The number is now at 10: the length of the New Jersey Devils‘ losing streak. They have not won a game since March 23, and no one can figure this team out. This is about as a good as a team can play while on a ten game losing streak. Here’s a deeper look at the losing streak.
The “Unwanted” Streak
-6 regulation losses; 4 post-regulation losses (4 points earned in standings)
-0-4-0 at home
-0-2-4 away from the Prudential Center
-2 losses to the Ottawa Senators (one regulation, one post-regulation)
-2 regulation losses to both the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
-7/10 one goal losses (in last night’s game an empty net goal was scored to make it a two goal loss for the Devils)
-All games played without Ilya Kovalchuk
-Martin Brodeur has started every game in net
-Win-less since acquiring Steve Sullivan
-Only 16 goals scored: 1.6 GF/G
-22 goals allowed (3 shootout losses): 2.20 GAA- Marty has certainly given the Devils a chance to win.
Here’s a quick recap of how each of the last ten games have gone for the most part. It’s been like watching a bad movie over and over again:
-Devils outplay their opponent by and large.
-Devils outshoot their opponent substantially and cannot find the net.
-Martin Brodeur faces few shots, but allows one or two by.
-Devils hit the post once or twice throughout the course of the game.
-Devils draw many penalties, but their power play is ineffective.
-The Devils on the 5 on 3 are atrocious; They don’t score and don’t operate this advantage down low. You shouldn’t be operating a 5 on 3 with two men at the point- How about you get in tight and operate at the circles?
-The Devils best chances come while they are shorthanded.
-The Devils shoot right at the chest of opposing goaltenders.
-Opposing goaltenders have slightly above average nights between the pipes.
-Andy Greene is the best offensive player for the Devils.
-David Clarkson is the worst skater on the ice.
It’s been frustrating for the Devils for sure recently, but they need to find a way to at least play for pride at this point. Playoffs are no longer in the picture, and a little confidence heading to the golf course would be appreciated. It looks like the Devils will be getting a high draft pick either way. Take your pick.
The Devils will be back in action on Thursday night in Philadelphia. The puck is set to drop at 7:30 PM against the Flyers.