Although he traded his captain, Jamie Langenbrunner, to the Dallas Stars for a conditional second-round draft pick on Friday, New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello dismissed talk that the last-place team is in a rebuilding phase.
As bad as it’s been for the Devils this year, anybody who has kept up with my column knows that I have been what you might call optimistic. Now I’ll allow you to call it what it really was: denial.
Brian Gionta and Lars Eller scored in the first 1:38, Carey Price made 27 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils 5-1 on Thursday night.
Coming off its best win of the season, New Jersey now gets to face a struggling Calgary team as it tries to post back-to-back victories for the first time.
Johan Hedberg made key saves and New Jersey finally scored some goals. That combination brightened the mood of the struggling Devils, who pulled off a stunning 5-0 win Monday over Washington Capitals.
At his current pace, Ilya Kovalchuk is on track to finish the year with a paltry 16 goals. To give you an idea of how disastrous that would be by his standards, consider that last year Kovalchuk notched his 16th goal by December 5th.
Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek scored shootout goals and the Buffalo Sabres won in Lindy Ruff’s 1,000th game as their coach, beating the reeling New Jersey Devils 5-4 on Wednesday night.
The Devils have made crucial mistakes, been ravaged by injuries, and had seemingly every bounce go against them. So go ahead and write their eulogy if you’d like. But this team is not dead.
The Devils finished the month of October with a record of 3-8-1. The seven points are the third-lowest total ever in the season’s opening month since the club moved to New Jersey back in 1982.
The Devils will look to escape the clouds of their 2-6-1 start with three games in sunny California as they take on the Sharks, Ducks and Kings.
Martin Brodeur made 29 saves for his 112th career shutout and Jason Arnott had a goal and an assist to lead New Jersey to a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
All is well in Devil-land for at least one day. But I don’t think anyone is ready to make the argument that it’s all peaches from here on out for this team.
The Devils face a pair of Northeast Division opponents this week; the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins, wrapped around a visit from the Colorado Avalanche.
So, is there any hope? Can any of the three locals compete for a title like the Jets or Yankees or is this going to be a winter of bad ice chips in the metropolitan area?
Mike Richards scored a shootout goal in the fourth round, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night in the first preseason game for both teams.