A video made public by the New Jersey Devils... Cory Schneider's (our future goaltending superstar) first day in a Devils uniform.
A video made public by the New Jersey Devils... Cory Schneider's (our future goaltending superstar) first day in a Devils uniform.
That faint light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter with each passing day. The Devils haven’t played a game since April 27th but rookies and minor league players report for physicals on Monday and veteran players report on Wednesday. Devils hockey is almost here!!
Well hello, it’s been a while!! I actually didn’t expect to be here but after talking with the owners of Bloguin, the network that runs this site, it was best thought I should return to this site since it was idle all summer. So here I am, back writing about the New Jersey Devils on the site I originally started 4 years ago.
Speaking of summer, Labor Day always marks the end of summer and the time to start thinking about NHL Training Camps. Where shall we begin? The 2013 off-season for the Devils was certainly one to remember. In fact, I’m not sure I remember a more active off-season in the Devils recent years. In case you missed any of it because I know many fans (including the folks I had given this blog over to) checked out months ago when the Devils missed the playoffs, here is a quick recap.
So that’s about it for the New Jersey Devils. In the upcoming days as we count down the days until training camp, I will be writing about my expectations on the 2013/2014 New Jersey Devils.no comments
The New Jersey Devils shocked the hockey world on Sunday, June 30, when they made a move to acquire Vancouver Canucks back-up goaltender Cory Schneider.
Lou Lamoriello, a hockey genius in the eyes of Devils fans, pulled off the remarkable move by sending the 9th overall pick out west to Vancouver. The Canucks and Devils reportedly agreed to the deal on Saturday night.
Above: Cory Schneider stops Devils' forward Ilya Kovalchuk at the door-step in a game that the Vancouver Canucks won, 2-1, on February 24, 2012. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
The move could be defined as one of the "highway robbery" type. The Edmonton Oilers had displayed interest in Schneider, and were ready to make a more serious and hefty offer for him. Surrendering a first round pick in a somewhat-light draft class for a solid goalie-of-the-future seems like a perfectly reasonable idea.
Schneider, 27, was selected in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft by the same team that traded him. He has collected 55 regular season wins in 98 games at the NHL level. Schneider, who provides an answer to the question, "What happens when Marty retires?," will be given an opportunity to prove his worth in a red sweater.
When asked about the move, Schneider said, "I'm really excited to be coming to New Jersey. I've always followed them; I've been a fan of Marty Brodeur's since I was younger." Now, Schneider will have a chance to learn from one of his idols. Devils fans have to be excited about this kind of move.no comments
The Boston Bruins only needed about eight minutes to establish their presence at the Prudential Center as they were able to score three unanswered goals in the first period and go on to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-4.
The Devils loss drops the club to a miserable (15-15-10, 40pts) and are now 4 points back of both New York teams for the final spots in the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Bruins move to (26-9-4, 56pts) first place in the Northeast Division as they are now a point ahead of the Montreal Canadiens.
The loss also continues the Devils losing streak, which now sits at a franchise record of eight games.
Throughout the first period the Devils generated no offense in Boston's zone and were unable to score a goal in the first period.
Boston however was able to generate pressure and put up a three spot as Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell (2) would provide the goals for Boston.
The Devils were given four powerplay chances, one which was a 1:27 5-on-3, and failed to score on any of their opportunities.
"You know the spot you are in," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "You have two choices. You roll over and die or you get up tomorrow and find a way to turn one win into six or seven or whatever it is going to take."
However, New Jersey would show some fight in them.
With Boston holding a commanding 4-0 lead over New Jersey, the Devils would finally get one board! Patrick Elias was able to get a deflection passed Anton Khudobin to reduce New Jersey's deficit to three goals (11th of the season).
Nearing the end of the second, Travis Zajac was able to get alone on a breakaway and net a shorthanded goal (6th of the season) cutting the deficit in half.
