Apr 2, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT
The New Jersey Devils are in a see-saw battle with the Pittsburgh
Penguins for the top spot in the Atlantic division, yet have lost four
of their last six. Not good for a team that is hoping to have more
success than the last two years, when first-round exits marred great
Jamie Langenbrunner, captain of the Devils (and
one of my favorite players to ever don a Stars jersey, darn you Doug
Armstrong!) knows that things need to change. And soon.
“I think the key word is team,” Langenbrunner said. “You have to
become a team and you have to play as a team no matter the talent.
“Talent-wise, yeah, I don’t think there’s any question we have things
we haven’t had here. The key is to become a team. We’ve shown glimpses
of it. There is obviously still time and we feel we can still do it, but
we need to put it together.”
will have a chance to at least try to build some momentum, starting
tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Also, how is
that it seems that every team aside from the Red Wings and Sabres are
stumbling heading into the playoffs? Is the Olympic Hangover not just a
myth, but reality? This is supposed to be the most intense time of the
season, yet it seems like every team is trying to answer questions about
consistency and effort.
Should make for some great
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