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Previewing the East: New Jersey Devils

Tuesday, 08.13.2013 / 7:00 AM / Features
By Kristyn Repke  - BlueJackets.com




NOTE:
Over the next several weeks, BlueJackets.com will take an extensive, in-depth look at the Jackets' new opponents in the Eastern Conference. Be on the lookout for photo galleries, analysis, video highlights and more!

NEW JERSEY DEVILS SEASON PREVIEW PHOTO GALLERY


NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Head coach: Peter DeBoer
Captain: Bryce Salvador
Division: Metropolitan


LAST YEAR:
19-19-10 (48 points), 11th overall in the Eastern Conference

VS. CBJ in '13-14:
10/22, 12/10, 12/27, 2/27

OUTLOOK:  The New Jersey Devils finished last in a highly-competitive Atlantic Divison last season, and their off-season actions prove that they don't plan to be at the bottom again. They picked up several big-name players, including former Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider in an NHL Draft day trade, free agent Jaromir Jagr, former New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe and former Montreal Canadien RW Michael Ryder. They also re-signed Danius Zubrus and Patrick Elias, two key players in Coach DeBoer's system. Even with the highly publicized departure of Ilya Kovalchuk, the Devils look strong for the 2013-14 season, and if things fall right, they might not miss their one-time superstar.


PLAYERS TO WATCH


P
atrick Elias

At age 37, Elias is still proving why he's one of the best forwards in the NHL. He led the Devils last season in points (36) and assists (22). He has been a model of consistency in more ways than one, and has spent his entire NHL career with the Devils and is looking to continue to improve upon his last two seasons' numbers. He will also serve as a leader to the new faces and younger talent on the Devils team as they move to the newly-designed Metropolitan Division.


Goaltending duo Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur

One is an NHL legend, the other is a young star coming into his own as an NHL regular. One is 41, the other is 27. By picking up Schneider, the Devils made a bold statement that they are ready to usher in the next heir to their goaltending throne whenever Brodeur decides to retire. However, Marty is showing few signs of age as once again, he remains at or near the top of his game. With a .901 save percentage, an impressive three points on the season (one goal, two assists) and a year remaining on his contract, Brodeur isn't done yet. It'll be interesting to see how the two goaltenders split playing time or if one goalie emerges as the true starter--whether it's the team legend or the fresh face.


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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