Read: ESPN Power Rankings Week 17

ESPN has posted their weekly power rankings. The Devils are ranked 14th despite losing two straight to the Bruins and Flyers. There is one more game for the Devils before the All Star break against the Sabres tomorrow. If the Devils can notch a victory against the Sabres and then rest going into the break there should be no reason why the Devils can’t come out of the break and make an even more serious playoff push to advance in the standings.

Final: Flyers 4 Devils 1

Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- Read (15) and Hartnell (21) and Ponikarovsky (8)
Third Period- Hartnell (22) and Simmonds (13)

Next Game: 1/24 vs Buffalo Sabres 7:00 pm.

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“All the shots were from the outside and no screen. I can play goal and save them. It’s not really tough for a goalie, especially a guy like Bryzgalov.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“It’s frustrating. You want to send a message. Two teams ahead of us in the standing. There’s an opportunity to really take a step. We didn’t. But there’s a lot of hockey left to play and the next time get a chance at these guys, we’ve got to figure out how to bridge that gap.”

Team Stats:
Devils and Flyers tied in faceoffs 29-29
Devils outshot the Flyers 31-20
Devils went 0 for 6 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Flyers 21-19

Player Stats:


Breaking News: Devils Acquire Alexi Ponikarovsky From Hurricanes

The Devils acquired Alexi Ponikarosky for prospect Joe Sova and a 4th round pick in this year’s draft. He will be in the lineup this afternoon when the Devils play the Philadelphia Flyers. Alexi will play on the 3rd line with Jacob Josefson and David Clarkson. To make room for him on the roster the Devils have sent Mattias Tedenby down to Albany.

I think this is a great trade for the Devils and hopefully will give the Devils 3 solid lines that can score on a consistent basis. Ponikarovsky is a great depth player whose contract expires at the end of this season. If things workout for him in New Jersey hopefully he’ll resign again.

Final: Bruins 4 Devils 1

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Sykora (12)
Second Period- None
Third Period- Ference (3) and Horton (17) and Campbell (5) and Kelly (14)

Next Game: 1/21 vs Philadelphia Flyers 1:00 pm.

Martin Brodeur Postgame:
“I think when we got scored on, everything fell apart for us. It’s a little mental block, I guess. We’ve got to be happy about the way we competed. I thought we competed real well. We were one bounce away. We hit the crossbar there just before they scored and a 2-0 makes a big difference. But we didn’t get that bounce.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We did a lot of things right. Again, they’re the Stanley Cup champs for a reason. I thought we had some opportunities in the second period to extend the lead. I thought we played a real good period. We didn’t do that. In the third, the referees got involved and they capitalized on their chances.”

Team Stats:
Bruins outdrew the Devils 35-29
Devils outshot the Bruins 31-25
Devils went 0 for 1 on the power play.
Bruins outhit the Devils 17-14

Player Stats:

Injury Report: Henrique Back From Groin Injury

Adam Henrique will return to the lineup tonight as the Devils take on the Boston Bruins. Henrique has been out of the last two games with a pulled groin. It was nothing serious but could have been worse had he not sat out those two games. Tedenby will be a healthy scratch to fit Henrique back into the lineup.

Final: Devils 5 Jets 1

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Kovalchuk (18)
Second Period- Sykora (11) and Clarkson (16) and Kovalchuk (19)
Third Period- Enstrom (3) and Elias (17)

Next Game: 1/19 vs Boston Bruins 7:00 pm.

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“Between the way Marty, Zach, Patty and Kovy have played, those guys have definitely taken their games to another level the last 20 games.”

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Devils 29-27
Jets outshot the Devils 21-20
Devils went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Jets 32-26

Player Stats:


Read: Brodeur Delaying The Inevitable?

Puck Daddy has posted an article on the future of Martin Brodeur and his decision to retire or continue to play. Brodeur has said that he is still unsure if he is going to retire or not at the end of season when his contract with the Devils expire. Puck Daddy also looks at the potential goaltending possibilities for the Devils.

Lineup Changes: Josefson Called Up While Henrique Sits Out

Jacob Josefson has been called up while Adam Henrique sits out with a sore groin. Josefson has been in Albany since returning from a broken collarbone. He will be playing on a line with Carter and Tedenby. He will play tonight as the Devils take on the Winnipeg Jets.

Final: Devils 2 Jets 1

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Ladd  (15)
Second Period- None
Third Period- Foster (2) and Elias (16)

Next Game: 1/17 vs Winnepeg Jets 7:00 pm.

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
on Adam Larsson “He’s getting better every day and that’s what it’s about when you’re a 19-year-old in this league.”

Team Stats:
Jets outdrew the Devils 38-16
Devils outshot the Jets 24-23
Devils went 0 for 2 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Jets 36-33

Player Stats: