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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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