Posted 24 November 2013 - 09:13 AM
FINALLY...the Sched from Hell is done.
9-9-5...fitting record, in that there's reasons to be both encouraged and concerned.
It was great that the Devils managed to come away with four points on this trip...but it's obvious that there are teams that the Devils flat-out don't match up well against. Looks like their goaltending is going to keep them in a lot of games, as long as Marty can continue to play close to as well as he's been...this team rarely gets blown out. Eliminate phantom shootout goals, and the Devils are -2 in goal differential. That at least shows they're not really lucky to be 9-9-5...the record is really right about where it should be.
The next 23 games have a much more favorable home/road spread (14/9). Though I'm optimistic, as much as I'd love to say that the Devils are primed to go on a little run here, I'm not sure that they will. Goal-scoring seems like it's not going to get much better than it is right now, barring a new body or two coming in, and Brunner and Ryder suddenly getting hot (Brunner just looks lost at this point)...means the goaltending is going to have to continue to be great just to keep the Devils consistently competitive and in games. Seems like a lot to ask, especially of a 41-year-old.
Right now the Devils have the look and feel of a .500ish team. Hope they can build off this 6-2-1 burst they're currently on and surprise.
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Even when Marty comes back maybe Larry should put Clemmensen to be on the goal during the shootouts.
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