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.
Description: New Jersey center Damien Brunner missed Saturday's win over the Rangers.
Insight: He's dealing with an upper-body injury. Coach Peter DeBoer said he doesn't think the injury is serious but didn't have an update for reporters after the game, according to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record.
Description: Cory Schneider blocked 22 shots Saturday against the Rangers to pick up his first shutout as a member of the New Jersey Devils.
Insight: Schneider gave up three goals in each of his first two starts but he has allowed two on 56 shots in his last two games. The Devils won't give up on Martin Brodeur, who is 0-2-2 with a 3.40 GAA and an .865 SV%, but Schneider might be able to turn this into a 60-40 split if he keeps playing well.
Description: New Jersey center Damien Brunner is expected to be a game-time decision ahead of Saturday's 7 p.m. start against the Rangers. SOURCE: The Bergen Record
Insight: The Devils wouldn't reveal his injury, just saying that Brunner is "dealing with some nagging stuff." It sounds like the usual wear and tear of a grinding season and nothing serious. Our money's on Brunner suiting up tonight against the Blue Shirts.
Description: The X-rays on Devils winger Ryane Clowe's foot came back negative and he skated Thursday, according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: Clowe was hit in the right foot by a puck in the second period. "Everything was good, Clowe said. "It was just swollen the last couple of days. It felt good on the ice. The hardest part was getting it in the skate, but once I got out there it was fine" Clowe sounds likely to play Friday at Calgary.
Description: Devils netminder Cory Schneider will start Tuesday's starter against the Canucks, his former team.
Insight: Roberto Luongo's contract made it difficult to move him so the Canucks decided to trade Schneider instead. The 27-year-old Schneider gave up three goals in a season-opening loss to Pittsburgh and will continue to split starts with Martin Brodeur.
Description: Winger Michael Ryder scored his first Devils goal Friday against the Islanders.
Insight: Ryder is one of the players New Jersey brought in to replace the offense lost when David Clarkson signed with Toronto and Ilya Kovalchuk left for the KHL. He had 62 points in 82 games in 2011-12 and produced at an identical pace last season (35 points in 46 games).
Description: Devils forward Damien Brunner had two goals on four shots Friday against the Islanders.
Insight: He did that after taking eight SOG in the season opener Thursday. With David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk gone, the Devils needs players like Brunner to fill the void. Fantasy owners shouldn't overlook the second-year player.
Description: Devils forward Damien Brunner had eight SOG in the season opener Thursday.
Insight: David Clarkson, who signed with Toronto in the offseason, led the Devils in 2012-13 with 180 SOG, 47 more than any other player on the team. The Devils need someone to take his place and Brunner will be one of the options.
Description: Netminder Cory Schneider will make his Devils debut Thursday versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: Martin Brodeur will get the start Friday in the Devils' home opener. Schneider should eventually become the starter in New Jersey, though in 2013-14 he'll probably have to settle for a timeshare with Brodeur.
Description: Devils forward Patrik Elias (undisclosed) practiced Tuesday and should be able to play in the season opener Thursday.
Insight: Elias said Monday that he was over his undisclosed injury but the Devils went ahead and placed him on the injured reserve list. We'd be surprised if he doesn't play Thursday after practicing Tuesday.
Description: Veteran right wing Jaromir Jagr will play alongside Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac to start the season.
Insight: Jagr didn't do much during the preseason. The 2013-14 campaign will be Jagr's 20th season in the NHL and at age 41 fantasy owners can expect him to be in and out of the lineup. He can still fill up the net (16 goals, 19 assists in 45 games last season). He'll be worth having in all fantasy formats.
Description: The Devils have signed Damien Brunner to a two-year, $5 million contract, according to Rich Chere of NJ.com.
Insight: The Devils brought in Brunner on a tryout contract and he impressed during training camp. As a rookie with the Detroit Red Wings last season, the former Swiss league star scored 12 goals and had 26 points in 44 games. He could play a top-six role with New Jersey and is worth a late-round draft pick.
Description: Veteran right wing Jaromir Jagr was forced from Thursday's practice due to soreness.
Insight: The 2013-14 campaign will be Jagr's 20th season in the NHL and at age 41, these things are going to happen. He can still fill up the net (16 goals, 19 assists in 45 games last season). He'll be worth having in all fantasy formats.
