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Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he was looking for some “fresh legs” tonight in Vancouver for the second game of a back-to-back set and to change things up a little with the team off to a 0-1-2 start. That’s why he’ll give...
Devils coach Pete DeBoer said he was looking for some “fresh legs” tonight in Vancouver for the second game of a back-to-back set and to change things up a little with the team off to a 0-1-2 start. That’s why he’ll give defenseman Mark Fayne and left wing Rostislav Olesz their first opportunities to play this season and will sit defenseman Adam Larsson and left wing Ryan Carter. “We haven’t won,” DeBoer said. “You want to give guys an opportunity to respond when you haven’t had a good game and if you don’t get the appropriate response then we’ve got guys who have some depth here.” DeBoer said the decisions on who came out of the lineup were not based “solely” on Monday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Edmonton – a game in which the Devils blew a 3-0 third period lead. “I actually thought Ryan Carter, that was probably his best game of the three so far,” DeBoer said. “But, if we don’t get a guy like Olesz in tonight, then he doesn’t play almost for another four or five days potentially.” The decision on the 20-year-old Larsson was based on how he played in all three regular season games so far. “He’s a young defenseman,” DeBoer said. “I thought he had an exceptional training camp and he hasn’t had a great start to the season. That’s just the bottom line. When you have a guy like Mark Fayne, who was playing 20 minutes a night in the Stanley Cup Final less than two years ago sitting there, those are decisions that you sit as a coach on a nightly basis and evaluate people. You have to do what’s right.” DeBoer said Olesz brings a variety of assets. “He’s a big body. He’s strong. He also has some offensive instincts,” DeBoer said. “He can make a play. He’s versatile. He can play with good players and make a play and good players don’t mind him on the wing. He can also play in your bottom six (forwards) and bring some reliability, some penalty killing, a big body on the wall. You can’t have enough of those guys.”
about 2 hours ago
The Devils and the Vancouver Canucks are tied 2-2 in the third period of tonight’s game at Rogers Arena. SECOND PERIOD Roberto Luongo made a good glove save of Rostislav Olesz’s deflection of a Steve Bernier shot at 3:45...
The Devils and the Vancouver Canucks are tied 2-2 in the third period of tonight’s game at Rogers Arena. SECOND PERIOD Roberto Luongo made a good glove save of Rostislav Olesz’s deflection of a Steve Bernier shot at 3:45. Cory Schneider answered at the other end with a glove save on David Booth shot from the left circle at 5:13 Patrik Elias upped the Devils lead to 2-0 with his second in as many nights at 7:23. Elias’ centering pass from below the right circle intended for Jaromir Jagr in front deflected off a Canuck and slipped between Luongo’s pads. The Canucks answered, however, with a goal from Daniel Sedin 1:28 later. Sedin’s shot from the top of the left circle deflected off the stick of Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov and skidded past Schneider and inside the right post. Alex Edler pulled the Canucks even at 13:47. As Devils left wing Ryane Clowe was trying to hobble to the bench after blocking an Edler shot earlier in the sequence, Devils defenseman Mark Fayne turned the puck over to Henrik Sedin, who passed to brother Daniel. Daniel Sedin then found Edler alone in the slot. Edler faked a backhand before lifting a forehand past Schneider’s blocker for his first goal of the same. Clowe was able to shake off the shot and play later in the period. Schneider kept it tied 2-2 with a blocker save on Jannik Hansen on a break with 4:17 left in the second period. The Canucks outshot the Devils, 14-7, in the second period. FIRST PERIOD Travis Zajac had a great chance to give the Devils the lead as he drove to the left post on a 2-on-1 rush with Michael, but flubbed his backhand and couldn’t elevate it over goaltender Roberto Luongo’s right pad at 4:11. Cory Schneider made his best save early was a right pad stop on Henrik Sedin on the rebound of a Daniel Sedin shot at 6:47. The Canucks received the first power play of the game when Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky received two minutes for slashing Daniel Sedin at 10:26. The Devils killed that off efficiently without allowing a shot on goal. Rostislav Olesz made a nice play along the left wing boards to set up Steve Bernier in the slot, but Bernier hit Luongo in the chest with 1:45 left in the first period. At the other end, Schneider made a good left pad save on Mike Santorelli with 1:35 left in the period. Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal in as many nights to give the Devils a 1-0 lead with 1:08 left in the first. Jagr drove down the slot to take a backhand feed from Patrik Elias in the left circle and beat Luongo to the blocker side for his second of the season and 683rd of his career. Marek Zidlicky also assisted - his third assist in as many nights. The Canucks outshot the Devils, 9-8, in the first period. This is the second game of a five-game road trip for the Devils. The Devils (0-1-2) are still looking for their first win of the season after blowing a 3-0 third period lead in a 5-4 shootout loss in Edmonton Monday night. The Canucks are off to a 2-1-0 start under new head coach John Tortorella. Goaltender Cory Schneider is playing in Vancouver for the first time since being traded to the Devils in a June 30 trade in exchange for the ninth pick overall in the 2013 draft. He’s playing tonight against good friend and former goaltending partner Roberto Luongo. This is also Schneider’s 100th NHL game. Left wing Rostislav Olesz is making his Devils’ debut tonight playing in place of Ryan Carter, who is a healthy scratch. Defenseman Adam Larsson also is a healthy scratch as Mark Fayne is playing for the first time this season. Jaromir Jagr is playing in his 1,395th career NHL regular season game, tying him with Roman Hamrlik for most by a Czech-born player. Center Jacob Josefson is a healthy scratch for the fourth game out of four. Here were the starting lineups DEVILS Forwards: Adam Henrique-Travis Zajac-M
