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.
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.
(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.
(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.
We’re a few weeks into the season and we’ve decided to start a “Player of the Week” blog to see what the fans have to say.
Here’s how it will work – each week (our week will run Monday – Sunday) we will come up with three players we think had the best week and the Devils Army will have a chance to vote for one of those three players. Voting will begin on Monday and end on Wednesday, with our announcement on Thursday.
Now that the formal stuff is out of the way, let’s get down to business.
The Devils played three games this week, Carolina Hurricanes on November 8th and then the Washington Capitals in a home and home on November 10th and 11th.
Here are you’re choices for Player of the Week. Vote, let us know why you picked that player and stay tuned for the results!
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!
Dainius Zubrus was drafted 15th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. His rookie season, he helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final. In 1999, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens, and in 2001 he would play for the Washington Capitals. In February of 2007, he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres, and in July of that year he would become a free agent! Lucky for us Devils fans, he signed a 6 year contract worth $20.4 million to play for us!
The “Lithuanian Locomotive” (as Chico would call him) had one of the best offensive games in Devils history on November 23, 2008 when he tied a team record by scoring 4 goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, leading the team to a 7-3 victory.
Zubrus is one of my absolute favorite players on our team. He’s a total package. He can pass, he can shoot, he can score, and he’s not afraid to throw his weight around when he needs to!
In addition to his presence on the ice, Zubie has a wonderful personality off the ice. He has made many public appearances and I’ve had the privilege of getting multiple chances to talk to him. He’s quick to smile, has a great sense of humor, and takes the time to answer any question (no matter how silly sounding) his fans have.
So, here’s to you, Dainius Zubrus!
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