Game Time: 7:30 PM
TV: TSN, NBCSN, MSG+
Radio: 1130 AM
Thursday night, your New Jersey Devils (15-17-10) will look to finally snap a 10-game losing streak as they travel to Philly to take on the Flyers (19-21-3) for the fifth and final time this season. The Devils have gone 0-6-4 in their past ten, virtually knocking them out of the 2013 playoff race. The Flyers, on the other hand, have gone 6-4-0 in their past 10, moving one point ahead of the Devils in the standings as they try to piece together a season that got off to a rocky start for the Philadelphia team.
Game Time: 7:30 PM
Radio: 660 WFAN AM, 101.9 FM
For the first and only time this season, the New Jersey Devils (15-11-7) will travel to Tampa Bay to face-off against the Lightning (14-18-1). The previous two meetings between the teams were split, with the Devils winning the first game 4-2, and the Lightning taking the second contest 5-2. The Devils will look to bounce back from a 3-2 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators, while the Lightning will look to continue their strong play at home.
Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Bryce Salvador (1 goal, 1 assist)
2nd star: Martin Brodeur (28 saves)
1st star: Zach Parise (2 goals, 1 assist)
It’s funny what a difference two days can make. On Saturday afternoon, the Devils played a decent all-around game, but you need to outscore your opponent to win games (at least that’s the only known way to win as far as I know), and the Devils couldn’t beat Henrik Lundqvist on Saturday. Two days and a few tweaks to the lineup later, the Devils tied the series once again with the Rangers in a strong, 4-1 victory at the Prudential Center in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Bryce Salvador (2 assists, 23:37 ice time)
2nd star: Chris Kreider (Rangers – 1 goal)
1st star: David Clarkson (Game-winning goal, 3 shots)
“Every goal he scores is a game winner. I hope he can get 7 more.” Those were the words of Ilya Kovalchuk in his postgame interview at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. He was referring to David Clarkson’s third period goal that held up as the game-winning goal that tied the Eastern Conference Finals at one game apiece after dropping Game 1 on Monday night. The Devils got the job done, winning 3-2, and will make the short trip across the Hudson River before Saturday’s Game 3 against the Rangers.
It’s Stanley Cup Playoff time! While we are all excited for the playoffs, let’s take a look back at the season and hand out some fan-voted Player Awards. At the Devils Team Awards ceremony the team voted Zach Parise as their MVP, Johan Hedberg was named the Player’s Player and shared the Unsung Hero award with Bryce Salvador. What we want to know is what you think! We picked a few players and want you to cast your vote for each of the categories below.
This past week was filled with great moments. Friday, the New Jersey Devils retired number 27 and then the team went on to win their 3rd straight game going 6-3 against Dallas. The team scored 18 goals this week beating Tampa, Florida, Dallas and Montreal. With that many goals scored we can choose a bunch of players for this weeks Player of the Week. However, we pulled what we thought were the three we should highlight.
Our captain, coming off POTW 12/4-12/11, had another great week scoring 3 goals and had 6 assists. Another great moment for the organization was Patrik Elias’s goals in Montreal where he broke the Devils All-Time Goal Scoring Record. This week he had 4 goals and 2 assists. With all the offense we can easily forget about our defensemen. This week we highlight Bryce Salvador because he had over 20 minutes of ice time in almost every game this week. He also made a glove save against Dallas that changed the game. He finished the week with 2 assists and a plus 8. As always, let us know if we left someone out by clicking OTHER.
Classic barbecue food, music, games for the kids and a chance to chat with your favorite New Jersey Devils – I’d say that’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. This past weekend the Devils hosted their second annual Devils Family BBQ and Fan Fest at the Prudential Center. It’s one of the cool events season ticket holders get to be a part of and a great way to kick off the season.
Anxious fans lined up outside of The Rock waiting to get in and meet their favorite players. They opened up the main concourse of the Prudential Center and let the fans roam. Lunch was served in the Fire & Ice Lounges. If you were lucky you caught Zach Parise behind the counter suited up to serve with an apron and chef hat. Rumor has it that Ilya Kovalchuk was handing out cookies. Bryce Salvador was taking care of the sodas with Nick Palmieri and Andy Greene.
There was plenty for the younger kids to do between shooting pucks into inflatable nets, hanging out with NJ and dancing with the Devils Dancers. All the players were happy to take pictures, share stories and even play a few rounds of floor hockey with the kids (and some of the adult fans, too). Parise and David Steckel played a couple games of hockey, followed by another game around the corner with Jacob Josefson, Mattias Tedenby, Alexander Urbom and Henrik Tallinder – only a few men short of a Swedish National team. Dainius Zubrus and NJ were hanging around the inflatable goalie nets watching our youngest Devils Army members practicing their slap shots.
