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Jets deny Devils their first win 3-0

Oct 13, 2013, 10:55 PM EST

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When a .500 New York Islanders team is the best squad in the general New York/New Jersey* area, you know things are grim. The New Jersey Devils remain in the running for the worst of them all, as they still seek their first win after six games (0-3-3) following a dispiriting 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

The score might be a little misleading (strangely, Evander Kane made it 2-0 with an empty-netter and then Andrew Ladd collected the 3-0 goal moments later), but all that matters is that the Devils still have a big, glaring “0” in the W column.

It’s understandable if you feel some sympathy for Cory Schneider. He stopped 33 out of 35 shots as he watched a befuddled Devils offense continue to struggle to put points on the board.

Sure, New Jersey isn’t in as dire a situation scoring-wise as the New York Rangers (nine goals in five games) or Buffalo Sabres (six goals in six games), but the situation is still pretty bleak.

It says a lot that, despite being without a win, the Devils’ three points leaves them fifth in the Metropolitan Division ahead of the Rangers, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers (all with two points).

The debate regarding which team is the worst in the New York/NJ area – the Devils, Islanders, Rangers and Sabres – might also double as the question of who’s the worst team in the NHL early on this season.

(But you can vote on that very issue here.)

* – Dare we say, tri-state or metropolitan area?

  1. devilsarethebest - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Mr. Laviolette, there is a Mr. Lamoriello for you on line one.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      He’d love that considering he lives in jersey and wouldn’t have to uproot his family again

  2. 950003cups - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Laviolette is just as bad. There are other names out there who would be better. They play like garbage.

    • devilsarethebest - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Please feel free to name them. Laviolette is a great coach that just reached his expiration date with the Flyers. Could wake up our offense though.

    • stakex - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      They guy has a Stanly Cup ring, and another trip to the finals with a team no one expected to make it…. and you think he’s “bad”? That’s a laugh.

  3. vindicatus - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Laviolette as the coach would be the only things that could possibly make this team more of a disaster.

    I’d rather see Guy Boucher.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      Guy Boucher was horrible. Your nuts if you think he’s better then Lavy. There’s so many new faces on that team that gotta get adjusted to to each others play. I don’t think they’ll be as bad as the season goes on.

    • mcphillthy - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      Lol! Yes!! He will make them even more awful. I hope they hire him!

    • stakex - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      How many Stanly Cups does Guy Boucher have again?

  4. barkar942 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Personally, I don’t feel that the Devils woes lie on DeBoer’s shoulders. They lost a good top tier core of their team over the last two years, and are trying to fill in the gaps with older or less talented players.
    The Rangers woes I place firmly on the shoulders of AV. They have almost the same group they finished with last season. They sucked in pre-season, and they suck thus far in the regular season, and I don’t expect some kind of miraculous turnaround any time soon. They don’t have the talent to outplay most of their opponents. Torts had them playing with, as he called it, “swagger” and grit. They outplayed opponents last year because of that, not their outstanding offensive ability.
    Fire AV and crew- replace with Gernander and crew.

  5. stakex - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    I think its fair to say the Sabers are the worst team in the league by far this year, as expected. They are rebuilding, and their early season struggles shouldn’t be a surprise.The Devils aren’t far behind them though. Look, this isn’t a good Devils team that’s just getting off to a bad start… its a terrible Devils team playing about as well as could be expected. I mean when your top offensive weapons are 37 and 41, you are bound to have issues. Kovelchuck being there still would have helped, but even then they would be a one hit wonder.

    Now I’m not going to say a whole lot about the Rangers since I’m a bit bias there, but I would point out that the Rangers have had by far the harder schedule of the two teams… playing against most of the top teams in the West, which has no doubt exacerbated their early struggles. They definitely have the higher ceiling though, and we’ll see how they do playing Washington and the Devils this coming week…. not quite the Western All-Star tour they were on last week.

    • devilsarethebest - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Haha, you’ve clearly not watched any Devils games this season or you’re just stupid. Every game besides for the first was a one goal game that the Devils outplayed and lost either because of poor goaltending from Marty or insane calls. And yes last night was a one goal game, thouh they did get outplayed for most of it. Unlike your Rags who lose by 5+ on a nightly basis.

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