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OneTuzSea
10-21-2010, 08:58 AM
NEW JERSEY DEVILS GAME DAY THREAD


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1-4-1 ...@... 3-1-1


Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
TV: MSG+

Devils Last: 4-1 Loss vs Bruins
Canadiens Last: 4-3 Win vs Senators

Preview


After a sluggish start, four days off may be just what the New Jersey Devils needed to get back on track. A trip to Montreal shouldn't hurt either.

New Jersey looks to continue its recent mastery of the Canadiens when the teams meet Thursday night at Bell Centre.

The Devils (1-4-1) are tied for last in the league with three points as they continue to struggle at both ends of the rink. They are last in the Eastern Conference with 10 goals and are tied for 27th in the NHL with 21 allowed.

"I think we needed to work on our game a bit," Martin Brodeur told the team's official website. "It's obvious. Definitely, it was helpful just to come in and not have to think about what we just did. It's in the past now, and we'll try to move forward here. Practice time, hopefully that helped to iron out some of the issues."

Brodeur is 38-16-5 all-time against the Canadiens and his 1.78 goals-against average and .931 save percentage are his best marks against any opponent.

He will start Thursday night and is enthusiastic about the matchup.

"You get to Montreal, guys that are not from there, they're so excited to play there because of what it means to the crowd," he said. "Definitely we're looking forward to playing and hopefully it sparks something."


More (http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/preview?gameId=301021010)


Projected Lineups

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Zach Parise - Travis Zajac - Dainius Zubrus
Patrik Elias - Jacob Josefson - Ilya Kovalchuk
Rod Pelley - Jason Arnott - Jamie Langenbrunner
Adam Mair - Tim Sestito - David Clarkson

Colin White - Andy Greene
Henrik Tallinder - Matt Corrente
Olivier Magnan-Grenier - Matt Taormina

Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedburg


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Mike Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - Andrei Kostitsyn
Tom Pyatt - ??? - ???
Lars Eller - Dustin Boyd - Travis Moen
Benoit Pouliot - Jeff Halpern - Maxim Lapierre

Hal Gill - Josh Gorges
Roman Hamrlik - Jaroslav Spacek
Alexandre Picard - P.K. Subban

Carey Price
Alex Auld

OneTuzSea
10-21-2010, 09:01 AM
So is the ZIP done for good? I sort of hope not but if moving Kovy to the second line wins us games, I'm all for it. 2-4-1 would look a hell of a lot better than 1-5-1.

My prediction:

We get to Price early and late, but fall sort of flat inbetween. Goals by Parise, Zubrus and a long rock by Tallinder. 3-1 final

OneTuzSea
10-22-2010, 08:33 AM
I was on pain killers for my tooth last night and drank a bit so my analysis may be.. off to say the least :laugh2:

- Olivier Magnan-Grenier was fanTASTIC in his first game. Magnan PI > Fraser

- I say it every game and I'll say it again, Taormina is something special. He's a great shooter and improving on D.

- Parise really needed that goal, I think we'll look back and see that as the one that really got our season started.

- Kovy pretty silent again.

- I didn't see much of Josefson, did anyone else? I want to know how he did.

Freekshow187187
10-22-2010, 12:27 PM
Magnan was very impressive that game easily looked better then
Fraser but I night have a bias opinion cause I think Fraser is awful. Taormina I was nervous about him watching him during the preseason but he's been a surprising bright spot in this rough start. Kovy was quiet I agree but because I think he still trying to prove that he's a team player instead of just going abd being kovy. Josefson was good on d he backchecked very well but not much on offense. White had a good game. zubrus is looking real good and If he plays likes this should stay with parise and zajac.....sorry about the paragrah

OneTuzSea
10-22-2010, 02:01 PM
Magnan was very impressive that game easily looked better then
Fraser but I night have a bias opinion cause I think Fraser is awful. Taormina I was nervous about him watching him during the preseason but he's been a surprising bright spot in this rough start. Kovy was quiet I agree but because I think he still trying to prove that he's a team player instead of just going abd being kovy. Josefson was good on d he backchecked very well but not much on offense. White had a good game. zubrus is looking real good and If he plays likes this should stay with parise and zajac.....sorry about the paragrah

lol Don't apologize about a paragraph at least it's something. And I agree about Kovy, that seems like the type of person he is. I think it's actually a good sign if he's playing slow for that reason; shows he doesn't put himself above the team. He'll get comfortable and speed it up soon enough.

I've also noticed times where he gets down the ice and has to slow down because his linemates aren't caught up yet.

OneTuzSea
10-22-2010, 02:05 PM
Figured this probably doesn't deserve it's own topic: http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/fireice/comments/hedberg_to_make_start_saturday_against_buffalo/

Hedberg getting the start against Buffalo.




Also...


As Hedberg was speaking, Dainius Zubrus plugged his i-Pod into the stereo and turned up the song, “The Final Countdown” by Europe. Zubrus said the music was special for the Swedish players on the team. It did seem to add kind fo a funny drama to Hedberg speaking about the long wait for his first start after signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract (including $500,000 in performance bonuses) with the Devils on July 1.



Zubrus :laugh2: