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Devils bedeviled by shootout once more in loss to Sabres

Apr 1, 2014, 10:12 PM EST

In the entire month of March, the Buffalo Sabres grabbed just two wins. On paper, that would indicate a should-be win for the New Jersey Devils, but Buffalo instead won 3-2 via New Jersey’s kryptonite (the shootout).

The Devils have three losses in their last four games, all via the shootout. They’re now a baffling 0-11 in the “skills competition” this season. As this post discusses, their desperate push to a postseason spot would be far more comfortable if they merely were near .500 in that area.

For many, there was one more insult: Ville Leino was the guy who scored the shootout-clinching goal.*

The one bit of good news is that New Jersey’s schedule opens up some opportunities, though it’s anyone’s guess if the math is already stacked too highly against them. The Devils ready for a big game against the Washington Capitals on Friday and face a fairly manageable schedule … well, unless those games get to the shootout, perhaps:

Friday: vs. Washington
Saturday: at Carolina
April 7: vs. Calgary
April 10: at Ottawa
April 11: vs. NY Islanders
April 13: vs. Boston

Considering the strong possibility that the Boston Bruins may opt to rest players late in the season (Zdeno Chara could probably use a breather, eh?), you could make an argument that the Devils have a shot at running the table.

Then again, few would expect a team in reasonable playoff contention to go 0-for-11 in the shootout, so assumptions clearly aren’t very safe here.

* -Sorry Devils fans … and a bigger apology to Leino, who innocently did his job.

  1. chill1184 - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Its just mind boggling to see these results every single time it goes to a shootout. However there is always that one thing that plagues a team in all sports every season and for the Devils its the damm shootout.

    • blomfeld - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      The Devils, Kovalchuk and such as …

  2. martysbetter - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    That was unbelievably emotionally draining, they actually scored TWICE in the shootout for the first time ALL YEAR and just couldn’t come away with it AGAIN.

    I thought for sure this would be the day they got the monkey off of their backs and could finally go on a run to end the season…

    I’m so sad right now.

    • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      I thumb upped your post only because it gives me great pleasure seeing devils fans sad at this time of the year. Does that make me a terrible person?

  3. trbowman - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Oh, I knew it. Everyone knew it. Leino was going to have the GW for the Sabres. That’s the only way things could have gotten worse for NJ in the shootout

    Liuy came up with some big stops.

  4. narfmoo12 - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    I’m absolutely shocked that the Devils lost in a shootout.

    • cofran2004 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      me too. you know the old saying…. eleventh time’s the charm!

  5. alicesrightfootesq - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    The hockey gods will repay them by letting them win a shootout to make the playoffs on the last day.

  6. bleedrangerblue - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Look it’s plain and simple. The devils suck. Even a squirrel could find a nut at some point in a shoot out. They suck that’s it!!

  7. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Pretty strong case for doing away with the shootout.

  8. 950003cups - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    This team sucks moose balls. Lou Lamoriello can lick our big sweaty nuts!!! He’s been robbing us for years on tickets. Raising prices, and lowering quality.

    • martysbetter - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Are you even a Devils fan? All you do is whine like a little girl, I’m starting to think you probably weren’t even alive for 95, 00, or maybe even 03 with the way you cry.

      • 950003cups - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        What’s wrong with calling out Lamoriello? He’s been awful for 10 years. He’s gotta go. I was around for not just the 95 cup. But also the Christmas color jerseys.

      • martysbetter - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        Are you talking about the Lou Lamoriello that traded up to the 13th slot in 2003 to get Zach Parise? Or the Lou Lamoriello that traded Nic Bergfors (who?) Patrice Cormier (who?) and Johnny Oduya (that Lou’s staff signed out of Sweden) for Ilya Kovalchuk? Or the Lou Lamoriello that signed undrafted winger David Clarkson out of junior? Or the Lou Lamoriello that signed undrafted defensemen Andy Greene out of the CCHA? Or the Lou Lamoriello that constructed the 2012 team that came within 2 wins of the Stanley Cup? Or the Lou Lamoriello that traded the 9th overall pick for Corey Schneider?

        Is that the awful GM of the past 10 years you’ve been talking about?

  9. bleedrangerblue - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Delusional devs fans here. Here’s an idea I have for you. Ok are you ready? Here it is. Win the game in regulation. Stop blaming the shoot out rule. F””K practice the shoot out. They suck!!!

    • nj666 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Figures a rangers fan would defend gimmicks

    • 950003cups - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      He’s right. How could any real Devils fan not know that they not only don’t practice shootouts, but they barely practice at all. We have the most Optional skates in the league. Over 40 shootout attempts, and 3 go in? How about how this team gives away games all the time in the third period. They’re very out of shape. Time for an overhaul. Starting from the fool who accepted it. Lamoriello is turning in to Glen Sather.

  10. isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Shootouts suck and so does the stupid OTL point…it would make sense if teams got 3 points for a regulation win and 2 for an ot/so loss but I still think rewarding teams for losing is bogus…

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