Not to hijack your thread, but I had a similarly unexpected run-in. Apparently, the Devils were having some special during Valentines day and a thoughtful husband had purchased the gift for his wife; my co-worker. The NJ Devil came in with flowers and chocolate strawberries. Best Valentine's day ever...for me. Got a picture and everything! LOL
And apparently a lot of excuses? That doesn't change the fact that they got drubbed early on in the season.
The Devils didn't play well in this game, but of course when you get 8 goals scored on you you've had a lot of bad breaks - Hornqvist's goal was the result of a broken stick, Craig Adams off a rolling puck, Schneider misplays a puck to give them one. Rather get it all out in one game. And have Clemmensen exposed as not an NHL goalie - that's only going to help in the long term.
Tri, do you think Lou should stick with the current D this year, or try to trade for a big body defenseman that can eat some minutes? I mentioned Tyler Myers in my previous post, but there may be others. Truth be told it will have to be done sooner than later, with Salvador and Zidlicky unlikely to be signed next year (arguably for the better). Can't have Greene and 5 youngins without having to go through some serious growing pains over the next few years.