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The Devils in the Details: March 17 – March 23

Devils in the Details

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The Devils in the Details will be a weekly post, looking back on the stats from your New Jersey Devils in their past week of play. Games between Sunday and Saturday from every week will be highlighted, with stats like Goals, Assists, PIM, Shots, etc. being the main focus. This week, we take a look at the Devils between March 17 and March 23. The Devils started the week off with a tough 3-2 loss to their rivals, the New York Rangers. After that, however, the Devils turned up the tempo and walked away with wins over the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers to finish the week 2-1-0.

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The Devils in the Details: March 10 – March 16

Devils in the Details

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The Devils in the Details will be a weekly post, looking back on the stats from your New Jersey Devils in their past week of play. Games between Sunday and Saturday from every week will be highlighted, with stats like Goals, Assists, PIM, Shots, etc. being the main focus. This week, we take a look at the Devils between March 10 and March 16, a week that saw the Devils vastly improve over their recent play. The team went 2-1-1, including a strong 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils also went 1-1 in the shootout, winning against Winnipeg, and falling to the Flyers. The Devils only regulation loss came to Montreal on Saturday evening, 2-1.

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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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Game 78 Recap: Zidlic-key to victory

New Jersey Devils vs Tampa Bay Lightning

(I had to use my own headline tonight.  Sorry!)

Three stars of the game:

3rd star: Ilya Kovalchuk (Goal, assist)

2nd star: Ryan Malone (Lighting – 3 goals)

1st star: Patrik Elias (2 assists)

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Vote for your New Jersey Devils Player of the Week: 3/5 – 3/11

This past week the Devils finished 4-0. New Jersey beat both New York teams and ended the Flyers 5 game winning streak. The team only allowed 1 goal in each of those games and outscored opponents 15-4. With all the offense it will be hard to determine who is the Player of the Week. The defense and Marty played equally well holding each team to 1 goal per game. After the big win against Philadelphia Sunday, we took to Twitter to ask all the fans who they thought should be nominated for Player of the Week.

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New Jersey Devils Get Marek Zidlicky

New Jersey Devils Trade for Marek Zidlicky

President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello has made another move. The first reaction I noticed on Twitter was how much the Devils gave up. Mr. Lamoriello stated on MSG that he is not worried what we give up, just focused on what we are getting. The Devils acquired defenseman Marek Zidlicky from the Minnesota Wild. He is 35 years old and has a reputation of being the type of defenseman that can move the puck well and become involved in the offense. During his 7 NHL seasons, Zidlicky has had 5 seasons of 40+ points including a 53 point season in 2003-2004 with the Nashville Predators. In his last 2 seasons with Minnesota, Marek Zidlicky has finished with 42 and 43 points. Not bad for a defenseman. Marek Zidlicky also holds a Nashville Predators record of 35 power play points in one season.

The last two weeks across hockey blogs and Twitter, there has been a lot of buzz about Zidlicky only wanting to come to New Jersey. What a player wants doesn’t always transpire, but in this case it worked out. I personally feel that it is exciting when players WANT to play for a team – it means they are enthusiastic, energized and ready to contribute. What additionally makes me comfortable with this move is Zidlicky’s experience with Elias. These two players have won an Olympic Medal as well as 2 medals in the World Championships with Czech Republic National team.

Marek  Zidlicky’s NHL Totals: Games 507, Goals 60, Assists 224, Points 284

For more details on the trade, check out a post by Mark on The Faster Times.

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