The New Jersey Devils finally earned their first victory of the NHL season last night when they successfully hosted and defeated the New York Rangers by a score of 4-0. There is no better way to win your first regular season game than at home against an arch rival. However, we have to remember that this is only their first win after a total of eight games.
Yes, there is still a long way to go.
With one win, four regulation losses and three OT losses, the Devils have to start playing the same way they did a couple of seasons ago when they lost in six to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. Last season, which was a short one due to the lockout, the team struggled throughout most of the season thus failing to cement a spot in the playoffs. They pretty much picked up right where they left off last year.
Future superstar Adam Henrique managed to net a goal and almost had another one if it weren’t for a decent recovery by the defense and goaltender. He is beginning to develop into a very important piece of this team like Zach Parise once was a couple of seasons ago. He is a center whereas Parise is a winger, but both guys play hard and manage to make the important plays when it counts.
Besides him, new goaltender Cory Schneider is standing on his head game after game to save his defense’s blushes. Martin Brodeur is, was and always will be a legend, but at the age of 41, he is not as brilliant as he once was. Schneider, 27, will be the main starter for years to come as long as he keeps on saving a plethora of shots.