The last two nights sucked, but at the same time, it's really hard to put them entirely on PDB:
Against the Preds, Jagr does exactly what you'd want him to, Preds get an incredibly fortunate bounce.
Against the Avs...three friggin' posts. Team on ice unfortunately gets caught and gassed at the worst possible time.
I'm not sure what a new coach can do with what he has to work with. It feels like it will be change for change's sake. Does the next coach get the guys who don't score for 10 games or more at a time to start scoring more consistently?
I agree. Pete has them playing hard almost every game. As a few fans here have been saying, they just don't have the scorers.
From TG's blog:
“It’s frustrating, Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “It seems that’s kind of what we’re dealing with right now. It hasn’t been an issues all year and then all the sudden the last three games we’ve had an issue in the last minute. Tonight for me the story is we have to find a way to get a second and third goal. We got one goal out of our fourth line, which is a bonus goal, and enough chances to get five.
“If you let anybody hang around in this league long enough bad things happen and that’s the story lately.”
DeBoer is correct in that blowing leads late is only a recent trend. The Devils had given up the tying goal with the opponent’s goalie pulled only twice all season before last Thursday in Dallas – on Dec. 4 vs. Montreal (4-3 shootout loss) and Dec. 7 vs. the Rangers (4-3 overtime win)
“I think if we could find a way to generate another goal a night we’d be a very good team,” he said. “We’re 60 games in and we have not found that yet. That’s the difference. It’s a race to three goals in this league to win. That’s the formula for almost everybody and we don’t get there enough. And it’s not a lack of effort, it’s not lack of generating chances. We generated enough to score five goals. We need to finish those. Our guys who are supposed to score have to score.
“This time of year you can’t have multiple guys with double digit games without goals.”
DeBoer was clearly referring to Michael Ryder, who has no goals in 11 games now. I guess he also could have been referring to Steve Bernier, who hasn’t scored in 28 games, or Andrei Loktionov, who has no goals in his last 14 contests. No other Devils forwards who played tonight has gone more than six games without a goal.