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Devils winless in six; DeBoer says ‘I don’t doubt we can string together nine or 10 wins’

Apr 6, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils lost 2-1 to Toronto on Saturday, their third straight regulation loss and sixth game without a victory.

It left the Devils 10th in the Eastern Conference, with 39 points, three back of the Islanders for the eighth and final playoff spot.

For some, that would be cause for concern — but head coach Peter DeBoer isn’t there yet.

“I don’t doubt we can string together nine or 10 wins,” DeBoer told Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. “We obviously have to get on the other side of that line.

“Right now, we’re on the wrong side of that fine line where we’re just doing enough not to win.”

New Jersey’s season has been torpedoed by two significant injuries: One earlier in the year to starting netminder Martin Brodeur, one currently sidelining the team’s best scorer, Ilya Kovalchuk.

Despite this, DeBoer’s confidence isn’t waning.

That’s probably because he believes in the group, one that exhibited a high level of play before injuries hit. The Devs were 10-3-4 on Feb. 21, tied on points (24) with Montreal for first spot in the Eastern Conference.

Since then, though, the team has gone 5-11-5 and struggled badly on offense. In their last five games, the Devils have scored just four goals, and sit 29th in the NHL in goals per game.

DeBoer says the solution to the offensive woes must come from within.

“There’s some frustration in not winning. Whether we win 1-0 or 2-1, we have to find a way to win games,” he told The Record. “That’s where the frustration lies and the solution has to come from within the room.”

  1. biffnasty - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    seems like ages ago when the overweight, mullet sporting, devils fans were talking trash bout being in 1st and not needing Parise..

    • MannySilvers - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      The Devils were doing very well even without Parise, problem is when they’re also without Brodeur and/or Kovalchuk. The Devils are 10-2-3 this year when both Brodeur and Kovy play.

  2. maalea - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Well, that makes one person who believes.

  3. crazemastercraze - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    They didn’t address the lack of scoring at by the deadline so its no surprise they sit at 10th and have a good shot at missing the playoffs.

  4. martysbetter - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Hey, at least everyone gets a shot at the #1 overall pick this year right?

    Kovy should have gotten the C this summer, its so obvious that this team misses him desperately.

    Even though he wasn’t putting up great numbers this year his presence on the ice in all situations is what is really makes this team successful – when Kovy is on the ice, the opposition needs to respect his presence and his ability to score from anywhere. It allows the Devils to outnumber the opposition along the boards and behind the net.

    This is the key to Deboer’s system of causing chaos on the forecheck, this is why he plays BY FAR the most minutes out of any forward in the NHL – without him it just doesn’t work (and don’t get me started on the PP).

  5. jb8383 - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Our situation has nothing to do with not having parise. Anyone who thinks that is kidding themselves. We were without our starting goaltender for something like 13 games and then the game Marty came back kovy got hurt so now we are without our best forward by far. You think if the rags were without lundqvist for 13 games and then lose Nash they would be where they are. No way.

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