Scotty Returns to NJ for Second Visit

Wednesday, 11.11.2009 / 11:48 AM PT / 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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 74 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 62 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 77 19 27 -4 46
S. Vatanen 62 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 76 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 68 9 25 -3 34
C. Fowler 75 7 27 5 34
J. Wisniewski 65 8 25 -14 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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