It doesn’t take much to go from turning the team around to playing just as bad a few weeks ago.
This afternoon the Devils took on the New York Islanders at the Nassau Colosseum. There really isn’t much to say about the first two periods. The key to winning this afternoon was to keep the pressure in the opposing team’s end. The Devils didn’t do that today and subsequently gave up two unanswered goals in the first two periods.
They would eventually lose by that same deficit after they put up a fight for the third period. But you can easily argue that by only playing hard for a third of the game means they didn’t deserve the two points.
So where do the Devils go from here? Well again, one loss does not a season undo. Just like two consecutive wins does not turn the season around. What we are looking at is a longer reevaluation of a team which had one of it’s worst starts in team history (I will forgo the use of “franchise history” because I’d like to ink they they are still playing a little better than their former selves as the Kansas City Scouts or the Colorado Rockies). You cannot say the Devils have turned their season around until you evaluate their performance over a period of two weeks. Just like we held off saying the Devils were having a horrible season until after a month of sub-par performance.
What does all this mean? Just because the Devils dropped to the worst team in the NHL doesn’t change anything more than the Devils beating the best team in the NHL.
Perhaps tomorrow when the Devils take on the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow back at the Rock at 1:00 pm.