Yeah, we're playing like a bunch of tossers and we can't afford to play like that. NYR, PITT and Philly are all playing well. These early points matter a whole heck of a lot. Plus teams like FLA, TOR have started to show some life. It's going to be hella tough getting a playoff spot this season.
Yeah, we did stand toe to toe with the Bruins tonight, but we let in some terrible goals due to stupid mistakes. I've watched a few games this season. Players get out of position much more than previously.
We haven't had too many 5-1, 6-1 losses this season, but we've had plenty of OT games which means we can't dominate a game and struggle just to keep pace.
Sure the points matter - no doubt.
But I'm having a tough time buying these sweeping generalizations from "watched a few games this season".
A. You have a new coach.
B. Brand New Devils (some logging major minutes and major responsibility): Larsson, Henrique, Mills, Carter
C. Still green Sophmores: Fayne, Teddy, Palmeiri
D. A star LW and top 4 D man returning from season-long injuries
E. A 19-year old rookie logging top minutes, 21 year old center logging top line/PK minutes
F. Top line center out long term, and another C out in JJ
This is a practically brand new team developing chemistry and identity less than 1/4 through the season?
What did you really expect? The Washington Capitals? Mistake-free hockey from rookies being given the keys?
This is part of rebuilding - letting new guys learn. Better to do this in Nov. than being forced into via injury in Feb. or March.
I'm not a Pollyanna like some here - but was anyone on this board really expecting us to burn through the East with this lineup straight out of the dock?
I think its a great sign that this team can fight back and force overtime (previous NJ teams have NEVER been able to generate enough fight and offence to do this). I'd prefer not to win that way EVERY night - but its a GOOD sign at this point.
Edited by DevilinLA, 16 November 2011 - 12:37 AM.