NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Both the New Jersey Devils discover some consistency within the ultimate 32 video games of the common season or they will miss the playoffs for the fifth straight yr.
Popping out of the All-Star break, the Devils are seven factors out of the final playoff spot within the very tight Japanese Convention.
How tight? Six factors separate the eight groups making an attempt to work their means into the ultimate playoff spots, now owned by Philadelphia with fifty six factors.
New Jersey’s forty nine factors has it tied with Buffalo, Detroit and Carolina on the backside of that group. The Devils and Pink Wings are scheduled to play Tuesday night time in Detroit.
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The Devils have so much to repair.
As ordinary, they don’t seem to be scoring objectives. They’re twenty eighth within the NHL with 113. They’re within the backside third on protection, having given up one hundred forty four objectives, and their particular groups have struggled recently.
“I don’t know if that is my strangest season, however it’s my most inconsistent as a group,” veteran defenseman and captain Andy Greene stated Monday.
“We now have had 4-or-5 recreation segments the place we’re enjoying actual nicely and doing issues nice, after which, all of the sudden, there are 4 or 5 video games the place we aren’t. Often in most seasons, it’s one recreation right here or there that’s out of whack.”
The subsequent month could be make-or-break for coach John Hynes’ workforce. 9 of the subsequent 12 video games are on the Prudential Middle, the place the Devils have misplaced six in a row after beginning the season 7-zero-2 within the constructing.
“We have now to string some wins collectively now to make the dialog fascinating,” veteran ahead Mike Cammalleri stated. “Our objective is to place the perfect hockey we will in a short while and see the place that leaves us.”
That is additionally a wierd month as a result of the Devils play 4 video games after which get their 5-day midseason break.
“This can be a month right here if we will make some strides and a few headway, then our goal is to have an excellent month and put ourselves in place to play some significant video games in March,” Hynes stated.
What the Devils want is for his or her massive gamers to step up.
Within the offseason, the Devils acquired Taylor Corridor from Edmonton to be their go-to man on offense. He leads the group with 31 factors (eleven objectives, 20 assists), however he wants to attain extra. So do Kyle Palmieri (eleven objectives) and Adam Henrique (12 objectives). They every had 30 objectives final season and aren’t near matching it.
Goaltender Cory Schneider is also having an off yr after…