Description: Veteran right wing Jaromir Jagr has agreed to a one-year deal with the Devils. SOURCE: Pierre LeBrun, ESPN
Insight: The 2013-14 campaign will be Jagr's 20th season in the NHL. Even at age 41, he can still find the net (16 goals, 19 assists last season). He'll be worth having in all fantasy formats next season.
Description: Former New Jersey right wing Ilya Kovalchuk will play for St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL next season. SOURCE: Dmitry Chesnokov, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Kovalchuk stunned the hockey world by announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday. Turns out, Kovalchuk never wanted to quit hockey. He just wanted to play closer to home, which he now has the opportunity to do by playing in Russia. Kovalchuk's decision to leave the United States for Europe has already generated plenty of controversy. Jeremy Roenick, who played in the NHL from 1988 to 2009, had this to say on his Twitter account: "Kovalchuk is as selfish as they come!!! I'm appalled ... Hey Ilya, hope u live comfortably in Russia w the money u made from the 23 million u stole from the devils."
Description: Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk has walked away from $77 million in future salary by announcing his retirement from the NHL.
Insight: "This decision was something I have thought about for a long time going back to the lockout and spending the year in Russia. Though I decided to return this past season, Lou (general manager Lou Lamoriello) was aware of my desire to go back home and have my family there with me. The most difficult thing for me is to leave the New Jersey Devils, a great organization that I have a lot of respect for, and our fans that have been great to me." Kovalchuk will likely sign with a KHL team.
Description: Renaud Lavoie from RDS is reporting that right wing Ryan Clowe has agreed to a five-year, $24.25 million contract with New Jersey.
Insight: He won't have to travel far as the Devils play just 20 miles south of Manhattan where Clowe finished up his 2013 campaign with the New York Rangers. Clowe only produced three goals in 2013 but he made up for it by handing out 16 assists.
Description: In perhaps the biggest trade of this year's draft (at least so far) the Canucks sent goalie Cory Schneider to the Devils for the ninth overall pick.
Insight: We thought for sure if Vancouver was going to trade one of its goalies it would have been Roberto Luongo. Instead, Schneider is the one packing his bags. Schneider should become the starter in New Jersey at some point though in 2013-14 he'll probably have to settle for a timeshare with veteran Martin Brodeur.
Description: Devils center Adam Henrique was a healthy scratch Tuesday but he'll return to action Thursday against Pittsburgh, according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: Henrique missed the first two weeks of the season while recovering from an injury and he has been a major disappointment since then. After posting four goals and six points in his first seven games, Henrique has seven goals and 10 points in his last 33 games.
Description: Devils winger David Clarkson had a goal and an assist Saturday against Florida.
Insight: This season started out so well for Clarkson, as he had 10 goals and 17 points over his first 20 games, but even with Saturday's output he has just four goals and six points over his last 24 games. Overall, he's on a similar pace to last season, when he had 30 goals and 46 points in 80 games. Per 82 games this season, he's on a 26-goal and 43-point pace.
Description: Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) will not travel with the team to Philadelphia, according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: Kovalchuk (10 G, 17 A in 32 games) initially said he would accompany the team to Philly Wednesday afternoon and decide after Thursday's morning skate if he would play Thursday night against the Flyers, but the Devils decided to leave him back. He hasn't played since March 23 and the Devils haven't won a game since.
Description: Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday, but will not be ready to play in Friday's game with Ottawa.
Insight: Kovalchuk (10 G, 17 A in 32 games) is a must start whenever he returns, but the team likely won't allow that until his shoulder is completely healed. Monday is a more likely date for his return.
Description: The league has handed New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov a four-game suspension for elbowing Bruins left wing Brad Marchand in the head on Wednesday.
Insight: Fantasy owners won't miss Volchenkov (one goal and three assists this season) but they will miss Marchand if the head injury he suffered turns out to be serious. Marchand leads the team in points (33) and goals (16) this season. For now, the B's are listing him as day-to-day.
Description: Devils backup goaltender Johan Hedberg is expected to miss Wednesday's game against Boston with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Hedberg hasn't played since mid-March because he's struggled to a 2.73 GAA and .886 save percentage. At this point Martin Brodeur should start from here on out. Keith Kinkaid will back up Bordeur.
