Ryane Clowe will make his regular-season debut for the New Jersey Devils tonight when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. After Ilya Kovalchuk retired from the NHL, the Devils scrambled to scoop up as much talent as they could to replace his goal scoring. Jaromir Jagr has clicked wonderfully, and Damien Brunner has been streaky but solid, as has Michael Ryder.
New Jersey will get the last piece of their offseason acquisition puzzle this evening, and Clowe has a history of being a player that can make an impact in the offensive zone. The 2013 campaign was a forgettable one for the forward, as he fell out of favor with the San Jose Sharks and didn’t do a whole lot of damage with the New York Rangers.
Still, the Devils must have seen something that they liked out of the bruising power-forward, and will finally see him in a regular season game.
Clowe confirms he will play. Brodeur will start in net.
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) December 27, 2013
A lot of pundits were quick to count the Devils out in the early stages of this season as they struggled to gel, but they’ve come together surprisingly well and are fifth in the tight Metropolitan Division right now.