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Best to Wear – #19

After a week off, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

This week it’s time to focus on the players who have worn #19 for the New Jersey Devils.

Review each player carefully, and cast your vote on who you think was the best to ever wear the number.

You will have until Thursday, December 8 at 11:59 PM EST.

Game Preview – Game 20: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Your New Jersey Devils!

New Jersey Devils vs Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
(10-8-1, 21 points) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (5-13-2, 12 points)
7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG Plus 2
Radio: WFAN 660 AM


Tonight will be the first and only time this season that the New Jersey Devils and the Columbus Blue Jackets will meet. Last season, they met on March 20 in Columbus in which the Devils won 3-0 to secure Martin Brodeur’s 115th career shutout.

Devils vs Blue Jackets Recap:

The Devils were able to score three goals in under four minutes to give themselves a 3-0 lead going into the first intermission. The team look great. But, a 3-0 lead is always said to be the worst lead in hockey.

It proved to be true, as the Panthers scored two goals in each the second and third period. Tomas Fleischmann‘s goal with 2:03 left in the third period proved to be the difference.

The Devils wrapped up their five game road trip with a 3-2 record.

Devils Injury Updates:

Anton Volchenkov (facial laceration) missed most of Monday’s game against Florida, but will play tonight.

Eric Boulton (non-displaced fracture in right hand) has been assigned to Albany (AHL) for conditioning purposes.

Tim Sestito has been recalled from Albany (AHL).

Travis Zajac (torn Achilles tendon) has been cleared by doctors, and is expected to practice with the team in two weeks.

Jacob Josefson (broken clavicle) is still recovering and isn’t expected back until March.

Against the Blue Jackets:

All-time the Devils are 7-2-2-0 when playing the Blue Jackets and 3-0-1-0 when playing in New Jersey.

Patrik Elias is the all-time leading scorer for the Devils against the Blue Jacketswith 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 10 games played.

Ilya Kovalchuk, however, has the most career points against the Blue Jackets with 11 points  (3 goals, 8 assists) in nine games played. Kovalchuk is also two points away from notching his 100th career point as a New Jersey Devil.

Martin Brodeur is 6-2-2-0 in his career against the Blue Jackets with a 2.17 GAA.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Sykora – Elias – Zubrus

Palmieri – Carter – Clarkson
Tedenby – Sestito – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Tallinder – Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador



Columbus Coming off Back-to-Back Wins:

The Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves last in the NHL standings with a 5-13-2 record. However, they have momentum they need coming into tonight’s game.

The Jackets beat the Flames Monday night, 4-1, and now have back-t0-back wins for the first time in 42 games, stretching back to February 2010. Luckily for them, this stretch wasn’t close to the NHL record for games played without back-to-back victories, which is 173 set by the Washington Capitals from the 1974-75 season to the 1976-77 season.

The team hopes these wins, will jump-start the team’s offense and defense, and get them out of the slump they are currently in.

Blue Jackets and Devils Stats and Tidbits:

While David Vyborny has the most career points, all-time, as a Blue Jackets against New Jersey, seven points (3 goals, 4 assists), Vinny Prospal has the most career points among active Blue Jackets with 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists) in 50 games played.

The last trade between these two clubs happened back in 2003 when the Devils acquired Grant Marshall for a 2004 Conditional Draft Pick.

Curtis Sanford is expected to start between the pipes tonight for the Blue Jackets. He has a career record of 0-1-0 against the Devils with a 3.57 GAA.

Projected Blue Jackets Lineup:

Nash – Carter – Umberger
Prospal – Letestu – Johansen
Vermette – Pahlsson – Dorsett
Calvert – MacKenzie – Boll

Tyutin – Nikitin
Methot – Wisniewski
Moore – Clitsome


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Game Preview – Game 10: Toronto St. Patricks @ Your New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs (7-3-1) @ New Jersey Devils (4-4-1)
7:30 PM EDT

TV: MSG Plus
Radio: WFAN 660 AM


Tonight is the first of four games between the Devils and the Maple Leafs this season. Last year, the Devils were 2-2 against the Leafs, with one of the wins coming in overtime. The Devils were outscored 10-8 in the season series.

