Sun. Dec 8, 2013 | STATS
News: Zidlicky is out with an upper-body injury.
Impact: His timetable for returning is unknown.
News: Clowe (concussion) has admitted he's "a little" concerned about his history of concussions, reports Tom Gulitti of The Record. "I think it's a little bit human to be a little bit concerned."
Impact: The symptoms he has experienced following the elbow to the head in October have lasted longer than previous injuries. There remains no specific timetable for his return.
News: Jagr picked up two helpers in Saturday's OT win over the Rangers. He leads the Devils with 24 points in 31 games.
Impact: The points snapped a four-game point drought. Jagr continues to impress at the age of 41 and should be active in most formats.
News: Zidlicky will miss Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Since reeling off nine points in his first 11 games, Zidlicky has been noticeably quiet, and the injury will keep things that way for at least another game. Peter Harrold enters the lineup in place of the ailing Zidlicky.
News: As expected, Brodeur will start Saturday's contest against the Rangers, according to the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti.
Impact: This was not a surprise as the Devils usually alternate netminders for back-to-back sets of games. Cory Schneider had started four of the previous five contests. Brodeur has a good track record against the Rangers and Saturday could be his last game at the Garden should he opt to retire at season's end.
News: Brodeur will start in goal when the Devils face the Rangers on Saturday.
Impact: Brodeur is all too familiar with the Rangers and the rivalry after so many years in the tri-state area, so while the team is in need of a win Saturday, it would be even sweeter for him to beat his long-time nemesis. The 41-year old is 7-7-2 this season with a 2.25 GAA and .906 save percentage over 16 starts this season.
News: Schneider allowed three goals on 21 shots in Friday's 3-1 loss to New Jersey, his second-consecutive loss.
Impact: Schneider could hardly be faulted on two of the goals, but the puck simply wasn't bouncing his way Friday. The winning goal deflected in off of him and he was left helpless on a late power-play goal following a questionable delay of game call against him. Schneider had started four of the Devils' last five games but likely will sit Saturday against the Rangers, not because of his play but the fact that the Devils have split starts this season on back-to-back game nights.
News: Elias assisted on the only New Jersey goal in Friday's loss to Detroit, giving him a point in each of the last two games.
Impact: Elias has scattered 16 points over 22 contests this season but had been quiet before the last two games. Six of his 16 points on the season have come on the power play and he can be counted on for some consistency, as his current pace seems in line with what he does most seasons, discounting the 78-point campaign from 2011-12.
Andy Greene - #6 - Defense - 5'11" - 190lbs
News: Greene scored the Devils' only goal in Friday's 3-1 loss to Detroit, a power-play marker and his fifth point in the last six games.
Impact: Greene has been playing consistent offensive hockey of late, with the bulk of his season's 14 points coming in the last three weeks. Greene has proven to be more consistent than teammate Marek Zidlicky and should be examined as an option in deeper leagues as he is receiving power-play time with the team's first unit. Greene has proven he can be an impact player offensively in his career, but it's been four seasons since he hit the 37-point mark. The plus here is that Greene's play could make him a dark horse candidate for Team USA in Sochi.
News: Although Devils coach Peter DeBoer said they're taking goalie decisions "day-to-day," the odds are high that Brodeur will start Saturday's contest against the Rangers, according to the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti. Cory Schneider is starting Friday against Detroit.
Impact: With the news that Schneider is starting Friday all likely signs point to Brodeur manning the crease against his long-time foe, the Rangers, on Saturday. Schneider will have started four of the team's last five games after Friday.
News: Schneider warmed up at the end of the rink the Devils defended twice during Friday's morning skate and he will start Friday's game against Detroit, according to the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti.
Impact: Schneider didn't get much help defensively in Wednesday's loss to Montreal but didn't play poorly, stopping 27 of 30 shots. The shootout was a different story. Schenider's peripheral stats are still solid for someone essentially in a timeshare and he's been giving the Devils a chance to win. There aren't too many games on Friday's slate and the Red Wings gave up six goals to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
News: Clowe (concussion) participated in Friday's morning skate but likely will not play at night against the Red Wings, according to the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti.
Impact: Not much news has been revealed on Clowe's concussion recovery process but it's encouraging that he's practicing with the team. It was his first full session since taking an elbow to the head in an Oct. 13 game against the Jets.
Thu. Dec 5, 2013 | STATS
News: Patrik Elias scored an unassisted goal for the Devils, but missed a penalty shot in overtime. New Jersey lost 4-3 in a shootout.
