Posted 13 January 2014 - 07:34 AM
What about the points they're grabbing by not being behind after 60 minutes?
Problem is that this isn't good enough. The Devils continue to hover around NHL .500. Still no signs that they'll be able to be much better than that. Obviously the first problem is that they've become shootout-impotent, and last night's shootout showed me that this issue is now firmly in the minds of the shooters (Jagr looked like he was overthinking in a big way)...basically, if the other team gets a 1-0 lead in the shootout in Round 1, it's pretty much game over at this point. (At least the Devils aren't alone in shootout ineptitude...Detroit is 1-7 in them.)
The sad thing is that the Devils are getting more offense out of their defenseman than they have in years. They've gotten 21 goals from their D this year, after getting 13 from their D in last year's 48 games. They're getting considerably better goaltending overall...Marty's numbers are pretty similar to last season's (as in not very good), but Schneider's numbers are a quantum leap over what Hedberg provided. Forwards like Henrique, Ryder, and Brunner get hot on occasion, but it seems like when one or two guys get it going, none of the other forwards keep it going. Zajac becoming on offensive afterthought really hurts.
Right now, the Devils look like an 82-86 point team. They're going to need at least 90 points to grab a playoff berth. Funny thing is, if they make it, they can probably do some damage if Schneider gets hot and is the undisputed #1 goalie, and Elias is back in the lineup and healthy. But they've got to get in first. The Devils are 7-3-4 in their last 14 GP (.643 point%)...if they could do something similar over their next 14 GP, I'll start to feel better about their playoff hopes.
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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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