Devils weekly recap/Retirement game for DANO announced

Devil of an opportunity; Dano retirement party

The MantaRay Devil report November 12, 2003

(From the swamps of Jersey)The Devils have played incredibly well in the past two weeks. They have embarked on a six (6) game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) and beat some major divisional rivals (Ottawa, Philadelphia and the Islanders) in the process.

The Devils play possessed by the fear of losing, especially when it comes to the Senators and Flyers. “We’re scared of them,” goalie Martin Brodeur said referring to last season’s President’s Trophy winning Ottawa Senators. “Look at that offense. They’re a great hockey club and we want to beat them.”

The team has come together as a result of heightened focus of the past few weeks, but after this weekend the coaching staff’s latest fear should be: “Overconfidence”. The Devils don’t play a playoff caliber team until November 25th when they take on the current #3 team in the West, the Los Angeles Kings.

Until then they will face-off against less than inspiring opposition such as Buffalo (twice), Florida, Pittsburgh and the Rangers. The coaching staff has too stress the importance of each victory and remind the Devils how one-single point last season altered the fortunes of the playoffs.

Last season the Devils beat the Flyers by one point (108 to 107) in the standings, as a result New Jersey took the #2 seed overall and easily defeated the young #7 seed Boston Bruins. While the Flyers took the #4 seed and lost to a playoff ready #5 seed Toronto Maple Leafs in an epic playoff battle.

The Devils will, hopefully, seize this opportunity to build more momentum and continue to gel and improve prior to the test’s that lie in wait.

Ken Daneyko Night Set for January 9

The New Jersey Devils will honor recently retired defenseman Ken Daneyko prior to their game vs. Eastern Conference rival Tampa Bay Lightning at the Continental Airlines Arena on Friday, January 9 at 7:30 PM. Devils’ CEO/President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello made the announcement.

Daneyko retired as an active player July 11 after appearing in 1,283career regular-season National Hockey League games – all of them with New Jersey. His games-played total is the most in team history and fourth overall among NHL players who have spent their entire careers with one team.

Week in review:

Week 5: 2-0-1 5 GF/ 3 GA PP: 0- 8 (0%) PK: 10/11 (91%)

Season: 7-3-3 30 GF/25GA PP: 8- 51 (16%) PK: 40/46 (86%)

NHL Rank: PP: 18th PK: 7th

GF: 19th GA: 2nd

Conference Rank: #10

Week in review: The week started off well with hard fought OT victory over a resilient San Jose Sharks team.

In game two this week, against our former playoff rival Toronto, Pat Burns finally allowed Corey Schwab to get his first game of the season. The Devils also played without Captain Scott Stevens who was given the night off to attend a funeral. Leafs tied the Devils 1-1.

Finally, in a showdown of the last season’s conference finals the Devils defeated Ottawa 1-0 as Scott Stevens and Marty Brodeur both played spectacular for the win. Brodeur was rested and looked sharp and focused.

The Good:

· Scott Stevens (2G/3A) in last five games.

· Devils are 4-0-1 on the road.

· Christian Berglund getting his first two points this week (1G/1A) and playing a Devils brand of hockey.

· Devils are #2 in team defense yielding on average only 1.92 goals per game.

· Face-offs improvement: for the first time this season the Devils out drew their opponents in two of three games (San Jose & Ottawa) this week.

· Corey Schwab spelling Brodeur and coming up with another impressive performance (0.92 GAA, .964 save %).

· The improved play of Hale and Martin this week.

The Bad:

· Team PP dropped from 8th to 18th.

· Colin White getting injured by a questionable hit by Gary Roberts and later taking a dumb penalty to set up the tying goal on Friday.

· Injuries:

§ White (nose) day-to-day

§ Larionov (groin) day-to-day

§ Marshall (back) Injured reserve

This week:

The Devils travel to Buffalo for a Wednesday game against the (#8 in Conference) Sabres. Thursday, the Keenan-Free (#13) Florida Panthers visit the CAA—Corey Schwab will hopefully get the start. Saturday afternoon the (#10) Rangers visit the CAA