Game 25: Hurricanes Come To NJ

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The Matchup
Carolina Hurricanes (9-10-5) visit the New Jersey Devils (9-10-5). These two teams are currently battling it out for 4th and 5th place in the Metropolitan Division with NJ sitting in 4th and Carolina sitting in 5th but both have 23 points in 24 games played. The Devils are coming off a disappointing 3-1 loss at home to Winnipeg, which was their second straight loss while the Hurricanes are coming off a 4-1 win at home against the Senators

Projected Lines for the Carolina Hurricanes
Nathan Gerbe - Eric Staal - Tuomo Ruutu
Jiri Tlusty - Jordan Staal - Pat Dwyer
Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm
Drayson Bowman - Manny Malhotra - Radek Dvorak

Justin Faulk - Andrej Sekera
Brett Bellemore - Ron Hainsey
Ryan Murphy - Jay Harrison

Projected Lines for the New Jersey Devils: 
Dainius Zubrus - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr
Adam Henrique - Patrik Elias - Steve Bernier
Ryan Carter - Andrei Loktionov - Michael Ryder
Mattias Tedenby - Jacob Josefson - Cam Janssen

Andy Greene - Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas - Mark Fayne
Jon Merrill - Pete Harrold

Injury Notes

Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin (concussion) and goalie Anton Khudobin (lower body) are on injured reserve. ... Forward Stephen Gionta (ankle) and defensemen Adam Larsson (lower body) and Anton Volchenkov(lower body) are questionable for the Devils. Defenseman Bryce Salvador (fractured foot), and forward Ryane Clowe(concussion) are doubtful.

Random Thoughts For This Game

Cam Janssen will get the spot in the lineup and Damien Brunner will be a healthy scratch again. He was a healthy scratch last week against the Kings but put in poor performances against the Sharks and Jets which gets him the night off. Cam was a good story when he came up and scored two quick goals in his first 3 games but that’s long over and time for Cam to get his bus ticket back to Albany.

Broduer gets the nod in goal tonight and he’s been playing well so it’s not a shock or at least shouldn’t be. According to TG, Cory Schneider is a little frustrated with his lack of playing time but to be fair, you knew what the situation was when you got traded here. No way are you going to make Marty Brodeur ride the bench for most of the season. With that said, be patient because you are the future of the NJ Devils and that future probably starts next season. On top of that, the Devils play Friday and then again Saturday night, starting this weekend and following through for the next 6 weeks so you are due to start playing more. First Friday night they don’t play is January 10th.

I’m excited to see Merrill in again tonight. I want this kid to succeed. I just have a soft spot in my heart for Wolverines, what can I say. I thought he showed some good promise the other night.

Hopefully the Devils can halt Eric Staal. It sounds like he’s coming off his best game of the season so I would imagine you will see Travis Zajac on him a lot.

NHL 14 Simulation Results:

Unfortunately for the Devils, it was a disaster of a game. The ‘Canes came out strong, struck early and kept going. Let’s hope it doesn’t go the way of the simulation because if it does, Cory Schneider will be playing in this game, much like he did when he relieved Marty after a 5 goals on 17 shots got in. The ‘Canes rolled to a 5-1 victory in this matchup.

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Preview: West Coast Tour Stops in LA

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Tonight’s Matchup

The New Jersey Devils (8-8-5) visit the Los Angeles Kings (15-6-1). The Devils come into this game on a 2 game winning streak and are 6-3-1 in their last 10. The Kings come into this game having won 4 straight and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 which includes a very impressive sweep of the NY teams. In other words, even though NJ has been playing well going into this game, they will still have to dig deep because LA is a very good hockey team that is playing very well lately.

Projected lines for the New Jersey Devils

Dainius Zubrus - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr
Damien Brunner - Patrik Elias - Michael Ryder
Adam Henrique - Andrei Loktionov - Steve Bernier
Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Cam Janssen

Andy Greene - Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas - Adam Larsson
Peter Harrold - Mark Fayne

Projected lines for the Los Angeles Kings

Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dwight King - Mike Richards - Tyler Toffoli
Dan Carcillo - Jarret Stoll - Matt Frattin
Tanner Pearson - Linden Vey - Trevor Lewis

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr - Slava Voynov
Willie Mitchell - Alec Martinez

Random thoughts going into this game

I thought the Devils showed a lot of fight last night with their win in Anaheim. They got down early but were able to battle back. Yes, the Ducks didn’t deserve the 4 minute high sticking penalty but good on NJ to cash in on an opportunity and score 2 goals in those 4 minutes. Hopefully they take the momentum of beating Pittsburgh and Anaheim, two of the NHL’s top teams (well kind of, Pitt has fallen to 11th) into their matchup with LA.

