Friday, October 15, 2010
W2W4: Avalanche vs. Devils
By Mike Hume
A few hours from now the Avs visit the Rock to take on the Devils. Here are three quick factors to keep an eye on Friday night.
Welcome to the Party
The Devils replaced their injured players with a trio of call-ups from Albany: forwards Jacob Josefson and Tim Sestito, and D Matt Corrente. Josefson will center the third line, flanked by Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson. Sestito will join Adam Mair and Rod Pelley on line four, with Corrente paired with Alexander Urbom. At some point the Devils will actually make some kind of move to provide lasting cap relief (really, I swear). This trio will want to make a lasting impression to show they're capable of sticking with the big club when that time comes.
Fire at Will
Colorado (No. 5 in shots per game this season) and New Jersey (No. 10) have put a lot of rubber on the net in the early season and Colorado isn't too strong at stopping shots against. This could turn into an up-and-down game with the two goalies at the center of the action.
The First of Many?
Ilya Kovalchuk got in the goal column Wednesday against Buffalo and New Jersey would love nothing more than for its highest-paid player to get on track. The Money Line (or, if you prefer, the ZIP line) is intact again. The line came out absolutely blazing against the Dallas Stars but since faded. If Kovalchuk and Co. can't get rolling against the Avs, how much longer can head coach John MacLean wait before splitting it up?