Description: Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) returned to practice Tuesday but said he's still "a few more days" away from being ready to return from his injury, according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: Kovalchuk (10 G, 17 A in 32 games) hasn't played since March 23. "Conditioning-wise I feel good," Kovalchuk said. "That never was as a problem. I just want to make sure I’m 100 percent when I’m in contact and I can shoot the one-timers and I can take the hard wrist shots. It’s definitely going to take a few more days." Devils coach Pete DeBoer said that the team is taking it "day by day," but added that he isn't going to wait until his shoulder is completely healed either.
Description: Devils coach Pete DeBoer said that Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) is making progress and should be back for the stretch drive, but there is still no timetable for his return and he isn't expected to play this weekend, according to a Bergen Record report.
Insight: Kovalchuk (10 G, 17 A in 32 games) hasn't played since March 23.
Description: The initial prognosis is that Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk will miss 2-4 weeks with a right shoulder injury, according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: However, that prognosis was made without Kovalchuk having an MRI. He'll undergo an MRI Sunday to get a more definitive diagnosis. GM Lou Lamoriello was confident Kovalchuk would not require surgery.
Description: Devils center Travis Zajac handed out two assists for the second straight game Saturday against the Panthers.
Insight: Zajac found Patrik Elias and David Clarkson for goals in the second period. He has been a disappointment this year with five goals and eight assists in 32 games despite getting extended ice time as a center for all of the team's top scorers.
Description: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur played his first game since Feb. 21 Thursday against the Hurricanes and saved 17 of 18 shots while also picking up his third career goal in a 4-1 win. Brodeur missed a month due to a pinched nerve in his upper back.
Insight: Brodeur was the last Devils player to touch the puck before Jordan Staal made an errant pass that bounced off the boards and into his own net. Carolina was working on a delayed penalty so netminder Dan Ellis was on his way off the ice, leaving the net vacant. Brodeur improved to 9-2-3 with the win.
Description: New Jersey Devils winger Dainius Zubrus, who underwent wrist surgery on Feb. 14, has begun skating.
Insight: Zubrus was expected to miss four-to-six weeks and it looks like it will be closer to the six- week mark as he's still not cleared to hold a stick, according to a Bergen Record report. He scored four points in the first nine games before the injury and totaled 44 points (17 G, 27 A) in 2011-12.
Description: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (back) won't travel to Philadelphia for Friday's game but coach Pete DeBoer has not ruled him out for Saturday's game against Montreal, according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: "It’s really day to day," DeBoer said. "We’re waking up on a daily basis, having conversations with him and seeing how he feels. I can’t tell you anything more than that." Brodeur hasn't played since Feb. 21. Johan Hedberg has won two straight games but owns a 3-6-1 record and 3.42 GAA since Brodeur last played.
Description: Devils forward Patrik Elias has scored a goal in three straight games.
Insight: Elias' line with David Clarkson and Adam Henrique was firing on all cylinders earlier this season but all three have slowed down. Even with a goal in three straight, Elias only has four points over his last eight games.
Description: Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk had a pair of goals Saturday.
Insight: Kovalchuk had three assists in his last four games prior to Saturday but hadn't scored a goal since Feb. 23. He has underwhelmed with nine goals and 13 assists in 25 games but fantasy owners have to like all the SOG (91).
Description: Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg was pulled from Tuesday's start after allowing three goals on 11 shots in 33 minutes but he'll get the nod Thursday.
Insight: Hedberg has been awful since mid-February but the team has no choice but to start him with Martin Brodeur (back) on injured reserve unless it wants to go with Keith Kinkaid, an undrafted rookie who made his NHL debut Tuesday in relief.
Description: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (back) will miss at least two more games, according to NHL.com.
Insight: When asked about the injury earlier this week, Brodeur said, "Everything is fine. I don't think it's a big deal. I don't think anybody around here is worried about it." But the goaltender hasn't played since Feb. 21 and won't return for Monday or Tuesday's game. Johan Hedberg is 0-3-1 with 14 goals allowed since Brodeur last played.
Description: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur (injured reserve with a back injury) isn't eligible to come off the injured list until after Saturday's game, so Johan Hedberg will be in goal Saturday.
Insight: When asked about the injury earlier this week, Brodeur said, "Everything is fine. I don't think it's a big deal. I don't think anybody around here is worried about it." Fantasy owners need their starter back in the lineup as he's played very well this season (8-2-3, 2.27 GAA, .911 SV%).
