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December 31, 2008
Devils-Stars: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Dallas Stars last met on Oct. 22 at the Prudential Center. The Devils, with Martin Brodeur in goal, won that game, 5-0. They get together for a New Year's Eve bash. Three things to look for: 1. Will John Madden score a goal? He's gone 23 straight games without scoring a goal, the...
Mike Emrick will miss NHL Winter Classic with laryngitis
Mike "Doc" Emrick, the TV voice of the Devils, will be unable to call Thursday's NHL Winter Classic because of laryngitis. Dave Strader, the play-by-play man for the Phoenix Coyotes, will fill in for Emrick. The game, between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, will be played at...
Game 32: New Jersey Devils 4, St. Louis Blues 3
Box score From The Star-Ledger: Game story: Devils hold off Blues Janssen still the cure for Blues Brodeur begins off-ice workouts Upper-body injury keeps White out Blog posts: Elias: I had an off-night Clemmensen wins with parents watching You Make the Call: What's gotten into Zach...
You Make the Call: What's gotten into Zach Parise?
Zach Parise looks downright unstoppable these days, with two more goals in Tuesday night's 4-3 win over St. Louis. He's already got 21 goals - he had 32 all of last season. What's gotten into this guy? Is he getting more help on the line, getting the puck with a clearer look at the goal? Is he a...
Devils' Elias: I had an off-night
Brutally honest, Devils' left winger Patrik Elias said he played poorly Tuesday night in St. Louis. After a postgame chat with coach Brent Sutter in the visitors' dressing room at the Scottrade Center, Elias said: "It wasn't a real good game from me. I just didn't feel good. In the first two...
Devils' Clemmensen wins with parents watching
DesMoines, Iowa, is close enough to St. Louis that Scott Clemmensen's parents didn't want to pass up the opportunity to see their son play goal for the Devils in person. They were not disappointed. Clemmensen stopped 28 of 31 shots at the Scottrade Center Tuesday night in a 4-3 victory over...
New Jersey Devils hold off Blues, 4-3, as Zach Parise scores two goals
Kyle Ericson/Associated PressThe Devils' Mike Mottau, left, gets knocked down by the St. Louis Blues' Patrik Berglund (21) near the Devils' Dainius Zubrus (8) and goalie Scott Clemmensen during the second period of Tuesday night's game in St. Louis. ST. LOUIS -- Zach Parise scored a pair of...
Devils tie Blues, 2-2, on Rolston's second period goal
Brian Rolston's goal after 2:37 of the second period tied the game for the Devils. David Clarkson carried the puck from the end boards and tried to sweep a shot on net. Rolston picked up the loose puck and scored on goalie Manny Legace's glove side with a backhander. It was his fifth goal. ...
Parise scores 20th goal on Devils' first shot in 1-1 battle with Blues
Bryce Salvador, playing his first game in St. Louis since last February's deadline trade to the Devils, received cheers from the Scottrade Center crowd when the starting lineups were announced before the teams came onto the ice. Patrik Elias, Dainius Zubrus and Brian Gionta were the Devils'...
Ex-New Jersey Devil Janssen still the cure for Blues
Scott Rovak/US PresswireSt. Louis Blues right wing Cam Janssen (55) hits Calgary Flames defenseman Cory Sarich (6) during a recent game in St. Louis. ST. LOUIS -- He's home, living in the house next door to his parents and acting like a big shot around the neighborhoods in which he once dreamed of...
Devils' Brodeur begins working out off ice
Good news for the Devils: Injured goalie Martin Brodeur began working out off the ice on Tuesday. Brodeur, who had surgery two months ago to re-attach a torn tendon in his left arm suffered on Nov. 1, is expected to be back in mid-March. However, as Devils coach Brent Sutter pointed out...
Devils-Blues: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Blues face each other for the first time since Jan. 10, 2007, at the Meadowlands. The Devils lost that game, 3-2. Three things to watch Tuesday night: 1. Cam Janssen against his former team. The Blues' right winger has nothing but praise for Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello for trading...
Upper-body injury keeps New Jersey Devils' White out of action
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Colin White, shown in action earlier this season, sat out Tuesday night's game with an upper-body injury.NOTEBOOK ST. LOUIS -- Defenseman Colin White, sidelined with what the Devils are calling an upper-body injury, will not join the club on this...
December 30, 2008
Light turnout for Devils' optional morning skate
Devils coach Brent Sutter made Tuesday's morning skate at the Scottrade Center optional, and few players are choosing to participate. Bryce Salvador chatted briefly with some Blues personnel near the home team's bench. Those skating are Bobby Holik, David Clarkson, Mike Rupp, Patrik Elias...