I thought Zajac played a decent game again last night. He has points in four of his last five games and his defensive play has been really good lately. The funny thing of the OT goal last night is that Zajac looked like he tried to kick it in the net. Had Hiller not blocked that shot, it goes in but gets negated for a kicking motion and the Ducks then don’t put the puck in their own net.

Jagr is Jagr and he’s currently on fire. Let’s hope it continues.

Schneider gets the nod tonight and hopefully our goal scorers are up to helping him out tonight. He was excellent on Friday against the Kings but the bad news is that Scrivens was as well who will be in the net tonight for LA.

I’m starting to get a little sour on Brunner lately. That’s sad because this is a guy I really wanted to over the summer. He’s pointless in his last 10 games and is averaging about 13:36 TOI during that stretch. This guy really needs to start putting the puck in the net.

On a side note that doesn’t have to do with today’s game, Left wing Rostislav Olesz cleared unconditional waivers at noon today and his contract with the Devils has now been officially terminated.

NHL 14 Simulation Results

LA got on the board first with a Dustin Brown PP goal but NJ came right back and found the equalizer. The score remained 1-1 until the OT period where Drew Doughty put home a bomb from the blue line that beat Schneider glove side for a 2-1 OT victory.

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It's Duck Season

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The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (7-8-5) visit the Anaheim Ducks (15-6-2)

Going Into Tonight’s Game: The Devils are coming off an impressive 4-1 victory against their Metropolitan Division opponent Pittsburgh Penguins. The Devils got great goaltending from Marty Brodeur and unlike when Schneider gives them a great performance, the Devils were actually able to give him some goal support to work with. Jagr had 2, Larsson had 1 and Andy Greene got things started on Saturday night.

The Ducks wrapped up a 4 game road trip in Pittsburgh on Monday night that ended in a 3-1 loss. The Ducks walked away with 1 point out of a possible 8 points on this road trip. Meanwhile, the Devils have earned 16 points in their last 13 games, including five in their last six contests. With that said, the Ducks are undefeated at home this season and the Devils don’t exactly instill confidence when on the road.

Defensively Tonight: Once again the Devils defense is going to get tested. The Ducks, they have the players that can score. Right now they are going through a winless stretch so I would imagine the Duck snipers are going to be hungry for blood tonight. The Ducks have outscored their opponents 72 to 59 so far and have found the back of the net 29 more times than the Devils have. The one are the Duck seem to have trouble would be their PP units. Good for NJ since the Devils tend to be a little undisciplined but you watch, tonight will be the night that costs NJ big time.

Offensively Tonight: After the performance against the Penguins, just keep it going. The Devils got 4 goals against a pretty solid team, a night after they couldn’t get even 1. The one thing to remember about the Ducks is that they do a very good job at blocking shots. Let’s hope the Devils offense doesn’t get frustrated by the Ducks shot blocking abilities. The one thing any team needs to do when playing against a good shot blocking team is to throw pucks at the net on every chance you get to look at the net. Don’t delay, don’t opt for the pretty pass/highlight reel moment just shoot the damn puck. Devils will have to play smart because Bruce Boudreau is obviously benefiting from getting last change at home.

 Injury report: New Jersey is without defensemen Bryce Salvador (fractured foot), Anton Volchenkov (lower body) and forward Ryane Clowe (concussion). … Center Saku Koivu (concussion) is questionable for the Ducks, though he has resumed skating. Right wing Jakob Silfverberg (broken hand) remains on injured reserve.

NHL 14 Simulation Results: The Devils fell behind 1-0 after 1 on a Cory Perry goal but came storming back in the 2nd period with goals from Zubrus, Brunner, Ryder and Henrique. Ryder scored his second of the night in the 3rd period to help NJ cruise to a 5-1 victory in Anaheim. If the real thing were only that easy!!


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Crosby and Co. Come To Town

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The Matchup:  The Pittsburgh Penguins (12-7-0) visit the New Jersey Devils (6-8-5)

The Last Meeting: The last time these two teams met was opening night of the 2013/2014 season. Pittsburgh skated away with a 3-0 win and opened our eyes to the many struggles that the Devils might have this season.

