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Game 40: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins

Game Time:  7:30 PM
TV: NBCSN
Radio: 970 AM

Match-Up

The New Jersey Devils (15-14-10) will play host to the Boston Bruins (25-9-4) tonight for third and final meeting of the season. This is the second game between these teams in the last week. Last Thursday, the Devils shipped up to Boston in a game that saw the Devils throw everything but the kitchen sink at Tuukka Rask, but he stopped all 40 shots. Jaromir Jagr would score in his debut as a Bruin, and the Devils would fall 1-0. These are two teams headed in different directions, as Boston is fighting to win the Northeast Division, and New Jersey is fighting to keep its playoffs hopes alive.

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The Stats: New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers Infographic

Devils vs Flyers Stats

Game Preview – Game 24: Your New Jersey Devils @ Minnesota Wild

New Jersey Devils vs Minnesota Wild


New Jersey Devils
 
(12-10-1, 25 points) @ Minnesota Wild (15-7-3, 33 points)
8:00 PM EST
TV: MSG Plus 2 
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Tonight will be the one and only matchup between the Wild and the Devils. Last season, the two clubs played at Prudential Center on January 4, which saw the Wild take a 2-1 victory.

Will the Devils Show Up to Play Tonight?:

Head Coach Pete DeBoer said it best when talking about the Devils first period play on Wednesday night, saying it looked like the team was still in New Jersey.

The Devils found themselves down 3-0 at the end of the first period, which had a lot of fans in an uproar about the team’s play.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored a little past halfway of the second period, to draw the Devils within one, but the Avalanche had other plans, scoring three more unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 win.

While the team’s play hasn’t been spectacular, the team is still ahead of where they were last season at this point. While the Devils already have 12 wins this season, they didn’t get their 12th win last season until game 43.

Against the Wild:

All-time the Devils are 7-2-2-0 when playing the Wild and 3-1-1-0 when playing in Minnesota.

Patrik Elias is the all-time leading scorer for the Devils against the Wild with 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 10 games played.

Even though he isn’t the starting goaltender tonight, Johan Hedberg leads all active Devils players with 12 penalty minutes against the Wild.

Martin Brodeur is 7-1-2 in his career against the Wild with a 2.23 GAA.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Sykora – Elias – Zubrus

Tedenby – Carter – Clarkson
Boulton – Sestito – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Talinder – Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador

Brodeur
Hedberg

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Things to Know about the Minnesota Wild:

- The Wild are coming off a 3-2 win over Edmonton on Wednesday.

- The Wild are currently the number one seed in the West and second overall in the NHL.

- Minnesota has won four times when trailing in the third period. The Wild has outscored its opponents 20-16 in the third period. The Wild has eight wins when trailing or being tied after the second period.

Wild Leaders:

Points: Koivu (20), Heatley (15), Setoguchi (13)

Goals: Cullen (8), Setoguchi (8), Clutterbuck (7)

Assists: Koivu (16), Heatley (9), Bouchard (9

+/-: Latendress (+7), Koivu (+6), Stoner (+6)

Projected Wild Lineup:

Setoguchi – Koivu – Heatley
Wellman – Cullen – Bouchard
Johnson – Brodziak – Powe
Gillies – McIntyre – Staubitz

Schultz – Lundin
Zanon – Stoner
Spurgeon – Scandella

Backstrom
Harding

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Game Preview – Game 21: Your New Jersey Devils vs New York Islanders

New Jersey Devils vs New York Islanders
New Jersey Devils (11-8-1, 23 points) vs New York Islanders (5-10-4, 14 points)
3:00 PM EST
TV: MSG Plus 2
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Today’s black Friday matchup will see the Devils and Islanders meet for the first of six meetings this season, as well as the first game of a home-and-home series. The Devils won the season series last year, 4-2-0. Two of those four wins came in overtime.

Devils vs Blue Jackets Recap:

On Wednesday, the Devils hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets at Prudential Center and were able to secure their seventh win in 10 games.

Dainius Zubrus scored the only Devils goal in regulation, and Ilya Kovalchuk & Zach Parise scored in the shootout to give the Devils their 11th win of the season. Last year, the Devils didn’t get win number 11 until game 42 of the season.

Martin Brodeur also kept the Devils in the game by making 35 saves on the night.

The Devils, now 11-8-1 on the season, are now tied for third place in the Atlantic Division with cross-Hudson rivals, the New York Rangers.

Palmieri sent to Albany (AHL):

Yesterday was not a Happy Thanksgiving for Nick Palmieri who was informed that he was being sent to the Albany Devils of the AHL.

