Here are some notes on tonight’s game.
Devils 6-3-2.     Blues 7-3-1

Projected lines for New Jersey

Forward lines
Zubrus – Zajac – Jagr
Henrique – Elias – Ryder
Clowe – Josefson – Brunner
Ruuttu – Gionta – Bernier

Defense lines
Greene – Severson
Merrill – Larsson
Salvador – Zidlicky


Projected lines for St. Louis

Forward lines
Schwartz – Backes – Lindstrom
Steen – Lehtera – Tarasenko
Jaskin – Berlin – Ott
Reaves – Lapierre – Porter

Defense lines
Bouwmeester – Pietrangelo
Gunnarsson – Shatenkirk
Cole – Jackman


1. For the Devils to win this they will need to stay out of penalty trouble. Through out 11 games they have given other teams too much opportunity on the man advantage. It’s only a matter of time before there power play stops bailing them out.

2. Get pucks deep and keep them there. ST. Louis is a fast team good off the rush, to combat that the Devils need to get pucks deep, work the cycle down low, and not let ST. Louis come through the neutral zone with speed. If they can do that they should be ok.

3. Get on them early. ST. Louis is playing it’s second game in two nights. Last night they played the NYR and it went the distance. ST. Louis won in a shootout. I watched a lot of that game and it was fast and physical. ST. Louis should be on there heels early and the Devils need to take advantage of that before they find there legs.

4. The Devils first line needs to find the back of net. Zajac has gotten off to slow start and needs to start contributing offensively. It hurts not having Cammalleri around but someone on that line needs to score and tonight would be a good night to do it. It’s time Zajac started scoring some goals.

5. Corey Schneider. ST. Louis is going to get chances and probably good ones. Schneider is going to have to be sharp and make some key saves. It’s no coincidence that ST. Louis is on a 5 game winning streak and to snap that it’s going to have to start with Schneider.

By Steve Vullo
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