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Predictions for tonight
Playoff seedings so far
The Hockey News posted an article about what it would have to take for the Devils to resign their captain. The mention that in order for the Devils to have the availale cap space they are going to have to make some moves that may take the team out of contention for a Stanley Cup ring. Parise wants to play some where he has a chance of winning a ring and can also get a nice pay check.
Right now the Wild are a very hot team and if they continue to play well through out the season and make a good run in the playoffs it would not shock me to see Parise return to his home state of Minnesota. The Wild also have the money to sign him so there is more motivation for him to go back home.
Now you maybe thinking that the Devils might have to trade him away but if the Devils can make a run on their own they might be able to convince Parise to continue to play and give him the salary he wants. But if Lou gets word that Parise is going to be gone either way at the end of the season they only thing left to do is see who will give the Devils the best price for the rest of the season.
Personally, I think that with the Devils playing well recently and the first line clicking, if this continues I can see Parise staying in New Jersey. The Devils are his team where if he goes anywhere else that has a chance of winning he won’t be THE go to guy like he would be in New Jersey. Lets say Brodeur and Hedberg both don’t return and decide to bring up the tandem of Kinkaid and Frazee in net, the Devils will have the available cap space needed to resign Parise.
Give this article a read.
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Patrik Elias will not be in the lineup tonight for the Devils as they play their match of the season against the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center. Elias did not practice today or yesterday due to the illness. Travis Zajac will be centering the 2nd line in place of Elias. Carter will move up to the 3rd line to take Zajac’s spot.
ESPN posted their weekly power rankings. Last week the Devils were ranked 23rd after a bad stretch of games but the Devils have really bounced back winning 6 of 7 games. The most important thing is that the top line of Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk have been generating a lot of goals. Finally. Give it a read.
First Period- Sykora (8)
Second Period- Subban (2) and Elias (12) and Campoli (1) and Eller (3) and Clarkson (11)
Third Period- Elias (13) and Zubrus (10)
Next Game: 12/20 vs New York Rangers 7:00 pm.
Patrik Elias Postgame:
“It just feels nice. It just feels that you’re doing something right and it keeps me going. ”
Petr Sykora Postgame:
On Elias’ franchise record breaking goal “The whole play and the whole meaning of that goal, for me personally I’m very happy that I’m part of it to help him.”
Devils outdrew the Canadiens 23-22
Devils outshot the Canadiens 35-26
Devils went 2 for 5 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Canadiens 24-22
Before tonight’s match against the Dallas Stars the Devils honored one of the few players to have played on all three Devils Stanley Cup champion teams. Scott Niedermayer’s number 27 joins Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko in the rafters of the Prudential Center. It was a very classy ceremony for a classy player. Out of all the players that played in the NHL, Scott Niedermayer is the only player to ever win all 6 major hockey championships. The guy is a winner and congratulations Scott Niedermayer.
The 1st period started off very physical for captain Zach Parise. “I personally put myself in a vulnerable position when Ott hit me. So, I take that responsibility. That was my fault,” Parise said. But the physical Stars still could not stop the top line of Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk. Everyone on that line would contribute at least a goal.
Parise would end up with 4 points which is the 7th 4 point night of his NHL career. “Four points are always nice. It always feels good to be able to contribute and to be able to help the team win. It’s always a good feeling,” Parise said. It seems that the top line has finally found the chemistry they were missing in the beginning of the season.
“He’s getting to the right places as the puck is getting there, which is what he’s good at, where as two weeks ago he was there a second early or a second late. I can’t explain it but I know speaking to him he feels he’s back to where he should be. And it couldn’t come at a better time for us,” Coach Pete DeBoer said of Parise.
The night also saw the return of Travis Zajac who was recovering from an Achilles injury he had over the offseason. “I think that’s going to be the hardest thing to get back. Even on faceoffs. Physically I felt 100 percent. My legs felt great,” Zajac said.
Even though it was a special night for a former Devils captain, it was another special night for the current Devil’s captain. The Devils will travel to Montreal tomorrow to take on the Canadiens. Martin Brodeur is going to be in net for the Devils.