Last night the Devils lost their sixth straight game on the young season and boy was it painful to watch. The only player that showed up last night was Cory Schneider and he gave the Devils a hell of a chance to win by stopping 22 of 24 shots. It should have been 22 of 23 but after the empty netter the team stopped playing and the Jets were able to get a garbage goal.
The defense for the Devils looked absolutely atrocious last night. From turnovers in their own end, to constantly getting beat to the puck, and the amount of odd man rushes that are being given up is unacceptable. The Anton Volchenkov and Peter Harrold pairing is absolutely killing the Devils every time they are on the ice. They are a combined plus/minus -4 on the season right now and that is lucky considering how badly they have played.
One play that really irked me last night with Volchenkov was on the penalty kill, instead of firing it out of the zone, he tries to finesse it out and the zone which is then kept in leading to more sustained attack time on the power play. I do not care how "well" he blocks shots, that is no reason to keep him in the lineup.
It is officially time to seriously start thinking about moving a defenseman. The Devils next game is not until Thursday night in Ottawa, so Lou has time to work his magic. Whether that is a trade or to send someone down and call someone up.
I am officially putting out an APB on Ryane Clowe's game. What has he done so far this season that has made you believe he is worth the $4.85 million we are paying him per season. There are times throughout the game where I am asking myself, has Clowe been playing? I can count on one hand the amount of times I have seen Clowe do something positive and negative. He needs to turn his game around right now and head in a positive direction.
If the Devils lose in Ottawa on Thursday, I believe Pete DeBoer will be fired and he does not deserve to be at all. It is all the personnel's fault. The one issue I do have with him is the overuse of the Zubrus - Elias - Jagr line. These players are not 25 years old anymore and their legs cant be taking the amount of minutes he is playing them for 82 games. Yes the line is the best line the Devils have right now, but the season is a marathon, not a sprint. (Unless you are a boss and sprint marathons... Respect.) Changes must occur for the Devils if they want to win. Lucky for them, it seems like everyone else in the Metropolitan division is having the same struggles right now.