12 Days Of New Jersey Devils Christmas

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 11: New Jersey Devils fans celebrate a third period goal against the Detroit Red Wings at the Prudential Center on December 11, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Red Wings defeated the Devils 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 11: New Jersey Devils fans celebrate a third period goal against the Detroit Red Wings at the Prudential Center on December 11, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. The Red Wings defeated the Devils 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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On the eleventh day of Christmas the Devils gave to me… eleven goals for Zacha.

We really need this present this season. Pavel Zacha shows flashes for a few weeks, then disappears again. We are back in one of his disappearing acts. After scoring four goals in three games, he’s gone nine games without a point. Even with Jesper Bratt and Marcus Johansson scoring on his line, he just isn’t getting the points.

One would think that this is the season Zacha needs to prove something. Not only is he in year three of his NHL career, but he’s at the end of his entry-level contract. If he’s going to get a considerable raise, he needs to score more than eight goals. It’s just the facts.

With how his season started, and where we are now, I think everyone signs up for a 15 goal Zacha season. To get there, he needs 11 goals in 53 games. That doesn’t seem too hard.

Zacha needs to show something, because the Devils are looking towards the next step of the team building process. Him showing some kind of scoring touch to go along with elite penalty killing and a good two-way game would go a long way in building the organization’s confidence in him.