10-22-14: After beginning the season with three consecutive road victories, the Devils have now dropped three straight games, falling 6-2 to Washington, 4-2 to the Sharks, and 4-3 in overtime to their Hudson River rivals. Cory Schneider started off hot, but now has been wildly inconsistent. His play is not a cause of long term concern, but it’s something to keep an eye on no doubt.
10-15-14: Fire-wagon hockey in New Jersey? Yes, you did read that right. The Devils are off to a hot start and have scored 13 times along the way. New addition Mike Cammalleri has three goals to lead the team. Cory Schneider will finally have a chance to show the NHL what he can do. Martin Brodeur is no longer a Devil, which is weird in and of itself, which allows Schneider to take over the No. 1 job. New Jersey very well could be a sleeper team this season in the east.
10-10-14: The New Jersey Devils looked to be in control of their game against the Philadelphia Flyers early with three goals by the midpoint of the second period. However, in a five minute span the Flyers were able to score three goals to tied the game at the end of the period. The Devils outscored the Flyers 3-1 in the third period to leave Wells Fargo Center with a 6-4 victory.
4-14-14: It might have been Martin Brodeur's final game in New Jersey or possibly even in the NHL this past Sunday. If it was, he ended on a winning note, with the Devils posting a 3-2 victory over Boston. If the team hadn't gone a remarkable 0-13 in shootouts, then the Devils would be postseason bound. Jaromir Jagr led the Devils in scoring with 67 points in 82 games played. Jagr is a free agent come July and it would be wise for the Devils to re-sign the ageless wonder.
4-7-14: I don’t know how the New Jersey Devils do it. Every time it looks like they're dead, they pull themselves halfway out of the grave. They still need to win their final four games to make the playoffs, so any loss could serve as the final nail in the coffin. The Devils sit three points back of Columbus for the final wild-card spot in the East. It’s not going to be easy, but stranger things have happened.
3-31-14: The Devils could be saying goodbye to two Hall of Famers this offseason. Jaromir Jagr, who leads the Devils in scoring this season, is a free agent at season’s end. The 42-year old Czech native could be a good addition in the offseason for a team. Martin Brodeur’s situation is up in the air. Brodeur has stated that he wants to play again, but the Devils do not need him. If Brodeur does play again will it be with the Devils?
3-25-14: The Devils barely have a playoff pulse after a 2-2-0 week. They are five points out of eighth place in the East and will likely need to finish 9-1-0 down the stretch to crack the postseason. Tough odds there. The Devils have a conundrum with Marty Brodeur. He’s not the number one goalie anymore, but he still thinks he can play like one. If he comes back for another year, the Devils would benefit trading him away.
3-17-14: I’m sure the NHL would love to see Martin Brodeur in the playoffs one last time, but that looks like it is not going to happen. It may be for the best though since, he's probably not even New Jersey's top goalie. If the Devils do fine a way to get in, they could prove to be a scary team. Adam Henrique did have five goals in three games this past week and continues to emerge as on the league’s top young players.
3-10-14: It was an up and down past week for the Devils, but in a crowded playoff race even going 2-2 in a week isn't good enough. They made a minor move at the deadline acquiring Tuomo Ruutu from Carolina in exchange for Andrei Loktionov. Do the Devils have enough offense to make the playoffs? Relying on Jaromir Jagr as your sole producer of offense is dangerous. Nothing against Jagr, but he’s not the same as he once was.
3-3-14: The Devils started the post-Olympic break with a pair of victories over the Blue Jackets and Islanders. However, they lost 4-2 to the Sharks this past Sunday. The Devils' next two games are against the Red Wings, who are three points up on them for the final wild-card spot in the East. Like many teams, the Devils need to start playing better in order to make the playoffs. Will the Devils trade Martin Brodeur? Minnesota has been rumored interested but I can’t see the Devils trading the best player their franchise has ever seen.
2-10-14: New Jersey hasn’t won in regulation in their past seven games, but they've somehow managed points to still have a shot at the playoffs. Goaltender Martin Brodeur has not played since allowing six goals on 21 shots to the Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 26. There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of the Devils trading Brodeur. Could it happen? Anything is possible. Will it happen? Doubtful they will trade the greatest player in the history of the franchise.
