Current Western Conference leading San Jose invades the Prudential Center for a 3pm game today, another great measuring stick game for the Devils. Coming off of Friday's 1-0 blanking of east leading Boston, the Devils can measure themselves against one of the west's top teams. The Sharks will offer a different type of challenge for New Jersey, a run and gun offensive game with shots coming from everywhere. The Sharks defensive corps is very offensive minded and will test the Devils forwards to stay alert as they jump into the play.
Another reason the game is important is for playoff seeding purposes. The Devils are currently tied with Washington with 75 points for the #2 overall seed in the Eastern Conference and should the first round matchups play out as planned, the #2 seed would have home ice advantage over the #3 seeded club in the second round.
Today's game marks the return of one Claudette Lemieux (Hey, Johnny's blog Johnny's opinions) to New Jersey. The former Devil and disgraced turtle of a man who is known for hitting players from behind then not being able to defend his own honor or that of his team. The 43 year old Lemieux signed a contract earlier this year with San Jose.