The Devils defender Bryce Salvador was the victim of a Zdeno Chara slapshot and immediately felt the effects of it. After the play, he left the ice and got medical attention to what appeared to be a very significant injury to his hand. He did not return.
Also, the Devils Anton Volchenkov delivered a cheap elbow which connected to the back of the helmet of Brad Marchand causing Marchand to drop to the ice. Volchenkov was assest a 5 minute elbow and a 10 minute game misconduct.
Marchand however, was helped off by teammates and trainers to the lockeroom and did not return.
Greene scored on a slap shot 5:58 into the third period to cut the lead to a goal. But Seguin scored in close off a nice pass by Paille less than two minutes later to give Boston breathing room.
D'Agostini would add a goal for New Jersey cutting the lead back to one goal with 37 seconds to go, but Boston would not allow another shot.
The Devils battled back hard but it was too little too late.
"We battled back," Brodeur said. "... but nobody is happy about what happened today."
The Devils had a total of eight powerplay opportunities in tonights game and came away no goals.
(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Reaction: This game basically summed up the New Jersey Devils season in a nutshell. The Devils are as inconsistent as they come. One second they look the Eastern Conference champions that we all know from last year and the next they are looking like the 2010-11 team. This team has the ability and the potential to compete with any team in the Eastern Conference. The problem is that with all the injuries and the constant influx of players starting and inconsistent lineups, it makes it impossible to compete. Granted people aren't going to give you any excuses and the Devils certainly don't deserve excuses by there recent play but some things got to give. The Devils can't lose 17 in a row, or at least I hope they can't. The remaining schedule isn't going to be easy as 8 of 9 games are against potential playoff opponents. If the Devils are going to make one final push for the playoffs it needs to happen NOW ! Games that the Devils need to win are both Rangers games, the Flyers game, and the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Devils will be back in action Friday night against the Ottawa Senators @ 7:00pm.no comments
The New Jersey Devils dropped their seventh consecutive contest on Sunday evening by a score of 3-2. The Devils, though, came away with a point after forcing a shoot-out. The Buffalo Sabres narrowly defeated Jersey's Team after a hard-fought, physical battle.
Early on, turnovers cost the Devils--big time. Patrick Kaleta netted an early goal for Buffalo to give his team a 1-0 lead. Andy Greene turned the puck over in the defensive zone on a blind outlet pass; Jochen Hecht threw a lazy shot on goal that was deflected home by Kaleta. Greene appeared to be frustrated after the play, but I guarantee you that he was not nearly as frustrated as any Devils fan in the country (myself included).
New Jersey kicked it into full gear after allowing the first goal. At one point, the Devils were successful in pinning the Sabres deep in their own zone for a solid two-plus minutes. As a result of the sustained pressure, the Devils were able to draw a cross-checking penalty out of Kevin Porter at 18:15 of the first period. Steve Sullivan tied the game for Jersey in a matter of seconds with his first goal as a Devil since 1997. Sullivan's goal was assisted by Steve Bernier and sent the Devils into the locker room with a boost of confidence and momentum.
Photo by Gary Wiepert.
The Devils surrendered some of that momentum in the second period when Steve Ott netted the go-ahead goal for the Sabres. Ott's eighth tally of the season came 13:44 into the middle frame; the goal, as fans have become accustomed to, was a result of a complete defensive breakdown. Ott stood wide open in front of Martin Brodeur and fired it home. Anton Volchenkov can be seen on the replay "puck watching" from the top of the face-off circle. I would honestly like to know what is going through the heads of the defensemen as these plays are happening...
The one defenseman who had something to contribute tonight was Mark Fayne. Fayne scored his first goal of the season--and first in over a year--to tie the game at two just 5:46 into the final frame. Fayne's goal came while the Devils were on a penalty kill and marked the 10th short-handed goal for New Jersey on the season. Dainius Zubrus made a nifty play to send the puck to a streaking Fayne in front of the net. Fayne's wrister beat Ryan Miller on his blocker side and restored the momentum back to the Jersey side.
