Monthly Archives: December 2011

Best to Wear #20 – Jay Pandolfo

Jay Pandolfo, Best to Wear #20NUMBER: 20
HEIGHT: 6′ 1″
WEIGHT: 190
POSITION: Left Wing
SHOOTS: Left
BORN: December 27, 1974
BIRTHPLACE: Winchester, Massachusetts

The Devils drafted Jay Pandolfo as the 32nd overall pick in the 1993 draft.  Pandolfo started his career as a Devil during the start of the 98-99 season. Some say his first season with the Devils was his best. He scored 14 goals and 27 points in 70 games.

Pandolfo has two Stanley Cup wins with the Devils. The first one in 2000 and the second in 2003. Pandolfo scored his first career hat trick on October 31, 2007 agaisnt the Tampa Bay Lightning. His first hat trick was also the first hat trick in the Prudential Center.

Jay Pandolfo’s 307 consecutive game streak came to an end on November 30, 2007  with a pelvic injury. He curently holds forth longest franchise record for consecutive games played. The current leader is Travis Zajac. Jay Pandolfo currently plays for the New York Islanders.

Career Stats with the New Jersey Devils
GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
819 99 124 223 15 154 2 7 19 1068 9.2%

Game Preview – Game 37: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Your New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils vs Pittsburgh Penguins

New Jersey Devils (20-15-1, 41 points) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (21-12-4, 46 points)
3:00 PM EST
TV: MSG+
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Today’s matinee matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New Jersey Devils will be the second game between the two clubs this season and the first of three at Prudential Center.

Balanced Scoring is Success:

The Devils have won eight of our their last 11 games, and the credit for this success is the balanced scoring seen from the team this season.

The Devils, who currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference standings with 41 points, are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers with seven skaters with double-digit goals.Patrik Elias is the leading scorer so far this season with 13 goals, but right behind him are Zach Parise (12), David Clarkson (12), Ilya Kovalchuk (11), Petr Sykora (10), Dainius Zubrus (10), and rookie sensation Adam Henrique (10).

Speaking of Adam Henrique, he is the player to watch for the Devils today. Remember, Henrique made the team out of training camp this season, to find himself on the fourth line and not really making the most of his chance. He was sent down to Albany of the American Hockey League to work on his game. Following an injury to Jacob Josefson (broken clavicle), Henrique was recalled and has been on fire since. Currently on a three-game point streak (2 goals, 1 assist),  the rookie is second on the team with 18 assists and third on the team with 28 points.  He is only seven points, behind Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the rookie lead in scoring.

Last Game Against Pittsburgh:

NJD (L) @ PIT (W)
Final Score: 4-1

Devils Goal Scorers: Patrik Elias

Pittsburgh Goal Scorers: Staal (2), Kunitz, Neal

For more game stats from this game, click here.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise (C) – Henrique – Kovalchuk (A)
Sykora – Elias (A) – Zubrus

Tedenby – Zajac – Clarkson
Boulton – Sestito – Janssen

Salvador – Larsson
Volchenkov – Foster
Tallinder – Fayne

Brodeur
Hedberg

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The Latest on the Pittsburgh Penguins:

The Penguins looked to move into a tie with the New York Rangers at the top of the Atlantic Division, but the Philadelphia Flyers prevented that from happening and snapped the Penguins’ four-game winning streak.

Speaking of four-game winning streaks, the Penguins look to win their fourth straight against the Devils, despite Martin Brodeur starting in net  who has a 8-1-1  with a 0.79 GAA and four shutouts in his last 10 starts versus Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is also 1-4-1 in their last six road games against the Devils.

The Penguins will need an offensive surge from center Jordan Staal, which shouldn’t be a problem considering his success against New Jersey. He’s currently on a three-game goal-scoring streak, giving him 15 so far on the season, projecting him for 36 total this season.  In his last two games against the Devils, Staal has three goals and an assist.

Projected Penguins Lineup:

Kunitz – Malkin – Neal
Cooke – Staal – Kennedy
Sullivan – Vitale – Dupuis
Williams – Adams – Asham

Orpik – Niskanen
Despres – Michalek
Lovejoy – Picard

Fleury
Johnson 

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Best to Wear – #21

Devils Army!

Time to cast your vote as we continue to create the “Best to Wear” Devils Roster

You will have until Friday, December 30 at 11:59 PM EST to cast your vote for who you think was the Best to Wear # 21.

Game Preview – Game 36: Buffalo Sabres vs Your New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils (19-15-1, 39 points) vs Buffalo Sabres (17-15-3, 37 points)
7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG+
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Tonight’s game will be the second between the Sabres and the Devils this season. The two squads last met on November 16 in Buffalo, which saw the Devils take a 5-3 win.

Larsson Returns From Sweden:

The big story for the New Jersey Devils coming into tonight’s game is the return of Adam Larsson. Larsson had been granted permission from the team to return home to Skelleftea, Sweden in order to attend funeral services for his grandmother.

Despite the dismal circumstances of his travel, and the stressful 12-hour trip, the time away from the team seems to be used to refresh the rookie, who averages 21:55 of ice time per game so far this season.

Coach Peter DeBoer told The (Bergen) Record that Larsson looks good, “I think he appreciated the trip home and we’re glad to have him back.”

Key to Winning:

*Do not put puck in own net.

