Adam Henrique and Dainius Zubrus had great nights in the New Jersey Devils‘ 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Zubrus seemed as though he was able to see all of his teammates and had a solid game on both sides of the puck. He is a large reason why the Devils are regarded as very pesky because he never seems to give up on a play.
Tonight, he had a goal and an assist and was a +2. It is evident that Zubrus is very careful with the puck because he has a +10 on the season. That is very impressive play that shows that he is contributing beyond just offensive numbers. He also played over 21 minutes, which is the most out of any Devil besides Andy Greene.
Even with his solid play, he was not the best skater on the ice tonight for New Jersey. That honor belongs to Henrique, who also had a goal and an assist. Henrique is just starting to get recognition as one of the more solid two-way young players in the league.
He has an outside chance of scoring 25 goals this year, and has been playing well this year. I think that with his hard work, great instincts and a nose for the net, he is more than capable of doing so if he catches fire. The Devils do not score a ton of goals, but Henrique trails only Michael Ryder and Jaromir Jagr on a team with no 20-goal scorer yet.
As good a shooter as he is a passer, Henrique is the kind of solid overall center that every team desires to make its team that much deeper. The Devils continue to benefit from his responsible play and innovative playmaking in a way that makes his value known across the entire NHL.