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The Islanders are tied for first in the Metropolitan Division, but ESPN's Peirre LeBrun had no problem placing the Islanders atop his weekly NHL power rankings and neither did The Hockey News.?

"This week in the Rankings I want to reward one of the NHL's most loyal fan bases with the top spot," LeBrun?wrote. " And why not? Their team deserves some love!"

The Islanders, without a doubt, deserve to be recognized for their effort so far. New York is coming off a sweep over NHL powerhouse, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and is holding an 8-2-0 record in the month of November.

Tags: espn, Islanders, new york islanders, News, NHL
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Travis Hamonic is one of the many character guys in the Islanders locker room. That character was on display on Saturday when he quickly jumped in to defend teammate Frans Nielsen after a questionable hit by Steve Downie in the Isles 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

On the ice, Hamonic has become one of the best defenders in the NHL, but off the ice is?a world class person because of the experiences he has gone through in his life. At the age of 10 he?suffered one of the worst losses a kid can go through: the death of a parent.

The now 24-year-old Islander defenseman lost his father, Gerald, to a heart attack on the night of September 15, 2000.

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ESPN?s award-winning newsmagazine program E:60 examines the metamorphosis of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin in the episode airing tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Winless and at the bottom of the NFC East, with the franchise?s worst start since 1976, is not where Coughlin imagined he would be after half-a-dozen games. But what might be even more surprising is that no one in the ?what-have-you-done-for-me-lately? New York sports universe is calling for Coughlin?s head. His players defend him, fans still respect him and the often-brutal New York media has cut Coughlin some slack.

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Jim Mancari, SNYNets.com

On Monday, Jason Kidd decided to call it quits after a 19-year career that saw him make 10 All-Star Teams and five All-NBA First Teams. He won an NBA championship as a member of the Dallas Mavericks and retires third on the list of all-time three-point shot makers?trailing just Reggie Miller (second) and Ray Allen (first).

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, dallas mavericks, ESPN, Jason Kidd, jason kidd retires, kidd, kidd retires, knicks, NBA, nba fan, nba finals, Nets, new jersey nets, New York Knicks
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While the Giants are in the midst of OTAs, those who make the rules are pondering potential changes to the NFL schedule and playoffs.

Though nothing is imminent, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told ESPN at the spring owners meeting in Boston that both issues are currently being discussed.

Two games would be shaved off the preseason, and the regular season would become 18 games. The specifics about extended playoffs were not mentioned.

Tags: 18 games, ESPN, expanded schedule, football, New York Giants, NFL, NY Giants, playoffs, Roger Goodell
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John Paolantonio, SNYNets.com

Jerry Stackhouse, the 18 year veteran that played for the Brooklyn Nets this past year, went on ESPN First Take today and debated Skip Bayless and Chris Broussard.

Tags: Chris Broussard, Columns, deron williams, ESPN First Take, nets, Skip Bayless, Steophen A Smith
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Blogging the bEast's Jimmy Kempski pinch-hit for me last night at the ESPN Draft Party. Below are some of his observations:

Alabama OT DJ Fluker is one of the most enormous people I?ve ever seen. If you put $10,000 on a table behind him, and said ?If you can get around this guy and get that money in less than 15 seconds, it?s yours, but you might get hurt by trying,? I think I?d just take a pass.

However, if the same offer were on the table for a smaller guy (relatively speaking) like Lane Johnson, I?d probably break my arm in the attempt, but I?d at least give it a shot. Then again, I?m not an NFL pass rusher with 4.6 speed who can bend and dip around the corner. That?s where Fluker?s struggles may eventually come from in the NFL. His footwork will have to improve, but the man has something you can?t teach? and that?s having 36 3/4? arms.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, 2013 NFL Draft, ESPN Draft Party, New York Giants
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Actor and Islanders fan Kevin Connolly has been working on a documentary for ESPN on John Spano, the fraud who bought the Islanders in the mid-90s. The film was first announced back in August and is ready to premiere on April 19th at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival in New York City, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

[sny-box]The lineup includes the world premiere of Big Shot, directed by Kevin Connolly, will serve as the gala premiere April 19. Connolly is returning to Tribeca having debuted his feature, Gardener of Eden, in 2007.

