"In Lou We Trust" - we had better trust Lou because he is the one that puts our great team together year after year. We are sitting in second in the east this year (regardless of going 4-5-1 in our last ten) and have the leat goals against with a mind blowing low 115. Our problem, we have less goals than the leafs (who we coincidentally play tonight) with 139. People may believe that our offense is underachieving,but it really isn't no not really. You look at some of high scoring teams in the league like Washington, San Jose, and Chicago. These three teams all have great puck moving and highscoring defensemen. For Washington Mike Green provides a great shot and passing (Ovechkin is often taking his spot on the power play at the point), for Chicago they have proven defensive scorer Brian Campbell and the pair of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Finally Dan Boyle gets the offense started from the back-end with 43 points in 51 games.
As for New jersey we have no defense men who can give us that offensive spark. With Paul Martin gone and Andy Greene cooling off our only blue line offense can be seen in the future. Yes, I am talking about Matthew Corrente and Tyler Eckford being our future of offensive defensemen (I just don't see Mark Fraser doing that job for us). I would also like to talk about two other defensemen, one who played amazing and another who was terrible. Bryce Salvador showed us Devils fans why we are paying him 2.9 million with his outstanding game against Ottawa. Where as Mike Mottau showed us all why we are paying him 775k this year and have intentions on resigning. He deflected the shot from the point into his own net and made a soft play which resulted in a goal.
Back to the forwards now, Dainus Zubrus? I enjoyed Vladimir Zharkov playing on the team more than Zubrus. I don't care if he was out for 30 games. Theoron Fleury played with more edge in the pre-season this year and he hadn't played NHL hockey in more than 5 years, Zubrus' return was dissapointing to say the least. Just want to see if anyone can get a quote on why we are paying Brian Rolston 5 million a year, it must be because of his whopping total of 26 points, weak. He was also supposed to be our powerplay point man, he only has 5 powerplay goals. David Clarkson has played in half the number of games Rolston has and he has three powerplay tallies.
"In Lou We Trust" - who would have thought that Dean McAmmond would have 11 points in his 33 starts this season. He is also plus 1 and has just 16 penalty minutes, now that is a bargain at 500k a year. Let us really thank our goaltender the one and only Martin Brodeur. At 37 years old the guy is an athlete, still. He is going to make his 32 straight start against Toronto (makes you wonder why Yann Danis doesn't want to be traded) and leads the league in wins and shutouts. Talking about bargains, Brodeur makes less than Marty Turco (who has just 15 wins in 37 starts and has recorded just two shutouts) and devils fans should remember that when our Marty has the rare bad game.
The Devils will get back on track and "In Lou We Trust".
- A Green