Thanksgiving weekend is usually a weekend reserved for a parade, some turkey and some pigskin but how about those Devils. They beat the Senators the night before Thanksgiving, took care of the Bruins in a shootout on Friday and destroyed the Islanders on Saturday. That makes for a very good holiday weekend. With the 6 points earned in three games played last week, the Devils trail the Penguins by 1 point for the division lead.
Reports out today that Pandolfo and Niedermayer were skating in this morning’s practice and may crack the lineup some time this week. Oduya is rumored to be joining the Devils practices tomorrow so his return may be right arount the corner.
Now the bad news on the injury front, David Clarkson will be missing the next 4-6 weeks with a non-displaced fracture about the ankle. Clarkson brings grit and toughness to a team that I don’t think is all that tough at times so his place in the lineup is sure to be missed. Add his toughness and Zubrus’ size to things missing in the lineup and I sit here and wonder when the injuries will catch up with the Devils.
Devils play Vancouver on Wednesday night and then Tampa Bay and Detroit on back to back nights starting on Friday. The game against Detroit on Saturday will celebrate the 1995 Stanley Cup Champion team like they did the 2003 team a few weeks ago when the Ducks cam to town.
And finally, congratulations to Marty Brodeur who welcomed a new addition to his family last week AND set the record for most minutes played by a goalie passing the great Patick Roy last weekend.
Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend but now it’s back to our regularly schedule programming here at RWTD.