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Help The Devils Choose Their New Goal Song!

New Jersey Devils Goal Song

Hey Devils fans! Want a chance to help your team choose their new goal song? The Devils have released an official statement, stating they are currently holding an online contest to choose the new song that’ll be played when your team scores at the Prudential Center. Entries will be accepted from now until October 27. The winning goal song will be debuted on November 2 against our Metropolitan Division rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers. Fans can submit original songs, or published songs recorded by a popular artist, such as “Hells Bells” by AC/DC. Official contest rules can be found here.

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Q&A with Bruce Driver

Bruce_DriverIn case you missed it, the Devils aired a great question and answer session on Spreecast with Bruce Driver! This was the first in a series featuring our alumni, hosted by Seth Everett.

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Game 2: New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers – 2013 Home Opener

New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers

Match-Up

The New Jersey Devils (1-0-0) will welcome hockey back to Newark as they host the Philadelphia Flyers (0-2-0) on Tuesday for their 2013 Home Opener. If you’re thinking to yourself, “This sounds familiar…”, it should. On October 8, 2011, the Devils hosted the Flyers at the Prudential Center to begin the 2011-2012 season. The result of that game, however, was less than favorable for Devils fans, with the Flyers leaving Newark with a 3-0 win. The Devils would eventually split the regular season series with the Flyers, finishing 3-3-0 and a less-than-desirable 1-2-0 at home.

Devils fans were able to get the last laugh though, as Jersey’s Team easily disposed of the Flyers in 5 games during the Eastern Conference Semi-finals last season. The Devils main weapon during this series was a powerful, unrelenting fore-check that forced the Flyers back into their zone for the majority of the game. The Devils will look to repeat this success on Tuesday evening.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils have had a few days of rest before their home-opener, having beaten the New York Islanders on Saturday night by a final of 2-1. The Devils offense managed to put a good amount of pressure on the Islanders, registering 28 shots on the night with the two goals coming from Travis Zajac (1) and a now-regular goal-scorer, David Clarkson (1). Ilya Kovalchuk and Clarkson tied for most shots (5) for the Devils, with Kovalchuk also tallying an assist on Zajac’s goal.

The Devils defense and Martin Brodeur did what they’ve been known to do for year now: shut down the opposition. The Islanders were held to just 19 shots on goal, with Brodeur stopping 18 of them for his 657th career win (1-0, 1.00 GAA, 0.947 Sv%). The low number of shots did not mean the Islanders were without good scoring chances, but Marty was there to stop them, as he has been for so many years.

Philadelphia Flyers

Unlike the Devils, the Flyers will not have the luxury of two days of rest. The Flyers opened the shortened 2013 season at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, and followed it up with a meeting in Buffalo against the Sabres on Sunday. The Flyers lost both of those games, 3-1 to Pittsburgh and 5-2 to Buffalo. In both games, the Flyers took numerous penalties and struggled to kill off the ensuing short-handed scenarios. Between the two games, the Flyers have gone 4-9 on the penalty kill, with one of the goals being an empty-netter scored by Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek.

As has been the norm in Philadelphia for the past few years, goaltending has been an area for concern within the organization. Ilya Bryzgalov started both games for the Flyers and gave up 2 goals on 26 shots against Pittsburgh, and 4 goals on 40 shots in Buffalo (0-2-0, 3.05 GAA, 0.909 Sv%).

What to Watch For

Expect the Flyers to come out strong in the early minutes of this game. They’ve got a lot of ground to make-up in a division that was easily the tightest in the NHL last season. With the top 4 teams in the Atlantic Division being separated by only 7 points after 82 games, every division game this season will have a must-win feel to it.

The Devils will look to not only recreate the success they had in the playoffs last year, but will also want to be as disciplined as possible. Staying out of the penalty box was another key to their success against the Flyers last season. The Devils will also want to exploit the weak penalty kill of the Flyers, so expect the Devils to shoot early, shoot often, and try to beat the Flyers down low during the power play.