Impact: The goal snapped a four-game drought without putting one in the back of the net for Elias.
Michael Ryder - #17 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 198lbs
News: Ryder scored his seventh goal of the season and added an assist in Wednesday's loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: Both of Ryder's points game in the third-period, as he set up Andrei Loktionov's game-tying goal before giving the Devils a temporary lead with a score of his own just five minutes later. Ryder would finish the game as the team leader with five shots on goal, tying his season high.
Andrei Loktionov - #21 - Center - 5'10" - 179lbs
News: Loktionov tallied a goal and assist in Wednesday's loss to the Habs.
Impact: The two-point effort matched the entirety of Loktionov's output for the month of November. As a light contributor who isn't particularly active in the defensive categories either, Loktionov probably only merits mild waiver-wire interest for this performance.
News: Schneider took a difficult 4-3 shootout loss Wednesday against the Canadiens.
Impact: As has been a familiar refrain for Schneider this season, wins have been very elusive, but it wasn't for a lack of offensive support this time around. Schneider blew two different leads late in the third period to send the game to overtime, with the last of those goals coming with 37 seconds left. With the OT loss, Schneider moves to an unsatisfying 4-5-4 on the season.
News: Henrique (lower body) will be available for Wednesday's game against the Canadiens, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Impact: Henrique left Monday's game with a lower-body injury and did not return. He'll likely suit up Wednesday against the Canadiens, and is expected to center Damien Brunner and Michael Ryder on the team's third line.
News: The Devils placed Carter (leg) on IR on Wednesday, Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: The good news here is that it's not a head injury, but there's no word yet on how long Carter is expected to be out. Reid Boucher was called up from AHL Albany on Wednesday to take his place on the roster.
Wed. Dec 4, 2013 | STATS
News: New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer told the team's website that Henrique will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Montreal.
Impact: Henrique (leg) left in the third period of Monday's 3-2 loss in Montreal.
Tue. Dec 3, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Henrique (lower body) will be a game-time decision Wednesday against the Canadiens, Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Henrique sustained a lower-body injury in Monday's game and did not return. He will be a game-time call Wednesday depending on how skating goes prior to the game.
Tue. Dec 3, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Schneider will start Wednesday's game against the Canadiens, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Impact: Schneider has excellent peripheral numbers with a 1.72 GAA and .927 save percentage this season, but his record of 4-5-3 does not reflect that. He is riding a three-game winning streak and could be a decent start against Montreal, given his recent run of success.
Mon. Dec 2, 2013 | STATS
News: Carter was out Monday for New Jersey after his heavyweight fight with Buffalo's Marcus Foligno.
Impact: Truly, it wasn't much of a fight as Foligno knocked out Carter with one punch. Give him some time to clear out the cobwebs and he will back on the ice.
Mon. Dec 2, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Brodeur let in three goals on 17 shots in a loss to the Canadiens on Monday.
Impact: Brodeur has picked up the loss in his last four starts, and he only has a .906 save percentage on the season.
Mon. Dec 2, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Henrique (lower body) left Monday's game with a lower-body injury in the third period and did not return, reports The Record's Tom Gulitti. He did post an assist on one of New Jersey's two goals.
Impact: The injury likely stemmed from a collision with teammate Steve Bernier in the first period, which saw him hit the ice for a bit. Henrique did grab an assist in the loss, giving him a point in each of the last three games.
Sun. Dec 1, 2013 | STATS
News: Schneider needed just 15 saves to earn the shutout in Saturday's win over Buffalo.
Impact: Schneider is making it difficult for coach Peter DeBoer to keep him off the ice. He's 3-1-1 since Nov. 8 with a 0.97 goals-against average and .957 save percentage.
News: Carter (head) will not play Monday against the Canadiens, Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: A hard right hand from the Sabres' Marcus Foligno left Carter woozy Friday, and while the team said he just suffered lacerations during the fight, Carter will miss Monday's game as a result. The Devils recalled Tim Sestito for some depth while Carter recovers.
Tim Sestito - #23 - Center - 5'11" - 195lbs
News: Sestito was recalled from AHL Albany on Sunday, Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Sestito's first stint with the NHL club this season may be a short one, as Adam Larsson (lower body) could potentially return at any point next week, but he'll provide some depth with Ryan Carter (head) out for Monday. In 21 games with Albany so far this season, Sestito has recorded five goals, eight assists and 28 penalty minutes.
