Devils Extend Losing Streak

Wow two posts in one day!  Have I just seriously jumped on the Devils beat during their time in crisis?  No no, I’m simply waiting for software to finish installing on my reassembled and reformatted PC.

Coach Lemaire tried jockeying around lines, and it did work for a goal, but at the end of 65 minutes, the teams were tied up 1-1.  The loan Devils goal? A nice slap-shot by Brian Rolston.  Thanks to the heads up pass by John Oduya, Rolston took the pass in a near-breakaway play and simply shot it through Buffalo netminder Ryan Miller.

That tied up the game.  Yet again the Devils could not generate the offense needed to score.  It’s now a confidence thing – holding the stick too tight, missing passes and shooting wide.  It’s a funk they’ve gotten themselves into.  It’ll work itself out, I’m sure, so I’m not bringing out the shiny red panic button yet.  (I can’t believe it’s been two and a half years since I broke that out!)

Truthfully the Devils lost this in the shootout.  None of the two Devils who made attempts scored – Zach Parise or Jamie Langenbrunner.  The lack of confidence really showed.  Jamie attempted a fake shot and Miller didn’t budge.  Jamie had no where to shoot and just shot right into Miller.  Parise didn’t do much better, almost skating past the Buffalo goalie while trying to push the puck through Miller’s pads.

The nail in the coffin came from when Jochen Hecht (who I’ve determined has too many h’s in his name) skated towards Brodeur, Marty sprawled across the ice out way too far in a move I can only believe was supposed to be a poke check, and Hecht calmly skated around him and slid the puck safely behind him.

Again, it’s a funk the Devils are in.  I’m not angry, as the Devils have a little wiggle room in the standings.  But I believe I speak for the entire Devils fan community when I say "snap outta this guys!"

For now, we’ll just have to cross our fingers and hope for the best.  I don’t think getting David Clarkson back is going to help our ailing offense, but perhaps when he, and other injured Devils like Patrik Elias and others, return – they will once again play coherent hockey.

Devilish Slump

Rumors of my death are quite exaggerated.  I apologize for lack of updates, but at the moment I am trying to put my computer back together after taking it apart piece by piece.  Hard drives – never rule out the hard drive.

In Devils news, they’ve been playing poorly lately.  Perfect time to begin blogging again.  I should really think about praising the team when things are going well.

We can’t point at a million different thing, goalie fatigue is a big topic these days.  But here’s the dirty little secret: I don’t care if Brodeur let in 3 goals or 30 goals.  If the Devils don’t score, there isn’t a chance they will win.  Martin Brodeur’s play isn’t what it was a month or so ago, but that may also have something to do with the fact that his teammates had the puck more often at that time as well.

It sometime surprises me how key a key player is.  We talk about depth and how important it is – and how great the Devils are atop the NHL standings with all their "depth," and then I turn around and the Devils seem one dimensional.

Did I loose my 3D glasses at the movies last week? What happened here?

Chico last night pointed to all the injuries and how the team wasn’t "meshing" well at the moment, but this doesn’t appear to be that much worse then earlier in the season.

I have my own theory, of course: I’m to blame.  I went to opening night and the team stunk.  The game stunk.  It was by far the worst opening night I’ve ever been to.  Then, after a few weeks, things began to pick up.  Now it’s November and things are turning out very well.  All of a sudden, things begin to decline near the end of December, right when I get a couple of pairs of hockey tickets.  Low and behold, I go to a game last Friday, and they stink!

Okay, so last Friday against Montreal wasn’t all that bad, but I’m starting to think I’m cursed.  My next game is the one in March when they are wearing the Red, White and Green jersey’s.  If I were a betting man, I’d bet against them since I’ll be in attendance.