Print

About the Devils - 11-29-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

NOTE: Community Server which provides our blogging platform, is having issues again. Until further notices, visit the EN Fallout Shelter we created on Blogspot. Bring your own blankets and water bottles.

A preview of the Devils.

Record: 12-7-2

Leading Scorer: Zach Parise 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 overtime win in Florida Wednesday. Johnny Oduya had the winning goal.

Last Game against the Penguins: 2-1 overtime win in Pittsburgh, Oct. 11. Parise had the winning goal in overtime. Not only was this game the Penguins' home opener, it was also their first game in North America this season. What a memorable day.

Devils Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Brian Gionta. He has scored a goal in five consecutive games and nine point in his last six games.

Ex-Penguins: Tommy Plasko, massage therapist.

Ex-Devils on the Penguins: Petr Sykora, RW.

Useless Devils Trivia: Martin Brodeur holds frachise record for shutouts with 98. Chris Terreri (right) is right behind him in second place with seven.

Best Devils YouTube Video We Could Find: Here's another reason to bet on Brian Gionta scoring tonight: Check out this goal he scored last season against the Penguins:

NOTES:

-Dany Sabourin and Scott Clemmensen are expected to start in net.

-Devils defenseman Mike Mottau finished a two-game suspension for hitting Islanders forward Frans Nielsen in the head. With Mottau back, the Devils demoted defenseman Jay Leach to Lowell of the AHL.

-Forward John Madden (right) is not expected to play. He's dealing with an ankle injury.

-Pesonen and the Pens was more than happy to see its namesake back with the NHL Penguins last night.

-Our blog begins tonight at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night. The Penguins are 1-for-22 on the power play in their last five games.

-The Buffalo News' recap. Buffalo won back-to-back game for the first time in nearly a month.

-The Buffalo News' live blog from last night.

-Connor James had two "smashing" goals for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-3 win at Norfolk. David Brown made 26 saves in the win.

-One of James' goals was shorthanded. For the season, he has four shorthanded goals.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Luca Caputi got into a fight with Norfolk's Justin Keller last night:

(Kudos to EN contibutor Eric Politowski for the heads up.)

-Shootout goals from Jon Grecu, Nick Johnson and Bryan Ewing gave the Wheeling Nailers a 3-2 win at Dayton. Curtis Darling made 30 saves in the win.

-The Nailers have gone from worst to first in one year. Sort of.

-Former Penguins forward Steve McKenna is currently playing for the Sharks... in China.

-The Orpiks are brothers. And they don't score a ton of goals.

-EN reader Chris was looking for a new Penguins wallpaper for his desktop and did an unfiltered Google Image Search for "Pittsburgh Penguins." This was one of the the first things that came up:

-The Staals are brothers. And they want you to have digital television:

Atlantic Division

-Shootout goals by Markus Naslund and Nikolai Zherdev gave the Rangers a 4-3 win at Florida.

-Is 2008 first-round pick Josh Bailey a lock to stick with the Islanders?

-Islanders forward and former Penguin Andy Hilbert had to expand his game to stick in the NHL.

-Flyers forward Jeff Carter and goaltender Martin Biron are each dealing with shoulder injuries.

Northeast Division

-Michael Ryder had two goals for the Bruins in a 7-2 rout of the Islanders. Boston has gone 10-1-1 in November.

-The Bruins demoted defenseman Matt Lashoff to Providence of the AHL.

-Ottawa defenseman Luke Richardson (right) announced his retirement.

-Senators defenseman considered Richardson his idol. Ironically, Bell's play may have pushed Richardson into retirement.

-As James Mirtle recently pointed out, Richardson is in some pretty impressive company in terms of games played.

-Only in Canada would Brian Burke taking over the Maple Leafs be compared to a black man becoming the president of the world's most powerful country.

-Speaking of which, president-elect Burke will be introduced as the team's new president and general manager at 2 p.m. today. Yes we can.

-Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau was embarrassed by his team last night.

-How important is defenseman Mike Komisarek to the Canadiens?

-Former forward Dave Andreychuk and former public address announcer Milt Ellis were inducted into the Sabres' hall-of-fame last night.

-The Sabres might have the coolest hall of fame ever. They gave Andreychuk and Ellis swords! Swords!

Southeast Division

-Sergei Samsonov's overtime goal gave the Hurricanes a 3-2 win at Philadelphia. Carolina's win ended the Flyers' six-game winning streak.

-Jose Theodore made 28 saves for the Capitals in a 3-0 shutout of his former team, the Canadiens.

-Theodore settled an old score.

-Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau became the fastest coach to reach 50 wins in franchise history.

-The Lightning recalled goaltender Andrew Hutchinson from Norfolk of the AHL.

-Thrashers coach John Anderson has a restaurant named after him in Toronto.

Central Division

-Two goals by Marian Hossa helped the Red Wings claim a 5-3 win against the Blue Jackets. Fire Ray Shero. Chris Osgood made a "whopping" 13 saves in the win.

-Check out one of the goals Osgood let up last night:

-Ryan Suter's overtime goal gave the Predators a 4-3 win at Atlanta.

-With goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin dealing with an injury, Cristobal Huet is getting a chance to be the Blackhawk's top goaltender.

-Chicago put defenseman Aaron Johnson in injured reserve and recalled goaltender Corey Crawford from Rockford of the AHL.

-The Red Wings recalled forward Darren McCarty from Grand Rapids of the AHL and demoted forward Darren Helm.

-In his first game back, McCarty hurt his groin.

-Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart played in his 600th game.

-Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has issues with his new socks.

Northwest Division

-James Sheppard had a goal and an assist for the Wild in a 4-2 win against the Lightning. Tampa Bay forward Ryan Malone scored his six goal of the season. He has scored in three straight games. Fire Ray Shero.

-Check out this crazy goal Minnesota's Mikko Koivu scored yesterday:

-Colorado forward Joe Sakic shut things down last night after one shift due to his wonky back.

-Vancouver's special teams are having issues.

-So is the Canucks' checking line.

-Vancouver's Sedin twins aren't backing down from anyone.

Pacific Division

-Dan Boyle's two goals helped the Sharks rout the Stars, 6-2. San Jose has won six consecutive games.

-As you might imagine, Stars goaltender Marty Turco was chased last night.

-Jonas Hiller made 26 saves for the Ducks in a 1-0 shutout win against the Blackhawks.

-Mikael Tellqvist made 37 saves and helped the Coyotes edge the Avalanche, 2-1.

-With forward Olli Jokinen on the shelf for a few weeks with a shoulder injury, the Coyotes moved Kevin Porter to center. His debut at that position turned out well as he scored the winning goal.

-The Ducks care not for the Sharks and their league-best record.

-The Kings don't exactly have a history of sterling goaltending.

-With forward Brenden Morrow done for the season, the Stars are using Sean Avery (right) in front of the net on the power play.

Smythe Division

-Hall-of-Fame announcer Jiggs McDonald is stuck in Thailand due to political unrest in that country.

-What's the deal with all these black third jerseys?

-Former NHL agent David Frost was acquitted of charges he sexually exploited several of his former players.

-Tony Hand is the best hockey player you've never heard of.

-Things might not be as sunny in the NHL as Gary Bettman would have you believe.

-Random YouTube Find of they day: The theme from ESPN NHL2Nite:

-Man do we miss that show.

(Photos: Terreri-Photobucket; Madden and Avery-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Richardson-Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to socialmedia@post-gazette.com and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.