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OneTuzSea
10-24-2010, 12:58 PM
NEW JERSEY DEVILS GAME DAY THREAD


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2-5-1 ...@... 3-2-1


Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
TV: MSG

Devils Last: 6-1 Loss @ Sabres
Rangers Last: 3-2 Win @ Bruins

Preview


The offensively-challenged New Jersey Devils are tied for last in the Eastern Conference. Things aren't about to get any easier as they embark on a six-game road trip with their highest-paid player's status up in the air.

The Devils take on the New York Rangers on Sunday night, one day after star Ilya Kovalchuk was a healthy scratch.

Kovalchuk, who signed a 15-year, $100 million contract in September after an initial 17-year, $102 million deal was rejected by the NHL for circumventing salary cap rules, is tied for the team lead with five points. However, he was held out of Saturday's 6-1 home loss to Buffalo in a very surprising move.

Devils coach John MacLean said Kovalchuk -- a six-time 40-goal scorer -- was aware of why he was benched, but did not offer any further explanation.

"I'm not discussing it," MacLean said. "It was my decision. I made it. He knows. I spoke to him and that's where it's going to stay."

Kovalchuk was unavailable for comment after the game and his status against the Rangers remains uncertain.

"I'll make that decision in the morning," MacLean said.

The Devils (2-5-1) are averaging an NHL-worst 1.75 goals per game as they were held to one goal for the fourth time this season, but aren't making excuses for their performance.

More (http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/preview?gameId=301024013)




Projected Lineups

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

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

Martin Brodeur



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Brandon Dubinsky - Artem Anisimov - Ryan Callahan
Alexander Frolov - Erik Christensen - Brandon Prust
Sean Avery - Derek Stepan - Ruslan Fedotenko
Derek Boogaard - Todd White - Brian Boyle

Marc Staal - Michal Rozsival
Michael Del Zotto - Dan Girardi
Mike Sauer - Matt Gilroy

Henrik Lundqvist

OneTuzSea
10-24-2010, 01:00 PM
Just win for **** sake.

It's the Rangers and we just got annihilated. What more motivated could you need to come out fighting?

Freekshow187187
10-24-2010, 02:28 PM
They win this game I'll forget about that last game but what a joke after a great overall 60 minute team game in Montreal time to turn the corner and do what this team is appose to do hit everybody play suffocating defense and f**king win!

OneTuzSea
10-24-2010, 07:22 PM
Second line is actually Kovalchuck - Pelley - Langenbrunner

Kovy back at LW and Pelley getting some respect for last night? I like it.

OneTuzSea
10-24-2010, 07:28 PM
Awesome analysis of the rivarly from Doc: "'Lol' doesn't find it's way into texts between these two teams"

:laugh:

OneTuzSea
10-24-2010, 07:48 PM
Say what you want about his effort when he doesn't have the puck, but when he does Kovy is absolutely amazing.

Bricklayer
10-24-2010, 10:59 PM
Say what you want about his effort when he doesn't have the puck, but when he does Kovy is absolutely amazing.

Thats the kicker my friend. Hockey is a 2 way sport, and used to be the reason Jersey has had such success over the past 15 years.

Freekshow187187
10-25-2010, 05:13 AM
Thats the kicker my friend. Hockey is a 2 way sport, and used to be the reason Jersey has had such success over the past 15 years.

The problem is not just kovy it's the entire team their not playing like they did in Montreal and kovy just has to start shooting more