2-3-14: The Devils are just treading water over this past week, with a win, a loss and an overtime loss. It is a less-than-ideal record for a team in a desperate fight for the playoffs, but it isn't terrible considering that it took place over a three-game Western road swing. The Devils just seem to find a way to win each and every year. Who would have thought after Zach Parise, David Clarkson, and Ilya Kovalchuck leave that the Devils would still be winning games?
1-27-14: The Devils had a pair of nice wins against the Blues and Capitals this past week, but were embarrassed at Yankee Stadium by the Rangers on Sunday. They are 3-3-1 in their past seven games. A regulation victory Sunday would have propelled New Jersey into second place in their division. Instead, they are on outside of the playoffs in the East. Martin Brodeur has an .899 save percentage this season. Only two goaltenders in Devan Dubnyk and Kevin Poulin have played at least 25 games and have a worse save percentage.
1-20-14: The Devils went 1-1-1 against Montreal, Colorado and Phoenix this past week continuing a trend of roughly .500 hockey. Every point is incredibly important for New Jersey, as the Devils are part of a pack of seven teams vying for four postseason spots in the East. Only three teams in the NHL allow fewer goals in a game than New Jersey Los Angeles, Boston and St. Louis are the other three. However, only three teams in the NHL score fewer goals in an average game than New Jersey. They are Florida, Calgary and Buffalo.
1-13-14: The Devils have points in four straight games and they have essentially been a .500 team since the middle of November. A .500 mark was good for a playoff spot in the Metro a few weeks ago, but with teams beginning to get hot, the Devils are slipping. They have three tough road games this upcoming week with Montreal, Phoenix and Colorado. New Jersey is 0-of-7 in shootouts this season and the only team to go winless in shootouts in an 82-game season was the Carolina Hurricanes, who went 0-of-5 in 2006-07.
1-7-14: New Jersey has been trading wins and losses for a month now. Currently, the Devils are on a two-game losing streak after winning its previous two. New Jersey is near the back of a group of 10 teams fighting for two wild-card spots and two playoff slots in the Metropolitan Division. The Devils 0-6 in shootouts and with a little bit of luck in the NHL's game-deciding gimmick they would be in the playoffs right now.
12-30-13: The Devils aren't on fire, but they are accumulating points. In their past seven games, they are 4-1-2. They are beginning to get healthy, as Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe rejoined the lineup this past week. They remain in contention for the final spot in the Metropolitan. Goaltender Cory Schneider hasn't received little much support this season. In 18 games, the Devils have scored 30 goals. Jaromir Jagr leads the team in points this season.
12-23-13: After losing five of their first six games in December, the Devils have turned things around somewhat with three wins in their last four games. The Devils have a one-point edge on Philadelphia and Carolina for third place in the Metropolitan Division. New Jersey is also competitive for the final wild card spot in the East, sitting three points back of Toronto. The 41-year old Jaromir Jagr leads the Devils with 33 points and a plus-12 rating in 37 games.
12-16-13: The Devils had lost five out of their last six games prior to defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 this past Saturday night. New Jersey has only four wins in their past 12 games. The Devils will get three days off before a pair of home games against the Senators and Ducks this week. Goalie Marty Brodeur stopped 33 shots against the Lightning. It was the most saves Brodeur had made in a shutout since he stopped 51 shots against the New York Rangers back on Jan. 12, 2010 at Madison Square Garden.
12-9-13: New Jersey played four games last week and came away with only three out of a possible eight points. No team in the NHL allows fewer shots than the Devils. However, they have struggled to generate offense as the Devils are the only team in the NHL to fire less than 25 shots per game. Rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas has been a pleasant surprise with his three goals and nine assists in 22 games this season.
12-2-13: The Devils traded wins and losses with an awful Carolina team, barely squeaked past the Buffalo Sabres and lost to the Winnipeg Jets this past week. Not a great week at all if you’re a Devils fan. Patrik Elias had three points in four games last week and now has seven points in his last seven games. Despite missing eight games, Elias sits second in overall scoring on an offensively challenged New Jersey team. Elias’ return to the lineup has been very welcome addition.
