Former New Jersey Devils head coach Pete DeBoer makes his return to the Prudential Center tonight, with his new San Sharks team.
By Patrick Comia
The Devils will try for their first win of the season, by taking out one of their own.
Former head coach Pete DeBoer will be making his San Jose Sharks head coaching debut in New Jersey tonight. He served as the Devils bench boss for almost three and half seasons, before being fired in the middle of last season.
In his first season as head coach, he led the team to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. There, they lasted six games before yielding to the Los Angeles Kings.
Unfortunately, the memories of another championship faded the next two years, missing the postseason in each.
Now, DeBoer returns with a new cast of players, who are riding high to start the season. The Sharks put their undefeated 3-0 record on the line tonight. They are currently one of five teams, who have yet to suffer a defeat this season.
Their goal differential in their three games has been a +11, outscoring their opponents 12-1. So far, the Sharks are one of the surprises to start this NHL season, and are looking to keep their mojo going.
Unfortunately, they will be without the services of Logan Couture, who suffered an leg injury in practice yesterday. Today, the Sharks first round selection in 2007 was revealed to have broken right fibula and will require surgery. He’s timetable for a return was reported to be 4-6 weeks.
Shark GM Doug Wilson says Logan Couture has a fractured right fibula at the ankle, needs surgery, out 4-6 weeks. Hurt in practice yesterday.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) October 16, 2015
A the same time, the Devils will welcome back their number-one goaltender and the newest member of the fathers club, Cory Schneider to the rink. He had missed the previous game, due to his wife giving to their first son, Wyatt.
The goalie had this to say about being a new father:
The team has not been playing badly, but not good enough to secure their first win. Tonight will be another tester for the Devils, as they search for that elusive first win of the season.
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