Well, it sure seems positive, lets hope the numbers improve! According to an article found on TSN.ca , the backbone of the New Jersey Devils, may in fact, be pushing "rumored" retirement plans back a year. I quote "rumored" because before the season kicked off, Brodeur had made remarks and hinted towards a possible retirement after seasons end. After reading the relativly short article on Marty, I scrolled down to the comment section which is refered to as "Its YOUR Call!" I happend to come across some comments that caught my eye, some positive, some negative, so listed below are just a few for your entertainment, enjoy!
"People said he was riding Stevens' coattails until Stevens retired and he still dominated, then they said he was the product of Niedermayer's genius... then he left. What did he do next? Set an all-time single season record for wins with 48 to go along with his Vezina the very next year. He was the ONLY member that was still with the team from their first to their last Cup. How can anyone deny his legacy?" -nohero79
"Broduers age is the perfect reason that the Wild need to trade Harding for Parise. The trade benefits both parties. Brodeur has been a shell of his old self the last 3 years. The team is failing and he is gettingolder." -MNWILD_1980
"With all due respect to one of the greatest goaltenders of all time, returning for yet another season is not a good idea. He might still be having fun, but he is not playing well. Somebody has to be honest with him. Please." -jammershorts
"Too many people view this man's career backwards. Some think his numbers were mostly the product of the system his team played when in fact the system they played was a product of Brodeur's once-in-a-lifetime skills. People who think the system made his career do not understand the position and certainly have never played it. He is far and away the greatest puck handling goalie in history which allowed the Devils to play a proper trap because they had essentially a 3rd defenseman back there to handle any dump-ins" -nohero79
"It would be pretty cool to play out his final year backing up Carey Price in Montreal. Marty would come cheap on a one year, Price would benefit from it. Seems loke a win win for all parties." -knuklehead
"Hope he doesn't become the Brett Favre of the NHL!" -Dah-Nold
Lets hear what you all have to say! Comment in the comments section attached to this link, speak your mind Devils fans, what do YOU think will be the outcome of the Martin Brodeur dilemma?
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The Last 10 Games: Winnipeg 5-5-0, New Jersey 6-3-1.
Season Series: This will final meeting between these two teams in the regular season. So far, NJ leads the season series 2-1. These two just met on Saturday night with the Devils winning 2-1 in Winnipeg.
What We Think of the Jets: These are the types of teams I don’t like playing. Right now, the Jets need to make some noise because they are currently on the outside looking in. Why not start now? Especially against the Devils team that seems to be dealing with injuries.
What I Am Looking For Tonight: Keep rolling!! Besides that Calgary game which really was only the first period, the Devils had a good road trip. I thought the defense did a fantastic job on Saturday night in Winnipeg and hope to see a repeat performance tonight. In fact, they’ve been playing well the last few games. Can you believe that the Devils, who completed a 3-1 road trip, gave up only 3 goals in those 3 victories? With a nice long home stand coming up, the Devils could make some noise in the Eastern Conference standings, where they currently sit in 6th place, 4 points behind Ottawa.
The Devils are dealing with injuries so I have to look to the veteran guys to pick up the slack for the injured.
The Devils have recalled Jacob Josefson and Brad Mills from Albany because Adam Henrique will miss his second game in a row with a pulled groin and Travis Zajac is still having Achilles issues and can’t skate. Sykora, who missed practice on Monday is expected to play.
And Finally…. Really Isaiah? REALLY??? I thought the meaning was pretty self-explanatory, I mean, just look at the picture next to the title….no comments
Hello Devils fans! I'd like to thank RWTD blogger Darren S. for giving me the opportunity to become a member of the RWTD family. I look forward to my future here as a blogger and I greatly appreciate the privilage to do something I love. Now back to business... I will be starting a weekly summary every Monday called "Second Look". These weekly reviews will summarize the Devils weekly record, score, top performer, and a breif summary of each game.
