It is what it is. It's especially tough to take because the Devils went from being the team that had been among the very best at this thing to the very worst...seemingly overnight.
But the whole thing is based on luck anyway. Hopefully your goalies and your key players are terrific in them, or at least good enough to get you roughly half of the extra points available. Devils enjoyed a lot of luck in this area for several seasons.
The problem is when you seem to have no one who can succeed in shootouts, you're kind of fvcked. You're not going to trade for a goalie simply because he's a good shootout guy, and you're not going to seek out a good shootout scorer if he can't do much elsewhere to help you.
It's easy to piss on the coach's shootout selections, and I'll be the first to admit I didn't get Ryan Clowe (would've rather seen Boucher, for no other reason than he actually scored), but can I really blame DeBoer for going to Elias and Jagr? As opposed to whom? This is the kind of stuff that will always be second-guessed, because it's easy to do...if Elias had been bypassed last night, and the result had been the same, fans would've been bitching about Elias not being used. When it comes to the shootout, at this point, it truly feels like DeBoer and the Devils are damned no matter what they do. There were fans friggin' bitching about his choices when the team went 12-4 in the shootout in '11-'12.