The New Jersey Devils have been on a run of decent form until the home-and-home against the Montreal Canadiens brought about two straight losses. The opponent is talented, but they are not good enough to post two straight wins on the Devils who are mixed with veteran and young talent. Both sides can score and defend well, but sometimes luck has a lot to do with it.
The problem with their game is that they don’t wake up until the end of the second period. And when they finally make something happen they let it all slip away towards the end of the third. They lost 3-2 in Montreal in the first meeting, and at home they ended up losing in the resulting shootout.
The sad part of the Devils’ loss was the fact that they outshot their opponents by 13 at 30-17. When a team takes that many more shots they should find different ways of putting the puck into the net. That is simply unacceptable.
One bright spot of tonight’s game for the home side was the debut of 20-year-old Reid Boucher who played well during his first minutes of an official NHL regular season game and even scored the opening penalty shot on his first and only try. The fact that he was chosen proved to him and the world how much head coach Peter DeBoer trusts him. The kid showed that he is ready to play at this level and that he perhaps has a bright future ahead of him.
Now, the Devils need to think of a way to start going on a streak of nothing but wins. If not, finishing in the top eight in the East for the playoffs will be nothing short of impossible.