Devils Ups and Downs: Week 8

I think this week's post should've been titled "Devils Downs" because the team was pretty terrible this week.

Biggest Gains: Johan Hedberg

He did what he had to do in Friday's game: stop pucks. He got his 2nd shutout of the season that night, and bailed out the team and it's sloppy defensive play.

Biggest Losses: Adam Oates

Please, fire this man. Some of the team's problems can be blamed on the lackadaisical 3rd periods and the team sitting on leads, but the power play has been downright atrocious. The team's giving up shorthanded goals left and right and the power play can barely produce. Plus it's not like there's no one available for the team to hire as an assistant. Noted power play expert Guy Carbonneau doesn't have a coaching job. However, Bruce Boudreau was fired yesterday, he could make an excellent replacement for Oates, although seeing as he's still under contract with the Capitals, the Devils will have to ask for permission. If the Devils do land Boudreau, that would be a huge addition to the coaching staff and a massive upgrade over Oates.

If the team wants to be a playoff team, Oates has to go.

 

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Martin Brodeur

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Hey, apparently Martin Brodeur's 39 or something. I could've sworn he was 29. He's making highlight reel saves left and right, but unfortunately the team isn't showing up

Johan Hedberg

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See: Biggest Gains

 

 

Defense

 

 

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Mark Fayne

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Again, not so great on the defensive side of the puck, but his lack of offensive production in November (2 points in last 10 GP) is pretty alarming.

Mark Fraser

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Might play if Andy Greene isn't playing tomorrow vs the Avalanche

Andy Greene

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Did not practise Monday, although his defensive play has been pretty suspect too.

Adam Larsson

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Hasn't been playing excellent defense, but is currently on a 5 game point streak (1 G, 4 A). Needs to be smarter with the puck.

Bryce Salvador

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Hasn't been noticeably bad, but could consider cutting down on the penalties

Henrik Tallinder

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Hasn't been noticeably bad or noticeably good.

Alexander Urbom

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Recalled for the Northwestern road trip. Could potentially see some ice time if DeBoer chooses to bench a defenseman for terrible play (which I hope he does)

Anton Volchenkov

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Has provided decent defense for the team this week. Somehow continues to not get significant ice time. His presence was definitely missed last Monday.

 

 

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Eric Boulton

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Is traveling with the team, could play Wednesday. Boulton is a significant upgrade from Sestito or Janssen because he has some hockey skills

Ryan Carter

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Really, I can't blame Carter for his lack of production. Considering he had ice time with Sestito that did hurt his production

David Clarkson

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A lot of the same applies to Clarkson as it does to Carter. Those two can't carry a line with a plug on it.

Patrik Elias

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For the first time this season Elias has been held off the scoresheet in back to back games.

Adam Henrique

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Finally scored a goal after going several games without one. Continues to be doing a decent job of centering the top line.

Cam Janssen

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I'll give him props for continuing to get ice time despite bringing nothing positive to the table.

Jacob Josefson

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Still out until February, no new updates. The Center depth on the team (Zajac, Elias, Henrique, Carter, even Mills) does suggest he's more likely to move to the wing.

Ilya Kovalchuk

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He's showing emotion, and called out the refs for being complete and utter trash. It does make up somewhat for a terrible turnover which ended up costing the Devils a game.

Brad Mills

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Was scratched Saturday and might have been because he's dealing with bumps and bruises.

Zach Parise

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He got jobbed out of a goal.

Rod Pelley

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Scratched in the last 3 games.

Tim Sestito

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I've seen dead batteries provide more energy than Sestito.

Petr Sykora

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Scored the game winner on Friday. Continues to provide cheap offense.

Mattias Tedenby

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Looks awesome at times, then looks Meh at times. Plus he's getting demoted to the 4th line in favour of a plug, that's not great.

Travis Zajac

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Skating but will not join the team on the road trip.

Dainius Zubrus

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Scored a goal on Wednesday which was one of the team's four regulation goals this week. Tied for 2nd on the team with 7 goals
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