Description: Devils netminder Cory Schneider was pulled in Thursday's loss to Washington.
Insight: It was his first loss of the season, after winning his first three starts. Schneider stooped only 21-of-26 shots, before Scott Clemmensen relieved him in the third period. Schneider is still a solid option in net, moving forward.
Description: Devils rookie defenseman Damon Severson had two goals against the Capitals on Thursday.
Insight: It was all the scoring New Jersey could muster. Severson now has three goals on the year, and owners need to consider picking him up, assuming he is still on waiver wires across fantasy leagues.
Description: Devils netminder Cory Schneider stopped 26-of-27 shots on Tuesday against the Lightning.
Insight: Schneider has won his first three starts this season and has allowed just six goals. That means he has allowed just a pair of goals in the last two games after giving up four on opening night. We expect Schneider to become one of the best fantasy goalies by the end of the season.
Description: Devils coach Pete DeBoer had high praise for rookie defenseman Damon Severson after his first NHL game.
Insight: "When the game turned, and it became 3-3, I thought he got better," the coach told The Bergen Record. Severson had a plus-two rating with two shots on goal in 18:39 minutes of ice time. He is not yet fantasy relevant.
Description: Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr records assist to move into sixth place as the NHL's all-time leading scorer.
Insight: It was his 1,756th career point, on a helper to Mike Cammelleri's first goal of the night. Jagr added a second assist if he can stay healthy, he should be around the 65-point mark. Both of Jagr's assists were to Cammalleri.
Description: Devils center Travis Zajac was injured in Tuesday's practice (lower body) and is questionable for Thursday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Zajac is still a quality fantasy play as long as he can keep his top line spot, but his season debut may now be delayed a game. That doesn't change his overall fantasy value off an 18 goal, 30 assist season of a year ago.
Description: Devils center Adam Henrique's biggest obstacle to taking his fantasy game to another level is fellow centerman Travis Zajac.
Insight: Henrique proved last year that he can score 20 goals with Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe as linemates, but Henrique would be far more productive if he received playing time with Jaromir Jagr and Mike Cammalleri. Henrique is a handcuff that fantasy owners hope will see more playing time on the top line.
Description: Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas has a chance to be New Jersey's best fantasy defenseman in 2014-2015.
Insight: Gelinas showed tremendous potential for a 21-year-old last year. He scored just one fewer point and took just four fewer shots than Marek Zidlicky despite playing in 20 fewer games. Gelinas is New Jersey's future at the blue line and look for him to take over the point on the power play this year.
Description: Devils winger Michael Ryder looks poised for a bounceback season in 2014-2015.
Insight: Ryder scored 35 goals, a career high, three years ago in Dallas, but scored just 16 in an injury-plagued season in 2012-2013 and then only 18 goals last year in his first season with New Jersey. Ryder wants to make amends and has been playing like he means it this preseason.
Description: Devils winger Patrik Elias is the last player left from the Devils 2003 Stanley Cup Champion team.
Insight: With the departure of Martin Brodeur, Elias is the last man left to have won the Cup with the Devils. Jagr, or course, won it as a youngster with the Penguins. If Elias can play a full season for the first time since 2011-2012, he could see an increase in production, but it seems unlikely he will suit up for 82 games at the age of 38.
Description: Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr continues to find the fountain of youth in his 21st season in the NHL.
Insight: Jagr told The Bergen Record that he isn't even close to thinking about retirement and that he wants to play until he is at least 50. He also said he wants to continue to get better and not play just to play. It's hard to argue with him as he led the Devils with 67 points and scored 24 goals last season at the age of 42. He comes into the season in great shape once again.
Description: Devils center Travis Zajac will have to be more productive this season if he expects to keep his top-line center position.
Insight: The Devils are hoping the addition of Michael Cammalleri on the wing along with Jaromir Jagr will increase Zajac's production. It better because Zajac was somewhat inefficient with 48 points while averaging 20 minutes a game. Even though other players might do more with the same opportunity, Zajac is still a quality fantasy play as long as he can keep his top line spot.
