It has become a recurring trend, the Devils can’t score at home or for their new goalkeeper Cory Schneider. The crowd at the Rock tonight was quite quiet possibly realizing that their team didn’t have a sense of urgency themselves. The Devils shot 26 shots on Ben Scrivens, failing to hit the back of the net on any of them. The skills of Schneider and great defensive play kept the Devils in the game as it usually does but, with 7:52 left in the 3rd the Kings scored off a tip-in by Dwight King.
The Devils seemed to be dominating the Kings early on. They were leading in shots and had a far greater amount of quality chances. The Devils couldn’t cash in on scoring chances with a backup goalie in net. Peter DeBoer, the head coach, said:
We played a good game. That’s one of the best teams in the league. I think we probably deserved 1 or 2(goals) after the 1st period.
After one and a half periods of hockey the Devils had outplayed their opponent but, had nothing to show for it and their energy level seem to drop. They lost the fire that they came out with and this hurt them. This was prevalent when they had a chance to score on a power play with under a minute left and they wasted the opportunity. They seemed almost disinterested. Cory Schneider has been by far impressive thus far yet, he can’t win because we can’t score for him. DeBoer said about this:
You’re disappointed for Schneider. He gave us a good game again, and we don’t give him any run support so to speak.
The Kings didn’t play a great game themselves but, they were quite physical. They racked up 34 hits throughout the game and made this game fun to watch. The two weren’t displaying great offenses but, the defenses did well. This game would’ve been high scoring if the two concentrated on the opportunities they had. The Kings ended up spoiling the return of Elias and Gionta by grinding out a win for 2 points.
The Devils will face the Pittsburg Penguins this Saturday and according to the Devils’ twitter page Martin Brodeur will start in net. Hopefully, they can give him more help than Cory had tonight. The Devils are once again fitting into their usual position of not capitalizing and losing games that should easily be won. The Devils need to start gaining points soon in order to get an early lead. It’s still early and the offense should expand and improve with time.