The injury-depleted Detroit Red Wings went to Newark and held the New Jersey Devils to 11 shots Friday. Not surprisingly, they won 3-1.
The Devils showed why the have NHL’s second-worst offense, averaging just 2.2 goals per game.
“We created some quality chances,” delusional Devils coach Peter DeBoer told reporters after this fiasco. “I don’t look at a shot clock and say we didn’t have any offense. I thought we created enough chances to score three goals. It would’ve given us an opportunity to win the game.
“We didn’t cash in on some of our chances. With our group, we have to be opportunistic. If we get eight or nine chances in a game we have to find a way to score on two or three of them in order to have a chance to win. We didn’t do that.”
The individual Devils admit they need to get more pucks on goal. Here is of a sampling of comments made to NewJersey.com:
- Jaromir Jagr: “I thought we had more shots than that. Maybe we were missing the net. Maybe we spent too much time in the corners. I don’t know.”
- Adam Henrique: “We need to get more shots to the net. Our third periods have been our best the past couple of weeks here, but we can’t just rely on that. We have to find a way to get more opportunities earlier in the game.”
- Andy Greene: “We have to find ways to generate more shots. I think we had 11 shots. That’s not going to cut it. We have to get more pucks to the net whether it’s D-men or forwards or bad angle shots. You see the goals that are scored. They’re all not pretty. Off the goalie’s pads and rebounds are sitting out there. We’ve got to find ways to get in those dirty areas.”
Some of the more talented Devils are mired in terrible scoring slumps. Damien Brunner hasn’t scored in his last 16 games, earning him a spot in the press box as a healthy scratch.
“I think the lesson for Brunner is he’s got to do a little but more in order to be in the lineup,” DeBoer told NewJersey.com. “ He’s a scorer, so I think if you’re scoring you can overlook some of the other areas of the ice where maybe he’s not as strong. When you’re not scoring, those things become magnified. When you go 10 or 12 games, eventually it gets to a point where something has to break.”
Michael Ryder has shown a bit more life lately after scoring just four points in his 15 November games. Travis Zajac has just two points in his last nine games.