New Jersey Devils (23-16-2, 48 points) vs Calgary Flames (19-19-5, 43 points)
9:30 PM EST
TV: MSG+ 2
Radio: WFAN 660 AM
Tonight mark’s the one and only time that the New Jersey Devils and the Calgary Flames will battle this season. The two teams last met in November of 2010 which saw the game end in a 2-1 shootout win for the Devils.
What a Difference a Year Makes:
Saturday marked the one year mark since the Devils traded their Captain, Jamie Langenbrunner, to the Dallas Stars. It seemed ever since that move, the Devils horrific season seemed to turn around despite missing the playoffs for the first time since the 95-96 season.
The Devils win on Saturday over Pittsburgh, which saw Ilya Kovalchuk score his 15th goal of the season which puts him in a tie for the team-lead with David Clarkson, put them at 48 points so far this season. This is impressively better as the Devils had only 22 points at the halfway point of last season.
This season so far, the Devils have seven players with double digit goal totals. Some of the skaters are surprises including David Clarkson, who has already surpassed his scoring from last season. Other surprises include Petr Sykora, who made the team out of training camp, and rookie Adam Henrique.
The Devils currently find themselves sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. They are two points out of fifth, four out of fourth (currently held by the Flyers), and eight behind the Rangers for first in the division and the East.
Projected Devils Lineup:
Parise (C) – Henrique – Kovalchuk (A)
Sykora – Elias (A) – Zubrus
Palmieri – Zalewski – Clarkson
Boulton – Carter – Tedenby
Salvador – Larsson
Taormina – Foster
Tallinder – Fayne
Scratches: Zajac, Josefson, Janssen
The Latest on the Calgary Flames:
The Flames are coming off a bounce-back win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday after they were embarrassed by the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, 9-0.
The game against the Wild saw important career milestones get reached. Going into the third period the Flames and Wild were scoreless until Lance Bouma was able to beat Niklas Backstrom for his first National Hockey League Goal. This goal started a rally which saw Jarome Iginla score, the eventual game winner, as well as Curtis Glencross. Iginla’s goal was his 500th career NHL goal. What makes this mighty impressive is all the goals were scored with the same team, the Calgary Flames.
Iginla has shown no signs of stopping either, as he is currently on pace to score 30+ goals again in what would be his 11th consecutive season.
Flames Stats Leaders:
Points – Jarome Iginla, 33
Goals – Curtis Glencross, 17
Assists – Olli Jokinen, 21
Projected Flames Lineup:
Stempniak – Backlund – Bouma
Byron – Jones – Comeau
Brostopolous – Horak – Jackman
Bouwmeester – Butler
Brodie – Sarich
Wilson – Babstache
His name has become quite popular in the last week amongst Devils fans, and with good reason. Adam Henrique didn’t make this team coming out of training camp, but went to Albany and continued to work on his game. Then, after playing just 3 games with the Albany Devils and notching one assist, the 21-year-old center from Brantford, Ontario, Canada received the call every minor league player dreams of. The New Jersey Devils needed him, and although it was due to an injury to another talented center in Jacob Josefson, that was all Henrique needed to hear.
He has made an immediate impact in the early season thus far, scoring 4 goals, and 3 assists in just 10 games. And after scoring back to back game winning goals against the Jets in overtime and the Hurricanes on November 8th, he has quickly become a fan favorite. Chants of “Hen-Rique!” Hen-Rique!” rang out from the crowd after each goal and during his post-game interviews.
Selected 82nd overall in the third round of the 2008 entry draft, Henrique has put up impressive numbers throughout his entire career in both the OHL and AHL. During the 09-10 playoffs while playing for the Windsor Spitfires, Henrique scored a stunning 20 goals in 19 playoff games, and was awarded the “Wayne Gretzky 99 Award” for OHL Playoff MVP as his team won its 2nd of back to back Memorial Cup Championships. Henrique also helped Team Canada win the silver medal at the World Junior Championships back in 2010. Clearly, he is no stranger to success in his young career, and that can only mean good things for the New Jersey Devils.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the talented Henrique as the season progresses. With the return of Josefson and Travis Zajac on the horizon, he’ll certainly need to keep up this pace if he hopes to stay with the parent club. So far, he’s making it pretty difficult for the Devils to send him back down to Albany.
What does the Devils Army think of Adam Henrique? Feel free to comment and Let’s Go Devils!
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It’s official – the ninth captain in the history of the New Jersey Devils is no other than #9 himself, Zach Parise. Parise joins Don Lever, Mel Bridgman, Kirk Muller, Bruce Driver, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner in an exclusive group of players to wear the “C” in New Jersey. Since Langenbrunner was traded from New Jersey to the Dallas Stars in January earlier this calendar year, the Devils have played without a captain. Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk served as alternate captains, and will continue to serve that role for the 2011-12 season, which opens on Saturday against the rival Philadelphia Flyers.
