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New Jersey gets shut out for second straight game

Nov 3, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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The best news to come out of this weekend for the New Jersey Devils might just be that this weekend is just about over.

The Minnesota Wild added insult to injuries on Sunday, shutting out a damaged Devils team 4-0. New Jersey was also blanked by Ray Emery and the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Saturday.

Combine those demoralizing defeats with injuries to the likes of Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, Peter Harrold, Jon Merrill and carryover headaches with Ryane Clowe and Bryce Salvador and things are just miserable for head coach Peter DeBoer’s group right now.

Sometimes teams want to get the next possible opportunity for redemption, yet deep down, the Devils might be glad that they have off until Thursday’s road game against the Flyers. They’re banged up and not playing very well – it’s not just bad puck luck, as New Jersey fired 33 shots on goal in these past two losses – so a little time to heal up and refresh could be very valuable.

On Minnesota’s end, Jason Pominville scored his 10th goal of 2013-14 while Nino Niederreiter collected three assists. Josh Harding got his fourth consecutive win and second shutout of the season.

  1. 19to77 - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    In fairness, putting anything by Harding seems like an absurdly difficult prospect right now. Great defensive team in front of him and he’s playing like a wizard so far this year. Much better teams than the Devils have tried and failed.

    Losing to Philadelphia, however… yeah, okay, that’s pretty sad.

    • 950003cups - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      I’m a huge supporter of Harding. Who isn’t? But he’s not as good as your making him out to be.

      • 19to77 - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Take a glance at his numbers this season. I’m sure the NHL leader in GAA and save percentage could even make the Devils look like a halfway-respectable hockey club.

  2. lordfletcher - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    This is a bad Devils team and I feel for the fans as they have had a rough go at it the last two years and the worse is coming.

    Knowing that your first pick in the 2014 draft will be near 31-40 stings.

    Devils need scoring, I wonder if they will move Larsson a top prospect plus a 1st in 2014?

  3. lofty35 - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Where is Cups?

    • devilsarethebest - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      After much deliberation he has renounced himself as a fan and now supports the Rags.

  4. 950003cups - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    This Devils squad sucks her majesty’s Royal Balls!!! Lou did this. His scouts are a joke. His coach DeBoner is a joke.

    Lou needs to go

    • barkar942 - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      Luke95, come over to the Blueshirt side. Henrik is your faaaaaaaaaaather!
      Actually, 95, the Rangers didn’t look much better than the Devils until about two weeks ago when AV started playing the Torts way of defensive zone play leads to offense (plus Hank must have been much more hurt than they were letting on-even without the Stay Puft padding, he is looking more like himself). It has worked against two of the worst teams in the league. Let’s see what they can do in a rematch with Anaheim who wiped up their butts with toilet paper three weeks ago, and Pittsburgh.
      As for your Devils, I honestly thought that with the goaltending tandem, they would win a lot of low scoring affairs. Unfortunately, they are the ones with the lowest scores- ZERO!
      So, Luke95, I am sure you will have much resistance to the force of the Blueshirts, therefore may I suggest at least converting to a fan of the team of talented freedom fighters on Long Island while your team of doom gets its act together.

  5. credible316 - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    I think the defense stood out in this game. The Devils were able to create some nice open feeds but the Wild were right there to break up the shot. Oh, and the fact that Granlund and Pominville are scorching hot doesn’t hurt either! GO WILD!

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