Lines formed for both our veteran players and new additions to the team. Cam Janssen and Adam Larsson were pretty popular, as were Martin Brodeur and Patrick Elias of course. Even Lou Lamoriello and our new coach, Peter DeBoer, made appearances on the concourse. Every where you looked you saw a Devil in their jersey. It was surreal to see them on the concourse and to be honest, kind of weird. You learn a few things about the guys being so close. Did you know that Janssen loves to dance in place? David Clarkson seems tough on the ice but his face lights up when you mention his little girl (who will not be a hockey player). Clarkson is also a huge Jets fan and has a helmet signed by the team. Tallinder is a bit of a goofball, he was caught sneaking into pictures with other players and teasing Tedenby and Josefson when they lost their hockey game. Oh, and Rod Pelley has no front teeth – but you’ve probably noticed that before.
It’s great getting a chance to talk to the players and see them off the ice. Everyone had a great time and made sure to wish their favorite guys good luck during the season. There was tons to do and lots to see. Check out more photos from the BBQ on the Devils Generals Flickr page. Let us know if you find your face!
After missing all of last season with a concussion, sustained after a couple rough pre-season matches with the Flyers and Rangers last year, I am super excited to announce that Bryce Salvador is expected to take the ice in tonight’s first home pre-season game!
Our veteran defensemen was originally drafted in the sixth round by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1994 entry draft. He would then play for the St. Louis Blues until 2008 when he would be traded to us in exchange for Cam Janssen (who we welcome back to New Jersey this year, but I digress!).
Since then, Salvador has been a strong presence on our defensive line. Aside from being fast and fearless when defending the net, Salvador isn’t shy when it comes to sticking up for his team mates in the event that a scrum breaks out.
I’ve had the chance to meet Salvador a few times and he is one of the nicest people you could ever encounter. At the Team BBQ last year, he was sporting a pretty large slash across his forehead (which he got in the game the night before). My mother, always concerned about our players, blurted out, “OH! That’s a big Boo-Boo you got! Are you OK?” My family, our season ticket representative (who was accompanying Salvador) and Salvador all broke out into laughter. My mom, realizing she just asked a professional hockey player about his “boo-boo” as if he were her son, stood there blushing as Salvador kindly told her he was doing just fine, and not to worry. Since then, each time we’ve seen him at an event, we’ve asked about his “boo-boo” and how his recovery has been going. He hadn’t fully recovered when we saw him at the player skate and my mother admonished him saying, “You told me your boo-boo wasn’t bad! But you haven’t played all season!” He again laughed and assured her he was doing well, while Zubrus laughed and teased him. Finally, we saw him again at the awards ceremony and got to have him sign the photos we took earlier in the season. The gash on his forehead was fully healed and he was a good sport about checking out our photos and laughing at the situation again.
And so, it is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Bryce Salvador back to the ice. I’m looking forward to his finesse, speed and defensive expertise… just, please stay healthy. No more boo-boos! We fans missed you as much as your team mates did!
If you’ve met Salvador, please share your story!
It’s finally that time again. Starting with our pre-season opener on Friday, HOCKEY IS BACK! I know I’ve been talking to a lot of my friends and fellow fans over the past few weeks. As training camp got underway and season tickets were received in the mail, the underlying excitement has continued to grow.
I’ve already broken the jerseys out of the closet (I use the excuse that they make good sweatshirts and wear them every chance I get) and I’ve made plans for road trips throughout the season. Friends and I are already discussing who is going to what pre-season game, who will be at the home opener and where we will all meet. Fantasy hockey leagues are popping up all over the place, with everyone on Facebook and Twitter asking “who wants to join in?” I’ve never been a part of a fantasy league before, but I’m going to give it a try with our own Devils Generals League!
As busy as the summer has been, the hockey bug is biting and I can’t wait to get back to the arena. I am looking forward to seeing what our boys have in store for us this year. The end of last year showed so much promise for our upcoming season. Our rookies really stepped up to the plate filling in for our injured veterans, and it will be fun to see how much they have grown and how well they will play now that they have some experience under the belts. We have new players to welcome to the ice, like our top draft pick, Adam Larsson. We’ve hired a new coach, Peter DeBoer and we get to welcome back Bryce Salvador, who missed all of last season with a concussion. I am relieved and ecstatic to hear the news that he cleared his physical and is reported by his team mates to be in incredible physical shape. As if all of that news wasn’t fantastic enough, we also get to welcome back Zach Parise whose knee has completely healed! While I am saddened to hear Travis Zajac injured himself during training and will be missing a month or two, I am curious to see who Lou and our coaches will have fill in for him. Not at all happy news but it will give us a chance to see some more of our young, up and coming talent in action.
There are so many new additions to our Devils family, players we can finally welcome back from injury, and I will finally get to see my friends and favorite staff members again. I have a great feeling about this year!
It’s almost October, what are you most looking forward to?