Parise told Tom Gulitti this morning that although it is a big honor to be captain, he doesn’t plan to change anything about his game. The Devils’ first round draft pick in 2003 also mentioned that he was never informed of a meeting to discuss the captaincy, and that he was surprised when coach Peter DeBoer told him today. His hard-working play on the ice shows his leadership by example. At 27 years of age, Parise is the Devils’ youngest captain since they named a 21-year old Kirk Muller captain, who also wore the number 9, back in 1987.
Zach Parise will also begin the season healthy, after a nightmare season not only for the Devils, but for Parise on a personal level. His 2010-11 season was limited to just 13 games due to a torn meniscus. He posted three goals and three assists in the season’s first 12 games before the injury, and returned for just one game against Montreal late in the season, but was shut down following the game because the Devils had officially been eliminated from playoff contention after a dramatic mid-season surge. Parise, however, expects to re-gain his scoring touch, as he had scored at least 30 goals in each of the previous four seasons before last year, including seasons of 45 goals and 94 points in 2008-09 and 38 goals and 82 points the following season.
Despite the fact that Parise has insisted that he wants to remain in New Jersey beyond the 2011-12 season, his contract does expire at season’s end, and if he is not re-signed before then, Parise will become an unrestricted free agent. However, he will be eligible to re-sign with the Devils beginning in January, something that most, if not all Devils fans can only hope will happen. Given the Devils’ commitment to winning and the fact that the organization gave Parise the honor of being the team’s new captain, it seems that both sides have a mutual goal to keep Zach Parise in New Jersey for the long-term.
The Zach Parise era in New Jersey begins Saturday night. The future looks bright for the Devils, as they have a surplus of young talent coming up, and now they have a captain to lead them.
Stian Nevøy (@Stinev) lives in Stavanger, Norway. He lives in a big hockey town, being the home of 2010’s Norwegian Championship hockey team, the Stavanger Oilers. We have The Cup, they have The Bucket.
It all started 10 years ago when Stian bought an NHL video game. He decided to play with the team with the best goalie – New Jersey Devils had Martin Brodeur. Stian started watching hockey and naturally picked the Devils as his team. Since NHL doesn’t broadcast over in Norway, Stian has to keep up with the Devils through ESPN’s website.
Some of Stian’s favorite players are Patrick Elias, Martin Brodeur and our former captain, Jamie Langenbrunner. His favorite Devils moment is when the they beat the Montreal Canadians 4-3 in 2006 and had 11 straight wins.
Stian has never been to The Rock for a Devils game, but decided that needed to change. He’ll be attending his first Devils game at the Prudential Center this month. Hope you enjoy it, Stian!
Patrik Elias is a favorite among many New Jersey Devils fans. After being drafted by the Devils in 1994, Elias has set a few franchise records, including all-time leading scorer, most points in a seaso and most career game-winning goals, to name a few. He also played a role in winning the 2000 Stanley Cup Championship with an assist to Jason Arnott’s game winning goal during double overtime in Game 6 at Dallas. And let’s not forget his second Cup with the Devils in 2003.
The 2004-05 NHL lockout came and went but Elias didn’t miss a step. He played in for Czech Republic and when the Devils were back in action, he was placed on a line with Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez and was part of a historic comeback to win the Atlantic Division title. He was named captain in 2006, before Jaime Langenbrunner took the title in 2007. Elias currently wears the A.
In March of 2009, Elias became the Devils’ all-time leading scorer when he recorded his 702nd point with an assist to Brian Gionta’s game winning goal against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was that goal that gave Martin Brodeur his record-breaking 552nd win.
There is no denying his talent and puck handling ability. After a rocky first half of the season, Elias was the only Devil in the 2011 NHL All-Star game, making it his third all-star appearance. In the 2010-2011 season, Elias recorded his 800th career point against the Hurricanes and his 8th hat trick to help defeat the Flyers.
Outside of New Jersey he’s won two bronze World Champsionship medals in 1998 and 2011.
Current Franchise Records:
New Jersey Devils record for most points in one season: 96
New Jersey Devils record for most points in a playoff season: 23
New Jersey Devils all-time leader in playoff goals (40), assists (77), and points (117)
New Jersey Devils record for hat tricks: 8
New Jersey Devils record for career assists: 440
New Jersey Devils record for career points: 800
New Jersey Devils record for game winning goals: 66
|2010-2011 Season Stats|
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we’ve put together a few Devils facts focusing on the big number 5!
• The Devils played their first game on October 5th, 1982
• In 1982, we were 5th in what was then the Patrick Division (now the Atlantic Division)
• We had 5th overall pick in the 1989 draft
• The most points by a rookie in one game was 5 pts (Viacheslav Fetisov, 1989-1995)
• On May 5th, 1993, the Devils announced their relationship with the Albany River Rats
• We won our first Stanley Cup in 1995
• Zach Parise played his first game on October 5th, 2005
• Jamie Langenbrunner became captain on December 5th of 2007
• 2011 will be the start of the Devils 5th season in Newark after their first 25 seasons in East Rutherford
• There are 5 levels of seating at the Prudential Center
• Colin White currently wears the number 5
• The Devils shut out the Caps 5-0 in November of 2010
• Patrick Elias had 5 game winning goals in 2010-2011 season
Any big 5’s you can think of? Post them here!