Devils renew acquaintances with old pal Janssen
When they arrived at the Scottrade Center Tuesday for their morning skate, most of the Devils and coach Brent Sutter headed for the visitors' bench to watch the St. Louis Blues work out. Just before the Blues began their skate, Cam Janssen skated over to chat with his former teammates. "This...
Claude Lemieux signs deal with Sharks
Claude Lemieux signed a contract with the San Jose Sharks yesterday after spending the past month with their top minor-league affiliate, giving another boost to his NHL comeback hopes. The 43-year-old Lemieux signed with the Worcester Sharks on Nov. 25 after a five-year absence from pro hockey...
New Jersey Devils' Salvador returns for trip home
Aristide Economopolos/The Star-LedgerBryce Salvador is expected to return to the Devils lineup Tuesday night against St. Louis. After being forced to play so much of this season without so many key players because of injuries, the Devils barely even blink now when one of their key players has to...
New Jersey Devils' goalie Clemmensen may play in back-to-back games
In case anyone had any question whether Scott Clemmensen is Brent Sutter's definite No. 1 goaltender, the Devils' coach left no doubt about it when asked after Monday's practice if he might split the back-to-back games in St. Louis and Dallas Tuesday and Wednesday between Clemmensen and Kevin...
December 29, 2008
New Jersey Devils' White is out against St. Louis
Bill Kostroun/Associated PressThe Devils will be without the services of defenseman Colin White for Tuesday's game in St. Louis. White has an upper body injury suffered against the Rangers. Colin White has an "upper body injury'' the Devils say, and the defenseman will not play in Tuesday's game in...
New Jersey Devils practice - Salvador is practicing, White is not
Greetings readers. Colin here, back after a week off and filling in for Rich. Hope all had a good Holiday season. The Devils are on the ice now and the good news is that defenseman Bryce Salvador is out there practicing. However, I just noticed Colin White is not on the ice. I'll have to...
New Jersey Devils have weathered major challenges in 2008 -- look to rise higher in 2009
Scott Lituchy/The Star-LedgerTravis Zajac celebrates his goal against the Rangers in the second period of the Devils' 4-2 victory Saturday night. The Devils are closing the gap on the first-place Rangers in the Atlantic Division. Once worried about staying in the race as a rash of injuries took...
December 28, 2008
Devils get the day off before heading to St. Louis and Dallas
Coming off their big victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, the Devils were given a day off on Sunday. They will be back on the ice Monday aftermoon before flying to St. Louis. A few things as they prepare for back-to-back games in St. Louis and Dallas: The Devils are 20-11-3 for...
Devils or Rangers ... Lundqvist or Clemmensen? We break it down
Who's better: Rangers or Devils? Who's more important: Rolston or Zajac? We asked Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere this and more.1. Gotta start here: Is there any question that the Devils are better than the Rangers now? Right this minute? No. Rangers coach Tom Renney said his club is playing...
Devils' goal-scoring drought is over in victory over Rangers
The drought is over. The Devils are scoring goals again. Before the game coach Brent Sutter told me he wasn't "putting any heat on the players" about going seven periods without scoring a goal. That was a team record. "We just talked about little things in the offensive zone you have to...
New Jersey Devils' Salvador may play Tuesday vs. Blues
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesBryce Salvador, who was injured in a game against the Penguins earlier this month, is set to return Tuesday. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) NOTEBOOK NEW YORK -- Defenseman Bryce Salvador has been cleared to play after what doctors determined was an inner ear infection...
You make the call: What was the best part?
So much to like about the Devils' 4-2 win over the Rangers. Just hard to pick out the best part: 1. Rolston showing what he can do on the power play - while showing the Devils weren't going to be bothered by their goal-less streak. 2. Zajac showing all he can do. 3. Clemmensen outplaying...
Devils defeat Rangers in Garden, 4-2
NEW YORK -- The Rangers recent dominance of the Devils is over. Ending their seven period goal-scoring drought early in the game, the Devils skated to a 4-2 triumph over the rival Rangers as top guns Patrik Elias and Zach Parise scored goals last night at Madison Square Garden. In addition to...
Zajac's goal gives Devils 3-1 lead over Rangers in second period
Goalie Scott Clemmensen protected a 2-1 lead early in the second period when he stopped a Nigel Dawes shot at 7:20. Five minutes earlier, Henrik Lundqvist closed the door on a Brian Rolston tip at the right post. Lundqvist made a save on Bobby Holik's shot at 8:36. The rebound popped into the...
