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The new Metropolitan Division

July, 31, 2013
ESPN Insider Craig Custance wrote a great piece breaking down the brand-new Metropolitan Division, home to the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Custance argues that the Rangers are trending up, saying that Henrik Lundqvist is the best goalie in the division, better than reigning Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky, and the top four of Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto and Marc Staal stacks up with any defense in the East.

Custance says the Islanders have good, young talent but expects "a small step back may be coming after last season's big step forward." My big question about the Isles is, can John Tavares keep up his production after a breakthrough season? If so, this will be a fun team to watch.

After losing Ilya Kovalchuk, David Clarkson and Henrik Tallinder and adding Cory Schneider, Ryane Clowe, Michael Ryder and Jaromir Jagr, the Devils are a hard team to predict. Custance thinks Schneider will have a big impact in the crease and the team will be able to hold steady.

Read the full piece here (Insider).

Paul Grant has expressed his displeasure over the new Metropolitan Division. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Brodeur skates but return date unclear

March, 12, 2013
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur skated on his own for the first time since suffering a back injury in pregame warm-ups Feb. 24, but the timeline for his return remains murky.

The 40-year-old netminder had to pull himself from the ice because of "soreness" before the Devils' 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Although the team initially deemed the injury "day to day," it has sidelined him for eight games.

The Devils have won only two games during that span.

"There's no timetable on that until he's 100 percent," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters Tuesday. "It's part of his rehab to get strength. He's been off the ice for quite a while now. It's still going to be a little bit."

The Devils also placed defenseman Henrik Tallinder on injured reserve, retroactive to March 7. He also suffered an injury (lower-body) during pregame warm-ups, although it is not believed to be connected with the blood clot issue that forced the veteran blue-liner to miss almost half of last season.

DeBoer on comeback: 'Why not us?'

June, 8, 2012
Despite whittling a 3-0 hole to a two-game series deficit with their win over the Kings Wednesday night, the Devils know the odds are stacked against them.

Only one team in NHL history has come back after falling behind by three games in the Stanley Cup final -- the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs -- but coach Pete DeBoer believes this Devils club can become the second.

"You know it's going to happen again," he said Friday. "So why not us?"

That will be his team's approach as they host Game 5 at home in Newark Saturday night against a Kings team that has won all ten road games this post-season.

"You're not going to go 200 years without someone else doing it," DeBoer said. "So it's been long enough, it might as well be us."

Same forward lines for the Devils in practice Friday, so it appears Petr Sykora will remain in the lineup after making his series debut in Game 4. Veteran defenseman Henrik Tallinder is also expected to remain in for Peter Harrold.

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Notebook: Parise says ankle 'fine'

June, 7, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. -- Zach Parise says his left ankle is “fine.”

The Devils captain went into the boards funny and got his left skate caught during the third period of New Jersey’s 3-1 victory over Los Angeles in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. He skated gingerly toward the bench, but didn’t miss any time.

“No,” Parise replied Thursday when asked if he was worried that his ankle might affect his game.

But even if you were, would you tell us?

“No,” Parise replied, smiling.

Parise has no points in the Stanley Cup finals so far. Linemate Ilya Kovalchuk has one -- and it came on an empty-net goal.

“We’re playing fine. It’s just pucks aren’t going in,” Parise said. “We’re getting good chances every game. Just unfortunately right now for whatever reason it’s not going in for us. I don’t think that we need to change anything about what we’re doing. We’re working hard. We’ve just gotta score and then we don’t have this conversation.”

Devils coach Peter DeBoer thought it was important for Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias to break though.

“We need guys to start scoring, and just like a win, you hope one goal translates into some confidence,” DeBoer said. “It can’t do anything but help everyone’s mindset.”

Must be the ‘stache.

Adam Henrique elected to shave prior to Game 4, keeping only his mustache.

“I’ve done it before in juniors,” Henrique said. “It’s worked before, so why not try it again.”

It ended up working again.

The 22-year-old rookie center scored his third game-winning goal of the playoffs with 4:29 left.

“It’s in his character and his ability to rise to the occasion, he’s not overwhelmed in situations when the game is on the line,” DeBoer said of Henrique. “He has that special quality. He wants to be on the ice. He wants to make a difference at those points in the game.

