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Goalie Hedberg: Devils luck will change

Mar 1, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils enjoyed a strong start to the season, but they’ve lost five of their last six games and all three contests since future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur suffered a back injury.

Over the last two weeks, New Jersey has slipped from first in the Eastern Conference to seventh, so there’s some added pressure going into its two-game road trip. Still, Brodeur’s understudy, goaltender Johan Hedberg doesn’t seem to think major adjustments are needed, based on a Star-Ledger report.

“If we keep doing what we were doing a lot of the time tonight, we’re going to get it,” Hedberg said in reference to Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

“It’s funny. When things are going your way, the puck finds a way in. When they don’t, it doesn’t.

“It’s going to change. We just have to battle hard and work as hard as we can. Our luck is going to turn for us.”

The Devils will play in Buffalo on Saturday. The Sabres are looking to dig themselves out of a rather deep hole and have started the process by winning their last two games.

  1. 950003cups - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Our luck is about to change. From bad to worse!

    If you keep letting guys like Dustin Byfuglin skate end to end and bury the game winner late in the third, (I know he wasn’t the eventual goal scorer) you won’t win games.

    It’s a case of a great team gone bad. They have everything in place to fix things. Time to get things settled and win.

    On a side note: That Larsson kid gets better and better each shift. He skates and plays so calm and smart, like he’s been in the league longer than Marty.

  2. jpelle82 - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    was waiting fo rthis article today. i wouldnt panic, devils are way too good to have too many long term concerns….unless…..brodeur is out for an extended period of time. he makes that team’s system work. i believe his puckhandling is the difference in a good and excellent devils team.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Absolutely, his stick handling destroys the Flyers entire gameplan. The chip and chase is rendered completely ineffective against New Jersey. I just wish Laviolette would figure that out, he NEVER adjusts against the Devils. Hopefully Marty is still out when we play NJ next, the Flyers have to beat then sometime.

  3. mpg44 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    If you think the last six games we’d just a few bad bounces and bad luck …. Think again !! You better GAO watch those games again and count how many team defensive breakdown and of players getting caught way out of position . GET BACK TO BASICS!!!!!!!!!! Time for coach Pete to bag skate these guys !!

    • jpelle82 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      they are getting exposed a little bit without brodeur helping them out. you get a goalie stopping the dump in every time and passing it off from behind the net, you get a lot less one on one battles in the corners and on the boards. the forecheck is eating them up a bit and creating chances. speed kills too, brodeur slows the game down for them, and the devils arent exactly the most fleet of foot in their own zone

  4. pwilson264 - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    as a ranger fan am all to familiar with slumps, but the devils are to resilient as a team , with this shorten and compressed season losing streak’s like what the devils are experiencing now are no surprize. don’t worry devil fans, am sure they will bounce back.

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