New Jersey Devils Showing No Improvement Where It Counts Most

January 5th, 2011 by levinakl Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Devils continue to find different ways to lose hockey games.  Tuesday night, the Devils fell to the Minnesota Wild 2-1 after a freakish bounce on a goal by Clayton Stoner. Besides the fluky goal against the Devils, the game showed a lot of indicators of why the team now has a 10-26-2 record. 

First, they came out pretty flat, putting up just one measly shot on goal in the entire first period and didn't execute any better than that stat indicates.  It almost seemed as if the team had never played a hockey game together, as they had trouble connecting on passes, and didn't work too well together.  They were lucky in a lot of ways to only be down a goal at the intermission.  Ilya Kovalchuk scored his team-leading 10th goal early in the second before Stoner's goal early in the third provided the margin of victory for Minnesota.

All in all, it was another game where the Devils either couldn't or just plain didn't give a consistent enough effort and got ultimately what they deserved.  A lot of people put a big part of the blame for this team's downfall on the rookie head coach of John MacLean, but if the six g ...

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