about 2 hours ago
Cory Schneider said “it was fun”, but it was hard to hide that it would have been a lot more fun if he had walked out of Rogers Arena tonight with a victory. Fittingly, it came down to a duel between Schneider and his old goaltending pa...
Cory Schneider said “it was fun”, but it was hard to hide that it would have been a lot more fun if he had walked out of Rogers Arena tonight with a victory. Fittingly, it came down to a duel between Schneider and his old goaltending partner Roberto Luongo that required overtime to decide a winner. Defenseman Jason Garrrison gave Vancouver a 3-2 victory with his goal 2:18 into the extra session at Rogers Arena. Schneider said never saw Garrison’s right point wrist shot sailed in over his left shoulder thanks to Mike Santorelli’s screen in front. “I saw Garrison walk to the middle there and kind of looked one way and the next thing you knew it was in the net,” Schneider said. “There was just some traffic there and I didn’t work hard enough to find it.” Now 0-1-3, the Devils have lost their opening four games for the first time since 2001-02 when they got off to a 0-3-1 start. “It’s frustrating because we’re getting ones and we need twos,” said Schneider, referring to the team getting one point from each of their two shootout losses and Tuesday’s overtime loss. “We’ve been in pretty much every game and controlled parts of them, but we just haven’t been able to put 60 or 65 minutes together strong. We see glimpses of it and then you see glimpses of struggling and trying to work the system out. But we’ve got to start putting W’s up on the board.” It was one of those games that in a different situation the Devils would called it a gritty effort on the second night of back-to-back games and be happy to get one point. But, after blowing a 3-0 third period lead in Monday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Edmonton, they let a 2-0 second period lead slip away tonight and one point was hardly satisfying for a team looking for its first win. “It was a tough loss last night and we emotionally rebounded,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “We were ready to play. I thought we had an excellent first period. We could have had a couple more goals. So, that’s a credit to our guys and how they responded to last night. From there, it was a good hockey game. We got on our heels a little bit in the second and got away from our game plan, but we found a way to get it back in the third.” “We had the lead again,” said Jaromir Jagr, who had a goal and an assist. “We have to start playing better with the lead. It’s not easy to get a lead in this league and we had it the last two games – 3-0 and 2-0 – and we still get only one point or two points together. “We should get more points than that.”
about 2 hours ago
Before the Devils began this five-game road trip in Edmonton Monday night, head coach Pete DeBoer said he thought Czech natives Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr “should” be able to develop some chemistry playing on a line with Dainius Z...
Before the Devils began this five-game road trip in Edmonton Monday night, head coach Pete DeBoer said he thought Czech natives Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr “should” be able to develop some chemistry playing on a line with Dainius Zubrus. One of the positives of the first two games of the trip is that it’s looking like DeBoer was right. Jagr and Elias each had a goal and an assist in tonight’s 3-2 overtime loss in Vancouver after both also scored goals in Monday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Edmonton. “I thought they were very good again tonight,” DeBoer said. Neither Jagr nor Elias was sure what to expect out of playing together. They had never played on the same line on the Czech national team and lasted only one period together in Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders. Elias is seeing progress, though, particularly tonight in the second half of a back-to-back set. “A little better today,” Elias said. “I thought it was our best game because we were better on top of the puck. I skated well tonight. I felt good out there and still I’ve got to be more patient and make the play. In the neutral zone coming up, make better plays for those guys to get some chances.” Elias noted that Zubrus is a key to the line’s success because he’s backing him up defensively and giving him the freedom to be more creative offensively. “I felt we played a little bit better than last game today,” Jagr said. “It was a little bit tougher too, it was back-to-back, and (the Canucks) didn’t play last night. Even Zubie, we spent more time in the offensive zone and we created a lot more chances than we did yesterday.”
about 2 hours ago
The Devils played the second game of their big Canadian road trip tonight in Vancouver. They were outplayed for much of the game, including a brutal 2nd period. They squandered a two goal lead, but in actuality were lucky get a point in ...
