Scotty Returns to NJ for Second Visit

Wednesday, 11.11.2009 / 2:48 PM / Features
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Scotty Returns to NJ for Second Visit
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

For the first 13 seasons of Scott Niedermayer’s career, he wore the red and black of the Devils. The defenseman won three Stanley Cups, was named an All-Star three times and won the Norris Trophy there before signing with the Ducks in 2005.

Niedermayer returns to New Jersey tonight for just the second time since he left, as Anaheim is in town to start its four-game road trip. His first game as the opposition in the Garden State came on Feb. 8, 2008, a 2-1 Ducks win. But like tonight’s game, that contest took place at the Prudential Center, which opened its doors in 2007.

“That really changes it,” said Niedermayer, who played home games at the Continental Airlines Arena (now Izod Center) while with the Devils. “It was a new rink in a totally new place (Newark opposed to the Meadowlands in East Rutherford). "I didn’t have to go the visiting room that I’ve never been in. It was a different experience playing there.”

Before tonight’s game, the Devils will honor their 2003 Stanley Cup championship team. Niedermayer and New Jersey won that title by defeating the Ducks and his brother, Rob, in seven hard-fought games. The brothers have now switched sides.

After spending six seasons in Anaheim (the last four alongside his older brother) Rob signed a one-year deal with the Devils this offseason. But he won’t get a chance to face Scott and the Ducks tonight, as he has been hampered over the last week by an upper-body injury.

“It would have been a new page to have gone through that and looked at a jersey that I wore for so long and see him in it,” said Scott. “It’s gone alright for him there. He has found a place that he seems to be fitting in. That is the most important thing.”

With the Ducks (6-7-2) looking to get back to the .500 mark, the team hopes it can continue its recent success against the Devils tonight. Scott Niedermayer has not lost to his old team yet, as Anaheim has won three straight in the series (its longest winning streak against New Jersey), with their last meeting being a 4-3 Ducks win on Jan. 11 at Honda Center. The Devils last win in the series was Jan. 24, 2003 in Orange County.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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