 Going Into Tonight’s Game: The Devils gave a good effort last night but ultimately a late 3rd period goal and an empty net goal gave the Kings a 3rd period victory for the second night in a row. The final was 2-0 but I thought the game was much better and much more intense than a 2-0 shutout would be. On the other side of the puck, the Penguins have been struggling a bit but won last night 4-1 over the Predators. The Penguins come into this game 5-5 in their last 10 while the Devils come in 5-3-2 in their last 10.

Defensively Tonight: It’s the Pittsburgh Penguins so you know the defense is going to have to work all night. While the Pens aren’t at the top of the league, they are a very good team. Leading this team are guys like Malkin, Kunitz, Jokinen, Dupuis and of course NHL points leader Sidney Crosby. The goal tonight, just try to keep them quiet. Malkin has been quiet recently but James Neal is back in the lineup so hopefully tonight isn’t the night that Malkin gets going.

 Offensively Tonight: Score some freaking goals. The Devils have been shutout 5 times this season, which is basically a quarter of the games played so far. That’s terrible and with guys like Henrique, Zajac, Jagr, Brunner and Elias, it shouldn’t be happening.  Seems like the Devils goal scorers take the night of when Schneider is in net as he’s been the goalie for 4 of the 5 shutouts against. Tonight Marty is in net so maybe the goal scorers will show up. I don’t think the Devils are winning enough of the small battles. The other night in NY, the Devils rocked in winning the faceoff, so it’s the small things that help a team gain confidence and stick the puck in the net. I also think the Devils do well when they get in front of the net, create traffic and scrums in front but I don’t remember that really happening much last night. Get shots in from the point and get guys in front of the goalie.

A complete 60 minute effort is what it will take tonight. I thought the Devils compete level tailed off in the third period last night while the Kings amped up their game and got the win. Hopefully the Devils can put something together tonight and get something positive out of this weekend. I was hoping to have a shot at being a .500 team going into this weekend.

NHL 14 Simulation Results: Have you played NHL 14? Even though it is mostly the same game as last season, I like the few changes they made. I’ve just started but I do like it a lot. Of course I am struggling in goal scoring just like the Devils are!!

In the NHL 14 Simulation I ran, the Penguins got 2 goals from Crosby early on and another from Malkin late in the second but goals by Zubrus, Brunner and Elias forced OT and ultimately a shootout where the Penguins prevailed 2 goals to none to get the extra point and a 4-3 SO victory.

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2012 Stanley Cup Rematch, One Game Anyway!!

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The Matchup: The Los Angeles Kings (12-6-1) visit The New Jersey Devils (6-7-5)

The Last Meeting: It’s a memory I’ve tried to pretend doesn’t exist. Truth is, the Devils were a very different team the last time we played the Kings. Due to the shortened season last year we didn’t meet up with them so yes, the last time we played the Kings was the night we surrendered Lord Stanley’s cup to them. Now I need to go drink a few!!

Going Into Tonight’s Game: The Devils are coming off an impressive team effort against the New York Rangers in a game that saw the Rangers battle back twice to tie the game. It’s certainly one of those games that you hope get your team going on some type of winning streak. The Kings played last night and fell into a 2-0 hole after two periods of play to the Islanders but battled their way out of it and scored 3 goals in the third for a 3-2 regulation win. The bad news delivered to the Kings yesterday was that they will be without goalie Jonathan Quick somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-6 weeks.

Defensively Tonight: It somewhat falls in the category of defense but the Devils need to stay out of the box tonight. The Kings are deadly on the power play and if you give them too many opportunities, it’s going to cost you. The Kings have struggled to score goals outside their PP unit, although last night 2 of their 3 goals came at even strength hockey.  I will certainly have my eye on the usual suspects tonight, Justin Williams and Mike Richards, and hopefully the Devils defense will too. Devils killer Jeff Carter has a broken foot and won’t be in tonight’s lineup.

Offensively Tonight: Keep moving the puck around and keep generating pressure on their goalie. While the Isles first goal last night was more of a misplaced rebound, their second was generated by getting the puck from one side to the other. This is exactly what the Devils need to do. With Quick out of the lineup, t's a real possibility that the Devils may see Martin Jones instead of Scrivens getting back-to-back starts. While Jones has been great in the AHL, that’s a situation most of us will gladly take. The possession game will be an interesting one to watch tonight as the Kings have dominated that game while the Devils have not. Would certainly be nice to see the Devils do better in this category, even though they beat a team that had such better puck possession the other night.