Home Ice Advantage?:

The Devils will return home to the Prudential Center tonight to take on the Maple Leafs, and I bet they’re glad to be home. The Devils dropped three of four on the road, collecting their only win against the Kings last Tuesday. They were outscored 12-8 on the trip.

The Devils find themselves 2-1-1 at home this season. Their last game at Prudential Center was on October 21 against the San Jose Sharks which resulted in a 3-2 loss in a shootout.

As pointed out on Speaking of the Devils, “The Devils play play four of their next five at Prudential Center (they play in Philly tomorrow), but play 15 out of their next 21 games on the road.”

Devils Injury Update:

Martin Brodeur has confirmed that he is starting in goal tonight for the New Jersey Devils, after missing six games with a sore shoulder.

Travis Zajac made a visit to Devils practice on Monday. Zajac told reporters that he has started skating on his own in Winnipeg, but there is still no timetable for his return. If going by the first indication, the original prediction for Zajac’s return would be in the middle of the month.

Jacob Josefson is still recovering from surgery to repair his broken right clavicle. He’s still expected to miss three-to-four months.

Eric Boulton has resumed practicing with the team after hurting his hand in a fight on October 21 in the game against San Jose.

Against the Maple Leafs:

All-time the Devils are 36-35-15-1 against the Maple Leafs. They are 21-12-9-1 when playing in New Jersey.

Ilya Kovalchuk has the most career points against the Leafs, 16 goals and 19 assists.

Patrik Elias has the most points against the Leafs as a Devil with 13 goals and 16 assists.

Martin Brodeur is 20-17-9 in his career against the Leafs, with a 2.53 goals against average.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Sykora – Elias – Zubrus

Tedenby – Carter – Clarkson
Palmieri – Mills – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Tallinder – Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador



Why was Phil Kessel Chosen Last in the All Star Draft?:

Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel is getting the last laugh at the fact he was drafted last in last year’s All Star Fantasy Draft. Kessel led the league in October with a league best 10 goals and 18 points, earning him the Player of the Month award. With Kessel’s hot start, the Maple Leafs find themselves first in the Northeast Division with 15 points.


Leafs goaltender James Reimer has missed the last several games while recovering from whiplash. He has been practicing with the Leafs for a couple of days now, and has been labeled by Leafs coach Ron Wilson as a game-time decision.

Projected Maple Leafs Lineup:

Lupol – Connolly – Kessel
MacArthur – Grabovski – Kulemin
Frattin – Bozak – Lombardi
Dupuis – Steckel – Brown

Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
Liles – Komisarek
Gardiner – Schenn


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Game Preview – Game 7: Your New Jersey Devils @ Southland Monarchs


New Jersey Devils at LA Kings

New Jersey Devils
(3-2-1) @ Los Angeles Kings (5-1-1)
10:30 PM EDT
TV: MSG Plus
Radio: WFAN 660 AM


Tonight marks the second and final matchup between the Kings and the Devils this season. The two clubs met at Prudential Center on October 13, which resulted in the Devils winning 2-1 in a shootout.

Devils News:

After dropping a second straight game Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New Jersey Devils look to get back on the winning side.

Fans are worried about the team’s performance due to injuries to Jacob Josefson (broken clavicle), Travis Zajac (torn achilles)  and Martin Brodeur (sore shoulder). They’re even going as far as to compare this season to last season already. With the Devils record being 3-2-1 through six games, they already have a better record then they did at this point last year. The Devils did not win it’s third game until their 11th game last season on October 29, and did not win their fourth game until game 14 on November 3. Last season, on October 25, the Devils were 2-7-1.

