- In the first game against his old team, Zach Parise had an assist and drew the penalty that led to the Wild's third goal.
- 47 percent of the shots came from Devils defensemen tonight.
- The Devils have not scored a goal in 149:06. Their last goal was in the second period against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.
- Jon Merrill left the game a few minutes into his NHL debut. On his second shift, he was run into the boards and suffered what the team called "lacerations" in his eye area. He did not return.
Pick any place to start and this was an all-around disappointing game.
Let's begin with the offense. This team produced simply nothing upfront. They had 19 shots as a team. Only 10 of them came from the forwards. That's inexcusable, even if you have some gunners on your blue line. Sure, some of that is from Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac being out. There's enough talent on this team, however, to get a puck or two in the net. They're not throwing hacks and first-game rookies on the ice. With these two guys out, it's time for the Devils to load up their top two lines and live with two bottom lines who likely won't produce anything. Since it takes this team a while to get some chemistry, you might as well live and die with your top players getting the most ice time.
The defense needs to start standing up and playing physical. I get it, they had to ride most of the game with only five defensemen, but the first two goals were the direct result of not clearing the front of the net. Besides Anton Volchenkov, who was out tonight, not many guys on this team throw a hit. In fact, I would say the next most physical guy on the team is Marek Zidlicky. Frightening. Apparently, these guys are also supposed to carry the load offensively as they took 47 percent of the team's shots tonight. The forwards need to help out a bit here.
This was a tough one to take. If they lose, fine, understandable. Minnesota is a good team. Shut out with only 19 shots on goal after being blanked on 14 shots on home ice the night before to a divisional rival that had only two wins? Dreadful. Well, now they get three days off (again) before they take on those same Flyers on Thursday night. These team is going to have its peaks and valleys, since the roster was assembled in pathwork fashion. We know that.
They really need to see a peak on Thursday.