Throughout the offseason, Running With The Devils will preview the Devils 2010-2011 schedule, giving you an in-depth preview of the 29 other teams the Devils will face next season. Last season, the Devils took first place in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference. This season, the team will look to improve on their abysmal playoff performance. In today’s first preview, we take a look at this season’s matchup with the Anaheim Ducks.
Continue after the jump for the preview!
Ducks vs. Devils – Historical Data
In 22 all-time regular season meetings, the Devils are 13-8-1-0 against Anaheim. The teams also squared off for the Stanley Cup Championship in 2003, with the Devils defeating the Ducks, 4-3, in seven games to win their third championship. The Devils average three goals a game against the Ducks in the regular season, while allowing Anaheim to score 2.32 goals per meeting. During the 2009-2010 campaign, the Devils and Ducks faced each other once, with the Devils winning that game, 3-1, on November 11.
Jamie Langenbrunner began the scoring 38 seconds into the game, giving the Devils an early 1-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the third period, when Corey Perry scored at 2:25 to tie the game at one. David Clarkson netted the game-winning goal at 12:52 of the period, and Zach Parise added an insurance goal, scoring on shorthanded opportunity with 13 second left in the game.
Devils vs. Ducks – This Season’s Matchup
The Devils and Ducks will meet once this season, October 29, in Anaheim. The Ducks will be missing a key player this season, one that holds a special place in the hearts of Devils’ fans. Scott Niedermayer decided to retire after playing 18 years in the league. The Ducks captain, Niedermayer led the team in average ice time and average shorthanded ice time while collecting 48 points along the blue line. To replace that production, the team will look for Toni Lydman and Lubomir Visnovsky to pick up the slack.
Offensively, the Ducks should still produce. The team has a budding star in Bobby Ryan, who, with linemates Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, totaled 209 points last season. Teemu Selanne will be back, giving the Ducks a proven scorer (48 points in 54 games last year) for their second line.
The Ducks turned to Jonas Hiller last year, trading stalwart Jean-Sebastien Giguere midseason. The young goalie had an impressive regular season campaign, and he also played very well in the Olympics. He’ll need to continue playing well, because the Ducks defense hasn’t improved in front of him.
Other Important Stats
In 19 regular season games against the Ducks, Martin Brodeur is 12-6-1 with a 1.87 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. The Devils goalie also shut out the Ducks twice…In 33 career games against the Ducks, Langenbrunner has 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) and a +11 rating…In two career games against the Devils, Ryan, a Cherry Hill native, has two points (one goal, one assist) and a +/- rating of 0.
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