Parise looking to give the Devils a home heartbeat


Parise looking to give the Devils a home heartbeat

NEWARK, NJ Two days between Game 4 and Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals along with a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to lovely Newark could definitely put a crimp in New Jerseys momentum. But the Devils showed life in making it a 3-1 series after their victory over the Kings in Game 4, and Devils captain Zach Parise is looking forward to building on that momentum.

We were pretty anxious to get it going right after the last game. So were excited to play right now, said Parise. Especially since were at home in front of our crowd who has been great to us through the entire playoffs were excited to get it going for them.

The first goal is important, but I think as has been the case in most games in this series the least amount of mistakes is going to decide who wins or loses. Thats the way things have gone.

Parise hasnt registered a point and is a minus-2 in four games against the Kings thus far, and tried out some new sticks during an optional Saturday morning skate as he blasted a few hundred pucks at the net.

With that kind of work ethic Devils coach Pete DeBoer isnt concerned about his captain breaking through and helping bring the series back to Los Angeles for a very important Game 6.

Zachs game is so much more than the stat line, said DeBoer. Hes the heart beat of our team. Hes the identity of our team. He forechecks. He backchecks. He kills penalties. He plays in all situations. Hes our barometer and hes what makes us go whether hes scoring or not. I dont measure his game on goals and assists. Hes creating opportunities and eventually theyre going to go in."

Its tough right now for everybody to score and Im not concerned about his game. I know its going to come.

All that being said the DeBoer-proclaimed heartbeat of the team knows that its time for him to stand and deliver like that the guy thats scored 30 plus goals for the Devils in each of the last five healthy seasons for the New Jersey club.

The opportunities are there. Theyre just not going in, but were executing. Thats the difference. Trust me; wed all love to be racking up the points right now. But were doing other things well and thats how we judge our game.

But its always better if you can score and wind up on the scoresheet. You just try to leave it alone and not switch things up. Dont over analyze. All three of us have scored a lot of goals in this league and well continue to score a lot of goals in this league. But I think the more you think and critique it keeps going down and downworse and worse. You just leave it alone.

The Kings have to hope that Parise continues going down and down in the series, but hes generated 15 shots on net in the four games and will eventually break through if given enough time and space to attack. Thats what the heartbeat of a Cup-winning team would do with untold free agent riches waiting on the horizon.

Monday, Oct. 24: Bergeron the best defensive forward ever?


Monday, Oct. 24: Bergeron the best defensive forward ever?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while giving The Walking Dead credit for delivering a pile driver to me as a TV viewer last night. I did not see all of that coming.

*Plenty of questions and answers about the Calgary Flames as they’ve looked a little shaky in the early going this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has the Edmonton Oilers straightening things out after the brutal loss to Buffalo.

*NHL captains like Steve Stamkos carry the heavy weight of tradition on their shoulders as they go about their business.

*The Hockey News wonders if Patrice Bergeron is the best defensive forward to ever play in the NHL. I’m certain he’s in the conversation, but that’s a big, bold statement that deserves some heavy consideration. After all, he never had to defend Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Orr, Mike Bossy, Gordie Howe or any other number of offensive stars. I certainly think he should be in the select club he would join if/when he wins his fourth Selke Trophy.

*Minnesota D-man Matt Dumba was nearly scratched by the Minnesota Wild, and he says that he’s never going to let that happen again.

*The Anaheim Ducks placed Simon Despres on long term injured reserve as they try to stay afloat salary cap-wise, and avoid dealing off a player in-season.

*For something completely different: The Boston Celtics break ground on a new practice facility adjacent to the new Bruins place.

Bruins recall Subban, Khudobin leaves practice early


Bruins recall Subban, Khudobin leaves practice early

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The B’s goaltending carousel continued on Monday with young netminder Malcolm Subban getting recalled by the NHL club on emergency recall after Zane McIntyre was sent back down to the P-Bruins on Sunday.

Subban started on the ice with the rest of the team at Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena along with Anton Khudobin, but the Russian backup goalie departed the ice early from Monday’s practice presumably with some kind of injury. 

Claude Julien said the Bruins would roll with whatever punches get thrown their way in the form of goalie injuries, but it’s reaching DEFCON danger levels if the Bruins are forced to start a goalie in Subban that’s been pulled in two of his four AHL appearances.

“Khudobin got injured and couldn’t practice with us, but I haven’t heard anything yet [on an update],” said Julien. “This is hockey. We deal with it on daily basis with the injuries. We wait for the news and then it’s about doing your job as it’s required. If we have to make some adjustments and have some different personnel, then we’ll deal with it when we have more of an update. Tuukka is still day-to-day, so nothing is changed there.”

Subban has been pulled from two of his four starts for Providence this season, and the former first round pick is 0-3-1 with 4.50 goals against average and .846 save percentage after coming back from last season’s fractured larynx injury.

Tuukka Rask was once again absent from the practice ice, and hasn’t skated with the team since last playing in Thursday night’s win over the New Jersey Devils while clearly dealing with a lower body injury. So the Bruins ended Monday’s practice with only Subban between the pipes, and a swiss-cheese-like blue shooting tarp covering the other net for the B’s shooters.

With that in mind, here are the line combos and D-pairings for Monday’s practice with the Minnesota Wild coming to town on Tuesday:







Liles-C. Miller



Khudobin (left early)