Freshman Week With the Devils

Bubba and I attended the Devils’ opening night game at the Rock, and we’re willing to take the blame for the humiliation personally. We left our Elias jerseys at home (in honor of Patrik’s rehab) and rocked it old school red. Our bad. We’ll skip the Carvel during a future game as penance.

But more seriously — I’ve resisted writing about the Devils so far this season because it was hard to find a starting point. The first two games were a disaster from start to finish: lackluster skating, turnovers, lack of aggression, lack of scoring, and a Marty that looked like
his bicep rehab involved reaching for donuts. And then this road trip was the polar opposite: skating until the final buzzer, puck control along the boards, scoring when it counted and the Brodeur with complete crease ownership.

What do I think? I think freshman week is over, and the Devils are ready to get the semester going.

Rob Niedermayer was clearly a great pick up. There are nights I’m going to miss John Madden, but Niedermayer is more than a suitable win here.

The ZZ Pops line needs to relax. They’re working the puck well, the shots will fall.

Niclas Bergfors is a name that hockey announcers will learn to pronounce with glee.

Jacques Lemaire tells it like it is. He was brutal about Brodeur’s performance opening night, and he’s open about his thinking when it comes to defenseman, lines, and even when Danis is going to get a start.

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