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Ryder says Devils frustrated after franchise-worst winless start

Oct 12, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils have never gone this deep into a season with a win, a fact that’s eating away at some of the players.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” forward Michael Ryder told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. “We know we shouldn’t have a zero in the win column.”

The 0-3-2 Devils, winless through five games to start the season for the first time in franchise history, are now officially feeling the heat. They’ve shown a near-complete inability to hold onto leads, scoring first in four of their five games and infamously blowing a three-goal third period lead in Edmonton on Monday.

New Jersey also has one of the league’s worst power plays (10 percent) and is the fourth-worst in faceoffs (43.5 percent).

Things don’t appear to get any easier in the near future. The Devils do get a struggling Jets team on Sunday, but the game is in Winnipeg at the raucous MTC Centre.

From there, the club travels to Ottawa for a game against the Sens before taking on their heated rivals, the Rangers, at home on Oct. 19.

Despite the gloomy vibe around the team, veteran Patrik Elias is trying to keep things in perspective.

“We’re not 30 games in, are we? It’s five games,” Elias explained. “We’ve been through it many times. It takes a little play, a little thing to turn things around.

“To find a way to win and not find a way to lose.”

  1. 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    The feeling in Devils land is that DeBoer’s coaching ability flew to Washington, San Jose, Minnesota and Russia. Without Parise, Kovalchuk, Robinson, and Oates, DeBoer is back to his Panther roots. He’s been exposed as a fraud coach.

    When a coach latches on to older players, it’s a sign he needs someone to cover his butt and doesn’t want the heat that comes with younger players’ gaffs.

    He needs to go and take his two best friends, Volchenkov and Salvador, with him.

    • stakex - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      I don’t recall hearing that from Devils fans when he took the team to the SCF’s a couple seasons ago.

      The fact of the matter is the coach isn’t directly responsible for the players that end up on the ice. The GM generally makes most of the personnel choices… and sometimes (as is the case with Parise and Kovalchuck) the players themselves decide they don’t want to stick around. I’m not saying DeBoer is a great coach or anything, but to blame him for all the personnel decisions the GM makes is irrational.

      The other point worth making is that the Devils really don’t have a ton of young star power waiting in the wings. They have some good looking defensive prospects, but their offensive prospects leave something to be desired… at least compared to a lot of other teams. That is also the fault of the GM.

      At the end of the day, Devil’s fans need to accept what pretty much everyone else already knew months ago…. the Devil’s don’t have a good team this year. Perhaps with a new owner willing to spend some money that will change in short order, but right now the Devil’s results are pretty much what was expected.

      • 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        During the SCF run all the pieces were in place. As soon as they left. The team fell apart. After Kovy was injured, the team went 1-9 until he returned.

        Fast forward till today, and you have an impotent coach afraid to sit older players who are directly responsible for defensive breakdowns and have kicked in goals. When a vet makes a mistake DeBoer benches a tonier player thinking that nobody has a TV and saw what’s really going on. If he benches a vet and things go bad, he gets hear. Of not he can hide behind the old “he’s been playing for years, he made a mistake” he did the same with Tallinder.

      • 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        I think Statex is right when he says it’s gonna be like this all year

  2. amityvillefun - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Kovy really porked NJ. Badly.

    I feel sorry for Devils fans, they deserve better.

  3. jessejames182 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    The refs really gave that game to the Flames. Without those bad calls they could’ve won that game, it’s a shame because Marty finally put a good game together for 60 minutes.

    • brymck1 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      This, this, and more of this. The second call on Volchenkov was ticky-tack and idk wtf the refs were thinking on the Ryder no-goal.

      • jessejames182 - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        I would’ve forgiven it if they would have just waved it off, giving Calgary a PP too really made it seem they had it out for the Devils.

    • nj666 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      They literally stole a goal from the devils.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    We can relate. Hell, half the metro can’t win a game.

    • nj666 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      I know its ridiculous, remember how great of a division this was just two seasons ago. Now we all suck…

      • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        It’s seriously painful to be a Flyers or Devils fan right now. I despise the Devils with every ounce of my being, the 2000 ECFs still haunt me, but I can absolutely empathize with their fanbase. Neither team can catch a single break. In fact, it seems every break goes the other way.

  5. 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    How can the entire division suck? And now you have the new Atlantic Division doing great. It’s the name. This Metropolitan Division is bad luck. It’s like we’re all The Mets.

  6. 950003cups - Oct 12, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    At least we’re not giving up touchdowns like NY. But at the end if the day, this may be the first time in history where ranger, flyer, and devil fans are united in the dumps. I guess now we can add caps fans too since they’re in our pathetic division too now.

  7. crazemastercraze - Oct 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Every professional sports team in the tri-state area sucks this year, other than the Red Bulls. It’s like a curse!!!

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