Hey there Devils Fans! Ive heard some of your requests and I’m answering! Welcome to our newest segment called, SpotLight. SpotLight will feature a paragraph regarding one player from the Devils each game and will be our “SpotLight Player of the Game”. This player will be discussed in a paragraph or two in the conclusion of our game recaps, highlighting their stats and big plays (or lack there of).
Tonight’s SpotLight Player of the Game will be Johan Hedberg. The 38 year old Swede will play in his 26th game of the season this year, hoping to improve his 15-7-2 record this evening against Ottawa in a game that has more importance than most would think it has. In his last 5 games, (dating back to 01/11/12 against Edmonton) Moose is 4-0-1 winning his last two in road games to the Capitals and the Islanders. Hedberg has allowed 9 goals over the course of those 5 games, recording a shutout over the Caps in a 5-0 rout in the nations capital on March the 2nd. The Moose will look to get New Jersey back to their winning ways tonight after the Devils dropped their last two games to two of the leagues hottest clubs, being outscored 9-4 gaining no points. While on the topic of points, we look at the teams playoff picture. After a loss last night to New York, allowing them to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since their historic ’94 Cup run (One Since Forty i continue to say to myself), the Rags become the first team in the Eastern Conference to secure a playoff position, and second in the league. Holding 6th place will be a difficult task for New Jersey as the season dwindles down to the nitty gritty with just 9 games left to play, 2 more against 7th place Ottawa (tonight and April 7th). Tonight’s game is HUGE! If the Devils win this evening, they will gain points 88 and 89 placing them 5 points ahead of the Sens. Hedberg and the rest of the Devils will have to turn their play around tonight against an opponent who tends to be overlooked in the eyes of the rest of the league for the most part, despite bumping the Bruins out of 2nd place earlier this past week.
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