Jan 3, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) scores his third goal of the game past New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres

New Jersey Devils vs Buffalo Sabres – Game 2 of 3 – January 4, 2014

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The New Jersey Devils (17-17-8) and Buffalo Sabres (11-26-4) will meet for the second time this season and the first of two games at the First Niagara Center. The Devils won the first and only meeting at the Prudential Center this season with a 1-0 overtime win on November 30th.

The Devils are coming off of a season swe…..

Wait.

I think the proper thing to talk about was the latest roster move.

Yay! Injured people are back! Anton Volchenkov is ba……

I can’t even fake it.

Eric Gelinas, YES THAT Eric Gelinas, was sent down to Albany today.

Talk about a sucker punch. Jon Merrill remains here, Cam Janssen remains here, Jacob Josefson, Mark Fayne, Peter Harrold (I’m sure he will be in the NHL when he returns), Mike Sislo, all remain here.

Now you must feel like you just got punched in the jaw.

Yes, Eric is young and we shouldn’t run him into the ground. But the fact of the matter is, when you have a guy out-performing almost everyone on defense, you don’t care if he’s 16 years old.

The Devils have also moved down a forward in favor of a defensemen (although doing it now would really overload the defense) but still the point is: Why Gelinas?

So Mr. Lamoriello, what is the “normal process” for struggling veteran defensemen like Bryce Salvador, Anton Volchenkov himself, Mark Fayne, Peter Harrold (despite his recent injury), Marek Zidlicky (when he is at his worst).

Even Jon Merrill (who still is in the NHL lineup *cough* *cough*) hasn’t played the same way Gelinas has.

Anyway, enough of my ranting. The standings didn’t move at all in the Eastern Conference (regarding the Devils’ situation) because both the Devils and the New York Rangers lost last night.

Tonight, some games to watch are:

  • New York Rangers @ Toronto Maple Leafs – Rangers are tied with the Devils in Division/Wild Card while Toronto holds the first Wild Card spot (5 points ahead of the Devils.)
  • Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens – This Atlantic Division matchup will affect the Devils due to the Senators sitting a point (43 total) ahead of the Devils in the Wild Card race.
  • Carolina Hurricanes @ New York Islanders – The Hurricanes currently sit a point behind the Devils in the Metropolitan/Wild Card Races.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues – The Blue Jackets are currently 2 points behind the Devils in both Playoff Races.
  • Detroit Red Wings @ Dallas Stars – The Red Wings sit in the second Wild Card spot 4 points ahead of the Devils.
  • Washington Capitals @ Minnesota Wild – The Caps are 4 points ahead of the Devils and sit in second in the Division.
  • Philadelphia Flyers @ Phoenix Coyotes – Philadelphia Currently sits in third place in the Metropolitan Division at 44 points, 2 ahead of the Devils.

There are 10 games tonight and just about all of them impact the Devils in some way, shape, or form.

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