Added Connelly: "I've always thought the expression ?passion project? was kind of a cliche until I started working on Big Shot for ESPN. Working side by side and spending time with guys that I literally grew up idolizing has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The whole experience, including having the film premiere in New York at the festival, has been a dream come true.?[/sny-box]

Tags: 30 for 30, espn, Islanders, john spano, News, Editorial Aside
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Derrel Johnson, SNYNets.com

NEW YORK ? Before the Knicks and Nets did battle for the fourth time on Monday, I had the opportunity to catch up with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.

I asked Mr. Smith his thoughts on the Brooklyn Nets as they approach the midpoint of the season.

Tags: avery johnson, Brooklyn Nets, Columns, Derrel Johnson, ESPN, espn new york, ESPN2, madison square garden, pj carlesimo, Ryan Ruocco, Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith
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It's been fifteen years since the infamous "Latrell Sprewell incident" occurred and changed Brooklyn's interim coach P.J. Carlesimo's coaching career.? Carlesimo has made a few stops since the incident transpired ?and also won a few rings with the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach.

But being an NBA head coach is a special position and Carlesimo is trying to put the Golden Sate incident behind him once and for all.

Tags: blog, espn new york, head coach, interim head coach, nets, Phil Jackson, pj carlesimo
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In all the analyses hitting the airwaves and net this week regarding what went wrong with the Giants this season, the one glaring reason is the health of WR Hakeem Nicks. No argument here. Nicks' foot and knee injuries prevented him from running, cutting and just about everything else that makes him Hakeem Nicks.

Without Nicks, the Giant offense sputtered, taking away the big play element and reliable receiving option that QB Eli Manning had become accustomed to. Nicks' ineffectiveness due to injury allowed defenses to increase their focus on WR Victor Cruz, who was throttled often in big games.

As we all know, the Giants live and die by their vertical passing game. This year, they died.

Tags: ESPN, Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants, New York Giants News
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Brooklyn Nets fans are well aware that the captain of the team is Deron Williams and that he is the face of the franchise as well as their leader. With that monicker comes expectations and responsibilities that are greater than they were prior so adjustments need to be made to continue to succeed. Has Williams done enough to this point to lead the Nets?

What did Jeff Van Gundy think of Deron Williams and his efforts before and during the telecast last night on ESPN?

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In 2009, ESPN debuted its 30 for 30 sports documentary series which on the whole was an entertaining bit of television. Following that, ESPN plans to release more documentaries in the same style over the coming year(s?).

As we discussed a few months ago, Legendary Fraud John Spano is going to be a subject for one of the films. We got an email note from ESPN asking for fan submissions, which is passed on below. From the looks of it, it seems like the film may expand a bit and focus more on the Islanders as a whole as they're looking for historical footage, not just from the Spano era. Or maybe they just need some B roll.

Islanders Fans!

Tags: 30 for 30, espn, Islanders, john spano, News
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For most of yesterday afternoon, it looked like the NFC East was in for a losing day. Dallas trailed the Bengals in Cincinnati for the majority of their game. Washington was eight points down to the Ravens with less than a minute to go without RGIII. The Eagles were losing 21-10 in Tampa with four minutes remaining.

All three ended up coming back and winning, putting more pressure on the Giants in their game vs New Orleans last night. The Giants won, also, fending off any designs the Cowboys and Redskins had on tying them for first place this week. But the pressure is clearly on.

With the Giants clutching to a one-game lead, the crew at ESPN debated the Giants' chances of holding on and winning the NFC East this season.

Tags: ESPN, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFC, NFC East, NFL
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From ESPN....Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Giants' 52-27 win over the Saints.

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Giants' WR Victor Cruz, who beat the Redskins earlier this year with a 77-yard TD catch, told reporters yesterday that Washington was a "still a few pieces away" from being a contender.

While Cruz' words may ring accurate - the Redskins are a rising team that is only a few players away - is it wise for him to be making comments such as these the week of the game? A game Tom Coughlin has called the most important of the season?

Here's what was said:

Tags: ESPN, New York Giants, Victor Cruz, Washington Redskins
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Hugh Douglas, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless of ESPN's First Take debate whether the Giants are poised to start another Super Bowl run.

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Giants punter Steve Weatherford joins Skip Bayless on ESPN's "First Take" to talk about Eli Manning's recent struggles and the Giants' state of affairs.