Special teams give Devils 2-1 lead over Rangers in first period
The Devils' goal-scoring drought ended in a hurry. Brian Rolston scored a power play goal at 2:54 of the first period Saturday night, ending the Devils' drought at 159:18, a team record. Brian Gionta's pass gave Rolston a one-timer that beat goalie Henrik Lundqvist on his glove side as David...
Clemmensen will be in goal for Devils
Scott Clemmensen will be the Devils' goalie Saturday night when they face the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. "Same lineup," coach Brent Sutter said. The Devils haven't scored in 156 minutes, 24 seconds going back to Brian Rolston's goal at 8:36 of the second period Sunday night against the...
Devils-Rangers: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Rangers meet for the fourth time this season Saturday night. Three things to watch: 1. Will the Devils score? They've gone seven periods without a goal. Even though they had plenty of chances to score against the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night, no one did. 2. The Garden hex...
December 27, 2008
Devils defenseman Salvador's ailment was an ear infection
Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador has been cleared to play after what doctors have determined was an inner ear infection. The tough defenseman, who has missed the last four games, said it wasn't certain whether the infection was related to the shot he took in the face back on Dec. 10. "You...
On scoring, defense ... the Rangers: A morning after look at the Devils
Two straight loses ... two straight shutouts ... the Rangers are up tonight. Is it time to hit the panic button? Star-Ledger beat writer Rich Chere tells all:1. Two games ... no goals. Is there concern that they've lost their scoring touch or is it just a case of bad luck: Elias against the...
Devils' Salvador, close to return, says he is not suffering from a concussion
David Duprey/The Associated PressBryce Salvador was upended against Buffalo on Dec. 17, and eventually left this game. NOTEBOOK Two nights after he was hit in the face by a shot from Pittsburgh's Alex Goligoski on Dec. 10, no one expected Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador to play the next game...
Punchless Devils face rival Rangers next
They've gone seven straight periods without scoring a goal. Now the Devils must get out of their scoring slump against their bitter rivals-- the Rangers. "It's a huge game, especially considering the way the last two games have gone," Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said of Saturday night'...
Slideshow: Pittsburgh Penguins 1, New Jersey Devils 0
You make the call: Same story again?
It's two straight games - and seven periods - without a goal now. But just as we said after the 2-0 loss to the Bruins, it's hard to get down on the offense. Or is it? We think Langenbrunner could have (should have?) had at least a pair himself. And the foot save? Hard to top that. So we're not...
New Jersey Devils shut out by Penguins, 1-0, in second straight game without a goal
First time since January 2006 that Devils are shut out in back-to-back gamesScott Lituchy/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Brian Gionta is called for tripping on this play that looked like a goal for the Devils. On another night, Jamie Langenbrunner and David Clarkson might have both had hat tricks for...
Devils and Penguins still deadlocked, 0-0, in second
Jamie Langenbrunner started the scoreless second period with a shot that was stopped by Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The Devils had an early power play when Pittsburgh defenseman Mark Eaton hooked Mike Rupp. However, the power played was unable to capitalize as the game remained 0-0.
Devils defenseman Salvador close to returning
David Duprey/The Associated PressBryce Salvador was upended against Buffalo on Dec. 17, and eventually left this game. Bryce Salvador returned to competition too soon after being hit in the face by a shot Dec. 10, but the Devils defenseman said Friday he is not suffering from a concussion and...
New Jersey Devils' Clemmensen not tired of taking questions about Brodeur
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerScott Clemmensen is trying to make the most of Martin Brodeur's absence. NOTEBOOK Scott Clemmensen has chatted with Martin Brodeur during the injured goaltender's periodic visits to the Prudential Center, but he hasn't inquired about when the Vezina Trophy winner will...
Devils and Penguins scoreless in first
Brian Gionta had the Devils' first scoring chance at 1:29 when he tipped a Dainius Zubrus shot, but Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made the save. The Devils dodged a bullet at 1:59 after Johnny Oduya gave the puck away to Pascal Dupuis and defense partner Paul Martin fell into goalie Scott...
December 26, 2008
Devils-Penguins: 3 things to watch
The Christmas break is over and the Devils will be back at it Friday night. Here are three things to watch in their match with the Pittsburgh Penguins: 1. Too much holiday cheer. Sure, we know the Penguins also had the previous two days off, but these layoffs sometimes take more of a toll on...
Devils' Salvador: I didn't have a concussion
It appears that Bryce Salvador returned too soon after being hit in the by a shot on Dec. 10, but the Devils' defenseman said Friday he is not suffering from a concussion and could skate with teammates Saturday morning. "(It's) actually not a concussion," Salvador said in a text message. "I...
