The New Jersey Devils will be called on again Saturday night, as they left Denver with another loss last night. Things have gone from bad to worse for the Devils. They’re in danger of going on an eight-game losing streak in the desert on Saturday. This is the conclusion of a three-game road trip for the Devils, with losses of 2-0 and 3-1 against the Stars and Avalanche. Louis Domingue got the nod last night, while Mackenzie Blackwood was supposed to get the night off.
After allowing 2 goals on 17 shots, Domingue left the game with an undisclosed injury. Blackwood had to play about half the game, and played well as he didn’t allow a goal on 19 shots. Blackwood was hoping to get a break before having to play the Coyotes tonight, but not much that could have been done with the injury to Domingue.
The Devils fired John Hynes on December 3rd. Since then the Devils have gone 0-5-0. Interim head coach, Alain Nasreddine, is still searching for his first win. Hynes was fired after an embarrassing performance vs the Sabres in a 7-1 blowout. The team has been unable to respond. Most teams find it in themselves to brush themselves off play a much crisper game after getting shellacked by a score of 7-1.
Not the Devils, as they continue to sink further and further in the standings. They enter Phoenix with a record of 9-17-5 and 23 points for last in the Metropolitan. Given the lofty expectations and hype that they were given in the offseason, this season has been a terrible look for the Devils.
Firing John Hynes has made no impact on the Devils. The players are still going through the motions with no care in the world. Taylor Hall is up for grabs for a trade, while the Devils will likely open up other players to that possibility as well. P.K. Subban and Kyle Palmieri might be available, too. But, at this point the only sure bet to get traded is Hall, who was held out of play in Denver last night.
The Devils indicated that it was precautionary measures and that he had no injury, so Hall was a healthy scratch with all of this talk of a trade. It’s rather suspicious and leads us to believe that he will be gone sooner rather than later. If Hall is a scratch in Arizona tonight, then his realtor has likely already been contracted. It’s probably not going to get any easier for the Devils against a good Coyotes squad tonight. Head below for our free Devils vs. Coyotes pick.
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The main problem with the Devils this season has been the lack of effort. The Red Wings and Kings are bad, but they know the talent just isn’t there to compete on a nightly basis. With regards to the Devils, we can’t say that much because there is talent on this roster. The front office took a team that finished 44-29-9 two seasons ago and have turned them into a mess. They finished 31-41-10 last season and seem to be regressing even further even after adding sought after talent in P.K. Subban and Wayne Simmonds. Taylor Hall won the Hart in 2018 and is now looking at getting traded away from New Jersey.
There just hasn’t been any chemistry for the Devils this season. The line combinations have been a jumbled up mess. It’s like the front office threw random pieces at the wall and hope everything stuck. Nobody has complimented anyone well on this team. The biggest problem the Devils had last season Cory Schneider in net, but their problems go much deeper than shoddy goaltending. New Jersey head into the desert with just 2.39 goals scored per game for 30th in the NHL. The Red Wings are the only team in the league who’ve been worse at scoring the puck. On paper, the Devils look like a much better team than the Wings, though.
The Devils have been the worst team in the league at finding offensive production on the road. They’ve scored a measly 1.93 goals per game on the road this season. Devils’ fans yarn for the days when a bad goaltender was their only problem to talk about. The Devils should be in for problems against a Coyotes’ defence who is one of the best in the league in the defensive zone. Arizona are 3rd in the NHL with 2.35 goals against per contest.
Darcy Kuemper is an early Vezina candidate, as he boasts a terrific 1.97 GAA and 0.935 save percentage. For the Devils to have a chance here, it’s likely going to come on the shoulders of Mackenzie Blackwood in the crease. However, Blackwood has struggled on the road just like everyone else on this team, and he will be playing on a back-to-back after having to enter in the 2nd period against the Avalanche less than 24 hours ago. Blackwood will try his best, but it’s not going to be enough. Expect the Yotes to dictate the pace throughout the night, and dispatch the Devils by a thousand paper cuts on Saturday night.