New Jersey Devils Struggle in Overtime

By Nick Villano
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

It is not often that pulling the goalie works out well for the team that makes that move.  The statistics say that it should work about ten percent of the time.  The probability of it happening two nights in a row against a team is about one percent. That is just how the New Jersey Devils season has gone this year.

The Nashville Predators were down one with less than 15 seconds to go in the game (10.6 seconds to be exact).  They scored when Jaromir Jagr deflected a Roman Josi shot right to David Legwand with a wide open net to shoot at.  Again, this is just how the Devils’ season has gone.

Shea Weber, who was thought to be out with an upper body injury, scored two goals, including the game winner in OT.  Jon Merrill made the wrong move when Marek Zidlicky tried to take out Colin Wilson and it left a wide open Weber to shoot at Cory Schneider.

During the second period, it looked like it was going to be the Devils’ night.  They scored two goals that honestly should have been saved by Carter Hutton.  The first was a shot from the circle by Patrik Elias that went off Hutton’s glove and into the net, and the other was when Hutton opened up his five hole for half a second and Jagr squeaked it through.

That wasn’t enough, however.  It seemed Schneider may have been a little tired as he did not seem himself.  He did not play a bad game, but this seemed like a game he should have won.  Back-to-back games were supposed to be this team’s specialty because of their goalie situation. That doesn’t work if you keep Martin Brodeur on the bench.

This loss was especially bad with the New York Rangers winning on Friday night.  The lost point puts their rivals at five points ahead of them for second place in the Metropolitan Division.  The Devils need to find a way to win their next two games to show they have a chance once the playoffs come.

This is the Devils 12th OT loss of the season. They need to starts finding ways to get two points in games. If not, then the rest of the division is going to pass them by.

Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports.  He also adds to the site’s NFL, NBA and MLB content.  You can follow him on Twitter here.

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