New Jersey Devils – Five in a Row Takes Devils Into Break

Brendan Shanahan may have brought it home in the last game before the break but it was a team effort that makes wins happen. Devils’ forward players getting ice time this season include David Clarkson, Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta, Robert Holik, Jamie Langenbrunner, John Madden, Jay Pandolfo, Zach Parise, Brian Rolston, Mike Rupp, Shanahan, Travis Zajac and Dainius Zubrus. Team defensemen getting ice time this season include Sheldon Brookbank, Andy Greene, Jay Leach, Paul Martin, Mike Mottau, John Oduya, Bryce Salvador and Colin White. Goalies for the team are Martin Brodeur, Scott Clemmensen and Kevin Weekes but Brodeur is currently on the injured reserves list.

Hats go off to the coaches, staff and medical team; many of whom work behind the scenes doing what it takes to keep the players in good shape and on top of their game as best as possible. Coaches include head coach Brent Sutter, assistant coach John MacLean, assistant coach Tommy Albelin and goaltending coach Jacques Caron. The training staff is comprised of head trainer Richard Stinziano, equipment manager Rich Matthews, assistant equipment manager Alex Abasto, assistant equipment manager Matthew Mitchell, assistant equipment manager Mike Thibault, strength and conditioning coordinator Michael Vasalani, massage therapist Tommy Plasko, fitness consultant Vladimir Bure and exercise physiologist doctor Garret Caffrey. a team of special assignment coaches are also on hand and consist of Pat Burns, Jacques Laperriere, Larry Robinson, Scott Stevens and Chris Terreri.

With a 5-2 win over the Canadiens, the Devils will finish out the month of January with two more games against the Bruins and Penguins, away and home respectively. In February, the Devils will travel and take to the ice as visitors in games against the Thrashers, Panthers, Lightning and Islanders. At home in February, they will host games against the Capitals, Kings, Rangers, Islanders, Bruins, Sharks, Avalanche and the Panthers. Games during the month of March will be a mixture of at home and away games. The travelling occasions for the Devils will include away games against the Maple Leafs, Islanders, Canadiens, Hurricanes, Bruins, Flyers, Blackhawks and the Rangers. On their own ice, hopefully the Devils will bring their best plays to host games against the Flyers, Flames, Coyotes, Blackhawks, Wild and the Hurricanes.

In April, the Devils will hold two games at home against the Lightning and Maple Leafs. The rest of the games that complete the season will be away games for the Devils where they take on the Penguins, Sabres and Senators as visitors with the last game of the season being against the Senators or Saturday, April 11.

With third place standings in the Eastern Conference at present, the Devils are in a good position with 29 wins, 15 losses and 3 OT but it’s not a time they can get comfortable, even with the 5-game winning streak they’ve just experienced. Montreal and neighborhood peers New York Rangers are right on their heels with a competition where there’s only one Stanley Cup.

New Jersey Devils – Five in a Row Takes Devils Into Break


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