Devils Ups and Downs: November 1st-8th

Both Devils here are on the upswing. Not sure about Evander Kane though.

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Martin Brodeur

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Had his return foiled by the team deciding not to play defense that night, but made key stops against the Jets in an OT victory

Johan Hedberg

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Made the most out of his lone appearance this week and beat the Philadelphia Flyers

 

 

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Mark Fayne

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Played badly on Wednesday, gave Max Talbot a penalty shot (which Talbot capitalized on) and wasn’t great on Saturday. Not a great week for him.

Mark Fraser

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Finally got into game action in Greene’s absence, and was good enough. Now on Waivers, probably means A) Greene's healthy or B) The Devils are calling up Urbom

Andy Greene

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Played on Wednesday but hasn’t played since. May return tonight vs Carolina.

Adam Larsson

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Recorded his first career NHL point against Toronto and has been playing better. He might have found his NHL game after the brief adjustment period.

Bryce Salvador

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Was bad on Wednesday, good enough on Thursday and solid on Saturday. Truly a week of ups and downs

Henrik Tallinder

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Wasn’t noticeable in a good way this entire week. However, comparing his games on Thursday and Saturday, they were much better than Wednesday

Anton Volchenkov

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Volchenkov’s finally playing like he’s being paid $4.25 Million a year. That’s a good thing, right?

 

 

Forwards

 

 

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Eric Boulton

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I’m unsure about his return. Seriously, is Doug Murray made of Adamantium or something?

Ryan Carter

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He might not have made an impact on the score sheet, but the effort is there.

David Clarkson

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He had two big goals last week, and while his game on Saturday wasn’t great, he did score two big goals and he’s replacing Kovy on the top line

Patrik Elias

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Still continues to be the team’s best forward both offensively and defensively.

Adam Henrique

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Lead the Devils with three goals this week and had a breakout performance vs the Jets. Hopefully he steps up with tougher teams this week.

Cam Janssen

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Jacob Josefson

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Still expected to return in February. With Henrique’s performance and Elias proving he can play center, would the Devils consider moving Josefson to the Right Wing when he returns? Could be quick solution to the team’s woeful RW depth.

Ilya Kovalchuk

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Missed Saturday’s game with a groin injury, and will miss tonight's game with said injury. He had two assists against the Flyers but still needs a goal in the worst way.

Brad Mills

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Someone PLEASE explain to me how this scrub is better than Steckel.

Nick Palmieri

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Still continues to fall down the depth charts faster and faster. Trade Value is pretty non-existant.

Zach Parise

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Three points in his last three games might be a good sign for the captain, after being moved back to Left Wing

Rod Pelley

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On Waivers, did nothing this week.

Petr Sykora

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Pointless in his last three despite playing with the team’s best forward. Not good.

Mattias Tedenby

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He’s working his rear end off, only problem is he could use better linemates. Can’t seem to find his way off the third line either.

Travis Zajac

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DeBoer mentioned Travis Zajac was exercising and skating again. I’m expecting him back around December, probably around Christmas.

Dainius Zubrus

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Scored a goal against Toronto and has been doing a lot of grunt work, but he hasn’t been rewarded nearly as richly for said grunt work.  

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