The Devils played the second game of their big Canadian road trip tonight in Vancouver. They were outplayed for much of the game, including a brutal 2nd period. They squandered a two goal lead, but in actuality were lucky get a point in an OT loss.
about 4 hours ago
The Cory Schneider-backed New Jersey Devils will visit the Roberto Luongo-backed Vancouver Canucks in tonight's game. Stay up if you can and discuss the game as it happens until the recap is eventually up.
The Cory Schneider-backed New Jersey Devils will visit the Roberto Luongo-backed Vancouver Canucks in tonight's game. Stay up if you can and discuss the game as it happens until the recap is eventually up.
about 11 hours ago
Well, that was depressing. In other news, compared with the Penguins game, the Devils were more efficient overall at clearing their zone. I added two columns that total successful zone exits (Pass, Carry, Chip, and Other) and failed ...
Well, that was depressing. In other news, compared with the Penguins game, the Devils were more efficient overall at clearing their zone. I added two columns that total successful zone exits (Pass, Carry, Chip, and Other) and failed attempts to clear the zone (Failed Pass/Carry, Carry/Pass Turnover, Icing, and Turnover). For the Penguins game, we had 96 successful clears and 33 failures, for a team success rate of 65.63%. Most at fault for dragging the team down? Marek Zidlicky, Damien Brunner, Stephen Gionta, and Adam Henrique who were all at 50% success or worse. As the chart below shows, the team improved from that game. We finished regulation 5-on-5 situations with 84 successful clears and only 21 failures, for a team success rate of 75%. As you can see, with 12 fewer successes and 12 fewer failures from the Penguins game, we had 24 fewer zone exit attempts, which certainly indicates less time spent in our zone. As no one would be surprised by this statement: we controlled the play better against the Oilers than the Penguins. We still had a few issues against the Oilers. Most notably Adam Larsson and Andy Greene who were the only Devils to finish under 50% at 28.75% and 33.33% respectively. via i.imgur.com Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Passing Data for last night's game will be up tomorrow night; Vancouver within the next day.
about 12 hours ago
It’s the match-up that everyone in Vancouver and many across Canada have been talking about since the day the 2013-14 NHL schedule was announced. Tonight, Cory Schneider returns to Rogers Arena for the first time since the Canuc...
It’s the match-up that everyone in Vancouver and many across Canada have been talking about since the day the 2013-14 NHL schedule was announced. Tonight, Cory Schneider returns to Rogers Arena for the first time since the Canucks traded him to the Devils on June 30 and will face his good friend and former goaltending partner Roberto Luongo at the other end of the ice. In a city where the debate over which of the goaltenders should be the Canucks’ No. 1 raged for two years, tonight’s game might finally be the end to this soap opera and allow Schneider and Luongo move on. “I’m hoping for it to be,” Schneider said after the Devils’ optional morning skate today. “I don’t know if it will be for you guys (the media). I’m sure every time we play it will be brought up and that’s fine that comparison is going to be made. Obviously, the first time back since the trade, it’s exciting, it’s fun, it’s different, but I’m just hoping to move on from it once this is done and just start playing hockey again. I don’t want it to be a distraction to my team and my teammates. I think Vancouver is coming (to New Jersey) at the end of October (Oct. 24), so who knows? It could still get talked about then, but, hopefully, Roberto and I are in this league for a long time and we play each other a lot more than just this one time. So, hopefully, it will die down a little bit.” Still, Luongo was skeptical that this will be the final chapter of the Luongo-Schneider debate. “I wish it was, but I have a feeling it’s not.” Schneider admitted it was “different” walking into Rogers Arena this morning as a member of the visiting team. The building used to be his hockey home. Tonight, though, he’ll dress in the visiting locker room and wear the red, white and black of the Devils and not Canucks’ blue. “It was a little different,” Schneider said. “Not strange because I’ve done it a lot, but to go to the other locker room was a little different. It’s fun to be back. I enjoy this city a lot.” There will probably be some pre-game nerves tonight, but after the puck is dropped Schneider’s focus will be on getting the Devils their first win of the young season. They are off to an 0-1-2 start after blowing a 3-0 third period lead in Monday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Edmonton. “You’re always a little nervous before every game, I guess,” Schneider said. “Once the puck drops you put that behind you and you don’t really worry about who you’re playing against. It’s just the other team and you just focus on stopping the puck. I’m more worried about winning the game tonight because we haven’t won a game yet.”