Still no Salvador as Devils return from break
They're back. Most of them. The Devils returned Friday morning from their mini-break at Christmas but defenseman Bryce Salvador is not among those participating in the morning skate. Salvador has been sidelined with an upper body injury. The Devils face the Pittsburgh Penguins at the...
December 24, 2008
Devils fans, do you know ugly when you see it?
Courtesy of the New Jersey DevilsForget about the blue line, Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner crossed the fashion line while sporting this colorful number during the team's recent Ugly Sweater party. Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere alerted us to the Devils' interesting holiday party...
Devils test themselves against East's best, come up just short
The Devils were happy for the chance to take a shot at the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins Tuesday night, but dropped a 2-0 loss in what felt like a playoff game. Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere addresses this topic and several others, including the sudden disappearance of goals...
Game 32: Boston Bruins 2, New Jersey Devils 0
Box score Newspaper stories Bruins get good bounce, send Devils to 2-0 loss Notebook: Devils' Christmas party turned ugly -- on purpose Goalscoring was final piece of puzzle for Devils in recent games Blog posts Power play lets Devils down against Bruins Devils' Rolston takes puck on chin...
Power play let Devils down against Bruins
The Devils weren't surprised to be involved in a low-scoring game against Claude Julien's Boston Bruins. "It was a playoff type game," Devils coach Brent Sutter said of the 2-0 Bruins win. "We had some chances. The puck just didn't go in the net. They did a good job in the shooting lanes...
Devils' Rolston takes it on the chin
Brian Rolston is ready for 2009 to arrive. Why the rush? The Devils' left winger, who missed 18 games early in the season with a high ankle sprain, took a John Madden slap shot in the chin Tuesday night while he was sitting on the bench with 8:56 remaining in the third period. "I'm looking to...
Slideshow: Boston Bruins 2, New Jersey Devils 0
New Jersey Devils' hot scoring ends at hands of Bruins in 2-0 loss
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils' Zach Parise fails to get the puck in as he backhands it over the net and Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas in the third period at the Prudential Center. There were no early Christmas gifts for goalie Scott Clemmensen or the Devils. Despite a strong performance...
You make the call: How do the Devils stack up
It was a home game. And the Devils didn't score. But you have to think they showed they can play with the best in the Eastern Conference despite a 2-0 loss to the Bruins. And had it not been for Thomas' amazing save on Elias ... this could be a different post. How do you rate the Devils right...
Bruins take 1-0 lead over Devils on Lucic goal in third period
Left winger Milan Lucic snapped a scoreless deadlock when he scored his 10th goal of the season 49 seconds into the third period. Zdeno Chara's shot from the top of the right circle deflected off Devils defenseman Colin White into the slot, where Lucic scored from below the hash marks.
Devils and Bruins still in scoreless battle midway through second period
The Devils had an early power play in the second period when Phil Kessel hooked Johnny Oduya at 1:56, but the game remained scoreless. Skating five-against-five, Jamie Langenbrunner had a scoring chance at 5:49. His drive was stopped by Tim Thomas, who also made the save on Zach Parise's chance...
Devils' Christmas party turned ugly -- on purpose
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerJohn Madden returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing two games with flu-like symptoms. NOTEBOOK It was ugly, but that's how the Devils' Christmas party was supposed to be. When Devils players and families got together last week for their annual Christmas...
Now that goalscoring is part of the mix, New Jersey Devils are flying
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerZach Parise, bottom left, and Patrik Elias, right, had 77 points between them going into Tuesday night's game against Boston. It may appear that the Devils came together as a team during the month of December, but coach Brent Sutter believes it happened even...
Devils and Bruins scoreless in first
Devils defenseman Jay Leach prevented an early goal by the Bruins Tuesday night when he deflected a shot from Boston's Chuck Kobasew at 4:03 of the first period. Brian Rolston's long slap shot at 6:03 hit Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and then the right post. With John Madden back for the Devils...
Devils-Bruins: 3 things to watch
With a 7-1-1 record so far in December, the Devils are pleased with the way they've come together in the month of December. They'be got one more prior to the Christmas mini-break. Three things to watch in Tuesday night's game against the Bruins: 1. Concentration. The Christmas break is hours...
December 23, 2008
Devils' team Christmas party an ugly affair
It was ugly, but that's how the Devils' Christmas party was supposed to be. When Devils players and families got together last week for their annual Christmas party, it was an Ugly Sweater Party theme. No one was declared the winner, but several were in the running. "I think I was pretty...
