Rolston’s Devils Rolling

Dobber Sports

2011-01-27

Rolston - SI

 

Heading into last night’s match (which of course they lost), the New Jersey Devils were 6-0-1. They look like they have turned it around, but considering how poorly they performed over the first 40 games, the playoffs are only theoretically possible. The Devils obviously had some issues (a mild understatement!) adjusting to a new coach and system. Now that Lemaire is back, the turnaround shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise.

 

For a guy who was placed on waivers at the end of December, Brian Rolston has seemingly turned his year around. Overall on the season he has averaged 17:00 minutes of ice time per game. Over his last seven contests, he received over 19 minutes per game and recorded 10 points during that stretch. Can the 37-year-old maintain this pace you ask?  It was a long three years ago that he recorded a third consecutive 30 goal season. No he won’t continue at his current pace, but he won’t be as bad as he was earlier in the year either.

 

Other Devils excelling at the moment include Patrik Elias, who has nine points in seven games and Andy Greene with seven points in his last nine games. Greene had 11 points in his first 39 games, so put him back on your radar.

 

The numbers listed below are based on the calendar month prior to last night’s games:

 

 

PLAYER

TEAM

POINTS

Tuomo Ruutu

CAR

20

Danny Briere

PHI

20

Daniel Sedin

VAN

20

Keith Yandle

PHX

20

Steven Stamkos

TB

19

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