Yesterday, the Devils made their final cuts before they open their Stanley Cup defense in Boston tomorrow night. Defenseman Ray Giroux was assigned to Albany (American Hockey League), which meant that Hale and Martin, both 22, will be starting their pro careers in the show.
To borrow a favorite phrase from Pat Burns, nothing is etched in stone, but the coach said yesterday that both rookies will be in the lineup against the Bruins.
Wow, Burns really threw Martin to the wolves tonight.
He got time on the PP, PK, and started the OT, and finished -2.
He missed his check along the boards that resulted in the game tying 3rd goal, and possibly deflected it or at least screened Marty. Overall that costs a point in the standings.