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New Jersey Devils Goalie Depth: Tuesday Preview

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Nico Daws & New Jersey Goalie Depth

After the recent New Jersey Devils win via overtime winner thanks to the help of young veterans in Pavel Zacha, and Nico Hischier. The New Jersey Devils have found ways to win with whoever they have thrown in the net not named Scott Wedgewood. It is nothing Wedgewood could do versus the Capitals (nhl.com/capitals) in the 4-1 loss. 

The confidence of a young netminder in Nico “Bear Claws” Daws came up very strong and utilized his 6’4″ and 203lb frame. The Bavarian netminder showed his attention to detail after giving up a power-play to Dylan Cozens. Daws’ posture, composure, and skills have begun translating after fine-tuning with ERC Ingolstadt in the Deutsch Elite League where Nico Daws posted a 2.90 GAA in 10 Games Played per eliteprospects.com

Buffalo (nhl.com/sabres) was trying to test Daws and the New Jersey Devils Sasquatch Squad on defense on how they can keep a tough Sabres team at bay. The New Jersey Devils were able to tie the game thanks to Nico Hischier tying the game on the power play.

Mackenzie Blackwood Vaccination Status Update

The way Nico Daws has played not only earns him a second start which is very likely in time for Tuesday’s match versus the Calgary Flames (nhl.com/flames). Once, goaltender, Jonathan Bernier gets back to full health and Mackenzie Blackwood got vaccinated. That was per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. 

The fact of the matter is that Jonathan Bernier, and Nico Daws both know how to get the job done. Once Lindy Ruff finds the way to incorporate Nico Daws, Jonathan Bernier, and Mackenzie Blackwood during the 82 game season. This will most certainly be the kind of depth that not only helps Lindy Ruff’s New Jersey Devils survive an 82 game season, but it’ll also be the keys to thriving during this 82 game season under covid19.

For most people wondering Mackenzie Blackwood is expected to be the starting netminder, nothing set in stone. The only way everyone will know who Lindy Ruff will start that game against Calgary is the goalie in the starting pipes during the morning skate via Amanda Stein on Twitter.

New Jersey Devils vs. Calgary Flames Comparison (per The Score)

Offensively the scoring between the New Jersey Devils and the Calgary Flames should be very tight. The Flames and the Devils both average 2.75% Goals-per game, Calgary edges out in the shots on (36.5) goal. New Jersey has the upper hand on the powerplay 22.2% vs. Calgary at 16.7%. Shooting percentage the Devils beat Calgary 8.7 to 7.5%. New Jersey ever so slightly edges 51.3% to the Flames 51.1%. 

This means both teams are looking to score 2 or more goals, but the netminders will dictate that. Defensively the Devils are 2.5 Goals Allowed per game compared to 2.75. Shots On Goal the New Jersey Devils are 2nd in the NHL in allowing the least amount of shots. Penalty Kill% goes to Calgary 76.9% to NJ’s 73.3% so both teams are attempting to improve in that category. Penalty Minutes the Devils need to stop taking critical penalties whether it’s stickhandling penalties, or getting too feisty there are some areas for improvement.

What to look for in this game is to see a lot of competitive high energy from Yegor Sharangovich, Dawson Mercer, and Nico Hischier to begin playing with a more fast-paced game. Tomas Tatar is certainly familiar against Calgary over the past few seasons in Las Vegas and Montreal.

¬†This could be Johnny Gaudreau’s (Salem, NJ) very last season in Calgary if a contract can’t get worked out, and maybe a sign and trade could happen in March. Or a team like the New Jersey Devils could go after him in the 2022 offseason.

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Former writer for Pucks and Pitchforks and The Puck Authority. I cover New Jersey Devils hockey and NHL Draft prospects. I have a podcast called Heads Up Hockey on Anchor.fm