Stock Up / Stock Down - Week of Jan 13th - 19th

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This week the Devils played 3 games in the Friday to Thursday stretch. We watched them finish up a 4 game road trip in Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon where they won 2-1 and then returned home to face the same Jets on Tuesday night where they won 5-1. That was followed up by a 4-1 loss to the Bruins at home last night but Devin will have a more in depth coverage of these games in his Second Look column coming up on Monday.

Ilya Kovalchuk – I have to start with him because he’s starting to turn heads around the NHL. Offensively he is finally starting to resemble the guy that played in Atlanta. He leads the Devils with 19 goals and is second on the list in points with 40.  He has 7 goals in his last seven games, and five two-point games over the same span but it is his sudden defensive element that is allowing Peter Deboer to trust throwing Kovalchuk out on the ice in all types of situations. I’ve been hard on Kovalchuk so far, I’ll admit that but if this continues, then I can completely get on board with his existence in our locker room.

Martin Brodeur – Played all 3 games this week for the Devils and did a decent job in all but 1 period (the 3rd period against Boston last night). He stopped 22 of 23 in Winnipeg, 20 of 21 at home against Winnipeg and 21 of 24 (but he faced 13 of those 24 in the 3rd) against the Bruins. There was talk of him wanting to play one more season before retiring and while I am still not in favor of that, I will take this version of Marty that seems to know how to win close games again.

Henrik Tallinder – Yes, it’s a little unfair for him to land on this list because he is suffering from an injury but it’s a pretty big injury to a pretty significant part of our defense that will cause him to miss some significant time. The Veteran defenseman will be lost for six to eight weeks with acute thrombophlebitis of the lower left leg, a potentially serious condition caused by a blood clot. We certainly hope he gets better soon but with that type of injury, how can you not put him on this list?

Jacob Josefson – It’s good to see him back out on the ice. He returned this week when the Devils returned home from their road trip. While he didn’t have any points, he did average 13:19.5 of ice time and did a decent job in face-offs against the Jets (54.55%). We know it will take him a little time to start contributing but we know he can.

Patrik Elias –
This guy is the closest thing to clutch that we have on the Devils. He leads the Devils in points with 44 and is second in goals behind Kovalchuk with 17. He had the game winner in Winnipeg and then followed that up with a goal and 2 assists at home against Winnipeg. With an assist last night against Boston, that makes 7 consecutive games where Elias has had at least 1 point, which puts him 3rd behind Alex Pietrangelo (8) and John Tavares (11) for the longest current point streak.

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Stock Up / Stock Down - Week of Jan 6th - 12th

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This week the Devils played 4 games in the Friday to Thursday stretch, winning 3 of those 4 games. They looked decent against Florida and Pitt which was followed by an awful game in Calgary and then a game that needed the extra frame to get the win.

Marty Brodeur – Didn’t play against the Panthers because of his play against Boston on the 4th, did ok against the Penguins and then got an early hook against the Flames. His game is so inconsistent, you just don’t know who you are getting when he shows up to the rink. Said it before, I’ll say it again… please retire. We love what you’ve done for this organization but now, it’s getting ugly.

Zach Parise – I’m still on board with signing Zach long term this summer. He had 7 points in 4 games, one of which was the game winner in Edmonton. He’s one of two guys I feel that we’ve been able to count on this season. He also averages a little over 20 mins per game so that means  he is out there A LOT!!

Patrik Elias
 – He’s the other guy I feel that I can count on, have so for years. He had 6 points this week including a huge game last Friday, which happened to be his 1000th for the Devils. Quick, name the two guys ahead of him on the list of most games for NJ….

While they didn’t make my list this week, a special congrats has to go out to Adam Larsson and Adam Henrique (The Adams!!)  for making the NHL's All-Star Rookies and will travel to Ottawa to represent the Devils when the All Star festivities get under way on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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Stock Up / Stock Down: Week of Dec 9th - 15th

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This week the Devils played 3 games in the Friday to Thursday stretch. A loss at home last Saturday afternoon and then set out on a road trip to Florida that saw a win in Tampa Bay and a shootout win against the Panthers.

