Week 6: Devils Up and Down Report

Goalies:
M. Brodeur – Played 3 of the 4 games on the schedule this week and did a solid job. After a bad start to the very beginning of the season, Marty has settled into what we all expect. The goal Thurs night against Pitt WASN’T his fault and that should have been the shutout record-tying game.

Y. Denis – Looked sharp in his win against the Islanders. With Marty playing so well, Yann should get used to sitting.

Forwards:
R. Niedermayer  – Currently injured no word on a return date.
R. Pelley – Thought his best game was against the Islanders. 
T. Zajac – Had a quiet week until going to Pittsburgh were he put up 3 assists, including a nice play on the Parise goal. 
D. Zubrus – Averaging a lot of ice time but not producing. He did draw a nice penalty on Scott Niedermayer though. 
P.Elias -  Finally back in the lineup. He skipped the Sens game  but already has as many shots (7) in the three games he’s played as Pikkarainen has in the 13 he’s played.
J. Pandolfo – Still hurt, few weeks left to go until his return.
Z. Parise – Other than the Islanders who kept Zach quiet, he’s been good for 1 goal AND 1 assist each of the last three games. Leads the team in goals, assists and points and probably popularity too.
A. Peters – This guys ticket to Lowell get misplaced?
N. Bergfors – 4 points in 4 games and scored again vs Pitt…
D. Clarkson – At least a point a game in each game this week. MONEY!! oh and he had 1 fight too!!
M. Halischuk – Still looking for that first point but he came close against Pitt (I thought). He’s only 21 but then again Bergfors is only 22.
J. Langenbrunner – Keeps contributing on a nightly basis.
P. Leblond – Sitting for some reason
I. Pikkarainen – As I said earlier, Elias has already duplicated his stats in 3 games.
B. Rolston – Still sour at this guy, don’t feel his worth much and he missed a game for some reason.

Defense:
M. Fraser – I don’t expect much out of Fraser, but he’s along with the rest of the D are doing a respectable job. 
A. Greene – I think this guy is having a hell of a season so far. Had a great week (2 goals and 3 assists). 
P. Martin – Still hurt and still a few weeks away from returning. 
M. Mottau – Even with zero points, all D guys are doing a hell of job especially when the perception out there is that most of these guys are 5-6-7 type d-men at best.
C. Murphy – Had a weak ass goal against the Islanders but he’s probably the worst guy out there yet still shutting down the opposition.
J. Oduya – Hurt and had a set back, I heard it was because he went to bathe in all the money we’ve given him and slipped.
B. Salvador – Got an assist against the Penguins. 
C. White – Nice assist on the Parise shorthanded goal against the Ducks. What made it nice was the play he made on his former linemate.

Devils as a team are on fire, winning 7 in a row, 9-1 in the last ten and remaining unbeaten (9-0-0) on the road.  My player of the week award this week goes to David Clarkson and yes Andy Greene was a very close second.

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