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Darren Eliot's Line Analysis: Devils D

Untitled Document Devils O | Devils D | Senators O | Senators D | Mighty Ducks O | Mighty Ducks D | Wild O | Wild D

Top Defense -- Scott Stevens-Brian Rafalski
Stevens remains the mainstay of the Devils' blueline. He is still the stopper, while Rafalski is his very capable puck-moving foil.
Second Defense -- Colin White-Scott Niedermayer
Niedermayer remains one of the best skating defensmen in the game and White is playing extremely well as the physical compliment on the left side.
Third Defense -- Tommy Albelin-Ken Daneyko
The Devils' No. 3 defense pairing is made up of two dependable 38-year-olds that keep it simple and can soak up some minutes at even strength and on the penalty kill. The seventh and eighth men on the blueline are Oleg Tverdovsky and Richard Smehlik, both vets providing different depth skills.
Special Teams
Madden and Pandolfo are relentless on the penalty kill, setting the tone for the most aggressive penalty-killing unit in the NHL. This is a critical component against the Senators, who rely on their power play to spark their offense. It is a matchup of the best penalty kill against the second best power play in the regular season.

 


 
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