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Tags: ESPN, New York Giants, Steve Weatherford

Sounds crazy, but maybe it's not. Is Eli Manning going through the "tired arm syndrome"? If he is, it could answer a lot of questions about why his performance has dipped over the past few weeks.

Even the best baseball pitchers get put on pitch counts. It's nothing to be ashamed of. Eli has played more games over the past nine years than any other QB in the NFL. He never misses a game or a practice. He is also holding offsite workouts with his receivers in the offseason.

In addition, he's coming off a 20-game season (the downside of making the Super Bowl as a wildcard) and has come firing right out of the gate again this season with an uneven schedule. The Giants also have not had their bye yet this year. ?So, yes, it's a possibility.

Tags: Colin Cowherd, Eli Manning, ESPN, Greg Cosell, NFL, NFL Films
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It's never too early to be concerned about the Giants. It's never too late, either. Their offense the past two games has been anemic compared to the first seven weeks. They won last week, and you would not get an argument if you called them lucky. Yesterday, they got some luck, but sometimes that's not good enough to beat a quality team like Pittsburgh.

The defense has been giving up big plays for years, so Isaac Redman and Mike Wallace knifing through them was no surprise. The special teams had been solid up until the past two games. The kick coverage has been very lax.

But the offense is what has everybody concerned. 11 first downs last week. Only 13 this week. Very few big plays. For a team that relies on their vertical passing game to carry them, they are treading on dangerous ground.

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From our man Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the bEast....

For the first time this season, I?ll get to see all 4 NFC East games live. ?One team is hanging by a thread, two are hanging by a slightly thicker thread. ?They?re lined up perfectly:

Panthers at Redskins:?FOX, 1pm, Kenny, Moose and Goose. ?The ?Read Option Bowl.?

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Via Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York

Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King confirmed Thursday that an MRI revealed point guard Deron Williams has bone spurs in his left ankle and probably will have to undergo offseason surgery to have them "cleaned up."

However, King downplayed the results and expects the injury to be "manageable."

Tags: blog, bone spurs, Brooklyn Nets, deron williams, dwill, espn new york, mike mazzeo, Nets, nets, ray allen, sportscenter, surgery
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Former Patriots and Jets OL Damien Woody, now an NFL analyst for ESPN, gives his take on the top 5 teams in the league. Guess who's on top....

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Tags: ESPN, New York Giants, NFL

ESPN First Take's Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless debate and predict the winner of the Week 8 matchup between the Giants and Cowboys. ?Stephen A is a Giant fan and is calling for a Big Blue victory. Bayless is a Cowboy fan, and realizes they are out of bullets, but picks Dallas just to rub Stephen A the wrong way...

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, ESPN, Giants-Cowboys, New York Giants, NFC East, NFL

From Cork Gaines of BusinessInsider.com:

Through seven weeks,?Peyton Manning?(79.4) has himself in a familiar position, ranked as the best quarterback in the?NFL?based on ESPN's Total QBR (scale of 0-100) which measures a player's all-around performance. He is followed closely by his brother, Eli Manning (76.9).

But more noteworthy is?Mark Sanchez?(35.5), who is ranked 32nd among 33 qualified quarterbacks. The only player with a worse Total QBR, is Brandon Weeden (20.3), the Browns' rookie quarterback.

Tags: Eli Manning, ESPN, Mark Sanchez, New York Giants, New York Jets, NFL, Peyton Manning
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ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd published his Herd Hierarchy NFL power rankings today and the Giants, once again, topped his list.

"Eli Manning...I mean. let's move on. He is now in that Brady class. He is. I'm sorry. I mean he has eight game winning drives - eight - in the fourth quarter or overtime since the start of last year. That's two more than any other QB.

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I'm not into advocating for on-air personalities from rival networks, but ESPN's Colin Cowherd is as in tune with what is happening in sports and sports culture than probably anyone else on the air today. If you're not following him either live (10-1 each morning) or via podcast, I suggest you start.

Each week, Cowherd discloses his Herd Hierarchy on the NFL. This week, he has the Giants on top, with everyone else in the distance.....