Description: Martin Brodeur will test free agency this summer. The veteran goaltender is not expected to return to New Jersey. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: All good things must come to an end. Assuming Brodeur has played his final game for the Devils, he'll finish his New Jersey career with 688 wins, 394 losses and a 2.24 GAA. The 42-year-old is likely to be a backup wherever he plays next season.
Description: Veteran right wing Jaromir Jagr is close to signing a new deal with the Devils. SOURCE: Rich Chere, Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: That means he's coming back for his 21st NHL season. Jagr needs 12 more goals to move into a tie with Phil Esposito for fifth on the all-time scoring list. He'll be a first ballot Hall of Famer whenever he decides to retire.
Description: Devils netminder Cory Schneider finished third in the NHL was a 1.97 GAA and tied for 13th with a .921 SV%, but he won only 16 of his 43 starts.
Insight: Schneider lost 15 games in regulation and 12 in overtime. The 28-year-old is expected to be the unquestioned No. 1 goaltender next season after splitting time with Martin Brodeur for most of 2013-14.
Description: Devils winger Patrik Elias (head) is doubtful for Monday's game against Calgary.
Insight: Elias suffered a head injury Friday against the Capitals and he missed his 16th game of the season Saturday. The veteran has had another solid season with 17 goals and 34 assists (51 points) on 109 SOG in 62 games.
Description: Devils winger Patrik Elias (head) will not play Saturday at Carolina, according to nj.com.
Insight: Elias suffered an apparent head injury Friday against the Capitals and he will miss his 16th game of the season Saturday. The veteran has had another solid season, generating 17 goals and 34 assists (51 points) in 62 games.
Description: Devils winger Ryane Clowe (head) will miss Tuesday's game against Buffalo, according to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record.
Insight: Clowe already missed 32 games due to a concussion earlier in the season. However, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said the doctor says that Clowe is "fine" and he has no reason to believe he won't be back this season. Clowe has accumulated 23 points in 42 games.
Description: Devils center Adam Henrique scored his 24th goal of the season Thursday against the Coyotes.
Insight: Henrique got off to a flying start after the Olympic break with 11 points in his first six games and after a four-game drought has collected four points in his last four games. He has 10 goals and 15 points in 14 games since the break compared to 14 goals and 27 points in 59 games before it.
Description: Devils forward Jaromir Jagr has generated eight points in seven games since the Olympic break concluded.
Insight: With a goal and an assist Tuesday against the Flyers, Jagr is up to 57 points (21 goals) this season, his most in three years since he returned to the NHL after playing in Russia for three seasons.
Description: Adam Henrique (two goals, +2) was a bright spot on what was otherwise a disappointing night for the Devils Friday against the Red Wings.
Insight: With the Devils fighting for their playoff lives, this was a game New Jersey needed to have. Henrique has now tallied at least one goal in each of his last five games. That's his longest streak of the season.
Description: Devils winger Patrik Elias had a three-point game Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Elias left the team Wednesday for the birth of his daughter but was able to make it back for Thursday's game. The 37-year-old has 36 points in 45 games after notching a goal and two helpers against Columbus.
Description: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur blasted the quality of the ice at Yankee Stadium, where New Jersey lost to the New York Rangers Sunday afternoon. "... It was the worst ice I ever played hockey on," he said. SOURCE: espnny.com
Insight: The game was delayed for over an hour to due sun glare on the ice. Perhaps Brodeur was just venting his frustration after allowing six goals on 21 shots to the rival Rangers. The 41-year-old netminder is 13-11-4 with a 2.52 GAA and an .899 SV% this season.
Description: Devils goalie Cory Schneider is second in the NHL in goals against average at 1.88 and also has a .926 save percentage.
Insight: The Devils tried to make up for a season's worth of poor support for Schneider with seven goals Tuesday in a win over the Blues. Schneider has posted a 1.11 GAA and a .960 SV% while going 4-1-2 over his last seven starts.
Description: Devils winger Damien Brunner (sprained MCL) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday, according to Rich Chere of nj.com.
