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Devils resorting to changing superstitions to break losing streak

Apr 14, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

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New Jersey is reeling and they’re desperate to try and change their losing ways.

After losing nine straight games, players will sometimes do things to try and change their luck. As Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice shares, both Martin Brodeur and David Clarkson are switching up their game-day habits and superstitions to try and get off the schneid.

“I’ve changed all my watches every game, all little things like that, that I believe for my own doing,” Brodeur said. “Last year was great. Every time my daughter was home, she would pick my tie to go to the game. So, the other day she was home after school, so I go, ‘Listen. You go pick my tie now.’ I think, personally, everybody’s tried something in their own way of preparing. I’ve changed things and I’m sure guys have done that just to try to mix it up and see.

“I know it sounds silly maybe for the common person, but for an athlete they know what we’re talking about.”

Clarkson says he’s changed up when he gets on and off the ice at practice to change his mojo. Did someone drink Jobu’s rum yet? The Devils get the chance to break out of their funk tomorrow night in Toronto.

  1. anthonykornheiser - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Maybe brodeur should start sleeping with his sister in law again…

  2. jacketsfan7 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I’m sorry they’re over , devils are screwed

    • withseidelinn - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Thanks for realizing it as well.

  3. canucks30 - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    How bout getting better players?

  4. stakex - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Perhaps the Devils main problem is they are trying to stop a losing streak with superstitions…

    The real issue for them winning is a lack of talent on offense, a so-so defense, and two over the hill goaltenders that are all but spent. No amount of superstitions are going to over come that.

  5. remosnozzberri82 - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Amen! ^^^^^

  6. biffnasty - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    really? thats what i going to change your losing streak? good luck with that

  7. 950003cups - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    How about stop shooting the same show 33 times a game.

    1) cycle down low
    2) bring it up to the right point
    3) pass left
    4) pass right
    5) shoot
    6) get rebound and repeat steps 1-5

    It’s like a practice drill. You’re not gonna fool anyone with that crap. So when DeBoer says “we outplayed them, and out shot them, but the puck didnt go in”

    33 SOG (of steps 1-5) to 11 creative shots (other team) results in a 2-0 result. Only reason they scored on Boston was that they fell asleep after laughing so haed when they went up 4-0 on our biggest game.


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