Tags: Colin Cowherd, ESPN, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL Power Rankings
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Earlier, we posted about "Nets Training Days," a feature that ESPN recently taped and aired today. In it, Mark Schwarz interviewed Avery Johnson, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, and other Nets players about the franchise's move to Brooklyn and what it means for the community. ?It starts off with a "look back" at Brooklyn's pro sports history and what it means to the people of Brooklyn to again have a pro team to root for.

But it was Deron Williams, again, who said something noteworthy.

Tags: avery johnson, Brooklyn Nets, deron williams, Deron Williams Would Have Left Nets If They Didn't Move To Brooklyn, NBA Brooklyn Nets ESPN, NBA Brooklyn Nets News, Nets, SNY Brooklyn Nets Blog
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In case you missed it, ESPN's Mike & Mike had a number of Jets folks on their show this morning. ?Here's the links to the interviews.

[sny-box]Rex Ryan: Talks about Sanchez and Tebow, many of the rest of his offensive skill players and much more. - Listen

Mike Tannenbaum:?Tebow/Sanchez, the Jets troubles in the preseason, replacement refs, facing the Bills. -?Listen

Tags: Art Modell, Audio, espn, jets, Links, Mark Sanchez, Mike & Mike, Mike Tannenbaum, nfl, Rex Ryan, sports, Tim Tebow, woody johnson, Brian Bassett
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There aren't many receivers who get the best of Revis, but with a Week One matchup looming between Darrelle Revis and Stevie Johnson, the question is getting raised. ?James Walker asks on ESPN whether or not Stevie Johnson has Revis' number.

Johnson doesn't have elite speed, but he is a solid route-runner who can make tough catches. Several of his receptions against Revis last year were in tight coverage.

Some Bills fans in the AFC East blog have gone as far to say "Johnson owns Revis." That's a stretch. But Johnson has done relatively well against Revis compared to other receivers. Hearing this, expect Revis to be very motivated to shut down Johnson.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, espn, laron landry, nfl, sports, trap play, Brian Bassett
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Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was interviewed on The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN NY Radio in Albany this week:

This is the second time you go into training camp as the defending Super Bowl Champion. What are the differences? Similarities?

?Here?s the thing. We don?t talk about defending. We don?t talk about those types of things. What we talk about is our goal: to win the world championship. That?s it. What we would really like to do as I mentioned is we would like to carry over from the six games at the end of the 2011-12 season into this season.

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Tim Tebow is in New York and the media is falling over themselves to get to him. In the wake of it all, stands the Super Bowl champion Giants, who prefer to be left alone so they can get down to business.

"I don't want ESPN camped out here and us doing interviews here, doing all that stuff," Eli Manning told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. "(Quiet) is the way we like it. There's good attention and bad attention. Right now, training camp is about football, getting away from all the distractions and worrying about your team coming together and playing at a high level."

But is there a tad of jealousy running throughout the Giants? Should there be? The ESPN coverage of the NY market by ESPN has been so lopsided, they jettisoned a camera crew to Albany yesterday in an attempt to even things out.

Tags: ESPN, New York City, New York Giants News, New York Jets, SNY Video, Sports
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Former Jets and Chiefs head coach and current ESPN analyst Herman Edwards (gag) gives a faux locker room speech to the defending Super Bowl champion Giants......

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Tom Coughlin was voted Best Coach/Manager of the Year at the ESPY Awards Wednesday night, and whattya know....no one was shocked.

The 65 year-old head man of the New York Giants is finally getting his due. Just one year after being voted the coach players would least likely want to play for, Coughlin is at the top of America's most popular sport.

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Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, the de facto start of the earliest iterations of preseason preparation. Rookies have been drafted, free agents have found new homes, so we now have a pretty good sense of where each team will be when week 1 rolls around. The earliest editions of preseason predictions have begun to emerge, reminding us all that football, believe it or not, is not all that far away.

ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano recently come out with his dream/nightmare case scenario for the 2012 Giants. Here are some of the more interesting tidbits:

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Giant fans can take comfort in the fact that the "experts" deem them as one of the league's top franchises - not only today but for the foreseeable future.

An ESPN panel (Mel Kiper, Trent Dilfer, Gary Horton, Matt Williamson and Bill Polian) ranked all 32 NFL teams in five categories - roster, quarterback, draft, front office and coaching staff - and weighed each team's four-year outlook accordingly.

