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Devils Win Lottery

Posted in New Jersey Devils, NHL Draft with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2011 by davepoleck

For the first time since 2007, a team other than the last place team has won the Draft Lottery. In doing so, New Jersey and their 3.6% chance of winning move from 8th and 4th and will likely be looking at Sean Couturier as their new number one centre of the future.

It’s funny how things work out. New Jersey, a team that has been one of the most successful franchises over the past two decades, had the #1 pick all but locked up until a midseason resurgence that saw them push their way out of the basement and in contention for a playoff spot. With the pick of a ball they erase half of that late season push and have an excellent shot at an elite player. On the flip side, the Sens are a team that has been in turmoil for the past three seasons. Their addition of Craig Anderson at the deadline vaulted them out of the league’s basement. Now that late run has cost Ottawa their 5th overall pick in the draft.

The new top 8 of the Draft looks like this:

  1. Edmonton Oilers
  2. Colorado Avalanche
  3. Florida Panthers
  4. New Jersey Devils
  5. New York Islanders
  6. Ottawa Senators
  7. Atlanta Thrashers
  8. Columbus Blue Jackets

Kovalchuk Stat

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , on November 3, 2010 by davepoleck

We all know Ilya Kovalchuk is struggling right now. The New Jersey Devils are struggling even more. But how about these following discoveries I made this morning. Below are the records of ALL of the teams Kovalchuk has played for in his career over the first 13 games, as well as how many points he had over that span.

Season Record Points   Goals Assists
2001-02 3-7-1-2 9   7 1
2002-03 2-9-1-1 6   8 3
2003-04 6-3-3-1 16   12 8
2005-06 4-8-1 9   9 10
2006-07 8-2-3 19   9 8
2007-08 4-9-0 8   10 6
2008-09 4-7-2 10   5 5
2009-10 6-6-1 13   12 8
2010-11 3-9-1 7   3 3

The Devils’ start this year is the second worst that team start the Kovalchuk has been apart of. That is pretty shocking considering he played for an Atlanta team that only made the playoffs once in his tenure there. Even more shocking is that his six points so far are the lowest he has had in his entire career. It’s shocking because Kovalchuk has always been a fast starter; scoring 20 points in his first 13 games twice, and 19 points once.

Devils Suck

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2010 by davepoleck

The 2-7-1 have unfortunatly put themselves in a situation where they need wins as soon as possible. While no team can really be out of contention in the East this early, things could get a lot worse for Mr. $100 million and his Devils. After getting smoked by the Sharks last night (their top line combined for 13 points), New Jersey plays in Anaheim, LA, Vancouver and Chicago.

That may be the toughest road trip of any team, in the entire NHL season. The Ducks may seem like the weak link here, but they are a different team in Anaheim. In their three home games they have scored 11 goals. In their seven road games this year, they have only 17 goals.

One has to wonder if we will be seeing another surprising coaching change in New Jersey this year.

Struggling Starters

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by davepoleck

Just about two weeks into the NHL season now, and the most shocking thing to me has been the struggles that some of the league’s elite netminders have been facing early on. Below are arguably the three of the top ranked goalies in the League since the lockout and have been locks for Vezina consideration.

Ryan Miller

2009-10: 2.22 GAA, 0.929%
This year: 2.62 GAA, 0.910% (1-3-1)

Martin Brodeur

2009-10: 2.24 GAA, 0.916%
This year: 3.18 GAA, 0.890% (1-4-1)

Henrik Lundqvist

2009-10: 2.38 GAA, 0.921%
This year: 3.75 GAA, 0.890% (1-2-1)

Atlantic Division Breakout Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by davepoleck

Here we go with another awesome puck picture and my picks for breakouts in the tough Atlantic.

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Day of Complication

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2010 by davepoleck

Mike Richards #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers fight on March 15, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The Rangers defeated the Flyers 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Richards;Dan Girardi

Everything gets a lot more confusing in the Eastern Conference.

The big game of the day is the showdown between the Rangers and Flyers; winner gets in. It doesn’t get any better than this on the last day of the season. A win from either team would give them the same number of points as the Habs, so this one is going to come down to the tiebreaker system.

If Philly wins, they jump Montreal and finish in 7th in the East (according to tiebreaker rule #2). If New York wins, they will have the exact same record as the Habs (39-33-10), and the tiebreaker goes to their season series. Since Montreal won the series, they would finish 7th, New York in 8th vs Washington.

Boston has clinched 6th and will face either Buffalo, NJ or Pittsburgh.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th seeds were made a lot simpler with the Penguins being shutout by Atlanta last night. With that loss, they can no longer win the Atlantic Division and will face Ottawa in round 1 for the third time in four seasons. Now it just comes down to Buffalo vs New Jersey; if the Devils get a point, they finish 2nd. If Buffalo wins in regulation, they take the 2 spot. The Bruins will be watching this game closely.

Lighting Problems

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 10, 2010 by davepoleck

The Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils finished their delayed game from Friday night today. The weird part was that it resumed exactly where Friday tilt had left off, with 9:12 remaining in the second period and Tampa up 3-0. This scenario has got to be pretty weird for the players, and I think it showed in that there was no scoring for almost a full period after the re-start. The last time a game was postponed like this was when Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Red Wings bench in 2005. Instead of a three day wait, the game was moved a few months down the road. Even weirder was the fact that although the score was 1-0 Nashville halfway through the first period when the incident occured, the rescheduled game was a full 60 minute game that began 1-0 Preds. Explain that one.