Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:36 AM
Whenever a team is skidding, the easy thing to do is to point to heart or desire and claim the team has little to none of it. I disagree.
The team talent-wise just isn't very good right now...it wasn't well-equipped to handle losing Kovalchuk. But they're 7-10-6 since that 8-1-3 start, and a good chunk of that 7-10-6 was with Kovy in the lineup. When guys like Elias and Zajac aren't doing much offensively, and the Clarkson feel-good story is coming to an end...not hard to see where it's going.
Great that the Devils are keeping shots down most nights, because right now, that gives them the best chance to win games, because they don't score much, and their goaltending is pretty meh. We all love Marty (well, most Devils fans do), but these days Marty isn't even a lock to stop 91% of the shots coming his way (and 91% is not terribly impressive). He'll give us our share of vintage Marty moments, but the guy isn't a top puck-stopper anymore...he's 28th in save% this season, and his save% was .903 two years ago, .908 last season, and is now at .907 this season. Not saying the Devils should bench him, especially for Hedberg (God-awful .886 this year), but the goaltending is more something the Devils have to overcome now, than to count on to bail them out. The overall level of play from that position is pretty mediocre these days.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 31 March 2013 - 12:34 PM.
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