The Giants finished third behind the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots. Here is the full list per businessinsider.com:

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ESPN has posted their weekly power rankings. The Devils have moved up 5 spots from last week to the 8th spot. ?The Devils have been playing better from last week including winning their last 3 games over the Blackhawks, Lightning and Hurricanes. They are hitting stride at a good time right before the playoffs.

Tags: ESPN, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Power Rankings, Read, SNY, Zach Parise

It's a position every fan base salivates over. Except Giant fans. We don't hold tertiary titles in high regard. We prefer the ones that are associated with the tactile (rings and trophies).

ESPN published their pre-whatever NFL power rankings this week and have placed the Giants atop the list. Although we thank them for their consideration, it doesn't mean a thing. But here's quick look at the list....

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ESPN has posted their power rankings for the week. After how well the Devils have been since the All Star break it should not surprise anyone that they have cracked the top 5 in the power rankings and 4th place in the East. The Devils offense has been phenomenal, scoring almost at will. ESPN points out at the Devils have not given up 3 goals in almost a month. The Devils can thank the strong play of their defense and Martin Brodeur returning to a form we have come to know from the future Hall of Famer.
Tags: ESPN, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Standard, Power Rankings, Read, SNY, Zach Parise

ESPN has posted their weekly power rankings. In a week where the Devils looked like one of the hottest teams in the NHL they fell in the power rankings all thanks to their last two losses to the St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers. They had a lead in both losses and came up short. Just days before the Devils were playing extremely well against the Rangers and Flyers and Penguins. Last week they were ranked 8th now they are 10th. Give this a read.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, DAVID CLARKSON, ESPN, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Read, SNY, Zach Parise

ESPN has posted their weekly power rankings. The Devils are ranked 14th despite losing two straight to the Bruins and Flyers. There is one more game for the Devils before the All Star break against the Sabres tomorrow. If the Devils can notch a victory against the Sabres and then rest going into the break there should be no reason why the Devils can't come out of the break and make an even more serious playoff push to advance in the standings.
Tags: ESPN, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Standard, Power Rankings, Read, SNY, Zach Parise

If you had pulled me aside last June, and said to me that the New York Football Giants would be playing in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, I quite possibly would have slapped you.

After the physical reinforcement, I?d have told you that there was a better chance of seeing Wellington Mara?s granddaughter in a string of explicit, full frontal sex scenes.

And now, one Dragon Tattoo movie later, here we are. But we?ve already looked at the Falcons game. In my humble yet awesome opinion it is a bit too early to start dissecting the Packers. So to what do you owe the pleasure of this Bonus ?Bad Guy?? Oh, there is plenty to discuss.

Tags: Dr. Oz, ESPN, New York Giants, Oprah, Victor Cruz
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ESPN posted their weekly power rankings. Last week the Devils were ranked 23rd after a bad stretch of games but the Devils have really bounced back winning 6 of 7 games. The most important thing is that the top line of Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk have been generating a lot of goals. Finally. Give it a read.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, ESPN, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Power Rankings, Read, SNY, Zach Parise

ESPN posted its weekly power rankings. Last week the Devils were ranked 25th but have moved up two spots this week. They are ranked 23rd this week. Even though the Devils played better this week they are still one of the underperforming teams in the NHL.

As ESPN put in their description the Devils need more from Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur. These guys are suppose to be leading the team and they are not. This is a contract year for Zach Parise and even though all aspects of his game are rather well his numbers are very low. If he wants the big money and a chance to win he has to step it up.

Tags: ESPN, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Power Rankings, Read, SNY, Zach Parise
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ESPN posted its power rankings today. And as expected the Devils fell but not by much despite losing the last four games. The fell from 24th to 25th. They bring up the point that the Devils are ranked 27th in the league in goals per game. There is no excuse for them to be that low considering the talent they have. Give it a look.

Tags: ESPN, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Power Rankings, Read, SNY, Zach Pairse

ESPN posted its weekly power rankings. The Devils have moved up despite their mediocre play against the bottom dwelling teams. The mention that the Devils have two of the NHL's best rookies in Adam Larsson and Adam Henrique. They also point out the stat that the Devils have the best PK in the NHL but they have mentioned that they have given up the most shorthanded goals in the NHL.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, ESPN, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Power Rankings, Read, SNY