After a sixth consecutive loss last night to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New Jersey Devils find themselves in tenth place, three points out of a playoff spot. With only ten games left, the Devils need a win tonight against the Buffalo Sabres. Here’s a look at what to expect tonight.
The Sabres have had a rough 2013 campaign thus far. Through 38 games played, they are 15-17-6 and in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Home ice has not been too friendly to them this year as they are only 7-7-3 at the First Niagara Center. However, they have been playing better as of late, and are 5-3-2 in their last ten games. So who has led the way?
The Sabres have gotten production from forward Cody Hodgson and defense-man Christian Ehrhoff this season. Hodgson is second in team scoring behind injured Thomas Vanek with 13 goals and 16 assists. Ehroff leads all Sabre defensemen with four goals and 13 assists. In goal, it’s been tough sledding for Ryan Miller. Miller is 13-15-5 on the season, and his 2.80 goals against average is 34th in the league. However, Miller has faced the most shots and has made the most saves of any goaltender in the league. The Sabres defense clearly has struggled.
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The Devils need to find a way to score. That’s the bottom line. Someone needs to step up and put the puck in the back of the net. Whether it be Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, or Ryan Carter, fans and players alike just want to see the lamp lit.
Martin Brodeur has not been the problem by any means. He has been stellar since his return from injury. In six games, he has only allowed 13 goals. Brodeur has definitely given the Devils a chance to win.
Tonight’s matchup is the third and final meeting between the Devils and Sabres this sesason. The teams have split the first two games of the series, which both went into shootouts. Tune into tonight’s nationally televised game beginning at 7:30 on NBC Sports Network.