“We obviously wouldn’t be here without him.”

The Devils are 0-for-15 on the power play in the series, but DeBoer thought their man-advantage was much better in Game 4.

“I thought we had some really good looks,” DeBoer said, giving credit to Kings netminder Jonathan Quick. “You can’t get discouraged, you just gotta stay with it.”

Los Angeles has found success on the penalty-kill by aggressively pressuring the points .

“They pressure all over,” DeBoer said. “They’re very good with their pressure and the guys they use killing penalties are offensive players and dangerous guys, so I think that helps.”

DeBoer liked what he saw from Petr Sykora and Henrik Tallinder, who were both inserted into the lineup for the first time in the series.

“They gave us a real shot of energy,” DeBoer said.

Devils right winger Dainius Zubrus got his first-ever Stanley Cup finals victory in Game 4. He had been 0-7.

Zubrus said it was brought up in a conversation on the plane-ride home with Sykora, but he downplayed any significance given the 3-1 hole his team currently finds itself in.

Sykora, Tallinder to play in Game 4

June, 6, 2012
With his team facing a 3-0 hole in the Stanley Cup finals, Devils coach Peter DeBoer has decided to make a pair of changes for Game 4 on Wednesday night.

Left winger Petr Sykora and defenseman Henrik Tallinder have been inserted into the lineup, while center Jacob Josefson and defenseman Peter Harrold will be healthy scratches.

Sykora hasn’t played since Game 3 of the conference finals, while Tallinder has been out since mid-January with a blood clot in his lower left leg.
Although Devils coach Pete DeBoer assured there will be no lineup changes for Game 2 Saturday, he said defenseman Henrik Tallinder will be available this series.

The 33-year-old veteran has not played since January 17 because of a blood clot in his lower left leg, although he is cleared to play and was listed as a healthy scratch in Game 1.

A Devils spokesperson confirmed Tallinder will travel with the team to Los Angeles for Games 3 and 4, although he was not made available to the media today.

"You might see him as the series goes forward here," DeBoer hinted after the Devils' optional morning skate.

Before he was sidelined, Tallinder was one of the Devils' best puck-moving defensemen -- an asset that could be useful against a relentless, aggressive Kings forecheck that gave New Jersey trouble in the series opener on Wednesday.

DeBoer sounded willing to entertain Tallinder as a possibility, despite the Swedish blue-liner's lengthy layoff.

"Well, you're never sure. I do know this: I know he's kept himself in great shape," DeBoer said. "He looks good in practice. Before he went out, he was a top-two defenseman for us."

The Devils have received key contributions this post-season from other players returning from injury. Both center Travis Zajac (achilles) and Jacob Josefson (wrist) bounced back from shortened seasons to play vital roles as New Jersey rolled through the Eastern Conference this playoff run.

"It didn't hurt Zajac coming back in. I know you're jumping into the Stanley Cup Final, not into the last week of the regular season. But, Josefson jumped in last round against the Rangers coming off six weeks out with a broken wrist, and it didn't hurt him," DeBoer said.

"You know, you hope you get the desired result, but you never know."

Injured forwardJacob Josefson and defenseman Henrik Tallinder practiced with the team Friday and Coach Pete DeBoer expects both players to be available to be able to play against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals.

"My gut [feeling] is I think they'll be available at some point in the series," DeBoer said Friday. " It was their first practice today with the regular team. They've been practicing with our American League team, but it's a great step

Josefson has not played since suffering a fractured left wrist on April 3 --his second serious injury this season. He also was sidelined for almost three months at the beginning of the season with a broken clavicle.

The former first-round draft pick (2009, 20th overall), who has two goals and seven assists in 41 games, skated on a line with fellow spare forwards Cam Janssen and Eric Boulton.

Defenseman Henrik Tallinder also practiced; the veteran blue-liner has been sidelined since mid-January with a blood clot in his lower left leg.