Last Game Against Buffalo:

NJD (W) @ BUF (L)
Final Score: 5-3

The last time these two teams met, rookie goaltending-sensation Jhonas Enroth got the start for the Buffalo Sabres in place of the injured Ryan Miller. Going into the game, Enroth was a perfect 6-0-0 on the season and had gone nearly a full year since losing in regulation. However, the New Jersey Devils had Ilya Kovalchuk returning to the lineup after missing five games due to leg injury.

The Devils got goals from five different players in the game, including the returning Kovalchuk. Also scoring goals were Zach Parise, Mark Fayne, Patrik Elias and David Clarkson. These five goals were enough to chase Enroth from the game, halfway through the third period.

Martin Brodeur stopped 29 shots for the Devils, including a couple game savers which earned him the third star of the game.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise (C) – Henrique – Kovalchuk (A)
Sykora – Elias (A) – Zubrus

Tedenby – Zajac – Clarkson
Boulton – Sestito – Janssen

Salvador – Larsson
Volchenkov – Foster
Taormina – Fayne

Brodeur
Hedberg

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The Latest on the Buffalo Sabres:

Heading into tonight’s game, the Sabres look to win back-t0-back games for the first time since a five game winning streak from November 4-12. In their last game, the Sabres put up four goals against the struggling Washington Capitals, in the first period alone. Ryan Miller made 20 saves in his sixth straight start to give the Sabres the win.

In the game against Washington, the Sabres powerplay put up a pair of goals, including rookie Brayden McNabb’s first career goal. The Sabres powerplay now has seven goals in the last five games, which will be a good match for the league’s best penalty-kill in New Jersey.

When it comes to statistically-hot Sabres players, captain Jason Pominville currently has three points in his last two games and 11 in his last eight. Meanwhile, the Sabres’ leading goal scorer, Thomas Vanek, has a five game point scoring streak in which he has collected eight points in that timeframe.

Projected Sabres Lineup:

Vanek (A) – Hecht – Pominville (C)
Boyes – Roy (A) – Stafford (A)
McCormick – Gaustad (A) – Kaleta
Adam – Ellis – Kassian

Ehrhoff – McNabb
Regehr – Sekera
Leopold – Weber

Miller
Enroth

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Player of the Week Winner: Dec 12 – Dec 18

Patrik EliasThe team surged during this time creating many opportunities for a long list of players to choose from. But after all was said and done how could we choose any one other than Patrik Elias. He had 4 goals this week, including the one against Montreal to take over as the Devils all-time goal scorer, passing John Maclean with 348 career goals. Elias was the Devil’s sole representative last year in the All-Star game and he comes to mind again this year. Elias is currently leading the New Jersey Devils with 30 points, (13g, 17a). Congratulations to Patrik Elias for his record and for being voted Player of the Week.

A preview of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships

Every year around this time, young hockey players aspiring to turn pro someday are given the opportunity to showcase their abilities knowing that scouts are watching and to represent their country. The 2012 IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation)’s annual World Junior Championships get under way from Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. Team USA, which won the Gold medal back in January 2010, defeating Canada in overtime, and won Bronze last year in Buffalo, opens against Denmark tonight at 8 PM (games are televised on the NHL Network in the U.S.).

You might be wondering “why should I care about these prospects right now?” Well, the New Jersey Devils had two prospects that were invited to Team USA’s tryout camp for this year’s W.J.C. roster. The first was forward Reid Boucher, who was the Devils’ 4th round pick in this past summer’s NHL Entry Draft. Boucher is 5’9″ and most known for his incredibly accurate shot, as well as his stick-handling ability. The 18-year old did not make Team USA’s roster this year, but he certainly has the skill to warrant another tryout next year.

The other Devils prospect to get a crack at Team USA’s roster was defenseman Jonathan Merrill, the Devils’ 1st draft pick in 2010. Merrill made the team last year and led Team USA to a Bronze medal. The 6’3″ defenseman registered five points in six games during the tournament and was named Team USA’s third star of the tournament. Unfortunately, Merrill was suspended for violating team rules and has missed the entire college hockey season with the Michigan Wolverines to date. He is scheduled to return to his team following the tournament, but hopefully the opportunity to play in the World Juniors will continue his development towards making the Devils roster someday.

The Devils also have one prospect who made Team Canada’s World Juniors roster: goaltender Scott Wedgewood, the Devils’ third round draft pick in 2010. While his numbers with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers wouldn’t amaze you, he was the Whalers’ MVP of the playoffs last spring, as they upset the heavily favored Kitchener Rangers in the first round of the OHL playoffs. Wedgewood is one of four goaltenders that made Canada’s roster for 2012.

So the Devils do have two players involved with this year’s tournament. In the past, Zach Parise helped Team USA win Gold in 2004, in 2010, Mattias Tedenby and Jacob Josefson got the chance to play together for Team Sweden and Adam Larsson represented Team Sweden in 2010 and 2011. In fact, Larsson posted two goals and six assists during the past two tournaments, making him Sweden’s highest scoring defenseman ever during the World Juniors. Now in 2012, it is Jonathan Merrill and Scott Wedgewood that have the chance to shine in a significant tournament. Team Canada opens Finland at 3:30 PM Eastern today and Team USA gets under way at 8 PM.

*You can view Team USA’s complete schedule here, and Team Canada’s schedule here.

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