Welcome to the first step of the New Jersey Devils 2013-14 Review. First, we start with breaking down October game-by-game.
The season started with Cory Schneider in net against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center as Martin Brodeur had just returned from visiting his family do to his father’s death. Marc-Andre Fleury would get the Opening Night start and pitched a 27-save shutout to quell any hopes for the Devils to win their first game. Cory Schneider dropped to 0-1-0 with the loss and had 18 saves with 3 goals against.
Chuck Kobasew, Sidney Crosby, and Craig Adams scored the three goal for the Penguins. Steve Bernier, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Andy Greene, and Adam Larsson were all tagged with -2 ratings in the loss.
Game 2 – 0-1-0
The Devils were back in action the next night at the Prudential Center for their home opener against the New York Islanders. The Devils finally found some scoring as Damien Brunner reached the goal sheet twice and Michael Ryder scored his first of the season as well. Brunner’s second tied the game up at 3 in the third period and the game would reach the first shootout of the year for the Devils. The shootout would reach Round 6 as the Islanders won off of Matt Moulson‘s goal to give his team their first win of the year.
Adam Henrique had the highest plus/minus on the team with a +2 while Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr, and Adam Larsson all had -2 ratings for the game. Martin Brodeur started in his first game and saved 23 shots while also allowing three go past him. Dainius Zubrus, Marek Zidlicky, Bryce Salvador, Anton Volchenkov, Andrei Loktionov and Ryane Clowe all registered assists.
The three scratches remained the same with Olesz (2), Josefson (2), and Fayne (2) sitting out.