To a man, the New Jersey Devils do not believe that they are as poor as their 4-10-2 record indicates.
At his current pace, Ilya Kovalchuk is on track to finish the year with a paltry 16 goals. To give you an idea of how disastrous that would be by his standards, consider that last year Kovalchuk notched his 16th goal by December 5th.
A couple of good early scoring chances helped Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo get into the game. That was bad news for a New Jersey team already struggling to score.
If things weren’t bad enough, the struggling New Jersey Devils are going to be without high-scoring left wing Zach Parise for an undisclosed amount of time.
The New Jersey Devils have high-priced talent and one of the best goaltenders in history. That hasn’t translated into them looking like an Eastern Conference contender yet.
With a team salary cap number of $59.4 million for this season, only so many players can stick around.
So, is there any hope? Can any of the three locals compete for a title like the Jets or Yankees or is this going to be a winter of bad ice chips in the metropolitan area?