The Olympic break could not come soon enough for the New Jersey Devils. Anything positive you could have said through the team’s first 59 games, you can throw out the window after losing to the Washington Capitals 3-0.
The team has not scored much all season, but they literally stopped scoring at all. They got shutout again on Saturday after scoring one goal in regulation two games in a row.
Cory Schneider is doing all he can to keep his team in games, but when allowing only one goal is not enough to win, it is hard to be positive. His 1.88 goals against average is second in the league, yet his 11 wins is tied with the likes of Devan Dubnyk and Karri Ramo for 32nd in the league. He needs some sort of goal support from this team.
Jaromir Jagr was one of the best forwards in the league for the better part of the season, but even he can’t do everything for this team, especially at 41 years old. The search for his linemates is almost more interesting than how they play on the ice. For much of the season, he played with Travis Zajac, but he has also had Dainius Zubrus, Patrik Elias, Andrei Loktionov, Reid Boucher, Jacob Josefson and more as linemates.
The line of Ryane Clowe, Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder were once the hottest line on the team. They have all also forgotten how to find the back of the net.
When you look at the players on the Devils, there is no reason they should be this inept at scoring. The Olympic break will be a good time to reassess things for Peter DeBoer and Lou Lamoriello. They need to find a different style of play that could promote more scoring.
It just seems like things are going off the rails, especially offensively, for the Devils. If things don’t turn around, it could be another lost season. This season wouldn’t even warrant a first round pick, but luckily the Metropolitan Division hasn’t been great so far this season. Despite being in second to last place, they are only three points out of a playoff spot. There is plenty of time to right the ship, but they need to start as soon as the team comes back from break.