Yes, you read that correctly. The Devils defeated the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning in regulation, 5-4, last night. This is important because, for once, the Devils got 2 points without giving their opponent any. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of many more regulation wins to come.
Tonight, the Devils may have a more difficult task when they face the irksome Florida Panthers. You may recall the last time these two teams faced each other (on November 21st), the Panthers rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the 3rd period to win the game 4-3 in regulation. The good news is, the Panthers are on a 2 game losing skid. The Panthers have certainly surpassed everyone’s expectations so far this season, though, so the Devils need to ride the momentum from last night’s win into Sunrise, FL.
And just in case it escaped your notice (as it did mine), the Devils made a trade yesterday. They acquired defenseman Kurtis Foster and an AHL goalie from Anaheim for Rod Pelley and Mark Fraser. Foster is apparently a strong offensive defenseman, so let’s hope he can add some points. (Let’s also hope he can actually play defense since Anton Volchenkov and Andy Greene are both injured). I know there are going to be a few diappointed Mark Fraser fans out there, but I think that, if Foster can score a goal or two, this trade was definitly a good one for the Devils.
Adam Henrique is emerging as one of the contenders to win this year’s Calder Trophy as top rookie in the league. Last night, he had 1 goal and 2 assists combining for his first 3 point game. He’s second on the team only to Patrik Elias in points (Adam has 26, Patty has 29 but Adam has played 3 less games than Patty), he leads the team in assists (16) and he’s a plus-3. Adam is also 2nd among all rookies in points and assists.