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Devils coach on 10-game skid: ‘Absurd is a good word for it’

Apr 15, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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The New Jersey carried much of the play against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday but their misery continued with a 2-0 loss, pushing the Devils’ losing streak to 10 games (0-6-4).

It’s pretty easy to argue that the Devils suffered from lousy luck tonight, though. They nearly tripled the Buds’ shots on goal, firing 32 to Toronto’s 13. They couldn’t beat James Reimer once, however, prompting a flustered response from head coach Peter DeBoer to the Newark Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere.

“Absurd is a good word for it,” DeBoer said. “I don’t have an answer. I know the guys are emptying the tank.”

Longtime Devils forward Patrik Elias admitted that he couldn’t recall a stretch like this while Travis Zajac echoed DeBoer’s befuddlement.

“It’s kind of a sickening feeling,” Zajac said. “I feel like we deserve better.”

Chere spells out just how dry the Devils’ offense has been.

Martin Brodeur insists that he hasn’t lost faith in his team, but it’s possible that it’s already too late for the Devils to turn things around.

While the Devils face long odds to avoid an early vacation, the Maple Leafs pushed their standings total to 53 points, solidifying their spot in fifth place and making a playoff berth seem that much more likely.

Related: Report – Ilya Kovalchuk could return Thursday

  1. kingjoffrey19 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Great Idea!
    Lets write about the Devils losing 10 games in a row.
    The Leafs can’t stop winning, and are about to make the playoffs in the first time in forever, yet they get NO love whatsoever on this site.

    Give me a break

    • canucks30 - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      The playoffs have been a LONG time coming for the Maple Leafs:

      That was the last playoff game Toronto played…

      2 Lockouts ago.

  2. topshelf25 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    I have watched all ten games of this skid and could someone compile how many shots the devils have had against the opposition in total? I know the results will be astounding. By the way Marty is STILL stuck on win 666…

    • MannySilvers - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      309-202 Devils. Ridiculous.

  3. remosnozzberri82 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Waaaaaawaaaaa! The little lucifers are dead good riddance to bad rubbish . Fat Marty go home

  4. ndrick731 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Don’t worry they play the flyers on Thursday. Flyers can’t beat them when they are good.

  5. 19to77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    The Leafs have put up some troubling shot counts at times this season – this isn’t the first time they’ve somehow managed to log less than 15 shots on goal. Granted, they can dial it WAY up from there – but a couple performances like that could kill a playoff run very, very swiftly.

    • 19to77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      Still loving that they’re a playoff team no matter what, though. Really hoping they’ll match up against the Habs this year. God, I miss seeing those two in a playoff bout.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    It’s amazing to me that the Devils are still in 11th despite their ACTUAL record of 15-27. Only in hockey do you get rewarded for losing a game, just in a longer fashion. I’m all for parity but these 3 point games are a joke. With that record the Devils should only be ahead of the Panthers.

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