February 28, 2014

steve laidlaw

2014-02-28

Dominant victory by the Devils last night taking two points in a key Metro matchup and pulling even with the Jackets who they ousted. The Devils won 5-2 and outshot the Jackets 34-19.

 

Cory Schneider didn't have to do much in this one, a welcome surprise considering the lack of offensive support he's grown accustomed to this year. Now that we've reached the stretch run you can bet we see plenty more Schneider. He was barely a #1 all year despite outperforming Martin Brodeur in everything but the win column but he'll be one now that it's desperation time.

 

Patrik Elias got three points, which is a great sign. Hopefully the Olympics (what little he played) helped get his feet wet and ready for the final few weeks. If you are looking for a good waiver pickup he'd make one.

 

Jaromir Jagr got in a goal because apparently he's a cyborg.

 

Adam Henrique got two goals benefitting from skating with Elias.

 

Even Ryane Clowe got in on the action skating on the third line with Andrei Loktionov and Michael Ryder. Guess it was just one of those games.

 

The Devils had to jumble up their lines a bit after Damien Brunner went down in the first period. No word yet on the severity of the injury but he left and did not return.

 

The Devils consider themselves playoff contenders and will push to buy at the deadline. We all know why they've deluded themselves into this notion because they will forfeit their first rounder no matter where it ends up. Plus, they technically are within shouting distance of a playoff spot. I don't see them as serious challengers but if someone was going to make a desperate move I could see them being that team.

 

I think New Jersey is a really possible destination for Ales Hemsky with the Czech contingent on that team already plus the Devils feel they need a winger to put with Jagr and Travis Zajac. Apparently Danius Zubrus isn't cutting it. Who knew?

 

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Not much Sergei Bobrovsky could do in this one. He'll need to rediscover his Vezina form if the Jackets are going to contend. I like the team and all but they built to sizable of an early hole.

 

Marian Gaborik made his return to the lineup. The Jackets had a real tough time figuring out their lines with him back in action. As you can see from their lines last night they just had no clue who to play who: