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Devils coach DeBoer: We deserved better

Apr 22, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

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Pete DeBoer probably has to take a few deep breaths when he sees teams like Toronto and Columbus consistently getting outshot, yet still winning games.

The Devils’ head coach — whose team is surrendering an NHL-low 23.3 shots per game — has suffered through pretty much the opposite.

“It’s difficult. This is one of the most difficult things I’ve gone through,” DeBoer said today, per the Star-Ledger, “just because I’ve coached teams that didn’t deserve to make the playoffs. Most times life gives you what you deserve. In this case I don’t feel it’s necessarily the case. That’s what makes it more difficult, because then you’re searching for the reasons why and I don’t have the answers yet.”

The Devils’ average shot differential (+5.3) is right up there with Los Angeles (+5.5) and Chicago (+5.2).

Except New Jersey has been eliminated from the playoffs.

Goaltending has been an issue for the Devils, with Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg combining for a .891 save percentage, the third-lowest in the NHL.

Both Brodeur, 40, and Hedberg, 39, are signed through next season.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Get in line !

  2. rpiotr01 - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Petween losing Parise in the off-season and then losing their goalie and most important skater for long stretches, it’s not surprising and there’s no shame in it. Going forward, Brodeur isn’t going to return to his form from 10 years ago so they have some work to do there, but they’re run well and they draft as well as anyone.

  3. 950003cups - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    B.S!! THey had no business in a playoff series. They were outshooting their opponents 33-11 in some games and getting shut out. Out of 33 shots, you can’t put one in? NOTHING? Yet they get odd man rushes streaking down like a meteor shower. Thats why they only need 11 shots. Put in 2 goals, and the Devils quit on you.

    Passing was a joke. Either too much passing, or when they actually did decide to shoot, the pass was almost always behind the shooter, so he has to stand there for 4 seconds before shooting. In that time, shot blockers would be all set up, and the goalie was there. So, now you have a chance for a rebound. But that’s not possible when nobody IS EVER THERE. Tell DeBoer that you can’t catch a rebound from BEHIND THE NET.

    WELCOME TO THE NEW IMPROVED NJ DEVILS

    • 950003cups - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Oh and in a game where they faced elimination against their hated enemy, they turtled up as soon as the first check was thrown at them. Bunch of bush league amateurs.

      No heart. No Pride. No NOTHING.

      After many many sellouts, the team folded up when they had to actually do something. Wouldn’t be shocked to see the building empty again next year.

      Lou should have had his finger on the pulse of the team. I hope this off season he sends a clear message.

  4. bct11554 - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    There is no crying in hockey

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