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Road trip from hell

Jacques Lemaire has the Devils off to an 11-4-0 start. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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Jacques Lemaire has the Devils off to an 11-4-0 start. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Just imagine what’s going to happen when the New Jersey Devils start winning at home.

The Devils, who started the season with consecutive losses in their home rink, are 8-0-0 on the road and have won five straight. However, they remain a game under .500 with a 3-4-0 record in their own building.

Coach Jacques Lemaire has New Jersey playing the kind of sound defensive hockey everybody expected when he returned east to once again coach the team he guided to a Stanley Cup in 1995.

Zach Parise is driving the offense with seven goals and 17 points through 15 games. Center Travis Zajac, meanwhile, continues his progression and is nearly a point-per-game player (13 in 15) to start the year.

A franchise that’s always about the collective ahead of individuals will have to suck it up and celebrate some isolated achievements as GM Lou Lamoriello enters the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday in the builders category, while all-world goalie Martin Brodeur is just one shutout from tying former Wings great Terry Sawchuk for the all-time lead at 103.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
L10
THE SCOOP
1
San Jose Sharks
3
12–4–2
8–1–1
Joe Pavelski returns from broken foot with a goal and an assist in drubbing of Pens
2
New Jersey Devils
6
11–4–0
8–2–0
Their 2.20 goals-against average is the best in the league; like '95 all over again
3
Colorado Avalanche
2
12–4–2
6–3–1
Oilers finally tagged Colorado with its first home loss after six straight wins
4
Washington Capitals
7
10–3–4
7–1–2
For the first time since the lockout ended, Caps have to find a way to win without Ovie for an extended period of time...umm, just kidding
5
Calgary Flames
4
10–4–1
6–3–1
Responded with three straight wins after a serious scolding from coach Brent Sutter
6
Philadelphia Flyers
13
9–4–1
6–3–1
Seem to be hitting a rhythm for the first time this season, winning four in a row
7
Pittsburgh Penguins
1
12–5–0
6–4–0
Kris Letang latest body to hit a Pens infirmary that's quickly getting crowded
8
Los Angeles Kings
9
10–5–2
6–2–2
Lost in all the talk of Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth is the productive play of Jarret Stoll
9
Buffalo Sabres
5
9–4–1
6–4–0
magine if coach Lindy Ruff bodychecked Brett Hull out of the way during his Hall induction speech, leaned over the mic and said, "I still say no goal!
10
Vancouver Canucks
12
10–8–0
7–3–0
Hard not to feel good for Andrew Raycroft's recent success given his struggles on bad teams for many preceding seasons
11
Columbus Blue Jackets
14
9–5–2
4–4–2
Sad to hear news of severe financial struggles just as Jackets are finally turning the corner
12
Chicago Blackhawks
8
8–5–2
5–4–1
Captain Jonathan Toews is expected back from his concussion Monday versus the Kings
13
Phoenix Coyotes
15
10–7–0
5–5–0
Just one goal and three points on the year for Peter Mueller
14
New York Rangers
10
10–7–1
3–6–1
Could be in for a world of hurt with top two centers Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky injured in Saturday's loss to Calgary
15
Detroit Red Wings
21
7–5–3
5–2–3
Speaking of banged up teams, Red Wings lose another body as Jason Williams sustains broken leg
16
Tampa Bay Lightning
23
6–4–5
4–3–3
Return home for two games this week where they have yet to lose a game in regulation.
17
Ottawa Senators
16
7–5–2
4–4–2
A sigh of relief could be heard throughout Ottawa when Jason Spezza lit the lamp for the first time this season
18
Boston Bruins
17
7–7–2
4–4–2
A few more starts for Tuukka Rask might keep the injury-plagued Bruins afloat
19
Dallas Stars
11
7–4–6
4–3–3
Brad Richards has recorded a point in every game he's played except two this season
20
Nashville Predators
26
7–7–1
5-4–1
Considering they have the fewest goals for in the league with 31, sitting at .500 doesn't sound so bad
21
Anaheim Ducks
24
6–7–2
4–5–1
Corey Perry is scintillating with 12 points in his past eight games
22
Edmonton Oilers
20
8–8–1
4–6–0
Recorded their second road win of the season on Sunday in the first of a five-game road trip
23
Montreal Canadiens
19
8–9–0
6–4–0
Given heavy doses of second-line duty, Maxim Lapierre and Guillaume Latendresse have combined for three goals all year
24
Toronto Maple Leafs
30
3–7–5
3–3–4
Who are these guys? The Leafs have recorded at least a point in every game since a 3-1 loss in Vancouver Oct. 24
25
Atlanta Thrashers
22
7–6–1
4–5–1
Playing .500 hockey since losing superstar Ilya Kovalchuk; Afinogenov is proving to be worth the risk.
26
New York Islanders
29
6–6–5
5–3–2
There are more reasons than JT to be tentatively excited about the team in Long Island
27
Minnesota Wild
25
6–10–0
5–5–0
Still only have one win on the road, but hey, it was against the defending Cup champs. Optimism could be crushed with four road games this week
28
Florida Panthers
27
5–9–1
4–5–1
Were outscored 11-5 in back-to-back losses to Ovechkin-less Caps
29
St. Louis Blues
18
5–6–4
3–4–3
Coming very close, but have lost five in a row
30
Carolina Hurricanes
28
2–11–3
0–8–2
Have now gone a franchise-record 12 games without a win and Cam Ward could be out more than a month with a lacerated upper left leg

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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