Devils Team Report (Yahoo! Sports)

There's a big game taking place Thursday night at the Rock in Newark.

The Devils against the Islanders.

No. 29 in the NHL standings against No. 30.

This is big.

The Devils lost again Tuesday night, in Washington, and remained two points ahead of the Isles for that 29th spot. The Islanders, however, have three games in hand and could move into a tie for 29th with a home upset of the Lightning on Wednesday night.

Regardless, No. 29 will be on the line when these two New York-area rivals get together in the opener of the Devils' four-game homestand.

The Devils' latest losing streak has reached three games, during which they have scored three goals and allowed 15.

Well that…ah you know.

That was a fairly lame game.  Full of bad refereeing and worse hockey by the boys in red.  The line for the autographed pucks was stupid long and they were out of pucks too quickly.  All around, a sucky night.

The lone bright spot this eve is the fact that yes, Zubbie did indeed pot a puck.  Not in the first – nah, he kicked that one, they say.  But he did throw one in the net in garbage time (note:  he didn’t actually throw it.  They’d have taken that one away too if he did).  That’d be his 25th as a Devil, for those who lost count (and if you lost count – HOW?!)

Usually I give y’all until the day of the next game to come up with a ZubbieCounterContest Zubmission.  However, since I won’t actually be around the day of the next game (Monday), you’ve got ’til Tueday (hush, hush, voices caaaaarry…ahem, sorry).  6PM Eastern – which is 1AM if you’re in Zubbie’s Lithuainian homeland.  At that time, I’ll also post the first of the previously undetermined free swag that we’re giving away for this contest.

Get crackin’ gang, I need something to laugh about.

Later, Vish.

The Devils seem to be poised to open training camp with a plethora of mediocre defensemen ready to patrol the blueline, but today the weeding has begun… Vitaly Vishnevski has become the first blueline-casualty as he has been placed on Waivers.

I can’t say I’m surprised, it seemed like Vish was constantly lost when on the ice last season, and often found himself a healthy scratch. His biggest fault in my eyes was constantly taking himself out of position because he was looking to lay a big hit. It’s been his Achilles ever since he was drafted (Anaheim/1998).

Well, there’s a spot open on the blueline – which will definitely make training camp that much more exciting.

Did this move open the door for Matt Corrente… ?