Palmieri’s play this season has not been up to par with his play last season. Last season, Palmieri had nine goals, eight assists and a plus-9 in 43 games.

So far this season, Palmieri only has three goals, three assists and is a minus-5 in 19 games played.

Palmieri didn’t play Monday against the Panthers and played just over eight minutes on the fourth line in the Devils win over Columbus Wednesday.

Palmieri’s demotion comes when Eric Boulton is also in Albany on a conditioning stint. It also means that Mattias Tedenby can expect some more ice-time as he still looks for his first goal of the season.

Against the Islanders:

All-time the Devils are 74-80-20-1 when playing the Islanders and 29-47-12-0 when playing at the Nassau Coliseum.

Patrik Elias is the all-time leading scorer for the Devils against the Islanders with 74 points (30 goals, 44 assists) in 71 games played.

Zach Parise has 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) in 36 career games against the Islanders.

Johan Hedberg is 6-6-2 in his career against the Islanders with a 3.02 GAA

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Sykora – Elias – Zubrus

Tedenby – Carter – Clarkson
Pelley – Sestito – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Tallinder – Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador

Hedberg
Brodeur

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Islanders’ Bad Luck Continues:

The New York Islanders found themselves down 1-0 early to the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night, but were able to score three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead.

However, a subpar performance from goaltender Rick DiPietro saw the Flyers tie the game and win it in overtime.

The Islanders find themselves on a three game losing streak, and have dropped the last 13 of 16. 

Random Islanders Stats:

The Islanders have given up a goal on their opponent’s first shot of the game in each of their last two games and a total of five times this season. They are 0-3-2 when this happens this season.

The Islanders are 4-1-2 when scoring first and 1-9-2 when allowing the game’s first goal.

To coincide with the Devils’ third period problems, the Isles have been outscored 15-1 in the final frame over their last seven games, including three empty net goals. So far this season, the Islanders have been outscored 26-8 in the third period.

Projected Islanders Lineup:

Moulson – Tavares – Parenteau
Grabner – Nielsen – Okposo
Martin – Bailey – Niederreiter
Haley – Reasoner – Ullstrom

Streit – Staios
Macdonald – Hamonic
Mottau – Jurcina

Montoya
DiPietro

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Game Preview – Game 19: Your New Jersey Devils @ Florida Ice Cats

New Jersey Devils vs Florida Panthers
New Jersey Devils
 
(10-7-1, 21 points) @ Florida Panthers (10-6-3, 23 points)
7:30 PM EST
TV: MSG Plus 
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

The Devils will get their first look at the Florida Panthers this season. They will play the current Southeast Division leader four times this season. Last year, the Devils and Panthers split the season series 2-2, but the Devils outscored the Panthers 12-10.

Devils Roll Past Lightning:

The Devils and Lightning met up on Saturday Night as the Devils came off a split back-to-back series against the Bruins and Sabres. The Devils hoped to ride the momentum they gained as they scored five goals on the Sabres last Wednesday.

After the first period remained scoreless, the Devils went into the third period leading 3-0 with goals from Dainius Zubrus, Patrik Elias, and David Clarkson.

The Devils defense held the Lightning to only 13 shots between the first two periods of play, but the Lightning came out firing in the third period. Brodeur kept the Lightning scoreless for 51 minutes until Martin St. Louis and Ryan Shannon would score within a minute and a half of each other to pull the Lightning within one.

Ryan Carter would score a goal with 2:03 left in the third, to seal the Devils victory.

Leaders for the Devils:

Points
Elias – 18 points
Parise – 11 points
Henrique – 11 points

Goals
Elias – 8 goals
Clarkson – 7 goals
Parise – 6 goals.

+/-
Elias +2
Fayne +2
Greene +2

Wins
Hedberg – 6 wins
Brodeur – 4 wins

GAA
Hedberg – 2.45
Brodeur – 2.88

Save %
Hedberg – .914
Brodeur – .888

Against the Panthers:

All-time the Devils are 43-21-9-0 when playing the Panthers and 20-12-5-0 when playing in Florida.

Patrik Elias is the all-time leading scorer for the Devils against the Panthers with 40 points (20 goals, 20 assists) in 47 games played.

Ilya Kovalchuk, however, has the most career points against the Panthers with 63 points (32 goals, 31 assists) in 53 games played.

