If you woke up frustrated from last night’s loss, it’s justifiable. We like to joke around about MoneyPuck’s Win O’Meter and its tendency to swing the wrong way for the New Jersey Devils. However, despite the trend, it’s a useful tool at times that paints a picture of what happened.
Solely based on last night’s 5-on-5 play, the Devils created the majority of the chance share accruing a 58.95 CF%. In fact, their third period was so strong that New Jersey dominated the chance differential 21-7.
It’s easy to look at three goals against in the third period and just throw up your hands and say “This team stinks, it’s 2021-22 all over again.” That’s probably because the Devils forwards are playing well despite key injuries. It’s the defense and goaltending that isn’t holding up. Hopefully, with key returns, the ship rights itself.
Elsewhere, a potential key return is approaching, so is a Patrick Kane decision, and Boston just might lock up a goaltender soon.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: The Devils visited the Jets in a 6-3 loss last night. Believe it or not, they played well 5-on-5, however, defense and goaltending didn’t hold up. Here are the takeaways.
More NJHN: Head coach Lindy Ruff alluded to the possibility that we’ll see Jack Hughes sooner rather than later. ESPN’s Emily Kaplan reports it can be as soon as this weekend.
The Athletic: Shayna Goldman takes a look at some of the NHL’s best power plays. She couldn’t write about them without including the NHL’s best man advantage.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: In a bit of a back-and-forth contest, the Penguins walked away with two points against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Recording a hat-trick and four-point night, Sidney Crosby explains he likes playing in Columbus.
Boston Hockey Now: Jeremey Swayman is off to a potential career year with the Bruins. Will Boston look to extend the 24-year-old goaltender who is a pending restricted free agent with arbitration rights?
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Hockey Now: The word is that a decision by Patrick Kane on where he will play is coming. The Red Wings are reportedly one of the teams in the mix. Could he join his old pal, Alex DeBrincat, in Hockeytown?
Florida Hockey Now: Speaking of Kane, Florida is one of those teams that are reportedly in play. Here’s how it could work.
New York Islanders
NYI Hockey Now: The Islanders started their road trip in Edmonton losing to the sputtering Oilers. It’s potentially their worst loss of the season so far and the only way out of their rut is to get back in the win column.