The New Jersey Devils had a big opportunity on Wednesday night to make moves in the Metropolitan Division. They were playing the Carolina Hurricanes at home, whom they were tied with in the standings. The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers both lost to non division teams. This was a clear opportunity to move ahead in the division, an opportunity that they let slip through their fingers.
Once again the Devils saw themselves in a big hole late that they were trying to dig themselves out of. They went down 4-1 in the second period before a third period barrage made it a one-goal game. Adam Henrique had a huge chance when the Devils had an empty net, but he was stoned by Cam Ward‘s glove.
Travis Zajac, Andy Greene and Jaromir Jagr accounted for the goals. Jagr’s goal was of course clutch coming with less than two minutes left in the game. They scored three goals for the first time in five games. Their offense showed some punch when it was necessary, but it just wasn’t enough.
Martin Brodeur had his first bad game since Oct. 17. He has taken the starting role from Cory Schneider, who has been very good himself. This game he allowed a few soft goals, including a five hole breakaway goal short handed to Patrick Dwyer to make it 4-1. He has to be better if the Devils’ anemic offense is going to have a shot in this division.
The Devils have another shot a redemption on Friday night when they play the same Hurricanes, only this time on the road. This time hopefully goes different. They don’t have it in them to deal with another four-game losing streak. This game means everything to their season right now. They need to keep themselves in this division before some of these teams start to go on winning streaks.