Devils Ups and Downs: Week 7

Clarkson has become the New Hotness.

It's time for Week 7 of Devils Ups and Downs. The Devils went 2-2 over the last 7 days with one incredibly rage-inducing loss (Which thankfully, no one saw because of all the Crosbymania). Regardless, here's who made the biggest impacts and who regressed the most.

Biggest Gains- David Clarkson

Okay, maybe it's time for me to stop complaining about him. He's simplified his game alot and it seems to be working. I haven't seen nearly as many Clarkarounds as I have before. He's doing a good job passing the puck and providing solid physical play. He's also not fighting- which is excellent because the way he's playing, him spending 5 minutes in the box.

Also, I'd like some Ketchup with my Crow please.

Biggest Losses- Nick Palmieri

He might have had a two goal game on Tuesday vs Boston, but after Kovalchuk returned, he was pretty much relegated to 4th line duty on Saturday and scratched for Rod Pelley.

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Martin Brodeur

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MB has been the difference maker for the Devils since his return. That and he's the only Devil who seems interested in playing the full 60 minutes (see what I did there? *crickets*)

Johan Hedberg

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Moose will see some action- but with Brodeur's solid play over the last week he's likely only going to see action when the Devils have Back-to-Back games. Also needs to stop playing the puck

 

 

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Mark Fayne

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He didn't have a lot of trouble with Seguin, Vanek or Stamkos, but was beaten by those team's other lines as well as Florida's top line. If he continues to play this inconsistently I hope Urbom or Gelinas replace him.

Mark Fraser

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Could see action with Volchenkov's injury.

Andy Greene

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About the same defensively and contributing offensively. Which is exactly what the Devils re-signed him to do.

Adam Larsson

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With the slight increase in games in November, fatigue is catching up to Larsson- he looked pretty out of it against the Sabres. Regardless, he's finally finding his offensive games- with two assists in the last two games and 5 points (1 G, 4 A) in November.

Bryce Salvador

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Hasn't been bad or good in general.

Henrik Tallinder

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Like Salvador, he hasn't been noticeable in a bad way or a good way.

Anton Volchenkov

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His play was decent this week, but the team really missed him on Monday. For all we know he could be back Tomorrow with a full cage.

 

 

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Eric Boulton

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Could be back soon. Or not.

Ryan Carter

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He's been great- he's just got to cut down on the dumb penalties. 

David Clarkson

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See: Biggest Gains

Patrik Elias

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Not sure if he can get any better or any more consistent. Had a 7 game points streak snapped and comes back with 4 points in the next three games.

Adam Henrique

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He's holding his ground, he just hasn't scored since the Hurricanes game. Does look dangerous and hungry though.

Cam Janssen

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He Drew a Penalty. That's probably the only contribution he'll have this season, and since he really can't get any worse...

Jacob Josefson

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Still out until February.

Ilya Kovalchuk

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Since returning from Injury, he's got 2 goals and an assist. Looks like he's back to 100%,

Brad Mills

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Not good or not bad. About the same.

Nick Palmieri

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See: Biggest Losses

Zach Parise

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Has been much better this week, but he does have a tendency to disappear at times. He could really use Zajac.

Rod Pelley

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He got into a game. Did nothing, however

Petr Sykora

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Continues to work well with Elias and Zubrus

Mattias Tedenby

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He’s been playing great, he’s just yet to capitalize on it like Clarkson has.

Travis Zajac

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He's skating, but no new updates from TG or Chere.

Dainius Zubrus

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Killing Penalties and facing tough competition, all while still providing some solid offense.

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