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Previewing the East: New Jersey

Is Schneider the answer for Devils, who've missed playoffs in back-to-back seasons?

Thursday, 08.14.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Previewing the East: New Jersey
DETROIT – Ready for some hockey?

Sure you are.

The Red Wings don’t open training camp until Sept. 19 in Traverse City, but over the next eight weeks DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose will preview the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings’ Atlantic Division rivals in Boston, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Florida and Buffalo. This week it's the New Jersey Devils:

NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Coach: Peter DeBoer

2013-14 INTANGIBLES
Last Year: 35-29-18, 88 points (10th in Eastern Conference)
Detroit vs. Devils: 2-1-0
5-on-5 Goals: 128 (15th in Eastern Conference)
Power Play Efficiency: 47-for-241, 19.5 percent (sixth in Eastern Conference)

POINT RANGE
2013-14 Stats Vs. Red Wings
Player POS AGE rank GM G A PT. GM G A PT.
Jaromir Jagr RW 42 27 82 24 43 67 3 1 1 2
Patrik Elias LW 38 74 65 18 35 53 3 1 2 3
Travis Zajac C 29 102 80 18 30 48 3 1 0 1
Adam Henrique C 24 124 77 25 18 43 3 3 0 3
Marek Zidlicky D 37 139 81 12 30 42 3 1 1 2
 
IN THE CREASE
2013-14 Stats
Goalie AGE Rank GM W L OTL GAA SV%
Martin Brodeur 42 26 39 19 14 6 2.51 .901
vs. Red Wings
1 1 0 0 3.00 .870






2014-15 OUTLOOK

Regular-Season Games vs. Red Wings: Nov. 7 (at DET); Nov. 28 (at NJD); Dec. 31 (at DET).

ARRIVALS:  Forward Martin Havlat and Mike Cammalleri; and goalies Scott Clemmensen and Keith Kinkaid.

DEPARTURES:  Forwards Ryan Carter and Mike Sislo; defensemen Mark Fayne and Anton Volchenkov; and goalie Martin Brodeur.

Schneider
PLAYER TO WATCH: With the departure of legendary Martin Broduer, the No. 1 job between the pipes in New Jersey now belongs to Cory Schneider, whom the Devils signed to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension in July. Schneider was never asked to be a workhorse before last season when he produced a 16-15-12 record with a 1.97 goals-against average. But now Schneider will be counted upon to help end the Devils’ two-year playoff drought.

SEASON SCOPE: The Devils had to upgrade their offense in the off-season, and they think they did that with the free-agent signings of Mike Cammalleri and Marty Havlat. It remains unseen whether Cammalleri (26 goals, 45 points) will play with center Travis Zajac and perennial all-star Jaromir Jagr, but if he does it will give the Devils a potent top line. For the Devils, the Havlat signing is a low-risk deal (one year at $1.5 million), but if the 13-season veteran could find a new comfort level in New Jersey with Czech friends, Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky. Havlat also knows Jagr well, and was teammates with Ryane Clowe in San Jose. 

The Devils also re-signed Stephen Gionta, and Steve Bernier, who can be expected to produce the same kind of numbers – 11 and 12 points, respectively – that they did as fourth-liners last season.

2014-15 EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEWS
Atlantic Division Metropolitan Division
Buffalo (July 24) Carolina (Aug. 7)
Boston (sep. 11) Columbus (Aug. 21)
Florida (July 29) New Jersey (Aug. 14)
Montreal (Sep. 2) NY Islanders (July 31)
Ottawa (Aug. 12) NY Rangers (Aug. 28)
Tampa Bay (Sep. 4) Philadelphia (Aug. 26)
Toronto (Aug. 5) Pittsburgh (sep. 9)
Washington (Aug. 19)




SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80