With the absence of two key centers, Devils Coach Peter DeBoer made a drastic change during the team’s practice yesterday. In Saturday’s game, you saw Parise, Elias, and Sykora playing together as well as Kovalchuk, Zubrus, Palmieri.  DeBoer switched things up by swapping Parise and Zubrus. I know you’re thinking, “Wait, there’s three wingers on one line now.” You’re right. Zach Parise will be playing at center tonight in between Kovalchuk and Palmieri. Parise was drafted as a center, and had played center under Brent Sutter a couple seasons back. Parise said the change came as a bit of a surprise and was a little nerve-wracking as he hasn’t played center in years.

Breaking News:

Petr Sykora has the flu and may not be able to play tonight, the team says. If he is unable to play, you will see Mark Fraser skating at Left Wing tonight, expect major lineup changes.

Against the Kings:

All-time the Devils are 25-25-4-1 against the Kings, but only 9-14-3-1 when playing IN Los Angeles.

Patrik Elias has the most points against the Kings as a Devil, four goals and seven assists in 14 games played.

Dainius Zubrus has the most career points against the Kings with 15, five goals and ten assists in 17 games played.

Johan Hedberg is 1-6-0 against the Kings in his career, sporting a 4.09 GAA.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Kovalchuk – Parise – Palmieri
Sykora/Fraser – Elias – Zubrus

Tedenby – Henrique – Clarkson
Pelley – Mills – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Tallinder – Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador



Kings News:

The main story for the Kings, without a doubt, is the hot play of young goaltender Jonathan Quick. In his third, fourth, and fifth starts of the season, Quick became the franchise record holder for the longest shutout streak. His 1-0 victory of Dallas on Saturday has now gone 188:10 without allowing a single goal. Luckily for the Devils, he will not be playing tonight. Jonathan Bernier is expected to get the start in goal.

Stud defenseman Drew Doughty has missed three straight games after suffering an upper-body injury against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 15. He was placed on Injured Reserve on October 16 and is eligible to come off for tonight’s game; however he’s not expected to return for another 7-10 days.

The Kings are also a hot team at the moment winning four straight games, and collecting points in five straight games. This dates back to the game at Prudential Center on October 13 in which the Devils beat the Kings 2-1 in a Shootout.

Kings Leaders:

Anze Kopitar leads the team in Points (10), Goals (4) and Assists (6).
Jonathan Quick leads the Kings in Wins (5) GAA (0.81), Save % (.972) and Shutouts (3)

Projected Kings Lineup:




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Best to Wear #10 – Aaron Broten

Aaron BrotenNUMBER: 10
HEIGHT: 5’10”
BORN: November 14, 1960
BIRTHPLACE: Roseau, Minnesota

It is fitting that the person to win Best to Wear #10, is an original on the New Jersey Devils roster.

Aaron Broten was drafted by the Colorado Rockies out of the University of Minnesota in the sixth round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Before starting his NHL career, Broten had an amazing sophomore season at the University of Minnesota in which he put up 106 points (47 goals, 59 assists) in only 45 games played.

Broten started his career with the organization while they were still known as the Colorado Rockies and he was an original member of the 1981-1982 New Jersey Devils roster. He was a crowd favorite as his skills let him be productive on the ice in almost any way possible. Broten could play the power play, kill penalties, and was an essential part of the 1987-1988 playoff bound team as he was on the same line as Kirk Muller and Pat Verbeek.

Broten also was very durable. He held the team’s iron-man record at 288 games until Ken Daneyko, and later Travis Zajac, broke the record.

He did his country proud by representing the United States in several Hockey World Championships. Broten was also inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.

Career Stats with the New Jersey Devils
641 162 307 469 -72 267 45 6 19 1243 13.0%

Be sure to check back on Tuesday as we vote on Best to Wear #11.

Summer Recap: New Jersey Devils

In the offseason of the NHL, many fans get stir crazy. There are only a few big milestones for fans to pay attention to. The rest of the summer is filled with the latest NHL hockey video game and maybe some outdoor events that teams hold around the league. For those fans that check in once in awhile or don’t really pay attention during the summer months here is a recap of where the Devils are at with signings, coaching changes and more.

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