Well that was frustrating to watch but at least they got the loser point I suppose.
Nice to have natural goal scorers in Jagr and Ryder. Brunner has been great so far this year, really love his speed and ability to find the net. The PPG was set up nicely, hope to see more of that. Love having a big body like Clowe that can screen the goalie and have the skill to belong on the PP. Loved Salvador sticking up for Brodeur and Zidlicky too. Also like the skills Loktionov has shown so far, sure his defense isn't the best but he seems like a guy that could break out offensively this year.
Not going to get worked up over anything that happens in a shoot out but it was painful to watch Brodeur in it. Hope to see Fayne in tomorrow. I also hope that once Fayne gets in, he gets a consistent run of games. It's been awhile since he's played in a real game so I hope the coaches aren't overly critical of him if he makes a mistake as he shakes off some rust.
Agree on Brodeur...those shootout goals were painful...he just looked so slow on both of them.
Though losing that 3-goal lead was excrutiating to watch, there are some positives here. For one, the team is at least showing some ability to score. The question of course becomes who scores when Brunner and Ryder don't? Henrique and Zajac are going to have to put some in too...especially since the D doesn't figure to score many goals.
Up until the end of the '11-'12 regular season, the Devils enjoyed a lot of success in shootouts...more than anyone else. Obviously, there were teams at the other end of the spectrum who often couldn't get that extra point. Due to the Devils being so damned good in shootouts, we all kind of came to take that extra point for granted.
Well, now we're finding out how the other half lives. Clearly there's a randomness that goes into this event, but the fact is, we've seen over time that some shooters and goalies have a knack for success in it, while others don't. Devils can spend all the time they want practicing it, but the days of them winning a lot of them are probably over for the time being.
Re: Fayne...it's a long season, and it's only going to be a matter of time before he gets his chance. Hopefully when he inevitably DOES get it, it's a fair one.
It's too early to go too crazy about the team's play to date, or to beat up on individual players (I maintain that this group needs time, and fans have to take the schedule into account), but my leash with Marty is short this year. He seems to think he's supposed to get 50 or so games...I get why (it's all he knows, and the greats always have a problem distinguishing between what was and what is), but if Marty is struggling with a save% in the .880 range by mid-November and not looking good, then I'm sorry, I've got to give Schneider the majority of the playing time, even if Schneider isn't playing at his best by that time. Marty won't like it, but the math is pretty simple: one guy is 27, the other is 41. If Scheider is hot and Marty not, it's pretty much a no-brainer. If both are not, I can't expect a 41-year-old to pick it up...that's not a knock on Marty, that's just reality...so I'm going with the guy who's more likely to turn it around. If Marty gets hot and Schneider is struggling (seems unlikely), sure, ride Marty a bit, but I don't see that happening.
If this team is .500 or just a little bit below after 23 games, I think they did pretty well. I'm not asking them to flourish right now...I'm asking them to tread water and not dig themselves too deep a hole.