The Calgary Flames are currently playing for nothing. They are 12 points out of a playoff spot with three games to go. In other words, they have no chance to make this season about anything.
The New Jersey Devils on the other hand are playing for everything. They came into the night three points back of a playoff spot. They needed this win more than anything, yet they couldn’t even score one goal.
The Devils were shut out for the tenth time this season, this time against Karri Ramo. This was the first time in his career that Ramo ever recorded a shutout. That was the kind of night the Devils had on Monday night.
This loss will probably be a deal-breaker for the Devils’ playoff hopes. They need to overcome a three-point deficit in three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets, holder of the final playoff spot, have been winning most of their games lately. Unless a serious collapse is in the future, Lou Lamoriello needs to start thinking about the offseason.
Cory Schneider was once again fantastic. He allowed one goal on 22 shots. He was everything the Devils could have asked for. The offense once again let him down when he needed them the most.
Mark Giordano scored the lone goal of the game. It came after Jon Merrill was called for slashing at the end of the second period. At the tail end of the power play in the third period, the puck was shot into the zone by Mikael Backlund. After the puck was tipped to Jiri Hudler, he passed it to Giordano for a slap shot that went passed Schneider glove side.
You could argue that the offensive woes had a lot to do with the laundry list of injured players. Adam Henrique is still sidelined with an undisclosed injury. Patrik Elias and Ryane Clowe are both feeling the effects of a head injury. Jacob Josefson is still trying to recover from his lower-body injury. These are players who are crucial to the offense. Although, even without these players you could argue the Devils are still better than the Flames’ roster.
There are only three games left in the Devils season. It is highly unlikely they will make the playoffs. They only have themselves to blame.
Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. He also adds to the site’s NFL, MLB and NBA content. You can follow him on Twitter here.