Description: According to The Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti, the Devils have placed goaltender Martin Brodeur on injured reserve with a back injury.
Insight: When asked about the injury earlier this week, Brodeur said, "Everything is fine. I don't think it's a big deal. I don't think anybody around here is worried about it." However, he'll now be out until at least March 4.
Description: According to The Record's Tom Gulitti, New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur is dealing with a minor back injury.
Insight: That's why Brodeur sat out Sunday against Winnipeg. When asked about the injury, Brodeur said, "Everything is fine. I don't think it's a big deal. I don't think anybody around here is worried about it." The Devils don't play again until Thursday so Brodeur will have a few days to heal up.
Description: Johan Hedberg got the start in net Sunday against Winnipeg instead of veteran Martin Brodeur.
Insight: Brodeur (8-2-3, 2.27 GAA) was expected to get the start but the coaching staff went with Hedberg instead after Brodeur experienced soreness during warmups. For now, consider the 40-year-old Brodeur day-to-day.
Description: Devils winger David Clarkson is questionable for Thursday's game against Washington due to a strained neck.
Insight: Clarkson, a 30-goal scorer last season, is off to a great start with 10 goals, six assists and 67 shots in 16 games. He's also producing his usual high-PIM total (35), making him one of the best all-around players in fantasy hockey.
Description: New Jersey Devils backup goaltender Johan Hedberg will get the start Saturday against the New York Islanders.
Insight: Hedberg was one of the best backup netminders in the NHL last season, winning 17 games with a 2.22 GAA and .918 save percentage and he has been almost untouchable in his first three starts this season (2-0-1, .973 saves percentage, 0.65 GAA). He's a viable spot starter for any fantasy owner needing goaltending help.
Description: Devils forward David Clarkson scored the game-winner Friday against the Flyers.
Insight: Clarkson, a 30-goal scorer last season, is having a career year with 10 goals, six assists and 60 shots in 14 games. He's also producing his usual high-PIM total, making him one of the best all-around players in fantasy hockey.
Description: Devils forward Patrik Elias had a goal and two assists, two SOG and a plus-3 rating Friday against the Flyers.
Insight: Elias had a positive differential for 12 straight seasons before putting up one in the red the last two years. He's at plus-10 through 14 games. The winger is also playing at better than a point-per-game pace with 18 points (4 G, 14 A) and has 11 over his last six contests.
Description: Devils winger Dainius Zubrus is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Carolina with an upper body injury. According to nj.com the team is concerned that this is a long-term problem which might require surgery.
Insight: Zubrus scored 17 goals and 27 assist in the last season and has posted a plus rating in four of the past five seasons. He's got a goal and three assists in nine games this season.
Description: Martin Brodeur has won his last three starts, but Devils backup goaltender Johan Hedberg will get the start Sunday against Pittsburgh. Hedberg saved all 22 shots that came his way last Sunday in a shutout of the Islanders.
Insight: Hedberg was one of the best backup netminders in the NHL last season, winning 17 games with a 2.22 GAA and .918 save percentage and he has been untouchable in his first two starts (.980 saves percentage, 0.48 GAA). He faces a tough opponent Sunday in the Penguins.
Description: Devils blueliner Andy Greene has six points in 10 games. He scored a goal and had one assist Thursday night.
Insight: Greene's career high in points is 37, and that came back in 2009-10. He had just 16 in 56 last season but he is also playing more frequently on the power play this season. Both of his points Thursday came with the man advantage, giving him four PPP on the season.
Description: Devils forward Patrik Elias assisted on all three of New Jersey's goals Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Elias was nearly a point-per-game player last season (78 in 81) and he's ahead of that pace so far in 2012-13. In nine games Elias has two goals and eight assists. Elias has fantastic chemistry with David Clarkson, especially on the power play.
Description: Devils forward David Clarkson scored the team's final two goals in a 3-1 win over the Rangers Tuesday night. He finished with three shots and a plus-2 differential.
Insight: Clarkson has seven goals, four assists, 38 shots and 11 penalty minutes in nine games. He had 30 goals on 228 shots last season despite not getting top-six ice time. He's getting both top-six and power-play minutes this season.
