The season started so promisingly for the New Jersey Devils. They were 9-3-3 and didn't suffer a regulation home loss until Dec. 9, a sign that they may have been ready to improve on last season's middling results.
But as they welcome the Boston Bruins to Prudential Center on Monday to start 2017, the Devils have lost 10 and 12 are coming off a 6-2 blowout loss to the Washington Capitals at home.
"Every team in this conference is a challenge for us, and everyone is playing good hockey, including the Bruins," Devils winger Luke Gazdic. "So, we need to execute better than we have and cut down on our mistakes. We will definitely be better (than Saturday). I can promise you there will be a better effort on Monday."
The Bruins are coming off a home-and-home sweep of the Buffalo Sabres and bring the NHL's second-best penalty kill to New Jersey. They have thwarted 87 percent of penalties this season, which is something that doesn't bode well for the reeling Devils.
The Devils went 0-for-9 on the power play against the Capitals and are 1-for-22 with the man advantage over the past four games.
"It's a combination of things right now," Devils coach John Hynes said. "It's a lack of execution. It's a lack of not making the right puck decisions. Our puck support needs to be better; and our battle level when we get into battles needs to be stronger. So, we have a little bit of a perfect storm right now with the power play. We have to work our way out of it." << Read more...
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