Need to Know: The Wings' Michael Ryder scored the only goal in the shootout after Jacob Josefson, Michael Cammalleri, and Michael Ryder missed chances for the Devils and Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar failed to convert for Detroit.
2013 may go down as one of the most challenging years in the history of the New Jersey Devils. To recap some of the events:
- There was the season that started not in late 2012, but 2013, after the NHL lockout.? The Devils did so without their captain from the previous season, after Zach Parise departed for Minnesota. The 48-game slate was none to kind to the Devils, as they failed to reach the playoffs just one season after making the Stanley Cup Finals.
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As of Tuesday afternoon, they are one point out of a playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division.?This is a Devils team that is under .500.?That doesn't speak highly of the rest of the division and the other teams below them.?Besides the Capitals and Penguins, no other team is that much of a threat to run away with a playoff spot.?The way the team has traditionally operated, the Devils would have to be 20 points out of a playoff spot for GM Lou Lamoriello to consider having a firesale.
The other point is, they really don't have any assets to ship off.?As far as players that would actually be attractive on the trade market that the Devils would realistically part with, the only guys that come to mind are Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder.?And Martin Brodeur (I kid, I kid).
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Not so long ago, the Devils put together a string of games that saw them post 20 goals in a seven game span, which was an average of 2.86 goals per game. Now, this team has struggled to score, tallying just four goals over their last three games, two of which have been losses.
Aside from Jaromir Jagr and more recently, Patrik Elias, and to some extent Ryan Carter, the Devils have struggled to score. With the goaltending turning in a strong performance almost every night, it's almost safe to say that two goals may get this team at least a point in more games than not. Scoring that second and even a third goal, has been a major struggle as of late.
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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.
Michael Ryder has no goals in his last five games.
We know he?s a streaky guy but outside of a post he hit on Saturday night against Philadelphia, he?s been relatively quiet.? For one, he?s not shooting nearly enough.? He has six shots in the team?s last five games.? Even with these last five contests, he?s shooting at an 18 percent clip.? That?s great.
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Some may think the sky is falling.
Take a deep breath and say this three times: "It's only three games."
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What Happened: The Devils got out to a 3-0 lead, only to see their lead evaporate behind four third period goals by Edmonton. Patrik Elias scored a shorthanded goal to force overtime, but New Jersey failed to score in the shootout once again, to fall 5-4.
Star of the Game: David Perron. Perron scored the game-tying goal off of a faceoff with a brilliant shot that beat Brodeur over his right shoulder. He also added the eventual winning goal in the shootout, with a slick backhand shelf shot to light the lamp.?
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There?s nothing like a five-game road trip over 11 days for a team to get to know each other better.? While the sky may be falling for some Devils fans, there?s more reason to believe than there is to worry.
After being shut out in the first game, they answered back with three goals on Friday.? The defense had a bunch of breakdowns on Thursday.? In Game No. 2, they played a much cleaner contest in their own third of the ice.? The special teams have been sharp as well.? The penalty kill is perfect thus far and the power play looks a lot smoother to this point in time.
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What Happened:?The New Jersey Devils dropped their home opener to the New York Islanders 4-3 in a shootout. The Islanders twice battled back from one goal deficits, behind two goals by Michael Grabner, before Frans Nielsen tied the game up at three, only 1:01 into the third period. The Devils battled back with a third period goal by Damien Brunner to force overtime and the subsequent shootout.
Star of the Game:?Michael Grabner is quickly becoming a big-time Devil killer. The speedy winger had the first two Islanders goals, then assisted on the Nielsen goal. His tremendous speed has plagued New Jersey in the past and tonight was no different. ?Also, a nod to Evgeni Nabakov for stopping six Devils shots in the shootout.
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Today we finally lay to rest an offseason of trials and tribulations. No longer can we lament about the losses of old number 17 and 23. It's about the future, and it's about Devils hockey.
The wait is over. In just a few short hours, it begins anew.
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By Jeff O'Connor
The New Jersey Devils signed Michael Ryder when free agency started, due to a need of pure goal scorers.? While he didn?t have any goals in Thursday night?s 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center, he showed that he has many more tools besides just an ability to shoot the puck.