With tonight’s 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center, the New Jersey Devils drop to 11-13-6.
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The Devils posted 11 shots on goal. That number equals the fewest in a game in team history. They also had 11 in 3-1 win over Buffalo, Oct. 27, 2001.
Andy Greene scored the lone goal for NJ on the power play. It was his fourth of the season and second of the year with a man advantage.
The Devils are averaging an NHL-worst 24.9 shots per game.
An ugly third period did the Devils…again. After Wednesday’s disaster of two blown leads in the third period, the Devils allowed a pair of goals in the final stanza and were denied any points by the Red Wings.
The biggest issue of course, is the shot total for the game. They had 11 shots on net. That tied a team record. Yes, Jacob Josefson hit the post in the first. Who knows, maybe that alters the game. Detroit only blocked seven shots tonight so it’s not like Detroit was just cutting off every Devils attempt.
In the postgame, Pete DeBoer defended his offense, saying that they had enough quality chances to win the game, despite just 11 shots. I agree with him. They could have easily had three goals in the first period. Josefson’s post and Henrique being robbed by Gustavsson were a few of the golden chances they had tonight. In fact, if the Devils had won tonight, you wouldn’t hear from anyone about the shot total. The Devils needed to get points out of this and they didn’t.
For the second straight game, the team allowed a goal with under a minute to go in a period. As long as the game is within two goals before such a tally, it is a KILLER for one team or the other. What’s disappointing about this one is there are literally two or three guys right next to Andersson. He should have never touched the puck.
Believe it or not, the second goal is on Mark Fayne and not Adam Henrique. Fayne barks at Andy Greene to chase Tatar behind the net. As the puck comes to the side of the net, Fayne has to pop out on his side and Henrique comes back to the middle too late, Franzen pumps it in. Greene was fine on Tatar. There was no need for Henrique to chase him.
No real complaints on the third goal. The puck popped out to the perfect spot and perfect person.
Now the pressure is on a bit. The Devils need to stop the bleeding. They get the Rangers who have started to turn a corner. It’s at MSG. It should be a barn burner. The Devils need to dig in during that third period and get a win by any means possible.
Andrew Vazzano, SNY.tv
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The Devils will wear their red and green jerseys for the Stadium Series, GM Lou Lamoriello said (Gulitti).
The Devils wore these red and green jerseys on St. Patrick’s day in 2010 and 2011:
The Devils have assigned Jon Merrill to Albany.
They also places Anton Volchenkov (lower body) on injured reserve, retroactive to November 12.
A few days after the Devils logo appeared for the Stadium Series game, it appears apparel is now available for purchase. I have no word on where they can be purchased, but this was taken by a friend of mine on a social media network. Check it out!
The Devils have activated Patrik Elias off injured reserve.
Just some quick news and notes from early this morning. Here are the Devils lines from today’s practice:
Goalies: Brodeur, Schneider
Anton Volchenkov is not at practice due to a muscle pull in his leg. Jon Merrill (facial lacerations), Bryce Salvador (fractured foot) and Ryane Clowe (head) are still out as well.
Cory Schneider will start against the Kings on Friday.
Programming Note: Jaromir Jagr will be joining Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on WFAN at 12:30 p.m. today. You can listen at 660-AM, 101.9-FM or online here: http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/sports-radio-66-wfan-ny
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The Devils logo for the Stadium Series is out. It’s a “chrome” redesign.
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The eye test surely tells the story of the Devils struggles without Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac in the lineup.
To no surprise, the Corsi numbers back up that claim, as Elias and Zajac are one and two respectively on the team in on ice-Corsi rating.
In case you’re not familiar with what Corsi rating is, it’s basically a metric that rates players based on the amount of shots directed towards the net in the offensive zone, versus shots towards the net in the defensive zone.
For Zajac, his 17.10 CorsiOn rating is almost four points higher than the next forward, which is Jaromir Jagr at 13.32. The value of No. 19 in the lineup is so big not just because of his play, but his ability to win faceoffs.
Zajac has won 51 percent of his draws on the season. Though that’s nothing astronomical, compared to the rest of the team, he’s easily the best man in the dot. Andrei Loktionov’s 41.1 percent and Adam Henrique’s 40.2 percent are among the lowest in the league for any player who has taken a consistent amount of draws.
You can also make the case that Zajac is a vital cog on the power play, as he’s won 20 power play face offs to 16 losses on the man advantage. Corsi numbers will always reflect well on a centerman that can win draws. If you’re controlling the puck off the faceoff, chances are you’re either not giving up shots in your own end, or at least getting opportunities in the offensive end.
Zajac’s offensive numbers are far from spectacular, as he only has one goal and three assists on the season, but he means more to this team than just point production. Being the only center on the roster above 50 percent in the faceoff dot is huge, as his absence hurts in all three zones in that regard. As the Corsi numbers dictate though, when he’s on the ice, the team is creating more shots than they’re giving up.
As for Elias, his presence is felt in many ways as well. Playing on the top line with Loktionov and Jagr for most of the season, he has three goals and four assists in ten games. As Patrik has done so well throughout his long career, he creates offense. The first line had been very good before he left the lineup and his team-leading 18.13 Corsi rating reflects that. There’s a large discrepancy between the amount of shots for and against when Elias is on the ice.
Sidney Crosby has an 18.94 Corsi rating, which puts into perspective just how valuable Elias has been to this club.
Though the recent struggles aren’t just about the losses of these two players, it’s clear that the Devils are a much better team with both Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac in the lineup. The numbers point to the fact that both of those players generate the most offense for this team.