New Jersey Devils Continue to Win Despite Mediocre Moments

January 26th, 2013 by Carl Stoffers Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Devils jumped out to a 3-0-0 start for the first time since their Stanley Cup-winning 2002-03 season with a 3-2 overtime win over the Washington Capitals Friday night. Despite the fact that the team is off to a fast start, and in this lockout-shortened campaign a fast start is essential, a closer examination of their play reveals that they haven't always played up to their first-place standing.

Head coach Pete DeBoer elaborated on that notion after Friday's morning skate.

I don't think there's anyone, this early in the season with a short training camp, is happy with all areas of their game. I think we stood around in the first period against the Flyers and really let them dictate the play. That can't be.

Indeed, many NHL teams, including New Jersey's Atlantic Division rivals Philadelphia and the New York Rangers, have been slow out of the gate. In fact, the Flyers notched their only win of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night.

In their tilt with Washington on Friday night the Devils got off to another pedestrian start, getting out-shot 8-6 in the first period, including 6-1 in the opening 10 min ...

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