New Jersey Devils Offense Breaks Out In Win vs. Nashville Predators

By Nick Villano
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

In what can amount as the New Jersey Devils’ greatest performance of the season, they beat the Nashville Predators 5-0 on Sunday night.

The offensive outburst came from all four lines. Jaromir Jagr got the scoring going playing the sneaky old veteran who waited for Carter Hutton to overcommit to a side and blasted a wrist shot past his glove for a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the first. This is Jansen’s second goal in three games and marking the only season of his career that he has more than one goal. Travis Zajac scored his first goal since October 17, which should be a sigh of relief from Devils fans knowing he still knew that was the object of this game was to put the puck in the net. Even the defense got involved on the scoring when Marek Zidlicky blasted a shot from the point that hit the inside of the post and scored while the Devils were on the power play. Known grinder Cam Janssen even joined the scoring fray, putting in the rebound of a Ryan Carter shot up close.

Every aspect of their game seemed to go Devils’ way on Sunday night. They got a shutout for the second appearance in a row from goaltender Martin Brodeur. In the last four games, since he proclaimed Cory Schneider as the starting goalie, he has played great. In those games, he hasn’t allowed more than one goal. He showed the world that he isn’t ready to be done just yet, even at 41-years-old. Brodeur’s play as of late has been a big reason for the turnaround of this Devils team.

The Devils ended the night one point out of the fourth spot in the Metropolitan Division. The other teams have been nice enough to start the season slow and not blow them out of the water. Even though they were the last team to win in the NHL, after 17 games, they are two wins out of second place in the division. This season is still young and they are playing well without possibly their best offensive player in Patrik Elias (although Jagr has done a nice job of filling that role). They are doing it with a slumping Damien Brunner, who didn’t do anything besides taking two penalties on the score sheet.

These are all great signs for the Devils. The guys they are bringing up are playing well in place of injured stars. Both goalies are playing well after rough starts. The defense is starting to eliminate mistakes that plagued them early in the season. This is just a much better team than we saw in the first two weeks. It would be hard to be worse.

Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. He also adds to their MLB and NFL content. You can follow him on Twitter for more analysis into the Devils and other sports.

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