The Boston Bruins might have written the book on busting through to the playoffs despite a rash of injuries to key people — including star center Patrice Bergeron — last season, but this year the New Jersey Devils are rewriting that tome and making the tale even less believable.
No one could have predicted the success the Devils have had since future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur went out of the line-up with an elbow injury after the Devils’ Nov. 1 win. But heading into tonight’s home date with the Bruins, New Jersey is still sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference, just one point out of fifth. Since the loss of Brodeur, New Jersey has compiled a 13-7-1 record, mostly with former Boston College standout Scott Clemmensen (11-1-1 in his last 13 outings) filling in between the pipes. (more…)