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NJD Preview: What to look for in 2008-09

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NJD Preview: What to look for in 2008-09

Brodeur's 2008-09 season will include a shot at the league's record for all-time victories and shutouts.

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The new NHL campaign is underway, and the Devils’ second year at Newark’s Prudential Center should be one to remember.

With the puck set to drop Friday on a 26th season of New Jersey Devils hockey, here’s a rundown of what to look out for in 2008-09:

Martin Brodeur enters the new season needing 13 wins to tie Patrick Roy’s NHL record of 551 career victories, and seven shutouts to tie Terry Sawchuk’s league mark of 103 career shutouts.
The four-time Vezina Trophy winner is 32 appearances away from reaching the 1,000 games-played mark, and 61 shy of Roy’s all-time record of 1,029.

With 13 consecutive opening night starts as a Devil, Brodeur is tied with Tony Esposito for the most all-time with the same team. Provided Brodeur gets the nod for the Devils’ opener against the Islanders, he will take over sole possession of the league’s record.

Centers Bobby Holik and Brian Rolston have joined the ranks of players to return to the Devils. Previously, 13 players had come back for second stints with New Jersey, including Tommy Albelin, Jim Dowd, Claude Lemieux, Vladimir Malakhov, Gary McAdam, Alexander Mogilny, Krzysztof Oliwa, Pascal Rheaume, Stephane Richer, Mike Rupp, Corey Schwab, Ken Sutton and Chris Terreri.

VIEW DEVILS' 2008-09 TEAM ROSTER

The Devils finished with a a record of 46-29-7 (99 pts.) in 2007-08, good for second in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Holik’s 724 games played with the Devils rank first among New Jersey’s reacquisitions, and ninth in franchise history. His 198 goals are third, 265 assists 10th and 463 points fifth.

Left wing Patrik Elias finished ‘07-08 tied with former Devil defenseman Scott Niedermayer for the most assists in franchise history (364). He ranks eighth in team history with 745 games played, and can pass Randy McKay (760) and Sergei Brylin (765) for sixth place.

Larry Robinson, in his 12th season with the Devils, will now serve as special assignment coach, after spending the last campaign as an assistant coach. He joins Scott Stevens, Pat Burns, Jacques Laperriere and Chris Terreri.

Stevens, a Hall-of-Fame defenseman and three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils, previously served as consulting coach. Terreri has worked as a goaltending coach with the Devils' AHL affiliate in Lowell, and Burns and Laperriere as special assignment scouts.

After opening against the Islanders, the Devils hit the road for four games. They take on Pittsburgh (Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.), NY Rangers (Oct. 13, 7 p.m.), Atlanta (Oct. 16, 7 p.m.), and Washington (Oct. 18, 7 p.m.).

Upcoming promotions
New Jersey returns to Prudential Center to host Dallas on Oct. 22, when the Devils will take part in Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night. On Oct. 24, all fans in attendance to see the Devils battle Philadelphia will receive a Devils team calendar, courtesy of Modell's Sporting Goods.

The rest of the Devils' promotional schedule is as follows:

Nov        
15
Sat Washington  Youth Poster 13 & Under
20
Thu Florida Food Drive Donation
21
Fri NY Islanders Hockey Puck All
Dec        
10
Wed Pittsburgh Toys for Tots Donation
Jan        
2
Fri Montreal Ski Cap All
4
Sun Ottawa Coat Drive Donation
Feb        
13
Fri Boston Valentine’s Day Promo  
15
Sun San Jose Baseball Cap All
Mar        
1
Sun Philadelphia Youth Jersey 13 & Under
17
Tues Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Promo  
Apr        
11
Sat Carolina Fan Appreciation All


Larionov headed for the Hall; Emrick to receive Foster Hewitt Award
Former Devils’ forward Igor Larionov will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 10 in Toronto. Devils’ TV play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

Coverage on MSG Networks
For the 23rd straight season, MSG will provide local TV coverage of most Devils games over MSG Plus. The club's 76-game local television broadcast schedule includes 55 games on MSG Plus, 12 on MSG Plus 2, and nine on MSG. For the first time, all Devils telecasts on MSG Networks will be broadcast in high-definition.

Brand-new for this season on MSG Plus will be half-hour pre- an post-game coverage, devoted exclusively to Jersey's Team. Fans can also expect to see home telecasts anchored from Prudential Center's Bud Light Goal Bar.

Critical Dates
November
8 – Hockey Hall of Fame Game (Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs)

January
1 – NHL Winter Classic 2009, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill. (Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks)

18 – NHL on NBC Game of the Week coverage begins

22-26 – All-Star break (no games played)

24 – NHL SuperSkills competition (Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.)

25 – 57th NHL All-Star Game

February

13-15 – Hockey Weekend Across America (USA Hockey)

March
3 – Trade deadline (3 p.m. ET)

April
12 – Last day of 2008-09 regular season
15 – Stanley Cup playoffs begin

June
15 – Last possible day for 2009 Stanley Cup Finals

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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