Madden is back for Devils; Salvador won't play against Bruins
After missing two games with what he described as flu-like symptoms, Devils center John Madden will return to the lineup Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins. However, defenseman Bryce Salvador will miss his third game with an upper body injury. "Yeah, John's playing," coach Brent Sutter...
Madden on ice for Devils' morning skate
John Madden, sidelined with what he has called flu-like symptoms, is on the ice at the Prudential Center and will take part in the Devils' morning skate. No sign of Bryce Salvador, who has been out with an upper body injury. The Devils host the Boston Bruins Tuesday night. Sheldon Brookbank...
Devils owner Vanderbeek expects team to operate in the black for second straight year
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesDevils owner Jeff Vanderbeek wasn't fazed by the small crowd that braved a snowstorm to watch the team Friday -- he expects fans to come out in better numbers in 2009. The economy is bad and could get even worse. Even many fans who would have been willing to dig deep...
December 22, 2008
Devils pick their favorite Christmas songs
The Devils have one game remaining before Christmas, a tough test against Claude Julien's Boston Bruins Tuesday night at the Prudential Center. Coach Brent Sutter gave the Devils a day off from practice on Monday so it seems like a good opportunity to pass along the team's list of favorite...
Devils begin to climb up the standings
Their shootout victory Sunday pulled them to within two points of the Flyers in second place in the Atlantic and they are rolling now. With so many players getting healthy, coach Brent Sutter now is at the point where he has the luxury of being able to tinker with his lineup and still win...
New Jersey Devils' Oduya was ready to drop the gloves
NOTEBOOK Johnny Oduya wanted to fight. The Devils' defenseman took exception to a third-period hit from Josh Gratton that sent him head-first into the boards, but he never got a chance to fight the Flyers' winger before teammates Jay Leach and Mike Rupp stepped in between. "I was ready. I...
Game 31: New Jersey Devils 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2 (SO)
New Jersey Devils beat Flyers in shootout
Bill Kostroun/Associated PressTravis Zajac (19) is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the winning goal in the shootout against the Flyers on Sunday at the Rock. The Devils' dressing room was beginning to quiet down after a satisfying shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. As he took...
December 21, 2008
Devils' Oduya avoids injury on Gratton hit into boards
Devils' defenseman Johnny Oduya avoided what could've been a serious injury when he was checked into the boards from behind by Philadelphia's Josh Gratton at 3:27 of the third period. Oduya went into the boards head first, but got up quickly and approached Gratton. Both Jay Leach and Mike Rupp...
Elias, Rolston goals in second give Devils 2-0 lead over Flyers
Bobby Holik's hit sent Scottie Upshall to the ice at 3:30 of the second period and sent the Flyers' left winger limping back to the bench. A Scott Hartnell penalty at 6:18 gave the Devils their fourth power play of the game. They were 0-for-3 in the first period. This time Patrik Elias...
Devils and Flyers scoreless in first
Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki made several big stops in the first period Sunday to keep the Devils off the board. Niittymaki stopped a Travis Zajac shot from the right circle at 3:46 and then robbed the Devils' center from point blank at 5:45. A Jay Pandolfo shot was deflected at 8:24 and...
Devils-Flyers: 3 things to watch
The Devils and Flyers meet at the Prudential Center Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Here are three things to watch: 1. Shorthanded goals. The Flyers lead the NHL in shorthanded goals scored-- 13 in 32 games. The Devils, who use forwards Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Rolston on the power play points...
Madden and Salvador out; Clemmensen in goal for Devils
John Madden made the drive to Newark Sunday morning despite more snow and unplowed roads. But he stayed only for a short time and will not be in the Devils' lineup Sunday afternoon against the Flyers. Defenseman Bryce Salvador will also miss the game. "Neither of them will play," coach Brent...
Leach loving holiday gift of job with the New Jersey Devils
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-LedgerThe Devils appreciate Jay Leach for being a team-oriented guy. This promises to be Jay Leach's best Christmas since he was a little kid and was certain Santa Claus existed. Almost a decade into his professional hockey career, at least one longtime dream has come true...
December 20, 2008
Devils' Salvador won't play against Flyers; Madden unlikely
The Devils still are being vague about defenseman Bryce Salvador's upper body injury but he will not play in Sunday afternoon's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Salvador did not participate in practice Saturday in Newark. Center John Madden did take part in practice for a time before...
Madden on ice for Devils' practice
Center John Madden, who missed Friday night's game because of illness, is on the ice and will apparently take part in the team's practice Saturday morning at the Prudential Center. The veteran forward is skating slowly around the ice and taking an occasional weak shot. Sheldon Brookbank is...