Martin Brodeur is 36-14-8  in his career against the Panthers with a 2.00 GAA.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Sykora – Elias – Zubrus

Tedenby – Carter – Clarkson
Pelley – Mills – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Tallinder – Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador

Brodeur
Hedberg

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Panthers Hot Start Has Them Looking at Playoffs:

With the acquisitions the Panthers made this offseason, fans didn’t know what to think. They had lost star goaltender Tomas Vokoun to the Capitals, and signed Jose Theodore to replace him between the pipes. The Panthers also had Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Brian Campbell and Tomas Fleischmann all join the squad.

Currently Versteeg, Campbell, and Fleischmann are all averaging close to a point a game and somehow the Panthers find themselves in first place in the Southeast division with the competitive Capitals and Lightning looking up.

The last time the Panthers made the playoffs, Pavel Bure led the team in points and Bill Clinton was the President of the United States.

Panthers Career Stats Against Devils:

Stephen Weiss leads active Panthers in career points against the Devils with 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) in 28 games.

All-time leaders for the Panthers include Scott Mellanby and former Devil, Rob Niedermayer, both have 20 points against the Devils as Panthers.

Jose Theodore is 7-14-2 in his career against the Devils with a 2.67 GAA.


Projected Panthers Lineup:

Fleischmann – Weiss – Versteeg
Sturm – Goc – Kopecky
Dadanov – Santorelli – Bergenheim
Kennedy – Matthias – Skille

Campbell – Garrison
Ellerby – Jovanovski
Weaver – Kulikov

Theodore
Markstrom

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Game Preview – Game 11: Your New Jersey Devils @ Broad Street Bullies

New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey Devils (4-5-1) @ Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-1)
7:00 PM EDT
TV: MSG Plus
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

This marks the second of six games between the two clubs this season. The Flyers and Devils last played on October 8 which was the Devils home opener, which saw the Flyers ruin the night by shutting out the Devils, 3-0.
Last Game Recap:

Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs saw a lot of back and forth action. The Leafs would score, and then the Devils would tie it up. Unfortunately, Joffrey Lupul would lead the Leafs with a hat trick in the second period, giving them the 5-3 win.

The big story of the game was the return of Martin Brodeur in goal. Brodeur had missed nearly three weeks while recovering from a sore shoulder. It is no lie that Brodeur appeared to be rusty in his return, but did produce a highlight reel save on Leafs forward Phil Kessel. The save was almost the same move that Brodeur injured his shoulder on. Afterwards, Brodeur said his shoulder felt fine.

Elias sets Devils Record:

With his 93rd career powerplay goal on Wednesday night, Patrik Elias passed John MacLean and is now the franchise record holder for most powerplay goals. When asked about breaking the record, Elias told the media that it’s “not important at all if it happens in a loss.”

Not only was that goal Elias’ 93rd career powerplay goal, it also saw Adam Larsson’s first career NHL point. Larsson got the primary assist as he fed the puck beautifully to Elias.

Elias felt bad for not collecting the puck for Larsson as a souvenir.  Here’s a picture of the puck.
Against the Flyers:

All-time the Devils are 87-70-18-0 in 54 games played against the Philadelphia Flyers

When playing in Philadelphia, the Devils are 32-45-11-0 against the Flyers.

Patrik Elias is the residential Flyer killer, with 70 points (32 goals, 38 assists) in 70 career games.
Projected Devils Lineup:

Kovalchuk – Parise – Sykora
Elias – Zubrus – Clarkson

Tedenby – Henrique – Palmieri
Mills – Carter – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Tallinder – Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador

Hedberg
Brodeur

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Flyers Goaltending:

Ilya Bryzgalov was signed to be the Flyers number one goaltender. But things seemed iffy for the Flyers between the pipes when both Bryzgalov and backup Sergei Bobrovsky gave up a combined nine goals against the Winnipeg Jets. After that, Bryzgalov told the media he had “lost his way.”

The Flyers even announced on Monday morning that Bryzgalov was not going to talk to the media except in postgame (only if he played).  However, the club is informed that it violated the league’s media policy and soon the media ban was lifted. Goalies can continue to talk to the media on a daily basis, but they will have a time limit.

All seems to be right with the number one right now as he has only allowed three goals in back-to-back wins.

Hot Flyers:

Look out for Scott Hartnell, who has scored five goals in five games, and has collected 10 points in that span.
Projected Flyers Lineup:

Hartnell – Giroux – Jagr
van Riemsdyk – Couturier – Voracek
Simmonds – Talbot – Nodl
Rinaldo – Holmstrom – Shelley

Timonen – Coburn
Lilja – Meszaros
Gustafsson – Carle

Bryzgalov
Bobrovsky


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