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New Jersey Devils’ Anton Volchenkov Was At His Best Against The New

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:31 PM

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<p>Watching the game on Saturday night one thing stood out; <strong>Anton Volchenkov</strong> was having his best game in possibly two seasons.</p>
<p>Volchenkov has been absolutely awful this season and was just as bad last year.  As one of the players who helped bring this team to the <strong>Stanley Cup Finals</strong>, watching his decline has been very frustrating.  He seems lost at times and is not usually in the right position. Against the <a href="http://www.rantsport...ew-york-rangers"><strong>New York Rangers</strong></a> he was 100 times better.</p>
<p>He was getting down to block shots against big shooters.  He seemed like he was in the right position for most of the game.  The 10-year veteran showed that he was at least worthy of being on the ice on that night.</p>
<p>If there was one player that all <a href="http://www.rantsport...w-jersey-devils"><strong>New Jersey Devils</strong></a> fans could get rid of, a good percentage would point to Volchenkov.  He is still signed to the team through the 2015-16 season for more than $4 million per year, but he is playing on the third line of defense.  There are days he doesn’t seem like he can skate very fast anymore.  He is currently keeping <strong>Jon Merrill</strong> and <strong>Eric Gellinas</strong> in the minors and <strong>Adam Larsson</strong> in the press box.  He is holding this team back when he plays like he has for most of this season.</p>
<p>On Saturday, he was an important cog into why the Devils won that game.  He played with <strong>Peter Harrold</strong>, who has had a very good season in his own right.  They played very well in front of <strong>Cory Schneider</strong> to get him his first shutout as a Devil.</p>
<p>If Volchenkov can play that way for the rest of the season, then it will give this team a boost that nobody expected to get.  It could really help put this team’s defense to where it was expected to be prior to the season.</p>

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