As Elias goes, so go the Devils
There is no doubt the Devils are riding the exhilarating play of winger Patrik Elias, who had two goals and two assists in the 5-1 victory over Ottawa Friday night. Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere takes a look at that topic and several others, including the absence of John Madden and Zach...
Game 30: New Jersey Devils 5, Ottawa Senators 1
Box Score Newspaper stories Undermanned Devils beat Senators, 5-1 Notebook: Sutter says Brodeur could be ahead of schedule in return from injury Devils' Greene looking past injury Blog posts Elias and Parise: Leading the way for the Devils Devils deal with agitator Neil and the Senators You...
Elias and Parise: Leading the way for the Devils
The Devils have two lines playing well right now and you can point directly at the left wingers on both units. Zach Parise (four assists Friday night) is so confident and so productive he gave back a goal he didn't believe was his own and had it credited to linemate Travis Zajac. Elias (two...
Devils deal with Senators and agitator Neil
The Devils did a thorough job of handling the Ottawa Senators Friday night, but they also had to contend with Chris Neil. With 74 penalty minutes in 23 games coming in, the Devils were prepatred. Neil knocked defenseman Colin White down with a hit along the end boards in the first period...
Slideshow: New Jersey Devils 5, Ottawa Senators 1
You make the call: Jay Leach?
Brent Sutter appears to love Jay Leach. He's the type of big defenseman the team likes to build around. What's your take after seeing him in 11 games?
You make the call: How about this offense?
Five goals for the second straight game - 26 goals in the past six games. This is a team that can't score? Where did this offense come from? Is it Elias and Gionta heating up ... the team getting healthy ... or the team thriving on its four-line attack?
Devils beat Senators, 5-1, behind Elias' two goals, two assists
Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-LedgerPatrik Elias beats Alex Auld in the second period Friday night. Now, the Devils don't even flinch when key players are unable to play. With defenseman Bryce Salvador and center John Madden both out, the Devils played a solid defensive game and shut down the...
Devils hold 2-0 lead in second
Trailing, 2-0, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson tried an unusual play. Alone behind the net, Alfredsson tried to lift the puck over the net to Antoine Vermette in front. The puck hit the water bottle and the back of the crossbar and remained on top of the net, causing the whistle to be blown. ...
New Jersey Devils' Greene looking past injury
Tim Farrell/The Star-LedgerAndy Greene, pictured last season, is hoping to pick up where he left off before he was injured in October.Andy Greene was having what felt like his breakthrough season when the Devils defenseman was struck by a Pavel Kubina shot back on Oct. 29. Two days later, Greene...
Gionta goal gives Devils early 1-0 lead over Senators
Brian Gionta's ninth goal of the season gave the Devils a 1-0 lead over the Senators 40 seconds into Friday night's game at the Prudential Center. Paul Martin took a feed from Patrik Elias and fired a slap shot that Gionta deflected past goalie Alex Auld.
Madden will sit for Devils; Brookbank to play wing
Sheldon Brookbank will apparently play left wing for the Devils Friday night against the Ottawa Senators and John Madden will sit. "I don't know if Madden's playing. I may be in," Brookbank said coyly. There is no jersey hanging in Madden's locker stall.
December 19, 2008
Devils-Senators: 3 things to watch
This will be the first meeting of the season between the Devils and Ottawa Senators, the two teams that opened the Prudential Center last season. Three things to watch: 1. Andy Greene's return. He hasn't played since breaking his hand Oct. 29. The Devils haven't rushed him back, but there is...
Devils' Salvador: I'm hopeful for Sunday's game
Bryce Salvador isn't revealing the nature of his injury, but in a text message Friday afternoon he told me he is hopeful of playing Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers. "Nothing serious," Salvador wrote. "I'm day-to-day with an upper body injury. I'm not playing tonight but I'm...
Devils' Sutter: Brodeur could be back by mid-February
Devils' coach Brent Sutter said after Friday's morning skate that injured goaltender Martin Brodeur could be back by mid-February. That would be a month before he is expected to return in mid-March. Asked if mid-February is when he expects Brodeur to be back, Sutter said: "That's in the range...
Devils' GM puts gag on Clemmensen
Devils' goalie Scott Clemmensen has a new policy: He won't talk to reporters before games. The rule, which began Wednesday in Buffalo and will continue, wasn't instituted by the always-cooperative goalie. It was an edict from general manager Lou Lamoriello, who apparently felt Clemmensen's...
Greene will replace Salvador; Clemmensen in goal for Devils
Devils coach Brent Sutter said he found out at 9:00 Friday morning that Bryce Salvador would not take part in the morning skate or be able to play against the Ottawa Senators. "He's not playing," Sutter said. "Upper body injury and he's status quo." Andy Greene will play his first game since...
