Updates: ECQF – Previewing the Devils Defense

In the second of my three position-preview pieces, today the focus is on New Jersey’s blue-line.  The Devils defenseman have prided themselves this season as being a “No-name” group and are eager to prove their work in the postseason.  Let’s first take a look at the line combinations:

LINES

Paul Martin – Mike Mottau

Bryce Salvador – Andy Greene

Martin Skoula – Mark Fraser

Two defensemen to watch on the Devils:

  1. Andy Greene. Greene will be one of the more intriguing players to watch defensively in this series.  He hovers under the radar and is arguably the strongest defenseman in a very solid group of unknowns in New Jersey.  This season, Greene was especially solid, posting the best numbers of his career.  Greene had 37 points (6 goals, 31 assists) and was a plus-9 for the Devils.  The Trenton, Michigan native went undrafted, but is certainly doing his best to make every NHL executive regret that decision at the present time.  Greene has 7 career points – all assists – in 19 career games against the Orange and Black.
  2. Paul Martin. Like his teammates Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner, Martin was invited to play for the United States Olympic Team this February in Vancouver.  Unfortunately for him, he was unable to compete due to injury.  Nonetheless, he is a star defenseman in this league, and has been for some time now.  The advantage for Martin coming into this series is he will be – by far – the most well rested player on either side.  Martin sustained an injury earlier in the season that kept him out of action for all but 22 regular season contests this year.  He managed to be productive in his short stint of action with New Jersey, tallying 2 goals and nine assists.  He is the universal choice as the top defenseman on this team’s roster and should play a pivotal role in this series.

Scoring Leaders for the Devils’ Defense

GOALS: Andy Greene (6)

ASSISTS: Andy Greene (31)

POINTS: Andy Greene (37)

PLUS/MINUS: Paul Martin (+10)

PENALTY MINUTES: Bryce Salvador (57)

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