New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer never worries when Ilya Kovalchuk goes into a goal-scoring drought. Kovalchuk gets his chances every game, and sooner or later the puck starts going in the net.
The Rangers were expected to be ready-made contenders straight out of the gates. So much for that.
A year after beating them in the Eastern Conference finals, the New Jersey Devils still have the New York Rangers’ number. The reasons haven’t changed, either.
Playing the New Jersey Devils has been a painful experience for New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, even when he wins.
18-year-old Stefan Matteau unexpectedly made the Devils’ opening night roster. Now, he’s ready to make his mark with the Devils.
Who’s primed to lift the Stanley Cup at season’s end? Hartnett has readied his fearless NHL predictions for the 2013 season.
I trust that Lou will find the answer, but it might take him another year.
Just like their first Stanley Cup-winning season in 1995, the New Jersey Devils will play a 48-game schedule as the NHL returns after its four-month lockout.
“It’s hard to replace guys like Zach and Sykie,” goaltender Johan Hedberg said. “Those are pure goal-scorers. This will be an opportunity for other guys to step up. We have talent in this system, and sometimes all you need is opportunity.”
Kovalchuk, who signed a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey in 2010, played in a KHL game Tuesday. He told Russian media he was playing to stay in shape pending the end of the lockout.
Zach Parise crossed the Rangers’ off his free agent wishlist by stating there’s “no way” he’d join the Rangers.
Martin Brodeur is leaning toward returning next season, but if this year’s Stanley Cup proves to be his last, the future Hall of Famer who wears number 30 will have played in 30 Final games, going 17 and 13.
Just two wins shy of his 4th Stanley Cup, Martin Brodeur has clearly stated he would like to return next year.
Winning Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals did more than keep the Devils alive. It gave them a sniff, a scent, a feeling. Call it momentum if you want.
In the world of sports mind games, a good case be made that the Devils have planted a seed of doubt in the Kings and that the whiff of confidence is now in the New Jersey locker room.