Insight: Brunner suffered a sprained MCL on Dec. 20. He was hot at the time of the injury, scoring four goals with one assist in his previous four games, but he only has 13 points in 32 games for the season.
Description: New Jersey winger Patrik Elias is expected to be activated from injured reserve for Thursday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Elias has missed the past seven games, but has still managed to accumulate 25 points (seven goals) in 33 games. He's not the 96-point guy he was in 2000, but he's still a viable fantasy option.
Description: Even though his contract with New Jersey is up at the end of the year, Martin Brodeur believes he'll play at least one more season. SOURCE: The Bergen Record
Insight: Brodeur admitted that he'd consider leaving the Devils if another team offered him a contract. The 41-year-old has played well this season (12-9-4, 2.39 GAA, .902 SV%) but it seems like the team would prefer to use the equally-talented Cory Schneider (7-9-5, 1.97 GAA, .921 SV%) going forward.
Description: Devils goalie Cory Schneider has posted a 0.98 GAA and a .963 SV% his last four starts.
Insight: Schneider went 3-1-0 in that span with all four games decided by one goal, including Saturday's overtime win over the Panthers. Martin Brodeur has been roughed up lately, so we may finally see Schneider get a greater share of the starts.
Description: Devils netminder Cory Schneider captured his third shutout of the season Thursday in 1-0 win over Dallas.
Insight: Though his record doesn't reflect it (just 6-9-5), Schneider has easily been New Jersey's best goalie in 2013-14. It will be interesting to see what Schneider can do if Martin Brodeur decides to retire after the season.
Description: New Jersey winger Michael Ryder has potted nine goals in 17 games since the start of December.
Insight: He's found the net in three of the last four games. However, due to a slow start -- five goals and nine points in the first two months of the season -- he still only has 14 goals and 22 points in 44 games.
Description: New Jersey left wing Patrik Elias will definitely miss Tuesday's game but he could be back Thursday, according to TOm Gulitti of the Bergen Record.
Insight: Elias is out with what the team is calling 'total body soreness" from being hit into the boards by Tanner Glass last week. He's been placed on injured reserve but can come off for Thursday's game if he's healthy.
Description: New Jersey left wing Patrik Elias missed Thursday's practice with what was called "total body soreness," according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: Elias lasted only one shift on Tuesday, exiting after 42 seconds of play. The 37-year-old is slow to recover these days and hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 13. Still, he has 25 points in 33 games.
Description: Devils winger Ryane Clowe (concussion) will play Friday against Columbus, according to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record.
Insight: Clowe has been limited to six games this season, his first with New Jersey, due to a concussion. He had at least 45 points every year from 2008-09 to 2011-12 and is always a strong contributor of penalty minutes.
Description: Devils defenseman Andy Greene had a goal and two assists Saturday against the Capitals.
Insight: Greene has recorded a goal in two straight games and five points with 12 SOG over his last three. The 31-year-old's goal on Saturday gave him six this season, tying a career high. Greene has 20 points in 37 games.
Description: Devils winger Damien Brunner left Friday's game with a lower-body injury and will not return, according to Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Brunner appeared to suffer a right knee injury when he was checked into the boards. He came into the game with four goals and five points in his past four games after posting one point from Oct. 29 to Dec. 7.
Description: New Jersey winger Michael Ryder scored a goal for the second straight game Wednesday against Montreal.
Insight: Ryder also had one assist Wednesday, giving him three points during the Devils' back-to-back stretch against the Canadiens, the team he played with for 27 games last season. He had just nine points combined in October and November after recording 16 goals and 35 points in 46 games last season.
Description: The Devils beat the Sabres 1-0 Saturday night behind Cory Schneider's 15 saves.
Insight: Schneider had to face just 37 SOG while picking up a win in each of the last two days. New Jersey is getting fantastic goalie play from both Schneider and Martin Brodeur right now, so fantasy owners cannot expect the division of labor to change in Schneider's favor.
Description: Devils goalie Cory Schneider will start Saturday against Buffalo.
