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Previewing the East: New Jersey

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings
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'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:

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
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
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.

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.

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)

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