News: Larsson (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: His stint has been backdated to Nov. 23, but it appears as though Larsson will miss one more game at the very least. Tim Sestito was recalled to provide some depth at center for Monday's game against Montreal.
Steve Bernier - #18 - Right Wing - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Bernier scored the winner in overtime Saturday to deliver the Devils a 1-0 victory over the Sabres.
Impact: His production isn't really fantasy worthy -- his minus-11 hangs like an anchor over any offense he might bring. But he can help you if you need hits -- his 53 hits project to 160 on the season. And that's bound to help in specialty formats.
News: Schneider made 15 saves in a 1-0 OT win over the Sabres on Saturday night. He has won two straight games.
Impact: It was a real yawner of a game -- two teams with deficient offenses just snoozed their way through this game. Both goalies were solid, but neither Schneids nor Jonas Enroth was seriously tested.
News: Carter left Saturday's game after a fight with Buffalo's Marcus Foligno. He took a hard right to the head that left him stunned.
Impact: The Devils are saying he suffered "lacerations," according to CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. But that hit to the head dropped him -- Foligno had to hold him from falling to the ice. There may be more than cuts to this head injury.
News: Contrary to Friday's reports, Brodeur will not make his next start for the Devils until Monday against the Canadiens, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: It was generally expected that coach Pete DeBoer would turn to Brodeur for Saturday's tilt with the Sabres after Cory Schneider got the nod Friday, but he elected to stick with Schneider for a second straight outing. The additional rest will allow Brodeur to recharge a little bit after he dropped his previous three decisions.
News: Schneider will get the start Saturday against the Sabres, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Schneider will be making his second start in as many days, a surprising development considering Martin Brodeur had received the previous three nods before that. With the Devils finally beginning to find themselves offensively of late, Schneider might be the best starting goalie option Saturday against the 6-20-1 Sabres.
Dainius Zubrus - #8 - Center - 6'5" - 225lbs
Sat. Nov 30, 2013 | STATS
News: He had a goal and an assist against the Hurricanes on Friday.
Impact: He has three points in the last two games.
Sat. Nov 30, 2013 | STATS
News: Jagr had a goal and two assists, and the Devils scored four goals in the third period of a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Impact: Jagr's goal with 3:29 left was the 692nd of his career, tying him with Steve Yzerman for eighth on the NHL's all-time list.
News: Henrique scored his first goal since November 7 in the Devils' 5-2 win over Carolina on Friday, a span of 11 games.
Impact: During that scoring slump, Henrique had just two assists and has been struggling to duplicate the numbers he produced as a rookie. He has a modest nine points through 26 games but is still seeing scoring chances. The Devils are expecting more from him and he could be a bargain if you believe he's going to bounce back. Henrique still has upside; just a little more production would be helpful to owners.
News: While Zidlicky has 13 points in 26 games on the season, he has one point in the last five contests.
Impact: Zidlicky's 13 points put him third on the Devils behind fellow Czechs Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias, but he's one of the league's most notoriously streaky players. Zidlicky has four points over the last 15 contests. While his numbers on the season have him finishing around 40 points, the reality is that he's too inconsistent and a liability defensively. Use him if needed, as he's guaranteed to see power play time; just be aware.
Travis Zajac - #19 - Center - 6'3" - 205lbs
News: Zajac assisted on one of New Jersey's five goals in Friday's win over Carolina, giving him a point in each of the last two games.
Impact: Zajac also has been a plus-5 in the last two games and is playing a solid two-way game, as the Devils are expecting him to. Zajac has 10 points on the season and should still see scoring chances both at even strength and on the power play. However, Zajac is unlikely to be a highly productive offensive player, and is a safe bet to settle in around 40 points.
Dainius Zubrus - #8 - Center - 6'5" - 225lbs
News: Zubrus contributed a goal and assist and finished with a plus-3 rating in Friday's win over the Flames.
Impact: Like several of his Devils' mates, Zubrus has rebounded from a dormant first month of the season to show some productivity, totaling nine points in last 10 games. Now that he's finally clicking alongside Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr, Zubrus should merit more attention from fantasy owners looking to bolster their scoring totals.
News: Schneider stopped 16 of 18 shots in Friday's 5-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The Devils' offensive attack gave the Hurricanes all they could handle in this one, much to the benefit of Schneider, who saw 13 fewer shots than opposing goalie Cam Ward. With neither Schneider nor Martin Brodeur blinking in their battle for the No. 1 goalie job, coach Pete DeBoer should continue to dole out fairly regular starts to both netminders while both are thriving.
