It’s time for this Devils team to figure out how this season is going to go. These past 5 games have been extremely frustrating to watch (outside of the game vs the Pens). We have seen brilliant hockey at some points as well as some brutal losses. Thirteen games into the season, Devils are sitting in last place in the Metro but have the fewest games played. That four game winning streak to start the season is nothing but a distant memory at this point.
Since starting off the season as one of the hottest teams in the league, the Devils have lost 7 of their last 9 games. Including two blowout losses to the Senators and the Lightning. Not to mention, they jumped out to a 2-0 lead in BOTH GAMES. Failing to build on those early goals has led to getting blown out 7-3 and 8-3 respectively.
The Devils are currently tied for the worst road record in the league with the Kings at 1-5-0. A huge difference from their 5-1-1 home record. This team has to find their game away from the Prudential Center. There seems to be no middle ground with this team. They either look like world beaters and play a sound 60 minute game or they just look flat and disinterested. Taking losses from teams like the Red Wings and the Senators have turned this road trip into a complete failure. Those were the two games on the schedule that were supposed to keep this road trip record around .500.
The Devils have two games left on this season high, 7 game road trip vs the Maple Leafs tonight and the Jets on Sunday night. They have a chance to salvage this road trip and build some momentum against two top teams in the league. We would all love to see that resilience they possessed last season instead of letting games get away from them in the third period.
No doubt this is the hardest part of the schedule, you just want to see this team play with a little bit of pride each night. Even when bounces aren’t going your way, you have to find the positives to build on and be ready to play the next game. I have a lot of faith in John Hynes’ leadership to turn this slump around and get this team back to its consistent ways we saw earlier in the year.