Player News - Devils

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Stephen Gionta was the beneficiary of the new coaching regime in New Jersey as he saw some time on the power play.

The Devils used Gionta for 1:51 minutes with the man-advantage, as he saw action on the second unit. Gionta had seen only 44 seconds in his previous 36 games so this was a big deal for the veteran fourth liner. He has three goals and six points this season so the bump up to the power play still does not make him fantasy worthy.
Dec 28 - 9:08 AM

New co-coach Scott Stevens still thinks that Adam Larsson can produce offensively in the NHL.

And not just produce but produce at a high level. Larsson was drafted fourth overall in the 2011 Draft but has struggled at the NHL level which is not surprising for a very young defenseman. "Forget where you’re drafted, forget what people expected just be an important part of this team," Stevens declared. He also said that Larsson needs to get back the coach's trust. Don't give up on him yet.
Dec 28 - 9:03 AM

Martin Havlat (illness) skated on his own Saturday.

Havlat tested negative for mumps, so that is the good news. Consider him day-to-day for now. Havlat has eight points in 22 games this season so he really should not be on your fantasy team unless you are in a very deep pool.
Dec 28 - 8:54 AM

Steve Bernier notched the only goal for the Devils, who fell 3-1 to the Rangers on Saturday night.

Three new coaches, same results for the Devils, who continue to struggle to sustain any offense. Bernier’s goal was his third of the season, and he has 10 points, so he’s not worth looking at in fantasy leagues. Eric Gelinas and Tuomo Ruutu got the helpers.
Dec 27 - 9:41 PM

Cory Schneider kicked aside 25 shots in the Devils’ 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night.

Can’t fault Schneider for this loss, like usual. He gave up two goals in the game — both to Derek Stepan, once shorthanded, the other with the Rangers on the power play. The workhorse has a 2.50 goals-against average and. 917 save percentage this season, but just an 11-17-4 record.
Dec 27 - 9:41 PM

Scott Clemmensen has been diagnosed with the mumps, according to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record

Clemmensen is currently in the AHL, and he becomes the second player there to be diagnosed with the virus. There have been 21 confirmed cases at the NHL level. Clemmensen has a 2.28 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in seven games.
Dec 27 - 7:38 PM

New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez enters the 1,000th regular season game of his NHL career.

Gomez spent the bulk of his best years with the Devils, so it's fitting that he'll hit this milestone during his second tour in New Jersey. If he uses this as inspiration, Adam Henrique and Jaromir Jagr may benefit as his linemates.
Dec 27 - 6:56 PM

Tim Sestito will be in the Devils lineup Saturday night against the Rangers.

With Martin Havlat and Patrick Elias now sidelined, the rugged fourth liner will get a chance to stick in the lineup for a few more games. He will play the wing alongside Jacob Josefson and Jordin Tootoo but will not have much fantasy value except for this ability to obtain penalty minutes.
Dec 27 - 5:44 PM

Seth Helgeson expected to be a healthy scratch Saturday night against the New York Rangers.

With Peter Harrold finding himself back in the lineup on a regular basis, it appears Helgeson will be the odd man out on the blue line for the Devils for the time being. Helgeson has just one assist in 17 games played, so he was not helping any fantasy owners any way.
Dec 27 - 5:42 PM

Cory Schneider is set to start for the Devils Saturday night against the Rangers.

Schneider is currently riding a five game losing streak but will look to turn things around against the cross-town rival Rangers Saturday night. In what's been a disappointing year for the Devils keeper, Schneider has been lights out in four career starts again the Blue Shirts, posting a 1.78 goals-against-average and .931 save percentage.
Dec 27 - 4:59 PM

The injury-depleted New Jersey Devils will get Jacob Josefson back on Saturday.

Josefson's been dealing with a groin injury. He's not much of a factor as far as fantasy is concerned, but this note might be relevant to some.
Dec 27 - 1:16 PM

The New Jersey Devils get Dainius Zubrus back in the lineup on Saturday.

He missed time with leg lacerations. With just four points in 28 games so far in 2014-15, this is more of a JFYI than pertinent information for virtually all fantasy hockey owners.
Dec 27 - 1:14 PM

In a strange development, the New Jersey Devils will essentially employ Scott Stevens and Adam Oates as "co-coaches" through the 2014-15 season.

Beyond that, there are no guarantees (and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is known for unusual coaching decisions, in general). It's difficult to tell what kind of impact this situation will have on the broader fantasy picture in New Jersey, although Oates could conceivably given the Devils' PP unit a boost.
Dec 27 - 12:45 PM

The New Jersey Devils have recalled Tim Sestito from the minors.

The Devils sent Sestito down on Christmas Eve and recalled him this morning. He has no fantasy value.
Dec 27 - 10:57 AM

Michael Ryder has been diagnosed with the mumps.

Ryder becomes the 21st NHLer this season to get the mumps. He has only four goals and 14 points in 33 games this season so this illness should not affect your fantasy team.
Dec 27 - 10:53 AM

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