Game 1: New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders – #HockeyIsBack

New Jersey Devils vs New York Islanders

Game Time: 7:00 PM
TV: MSG +2
Radio: WFAN 660 AM, 101.9 FM

Well, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen hockey, 221 days to be exact, but tonight is the first night of our quest for our fourth Stanley Cup! Last season was a season none of us will forget for a long time. A seven game series versus Florida in which we saw multiple overtimes and heroes emerge, to domination of the Philadelphia Flyers and finally getting that monkey off our backs against our rival New York Rangers with an overtime goal by Adam Henrique, to a run at the Stanley Cup versus the Los Angeles Kings.  Yes folks, it’s something you’ll never forget. You will always remember where you were when Henrique scored that overtime winner…but enough about last season.  We have a new season to talk about here and tonight, Game 1 versus the New York Islanders!

Tonight’s match-up will be the first of five games.  Last season the Devils won four of the six games so hopefully they can continue that trend this season.  When the Devils take the ice tonight, it’ll be the first time without Zach Parise on the roster. While many have written him off, it’ll be hard to replace his 31 goals, but it’s one in which the Devils will need to when they step out onto the ice tonight.  The Devils have already moved on naming Bryce Salvador as the 10th captain in Devils history.

New Jersey Devils

Offense:

The Devils offense begins and ends with Ilya Kovalchuk.  He finished 5th in the NHL in scoring last year with 37 goals and 46 assists. However he cannot do it all alone, therefore he will have to count on contributions from veterans like Patrik Elias and the newly re-signed Travis Zajac to pick up the slack.  Zajac missed almost all of last season when he tore his Achilles tendon over the summer, but returned just prior to the start of the playoffs. He scored 7 goals and 7 assists during the second season, including the overtime winner against the Panthers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals. With his new 8 year contract, the pressure will be on Travis to live up to it. At 36 years old, Elias is showing no signs of slowing down, with 26 goals and 52 assists last year and 5 more goals in the playoffs. They are the men to carry the Devils offense right now. No one can expect David Clarkson to score 30 goals again, however he could probably chip in with about 15. Adam Henrique will have to wait to build on his impressive rookie season as he starts the season on injured reserve after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. He should be ready to go by early February.

Defense:

The no name defense, something you never thought you’d hear about the Devils, is actually once again strength for this team. While there are no flashy names like Stevens or Daneyko or Niedermayer, new Captain, Bryce Salvador, Andy Greene and Anton Volchenkov are as solid as they come. 2nd year Defenseman, Adam Larsson will hopefully take a huge step in development after finishing 5th in scoring amongst rookie defenseman. Rounding out the D is Marek Zidlicky, acquired at the trade deadline, Mark Fayne and Henrik Tallinder, who can hopefully stay healthy after missing half of last season with a blood clot.

Goalies:

Our goalie tandem may be aging, but they show no signs of slowing down whatsoever.  Future hall of famer, Martin Brodeur will be back in goal for his 18th straight start with the same team, extending another NHL Record.  Brodeur finished the regular season with a 31-21-4 record, 3 shutouts and a 2.41 GAA.  Not one of Marty’s better seasons, but he was good enough to get us to the Stanley Cup Finals.  Brodeur’s back-up, Johan Hedberg is no slouch though.  When called upon, he stepped up and did what he needed to do. With a 17-7-2 record, 4 shutouts and a 2.23 GAA, Hedberg was one of the better back-ups we’ve had in a while and in a shortened season, hopefully this aging goalie tandem can keep up the strong play of last season.

New York Islanders

Now to the Islanders…the most exciting news for them after the end of their season was that they would be moving to the Barclay’s Center by the 2015-2016 season.  The Islanders haven’t made the postseason since 2007 and have finished last in the Atlantic Division ever since.  While John Tavares continues to shine, the Islanders have made some changes to their roster for this season.  They signed Brad Boyes, a former 40 goal scorer, but lost PA Parenteau who had 18 goals and 49 assists.  They also added defensemen Joe Finley and Thomas Hickey and forward Keith Aucoin on waivers.

Kyle Okposo has not lived up to his first round draft status since being drafted in 2007, but the Islanders are hoping that with him joining Tavares and Matt Moulson, he’ll be able to kick start his season.  Okposo had a career best 24 goals last season, but in order for the Islanders to start off right, they’ll need him to keep up with this pace again this season.