about 12 hours ago
Devils coach Pete DeBoer won’t dress the media until 4:50 p.m. local time (7:50 p.m. in New Jersey), but the team will be making two lineup changes for tonight’s game in Vancouver. Defenseman Mark Fayne and left wing Rostislav Olesz wil...
Devils coach Pete DeBoer won’t dress the media until 4:50 p.m. local time (7:50 p.m. in New Jersey), but the team will be making two lineup changes for tonight’s game in Vancouver. Defenseman Mark Fayne and left wing Rostislav Olesz will play for the first time this season after sitting out the Devils’ first three games as healthy scratches. Fayne will replace Adam Larsson, who again finds himself as the odd man out. Olesz will play in place of Ryan Carter, who missed four games last season when he was recovering from a concussion, but was not a healthy scratch at all in 2012-13. Neither Carter nor Larsson views this as they are being blamed for the team blowing a 3-0 third period lead in Monday’s 5-4 shootout loss in Edmonton (which dropped the team to 0-1-2 for the season). “I’m not looking at it like that,” Carter said. “I’m looking at it as we have a zero in the most important column, so we’ve got to find a way to get one in that column and if a lineup change is the ticket that’s what we’ve got to do.” “It’s up to the coaches who they want to play,” Larsson said. After being a healthy scratch on and off over his first two seasons in the NHL, including 10 of the 48 games in 2012-13, the 20-year-old Larsson admitted it is frustrating to be in this position again. “It is, but I’m not going to hang my head just because of one game,” Larsson sad. “We’ll see what happens after next game. So, we’ll see, but I’m not happy about it.” Carter wants to be in the lineup tonight as well, but tried to look at the positive side of things. “The internal competitor in every guy feels like they are a piece that helps the team win,” he said. “But, sometimes you’ve got to realize that sometimes you’re not the piece of the puzzle or maybe something has to change. But you take it in stride and you go forward. Would I like to be playing? Yeah, absolutely. Do I think I can help the team win? Yeah, no question, but if it’s my job to sit back and give the team a better opportunity to win, then that’s what I do.”
about 12 hours ago
The Devils are holding an optional morning skate today at Rogers Arena before tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. After the team played Monday night in Edmonton—blowing a 3-0 third period lead on its way to a 5...
The Devils are holding an optional morning skate today at Rogers Arena before tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. After the team played Monday night in Edmonton—blowing a 3-0 third period lead on its way to a 5-4 shootout loss - only eight players are skating: defensemen Mark Fayne and Adam Larsson, forwards Ryan Carter, Steve Bernier, Rostilav Olesz, Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby (injured non-roster list) and goaltender Cory Schneider. Of course, all the focus is on Schneider in his return to Vancouver for the first time since being traded to the Devils on June 30. Tonight’s goaltending match-up between Schneider and Roberto Luongo, who were embroiled in a two-year soap opera here over which one should be the Canucks’ No. 1, has grabbed all the headlines in Canada. The front page of the Vancouver Province asked, “Schneider Trade: Who won?” The Vancouver Sun teased on its front page: “Speak of the Devil. Cory Schneider primed for return to Vancouver.” The Globe and Mail trumpeted the headline “Showdown.” Predictably, Canucks coach John Tortorella wasn’t about to get involved in any of the hype when asked about it this morning. “That’s for you guys,” the former Rangers coach said. “This is the Jersey Devils. (Schneider) happens to be the goalie for them. We want to beat him.” *** Devils coach Pete DeBoer won’t be addressing the media until just before 5 p.m. here in Vancouver. (That’s 8 p.m. in New Jersey). I probably won’t know if there will be any lineup changes (other than Schneider in net) before then. *** DeBoer and Tortorella had some heated moments coaching against each other in Devils-Rangers games, particularly during 2011-12 season, when the teams met in the Eastern Conference Finals. Tortorella said it has no extra meaning for him to face DeBoer tonight. “It doesn’t matter me,” Tortorella said. “It’s not so much me coaching against another coach. It’s our team playing against another team. It doesn’t matter who. We just want to try to beat them.”
about 12 hours ago