It is hard to choose a player of the week when the teams record was 1-2-1. The team lost to the Rangers on Monday night, but had a strong comeback against Boston; just wasn’t able to come away with two points. The team came out strong against the Capitals where Parise was able to get a hat trick in only about 10 minutes of ice time. Hedberg registered the shutout that night as well. Because of these tough choices we are asking you the fans that question. We asked some fans on twitter and fans suggested Brodeur, others suggested Parise and more. Here is what they said:
@Bkrayer817: #DevsPlayerOfTheWeek #ZachParise no doubt!HT, almost 4-bagger;gets sandwiched and *still* finished game!!
Two people showed love for Hedberg who got the only win of the week.
@JGSportTalk: Johan Hedberg. Played tremendous against Washington and got the shutout.”
@xo_coll: Hedberg! Got us the win and shut out.. Being able to trust our backup may be something #NJDevils fans take for granted..
Another fan choice, is Marty. His record doesn’t display how well he played. He kept the Devils in the game against the Rangers, Boston and the Islanders.
@DougS-AG6: @DevilsGenerals Brodeur allowed 6 goals in 3 games.. 2 of those the Devils were shutout 2-0(1 was an EN) and 1-0
@wwkuwl: Marty. He kept us alive in a lot of games. Best man on the ice for the games he played, no doubt.
So now it is up to all the fans to vote, which New Jersey Devil do you think deserves Player of the Week for 2/27-3/4?
The New Jersey Devils earned 4 wins and 20 goals this past week. These games were fun and exciting, especially against division rivals. It also provides us with a long list of potentials for Player of the Week. Our top players have been producing. Kovalchuk‘s name has been a potential candidate every week for a few weeks now as he is playing at the top of his game. NHL named him second star of the week. Kovalchuk had 10 points (3g, 7a) including the game winning shootout goal against our cross-river rivals.
Zach Parise and Dainius Zubrus weren’t far behind. Parise had at least 1g every game last week totaling 5 goals and 1a. Zubrus had 3g and 6 assists, pairing up with Kovalchuk on back to back shorthanded goals. Zubrus assisted Kovalchuk against the Flyers and was able to notch a SHG of his own from Kovalchuk against the Penguins.
Martin Brodeur also had a fairly strong week going 3-0. We considered Clarkson as he set his own personal record of 20 goals in a season. In most weeks his performance would have landed him as a strong candidate. So, the question is who do you think was this past week’s player of the week? Also, feel free to comment and share your thoughts on how the team has been playing below.
The Devils finished up the holiday week with a 2-1 record. They beat Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1. Up to this point, the Devils have won 7 of their last 9 and have been getting a decent amount of scoring. The three choices for this past week are Brodeur, Sykora and Clarkson. Brodeur was able to pick up a 2-0 record beating Buffalo and Pittsburgh 3-1 and posted a .962 SV% during that time. Sykora was able to pick up 2 goals, both against Buffalo. Sykora played well, coming very close to a hat-trick. Clarkson picked up his 12th and 13th goal of the season last week and had 2g, 1a.
The Devils finished a busy four game stint, winning two and losing two. New Jersey had some great hockey this week, including a shoot out win over Columbus. It was tough to pick who to put in the poll this week, but we narrowed it down to the three we thought deserved it most. Think someone else did better? Click OTHER and let us know who!