As far as the Islanders goalie situation goes, it’s always anyone’s guess how long Rick DiPietro will last! DiPietro hasn’t played more than 8 games since the 2007-2008season and certainly hasn’t lived up to his massive contract he received in 2006 when the Islanders signed him for 15 years at $67.5 million.  With the NHL offering amnesty buyouts, everyone has been wondering if he might be on the top of the list, but so far, the Islanders are sticking with him at least for right now.  Tonight DiPietro will actually be backing up veteran Evgeni Nabokov. At 37 years old, Nabokov put up a respectable season last year, going 19-18-3 with a 2.55 GAA. He will provide the only stability in net on a team that has FIVE goalies on the roster!

Well, at 7pm tonight the New Jersey Devils are back.  We all know what happened last time there was a 48 game season, and hopefully this season ends with the same outcome!  LET’S DROP THE PUCK ALREADY!!

LET’S GO DEVILS!!!

Stanley Cup Final Game 6 Preview: One Step Away From History – Why Not Us?

2012 Stanley Cup Finals, New Jersey Devils vs LA Kings

Stanley Cup Final – Game 6
Game Time: 8:00 PM
TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Radio: WFAN 660AM

We’re still alive!! That’s right, the Devils have fought their way back and tonight they have the opportunity to tie the series and bring it back to New Jersey for a Game 7.  I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves though. The team needs to focus on tonight’s game.

A hero has emerged in the last 2 games, one in Adam Henrique and the other, Captain Clutch, Zach Parise! Parise got the Devils on the board in Game 5 when Jonathan Quick came out to play the puck and Zach was in the right position at the right time and put it past him.  After the Kings tied up the game, the Devils continued to play their game and Bryce Salvador got the Devils on the board again when he shot the puck from the point and it went in off of Slava Voynov.

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Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Preview: Devils Look to Continue Quest for History

2012 Stanley Cup Finals, New Jersey Devils vs LA KingsStanley Cup Final – Game 5

Game Time: 8:00 PM

TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS

Radio: Bloomberg 1130 AM

It has only happened 4 times in the history of professional sports. The most famous being in 2004 when the Boston Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the New York Yankees in a best of 7 series. The most recent was in 2010 as the Philadelphia Flyers came back from 3-0 down to defeat the Boston Bruins and advance to the Stanley Cup finals. That was the 3rd time it had happened in the NHL. The other previous 2 times were the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942 against the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup, and in 1975 when the Islanders came back to defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2nd round. So, while the odds are stacked against the Devils as they take the ice at the Rock for Game 5 tonight against the Kings, 3 of the 4 times it has happened has been in the NHL. That’s gotta count for something, right?

The Devils backs are clearly against the wall, but they played their best game of the series Wednesday night in a 3-1 victory. But if they are to force a Game 6 back in LA, they’re going to have to break the Kings 10-0 post season road record. However Coach DeBoer seems to think the Devils can do it, stating that, “It’s going to happen again. So why not us? I think that’s the approach. You’re not going to go 200 years without someone else doing it. So it’s been long enough, it might as well be us.”

The Devils had never been down 3-0 in a playoff series before this one, and following Wednesday’s victory, have still never been swept. They are also no stranger to coming back in series. They’re biggest deficit was in 2000 when they came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers and advance to the Stanley Cup Final. They will hope that their own history is on their side when they take the ice tonight, in what could be the last games for Devils Captain Zach Parise, and for Goaltender Martin Brodeur.  A hero must also emerge. Adam Henrique came through again in a much needed win, who will be it tonight?

No matter what happens tonight Devils fans, cheer on your team from beginning to end. This has been one of the best seasons we have had in a long time and we should be extremely proud of the team we cheer for each and every night!

ONE SHIFT AT A TIME, ONE PERIOD AT A TIME, ONE GAME AT A TIME!!

LET’S GO DEVILS!!

Devils Projected Line-up:

Parise – Zajac – Kovalchuk

Sykora – Elias – Zubrus

Ponikarovsky – Henrique – Clarkson

Carter – Gionta – Bernier

Greene – Fayne

Salvador – Zidlicky

Volchenkov – Tallinder

Brodeur

Hedberg

Kings Projected Line-up:

Brown – Kopitar – Williams

Penner – Richards – Carter

King – Stoll – Lewis

Gagne – Fraser – Nolan

Scuderi – Doughty

Mitchell – Voynov

Martinez – Greene

Quick

Bernier

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