I’m off to Newark in a moment, but first a couple of tidbits from “The Record’s Tom Gulitti’s excellent Devils blog”:http://njmg.typepad.com/devilsblog/:
<li>The Devils not only have seven defensemen, they will skate all seven defensemen tonight against the Rangers. This means they’ll have 11 forwards. Here are the lines:
Zach Parise-Travis Zajac-Jamie Langenbrunner; Jay Pandolfo-John Madden-Patrik Elias; Brian Gionta-Dainius Zubrus-David Clarkson; Mike Rupp and Petr Vrana will skate with a rotating forward.
Defensemen: Bryce Salvador-Johnny Oduya; Colin White-Mike Mottau; Anssi-Salmela-Jay Leach-Sheldon Brookbank.
Goaltender: Kevin Weekes.
<li>Paul Martin (upper body soreness) will be a scratch for the fifth straight game.
<li>Kevin Weekes is taking full credit for carrying the Rangers to the playoffs. OK, not really, but here’s how he summarized his career in New York:
“You know what? I’m past that now,” he said. “When I was there we made the playoffs both years and that was a great experience just that in itself.”
That’s it for now…