The Devils began the week of Sunday the 8th with a road game in Calgary on the following Tuesday, the 10th as New Jersey took on Calgary. This game, unlike the next two, results in an embarrassing loss to the Flames. In one of the most horrific displays of defense and net minding the team has displayed, the one against Calgary is one of the seasons worst. With only 14 shots on net, the Flames managed to hit the back of the net on 6 of them, 8 total saves by TWO, New Jersey goaltenders. Brodeur got yanked after making 3 saves on 5 total shots faced in the first, followed by "The Moose" stopping 5 of 9. The Devils answered 4 goals too late with a tally by Kovalchuk, his 16th of the season, but it wasnt enough of a spark to get the team going, Calgary recorded 2 more to finally put the nail in the coffin. Six to Three is your final. Despite a rather, dissapointing loss to a team that has turned it on in games of late, the Player of the Game award goes to Captain Zach Parise. Along with line-mate Ilya Kovalchuk, the two recorded two points each, Kovy, a goal and an assist, Parise, 2 assists, but managed to finish with a +/- ratio of 0, oddly enough despite the final score.
FINAL 3 - 6
The New Jersey Devils played 3 road games in the past week, the middle game against Edmonton up north in Oil-Country January 11th. The Devils & Oilers remaind scoreless up until the 2nd period when the Dev's broke the silence and recorded yet ANOTHER short-handed goal which was credited to Ilya Kovalchuk. New Jersey looked as though the game was theirs until the mid-way point when Ales Hemskey beat Hedberg to tie the game at 1 goal a piece. Edmonton managed to force it to overtime, against the HOTTEST team in the league in games decided after regulation. Just over a minute into overtime, Zach Parise nets the game winner and the Devils take the W, 2-1. Ilya Kovalchuk walks out of Edmonton with the RWTD Top Performer award as he tallied a goal and an assist with six shots on net and ended the evening a +1.
FINAL OT 2 - 1
My first game as a Devils blogger resulted with a win on Saturday the 14th. The Devils looked solied and consistent, despite a hot goaltender in Ondrej Pavelec who stopped 23 out of 25 Jersey shots on goal. The Devils were scored on first by Jets captain Andrew Ladd about 15min into the first on a shot Marty got a big piece of. With a scoreless second that most will have probably forgotten, it was a spectacular diving stick save by Pavelec on Henrik Tallinder that made him appear as though he was unstoppable. Devils recently acquired defensemen Kurtis Foster broke the zero as he netted his second goal of the season which tied the game at one. Three minutes later, Elias scores the eventual game winner on a beautiful tic-tak passing play from Clarkson to Sykora, through Patrick's legs to Larsson, cross ice to Elias for the score. The Devils hold off the Jets for the final score of 2 to 1. The top performer of the game award goes to Martin Brodeur. In his first start since being benched in Calgary, Brodeur stopped 22 of 23 shots faced and looked like his old self again.
FINAL 2 - 1
The Devils return home Tuesday night to face those same Winnipeg Jets walking out of last week with a 2-1-0 record recording 4 points and maintaining a sixth place spot in the current playoff picture. In my eyes the player of the week goes to Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk finished the week with 4 points on 2 goals and two assists. Kovy was a +1 for those three games and an average of 74:50 minutes of ice time during the three game span.
The New Jersey Devils hit the ice to a roar of boos from the home town Jets fans at the MTS Center, the majority, in regards to former Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils and Jets opened up with a handful of shots on respecting net minders, Martin Brodeur and Ondrej Pavelec. About mid-way through the first period, a brief scrum breaks out between Devil Ryan Carter and Winnipeg Jet, Mark Stuart which also resulted in Carter receiving a 2 minute minor for roughing which Petr Sykora sat out for. Winnipeg couldn't manage to record a tally with the man advantage as New Jersey managed again to successfully kill the penalty, which has been a strong point to this point in the season being the top penalty killing team in the league and totaling 11 short handed goals through the mid way point in the season.After a very strong opening 15 minutes by Brodeur who recorded 6 saves in the first, let one slip past as Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd ripped a shot high glove side from Marty's right as he managed to get a large piece of the shot, but clearly, not enough to maintain a scoreless first period. By the conclusion of the 1st period, the Devils out shot Winnipeg 7 to 6 and was held scoreless due to Ondrej Pavelec who managed to stay spot on through the first 50 minutes of the game.
