This weekend, I did something that most Devils fans should do if they find themselves too involved in this roller coaster of a season; take the weekend off!
I found myself sitting down every day at my office desk speculating with friends and fellow fans about which players are under performing, who is going to get better, and making predictions for the games ahead. I think we all learned in the summer not to make predictions because they will most likely be wrong.
After the Devils defeated the Edmonton Oilers in overtime by a score of 4-3 on Friday, instead of going crazy thinking they turned it all around and the season was saved, or doing any kind of speculating, I left it alone completely and went to New York City. While most fans were throwing around speculations and arguments on message boards all weekend, I was watching Ben Stiller film a movie, eat lunch at POP Burger, buying a Brad Richards Stars t-shirt at the NHL store, having the best pizza in New York at Arturos in the village, and seeing the best Dave Matthews Band concert one could ever imagine (and Sunday was spent mostly sleeping).
Now, it’s time to get back into the swing of things as the Devils visit the Boston Bruins tonight. They will play tonight without Jamie Langenbrunner for the second game in a row and Matt Taormina who was injured in practice yesterday. Matt Corrente will probably take Taormina’s place as I don’t think Anssi Salmela is quite ready yet. Taormina had been looking more and more like a rookie in the last two games so maybe some time off will help him recover from his high ice time minutes. The defense is getting better each game as Anton Volchenkov is settling in after returning from his injury and Henrik Tallinder has been playing better.
The offensive lines are also looking like the are gelling thanks in large part to the play of rookies Alexander Vasyunov and Mattias Tedenby who both scored their first NHL goals in Friday’s win versus Edmonton. Brian Rolston also scored a goal in his first game back from his sports hernia surgery.
The injured list is shrinking and guys are having time to settle in. Despite the horrible start to the season, the Devils are only 5 points out of a playoff spot with 65 games to play.
Will Ilya Kovalchuk turn things around after his game-winning goal on Friday?
The Devils face a tough Bruins team tonight at TD Bank North Garden in Boston. Find out more about what the Devils have to do to get a win tonight as Jon will outline the Keys To The Game in a post to come later today.
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