The New Jersey Devils have been mediocre over a recent stretch, doing their best Mighty Ducks impression at their worst, and have not won three in a row or more since mid-October.
Just last night the Devils went 17:07 without a shot between the second and third periods, which as anyone with a pulse knows is abysmal.
“When the game was tight in the third period, we have to have a little bit more resolve to get ourselves back in there,” coach John Hynes said.
The Devils showed zero resolve Thursday night and in fact would have showed negative resolve if such a thing was possible.
To add to their woes, the Devils have not managed a power play goal in five straight games. Additionally, winger Bobby Farnham, the spark plug of the Devil’s offense if not productively than literally, was suspended for four games for an interference call in which he blindsided the other player.
For Devils fans it feels like a win is a long lost love wandering into the fog on the beach, never to be seen again.
In reality the situation isn’t all that bad. The Devils are still currently in the playoffs. That’s just about the only bright spot for the franchise right now, who is hemorrhaging goals and scoring very few lately.
“It’s definitely frustrating. It’s up to us, whether it’s to get a big goal or turn the momentum. We just have to do a better job,” Kyle Palmieri said.
He speaks for the team when he says they have to do a better job. Everyone does. The job they are doing now is poor at best.
The Devils need something to get them going which is usually what they look to Farnham for but he’s suspended so they must look elsewhere. Every game is important for this floundering team right now.
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