Description: Devils center Adam Henrique said he "feels good" after playing his first three games of the season following a long layoff due to thumb surgery. SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger (NJ.com)
Insight: "Conditioning-wise I feel good," Henrique said. "The thumb feels good. There are no issues. The thing is, anytime you have an extended period of time off you're going to be a little bit rusty. I was happy with the weekend and the way my game progressed." Henrique had two points (1 G, 1 A) with four SOG through his first three games.
Description: Devils backup goaltender Johan Hedberg saved all 22 shots that came his way Sunday in a shutout of the Islanders.
Insight: Hedberg was one of the best backup netminders in the NHL last season, winning 17 games with a 2.22 GAA and .918 SV%, and he has been untouchable in his first two starts (.980 SV%, 0.48 GAA). He should get more starts as the season wears on.
Description: Devils center Adam Henrique (thumb) has been confirmed to play Thursday for the first time this season. SOURCE: The Bergen Record
Insight: Henrique underwent surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb in late November. Henrique will initially play on the fourth line with Krys Barch and Matt Anderson before moving up to the top six.
Description: Devils center Adam Henrique (thumb) could be ready to return as soon as Thursday. Cam Janssen was waived "to create a roster spot at this point," Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said. That spot will likely be for Henrique. SOURCE: The Bergen Record
Insight: Henrique tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb back on Nov. 25 in an AHL game and had to have surgery. Lamoriello wouldn't commit to the forward playing Thursday, calling him day-to-day. Dainius Zubrus has been getting a lot of playing time on two lines -- one with Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac and another with Patrik Elias and David Clarkson. Henrique could bump either Zubrus or Zajac off the Kovalchuk line when he returns.
Description: Devils backup goaltender Johan Hedberg saved 27 of 28 shots Tuesday against the Bruins but had to take a tough-luck 2-1 loss after Boston won a shootout.
Insight: Hedberg was one of the best backup netminders in the NHL last season, winning 17 games with a 2.22 GAA and .918 SV%. He hadn't started yet this season since New Jersey had not played a back-to-back. Once the games get more packed together for the Devils, Hedberg should get more playing time to give 40-year-old Martin Brodeur some rest.
Description: Devils goaltender Marty Brodeur hasn't needed a backup yet this season. He'll be out there again Sunday against the Canadiens for his fourth consecutive start.
Insight: Brodeur is 3-0 with a 0.98 GAA and .958 SV% at age 40. New Jersey hasn't played a back-to-back yet so Brodeur hasn't needed to sit. We suspect he'll get a rest for one of the games during a back-to-back on Feb. 2-3.
Description: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur picked up win No. 2 with a shutout Tuesday against the Flyers. He saved all 24 of the shots he saw.
Insight: Brodeur (2-0-0) has only faced 43 shots in two games and he has saved 42 of them. The veteran has come out of the lockout ready to roll. He'll be helped by the fact that New Jersey doesn't play a back-to-back until Feb. 2-3, giving him a chance to potentially start six straight games.
Description: Devils center Adam Henrique (thumb) will return in 7-10 days. SOURCE: Tom Gulitti, Bergen Record
Insight: Henrique tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb back on Nov. 25 in an AHL game but he's getting close. If Henrique can return for New Jersey's game on Feb. 2 against the Penguins he will have missed just six games.
Description: Devils center Adam Henrique (thumb) said his rehab from surgery to re-attach ligaments in his left thumb is "going well" but he could miss "a couple more weeks." SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: Henrique tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb back on Nov. 25 in an AHL game. The forward scored 16 goals with 35 assists in 74 games last season, his first major action in the NHL. Fortunately, the Devils don't have any back-to-backs until Feb. 2-3 so Henrique may miss less than 10 games.
Description: New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk said that he is waiting for the official announcement of the new CBA; he's playing in the KHL now to "stay in shape." SOURCE: Dmitry Chesnokov, Yahoo! Sports
Insight: According to the Bergen Record, there were rumors that Kovalchuk might remain in Russia to play in the Kontinental Hockey League even after the NHL lockout officially ends. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that a player's NHL contract could be voided if the player continues to play in the KHL while under contract in the NHL.
Description: Devils center Adam Henrique had the cast removed from his hand this week (thumb), but will likely require about more four weeks of rehab before he can get back to playing hockey.
Insight: Henrique tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb back on Nov. 25 in an AHL game. He posted 16 goals and 35 assists last season and should be on a roster in all fantasy leagues despite the injury.