Nashville Predators v New Jersey Devils

Game 64: Devils Knock Off NHL’s Best 3-1

So let’s just get this part out of the way… Trade deadline day comes and goes and still on our roster are Martin Havlat and Michael Ryder. The first game the Devils play after the trade deadline expires, which happens to be the very next day, both Havlat and Ryder are healthy scratches. On top of that, the Devils decide that they will dress 7 defenseman and threw Peter Harrold on the 4th line with Rutuu and Josefson. I get that that they had a log jam of defensemen due to Severson’s return but why dress Harrold as a wing when you have to healthy scratch guys? If Harrold is a better option on the win than Havlat or Ryder, why are they still here?

I really don’t understand the logic to the way the Devils put their lineup together but having come away with a 3-1 win against the best team in the NHL, you can’t really argue against those decisions….today!!

More thoughts from Last Night

  • The Devils reach the .500 mark and trail the Boston by 7 points for the final playoff spot (who also have 2 games in hand). It’s still quite a mountain to climb but you have to love the never give up attitude they are exhibiting lately, I just wish we’d seen it throughout the entire season.
  • After the first twenty minutes, the Devils had every fan feeling good as they just outplayed the best team in the league and out shot them 9-3. Of course if you watched the Rangers/Flyers HBO 24/7 show, you know Peter Laviolette is a fire storm when he’s pissed and the Preds came out like they had been read the riot act for the remainder of the game.
  • For a guy that’s been out of the lineup for quite some time, I thought Damon Severson looked better than I thought he would. Sure, he looked rusty at times and his defense on the 2-on-1 late in the 1st was not very good but he did make a couple of decent plays, put a couple of shots on net and was able to contribute a little over 16 mins of ice time.
  • Cory Schneider, what else do I need to say? The guy is unbelievable and I don’t think you could have sold anyone back in 2012 that the goalie that would someday replace Brodeur would be so superb and what we would have to give up to get him wouldn’t be very big. He made 33 saves against the Preds and he’s doing everything in his power to help the Devils pull off a miracle
  • Adam Larsson had a great game, scoring early and putting in 23 minutes of ice time. He’s certainly turning into the player that NJ thought they’d be getting when they drafted him 5th Like most defenseman, it takes time, a good 200-300 games to find where and how to fit in the NHL and Larsson is progressing nicely. I’m sure there’s a certain ex-head coach that is sitting home and watching this and wondering where this was while he was here. We’ve always been annoyed at the amount of time Larsson spent out of the lineup and are glad to see he’s finally getting regular playing time.

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About Darren

Darren is a long time fan of the New Jersey Devils and had been covering the New Jersey Devils for various websites before starting up Running With The Devils in the fall of 2009.