Insight: Schneider faced just 18 shots and stopped 16 in a 5-2 win at Carolina Friday night, and he'll get back-to-back starts for the first time since Oct. 22 and 24. Schneider is 3-5-1 with a 1.89 GAA and a .923 SV% in 11 starts this season.
Description: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will defend the net Saturday at San Jose.
Insight: Brodeur started off slow and looked to be clearly behind Cory Schneider on the depth chart but he's been absolutely on fire. He has won seven of his eight appearances since Oct. 26 and is back in a 50-50 split with Schneider.
Description: Devils goalie Cory Schneider will start Thursday against the Kings.
Insight: Schneider is just 1-5-3 this season despite carrying a 1.98 GAA and a .918 SV% into Thurday's game. He's currently in a 50-50 split with Martin Brodeur due to Brodeur's impressive play as of late.
Description: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur turned aside 27 of the 28 shots Pittsburgh sent at him in a 4-1 win Saturday night.
Insight: Brodeur started off slow and looked to be clearly behind Cory Schneider on the depth chart but he's been absolutely on fire since his last start of October. Over his last six games, Brodeur is 5-1 with a 0.84 GAA, a .964 SV% and two shutouts. The Devils goaltending situation should continue to be a 50-50 split.
Description: Devils goalie Cory Schneider will start for the Devils Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Schneider is 1-4-2 despite allowing just 2.27 goals per 60 minutes. Martin Brodeur has been playing better as of late and had a shutout Thursday, so we could see an even split in starts for the time being.
Description: Devils center Travis Zajac (ankle) will return to action Thursday after missing the last two games.
Insight: The Devils were shut out in both games without Zajac, but he likely wouldn't have made a difference. The 28-year-old has one goal, four points and 21 SOG in 12 games this season and hasn't been a fantasy option since 2009-10.
Description: Devils winger Jaromir Jagr's 119th career game-winning goal Tuesday night actually moved him into sole possession of second place in NHL history. It was incorrectly reported that he set the record, but he's still two away from tying Gordie Howe. SOURCE: Bergen Record
Insight: When Jagr scored his 118th game-winning goal last season, it was widely reported that Jagr had tied Phil Esposito for the most game-winning goals in NHL history and the Bruins even started putting that information in Jagr's profile in their media game notes. The Devils picked that info up when they signed him this offseason and put it in their media guide. The Elias Sports Bureau cleared up the error Tuesday.
Description: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur picked up his second straight win Tuesday against the Lightning.
Insight: Brodeur had to make just 16 saves in a 2-1 victory. He entered the game with a 1-2-2 record, a 3.32 GAA and an .871 SV% in his first five games. The 41-year-old will continue to start with Cory Schneider currently on injured reserve.
Description: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will start Saturday at Boston.
Insight: Brodeur has had a miserable start to the season, going 0-2-2 with a 3.40 GAA and an .865 SV%. He admitted this week that Cory Schneider is now the No. 1 netminder in New Jersey, but we can't see the Devils taking their future Hall of Famer out of the goalie rotation entirely. A 70-30 split is likely if Schneider keeps playing well.
Description: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur said that Cory Schneider is "in the net now to stay." "I don’t see that’s going to be changed any time soon," Brodeur said. "I’ll be ready if it is, but I think we’ve got to try to win some games somehow. This is what (coach Pete DeBoer) feels is the best opportunity for him to be successful is having (Schneider) in the net and that’s fine. If we win, everybody’s happy. Even though I don’t play, it’s more enjoyable to be around." SOURCE: Bergen Record
Insight: Schneider has a 2.21 GAA and a .917 SV% in five games, while Brodeur has played four games and owns a 3.40 GAA and an .865 SV%. The Devils aren't going to completely stop playing the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer, but we could see a 70-30 split in the starts going forward.
Description: Devils forward Damien Brunner (upper body) is expected to return to action Tuesday against the Blue Jackets, according to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record.
Insight: Coach Pete DeBoer said Brunner will play, "as long as he doesn't seize up here between now and game time." The winger suffered an upper-body injury on Oct. 13 at Winnipeg and hasn't played since Oct. 17.