11-25-13: The Devils spent the past week in California, and faired quite well for themselves. They picked up overtime victories in Los Angeles and Anaheim and were edged out by the Sharks in a 21 decision. Jaromir Jagr continues to defy his age. The 41-year old Czech native leads the Devils in scoring with nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in 23 games played. I don’t know if that’s a good thing for Devils fans when a 41-year old player on the tail end of his career leads your team in points.
11-18-13: The Devils had a decent week with their lone loss coming to the hands of the Los Angeles Kings. The Devils, along with the Wild, are the only two NHL teams that allow fewer than 25 shots per game. Unfortunately for the Devils, they don’t record many shots themselves. New Jersey averages 25.6 shots per game, which is good for second worst in the entire NHL. Only the Buffalo Sabres average less at 25.4 shots per game.
11-12-13: The Devils actually had their best week to date picking up five out of a possible six points this week. Martin Brodeur made 37 saves on 37 shots this past week over two games played and is slowly starting to raise his save percentage. Brodeur currently sits at a respectable .908 and the trend should continue. The Devils must improve in the shootout as they are one of five teams in East who have yet to register a shootout victory.
11-5-13: The Devils has an awful week. The beat the Tampa Bay Lightning and then followed that win by losing 1-0 to the lowly Flyers and getting smacked by the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. The Devils averaged only 18 shots a game this week. With Cory Schneider hurt, Marty Brodeur saw action in two games this week giving up only two goals on 38 shots. The Devils have a long way to go before they can call themselves contenders.
10-29-13: New Jersey picked up its second win of the season Saturday, a 4-3 win over the pesky Boston Bruins. The Devils need some serious help. They have done a good job of outshooting their opponents but they just can’t seem to find the back of the net. The Devils have only scored of 6.4 percent of their shots 5-on-5 this season. The offense isn’t there for the Devils and unfortunately their pipeline of young talent is thin too.
10-21-13: The Devils recorded their first win of the season against their hatred rivals from Broadway last Saturday. They beat the Rangers 4-0 in which they scored four times on 19 shots. Make no mistake this is Cory Schneider’s team now. Let the Marty Brodeur farewell tour begin. The Devils are still offensively challenged and their biggest scoring threat in Ryan Clowe is out with a concussion. It could be another long season for the New Jersey Devils.
10-14-13: The Devils are winless through their first six games since 1981-82 when they were the Colorado Rockies. They have played well during stretches of the games this season, but just can’t hang onto leads. There have been some positives though. Damien Brunner has scored in each of his last four games and goalie Cory Schneider has looked good. The Devils trademark of playing solid defense has been their Achilles heel early on. If things don’t change quickly, don’t be surprised to see Lou Lamiorello shake things up.
10-7-13: Where have we seen this before? The Devils cannot score. It doesn’t matter if it’s Martin Brodeur or Cory Schneider in net. The Devils have only scored three times in two games. Newcomer Damien Brunner has looked impressive thus far, since signing with the Devils just prior to the season opener.
8-23-13: It’s been one heck of an offseason for GM Lou Lamoriello and the New Jersey Devils franchise. First, the Devils traded the 9th overall pick in the 2013 draft to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for goaltender Cory Schneider. Next, David Clarkson left via free agency for Toronto. Finally, Ilya Kovalchuck announced his sudden “retirement” from the NHL then promptly signed a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of KHL. On the ice, the Devils will play their hated rivals from Broadway on Jan. 26 in Yankee Stadium as part of the new Coors Light Stadium Series. The Devils host Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild on March 20. This will be Parise’s first time in New Jersey since signing a 13-year, $98 million contract last summer with Minnesota.
8-22-13: Last week, 76ers owner Josh Harris and business partner David Blitzer purchased the Devils and the lease to the Prudential Center from Jeff Vanderbeek for $320 million. They will keep longtime executive Lou Lamoriello in charge of hockey operations, but will bring in a new team to manage the business side of things.
7-25-13: The Devils have signed veteran right wing Jaromir Jagr to a one-year, $2M deal.
Devils 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #9: Traded pick to Vancouver Canucks for goalie Cory Schneider
Pick #42: Steven Santini, D
Pick #73: Ryan Kujawinski, C
Pick #100: Miles Wood, LW
Pick #160: Myles Bell, LW
Pick #208: Anthony Brodeur, G