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Devils coach: ‘You have two choices: you roll over and die or you get up tomorrow’

Apr 10, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

Peter DeBoer AP

The New Jersey Devils managed to get back into a game that started off 4-0 on Wednesday, eventually losing to the Boston Bruins 5-4. Moral victories aside, the team’s on an eight-game losing streak, prompting head coach Peter DeBoer to demand more fight from the team, as he told The Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

“You know the spot you’re in and you have two choices – you roll over and die or you get up tomorrow and you find a way to turn one win into six or seven or whatever it’s going to take,” DeBoer said.

Glad you (kind of) asked, coach.

Sports Club Stats’ numbers indicate that the Devils would have to put the following type of run together to have better than a coin flip’s chance of making the 2013 playoffs:*

6-2-0 finish: 56.5 percent chance.
5-0-3 finish: 75.1 percent chance
6-1-1 finish: 80.3 percent chance

To save you a click or three, here’s the team’s remaining schedule:

Friday: home vs. Ottawa
April 15: at Toronto
April 18: at Philadelphia
April 20: home vs. Florida
April 21: at New York Rangers
April 23: home vs. Montreal
April 25: home vs. Pittsburgh
April 27: home vs. New York Rangers

Surely the Rangers wouldn’t want to spoil the Devils’ playoff bid if it came down to it, would they?

* – Then again, some Devils fans might be crossing their fingers for them to lose as many games as possible considering how much the team seems to depend upon Ilya Kovalchuk.

  1. martysbetter - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Roll over and die, please – no point in trying to limp into the playoffs with a half-injured Kovalchuk to get swept in the first round.

    How’s the draft looking this year?

    • trbowman - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      Good thing they didn’t have that attitude last year when they made the Cup as the 6th seed. Same with the Kings, who made it as an 8th seed and won the damn thing.

      This ain’t the NBA. Any of the 16 teams that qualify have a shot at hoisting Lord Stanley.

  2. esracerx46 - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    “Roll over and die, or get up tomorrow” Doesnt sound like the devils are going to be getting much sleep. 1 player (Parise) cant make that much of a difference can he? Sure the year he was hurt they sucked and got the number 3 pick. Came back and went to the finals. But if 1 player was of that much importance something is wrong. Then again when you have the same goalie for 20 years but fail to plan for the inevitable retirement something is definitely wrong. Lookin at you Lou.

    • martysbetter - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      The team was 1st in the East without Parise – sh*t hit the fan when Marty got hurt and then Kovalchuk got hurt the game Marty came back.

      • jb8383 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        I am so sick of hearing how it’s because we lost Parise. Everyone is forgetting that we were without Marty for like 13 games and the game Marty came back is the game Kovy got hurt. When both Marty and Kovy were playing at this beginning of this season we were playing very well. Imagine if the Rangers lost Lundqvist for 13 games, and then lost Nash… I highly doubt they would be in a playoff spot.

      • jb8383 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

        sorry meant to hit reply the comment above yours.

  3. devilsarethebest - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    heh we usually manage to go aaginst the odds lets do it this year…… by winning the draft lottery

  4. gbditka - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Hey Petey DeBoer, this is what happens when you warm your ass off yesterday’s sunshine! Is it you or the talent Lou put in your control?

    • martysbetter - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Depends if you consider “talent” 1 sniper (Kovy) 1 playmaker (Elias) and a bunch of big grinders who are 3rd and 4th line tweeners.

  5. itsallniceonice - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    DeBoer Giguere has another choice for you: Vegas Baby!

  6. dipspit55 - Apr 11, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    We don’t have a first rounder this year we aren’t done yet still fight in these guys we will make the playoffs stop giving up on your team

    • stakex - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      While not official, the Devils are in fact done.

      They need to go AT LEAST 6-1-1, and I think 7-1 is more realistic personaly. Thats a tall order for a team thats just lost eight games in a row. The odds of them turning it around like that are nill at best… and even then they would need serious help from the teams in front of them. If the Devils go 6-1-1, they still need two of the teams they are chasing to play .500 hockey or worse from here on in (which is more likely then the Devils going 6-1-1, but still no certainty).

    • devilsarethebest - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      we have a first rounder this hear, however we must forfeit a first rounder this year or next hear so we can have our first pock this year. fingers crossed, we win the lottery

  7. nyt84 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Devils last game is away at the Rangers. Should make it a little bit tougher.

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