And that my friends is what can be extremely frustrating about this team. A few weeks ago when the Devils played the Kings, DeBoer mentioned after that game that the effort put forth that night was probably the best he had seen this season. Well if that were true about that game then you can honestly say that last night was the worst we’ve seen this team play this season.
Last night’s game reminded me so much of the John MacLean era I sit here and wonder if we’ve really moved on from that? There were so many breakdowns last night and getting blown out by a team we should have beaten. The Avs have the worst home record in the league and have managed to score 24 goals at home so far this season. How could the Devils let them run up the score and only manage to find the net once?
This, after a home and home against the Islanders that saw us barely beat them on Friday and not be able to contain them at home on Saturday, which I might mention the Islanders hadn’t won on the road yet this season. This team has been in a downward spiral since that Florida game where they lost a 3-0 lead.
I watch A LOT of hockey, just ask my wife and when I watch other teams and then switch back to the Devils, I just feel like there is something missing. I don’t know what it is but there is a hole there. Whatever it is, they need to figure it out. Now admittedly it is December and the Devils are currently 10th in the Conference and sitting with some decent teams, Washington, Tampa Bay and Montreal so it might not be as bad as I feel this morning.
Debra’s MUD award tonight goes to Peter DeBoer because he obviously doesn’t have this team focused.
But the Devils do need to come back with a strong effort against the Wild, who lead the NHL with 33 points. They have played some of their better games this season against better competition so maybe, just maybe Friday night will erase this feeling.