Salvador absent from Devils' morning skate
Bryce Salvador is not on the ice Friday morning for the Devils' morning skate. Andy Greene is taking part in the skate and it appears he will play in place of Salvador Friday night against the Ottawa Senators. There are six defensemen on the ice-- Greene, Paul Martin, Johnny Oduya, Mike Mottau...
Devils may be without Bryce Salvador against the Ottawa Senators
Brian Rolston may have been the Devils' big-ticket acquisition last summer, but the most important free-agent signing by general manager Lou Lamoriello could turn out to be defenseman Bryce Salvador. On a team that, at times, has exceeded expectations this season, the same can be said of...
December 18, 2008
Salvador will be a game day decision for Devils: Greene waits
Bryce Salvador's status for Friday night's home game against the Ottawa Senators is unknown. At least that is what the Devils are saying. Although coach Brent Sutter flew home from Buffalo on the same plane as Salvador and travelled on the same team bus, he wasn't willing to disclose the injury...
Most Devils choose rest over practice on off day; no update on Salvador
It's an optional practice for the Devils Thursday at the Prudential Center and most players have chosen to remain off the ice. Among those out there are defenseman Andy Greene, right winger Daid Clarkson (a goal and an assist in Wednesday night's victory in Buffalo), center Bobby Holik...
Trenton Devils spread some holiday cheer
You rough and tough hockey fans, get ready for a cuteness overload. The Trenton Devils visited kids at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton Wednesday to pass out cuddly teddy bears to kids. Extremely heartwarming photos below:
Game 29: New Jersey Devils 5, Buffalo Sabres 3
Box score From The Star-Ledger: Devils rattle Sabres, 5-3 Change in philosophy working Rolston-Holik-Clarkson line making things happen A look back at the game Sutter on the "spin-o-rama" You make the call: How do you like this line?
You make the call: How do you like this Devils line?
OK Devils fans, Rolston, Holik and Clarkson: Do you like this line combination?
Change in philosophy working for New Jersey Devils
NOTEBOOK BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The days of trying to sit on a one-goal lead for the entire third period may be over for the Devils. In an important victory over the Sabres, which gave them three of a possible four points from road games in Toronto and Buffalo, the Devils showed last night that a...
Looking back at the Devils' 5-3 win over Buffalo
Star-Ledger Devils beat writer Rich Chere takes another look at Wednesday night's 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres and assesses the team's current condition. First off, bryce salvador. What's his status? Don't know. He was already gone and on the team bus when the dressing room was opened after...
Holik-Clarkson-Rolston line made things happen for Devils
At first glance, it doesn't seem like the perfect spot to get Brian Rolston going. Then again, playing left wing on the line with Bobby Holik and David Clarkson worked well Wednesday night against the Sabres. "We're not going to break up the other two lines," coach Brent Sutter stressed. "I...
New Jersey Devils rattle Sabres, 5-3
Parise nets 18th goal of seasonKevin Hoffman/US PresswireDevils left wing Patrik Elias (26) celebrates his goal with defenseman Bryce Salvador (24) against the Buffalo Sabres in the second period at the HSBC Arena Wednesday night. BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The challenge Wednesday night for the Devils was...
Gionta's goal allows Devils to hold 3-2 edge against Sabres in second period
Brian Gionta gave the Devils a 3-1 lead at 10:52 when he deflected a Bryce Salvador wrist shot and it eluded goalie Ryan Miller. But 18 seconds later the Sabres answered to remain within a goal. Patrick Kaleta snuck in through the back door behind defenseman Johnny Oduya and converted a pass...
Zajac's goal gives Devils 1-0 lead over Sabres in first
It took less than two minutes for the Devils to take a 1-0 lead over the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night at HSBC Arena. Mike Mottau took a pass from Jamie Langenbrunner and put a shot on goal that was stopped by goalie Ryan Miller. But Travis Zajac gloved the rebound, dropped the puck to the ice...
Devils-Sabres: 3 things to watch
The Sabres won the first two meetings with the Devils this season. Here's what to expect Wednesday night at HSBC Arena: 1. Will Brian Rolston finally break loose? He's failed to score a goal or an assist in six games back from a high ankle sprain. He says his ankle is 100 percent, but his...
December 17, 2008
On further review, Devils coach Sutter questions Blake's shootout spin-o-rama
When he watched it live Tuesday night, Devils coach Brent Sutter was satisfied that Maple Leafs forward Jason Blake made a legal spin-o-rama move to score during the shootout at the Air Canada Centre. After looking at it again, Sutter isn't so sure. "That's a close call," he said. "He almost...
