The New Jersey Devils fell in a shootout once again, this time at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The win pushes the Devils to 4-7-5 on the season.
- Dating back to last season, the Devils have lost the last 10 games that have gone to OT or a shootout.
- Devils shooters in the shootout are 0-for-14 on the season.
- This is the third game in the young season where Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less and got the loss.
- Michael Ryder scored his first goal since October 22.
The New Jersey Devils earned a hard-fought point tonight. We mentioned in our primer how well-rounded a team Toronto is, that the Devils needed to play a perfect road game to win. Well, they were mostly flawless. The one issue tonight was the penalties. They took five penalties for a total of 12 minutes. They didn't get burned until the last one.
Otherwise, this was a very likeable effort from this team. They rarely turned the puck over. They actually held their own in the faceoff circle. They created chances and got a little bit of well-earned puck luck to tie the game with a few minutes left. It would have been devastating to not get at least one point. Now they have three points in their last two games before they take on Nashville at home on Sunday.
I'm sure it has to be frustrating for Cory Schneider to play so well and not get rewarded. He has only one win on the year even though he's played some very strong games. After getting beat up a bit by Minnesota, it was nice to see No. 35 have a strong start against a quality stable of forwards.
As mentioned on social media earlier, if the Devils win Sunday night against Nashville, no one will remember or be talking about this game. As it is, fans should consider this a good point. They were four minutes away from getting nothing. Instead, they kept going hard and got rewarded for their effort in regulation. If they bring their top effort and keep getting the chances they have the last few nights, there's no reason they can't beat Nashville on Sunday and start raking in some points thereafter.