Devils: 5 keys to succeeding over their grueling 23-day schedule

October 24, 2014 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Goaltending and Jaromir Jagr are among the keys

NEWARK — Over the next 23 days, the Devils will play 12 games that will begin to clarify their place in the Eastern Conference battle for a playoff spot.

That stretch, beginning Friday night with the Dallas Stars visiting Prudential Center, includes six home games and six on the road.

Here are 5 keys to succeeding during the grueling stretch:

1. Cory Schneider and Scott Clemmensen

Schneider will get the bulk of the work load and he'll have to keep the Devils in virtually every game and steal a few. This is the stretch in which he will truly begin to be judged. Clemmensen will see some action and it is imperative he doesn't give away valuable points.

2. Jaromir Jagr

Off to a solid start, Jagr still brags at the age of 42 that he doesn't tire. This stretch will be a good test. Last season he had 5 goals (2 game-winners) and 14 points through the first 18 games. Can he do it again?

3. Bryce Salvador and Marek Zidlicky

The veteran defense pairing of Salvador and Zidlicky has struggled at times and endured a lot of criticism. If they are going to stay together and be used in key situations by coach Pete DeBoer, both players have to raise the level of their games.

4. Damien Brunner

In his two games since getting into the lineup, Brunner has looked like a player that did not deserve to be an extra. He has created chances, been one of the bright spots on the power play and picked up a pair of assists. He's used his speed to his advantage.

It's up to him to keep it going, but given the ice time Brunner could be the Devils' x-factor over the next dozen games.

5. Mike Cammalleri and Dainius Zubrus

They have switched places on the top two lines. Cammalleri, who has five goals in six games, may be more valuable on the first line with Travis Zajac and Jagr. Although Zubrus has worked well alongside Patrik Elias in the past, there are debates as to whether the Devils are relying too heavily on the big winger.

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What channel is the Devils-Stars game on?

October 24, 2014 - The Star Ledger - View Full Article

Glenn (Chico) Resch will be honored before the game

NEWARK — It will be a special night at Prudential Center Friday when the Devils honor former goalie and TV analyst Glenn (Chico) Resch before their game against the Dallas Stars.

TV coverage on MSG Plus will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the pre game show. The on-ice ceremony for Resch, MC'd by Mike (Doc) Emrick, will be carried live.

Resch will look back fondly at his career as a goaltender and broadcaster in a ceremony in which he promises some special twists.



When: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Where: Prudential Center, Newark.

TV: MSG Plus (Steve Cangialosi, Ken Daneyko)

Radio: WFAN-AM 66, WFAN-FM 101.9 (Matt Loughlin, Sherry Ross)

“When you’re a player, you are really self-focused. It’s all really about you. All you have to do is ask my wife about my playing days. You are performance-driven," Resch told NJ Advance Media. “The great thing about broadcasting is I got to see not only the fans but the sport of hockey from a whole different perspective.

"I thought fans would hang on every play we (players) make. But the fans, I realized, came to the games and were passionate for a whole other reason. They like hockey and the entertainment, but they came to have fun and to get to know the people who sat around them and interact.”

There should be a lot of fun as the Devils honor Resch and then attempt to end a three-game losing streak which has dropped their record from 3-0-0 to 3-2-1.

Here are 3 stories you need to read before face-off:

1. Chico on Chico Resch Night.

2. The Devils' 2000 Stanley Cup victory over the Dallas Stars.

3. Devils captain Bryce Salvador answers his critics.

Rich Chere may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Ledger_NJDevils. Find on Facebook.