The New Jersey Devils have had a hard time scoring goals this season, and nobody understands that more than goaltender Cory Schneider.
Heading into their game against Detroit on Friday the Devils had scored just 21 goals in Schneider's 13 starts this season, which explains his 4-5-4 record despite a .925 save percentage.
It was more of the same on Friday night in a 3-1 loss to the Red Wings.
The Devils once again managed just one goal for Schneider, but even worse than that was the fact they couldn't even generate many chances, registering just 11 shots on goal against a depleted Red Wings team that was playing without its two best players in Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
That's just not going to get it done.
The Devils' 11 shots on goal was the lowest total for a team in the NHL this season, while only one other team had fewer than 14 (Calgary managed just 13 in a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks back on Nov. 12). It's just the 11th time since 2005-06 that a team recorded 11 shots or fewer in a game. Not surprisingly, those teams were 1-8-2 in said games.
All the NHL Scores
Red Wings 3, Devils 1
Hurricanes 5, Sharks 3
Blue Jackets 4, Wild 0
Canucks 3, Coyotes 2
On Friday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. Who will rebound with a win tonight, the Detroit Red Wings or the New Jersey Devils?
It was Detroit, and it turns out all they needed to pick up a win was getting away from Joe Louis Arena. Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar helped provide the offense for the Red Wings, while backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson improved his record to 8-0-1 on the season.
2. Who will win the battle of Western powers in Chicago?
3. How does Colorado react to being blown out by a bad team?
With a much better performance. After getting run out of the building in Edmonton on Thursday night, losing 8-2 to the Oilers, the Avalanche completed their trip through Alberta on Friday with a 3-2 win over the Flames. Maxime Talbot had a goal and an assist in the win, while Nathan MacKinnon's third period goal proved to be the game-winner.
4. Can Roberto Luongo help the Vancouver Canucks gain ground in the Pacific Division?
They needed overtime to pick up a 3-2 win, and Roberto Luongo was a big part of it. The Canucks did allow Phoenix to score a pair of third period goals to erase a two-goal deficit and force the extra period, but it's hard to say Luongo didn't play well when he had to face 39 shots and the Canucks were outshot 18-8 in the third. The Canucks and Coyotes are now tied with 37 points in the standings.
5. Will Ryan Suter play under 26 minutes against the Columbus Blue Jackets?
He did, logging 23:37 in Minnesota's 4-0 loss in Columbus. Incredibly, it's just the third time in 31 games this season that he's played fewer than 26 minutes in a single game. The fact the game was pretty well in hand in the third period probably played a role as he didn't see the ice over the final nine minutes of regulation.
The one play or moment from Friday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
While it's hard to put the blame for a team's loss on a penalty call when they managed just 11 shots on goal, but Cory Schneider was incorrectly called for playing the puck outside of the trapezoid late in the third period, a penalty that resulted in Detroit scoring just seconds after the ensuing face-off. It led to Detroit already had the lead at the time, but the penalty and goal pretty much eliminated any comeback chance the Devils might have had.
Stat of the Night
I'm not sure if this actual qualifies as a "stat," but it's numbers and math and it's sure to make you think. Or scream. Here is Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter talking about his team's performance through Thanksgiving.
I don’t go by U.S. Thanksgiving because the season started this year a week earlier. So if you look at it, when you break it all out, I don’t look at it as 82. I look at it as 80, I look at it when you get to 20, I look at it when you get to 40. This year, 41 is actually the calendar year, which if you base it on 82, that’s half a year. You know what? Tomorrow’s 30 games. If we had 40 points, you’d double 60, that’s 80. That means after 60 you’ve got 80. What you get in the last 22? You need a hundred to make the playoffs. There’s no way around it.
It's so simple.
Post to Post
- Tyler Toffoli is earning more ice time for the Kings.
- Here is a brilliant ad from the USHL.
- In case you missed it on Friday night, this might be the best save of the NHL season.
- Team USA announced its training camp roster for the World Junior Championship.