Previewing the East: New Jersey
Is Schneider the answer for Devils, who've missed playoffs in back-to-back seasons?
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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
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)
|2013-14 Stats||Vs. Red Wings|
|IN THE CREASE|
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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.
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)|