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Free Agency Round-up

Now that the “Free Agent Frenzy” has died down, let’s take a look at some of the free agent signings the Devils made to improve the squad.

Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus – If there was one player the Devils could not afford to lose, it was Elias. The departure of the franchise leader in pretty much every offensive category would have dealt a blow so hard that the Devils would have been looking at a rebuilding stage faster than they wanted. Luckily Elias re-signed for 3 more years that will take him to the end of his career and he will be able to retire as a Devil. Elias has been the heartbeat of this team the past few seasons. I, for one, feel he should be captain, but he has declined that request due to past issues. Not only is he the heart and soul to this team offensively, he can play in any situation. Power play, penalty kill, center, on the wing, anything at all. So the Devils re-signed their most important free agent this season. In Dainius Zubrus the Devils are getting back their bulldozer. Zubrus may not have the point total you want to see but he’s also the type of player where if you watch him every game, you know what he brings to the table and it’s a lot. Very happy Zubie is back in the fold as well.

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Game 43: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers

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.

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Game 4 Recap – Breaking the Winning Hab-it: Devils 3 – Montreal 4 (OT)

New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens

The Devils suffered their first loss of the 2013 campaign as they fell to the Canadiens by a score of 4-3. The Devils were bit badly by their 4th straight sub-par 1st period as the Habs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Ryan White cashed in on a rebound after a strong start by Montreal for most of the first 3 minutes. The Devils were able to settle the game down, however defenseman Andy Greene made a bad turnover and star rookie Alex Galchenyuk fired a laser pass over to fellow rookie Brendan Gallagher who rifled the puck past Brodeur to give the home side a 2-0 lead. The Devils tried getting back into the game but were snake bitten by their own undisciplined play.

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ECSF Game 4 Recap: Zubrus and Zidlickymania rock Flyers

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2, New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers

(a condensed version of @JerseyGuy276‘s headline)

Three stars of the game:

3rd star: Marek Zidlicky (Goal, assist, 4 shots)

2nd star: Martin Brodeur (20 saves, assist)

1st star: Dainius Zubrus (2 goals, +2 rating)

The New Jersey Devils broke a series tie with their Game 3 overtime win over the Flyers, and on Sunday night, they extended their series lead to 3-1, and are now just one win away from their first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2003.  Sunday night featured another dominating all-around performance by the surging Devils, who nearly doubled the shot output of the opposing Flyers.  Martin Brodeur celebrated his 40th birthday in style, turning aside 20 pucks and leading his team to victory, as the series heads back to Philadelphia on Tuesday night for Game 5, when the Devils will have their first chance to knock the Flyers out of the playoffs.

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ECQF Game 1 Recap: Marty gets Cat Scratch Fever with 100th playoff win

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round One, New Jersey Devils vs Florida Panthers

(headline by @Bkrayer817)

Three stars of the game:

3rd star: Sean Bergenheim (Panthers – 1 goal)

2nd star: Patrik Elias (1 goal)

1st star: Dainius Zubrus (1 goal, 1 assist)

Hey, Devils playoff hockey is back!  It took a day longer than every other series to start, but it did start, and the Devils were ready off the opening faceoff.  They took it to the Florida Panthers, and silenced the home fans.  They also bombarded the Panthers’ net with pucks.  Early on, Jose Theodore kept bailing his team out, but the Devils’ relentless offensive pressure paid off 6:31 into the game.  The clever and skilled Patrik Elias moved right in on Theodore, but pulled the puck back and sniped it into the net, as Theodore was down and left the high net open.  The goal was Datsyuk-esque (the Red Wings’ star) and gave the Devils their first goal of the playoffs.  After that, it was a first period onslaught.

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Player of the Week Winner: Patrik Elias

Patrik Elias, Player of the WeekThe Devils Army has voted and the results are in – Congratulations to this week’s “Player of the Week” for November 7th-13th, Patrik Elias!

Elias continued his point streak for the month of November assisting on goals by Danius Zubrus and Petr Sykora during last Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. On Friday, in the first of a home and home against the Washington Capitals, he assisted on Adam Larsson’s first career goal and the Devils only goal that night. Then the next night in the Nation’s capital, with the Devils down by 2, Elias won a key offensive zone faceoff and fed it to Sykora again, who ripped it home to make it 2-1, bringing life to NJ as they rallied for the come from behind win!

As of November 13th, Elias had 6 goals and 9 assists and continues to lead the team in Points, with 15.  Once again, congrats to Patty!

Join us again on Monday, November 21st when we reveal who the “Player of the Week” is for November 14th-20th.

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