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Stanley Cup Final Game 4 Preview: Devils Need to Give Everything They’ve Got

2012 Stanley Cup Finals, New Jersey Devils vs LA KingsStanley Cup Final – Game 4

Game Time: 8:00 PM


Radio: Bloomberg 1130 AM

Writing this preview for Game 4 is probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do this season.  Where to even begin?  Well let’s start with the obvious, the Devils are down 3-0 in the series and must win at least one game in order to avoid being swept for the first time in franchise history AND for us to be able to see one more game at The Rock this season. It’s not impossible to do, but it’s definitely one of those moments where the team needs to put everything on the line and play their hearts out.

Last game, the Devils came out like a house on fire, yet still couldn’t get anything past Jonathan Quick. The turning point came on a 5-on-3 power play where Quick stopped shot after shot to keep the Devils off the board.  Finally, on one fluky play that lead to the first goal of the game, LA was on the board and never looked back, rolling to a 4-0 victory. The Devils need to throw everything they’ve got at Quick tonight, even if that includes the kitchen sink!

It looks like Coach DeBoer has decided to shake up the line-up a bit, benching Jacob Josefson and putting in veteran Petr Sykora. Will Sykora be able to propel this team to the next level and bring the series back home? We’ll see if he can give the team a little bit of boost when they step out onto the ice tonight.

Someone needs to emerge as the hero tonight; I don’t care who it is. All I’m asking is that the Devils put everything they’ve got into tonight’s game.  They went from 4th Overall Draft pick and not making the playoffs, to the Stanley Cup Finals in one season.  No matter what happens, this has been a great season and I am proud of what this team has accomplished, but I’m not quite ready for it to end just yet.  I still have hope and I’m still believin’!



Devils Projected Line-up:

Parise – Zajac – Kovalchuk

Sykora – Elias – Zubrus

Ponikarovsky – Henrique – Clarkson

Carter – Gionta – Bernier

Greene – Fayne

Salvador – Zidlicky

Volchenkov – Tallinder



Kings Projected Line-up:

Brown – Kopitar – Williams

Penner – Richards – Carter

King – Stoll – Lewis

Gagne – Fraser – Nolan

Scuderi – Doughty

Mitchell – Voynov

Martinez – Greene



Game 79 Recap: Rocked like a Hurricane

New Jersey Devils vs Carolina Hurricanes

(headline by @DevRickus, @DBergz13 and @radametz)

Three stars of the game:

3rd star: Patrik Elias (2 assists)

2nd star: Petr Sykora (Goal, assist)

1st star: Ilya Kovalchuk (Goal, 2 assists)

Let’s rewind two days.  Entering Thursday night, the Devils were deprived of goal scoring.  They had won just three of eight games, and scored two goals in the three wins.  But after the shootout win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday, the Devils finally exploded against Tampa Bay.  In the second period, they scored 4 times, added two more in the third period, and the Devils had themselves a 6-4 win over the Lightning.  In that game, the Devils felt good about their game offensively, but Martin Brodeur did surrender four goals, and the Devils didn’t really play a strong defensive game.  Perhaps Pete DeBoer just let them play wide open to boost their confidence.  So they went down to Carolina and cleaned up the other part of their game.  They played one of their better games all season, blasting the Hurricanes, 5-0, and the Devils clinch a playoff spot in style.

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Game Preview – Game 42: Your New Jersey Devils vs Calgary Flames

New Jersey Devils vs Calgary Flames

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:

Glencross – Jokinen – Iginla
Stempniak – Backlund – Bouma
Byron – Jones – Comeau
Brostopolous – Horak – Jackman

Bouwmeester – Butler
Brodie – Sarich
Wilson – Babstache


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Game Preview – Game 25: Your New Jersey Devils @ Winnipeg Jets

New Jersey Devils vs Winnipeg Jets

New Jersey Devils
(12-11-1, 25 points) @ Winnipeg Jets (10-11-4, 24 points)
7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG Plus 
Radio: WFAN 660 AM


Tonight is the second of four times that the Devils and Jets will meet this season. They last played on November 5, which saw the Devils win 3-2 in overtime.

First Period Defense:

For the second time in two games, the New Jersey Devils allowed the opposition to score three goals in the first period. First on Wednesday night, the Devils allowed three goals to the Avalanche and found themselves down 3-0 at the end of the first period. Last night, the Devils gave up three goals once again in the first period, this time to the Minnesota Wild.

Despite giving up three goals in the first period, the Devils looked like a better team against the Wild then they did against Colorado. They outshot the Wild 31-16 in the game. Zach Parise said he thought the team deserved better than they got due to their play being better than when they got slaughtered by the Avalanche.

It was also a night that backups had to save their teams. Johan Hedberg came in for the Devils just 8:17 into the game when starter Martin Brodeur gave up three goals on four shots. Josh Harding had to come in for the Wild to replace Nicklas Backstrom who left the game after one period with a lower body injury.

Johan Hedberg is expected to get the start tonight in Winnipeg.

Last time the Devils were in Winnipeg:

Date: Dec. 29, 1995
Site: Winnipeg Arena
Score: Jets, 5, Devils 3
Goals: NJ—Petr Sykora 2, Bill Guerin. WPG—Mike Eastwood, Dave Manson, Ed Olczyk, Teemu Selanne, Keith Tkachuk.
Assists: NJ—Guerin 2, Steve Thomas 2, Sykora, Kevin Dean. WPG—Selanne 2, Tkachuk 2, Manson, Olczyk, Darrin Shannon.
Goaltenders: NJ—Martin Brodeur (33 saves, 37 shots—1 ENG). WPG—Tim Cheveldae (31 saves, 34 shots)

Devils’ lineup:

Forwards: Neal Broten, Bob Carpenter, Bill Guerin, Bobby Holik, John MacLean, Randy McKay, Mike Peluso, Stephane Richer, Brian Rolston, *Petr Sykora, Steve Thomas, Valeri Zelepukin.

Defensemen: Shawn Chambers, Ken Daneyko, Kevin Dean, Scott Niedermayer, Jason Smith, Scott Stevens.

Goaltender: *Martin Brodeur.

*Current Devils

(Courtesy of Tom Gulitti of The Record)

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Sykora – Elias – Zubrus

Tedenby – Carter – Clarkson
Boulton – Sestito – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Talinder – Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador



Jets Coming Off a Win against….Themselves:

The Winnipeg Jets are currently playing in the Eastern Conference this season, which means they only got one home game against the Phoenix Coyotes, who were the Jets until they moved to Phoenix in 1996. Thursday night, the Jets hosted the Coyotes before a sold out MTS Centre. The crowd for the game was really into it, especially when Bryan Little scored a goal 6:53 into the game which eventually was the game winner.

The crowd also gave Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan a reasonable applause as he is the only player on the Coyotes currently who had donned a Jets jersey before the move.

Projected Jets Lineup:

Ladd – Burmistrov – Wellwood
Kane – Little – Wheeler
Klingberg – Stapleton – Jaffray
Glass – Slater – Thorburn

Byfuglien – Stuart
Oduya – Bogosian
Kulda – Flood


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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.

Best to Wear – #17

Devils Army,

It’s that time of the week again, time for YOU to vote on who was the Best to Wear a certain jersey for the New Jersey Devils.

This week, we focus on #17, and I must say there are a lot of great choices for this one.

You will have until 11:59 PM EST on November 17 to cast your vote.


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