After a quiet remainder of the period, the Devils and Sabres headed into overtime tied at two. New Jersey out-shot Buffalo by a count of 37-22 in regulation but could not come away with anything to show for it. Both squads failed to score in the overtime period.
Tyler Ennis shot first for the Sabres in the shoot-out and lost control of the puck. Steve Sullivan was stopped by Miller on the Devils' first attempt. Nathan Gerbe rifled one past Martin Brodeur to start the second round; Patrik Elias was stopped (and by stopped, I mean TRIPPED) by Ryan Miller in his attempt. Steve Ott and Travis Zajac were unable to connect on their attempts, which sealed the deal for Buffalo.
The Devils are back in action ("action") on Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM. It's not over until the fat lady sings, but she is definitely warming up those vocal chords.
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With the recent struggle of play over this six game stretch, many Devils fans including our staff at Running with the Devils are wondering what happened?
One of the obvious reasons is the team without Ilya Kovalchuk. As we all know, Ilya Kovalchuk is currently recovering from a shoulder injury which has been projected to sideline the All-Star for 2-4 weeks. When he went down against Florida on March 23rd, apparently so did the Devils. Ilya Kovalchuk has 10 goals and 17 assists in 32 games this year. His stats however don't speak enough volume for how much of an importance he is to the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils (0-3-3) have lost 6 games in a row and have gone from being a solid playoff team to not even participating in the postseason for only the second time in 16 seasons. To put things into a great perspective, the Devils went from first in the Eastern Conference all the way down to 10th. This is also the second time that the Devils have had a losing streak of 6 games or more.
Without Ilya Kovalchuk, the Devils are severely lacking in leadership, most importantly with the "Captain" Bryce Salvador. Since receiving the 'C' from Peter DeBoer, the fans have been upset with him believing the Ilya Kovalchuk should have received it. Along with the fans, I agree 100%. Kovalchuk is by far the leader in the locker room and it shows day in and day out when New Jersey is out on the ice. He leads by example and encourages all of his teammates around him to give 110%. He brings a toughness and hard work that nobody else on the team can muster up to. Since he has not been out there with his team, it's quite apparent how much of a leader that Bryce Salvador isn't. Bryce Salvador isn't the type of player that can motivate or lead a team just by his presence on the rink. I may not be in the locker room after games and I certainly don't know what goes on in their, but as a fan seeing this team perform without Ilya Kovalchuk makes it seem, to me, who the real captain is of the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils have also had a huge decline in goal contribution which has become more and more evident during this 6 game skid. The Devils have scored only 10 goals in the 6 games including being shutout at the hand of the Boston Bruins. The lack of contributions from players over this stretch like David Clarkson (1 goal), Travis Zajac (0 goals), and Adam Henrique (0 goals) who are big scores for New Jersey, is very concerning.
Finally, the horrible special teams. The Devils have absolutely been terrible on both powerplay and penalty kill. Nobody would have guessed that the Devils who had the best penalty kill from last year well over 90%, would be 19th this year with a PK hovering around 80%
The powerplay is 22nd with a 16% success. This speaks volume because the Devils get so many chances on the powerplay and are unable to produce, whether they miss the net or they're unable to complete crisp and solid tape-to-tape passes.
There is certainly feelings of unrest in New Jersey as the Devils look for someone or something to end this losing streak and help get them some points. The remaining schedule for the Devils is going to be hard but we will see what this team is made of as they hope to try and capture a playoff spot.
The New Jersey Devils needed this game. They knew that if they could beat the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, then there would be a boost in morale to do even better in the remaining regular season games. Unfortunately, they did not show up for the majority of the match and that cost them another game.
