Saturday, November 25, 2006
Game: Devils @ San Jose
GAMETIME: 10:30 PM, EST
Local TV: FSNY
Local Radio: 660 AM, WFAN
Now, the big question is: Does Martin Brodeur play tonight? Brodeur is known to have great stamina and to bounce back from less than stellar games. On the other hand, he has played 20 of the Devils' 21 games so far and faced 36 shots yesterday. I'm going to guess that Scott Clemmensen will get the start tonight for the latter reason alone. Brodeur may play out of this world, but his body is still human and still subject to fatigue.
Expect "a very patient game,'' Sharks forward Mike Grier advised Friday.
"It'll be a good test for us, to see if we can stay within the game plan and not turn pucks over, because New Jersey is as disciplined as any team we'll play this year,'' he added.
The key to the game will be for NJ to score first and generally control the game. That means putting shots on net. That means taking advantage of the powerplay. More importantly, that means limiting the Sharks' offense. Letting up so many shots is just asking for A) the goalie to stand on his head and B) the other team to score a ton of goals. Given how lackluster the Devils' overall offensive production has been so far this season, inviting the other team to have over 25 chances to put the puck in the net is, at least, a really poor idea. Block the shooting lanes, swarm the passing lanes, force the Sharks to make bad decisions, and above all NO SHORTHANDED GOALS. The Devils are tied with Philadelphia and Columbus with 5 shorthanded goals against, only the Ottawa Senators have let up more (with a staggering 8).
Either way, go Devils. (And you better play better tonight, Paul Martin, to give the Devils the best chance to win tonight. Play like the top 4 d-man we all know you are/can be.)
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