Anybody who bitches about the Devils' shootout issues needs to realize how incredibly good the Devils been at them since shootouts were implemented. 56-35 all-time, and that INCLUDES this year's 2-6 record. They've also been blessed with terrific shooting (40.7% lifetime...no other team is above 38.1%). Going into this season, not one other NHL team was in the Devils' league, as far as shootout prowess goes, save for Pittsburgh (winning% in shootouts is now better than the Devils, but no team has won more shootouts than the Devils).
Much as it sucks, the bounces were going to start to go the other way eventually...having two aging goalies can't help much either.
But last year, the Devils went 12-4 with a ridiculous 57.1% shooting% in shootouts, and there was still bitching on these boards when the Devils dared to lose a shootout here and there. Apparently they should've gone 16-0.
Easy to take the shootout proficiency for granted, but unfortunately, since no one is going to sign good shootout guys for the sake of winning shootouts, you hope that your top players happen to be good at it. The Devils had some luck in that regard, especially since Kovy improved exponentially at it since coming here. Looks like the luck is finally changing.
even though thats kinda true, i wouldnt blame luck. Our guys are not getting it done. Shooting wide and trying to deke and ending up on the side of the net by the time they try a shot... some SO attempts this year were pathetic.