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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89