During this three day break many Devils fans, including myself felt that Lou was going to shake things up. As the Devils prepare to face the Ottawa Senators tonight it seems very obvious that Lou is going to stay the “status quo” and not make any moves to get this team on track.
The internet rumors continue to swirl that the Devils are looking to make a trade but all indications show that Lou is staying put with his team as is. Although referring to the bad start, he did tell Tom Guilti of northjersey.com, “I take that responsibility and it’s my responsibility to try to find a way to get us out of it.” It’s anyone’s guess what Lou will do but as of now nothing is changing.
The Devils play the first of back to back games tonight in Ottawa before heading home to face the red hot Detroit Red Wings. The Senators coming off a loss to the Rangers last night are looking to rebound and snap their two game losing streak. On the other hand the Devils are trying to get back on track and snap their own losing streak of three games. The good news is that goalie Martin Brodeur returns tonight after missing two weeks with an injured elbow.
Keys to the Game:
The Devils only allowed two goals on Monday night in Pittsburgh, mainly because Johan Hedberg had a very strong game in goal. Again the problem with that game was their lack of offense. Fleury was rarely tested in goal and the Devils never were able to generate any sustained pressure.
Reports indicate that MacLean is sticking with the lines he went with in Pittsburgh with the addition of Alexander Vasyunov returning to the lineup filling out the fourth line. Besides Vasyunov’s return, Oliver Magnan was returned to Albany and the defense will only go with six skaters.
As I questioned in last post, Mattias Tedenby was dropped to the fourth line and will not be playing with Jason Arnott and Patrik Elias. Still doesn’t make much sense to break up the top offensive line.
It’s a must win for the Devils and after three hard days of practice, Devil fans would have to hope that the team responds and comes out strong. With ten games remaining in December, it’s now or never for the Devils to turn this season around.