Right from the start of the game, the physical tone was set. I’ll give props to Devils for playing their hearts out. Regardless of the amount of effort the Devils showed in the first period, they found no puck luck and actually conceded a goal to Toronto (just 4 minutes into the game). A shot by ex-Devil Mark Fraser was redirected in by Leafs forward Leo Komarov. Despite the goal, the Devils never gave up and kept getting great chances. The problem? Not a single one beat James Reimer. The best chance for New Jersey came during a 5-on-3 power play, but they failed to set up any great chances. That mediocre power play really told me that (at least through one period of play) the Devils did not come to play when they knew they should have.
The second period wasn’t very different from the first. The Devils’ chances weren’t as high as they were in the first but those second period chances, in my opinion, were much stronger. At times, play got really chippy, especially between David Clarkson and Dion Phaneuf. With the exception of more power play failures, nothing really changed for the Devils. The score was still 1-0 as the teams skated off. Devils fans knew that the final 20 minutes could set the tone for the entire season. So I really hoped that they would try something different.
I was actually really impressed by what the Devils did in the third period. They had a plethora of opportunities that could have all been goals. Reimer was playing incredible and was carrying his team to another shutout. With around 12 minutes left, Leafs centerman Tyler Bozak got a breakaway and took full advantage of it. His shot went off of Marty Brodeur’s blocker but Marty never saw it in time to save it. Peter Harrold did but his hand-eye coordination failed to save the puck from going in. Down 2-0 even after all that hard work, I expected the Devils to give up. I know in sports, giving up is never an option but based on everything that New Jersey did, I wouldn’t be surprised they did. Instead, they kept on trying. Finally, the Devils’ endeavors paid off. Clarkson finally put the Devils on the board by beating Reimer 5-hole. Leafs forward Nazem Kadri threw his stick in front of Clarkson while diving but nonetheless, Clarkson stayed with the play and cut the lead in half. Sadly, that would be it. The Devils got a power play with under 2 minutes left (with Marty pulled, it’s a 6-on-4), but Reimer and Toronto’s defense held their ground. New Jersey fell 2-1 in front of the sellout home crowd at Prudential Center, leaving a majority of those fans and Devils fans everywhere else in sheer depression.
So what does this all mean? Well, the New Jersey Devils have now lost six straight games. With the New York Rangers and New York Islanders both winning in their games, they both have 42 points. So the Devils’ 39 points still keep them in 9th. But wait, the Washington Capitals won too? Indeed, so with their win, the Caps have 40 points and now, the Devils sit in 10th place in complete disarray. This isn’t going anywhere if they keep this up. I honestly feel that they needed to win tonight to have a shot at great a great seed before the playoffs started. With this loss, I think they will have to fight for 8th. That will require them going at least 6-2-2 in their final 10 games. It starts tomorrow in Buffalo. That game worries me because the Sabres have been getting really hot lately. I’m panicking slightly but I will literally lose my mind if the Devils do not win tomorrow. They absolutely have NO CHOICE but to win. May the best of luck be with coach DeBoer and the New Jersey Devils.no comments
With only eleven games remaining in the regular season, the New Jersey Devils are on the outside looking in. Jersey's Team dropped out of the top eight on Thursday night after their fifth consecutive loss, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins. With a win tonight, combined with a Rangers and/or Islanders loss, the Devils could be back in the playoff picture.
The Devils will match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center at 7:00. New Jersey played a dominant game in Boston on Thursday night, but couldn't escape with two points. Jersey fired a whopping 40 shots on goal in the 1-0 loss, but Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask got them all. Jaromir Jagr scored a garbage goal in his debut with the Bruins; the puck took a bounce of Jagr's skate (as he interfered with Bryce Salvador) and past Marty Brodeur. If the Devils can play the way they did in Boston two nights ago, they will be in good shape.
The Maple Leafs are coming off a 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers--who are all of a sudden in the hunt for a playoff spot. Toronto currently holds the fifth seed in the east (20-13-4) and would drop to sixth with a loss tonight. In the only previous meeting between these two teams this year, the Maple Leafs pulled out a 4-2 victory. That game came during the Devils' six-game losing streak in which Johan Hedberg played in place of the injured Martin Brodeur.
