The Least You Should Know:
The Devils posted 11 shots on goal. That number equals the fewest in a game in team history. They also had 11 in 3-1 win over Buffalo, Oct. 27, 2001.
Andy Greene scored the lone goal for NJ on the power play. It was his fourth of the season and second of the year with a man advantage.
The Devils are averaging an NHL-worst 24.9 shots per game.
An ugly third period did the Devils...again. After Wednesday's disaster of two blown leads in the third period, the Devils allowed a pair of goals in the final stanza and were denied any points by the Red Wings.
The biggest issue of course, is the shot total for the game. They had 11 shots on net. That tied a team record. Yes, Jacob Josefson hit the post in the first. Who knows, maybe that alters the game. Detroit only blocked seven shots tonight so it's not like Detroit was just cutting off every Devils attempt.
In the postgame, Pete DeBoer defended his offense, saying that they had enough quality chances to win the game, despite just 11 shots. I agree with him. They could have easily had three goals in the first period. Josefson's post and Henrique being robbed by Gustavsson were a few of the golden chances they had tonight. In fact, if the Devils had won tonight, you wouldn't hear from anyone about the shot total. The Devils needed to get points out of this and they didn't.
For the second straight game, the team allowed a goal with under a minute to go in a period. As long as the game is within two goals before such a tally, it is a KILLER for one team or the other. What's disappointing about this one is there are literally two or three guys right next to Andersson. He should have never touched the puck.
Believe it or not, the second goal is on Mark Fayne and not Adam Henrique. Fayne barks at Andy Greene to chase Tatar behind the net. As the puck comes to the side of the net, Fayne has to pop out on his side and Henrique comes back to the middle too late, Franzen pumps it in. Greene was fine on Tatar. There was no need for Henrique to chase him.
No real complaints on the third goal. The puck popped out to the perfect spot and perfect person.
Now the pressure is on a bit. The Devils need to stop the bleeding. They get the Rangers who have started to turn a corner. It's at MSG. It should be a barn burner. The Devils need to dig in during that third period and get a win by any means possible.