Friday, October 22, 2010
Donnie Pucks: Is the Devils slump over?
By Don La Greca
On Thursday night the Devils smoked the Canadiens. It was just the second win of the season for the Devils. Ironically, both wins were by shutout and both on the road.
So does that mean that the Devils have turned the corner and are ready to go on a run?
Let's hold our horses. First of all, they have been awful at "The Rock" with a record 0-3-1 in 4 games and have scored just 7 goals.
First up this weekend is the Sabres at home. Johan Hedberg will make his Devils debut after 7 straight starts by MartinBrodeur. Why Hedberg on Saturday? Easy. John MacLean wants to give his backup a shot with 3 games in 4 nights and there is no way Brodeur will miss Sunday's game -- a date with the Rangers at MSG.
Both oponents this weekend have gotten off to tough starts. Buffalo is 2-4-1 and the Rangers are 2-2-1 losing their first two at home.
Players to watch for the Devils:
Zach Parise -- He scored just his second goal of the year against Montreal. Let's see if that got Zach going.
Andy Greene -- In Thursday's win, he blocked 8 shots. Can he continue that as we wait for Anton Volchenkov to come back from injury?
Johan Hedberg - He makes 1 million this season with a 1.5 million cap hit. Everyone talks about how he'll play more this season. But he has to play well. His first game Saturday will tell us when his next start will be.