The New Jersey Devils are coming off a tough loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The defeat knocked the Devils out of a playoff spot for the first time this season and sent Jersey's Team even further into their recent downward spiral. Travis Zajac and Anton Volchenkov tallied goals for the Devils in Tuesday's loss, but the game-winner came off the stick of Rangers' forward Rick Nash. The former Columbus Blue Jacket beat Johan Hedberg through the five-hole (shocking, right?) on a 2-on-1 rush 7:25 into the middle frame.
Now it is time for the good news: goaltender Martin Brodeur will return tomorrow night as the Devils take on the Carolina Hurricanes. This news could not have come at a better time for Devils' fans, who have watched Hedberg win just three of twelve starts since Brodeur got hurt on February 24.
Granted, not every loss was Moose's fault, but a couple of soft goals were let in during that time period.
Devils' goalie Martin Brodeur will make his return to the starting line-up against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday evening. Photo by Robert Sabo/New York Daily News.
In other news, forward Andrei Loktionov is set to return for the Devils on Thursday evening. Loktionov has been a nice addition to the roster and it is great news that his injury was not too serious. Alexei Ponikarovsky will miss Thursday's game with a lower-body injury; Poni is listed as day-to-day.
- I am excited for Brodeur and Loktionov to return to the line-up. I know that they will provide a boost of energy to this team. With Marty in net, this team is going to win nine of its next ten games. Mark my words.
- When Zubrus and Ponikarovsky are ready to return, Krys Barch and Tom Kostopoulos have got to be booted from the roster. It is that simple.
- I want to see Stefan Matteau in the line-up. I know I am in the minority group on this topic, but the kid is only 19 years old. He has to develop somehow and I feel as though his skills are good enough to develop at an NHL level. He is STILL a better option than Barch or Kostopoulos.
The Devils will take on the aforementioned Hurricanes on Thursday night. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM. This game will mark the beginning of a marvelous streak for the Devils. I'm telling you--nine of the next ten games will be wins for the Devils.
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