Word is that Gionta and Elias will be in the lineup tonight and that will probably mean that Tedenby and Josefson will get to sit out tonight. Elias is a guy you can’t make an argument against having in the lineup but Gionta is usually a different story. However, Josefson didn’t have a great game in NY and while Josefson probably is a better long term option than Gionta, in the short term that can’t be said. Adding to the “who do you sit” game would be Janssen’s two recent goals that keeps him in the lineup.

Fayne will also return to the ice for the injured Anton Volchenkov.

NHL Injury report: The Kings are without Quick, defensemen Matt Greene (undisclosed) and forwards Jeff Carter (broken foot), Kyle Clifford (head) and Jarret Stoll (upper body). … Ryane Clowe (head), Bryce Salvador (foot) and Jon Merrill (face) are on injured reserve for the and  Volchenkov (lower body) is out for tonight but is day-to-day

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Devils Gameday #18 - Heading To Rangerstown

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It’s been a while since we did these but it’s time to start jumping back into the preview game!!

The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (5-7-5) at the New York Rangers (9-8-0)

The Last Meeting: These two teams last met on October 19th. Both teams weren’t playing very good hockey at the time. The Devils had a zero in the win column while the Rangers only had a 1 in the win column. Devils fans were treated to a fantastic 4-0 shutout win over their rival. If you’re going to struggle at winning like NJ did early, all seems ok when you hand your rival a loss!!

Going Into Tonight’s Game: The Rangers are on a little bit of a roll. They’ve won 7 of their last 9 games and had limited the opposition to 2 goals or less before they played the Panthers on Sunday. The Devils are coming off a decent weekend of hockey that ended with a 5-0 shutout of the Nashville Predators. Marty Brodeur has been pretty hot in his last couple of starts and much to the liking of the Garden faithful, will get the start tonight for NJ.

Defensively Tonight: Defense will be key in this game because the Rangers seem to have it figured out offensively at the moment. They’ve scored 13 goals in their last 3 games which included a 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Carl Haglin will certainly be a player to watch in this game. He’s only appeared in 7 games this season but has 4 goals and 4 assists in those 7 games. Brad Richards seems to be a different Brad Richards this season and leads the team in goals, assists and points. Stepan, Callahan and McDonagh are other players NJ will need to worry about as well.

Offensively Tonight: The Devils are coming off a 5-0 stomping of the Nashville Predators that saw 5 different Devils find the back of the net. When you get that type of production, any team, any defense will struggle against you.  Most importantly, Travis Zajac was moved onto a line with Zubrus and Jagr Sunday night that paid off in Zajac finding a goal and hopefully some momentum. Recently, the Rangers defense has been decent at keeping pucks out of their net so the Devils are going to need to work and spread the puck around. Hopefully Zidlicky can repeat his performance on Sunday night and help the Devils keep climbing in the standings.

Injury report: Elias (upper body), Ryane Clowe (head) and Bryce Salvador (foot) are on injured reserve for the Devils. Rookie defenseman Jon Merrill (face) has not played since his NHL debut Nov. 3 after crashing into the boards awkwardly. Stephen Gionta (sore foot) is day-to-day. … Rangers forward Rick Nash (head) has been skating on his own and taking shots, but will miss his 15th straight game. He has not played since Oct. 8 and there is no timetable for his return. Forwards Dominic Moore (oblique) and Taylor Pyatt (concussion) are out.


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Devils, Maple Leafs Preview: April 6, 2013

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With only eleven games remaining in the regular season, the New Jersey Devils are on the outside looking in. Jersey's Team dropped out of the top eight on Thursday night after their fifth consecutive loss, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins. With a win tonight, combined with a Rangers and/or Islanders loss, the Devils could be back in the playoff picture.

The Devils will match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Prudential Center at 7:00. New Jersey played a dominant game in Boston on Thursday night, but couldn't escape with two points. Jersey fired a whopping 40 shots on goal in the 1-0 loss, but Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask got them all. Jaromir Jagr scored a garbage goal in his debut with the Bruins; the puck took a bounce of Jagr's skate (as he interfered with Bryce Salvador) and past Marty Brodeur. If the Devils can play the way they did in Boston two nights ago, they will be in good shape.

