National Hockey League
Here are five things that I thought about at length during and following Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Canadiens.
The NHL announced the additional 36 All-Stars and 12 Rookies who will join fan-voted top six, including the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com joined me from Heinz Field to talk about the crazy work hours he has been enduring along with the ice crew for this year’s Winter Classic, and to detail the whole process of turning an NFL field into an NHL rink.
The goal scoring numbers are not pretty for New Jersey’s 2010-11 season. The Devils begin the week with just 53 goals, fewest in the NHL.
The Devils finished up November with three wins in four games, thanks to the goaltending of Johan Hedberg who also led New Jersey to its first back-to-back victories of the season.
The Devils reached their 20-game milestone in the 2010-11 season Saturday night in St. Louis and are just 5-13-2. The 20-game point total ranks as the 3rd-worst in club history since the team moved to New Jersey in 1982.
After Thursday night’s 3-1 loss in Toronto at the hands of the struggling Maple Leafs, I think it’s time to come right out and say it: the Devils are in crisis mode.
The New Jersey Devils aren’t used to being considered among the NHL’s worst teams. The Edmonton Oilers know all too well what that’s like.