I finally got to visit the Devils' new digs in Newark, New Jersey. It's shiny, with lots of impressive amenities that the old Meadowlands haunt could never afford. But for all the newness, there is little difference on the ice. The Devils still choke the life out an opponent with the best of them.
The Devils have reeled off seven-straight wins after going through what new coach
I'm sure that's part of it, but the fact that the Devils played their first nine games of the season on the road while waiting for the Prudential Center to come on line also was a factor in their uneven start. Furthermore, you can't overlook the fact that they also began the campaign without mainstays
"Some guys lead quietly by example. That's Jamie's style", extolled Sutter.
For his part, Langenbrunner acknowledged that praise from his coach resonates because,"It means a lot coming from him -- someone I admired growing up and playing against him my first couple of years in the league." His response indicates a real respect factor for Sutter, and that's the ingredient this team has struggled with recently.
Sutter has this edition of the Devils playing crisper and more efficiently than in recent memory. The top line of
It all hangs together due to the puck-stopping prowess of goaltender
Of course, we've seen it all before from the Devils. Right now, though, it seems they are a sharper, more assured version of themselves. It' almost as if their focused play is mirroring the better lighting and upgraded offerings at Prudential Center: No innovations, just improvements on ground long since covered.
The Devils play just two games this week, hosting the Bruins Wednesday and visiting Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers on Sunday. With Brodeur in New Jersey,
In Montreal on Tuesday, the Red Wings come to town to take on the Canadiens. With all of the other Original Six franchises visiting this season, the Canadiens decided to honor legends from the other teams -- guys who made those early days of rivalry full of memories to revel in. Nice promotion and acknowledgement of the league's storied past.
You can see the game nationally on the Versus Network.