The Maple Leafs are coming off a 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers--who are all of a sudden in the hunt for a playoff spot. Toronto currently holds the fifth seed in the east (20-13-4) and would drop to sixth with a loss tonight. In the only previous meeting between these two teams this year, the Maple Leafs pulled out a 4-2 victory. That game came during the Devils' six-game losing streak in which Johan Hedberg played in place of the injured Martin Brodeur.

Ilya Kovalchuk has been making "great strides" in the rehab of his injured shoulder, but will not be back in the line-up just yet. Devils' coach Pete DeBoer said that he expects Kovalchuk to be back for more than "the last couple of games." This is extremely good news for Devils fans; the push for a playoff spot will become just a little easier when Jersey's best player is on the ice.

Photo by Frank Gunn/Canadien Press.

Joffrey Lupul will not play tonight for the Toronto Maple Leafs after taking a shot to the head on Thursday night against the Flyers. Lupul, who broke his arm in January and missed an extended period of time, did not make the trip to New Jersey with the team.

Steve Sullivan will make his return to the New Jersey Devils tonight; Sullivan, who was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday, will be paired with Patrik Elias and Andrei Loktionov on the Devils' first line. With Sullivan in the line-up, the Devils appear to have four lines that are occupied by NHL-caliber players.

The lines for tonight are as follows:

Forwards: Elias-Loktionov-Sullivan; Zubrus-Zajac-Clarkson; Ponikarovsky-Henrique-D'Agostini; Carter-Gionta-Bernier
Defensemen: Salvador-Zidlicky; Greene-Fayne; Tallinder-Harrold
Goaltender: Brodeur
Scratches: Volchenkov, Larsson, Kostopoulos, Josefson, Barch

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Devils Battle Boston as RWTD Returns

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Running With The Devils will return from its brief hiatus this evening as Jersey's Team battles the Boston Bruins. Previews and recaps were not available for the last two games due to personal issues with the writing staff, but things are back to normal tonight.

Content Writer Raj Vaidya is back on board after a brief absence from the blog. Raj will cover tonight's full game recap; Raj provides a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the blog and it is exciting to have him back.

Our facebook and twitter accounts will be more active than ever now, so be sure to follow and "like" us.

The New Jersey Devils have a tough game ahead of them tonight against the Boston Bruins. With only 12 games to go, every point is bigger than ever; Jersey is going to have to start winning on a consistent basis if they want to make the playoffs.

The Devils currently occupy the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Their record of 15-12-9 is not exactly what fans had in mind at this point in the season, but it is good enough--for now. New Jersey is in control of their own fate: continue to win, and they're in. One or two more losses might throw them off that track, so tonight's game is a great place to start winning.

The Bruins occupy the fourth seed in the east with a 23-8-4 record. They are just one point behind the division-leading Montreal Canadiens, who play Winnipeg tonight. A lot is at stake here for the Bruins, so they will be playing hard. Boston has not lost to New Jersey in the last five meetings between the two teams.

Both teams made acquisitions before the trade deadline yesterday. New Jersey acquired winger Steve Sullivan from the Phoenix Coyotes for a future seventh-round pick. Sullivan is on his way to New Jersey for a physical and will not play against Boston tonight. The Bruins added Jaromir Jagr (Dallas), Wade Redden (St. Louis), and Kaspars Daugavins (Ottawa). With new offensive threats, the Bruins will be a dangerous team as we head into the home stretch.

Photo by Charles Krupa/AP

Over their last ten games, the Devils are 3-3-4. The Bruins are 5-4-1. Tonight will be a good match-up. If all goes well, Raj will be recapping a win in his return to Running With The Devils.

Puck drop is set for 7:00. Be sure to follow Scott, Joey, Mike, and Raj on twitter for their latest reaction and analysis to everything New Jersey Devils.

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Devils vs. Senators, March 25, 2013: Preview

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The New Jersey Devils will face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Monday evening at Scotiabank Place. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM. The Devils (15-11-6) are hoping to jump ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the east; a Jersey win and Toronto regulation loss would make that possible. The Senators (17-9-6) sit at fifth in the east and will remain there regardless of tonight's outcome.

