It’s been a little while since I last posted, and since the Devils have been fighting a strong battle on ice to keep at the top of the standings, I figure now is a good time to jump back in this!
The biggest story after today is how the Devils continue to perform well even after a number of players sit out injured.
- David Clarkson is set to miss 4 – 6 weeks with a fracture just above his ankle. This is the Devils most recent loss from the matchup against the Boston Bruins on Friday afternoon.
- John Oduya and Rob Niedermayer have spent their time on the Injured Reserve list and are due to begin practicing on or around Monday.
- Paul Martin has a fractured left forearm which sits in a cast still. He is still 2 – 3 weeks away from being able to join the Devils in practice.
- Jay Pandolfo, who dislocated his right shoulder when former teammate Mike Rupp knocked him into the boards, may require surgery, but as of two weeks ago, the answer was no.
With all of the injuries, the Devils have made some significant calls to Lowell and have brought up a few from the minors, which has worked out well.
Still anchor players like Brian Rolston, Zach Parise, and Jamie Langenbrunner have kept the Devils from getting in some real trouble. Additions like Patrik Elias, who recently returned to the lineup from a off-season surgery, has also stepped in and helped out in a big way.
Now getting back to the game at hand, the Devils trounced the NY Islanders with a score of 6 – 1. I can’t even recall the last time the Devils won with 5 goals in hand, but looking back they did manage to do it three times last season – the most recent being February 28 when they beat the Florida Panthers 7 – 2.
The Devils did not play a very good first period and after 20 minutes found themselves down 1 – 0. However goals from Mike Mottau and Brian Rolston in the second period gave the Devils a 2 – 1 lead that the Islanders were unable to recover from.
Midway through the third period the Devils scored three times in the span of just 2 minutes. The goals came from the sticks of Patrik Elias, Zach Parise and Brian Rolston. Patrik Elias scored again with only 45 second left in the game to get the Devils to 6 goals.
Some other points of interest:
- Martin Brodeur broke the all-time minutes played record on Friday afternoon against the Boston Bruins. The record was announce to the Boston fans when it was broken in the second period, who stood up and cheered for Marty. Not for nothing, but those are hockey fans.
- Zach Parise right now sits second in the league in shots on goal, only 3 behind Capital Alex Ovechkin. Zach also currently leads the league in Plus/Minus and has a 10 game point streak.
- The Devils right now sit above the Pittsburgh Penguins for the divisional lead, and have played two fewer games.