We’re going to miss him, but the music has been much better in the locker room.”

Source: Rich Chere on Twitter

— Patrik Elias on Devils being without Dainius Zubrus

I figure that’s my second empty net missing. We’ll wait for when the goalies are in.”

Source: Tom Gulitti on Twitter

— David Clarkson on missing empty net

He’s lucky I’m there. I don’t really care. It’s not that big of a deal and he works hard. I’m sure he was nervous, just out of luck there.

— Martin Brodeur on Adam Larsson’s own goal in first game back

It couldn’t have happened to a better kid.

— 29-Year-Old Stephen Gionta on 30-Year-Old Matt Anderson (via The Record)

Well, we went to the Stanley Cup finals, he was fifth in the league (in scoring), so I don’t know why would we mess with that.

— Pete DeBoer on considering moving Kovy back to LW

That foundation has given us an opportunity to win these two games early. It’s given us an advantage over other teams. We have guys, a lot of returning guys that are familiar with the system and the expectations and the philosophy. We haven’t scored a lot early but we’ve done enough and played well enough, defensively, that we’re still winning games.

— Pete DeBoer on Devils’ system advantage

I told him, ‘If you want to score 30 you’ve got to score one today.’ He scored, so he told me he’s on pace for 48 now.

– Martin Brodeur on David Clarkson via Twitter

— Quotable: David Clarkson On Pace for 48 Goals

Quote: Lou “Expects” The Playoffs

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“That’s what you play for all year, to get in the playoffs. Now, you go on to the next step.”- Lou Lamoriello

The Devils clinched a playoff berth after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0. The Devils are back in the playoffs after missing the playoffs last season.

Quote: “Money will be a factor, of course…”

J.P Parise, father of Devils’ captain Zach Parise, talked about Zach’s contract situation while the team was in Minnesota.

J.P had this to say, “Money will be a factor, of course. But he likes to win, he likes to have a chance, he likes to compete. … That’s why he decided to accept a one-year contract. He wants to see where (the Devils) are heading, what kind of players they have. They have acquired some good young players. He’s not going to rush into anything. He’ll take his time, analyze the whole thing.”

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2011-12-02/zach-parises-dad-winning-money-are-both-factors#ixzz1fg7jviS1

Quote: Captain Pressure

“He’s in a contract year, he’s got a lot of pressure on him, he’s wearing the C, he’s not scoring and I haven’t seen him waver off that team-first mentality once and that’s exceptional. That’s not normal.”- Coach Pete DeBoer on Zach Parise