ESPN writers Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun talk about the biggest surprises in net so far this season. They mention Johan Hedberg because of his excellent play in the absence of Martin Brodeur who has been out with a shoulder injury. Like usual, Burnside is surprised by the move that Lou Lamoriello made over the offseason to bring back Hedberg. It really seems like the guys at ESPN always underestimate the Devils and always seemingly proved wrong. Anyway it’s worth a read.
As per Bob McKenzie, The New Jersey Devils claim center Ryan Carter. Carter was placed on waivers earlier this week by the Florida Panthers. This move was definitely made to fill the spot left vacant due Jacob Josefson’s injury. He will join the team in Phoenix and may play Thursday against the Coyotes.
Some stats on Carter:
In 189 regular season NHL games he has 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points over the course of 5 seasons. He is a career -1 center.
Tom Gulitti met up with Scott Niedermayer in Los Angeles before the Devils took on the Kings Tuesday. He was drafted in 1991 3rd overall by the Devils. Niedermayer stayed with the Devils until 2005 to sign with the Anaheim Ducks to play with his brother Rob. Niedermayer was a huge part of the reason why the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007. Niedermayer will have his number 27 retired by the Devils on December 16th against the Dallas Stars. It seems very likely that Niedermayer will be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He says that if he does make the Hall of Fame he wants to go in as a New Jersey Devil where he spent most of his career. Definitely give this interview a read.
The Devils lit the lamp three times last night against the Los Angeles Kings. Hopefully the Devils can keep this scoring up throughout the season. If the Devils can do this more often they’ll win more games than they did last season.
First Period- None
Second Period- Dainius Zubrus (1) and Patrik Elias (4) and Dainius Zubrus (2)
Third Period- None
Next Game: 10/27 at Phoenix Coyotes 10 pm.
Patrik Elias Postgame:
On Petr Sykora playing sick “I actually had to take care of him. I think he just wanted the morning skate off.”
Dainius Zubrus Postgame:
On getting puck to the face “It wasn’t that bad. I told the refs I appreciated them blowing (the whistle). Right away I knew my teeth were all there.”
Zach Parise Postgame:
On playing center “I felt a lot better than I thought… I felt really comfortable taking draws.”
Peter DeBoer Postgame:
“I think tonight was our best 60-minute effort so far from top to bottom.”
On Sykora-Elias-Zubrus line “They just clicked from the start.”
Kings outdrew the Devils 24-20
Kings outshot the Devils 30-23
Devils went 0 for 2 on the power play.
Kings out hit the Devils 33-31
Zubrus, Elias, Sykora, Greene, Fayne combined for 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists)
Ilya Kovalchuk lead the team in total ice time.
Dainius Zubrus scored his first two goals of the season
Patrik Elias had two points (1 goal, 1 assist)
Johan Hedberg’s first shutout of the season
With the injuries to Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson the Devils are lacking at center. Since the Devils have an abondance of wings coach Peter DeBoer has decided to move Zach Parise from left wing to center. Parise will center with Ilya Kovalcuk and Nick Palmieri. Last season Parise spent some time at center but that experiment was short lived. It is going to be very interesting to see how Parise does at center. I can’t imagine him being a huge threat in the faceoff circle but he may play surprisingly well in terms of positioning. Tonight will be a good test for Parise as the Devils take on the Kings in Los Angeles.
Bleacher Report has complied a list of players with the worst teeth in hockey history. There are two Devils on this list, Ken Daneyko and Mel Bridgman. Look at the gap tooth wonders!
ESPN has their weekly power rankings. Last week the Devils were ranked tenth after starting off 3-1 but have dropped two straight since. They have slipped to 14th. If they want to rise in the rankings they need help from their offense which is ranked 29th.
Martin Brodeur has been listed as day to day since injuring his shoulder against the Los Angeles Kings. Brodeur has not suited up to sit on the bench since. He has been having light practices with goaltender coach Chris Terreri. Brodeur is going on the west coast road trip to Los Angeles, Phoenix and Dallas. Hopefully we can see Brodeur play or at least suit up. Only time will tell.