Discuss: Devils Are Ideally Right Where They Should Be

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If the season where to end today the Devils would finish 6th in the East. This is a huge improvement for the Devils after failing to make the postseason last year. Many critics doubted the Devils and Pete DeBoer making the postseason but the Devils have quieted those critics. Yes the Devils have had their ups and downs but to finish 6th would be a great spot for the Devils to possibly advance deep into the postseason.

If the postseason where to start today, the Devils would play the Florida Panthers who are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999-2000 season. If you recall the Devils won the Cup that season. Now I am not saying that will happen again but I think the Panthers are the team the Devils can possibly get over to make it up to the 2nd round. Florida will force the Devils to play their best otherwise it would be another disappointing postseason for the Devils. Believe it or not this is one of the most important postseasons in franchise history due to the fact that if the Devils don’t make a good run they might not be able to convince Zach Parise, who wants to win more than anything, to stay with the Devils after this season. An early playoff disappointment may spell the end of Parise’s career in New Jersey.

So if I were the Devils I would be happy right where they are in the standings because they silenced the critics who said they couldn’t make the postseason. Also playing Florida would be a great opponent to get the Devils in playoff form to make a strong run and keep the face of the franchise.

Let know what you think. Do you think the Devils should be higher or lower in the standings? Is a Florida a team you’d want to play in the postseason?

Final: Devils 1 Avalanche 0

Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- None
Third Period- None
Devils Win Shootout 2-0

Next Game: 3/17 vs Pittsburgh Penguins 1:00 pm.

Martin Brodeur Postgame:
“It’s kind of nice when Kovy gets in there and scores the first goal. It kind of goes into my hands to make a save and after that it’s a really good chance for us to win. It’s definitely nice to have that luxury of him scoring more often than not.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“It’s a win. We found a way to win a game. I don’t compare this to the Philly game. We created opportunities to score tonight. It just didn’t go in.”

Team Stats:
Devils outdrew the Avalanche 24-19
Devils outshot the Avalanche 33-28
Devils went 0 for 1 on the power play.
Avalanche outhit the Devils 22-16

Player Stats:

Final: Flyers 3 Devils 0

Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- Couturier (12)
Third Period- Vorachek (13) and Briere (14)

Next Game: 3/15 vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00 pm.

Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“Seventeen shots is never enough. Especially the power play was really bad tonight. We were moving the puck around, but nothing was going on. We’ve got to be a little more simple, especially on that four minute. We tried to be a way too fancy on the blue line and we turned the puck over every time.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We knew there would be some push back by them tonight after beating them the other night in New Jersey. The bottom line was they got to the areas tonight around the net that we didn’t get to. They got rewarded with a couple of goals and we didn’t get near the net enough.”

Team Stats:
Flyers outdrew the Devils 19-14
Flyers outshot the Devils 29-17
Devils went 0 for 5 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Flyers 38-32

Player Stats:

Final: Devils 2 Islanders 1

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- None
Third Period- Tavares (27) and Clarkson (28) and Zidlicky (1)

Next Game: 3/11 vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 pm.

Johan Hedberg Postgame:
“But it was fun. I think we showed a lot of character staying in it. For a while there it felt like we wouldn’t be able to penetrate. Everything we tried was either getting swallowed by him or was blocked by the defensemen in front.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“He gave us a chance. He was our best player tonight. a couple of breakaways and some point blank opportunities. He’s got one of the toughest jobs in hockey coming in cold like he does and following Marty all the time and he continues to get the job done for us. He’s a valuable part of our team.”

Team Stats:
Islanders outdrew the Devils 31-16
Devils outshot the Islanders 35-24
Devils went 1 for 4 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Islanders 23-22

Player Stats:

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Final: Islanders 1 Devils 0

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Scoring Summary:
First Period- None
Second Period- Okposo (15)
Third Period- None

Next Game: 3/06 vs New York Rangers 7:00 pm.

Zach Parise Postgame:
“It’s almost as if it was two different teams. Everything we did well in Washington, we didn’t really carry it over to tonight’s game.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“We didn’t do enough to create enough as a group. We didn’t get enough point shots through. Our forwards didn’t get enough zone time. Our goaltender gave us a chance to get points tonight and we didn’t do enough to create offense.”

Team Stats:
Islanders and Devils tied in draws 23-23
Islanders outshot the Devils 25-24
Devils went 0 for 1 on the power play.
Devils outhit the Islanders 23-20

The Devils defensively were not terrible. There were time of pressure by the Islanders but kept them mostly in check. The story of this game was the fact that the Devils offense couldn’t get many shots with the amount of time they spent in the Islanders’ zone. They gave rookie goaltender Anders Nilsson many easy shots to handle. The Islanders defense also blocked a ton of shots. They just wouldn’t give the Devils anything. You have to give the Islanders props after this one. The Devils have to change this if they hope to beat the Rangers and Islanders this week.

Final: Devils 5 Capitals 0

Scoring Summary:
First Period- Parise (25) and Parise (26) and Zubrus (16)
Second Period- Parise (27) and Elias (21)
Third Period- None

Next Game: 3/04 @ New York Islanders 3:00 pm.

Johan Hedberg Postgame:
“Even though I felt calm going into the game, it’s always tough. I hadn’t played for a while. I feel I was playing patiently and I had fun. The team was playing extremely well in front of me, so that certainly helps.”

Pete DeBoer Postgame:
“He (Parise) could have played. If the game had been closer he would have played. It wasn’t necessary. We’ve got busy schedule. We play again in a day and a half here in Long Island. So, we just got some other guys some ice.”

Team Stats:
Capitals outdrew the Devils 29-19
Capitals outshot the Devils 23-20
Devils went 1 for 2 on the power play.
Capitals outhit the Devils 38-26