Clemmensen will start again for Devils
Defenseman Andy Greene, goalie Kevin Weekes and defenseman Sheldon Brookbank were the only players to take part in the Devils' morning skate. That suggest Scott Clemmensen will start in goal Wednesday night for the Devils after playing Tuesday night in Toronto.
You make the call: Is the spinarama a fair shootout move?
Jason Blake's shootout-winning spinarama move on Scott Clemmensen will make more than a few highlight shows, certainly, but is it a fair move? Should a shooter be allowed to stop, take the puck backwards, as Blake did, and then take a shot? Clemmensen didn't sound as though he liked it at...
Game No. 28: Toronto Maple Leafs 3, New Jersey Devils 2 (SO)
Boxscore Newspaper Stories Blake's spinarama move dooms Devils in shootout Notebook: Rolston says he's feeling more comfortable Maple Leaf fans wish Clemmensen would have stayed in Toronto Blog posts Three things to watch Rupp's goal gives Devils the lead Parise's goal ties it at 2-2
Devils' White finds himself in an unfamiliar spot
Colin White has been involved in odd-man rushes before during his NHL career. But he cannot recall ever getting a pass from a teammate before John Madden fed him in the first period Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre. Although White couldn't finish and score a goal, the puck came back out to...
Devils get a point on the road, but waste too many chances to win
Brent Sutter wasn't satisfied. The Devils got a point on the road Tuesday night, but should've beaten the Maple Leafs. "It's a point on the road," Sutter said. "As a coach you're never satisfied. You always want two points." Especially because they had so many chances to win. Leafs...
Photos: New Jersey Devils vs. Maple Leafs
New Jersey Devils lose to Maple Leafs in shootout
TORONTO -- Had last season gone differently for Devils goalie Scott Clemmensen, he could've been at the opposite end of the ice last night wearing a Maple Leafs jersey. Instead, Clemmensen, who spent most of last season with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies and played three games for...
Leafs' coach Wilson not surprised the Devils are winning without Brodeur
NOTEBOOK TORONTO -- Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said he isn't surprised the Devils have been able to win without goalie Martin Brodeur. "It's the same with any team. Vancouver isn't the same without (Roberto) Luongo, but that's taking away credit from other goalies in the system. The Devils...
Antropov and Williams goals give Leafs 2-1 lead over Devils in second period
The Maple Leafs erased a 1-0 Devils lead at 7:24 of the second period. Scott Clemmensen made the initial stop on a shot from Tomas Kaberle, but Nik Antropov scored on the rebound from the bottom of the left circle. It was Antropov's 11th goal of the season. Clemmensen had prevented a goal...
Devils' Rolston picked Crosby's brain about ankle sprains
Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesBrian Rolston has struggled since returning from a sprained ankle. He recently spoke to Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby about coming back from the injury. TORONTO -- Brian Rolston's ankle wasn't feeling as good as he had hoped. Three games into his return from a high ankle...
Rolston line starts for Devils
Call it the fourth line if you wish, but Brent Sutter used the newly-formed line of Brian Rolston, Bobby Holik and David Clarkson as his starting unit against the Maple Leafs at the Aur Canada Centre. Rolstin is back at left wing, his natural position.
December 16, 2008
Devils-Maple Leafs: 3 things to watch
The Devils lost in a shootout to the Maple Leafs on Oct. 29 at the Prudential Center. Here are three things to watch in Tuesday night's rematch in Toronto: 1. Brian Rolston's new linemates. The veteran forward has been moved to a line with Bobby Holik and David Clarkson so he can play left wing...
Clemmensen will start against Maple Leafs; Greene won't play
As expected, Scott Clemmensen will start in goal for the Devils Tuesday night against the Maple Leafs. However, Andy Greene won't play. Greene was one of three guys (Kevin Weekes and Sheldon Brookbank) who skated in a lightly attended optional morning skate at the Air Canada Centre. "We want...
Devils take Greene off injured reserve
I'm not sure if this means Andy Greene will play Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the Devils have removed the defenseman from the injured reserve list. Greene has been sidelined with a broken right hand. Coach Brent Sutter has hinted Greene needs more practice time before he...
Maple Leafs fans wonder why Toronto let Clemmensen get away to Devils
Joe Epstein/The Star-LedgerScott Clemmensen, who has filled in nicely for the injured Martin Brodeur, would like to think he'll have more options to remain in the NHL than he's had in the past. TORONTO -- In one of hockey's most passionate cities, where people are born Maple Leafs fans and stick...

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