News: Jagr potted a goal and added two assists in Friday's win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: It marks the highest-scoring game of the season for Jagr, who continues to dazzle as a scorer at the ripe old age of 41. With 11 assists and 11 goals on the season, he's done a good job of diversifying his scoring for fantasy owners.
News: Larsson (lower body) will not travel with the Devils to Carolina for Friday's game, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: The Devils will be back at home Saturday for a tilt with the Sabres, but it would seem unlikely that Larsson would be healthy enough to play by then. Fortunately, Anton Volchenkov will be able to return from injured reserve Friday to give the Devils enough healthy defensemen for their game against the Hurricanes.
News: Volchenkov was on the ice for Friday's morning skate and looks set to return from injured reserve for the Devils' game against the Hurricanes, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.
Impact: He'll enter the lineup as a part of the team's third defensive pairing with Jon Merrill. Volchenkov last suited up Nov. 12 against the Rangers, missing a total of seven games with the injury.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Cory Schneider likely will start Friday's contest against Carolina, as Brodeur told The Record's Tom Gulitti. Brodeur likely will be back in goal Saturday against Buffalo.
Impact: Marty has lost his last three starts after a run of success earlier in the month. The last two losses were a bit rough for the Devils, but a game against Buffalo could cure the recent skid.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Schneider likely will start Friday's contest against Carolina, as Martin Brodeur told The Record's Tom Gulitti.
Impact: Schneider has been left watching while Brodeur's started the last three games for New Jersey. The ex-Canuck's numbers are solid, but he's received little goal support, which is why he has just two wins on the season.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | STATS
News: Elias had two assists Wednesday against the Devils.
Impact: He has two goals and five assists in the last five games.
News: Elias recorded two assists Wednesday against the Hurricanes.
Impact: The veteran winger has been on a tear since returning from injury in mid November, and now has seven points in his last five games. Assuming he can stay healthy for the rest of the season, he'll continue to be an elite scoring forward.
Andy Greene - #6 - Defense - 5'11" - 190lbs
News: Greene notched one goal and one assist Wednesday against the Hurricanes.
Impact: The Devils ended up losing 4-3, but Greene continued his recent streak, and now has four points in his last three games. With 11 points in 25 games over all, now might be a good time to sell high on the veteran defenseman.
News: Brodeur allowed four goals on 22 shots Wednesday.
Impact: Brodeur started the season well, but has hit a cold stretch lately, and Wednesday marked his third straight loss. He'll need to return to form if he wants to keep Cory Schneider from taking over the crease for the Devils.
News: Brodeur will start in goal Wednesday against the Hurricanes, Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: The 41-year-old has rounded back into elite form after a shaky start to the season, with just 10 goals allowed in eight November starts to this point. Brodeur will oppose Cam Ward on Wednesday, while Cory Schneider figures to get a chance either Friday or Saturday.
Bryce Salvador - #24 - Defense - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Salvador (foot) resumed skating on his own Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.
Impact: After a month-long layoff, Salvador got back on the ice with the stress fracture no longer presenting as much pain in his foot. Still, Salvador's lack of activity in recent weeks probably means that his conditioning is not up to par, so it's possible he heads out to the minors to get some game work in after he logs a few practices. The Devils remain without a firm timetable for his return.
News: Volchenkov (leg) will be a game-time decision Wednesday, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Even though Volchenkov is technically questionable to play, he remained on the ice after morning skate with the Devils' expected healthy scratches, a sign he probably won't be suiting up Wednesday. Still, he seems to have made substantial progress in recent days, and looks to be on track to return at some point in the near future.
News: Larsson (lower body) will not play Wednesday vs. the Hurricanes, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Impact: Though Larsson will miss his second straight game, the team doesn't believe he'll require a trip to the DL, with general manager Lou Lamoriello seemingly ruling out a long layoff for the defenseman. The Devils have been hit hard with injuries on the blue line but should be back to full strength within a few weeks with Larsson, Anton Volchenkov and Bryce Salvador all demonstrating progress in their recovery within the last few days.
Tue. Nov 26, 2013 | STATS
News: Larsson has a lower-body injury.
Impact: He's considered day-to-day.
News: Brodeur made 19 saves on 21 shots but took the loss against the Jets on Monday.
Impact: Brodeur has only let in two goals in his last two starts, but has lost both games. However, his 2.06 GAA is a blast from the past, and it's got him in the NHL's top 10 in that category.
News: Brodeur will start in goal Monday against the Jets, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Radio reports.
