Blueshirts’ 7-3 victory by converting a third-period penalty shot, was asked if the philosophy of going outside in another couple of days would be, “We’ve got to do it again,” or, “We get to do it again,” the center responded affirmatively and enthusiastically.
“Oh,” Stepan said. “We get to do it again.”
Again and again the NHL stages these outdoor extravaganzas and again and again the league pulls it off. One after another, from Edmonton in 2003 to Los Angeles this past Saturday night, they have become a collective greeting card for hockey’s Winter Wonderland.
Too many of these? Bah.
I like the jazzy swing mood.
Guess what locker Jagr was assigned?...
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,
The prescription for the Washington Capitals’ destruction is becoming familiar. Combine bad penalties with some sloppy decisions in the defensive zone, mix in a few neutral zone turnovers, sprinkle in a meager offense — and the recipe is all but complete.
That formula led to a 2-1 defeat Friday night to the New Jersey Devils, the Capitals’ seventh straight loss. They’ve scored more than one goal in one of those seven setbacks and have now dropped 14 of their past 18 games.
This particular failure saw another opportunity for Washington to pull itself out of its funk against a Metropolitan Division foe go to waste as the sixth-place Devils now sit three points ahead of the seventh-place Capitals.
“We’ve just gotta find a way to win a game. Gotta find some goals. It seems like we have to get a shutout to win a game. We’ve got to find a way to do it,” Jason Chimera said. “If desperation doesn’t set in then we’re in trouble, that’s for sure.”
from Dave Hutchinson of the Star Ledger,
After a pair of two-game auditions (four games total) on the first line with Jagr and Zajac, rookie Reid Boucher was sent down to AHL Albany on Wednesday and replaced by rookie call-up Joe Whitney this morning. Whitney will now join Jagr and Zajac on the top line in Friday night’s home game against the Capitals in his NHL debut.
Jagr, who has played with nearly a half dozen different line combinations this season, had 10 goals and 10 assists in his first 24 games with Zajac and Zubrus. He's tied for the team lead in goals with 16.
“It keeps changing,” Jagr told The Star-Ledger this afternoon. “You get new guys coming in and out. I don’t really like it but that’s the way it is.
“This game is too quick to play with guys you don’t know about. Sometimes you have to do things when you don’t even see them. You have to have a sense that he should be there. The game is so quick. We’ll see what happens.”
more on the Devils...
Eric Gelinas of the Devils scores from center ice on Jaroslav Halak of the Blues.
“We were poor right across the board. Poor with our discipline. Our top players took poor penalties, poor in every aspect of our game.
“It’s disappointing. We’re going to have to regroup. This is on everybody. It’s on me, it’s on the players ... it’s a total team loss. It’s just disappointing to put in an effort like (Monday) and to come back and play like we did today.”
-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St. Louis Blues after losing to the Devils 7-1. More on the game from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at The Score,
Upon closer inspection, it didn't look like van Riemsdyk interfered with Schneider.
"I just think that in that situation, specifically, when you review it on replay, it's hard to take the side of the official," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "I don't know any other way to put it politely."
That the Leafs managed to win 3-2 in a shootout relieved some of the frustration. But had Bozak's goal counted, it could have meant a rare regulation victory for Toronto, which has just two in 26 games dating to Nov. 21.
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