Rapid Reaction: Devils 2, Lightning 1

March, 2, 2011
Recap | Box score | Photos

WHAT IT MEANS: Left winger Zach Parise is ready to begin skating. And the way the New Jersey Devils are playing of late, they may get him back before their improbable stretch run toward the playoffs is over. The Devils won for the 10th time in their last 11 games on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1. With the victory, New Jersey moved back within nine points of the idle Carolina Hurricanes for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Devils have now gone an unimaginable 18-2-2 in their last 22 games. They have only 19 games left to pull off the miracle, but the way they’ve been playing, who knows. Despite being without Jason Arnott, the Devils didn’t miss a beat with newly acquired centerman David Steckel. However, their reconstructed third and fourth lines are going to need time to find chemistry.

LET 'ER RIP: The "Kovy! Kovy! Kovy!" chants started with 9:50 remaining -- right after the Devils’ $100 million man put them on top. Ilya Kovalchuk unleashed an absolute Howitzer from the between the circles after taking a pass from Travis Zajac that beat Dwayne Roloson upstairs. In fact, the Russian sniper shot the puck so hard he flopped over. His 22nd goal of the season unknotted a 1-1 tie and instilled new life in the crowd.

MARTY! Making his second consecutive start after missing the previous nine games with a sprained MCL in his right knee, goaltender Martin Brodeur earned his second straight victory between the pipes, making 15 saves. His best stop of the evening came in the first period, when he robbed Nate Thompson on the breakaway with a glove save. Brodeur's defenseman continued their impeccable work in front of him as well. The Devils have allowed just four goals in their last six games.

TIED UP: Late in the second period, the Devils were looking for something, anything to get back in the game. They found that something in the form of Henrik Tallinder's fourth goal of the season with 1:15 remaining. After Kovalchuk split defenders and brought the puck into the Lightning zone, the Devils' first shot was blocked. However, the puck bounced to Tallinder at the top of the left circle and he fired a low shot that was deflected before it found its way behind Roloson, tying the game at 1-1.

TOO ANSSI: The Devils came in having killed off their last 21 penalties. But after defenseman Anssi Salmela foolishly flipped the puck over the boards in his own end and was whistled for delay of game in the second period, New Jersey was unable to extend its streak to 22. Pavel Kubina's wrister from the top of the right circle deflected off Dominic Moore's skate and past Brodeur. It was Moore's 11th goal of the season, third on the power play, and it came at 4:41 of the middle frame, allowing Tampa Bay to jump out to a 1-0 lead.

UP NEXT: The Devils will take on the Sidney Crosby-less Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at the Prudential Center. The reason the Penguins don't have Crosby's services still is because new Devils acquisition David Steckel hit him in the Winter Classic when he was a member of the Washington Capitals, causing a concussion. Will the Penguins be seeking retribution? We'll find out in two days.

Devils D-man still ailing

October, 20, 2010
The Devils will again skate without Anton Volchenkov when they travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens Thursday night. Lou Lamoriello says the team’s second-biggest free-agent acquisition remains “status quo” after seeing a doctor about his sore neck, according to Tom Gulitti.

The injury has lingered since Volchenkov was hit in the face by a shot in the Devils’ game against the Washington Capitals.

Here’s a look at some other Devils news this evening.

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Kovy to 'debut' as Devils battle Rangers

September, 23, 2010
The Devils come to the Garden to open the Rangers' preseason tonight. With the game airing at 7 p.m. ET on MSG-Plus, here are five factors to keep your eye on.

The Money Line
Apt, no? Ilya Kovalchuk is swimming in it. Zach Parise is playing for more of it with a new contract. Travis Zajac may have to be traded in desperation because the Devils lack cap space. If, as expected, they retain Zajac and this line plays to its vast potential, then the troublesome investment in Kovalchuk will have paid off handsomely. Tonight is expected to be their first test together, after Tom Gulitti reported the trio will suit up at MSG.

Tedenby’s time to shine
The Devils’ top prospect, Mattias Tedenby, didn’t suit up Tuesday, which likely means he’ll make his preseason debut at the Garden tonight. If New Jersey's top two lines hold, it appears Tedenby is battling for a role on the third line. How he handles himself in the physical game could tell more about his future than his skill with the puck.

It’s an A-Bomb, from Ur-Bom!
Like his fellow rookie Jacob Josefson, Devils D Alexander Urbom impressed Tuesday night in Philly. Though he may not get a sweater tonight, a second viewing in short order could bode very well for Urbom’s roster chances. A solid showing tonight could bode even better.

