Forget life support, it may be time to pull the plug on the anemic offense of the New Jersey Devils. With the rival New York Rangers and New York Islanders doing what they have been unable to do, the Devils have now slipped three points out of the final playoff spot.
Both the Blueshirts and the Islanders were able to find the back of the net and put tallies in the win column while the Devils extended their losing streak to six.
David Clarkson scored the lone goal for the team against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night.
Since the offense remains in a coma, it is becoming more and more likely that the Devils will miss the playoffs for the second time in three years unless there is a miracle turnaround for the final 10 games.
Martin Brodeur will make his ninth start in a row since coming back from the pinched nerve in his neck which kept him sidelined for almost a month. Saying that tonight’s contest against the Buffalo Sabres is a must-win, is an understatement.
“We have to start by winning one and feed off of it,” explained Brodeur in post game comments in The Star Ledger. “There is plenty of time for us to play well. Other teams need to win their games also. It’s not like it’s automatic for them. We’re going to play some of them, so it’s important for us to play well.”
“Now I think it’s desperation,” Brodeur continued. “Every team around us won. We can’t afford to lose too many more games.”
Coach Pete DeBoer echoed the same remarks in his interview in The Star Ledger following another loss, “I don’t doubt we can string together nine or ten wins,” DeBoer said. “We obviously have to get on the other side of that line. Right now we’re on the wrong side of that fine line where we’re just doing enough not to win.”
As the losses keep piling up, the frustration is mounting for the players in the locker room.
However, the simple fact of the matter is the time for talking and cliches is over.
If the Devils don’t find the fire they had at the start of the season, summer vacation is just a couple of weeks away.