The game started off with each team trying to feel each other out. The Devils were spending a lot of time in the Islander zone but were not able to get any quality chances. The Devils defensively were did not seem like they were sure what they were doing at times. The defense needs to settle down and get to thinking quick. Like I said pregame, they need confidence. Right now, there is not a lot there.
The 3rd and 4th lines were the best lines in that period. They were grinding well deep in the offensive zone and generated a few chances. The first two lines need to get going fast. The first line did not do a thing. Not good.
The Devils and Islanders finish up their home and home series this afternoon at the Prudential Center. The last two games the Devils have just been able to eek by the two bottom teams of the NHL. The Devils won yesterday’s game 1-0 with Johan Hedberg constantly saving their skin. That can’t happen today.
The defense needs to play better in front of Brodeur who is starting in place of Hedberg. The turnover by Adam Larsson in the 3rd period that led to the penalty shot is inexcusable and Larsson must bounce back from his poor play with a strong effort today. If the defense plays smart they should be able to stop the Islanders’ offense.
We should expect more of the offense today since they were only able to produce one goal yesterday. Zach Parise has been goalless in 4 games. He needs to break out of that today and produce. I feel that the most consistent line is the Zubrus-Elias-Sykora line but you can’t rely on just that line to produce. The first line should be able to contribute immensely. Expect lots of chances coming from the first line.
Marty needs to be Marty. He needs to play confident. He can not be afraid to challenge the shooter. If not this Islander team could jump on him early.
Confidence and smart play should lead to a Devils’ victory.
Second Period- Sykora (5)
Third Period- None
Next Game: 11/26 vs New York Islanders 1:00 pm.
Adam Larsson Postgame:
“I felt good in the 2nd period. I thought I played really good and then I made a mistake and then I sat for like 12 minutes. Then it’s tough to come in on the PP like that.”
Peter DeBoer Postgame:
On Adam Larsson “When he was supposed to go left, he went right tonight and when he was supposed to go right, he went left. He’s going to have nights like that.”
“We didn’t start the way we wanted to with the penalties and kind of kept ourselves out the game early but our penalty kill and our goaltender bailed us out and gave us a chance to get our legs.”
Islanders outdrew the Devils 34-22
Islanders tied the Devils in shots 23-23
Devils went 1 for 2 on the power play.
Islanders outhit the Devils 32-27
Again the Devils’ penalty kill brings momentum back to their side. The play of Johan Hedberg is the exact reason why the Devils won this game. Hedberg stopping the penalty shot in the 3rd period saved the Devils from another possible defeat.
Zach Parise rumors continue with The Hockey News reporting that Parise has met with his agent about leaving New Jersey this summer. They cite several reasons as to why Parise wants to leave.
The first one is the financial trouble the team is going through right now. Another is the team’s inability to make to make it past the second round of the playoffs. Third is that Parise is not playing left wing due to Ilya Kovalchuk taking that position on the top line.
As if the trade speculation this week with Parise going to LA was bad enough to hear this makes his departure that much more inevitable. If the Devils don’t make a deal by the trade deadline he seems like his days as a Devil are numbered.
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“He’ll continue to skate for a week and a half or 2 weeks. If everything goes well he’ll practice with team in 2 weeks.”-Lou Lamoriello on Travis Zajac’s return to the team after recovering from Achilles surgery.
Travis Zajac is still recovering from Achilles surgery but he is getting much closer to coming back. If all goes to plan for Zajac he could be playing by Christmas.
This would be a very good thing for the Devils since they have been lacking down the center. Zajac will only help produce more goals.
The Bleacher Report has an article on how the next three games for the Devils can be “dangerous”. The next three games start off with a home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and then a home and home series with the Islanders.
Both teams are at the bottom of each conference. If the Devils can get back to how they have been playing when their road trip started, they should have no problem getting at least 5 points out of 6 points.
Give it a read.
Tim Sestito has been called up from Albany and will be in the lineup tonight as the Devils take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at home.