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Looking to the Future; the Albany Devils

January 25th, 2015 at 4:32 PM
By Edward Allegretto

With the New Jersey Devils sitting at 17-22-8 totaling 42 points in 47 games. Perhaps it is time for the Devils to trade away older players with expiring contracts, and look towards the future. Players such as Jaromor Jagr, Michael Ryder, Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky, and Martin Havlat could be sent by the March 2nd trade deadline. Let's look at Jagr, he is 43 years old and has a one year deal costing $3.5 million dollars. Obviously his best days are behind, and trading him to a playoff contender for draft picks could prove to be wise. Ryder and Zidlicky stand with the most value as they are not as old as Jagr and could cost less money. Zidlicky has not missed a single game all year and he has been very impressive this season for New Jersey. The defenseman totals 20 points, fifth best on the team, with four goals and 16 assists. Ryder has come on of late, but has been in and out of the lineup with injuries and an illness. However, he tallies 18 points, with six goals and 12 assists.

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Three Things to Look for from the New Jersey Devils After the Break

January 24th, 2015 at 4:24 PM
By Edward Allegretto

With the National Hockey League on it's annual All-star break, there are certain things the New Jersey Devils must do in order to make the playoffs. Currently, they sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference with a 17-22-8 overall record, and have totaled 42 points. The red and black are 15 points behind the Boston Bruins for the eighth and final playoff spot. New Jersey has struggled all season long and have only shown few signs of light. Here are three ways the Devils can make the playoffs:

1) Consistency: The Devils have been the epitome of average at best this season. In 47 games, they gave tallied just 42 points, which is not going to get it done. Last year, the final wild card teams finished with 93 points in the Eastern Conference. That means that New Jersey would have to gain 53 points in 35 games, which is unlikely. However, it can be done. The red and black have had brief glimpses of a team that could make the playoffs, especially with the two wins on the west coast trip. But, they have been unable to string together wins. In order to make a playoff push, New Jersey needs to be able to put more than two consecutive wins together. They certainly have the squad to do it, they need to continue to play two-way hockey and mistake free on defense.

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Injury Updates on the New Jersey Devils

January 23rd, 2015 at 12:03 PM
By Edward Allegretto

The All-Star break has officially begun even though the Devils have been off since Monday after they closed their three game west coast road trip with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. The red and black are off until Monday where they begin practicing and then they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. The only player on the club that is not off is winger Patrik Elias, who will be participating in the All-Star festivities. It begins tonight when the fantasy draft takes place at 8:00 pm, then on Saturday the skills competition takes place at 7:00 pm, followed by the game which is Sunday at 5:00 pm.

It is no secret that the Devils have been riddled with injuries all season long. Wingers Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu who have both been battling the flu, are permitted to start skating on their own (they have been since the weekend). Both players, who stayed in New Jersey during the west coast trip, are expected to join the team for practice on Monday and play in Wednesday's game. That is great news for the red and black, two goal scorers returning and making the lineup stronger.

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Five Positives to Look at from the New Jersey Devils During the Break

January 22nd, 2015 at 1:33 PM
By Edward Allegretto

If you are a New Jersey Devils fan, then the season thus far has not gone the way you had hoped. However, despite the disappointment, there have been some positive takeaways from the first part of the season.

1: Injuries: Despite all of the injuries, the Devils are still very much in it and have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. Let's talk about it, New Jersey has not started their full lineup since September, and while all teams go through injuries at some point, none have come close to the red and blacks. At a stretch during the season, the Devils had 11 players on their injury report; that's incredible. The club has shown poise and resiliency through all of this and it looks like they have found line combinations that have worked out for them. Do not fear Devils fans, either they make the playoffs, or they don't and get a high draft pick. But, they have shown improvement under the coaching trio of Lou Lamoriello, Adam Oates, and Scott Stevens.

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A Look at the New Jersey Devils During the All-Star Break

January 21st, 2015 at 11:14 AM
By Edward Allegretto

As the New Jersey Devils approach the All-Star break, they remain a work in progress. Since Pete DeBoer was fired on December 26th, the Devils post a 6-5-1 overall record while scoring 27 goals and allowing 30. New Jersey's inconsistency is still apparent, but the club has been scoring more goals of late. At the break, they sit with a 17-22-8 record with 42 points. That puts the red and black in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division and in 14th in the Eastern Conference still 14 points out of a playoff spot.

The red and black do not practice until Monday, and don't have a game until next Wednesday. With the club off until January 28th, we might see some injured players begin their recovery. Wingers Jaromir Jagr and Tuomo Ruutu who are both battling the flu expect to be back and ready to go against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a week. Defenders Damon Severson and Bryce Salvador could make an appearance by February.

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