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DeBoer: I’m not going stand here and tell you I’m not worried

Mar 9, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 9: Chris Terry #58 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Marek Zidlicky #2 of the New Jersey Devils watch a puck deflect off the blocker of Johan Hedberg #1 during an NHL game on March 9, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Karl DeBlaker/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

After another crushing defeat on Saturday, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer was left looking for answers.

“I’m not going to kid you and stand here and tell you I’m not worried,” DeBoer said, according to the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

“We’ve got to find a way and I know it’s in that dressing room and we’ve just got to get everyone to have a good performance on the same night.”

The Devils have lost nine of their last 11 games, putting themselves in a rather deep hole after a strong start to the season.

“Too deep,” DeBoer said in the Record’s report. “We didn’t quit. That’s the silver lining, but it doesn’t help you in the standings.”

One player easy to put the blame on is goaltender Johan Hedberg, who has been pulled in two of his last three starts. However, DeBoer downplayed his decision to yank him after allowing five goals on 18 shots Saturday night.

“When you look at our schedule we’ve got back-to-back (games). It made no sense to keep Heddy in there,” DeBoer said. “He’s got to play again tomorrow. It’s our fifth game this week, so it was a decision more about energy than anything.”

Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk also stood up for Hedberg, saying the team has given up too many rebounds.

“They just walk in and Moose he can just stop so much,” Kovalchuk said.

“It’s a team effort out there,” Elias added. “It’s not only on goalies. It’s not only on D. It’s not only on forwards.

“It’s everyone that is out there and a lot of the times the mistakes happen in the offensive zone, in the neutral zone by the forwards.”

They will have a chance to shake off this loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

  1. kegmen7 - Mar 10, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Lou cannot afford to sit idly by and watch the season fall apart because Heddy is a great locker room presence. If Marty’s gonna be out awhile and the Frazee/Kinkaid/Clermont aren’t ready then he has to make a move…..Supposedly St.Louis is looking for a defenseman and we’ve got eight…

  2. 950003cups - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    5 goals on 18 shots. Yeah, moose has been solid. Granted those shots allowed are inexcusable. It’s true. The team as a whole is terrible. Do they miss Parise? Nope. They sucked many times when he was the only star here. Whatever DeBoer said between 2 & 3 must have had an effect. They came out with guns blazing. Poor Frazee didn’t get to play in his opening performance. Those guys didn’t let the puck get near him. 60 minutes of that wins cups.

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      omg, is that Moose’s stats? That sucks real bad. I still think it isn’t entirely his fault and it certainly is not the offense’s fault because they can definitely score goals. The blame should fall on the defense. You are 100% right. Defense wins championships

  3. bayafan - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    The main problem is there puck control. It’s unbelievably sloppy.

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