After Patrik Sundstrom‘s come from behind victory last week in “Best to Wear – #17,” this week we’ll look at #18.
Lots of great choices on this list including, a former Stanley Cup Champion, the guy who decides punishments now in the NHL, and a young player who was tragically taken from us way too soon.
You will have until November 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST to cast your vote.
Tonight marks the first of four games, and first of two in Boston, between the Devils and the Bruins. Last year, the Bruins took the season series 3-1. The Devils beat the Bruins in the final game of the season in a game which meant nothing for either side and saw the Bruins rest some key players, including Tim Thomas (who was 3-0 against the Devils last year).
Devils Win Again in Shootout:
In their last game, the New Jersey Devils looked to be heading for another loss. The Devils found themselves down 2-0 in the second period, until Petr Sykora snapped a shot off a faceoff to pull the Devils within one. Ryan Carter then deflected a shot with just over a minute left in the second period to tie the score.
The Devils held on and Johan Hedberg made remarkable save after remarkable save to force the game into OT and a shootout.
The Devils sent out Zach Parise, Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias in the shootout with Parise scoring. However, Alex Ovechkin scored for the Washington Capitals, so a fourth round was needed. The fourth shooter was chosen by Assistant Coach Adam Oates, and it was David Clarkson. Clarkson was able to put the puck past Capitals goaltender Michael Neuvirth giving the Devils the extra point and the win.
Will Ilya Kovalchuk Play Tonight?:
I wish I could tell you either yes or no.
After injuring his groin in the Devils’ 4-3 win over Philadelphia two weeks ago, Ilya Kovalchuk started participating in full-team practices with the Devils. He was skating as an extra forward with Rod Pelley. During this morning’s skate, Kovalchuk was skating as an extra forward again, BUT was a part of the first powerplay unit when the team ran through powerplay drills.
Originally, Head Coach Peter DeBoer, who officially confirmed the injury to Kovalchuk is a groin injury, said that Kovalchuk would NOT play tonight. However, he will now let Kovalchuk participate in the pre-game warmup.
DeBoer had an idea to use Kovalchuk in only powerplay instances tonight, but felt that Kovalchuk would get stiff while sitting on the bench in between powerplay opportunities.
Odds are Kovalchuk will be scratched again tonight, but it will be a game time decision.
Against the Bruins:
All-time the Devils are 41-44-15-2 against the Bruins, and are 19-23-8-2 when playing in Boston.
Patrik Elias is the all-time leading scorer for the Devils against the Bruins with 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) in 50 games played.
Ilya Kovalchuk, however, has the most career points against the Bruins with 40 points (22 goals, 18 assists) in 37 games played.
Johan Hedberg is 4-8-2 in his career against the Bruins with a 2.93 GAA.
Projected Devils Lineup:
Parise – Henrique – Palmieri
Sykora - Elias - Zubrus
Tedenby - Carter – Clarkson
Zharkov - Mills - Janssen
Greene – Larsson
Tallinder - Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador
Lucic Not Suspended:
The talk of the NHL world this past weekend was whether or not Bruins forward Milan Lucic was going to get suspended for his hit on Buffalo Sabres’ goaltender Ryan Miller. Miller left the game and was later diagnosed with a concussion.
Lucic met with Brendan Shanahan on Monday to discuss disciplinary actions, but the decision was made not to suspend him. Shanahan felt that there wasn’t evidence of the hit being outstandingly bad that warranted a suspension.
Many in the NHL and fans were angry with Shanahan’s decision and believe that if an injury occurs on the play, there should be a suspension.
Seguin earns NHL First Star of the Week:
The Bruins hot offense has been sparked by NHL sophomore, Tyler Seguin.
Seguin, the second overall draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has scored seven goals in his last four games.
He currently has the league’s top plus/minus at +14, is tied for second in the league in goals (11) and tied for fourth in the NHL in points (20).
Projected Bruins Lineup:
Marchand – Seguin – Bergeron
Lucic – Krejci – Horton
Thornton – Campbell – Caron
Peverly – Kelly – Hamill
Chara – Boychuk
Corvo – Seidenberg
Ference – McQuaid
Let me tell you. I’m excited for this week’s voting.
There are a lot of great players on this list: former Stanley Cup Champions, a New Jersey hockey great, a current Devils Assistant Coach, and a guy who is responsible for handing out suspensions for the NHL.
You will have until 11:59 PM EDT on Thursday October 13 to place your vote.