New Jersey Devils

Goalie nods: Svedberg gets Buffalo again, Darling starts third straight

The latest from the blue paint…

Boston goes with Svedberg

Niklas Svedberg will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday when the B’s take on the Sabres in Buffalo. The Swedish netminder, who took over backup duties from the now-departed Chad Johnson, has been very good for Boston this season, posting a .951 save percentage and 1.57 GAA — this despite the fact he’s only registered one win on the year (a 4-0 shutout of the Sabres back on Oct. 18).

Speaking of the Sabres, they’ll go back to Jhonas Enroth tonight after Michal Neuvirth got the call in each of the last two games. Enroth’s last game was a 2-0 loss in Los Angeles and while he’s just 1-5-0 on the year, he does have a respectable .914 save percentage.

Chicago rides Darling

AHL call-up Scott Darling will make his third consecutive start tonight when the ‘Hawks take on the Sens in Ottawa. Darling’s streak began, ironically enough, against this same Ottawa team — he stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 2-1 win over the Sens last Sunday, followed up by stopping 24 of 25 in a 1-0 loss to Anaheim on Tuesday.

As for the Senators, they’ll go with the same guy that lost to Darling on Sunday: Craig Anderson. “Andy” has been alternating games with Robin Lehner of late but would probably have gotten this Chicago game regardless of the rotation — in the aforementioned 2-1 loss, Anderson stopped 43 of 45 Blackhawks shots, good for a .956 save percentage.


Jets at Devils: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Cory Schneider

Kings at Penguins: Martin Jones vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Coyotes at Panthers: Mike Smith vs. Roberto Luongo

Flyers at Lightning: Ray Emery vs. Ben Bishop

Ducks at Blues: John Gibson vs. Jake Allen

Sharks at Wild: Antti Niemi vs. Darcy Kuemper

Isles at Avs: Chad Johnson vs. Semyon Varlamov

Habs at Canucks: No word on starters yet, but Carey Price and Ryan Miller are likely.

Devils ‘humbled’ in ‘ugly’ loss to Penguins


It all started so well for the New Jersey Devils. That statement could apply to either Tuesday’s game or their season in general. The Devils nearly set a franchise record when Dainius Zubrus scored just nine seconds into their contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They ultimately lost 8-3 tonight though.

New Jersey had a 3-1 lead in the second period, but the Penguins broke out with four unanswered goals before the end of the frame, including a run of three markers in just over six minutes. That led to Devils goaltender Cory Schneider being yanked.

Scott Clemmensen replaced him, but stopped just seven of 10 shots in the third.

“It was ugly,” Schneider told the Bergen Record. “It got away from us there in the second half of the game and I think it’s one you’ve just got to definitely learn from the mistakes and go over them, but I think you just sort of put it behind you and almost forget it even happened. Just move on to the next one. We’ve been a pretty good road team so far this year, but that was completely not a good one.”

Moving on to the next game is all the Devils can do, but it would be a more meaningful mantra if New Jersey wasn’t in the midst of a slump. The Devils got off to a 3-0-0 start this season, but they’ve lost five of their last six games.

“It’s humbling,” said Devils coach Pete DeBoer of their latest setback.

New Jersey is set to begin a three-game home stint on Thursday. The Devils will host Winnipeg, Columbus, and St. Louis.

Penguins chase Schneider with four unanswered goals


The New Jersey Devils got off to a fast start tonight and while the Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back in the first period, New Jersey still took a 3-1 lead.

Then the floodgates opened and Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was the victim.

It started with a top-shelf goal from Evgeni Malkin while Pittsburgh had a 5-on-3 advantage:

The Penguins followed that up with three goals in just over six minutes courtesy of Patric Hornqvist, Craig Adams, and Sidney Crosby. Adams’ goal in particular was special given that it was just his 55th marker in 889 career games and he managed to beat Schneider on a breakaway:

Schneider only stopped 18 of 23 shots tonight. He was replaced by Scott Clemmensen for the third period, but the backup goaltender wasn’t able to keep the Penguins at bay either.

Video: Zubrus scores nine seconds into game vs. Pens

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The New Jersey Devils got off to a fast start as Dainius Zubrus beat Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on the first shot of the night:

Zubrus was a mere second shy of the Devils’ record for the quickest goal to open a contest, according to The Record’s Tom Gulitti.

The Pittsburgh Penguins weren’t demoralized though. They ended up heavily out shooting the Devils early in the first period and got the equalizer from Blake Comeau at 7:17:

Goalie nods: Emery gets third straight for Flyers


News and notes from around the crease…

Philly goes back to Sugar Ray

Ray Emery will make his third straight start tonight when the Flyers host the Kings at Wells Fargo. Emery’s streak of consecutive nods began last Wednesday in Pittsburgh, when he backstopped the Flyers to a 5-3 win, then continued on Saturday when he made 35 saves in a win over Detroit (in which Philly was badly out-shot, 37-17.)

On the year, Emery has a 2.60 GAA and .914 save percentage, superior numbers to those of the struggling Steve Mason (0-3-1, 3.83 GAA, .878 save percentage).

As for the Kings, they’ve yet to announce a starter but it sounds as though Jonathan Quick is likely.


Wild at Bruins: Niklas Backstrom for Minnesota, Tuukka Rask likely for Boston.

Jets at Isles: Ondrej Pavelec vs. Jaroslav Halak

Devils at Pens: Cory Schneider vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Sens at Jackets: Robin Lehner vs. Curtis McElhinney

Coyotes at Lightning: Ben Bishop for Tampa Bay, Mike Smith likely for Arizona

Sabres at Leafs: Michal Neuvirth vs. Jonathan Bernier

Ducks at ‘Hawks: John Gibson vs. Scott Darling (read more here)

Blues at Stars: Brian Elliott vs. Kari Lehtonen

Sharks at Avs: Antti Niemi vs. Semyon Varlamov

Habs at Flames: Carey Price vs. Jonas Hiller

‘Canes at Canucks: Cam Ward vs. Ryan Miller