It seems to be very frustrating, but even as inconsistent as they are, the Devils still appear to be a strong force in the East and still sit in first place overall.
They haven’t clinched any type of division or conference title, or even a playoff birth yet, but with 5 wins in the last 6 games, they have to be feeling pretty good about themselves.
The Devils had two of their top men out of the lineup as well on Saturday afternoon when they beat the Avalanch, forward Patrik Elias and defenseman Colin White. Nevertheless, with Martin Brodeur in net making save after highlight-reel save, and getting the first star of the game, the Devils held off Colorado that, despite their 7th place position in the standings, have been hot recently.
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur also recorded his 40th win, making this his seventh season with 40 or more wins, extending his own NHL record. He is also only 18 wins shy of breaking Colorado’s Patrick Roy’s career win record of 551.
Unlike the previous few matchups, at no point in time did the Devils fall behind, or even look week in any aspect of their game. In those games, the Devils would go periods where offense would disappear for periods, and then defense would vanish in to thin air. Brodeur was not perfect either, letting in some long-shot goals that he would normally glove.
Yet last Saturday afternoon’s game showed a team that was consistently good in all areas for an entire 60 minutes. Even though the Devils took an excessive amount of penalties (6 compared to Colorado’s 2), Colorado was only able to score a single power play goal, something else the Devils haven’t been doing too well against in recent games.