Injury updates on Salvador and Josefson

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said Bryce Salvador is going to be fine after taking a slash on his wrist from Kris Versteeg in overtime Thursday, reports Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice.

Meanwhile, Jacob Josefson might soon be able to begin skating, reports Gulitti.  Lamoriello said it won’t be long before Josefson starts exercising.

Josefson has been out since April 3 with a fractured wrist.

No One Believes in the Devils

The Philadelphia Flyers will be a tough team to beat, but no one, expect for Devils fans, believes that the Devils can beat the Flyers.

EA Sports announced today their simulations of all second-round match-ups, and they have the Flyers beating the Devils 4-1.

All eight ESPN NHL experts have the Flyers advancing to the next round.

New York Times’ Jeff Z. Klein picks the Flyers in 6 games. The Bleacher Report also has the Flyers in 6 games and so does The Hockey News.

The Devils are not getting any chance from anyone because of two reasons. First beacuse of the first round match-ups that saw the Flyers explode against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Devils, somewhat, struggle against the Florida Panthers and the second reason is that the Devils could not beat Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov during the regular season.

Flyers’ offense exploded against a tough Pittsburgh Penguins team. The Flyers have three lines that could do damage and it will be hard for the Devils to stop them. The Devils will also need to stay out of the penalty box. The Flyers were the best team on the power penalty during the first round, and the Devils had their struggles on the penalty kick against the Panthers.

Devils reach highest TV ratings since 2001

The Devils-Panthers game on MSG Plus garnered a 1.70 household rating, which is the highest rating a Devils telecast has scored since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against Toronto on May 7, 2001 (2.39 HH), writes Globe Newswire.

The game peaked at a 3.39 household rating between 11:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m, writes Tom Gulitti on Fire and Ice.

Listen: Lamoriello on WFAN

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello joined Mike Francesa on WFAN this afternoon to talk about the playoffs.

  • Lou says that Adam Henrigue has raised his game all season long. That moving from the 1st line to 3rd did not affect his play.
  • Lou said the key to winning the first round series was sticking to the plan the coaching staff put together.
  • Lou said Brodeur’s performace says it all.  He said that the coaching staff and the players were not surprised by Brodeur’s performances.  He says  confidence and experience helped Brodeur.
  • Lou think the Devils-Flyers series will be outstanding. He said both teams know a lot about each other.  He thinks the series will need to take some discipline. He think that Devils need to be on the positive side and not beat themselves by frustration.
  • Lou thinks that home-ice advantage does not stand out anymore because pressure is on the home team. The home crowd does not accept adversity and if a team gets behind, the fans let the players know it.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

ESPN experts predict Devils-Flyers series

ESPN NHL experts made their Devils-Flyers series picks, and all eight have the Flyers advancing to the Confrence Finals.

Scott Burnside, Linda Cohn and Pierre LeBrun pick the Flyers in 5 games.

ESPN New York’s Katie Strang picks the Flyers in 6.

Conference Finals Preview: Devils vs. Rangers

Season series: Rangers picked up seven points (3-2-1), Devils picked up six points (3-3-0).

Dec. 20: Rangers 4, Devils 1
Jan 31: Devils 4, Rangers 3 (SO)
Feb. 7: Devils 1, Rangers
Feb. 27: Rangers 2, Devils 0
Mar. 6: Devils 4, Rangers 1
Mar. 19: Rangers 4, Devils 2

Carl Hagelin led both teams with eight points (two goals, six assists).

Patrik Elias led the Devils with five points (two goals, three assists).

Ilya Kovalchuk has two goals and two assists in six games against the Rangers during the regular season.

Martin Brodeur was 3-3 in the season series, Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2. Both goalies had one shutout.

The Devils are 1-4 all-time against the Rangers in playoff meetings. Devils only series win came in the 2006 playoffs when they swept the Rangers.

Martin Brodeur is 9-13 all-time against the Rangers in the playoffs.

12 out of 14 Rangers’ playoffs games this year have been decided by one goal.