This was one of the most entertaining games that either team has played this season. Ryan Carter scored his two goals of the season. He had been one of the most underwhelming Devils prior to the last four games. In those games, he has two goals and two assists with a +4.
Prior to that, he was sporting zero points through 11 games with a -6 that was getting him close to losing his nightly starting spot. This game shows how well he has played on a line with Jacob Josefson and Cam Jansen. You can see that coach Peter DeBoer has more trust with him by how much more time he has been getting on the ice.
In the 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, he had 9:01 time on the ice. On Tuesday night, he had 14:22. That shows how much better he has been.
He was given a gift with his first goal when his attempted pass to Andy Greene was deflected off of J.T. Miller‘s skate and trickled into the goal. His second goal would be impossible to see if you blinked at the wrong time — it was that quick. Both goals showed his hard work, and both were the kind of breaks that weren’t going the way of the Devils earlier in the season.
Right now, he’s playing the kind of Devils hockey that fans were looking for during their dreadful start. Some gave up on the season, and some tried to stay optimistic, but everyone is 100 percent in right now. The defense has been extremely solid. The goaltending has kept them in games. The special teams have been their best asset. The scoring is finally enough to win. This is what all fans expected from this team.