New Jersey Devils: Time To Hit the Panic Button

November 10th, 2010 by Mike Gurnis Leave a reply »
When the New Jersey Devils blew a two-goal lead on opening night against Dallas and went on to lose in overtime, I simply said to myself, "it's only one game—this team is too good, and they'll come back like they always do."

Then when the Devils got a grand total of one win in their first six games, I said to myself, "it's early in the season; they'll have no problem getting it together."

Now, 16 games into the season, the Devils have amassed just four wins, and after a heartbreaking shootout against Buffalo tonight, I'm not even sure what to think.

One of the most complete players on the roster, Zach Parise, is out for three months due to a torn meniscus.  The best goalie in NHL history (at least in my extremely biased opinion), Martin Brodeur, has missed the last two games due to an injury.  Brian Rolston has been out for a month, and Anton Volchenkov, the Devils' prized defensive acquisition in the offseason, just returned from an injury on Friday.

Oh, and you know that guy, I think his name is Ilya Kovalchuk—the guy the Devils traded promising young players and draft picks last February? The player that the D ...

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