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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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