Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils have started the lockout-shortened season in playoff form. The Philadelphia Flyers seem to have missed the opening bell.
David Clarkson scored the winner as the Devils got their season off to an ideal start as they beat the Isles 2-1.
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.
Throw all the pressure on him and new Devils captain Bryce Salvador has broad enough shoulders to handle whatever DeBoer and the Devils ask of him.
GM Lou Lamoriello declined to provide terms, but said the deal was “long enough to keep (Zajac) a Devil.”
“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.”
Zach Parise crossed the Rangers’ off his free agent wishlist by stating there’s “no way” he’d join the Rangers.
The season was one of redemption and guts for the Devils after missing the playoffs a season ago. They have the stomach to win a game and extend the series, but any more than that seems way out of their reach.
Some have pointed to a lack of effort as reason for the Devils’ impending demise, a theory I’m not buying.
Ilya Kovalchuk waited a decade for his first taste of NHL playoff success, and he’s not giving up his Stanley Cup dreams just because the Kings are making life tough for him.
New Jersey simply cannot match ammunition with a loaded Los Angeles Kings’ roster.
The Devils played one of their worst games of the postseason in dropping the series opener 2-1 in overtime, and they can’t afford another sub-par effort.
The Devils’ defensemen aren’t exactly household names but are finally getting credit for the job they’ve done to push New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Finals.