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Devils Daily: Jake Allen, Savior? Patrick Roy Unhappy With Ilya Sorokin



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Jake Allen, the New Jersey Devils’ savior?

I mean, he’s now strung together three starts in a row with a .944 SV% or above and has made 4.69 saves above expected as a Devil.

Has anyone other goaltender in New Jersey been able to say the same of themselves? I think not.

The Devils’ acquisition of Allen was an afterthought. No one blinked twice when he was acquired and, in fact, some even laughed at general manager Tom Fitzgerald “settling” for him in his pursuit of Jacob Markstrom.

Now that Allen doesn’t have to split the net three ways, perhaps he’s better than most believed, and he’s certainly filled the Devils’ locker room with confidence.

In the links, why New Jersey should lean on their newest goaltender for the rest of the way, their victory over Pittsburgh with him in net, and a Devils prospect takes home some BIG honors.

Elsewhere, the Isles’ head coach is vocal about his goaltenders’ struggles, Philly healthy scratches their captain, and a tribute to the late Chris Simon

Let’s do that hockey.

Devils News

New Jersey Hockey Now: The chances are slim, but if the Devils want to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they should ride Jake Allen for the remainder of the regular season.

More NJHN: Speaking of Allen, he and the Devils’ special teams propelled New Jersey to a 5-2 victory over their division rival, Pittsburgh Penguins last night. Read up on the takeaways.

Even More: Seamus Casey was awarded first-team Big-Ten honors yesterday.

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NHL Trade Talk, News, & National Hockey Now

The Athletic ($): At the NHL GM meetings currently underway, general managers call for more pull with coach’s challenges and rule changes for specific penalties.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: From the Pittsburgh perspective, the Penguins know they lost their battles on both ends of the ice against the Devils Tuesday night.

NYI Hockey Now: The New York Islanders haven’t been right, dropping now five games in a row amid a playoff chase. Part of the problem is goaltender Ilya Sorokin hasn’t been himself, and Patrick Roy didn’t refrain from publicizing that feeling.

Calgary Hockey Now: The hockey world was dealt another blow on Tuesday when news broke that former Flame, Capital, Nordique, Blackhawk, Ranger, Islander, member of the Wild, and Wawa Flyer, among others; Chris Simon, has died.

Philly Hockey Now: In a heavyweight tilt, Philadelphia Flyers winger Nick Deslauriers took down Toronto Maple Leafs winger Ryan Reaves in an early fight at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night, a night in which the home team scratched their captain.

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