The Forward Formerly Known as MZA
Mats Zuccarello mercifully shortened his last name (dropping Aasen, much to the delight of NHL jersey makers), and he can continue to shorten his odds of making the Ranger roster with a strong showing tonight. Seeing how he handles himself on the smaller ice against a sound defensive team like the Devils should be a good indicator as to whether last season’s Swedish league MVP is NHL-ready. The New York Times has more on the Norwegian Hobbit Wizard.

Stepan’s time to step up
Rangers rookie Derek Stepan struggled centering the top line in yesterday’s scrimmage, according to the Post's Larry Brooks, but he still may have the most talent of any pivot in camp. Head coach John Tortorella is expected to try some different players in the top C spot throughout the night. It will be interesting to see if Stepan -- or anyone else -- can seize the opportunity.

While the Devils’ lineup is still up in the air, here’s the roster the Rangers will put on the ice, via the Post:

Defense: Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Michal Rozsival, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, Alexei Semenov

Forwards: Marian Gaborik, Alex Frolov, Brandon Dubinsky, Erik Christensen, Brandon Prust, Brian Boyle, Tim Kennedy, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello, Derek Boogaard, Dale Weise, Ruslan Fedotenko

Goalies: Martin Biron, Chad Johnson

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Rooks impress, Devs drop opener

September, 22, 2010
New Jersey rookies Alexander Urbom and Jacob Josefson acquitted themselves well in their first NHL preseason game, as the Devils and Flyers worked a little overtime to start the 2010-11 preseason. With nearly all of its top NHL talent dressed for last night’s game in Philadelphia, the Flyers claimed a 4-3 shootout win after Mike Richards potted the decisive marker in the fourth round.

Box Score

The Flyers leapt out to a two-goal lead before Adam Mair put the Devils on the board late in the first period. In the second, Dainius Zubrus may have helped his case to remain on the roster (or his trade stock …) by drawing the Devils even at 2. Jamie Langenbrunner put the Devils up 3-2 on a goal from Henrik Tallinder and Urbom, marking that pair’s second assists of the night.

Goalie Mike McKenna (20 saves on 21 shots), on in relief of starter Johan Hedberg (11 on 13), couldn’t quite nail down the victory, setting up the shootout.

Buzzy prospect Josefson missed his shootout opportunity to equalize after Richards' goal, and finished the night plus-1 with no shots on goal. Head coach John MacLean was impressed the way the rookie held his own against some physical competition. While the Flyers dressed most of the opening-day roster, the Devils traveled light with only a handful of New Jersey’s players skating in the NHL last season.

More on the game, including impressions on the rookies below.

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  • The New York Post discusses how Devils vets are actually auditioning for other teams this preseason.
  • The Post article also breaks down some of the training camp battles thusly:
Because of the uncertainty, the Devils are examining an oversized group of hopefuls. There are nine set forwards, possibly leaving Tim Sestito, Pierre-Luc Leblond, Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson, Rod Pelley, Marcus Nilson, Vladimir Zharkov, and Adam Mair in the mix for five roster slots, or more, depending on who exits.

There are five certain defensemen, perhaps setting up Mark Fraser, Matt Corrente, Rob Davison, Alexander Urbom, Tyler Eckford and Matt Taormina for up to three slots, or more if defensemen leave.

Kovalchuk's right-wing shift

September, 20, 2010
Devils' camp opened with a surprise, as Ilya Kovalchuk started by skating on the right wing with Travis Zajac and Zach Parise. Guess that answers our previous question about the seemingly strange statement of head coach John MacLean that Patrik Elias would remain on the left wing.

Two quick reactions: First, it's true that wings move around a lot in the offensive zone and positions don't really matter as much as you might think. That said, as a right-handed shot, one of Kovalchuk's favorite moves is to skate down the left-wing boards, cut across the faceoff dots and snap off a wrister. If he's flying down the other side of the ice, that's a very different maneuver.

Second, even if the move doesn't last and Kovalchuk shifts back to the left, it shows the Devils' players that the team isn't putting Kovalchuk on a pedestal and catering to his every preference. Had the team moved Parise to right wing to open camp after moving heaven and earth (and soon a pair of players) to get Kovalchuk, the reaction from the players and the media may have been very different. Plenty more below.

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