Tag:

Kovy

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

That's a frustrating way for the win streak to come to an end, but not all that surprising in hindsight. The Devils have no-showed the first period a few games in a row now and it was only a matter of time before they got burnt for it. Some thoughts...

Swing period: While the slow first period wasn't ideal, it's something the Devils have survived the past few games. The difference tonight was the second period. Each of the last few games, the Devils have come out on fire to start the second stanza, but tonight was the complete opposite. The Devils were manhandled from the drop of the puck in the second and if not for Marty Brodeur, they would have been down much worse than 2-1. As I wrote on Twitter, the Canes' 20-14 shots advantage after two periods was deceptive in that it was not that close. It's one thing to start slow, but to get a break and a chance to regroup and come out worse off is unacceptable. In today's NHL, it's hard enough to survive one bad period, let alone two. There were multiple culprits, starting with the fact that the Canes beat the Devils at their own game. They aggressively pushed the play up ice, forced a lot of turnovers and forechecked like mad. Carolina was all over Jersey's zone for much of the first two periods. There also was a defined lack of energy from the Devils, which Pete DeBoer tried to counteract by switching up the forward lines at the end of the first period and for long stretches in the second. You got the sense that DeBoer knew he needed to find a way to spark his team early on, but unfortunately for the Devils, DeBoer didn't find that spark until sometime during the second intermission.

Tags: Adam Larsson, ANDY GREENE, Cam Ward, Canes, Carolina Hurricanes, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Hurricanes, Ilya Kovalchuk, Kovy, Martin Brodeur, Marty, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier
Read More
Comments

While Ilya Kovalchuk has finally started to heat up, his centerman, Travis Zajac, continues to struggle with putting points up on the board. Zajac, who hasn't registered a point since Jan. 31, admits that it can bother you, but is trying not to get bogged down since the team is winning.

Via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

Coach Pete DeBoer maintains that Zajac is ?playing great? and insists he isn?t concerned about his offensive numbers.

Neither is Zajac.

Tags: Analysis, DeBoer, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Kovy, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Zajac
Read More
Comments

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

It might not have been as thorough or impressive a win as Saturday, but tonight was certainly an important and necessary moment in the Devils' season. A home-and-home sweep of a Penguins team that came in on a five-game winning streak? Yeah. Solid weekend for the Devils. Some thoughts...

Diversify yo' game: David Clarkson goes in the corners. David Clarkson screens the goalie. David Clarkson backchecks and forechecks. David Clarkson beats goalies high glove side from the slot. David Clarkson bangs home rebounds. Seriously, how good is David Clarkson? He absolutely does it all. He is the epitome of what you want in a true power forward in a game devoid of them. He has the skill and the speed to gather a bouncing puck at his own blue line and skate it into the offensive zone, the strength to keep his balance despite a backchecking defenseman and the deft hands to find open net on a goalie's glove side while skating through the slot. The Son of Clark might be the Devils' second-best offensive player behind Ilya Kovalchuk and you better believe that man is going to paid a salary commensurate with that skill set and level of play.

Tags: DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Evgeni Malkin, Geno, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Kovalchuk, Kovy, Moose, New Jersey Devils, Penguins, Pens, Pete DeBoer, Pittsburgh Penguins, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Sid, Sid the Kid, Sidney Crosby, Son of Clark
Read More
Comments