Ilya Kovalchuk has been making "great strides" in the rehab of his injured shoulder, but will not be back in the line-up just yet. Devils' coach Pete DeBoer said that he expects Kovalchuk to be back for more than "the last couple of games." This is extremely good news for Devils fans; the push for a playoff spot will become just a little easier when Jersey's best player is on the ice.
Photo by Frank Gunn/Canadien Press.
Joffrey Lupul will not play tonight for the Toronto Maple Leafs after taking a shot to the head on Thursday night against the Flyers. Lupul, who broke his arm in January and missed an extended period of time, did not make the trip to New Jersey with the team.
Steve Sullivan will make his return to the New Jersey Devils tonight; Sullivan, who was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday, will be paired with Patrik Elias and Andrei Loktionov on the Devils' first line. With Sullivan in the line-up, the Devils appear to have four lines that are occupied by NHL-caliber players.
The lines for tonight are as follows:
Forwards: Elias-Loktionov-Sullivan; Zubrus-Zajac-Clarkson; Ponikarovsky-Henrique-D'Agostini; Carter-Gionta-Bernier
Defensemen: Salvador-Zidlicky; Greene-Fayne; Tallinder-Harrold
Scratches: Volchenkov, Larsson, Kostopoulos, Josefson, Barch
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How can you describe this game in one adjective? Frustrating? Abominable? Bleak? Either way, as a Devils fan, this game was an opportunity for the Devils to fight back in an attempt to move up higher in the Eastern Conference. Before the game, they were in 8th place. Because of the Islanders taking a point in Washington and the Devils coming up empty in Boston, the New Jersey is now 9th. If the playoffs started today, the Devils would not qualify for a chance to defend their Eastern Conference title.
I know this sounds like something a sore loser would say but honestly, the Devils deserved to win this game, not the Bruins. Almost all the chances in tonight’s game went to New Jersey, and they showed that with a strong first period. Adam Henrique, Andrei Loktionov, and David Clarkson both had brilliant chances that could have put New Jersey up 3-0 in the first period itself. Thanks to stellar goaltending from Tuuka Rask, the game was kept scoreless and the Bruins survived the Devils’ onslaught of chances.
The second period was almost identical to the first period, except one blemish ruined the entire game. Very early into the period, newly acquired Jaromir Jagr scored his 15th goal of the season (1st with Boston). That goal though was nothing but luck. Brad Marchand played a key role, feeding a driving Jagr from the left side (he was skating to the net pretty hard) who put his stick to tip the puck. Instead the puck hit his skate and beat Marty Brodeur. That goal just deflated my mood for the entire night. It didn’t stop the Devils though, as they kept on getting more chances and nearly scored on a few of those chances. Nonetheless, Rask was on his head the entire game and kept the Devils off the score sheet.
I was confident that New Jersey would do something to tie the game. Like the second, they kept on getting more shots on goal. There were a plethora of rebounds as well but I really cannot fathom why the Devils couldn’t find a way to beat Rask. All I can really say is that he was having a great game and the more saves he made, the more energy dropped within the Devils’ morale. Ultimately, even pulling Marty at the end couldn’t help the Devils. I drank my green tea in disgust as the Bruins shut the Devils out 1-0 took the 2 points. I would like to point out that the officiating was a bit weak but that still doesn’t excuse the fact that the Devils should have won this game by a score of 6-1 or some score of that sort.
Is it panic time yet? I would say no. This game definitely does affect the Devils’ mindset for the remaining 11 games. However, there is no more room for games like the one we watched tonight. Steve Sullivan will be coming back to New Jersey and will play on Saturday against the Maple Leafs. Though he is 38, I believe he is going to be a big impact if the Devils turn their losing ways around. I have faith in this team and I know they can get the job done. But it all starts with a strong win at home against Toronto on Saturday. Let’s go Devils!no comments