“Must Win” for the Devils

Although its not immediate elimination, Wednesday night’s game has turned in to a “must win” situation for the New Jersey Devils. After an inspiring Game 1, the Devils have fallen short in two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning and now trail the series 2-1.

Of course the Lightning need two wins in order to eliminate the Devils, a 3-1 deficit, although not impossible, would be tough to overcome in their present state.

Colin White remains out of the lineup with back problems, and Richard Matvichuk is slated to continue to take his place.

Matvichuk played one game in the regular season after coming off of the long-term injury list.

In Monday night’s game, Matvichuk logged 15:34 minutes of ice time, 4 minutes in penalties, but had the most blocked shots out of any player in the game with 6. In the end, however, it didn’t help as Tampa Bay still made 24 shots on Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, 3 of which went in to the net.

Cam Janssen, however, is still not slated to be in the lineup even after the Devils were outplayed in every aspect, including physically, in the past two games.

Game time tonight is at 7:00 PM ET at the St. Pete Times Forum. The game will be broadcasted on FSN NY 2 and WWDJ 970 AM. To lookup what channel FSN NY 2 is in your area, please visit http://njdevils.info/schedule/tvoverflow

2 thoughts on ““Must Win” for the Devils”

  1. Of Course if the Devils Dont Start Playing Physically, they will not win! Y? Because there are people like Lacavalier and St.Louis the are very quick .

    Another thing is that Brodeur Must Step Up in his game letting 9 goals in 3 playoff games. when was the last time that happened?

    Last But Not Least, Heres the story: Last year in the first round, the devils had to face the rangers and jagr, jagr couldnt register anything because he was shadowedby pandolfo. if the devils can get pandolfo to shadow lacavalier, then that will be an enourmous help!!!!!

    Go Devils fire down the Lightning!!!!

  2. I agree that Pandolfo should shadow Lacavalier…but I think we also have to remember that Jagr was injuried during the playoffs last year. I’m not sure exactly how much impact that had, but I think it definitely helped that he was not in every game.

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