Zach Parise – He had his 6 game point streak snapped against Montreal on Saturday but instead of going into a shell like some players do when a streak is snapped, he lit up the score sheet in Tampa Bay with a goal and two assists and then found the back of the net against the Panthers. He ended the week at a +3. He did have a chance to tie the game against Montreal but couldn’t bang home a penalty shot late.

Henrik Tallinder – I continue to watch this guy make mistakes and he made a doozy of a mistake on Tuesday against the Panthers. A quick stick check made Tallinder cough up the puck which allowed Veersteeg to skate in all alone and put home the breakaway. Thankfully the Devils rebounded quickly as a team and cut the lead to 2-1 minutes later but mistakes like that can be complete game changers. At least he’s making Larsson’s transition from living in Sweden to living in the US a little easier, so he’s not a complete failure!!

Kurtis Foster – He played on game for NJ having come over in a trade after the Tampa game and didn’t register a point but he played 25 shifts for a total of 21:53 on the ice and was thrown out there on the power play. I thought he did really well for not having ever practiced with the team. Looks like he might be able to add some much needed punch to our power play.

Marty Broduer – I thought he had a much better week, even though he both won and lost a game this week. He didn’t get burned early and often like he had been doing and I thought he played his best game in a while against the Panthers on Tuesday. Two major defensive mistakes led to goals on Tuesday and they were goals that really wouldn’t be fair to criticize him for. He was lights out in the shootout which is ALWAYS helpful.

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Stock Up / Stock Down - Dec 2nd - Dec 8th

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A new weekly feature here at Running With The Devils is going to be our “Stock Up / Stock Down “ report. These reports will happen every Friday afternoon where we look back at the games from the previous Friday Night through Thursday Night (in this case Dec 2nd – December 8th) and pick a few guys whose stock is up or down. Some weeks it might be all up or and some weeks it might be all down but let’s hope those are few and far between.

This week the Devils played 4 games in the Friday to Thursday stretch, losses at Minnesota and Winnipeg and wins in Toronto and at home vs the Senators.

Adam Henrique – This kid gives me hope for the future. He just finds a way to make it on the score sheet each night. This week he either had a goal or an assist in every game played including 2 assists last night vs the Senators and the game winner in the shootout. What more can you ask from one guy?

Martin Brodeur –
He had three starts this week against Minnesota, Toronto and Ottawa. He lasted a whole 8 mins and 17 seconds against the the Wild and was pulled after the first period against Ottawa. He let in 7 goals and the two he let in against the Senators came off rebounds he couldn’t control. You may want to argue with me but Marty is done. Stick a fork in him. He used to be so dominating in the net and I understand that he’s older now but his game has declined faster than his age has. He’ll always be special to this organization for all that he accomplished but this is getting painful to watch.

Ilya Kovalchuk – I know I wrote this article the other day and believe me, I still feel as strongly today as I did the day I wrote but, this week, Ilya has looked good. He had 3 goals and 1 assist in this 4 game stretch, so like Henrique, I can’t really ask for anymore production than a point a night. However, his defense needs to improve and the last thing we really need to see is Kovy starting a scrum behind the net.

Andy Greene – To me, he’s lost out there. In fact when I started putting this list together and looking at the names that might appear, I had to see if Greene even played this week.  He did, Minnesota, Winnipeg and Toronto. He doesn’t do very much on the ice and this is a guy that before he signed his big deal over the summer, made us take notice whenever he was out there. Talk about buyers remorse!!

Dainius Zubrus  - He continues to be that guy that fits the Devils mold in my opinion. He comes up with big moments and other teams seem to forget about him. Last night against Ottawa he had the game tying goal and then actually had a chance to put the go ahead goal in the net at one point. This team used to be built on the concept of interchangeable  parts and to me, Zubrus is still that kind of player.

So would you agree or disgree with these? Let us know

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