Impact: Brodeur participated in morning skate Monday and did not have any issues in relation to a hard hit to the head in Saturday's game. He was not moving on the ice for several minutes in the game, but was not removed. He should be fine to start as usual against the Jets.
News: Larsson is expected to miss Monday's game against the Jets with a lower-body injury, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Impact: Larsson sustained the injury when he crashed into the boards in Saturday's game against the Sharks. The team didn't clarify the injury initially beyond describing it as a lower-body injury and hasn't provided a timeline.
Sun. Nov 24, 2013 | STATS
News: Brodeur, who stopped 28 shots, was struck in the back of the neck with shot Saturday after he turned his back to the play as Burns tried to sneak the puck past him. Brodeur threw up his left leg to block an attempt from Burns, and then collapsed on the ice for a few minutes with his arms and legs extended.
Impact: Brodeur was attended to by a trainer and was able to get up and remain in the game, before being pulled moments later for an extra skater as New Jersey pressed for the tying goal. He said he felt fine and was just sore where the puck hit him. He expected to be examined by a doctor.
Nov 24, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Elias collected the Devils' lone goal in a 2-1 loss at San Jose on Saturday night.
Impact: New Jersey is not where you want to go shopping for offense; the Devils are 26th in the NHL with just 2.13 goals per game. But Elias is likely to put up more points per game than any of his teammates save Jaromir Jagr.
Stephen Gionta - #11 - Right Wing - 5'7" - 185lbs
Sun. Nov 24, 2013 | STATS
News: Gionta has an ankle injury.
Impact: There are few details of Gionta's injury, but he's considered day-to-day.
News: Brodeur was hit in the head in the third period of Saturday's game and was down on the ice for several minutes before getting up with assistance, according to CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. He was hit by San Jose's Brent Burns.
Impact: C'mon -- where are the concussion protocols? He was on the ice on his back NOT MOVING for several minutes and he can somehow finish the game? The trainer got him up and he somehow shook it off, but those post-concussion symptoms may not be far off. Keep this one close and be ready to sit him.
News: Brodeur will be in the net Saturday vs. the Sharks, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Impact: Brodeur will slot back in at goalie after Cory Schneider was given the most recent turn in the net Thursday night against the Kings. The 41-year-old has rebounded from an 0-2-2 start to string together a five-game winning streak, with the most recent victories coming against quality Pittsburgh and Anaheim clubs. The Sharks represent another formidable opponent - especially on their own home ice - but it's going to be tough for fantasy owners to keep Brodeur on their bench based on how hot he's been of late.
Bryce Salvador - #24 - Defense - 6'3" - 215lbs
News: Salvador (foot) still hasn't skated on his own, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Salvador has been slow to recover from his stress fracture and has remained off the ice for nearly a month now. The Devils likely won't have a clear timetable available for his return until he resumes on-ice work.
News: Volchenkov (leg) has resumed skating, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Volchenkov landed on injured reserve Monday with the pulled leg muscle, but the way things have progressed, it doesn't seem like he'll be inactive for long. The defenseman will still need to draw back in for a couple of full-contact practices, but he at least appears further along in his recovery than fellow blueliner Bryce Salvador, who remains off the ice as he attends to his foot injury.
News: GM Lou Lamoriello said Clowe (concussion) resumed skating this week, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports.
Impact: Clowe had been off the ice for the last month while he continued to experience concussion symptoms. The long layoff probably means he'll have to catch up on a lot of conditioning work once he's cleared to resume practice, so he could still be multiple weeks away from a return to game duty.
Fri. Nov 22, 2013 | STATS
News: Jagr scored his ninth goal of the season 2:30 into overtime of Thursday's win over Los Angeles.
Impact: It was the 121st game-winning goal of Jagr's career, tying him with Gordie Howe for the NHL record. It was also the 690th goal of his career, tying him with Mario Lemieux for ninth all-time. He has seven points during New Jersey's 5-1-0 stretch.
News: Elias had three assists in Wednesday's 4-3 OT win over Anaheim.
Impact: Elias is up to 10 points after a slow start so he could be hitting high gear soon.
Eric Gelinas - #22 - Defense - 6'4" - 210lbs
News: Gelinas had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 OT win over Anaheim.
Impact: Gelinas has seven points in 12 games and is not well known so you may be able to scoop him up cheaply if other fantasy owners are asleep at the wheel.
News: Brodeur stopped 22 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 OT win over Anaheim.
Impact: Brodeur is scorching hot with five straight wins for the Devils, who are on fire.