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PHT Morning Skate: Devils’ woes in shootout rage on

Jan 17, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

It was noble of Cory Schneider to take the blame for the Devils losing in a shootout to the Avalanche after making 37 saves through 65 minutes but giving up two goals in the skills competition. New Jersey is 0-8 this year in the shootout and if they miss out on the playoffs, they’ll know exactly why. (Fire & Ice)

The Penguins’ defensemen getting healthy was a bad thing for Simon Despres — he was sent back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

The Red Wings may have plenty of injuries, but rookie forward Tomas Jurco playing in the closing moments when trying to tie the game makes for a high compliment of his game. (Detroit Free Press)

Kyle Turris is thriving in Ottawa after escaping the desert and Phoenix Coyotes. (Senators Extra)

Dan Bylsma would love to help lead Team USA to gold and have his own “Miracle On Ice” type of moment. (Globe And Mail)

New Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens tore apart a writer via Twitter for jumping to conclusions about how his wife would hate moving to Edmonton. Using a player’s family to write something gossipy? That’s a paddlin’. (TSN)

  1. thejrod2006 - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    It’s ok though. When you’re a borderline playoff team like how the Devils are anyways, who needs those extra points from shootout wins?

    Amazingly enough, if the Devils were just average at the shootout (say, 3-5), they’d be in the top 8 of the East right now. So this will be what costs them in April if they don’t make it.

  2. supercoop8 - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Have the devils tried playing three forwards in OT, its an easier way of accruing the extra point if they know they will lose in the SO.

    • thejrod2006 - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      They actually have a decent OT record….I think they’re 6-3.

      Still though….they play a lot of OT games, mostly because their forwards haven’t been good enough in the first 3 periods to win more games in regulation

  3. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Yep…..the shootout BS may be their downfall from a playoff spot.

    Looking at another team…the Leafs and they may make the playoffs because of their shootout record.

    If you go to NHL.com a take sort teams by the ROW, you’d see roughly how the standings would “actually” be without the shoot out.

    Its changed things a lot especially in the middle of the standing. This shootout stuff may be the deciding factor for the teams ranked 5-12 in the standings.

    PS I still hate the shoot out…forcing a win/extra point onto a team with a “skills” competition. Its not a team win in my opinion, its an idividuals win. I still don’t see this as a “team” building win in any way.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Sorting the standings differently: things Devils fans do.

      • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        The “forcing” a win by shoot-out does affect the standings in general.

        As a hockey fan in general I would rather see teams in the playoffs that deserve to be there. Looking at the ROW gives people a better sense as to how well teams actually are playing. (especially those in a tight fight for the playoffs).

        I propose that the NHL either go back to the old way of Win / Loss / Tie

        OR

        They can continue with the side shows. If now “winnner” is deemed after 3 shoot-out rounds. Why not implement the hardest shot in 3 attempts, or maybe put up the foam targets for accuracy?

      • ibieiniid - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        lol I agree with you actually. just felt like it was required of me as a Flyers fan to take a shot there. (we lost in a shootout last night, in case you were looking for some return ammunition)

    • thejrod2006 - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      And the worst part is that the Devils aren’t even close to winning these games in the shootout……one goal scored on 25 attempts. And it also seems like half the time, they don’t even put the shot on goal.

      DeBoer has caught some heat recently for admitting the Devils don’t practice it every day (and he should, consindering their pathetic record), but they simply don’t have the personnel to win shootouts.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Thats what happens when too many people piss and moan that they don’t like games ending in ties. I say continuous 4 on 4, and after the first 5 minute period 3 on 3 overtime until someone wins. Awww…. you have to travel 500 miles tonight to get to your next game tomorrow? Oh well. Win in regulation next time.

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