With the second period under way, fans saw a much more, calmer period then they were witness to in the first. A handful of shots for each team, one New Jersey penalty, but no goals. The one TRUE scoring chance was by Devils defender Henrik Tallinder as he rushed up Pavelec's right hand side and was robbed on a tremendous sprawling stick save by the Winnipeg goaltender. Both teams remained fairly even in scoring chances, shots on net, and in the physical aspect of the game, the one true stat that shines brightest is the lack of faceoff victories for the Devils. With All-Star rookie centermen Adam Henrique out on a day-to-day groin injury, New Jersey bumped Dainius Zubrus to play first line center along side Devils captain Zach Parise and alternate Ilya Kovalchuk both on the wings. Zubrus only recorded 1 shot on net. Winnipeg, again was out shot by the Devils in the second, 9 shots to 6, and scoreless on the man advantage, as for New Jersey, scorless through two.
As the third period opened up and play resumed, nearly 5 and a half minutes into the period, New Jersey goes on the man advantage on a High Sticking call on centermen Alexander Burmistrov. The Devils continued their powerplay woes and, yet again, were shut down. With time winding down and the halfway point of the third been passed, an abrupt stop of drive from Winnipeg defense leads to one final scoring opportunity from Jets' captain Ladd as he rings one off the shaft of Brodeur's stick that deflects up and into the netting behind the cage. It was then when the ice began to tilt, in favor of New Jersey. The Devils managed to finally set up a well enough play to put one past the nearly perfect Ondrej Pavelec as Kurtis Foster puts the Devils on the board with ten minutes and fifteen seconds left on the board to knot the game at 1. Exactly two minutes and fifty eight seconds later, the play of the game occurs as brilliant play making by forward David Clarkson held the puck behind the Winnipeg net. As veteran forward Patrick Elias performed one of the smartest, most heads up plays of the game, as he allows Sykora's pass to go through his legs and to the blue line to be scooped up by All-Star elected rookie D-Man Adam Larsson who directs a pass towards the right side of the crease as an un-defended Patrick Elias was waiting on the doorstep and burried New Jersey's 2nd goal of the night on a beautiful all around team play which exemplified team work in its fullest. The clock continued to count down as Winnipeg tried to avoid a three game skid and gain two very important points to help them find their place in the thick of playoff push. 18 minutes and 24 seconds into the final stanza of the game, Winnipeg defensemen Ron Hainsey gets called the Holding call which leads to Patrick Elias' 4th career penalty shot. Before the penalty shot occurs, Elias is found at the bench talking with goaltender, Johan Hedberg, former teammate of Pavelec possibly asking for pointers as to where to go with his shot, as pointed out by Devils broadcaster, Glenn "Chico" Resch. Elias moves in to center ice, skates up, puts on the move, and is shut down by the inside of Ondrej Pavelec's arm, despite avoiding the poke check; Elias is now 1-4 in his career on the penalty shot. Play resumes with the draw in Winnipeg's zone which, like many before, is won by the Jets. The puck is carted down the ice and the pressure is on. With 1:08 remaining on the clock, Winnipeg's extra attacker hits the ice. Shot after shot after shot is fired, all but one either wide or blocked in front either by a Jet or a Devil, the one exception was gobbled up by Brodeur but could not be held for the faceoff. The clock runs down as Kovalchuk touches the puck and pokes it out of the New Jersey zone, the boos reign down from the crowed as the former Thrasher makes contact with the puck, and as time expires and the Jets loose at home. New Jersey shows how hard fought the game was in their post game celebration, showing signs of exhaustion. Its the tireless and relentless effort by New Jersey this season to come back from deficits to tie games and either pull out the "W" in regulation or force overtime, where the Devils have the best record in the league in overtime with 11 wins, 1 overtime loss, and 1 shootout loss, 8 of those 11 wins come from the shootout. But for tonight, the Devils walk away with two more points, and none handed to their opponent due to the regulation victory.
New Jersey improves their record to 25-17-2 through 44 games, amassing 52 points and holding 6th place in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Devils are 3 points ahead of 7th place Toronto, and 2 points behind Ottawa in 5th (which may be 3 or 4pts by the end of their game tonight versus Montreal). The next game on the Devils' schedual is Tuesday night, January 17th, which will be the closing game of a home-and-home against the Winnipeg Jets as the Devils return home for the first time since a 5-2 victory over the Panthers back on Friday the 6th in the Prudential Center.
This week the Devils played 4 games in the Friday to Thursday stretch, winning 3 of those 4 games. They looked decent against Florida and Pitt which was followed by an awful game in Calgary and then a game that needed the extra frame to get the win.
