Tuesday, February 1, 2011
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Prior to Tuesday night’s game, Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek dispelled any notion that he aims to sell the franchise. Vanderbeek’s minority partner, Brick City LLC, has different intentions as they have explored selling their stake in the team along with arena naming rights. With the Devils managing partner clearing the air, there was a hockey game underway at the Prudential Center. The Devils faced off with the Ottawa Senators, a team New Jersey will need to leap frog if they hope to capture the eighth and final playoff spot.
Although the postseason may be a pipe dream the Devils have a championship pedigree that cannot be ignored. Goaltender Martin Brodeur has been in rare form earning a save percentage of 0.94 against Ottawa, while his defensemen shielded the net allowing only 16 shots on goal. Danius Zubrus earned first star honors with his third period tie-breaking goal. The Devils lone all-star, Patrick Elias, lit the lamp in the second period securing the game’s third star award.
New Jersey will enjoy Wednesday off before they venture across the Hudson River to tangle with the reveled New York Rangers Thursday at Madison Square Garden. In three head to head matchups this season,the Blue Shirts outscored the Devils a combined 12 -2, with New Jersey dropping all three contests. New Jersey aims to get off the snide against their cross river rivals and skate out of the world’s most famous arena with their eighth win in the last ten games.