The Devils are coming off their second straight victory, a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Unfortunately, Jersey's Team lost its best player to injury during that win. Ilya Kovalchuk has been sidelined for a couple of weeks after crashing hard into the boards in the third period on Saturday. Kovy suffered a shoulder injury, which will not require surgery, and left the game without returning. Harri Pesonen has been recalled from the Albany Devils to fill Kovalchuk's roster spot.

The Senators are riding the momentum from an impressive win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. Ottawa opened up a four-goal lead before the first twenty minutes expired and did not look back. Tampa forward Tyler Johnson led the comeback in the third period, tallying two goals, but the Sens held on for the win.

Photo by William Perlman/The Star-Ledger.

Over their last ten games, the Devils are 5-4-1. The Senators are 5-2-3.

The last meeting between these two teams came on February 18. Stephen Gionta put the Devils ahead early in the first period, but Ottawa tied the game in the third and later won in a shootout.

Both teams are looking to improve upon their record and create separation between themselves and lower-seeded teams heading into the home stretch. With only sixteen games remaining for both clubs, each point is big. Expect a hard-fought, physical battle between the Sens and Devils tonight.

The Devils and Senators are both battling some tough injuries. Jersey will be without Alexei Ponikarovsky tonight after he was placed on the injured-reserve list, retroactive to March 19. Ottawa will be without Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson Craig Anderson, and Milan Michalek (who was also placed on IR).

My projected outcome has the Devils winning this one, 3-1. Martin Brodeur will have another superb night; Henrique, Clarkson, and D'Agostini will chip in with goals.

For all of your latest Devils news, reaction, and analysis, be sure to follow us on twitter. You can also like us on facebook. Be sure to follow our staff writers (Scott, Joey, and Mike) on twitter, as well.

Go Devils!

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Panthers vs. Devils, March 23, 2013: Preview

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The New Jersey Devils will square up against the Florida Panthers today in Newark, New Jersey, at the Prudential Center. This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams. The Devils (14-11-6) are looking to move up from their seven-spot in the east. A Devils win combined with a Toronto Maple Leafs regulation loss will push the Devils to sixth in their conference. The Panthers (9-16-6) will be stuck in last place in the east regardless of today's outcome.

The Devils are coming off an impressive win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday evening. Martin Brodeur was stellar in his return to the crease, stopping 17 of 18 shots and even adding a goal of his own. The Devils are 4-5-1 over their last ten; with the home ice advantage and some momentum, Jersey's Team is in a good position to win this contest.

The Panthers are injury-plagued, but still managed to defeat the New York Rangers on the road on Thursday evening. Goalie Jacob Markstrom was the first star of the game, as he stopped 44 of 45 shots. Florida is 3-6-1 over their previous ten games; don't underestimate these fiesty Panthers--they can give the Devils a run for their money.

The last meeting between these two teams came on April 26, 2012, in a decisive Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs. Adam Henrique scored the series-clinching goal in double-overtime to send Jersey's Team to a 3-2 victory and to the next round of the post-season. The Devils were heavily favored in that series, but Florida put up a good fight. Expect more of the same tonight.

Photo by Associated Press/Julio Cortez.

Matt D'Agostini will make his debut with New Jersey tonight after having been acquired from the St. Louis Blues for a conditional draft pick on Friday. D'Agostini has 1 goal and 1 assist on the season, but is a solid fourth liner. Hopefully, he can be useful tonight.

The season is winding down, with only 17 games left to play. Each game is more and more important for the Devils, especially if they have any dreams of catching the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins. Dainius Zubrus is inching closer to a return to the line-up each day and will be a big part of this team's success going into the playoffs.

Both teams are dealing with some injuries tonight. Devils' forward Alexei Ponikarovsky is questionable; Dainius Zubrus (wrist) and Henrik Tallinder (lower body) are out. Panthers' forward George Parros (upper body) is day-to-day. Goalie Jose Theodore (groin), defensemen Michael Caruso (wrist), Mike Weaver (lower body) and Dmitry Kulikov (wrist) and forwards Stephen Weiss (wrist) and Kris Versteeg (knee) are on injured reserve.


Devils Army, it is your job to ROCK the ROCK tonight! Puck drop is set for 7:00.

For your latest Devils news, reaction, analysis, and more, be sure to follow us on twitter and "like" us on facebook. You can also follow the Running With The Devils staff on twitter: Scott, Joey, and Mike.

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