Marty Brodeur – Didn’t play against the Panthers because of his play against Boston on the 4th, did ok against the Penguins and then got an early hook against the Flames. His game is so inconsistent, you just don’t know who you are getting when he shows up to the rink. Said it before, I’ll say it again… please retire. We love what you’ve done for this organization but now, it’s getting ugly.
Zach Parise – I’m still on board with signing Zach long term this summer. He had 7 points in 4 games, one of which was the game winner in Edmonton. He’s one of two guys I feel that we’ve been able to count on this season. He also averages a little over 20 mins per game so that means he is out there A LOT!!
Patrik Elias – He’s the other guy I feel that I can count on, have so for years. He had 6 points this week including a huge game last Friday, which happened to be his 1000th for the Devils. Quick, name the two guys ahead of him on the list of most games for NJ….
While they didn’t make my list this week, a special congrats has to go out to Adam Larsson and Adam Henrique (The Adams!!) for making the NHL's All-Star Rookies and will travel to Ottawa to represent the Devils when the All Star festivities get under way on Thursday, Jan. 26.
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The Last 10 Games: New Jersey 6-3-1; Florida 4-3-3.
Season Series: This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season. Florida won the first game on Nov 21, when they climbed back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in regulation. I’m sure we all remember that gem!! NJ then beat Florida 3-2 on Dec 13th but needed a shutout to do it.
Know Your Enemy: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/flapanthers/
What We Think of the Panthers: I thought maybe the panthers would have dropped down a little in the standings by the time January rolled around but the truth is, they are a good team and continue to play decently. They’d better watch out though, looks like Washington is started to storm up the standings.
What I Am Looking For Tonight: Any sign of life because god only knows this team flat lined the other night against the Bruins. Here’s the issue that the Devils face. They were up 2-0 on Ottawa, lost that lead in the third and lost the game in OT. The Bruins proved how much better they are than us by just destroying us. If the Devils don’t win tonight, that means they’ve dropped 3 in a row going into Pittsburgh tomorrow night. Not a great way to go into Pittsburgh.
Describe the Panthers top line in one word. Lethal!! So the Devils will need to stop them.
And finally…. This is a screen shot from the Devils / Panthers game on Dec 13th… Obviously she didn't like the call. Stay classy Panthers fans, stay classy!!
This recap was written by our friend Dana Williams. He did another bang up job..too bad the Devils couldn't step up like he did tonight!!
I was not expecting a win tonight, I just wanted the Devils to stop embarrassing themselves with shoddy defense and anemic offense. Is asking for consistency too much? I dont want to settle for mediocrity, I really dont. I want to see the play-offs one last time before we hand Marty his life-time box-seat tickets, hang his number from the rafters, and go about finding his replacement.
We arent halfway though the season yet, and yes the Devils sit currently in 7th, but again we arent halfway through the season yet. I dont want to be all doom and gloom, but luck and capitalizing on other teams bad days will only get you so far.
Shortly into the first Boston coughs up a penalty and the Devils ACTUALLY capitalize. From the get-go we are playing harder and looking a little better then we did against the Sens on Monday. A lot of pressure on the offensive end of the ice, a lot of shooting and taking the shot chances that we are given.
If my recap were to end here it might be considered positive, but the game I am currently watching has very little positive about it.
The league leading PK team is out on the ice and Boston goes up 2-1.
I find it amazing that the PK team is so effective and our PP unit can almost give up their 13th of the season. Wait, I recant that last statement. They DO give up their 13th, but it wont be credited because the PP expired just 2 seconds prior. Really? I am so tired of seeing teams score on OUR PowerPlay. When we are supposed to have the advantage. How does that happen?
At the end of the second, for a brief few minutes, the Devils are storming the Boston zone, firing pucks at the net again. Making Tim Thomas work for his pay check. Like I said, BRIEF. The numbers lie, though, Boston only having 20 SOG while Jersey has 23. Boston has swarmed the Devil zone during the middle frame. Picking up only one goal but making the defense work hard, very hard.
