[sny-box]The Devils fell to 0-8 in the shootout and 1-for-25 in shootout attempts as Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias were denied, as Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly beat Cory Schneider.
The Devils have earned points in their last six games. They are 3-0-3 during that time.
Reid Boucher scored the lone goal for the Devils, his second career tally.[/sny-box]
Put it on both sides. Yes, the Devils can't score in the shootout, but the Devils goaltenders are getting burned just as equally. It's not even worth going over at this point.
As far as the game, the first 40 minutes were tough to watch. Colorado's speed was very apparent and when the Devils did have possession of the puck, the Avalanche defensemen did not hesitate and sit back at all. They beat up and bruised any Devil forward that had the puck below the harsh marks. It took the Devils a while to adjust but they finally found their game in the third period. 20 strong minutes earned them a point. That's the sign of a team that's coming along.
Devils fans shouldn't sweat this that much. Colorado plays a West Conference style of offense that is tough to keep up with. They struggled with Chicago. They couldn't keep pace in Los Angeles, despite a victory. They've played really well against the East this year and that's the important note to keep in mind.
This team needs to still look at the bigger picture. If the Devils win on Saturday, they'll take 6 out of 8 points for the road trip. That's a darn good swing across the country. Elias will regain his old form and Damien Brunner is on the way back. Keep collecting points and avoid the long stretches of losses.