New Jersey Devils: 5 Unsung Heroes of the 2011-12 Season

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New Jersey Devils: 5 Unsung Heroes of the 2011-12 Season
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The NHL season is coming to the close, and the New Jersey Devils are probably a lot happier than they were last year at this time.

The team sits in sixth place, three points away from clinching a return to the postseason. A lot of players are playing a lot better than they did last year, and there are some obvious reasons for the team's success: Ilya Kovalchuk finding his stride is one. Zach Parise returning from injury is another. David Clarkson's breakout season has been huge.

But beyond the more popular players, the players that get interviewed after each game, there are the other guys, the players who contribute night in and night out, just in a less flashy fashion.

Here are five players who have played outstandingly for the Devils this season, whether most people notice or not.

 

 

 

 

All stats were obtained from NHL.com, Hockey Reference and the Devils' home page

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