A three goal defect at the beginning of the third. Now four goals. This is so pathetic to watch. Like a fish flopping around on the beach gasping for air before it dies. I am usually upbeat and positive about how they are playing, but this is just awful. No hustle, lackluster checking, constantly on their heels. Pathetic. It feels like they are playing the start of the year they way they left the end of 2010. Just a mess on the ice. DeBoer has got to get a handle on this. He is a good coach, obviously far more effective then he-who-should-not-be-named, but something is missing if we cannot play with the big dogs, and the little ankle biters give us a good run. Now five goals. Can we PLEASE, please, put Moose in? Not that he would fair better then Marty, but I think they are in his head now. As Darren said "I just hope this isn’t the night that the Bruins decided to put 6 or 7 pucks in the back of the net. They certainly have that ability. Not only can they score lots of goals, they’ll have no qualms about beating the living crap out of you while doing so." Well sorry Darren, tonight IS that night. The only consolation is that we drew first blood, but that just woke up the bear.
Over all, poorly played against a team that at any moment could fire a puck and land it on target behind the goalie. Again the Devils got steam-rolled and really showed no control or drive to fight for the win. For me, the most exciting part of the game was the 'fight' that Cam Jannsen got into. Let me reitterate my statement earlier. It was like watching a fish gasping for breath, flopping around on the beach, dying. The water was just a few feet away, but no way to get there.
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The Last 10 Games: New Jersey 7-2-1; Ottawa 7-3-0.
Season Series: This is the 2nd of 4 meetings this season. The first was a game in Boston and a back and forth game that the Bruins eventually won 4-3 off the stick of Benoit Pouliot with just over 3 minutes remaining in the game.
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What We Think of the Bruins: I would use the words physical, talented and downright scary to describe the Bruins. Whenever we play the Bruins, I just hope this isn’t the night that the Bruins decided to put 6 or 7 pucks in the back of the net. They certainly have that ability. Not only can they score lots of goals, they’ll have no qualms about beating the living crap out of you while doing so.
What I Am Looking For Tonight: It has to be said, the Devils need to stop this horseshit when up a man. I’m so tired of the Devils giving up shorthanded goals. If you give them up when you’re up 5-1, so be it but we don’t, we give them up at the most crucial times. So, tonight’s number one focus, NO SHORTIES!!!
It’s the Bruins so I am looking for the Devils to come out with an edge tonight. They’ll have to. Boston is a physical team and if the Devils don’t match them physically, it will be a long night for NJ. Dallas gave Boston a severe beating in their last game so I’m sure the Bruins have something to prove. I’ve always wondered if winning in NJ is something special for Claude Julien.
NJ gave up a 2-0 lead the other night and lost the game in OT 3-2. I was more annoyed they blew a 2-0 lead than actually losing the game 3-2 in OT. If they get a lead tonight, please for the love of god hang on to it.
I would expect Boston to come out with fire in their eyes. I’m sure they don’t like sitting behind the Rangers for the Conference lead.
Injury Report: New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov could return to the lineup after missing Monday's game against his former team with a lower-body injury. Forward Jacob Josefson is skating with the team again and getting closer to returning from a broken collarbone. Defenseman Andy Greene is still recovering from a broken toe. Travis Zajac has some soreness in his Achilles and will be sitting tonight.
Zach Parise - Adam Henrique - Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora- Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Mattias Tedenby - Ryan Carter - David Clarkson
Eric Boulton - Tim Sestito - Cam Janssen
Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador - Adam Larsson
Matt Taormina - Kurtis Foster
Martin Brodeur will make his fourth straight start (Uh…that’s not good!!)
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The Last 10 Games: New Jersey 7-3-0; Ottawa 6-3-1.
Season Series: New Jersey leads the season series 1-0 (4 game total) after Adam Henrique scored the game winner in a shootout in NJ on Dec 8th.
Know Your Enemy: http://www.the6thsens.com/
What We Think of the Senators: I have to think the Ottawa and NJ are two teams that are very evenly matched and these two teams will probably battle until the end of the season. As always, Alfredsson always makes me nervous when he laces them up against us.
What I Am Looking For Tonight: Keep it rolling. The Devils ended 2011 with two very good wins and a full effort in those wins. Don’t change too much, keep playing disciplined hockey and keep firing the puck.
Final Thoughts: We are approaching the halfway point of the season and the Devils have put themselves in a good position so far. I never expected to win the division and I did expect some sloppy play and headaches this season but I also expected them to battle it out for the 8th spot. Right now NJ sits in the 6th spot and are only 3 points behind Pittsburgh. If the Devils can do what they did last year in January, February and March, the spring might be a good one for us!!no comments