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2014-2015 New Jersey Devils chokestravaganza!

23 December 2014 - 11:00 PM

Thought I'd chronicle how many points this team has gagged up this year (though this has been a recurring theme under Deboer going back to our Cup run) this team does nothing but blow 3rd period leads and points in the shootout. I thought I'd run down this list to really show what a ridiculous psychological epidemic this is

 

 

Tue, Oct 21

Devils up 3-1 on the Rangers with 11 minutes to go. Do they win? Of course not, they give up two goals and the eventual OT winner to Kevin "Bobby Orr" Klein

 

 

Sat, Nov 15

Up 2-1 on the Avs with 7:30 to go. Do they win? Do they even get a point? Nope, allow Colorado to score twice and the Devils come away with nothing

 

 

Sat, Nov 22

Up 4-2 on Calgary to go. Do they win? Nope, of course they allow Calgary to score 2 with the goalie pulled (thanks to a legendary brain fart by Jagr) Calgary also ties it with 5 seconds left. Devils have a chance to win the shootout but Deboer chooses Henrique who has as much of a chance to score in a shootout as a deaf/dumb cripple. He misses, Calgary immediately scores and we come away with only 1 pount.

 

 

Fri, Nov 28

Up 4-1 to Detroit at home. Do we win? Of course not as Detroit comes roaring back and ties the game in the 3rd. The Devils are unable to score a shootout goal against future street sweeper Petr Mrazek and lose again

 

 

Tue, Dec 9

The Devils play one of their more inspiring games of the season severely undermanned against and elite club. Do the hockey gods smile upon Keith Kinkaid and their herculean effort? No, they say fvck you. Chicago scores to tie it at 2-2 with 3 minutes to go and win the shootout

 

 

Mon, Dec 15

Up 2-0 and then 2-1 in the 3rd against the far better Islanders, Matt Martin of course gets off the greatest shot in his life to tie it at 2-2. The Devils have two opportunities in a shootout to win it but naturally miss on both. Islanders win

 

 

Tue, Dec 23

 

up 1-0 with about 8 minutes to go, Carolina ties it at 1-1 on a goal eerily similar to the Jokinen tying goal of 2009. Devils have a powerplay the end of regulation and OT, don't score. Carolina manhandles them all game. Devils unable to score on Dominik Hasekudobin who gets his first win of the season.

 

There you have it. Only 36 games in and already 7 absolute gag jobs.

The Devils absurd Home/Road schedule early on

05 December 2014 - 11:52 AM

Not sure if this has been mentioned but 26 games into the season, the Devils have only played 9 home games and 17 games on the road. I mean you generally don't see splits like this unless a team is opening a new arena and needs a 8-9 game road trip to start the season so construction can properly finish.

 

This is more road games than any other team in the league and I imagine not such an easy thing for the oldest team in the league.

 

And it gets worse. Up until Dec 15 the Devils will have played 11 games at home and 21 on the road. Truly bizarre and uneven scheduling

 

Of course it gets progressively better after that. We have a stretch from late jan into march where we play 15 of 19 at home. That could be our time to make a run.

 

I don't want to make excuses for this team, but perhaps one of the reasons they look so sluggish at times is because they've been zipping across the country on old legs. And these aren't just short little trips. We've been to Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, St. Louis...haven't even set foot in MSG yet, or Buffalo which is a short flight

What to make of the Schneider soft goal conundrum

16 November 2014 - 12:21 PM

Schneider was not that much of a known commodity when we acquired him. He put up impressive numbers in a backup role in Vancouver (albeit a heavy backup role, he wasn't starting 10-12 games) but that's pretty much all we had on him. I don't think many of us saw him play very often

 

I really only knew him from that Marleau OT game winner during that Sharks series. It was an easy wrister by Thornton over the blueline that Schneider stopped...but for some reason couldn't find the rebound as it trickled around him near the net and was finally put in by Marleau. It was a bad goal, and a bad job by Cory not finding and controlling that puck after a very stoppable shot.

 

That's the problem with Cory in general. He's not overly great at tracking or controlling the puck even when he does make the save. And angles are sometimes impossible for him. His awareness of where he is on the ice can be a problem. Sure we remember last nights softie...but does anybody remember the Bruins game where at the end of a shift some Bruin was skating half speed on his off wing...got cut off by a Devil and just gently trickled a puck towards Cory. Somehow that puck got passed Schneider and went off the post and right back into the slot...but nobody was there.

 

It's a big problem and I can't figure out why this happens. It could be a lapse in focus or it could actually be a vision problem. It could be that his reflexes are just not top notch. He's not acrobatic like his idol Richter. Not that he's some slug like Tim Cheveldae. But if this goes on we pretty much have to be content with Ron Hextall as our goalie. He'll have his moments but he will break our heart time and time again in the playoffs.