The New Jersey Devils were shutout for the fifth time this season thanks to a 3-0 loss in Colorado. The Devils will now return home after posting a 2-4-0 record on a six-game road trip.
The first period doomed the Devils. Tyson Barrie tallied both of the Avalanche’s goals each from peculiar plays. The first was a broken play where he ripped one under the
Goaltender Philippe Grubauer earned a well-deserved 22 save shutout win for the Avalanche. Cory Schneider was on the losing end with a 31 save performance. Overall, a great showing for each netminder.
- The Devils offense was woeful. They were only able to generate 34 shot attempts. And as you can see above via a heat map, very few of those shot attempts were of high quality. Specifically, the Devils only had nine registered scoring chances. These struggles are especially frustrating when you get such a stellar performance from your netminder.
- Goaltender Cory Schneider was once again terrific. His performance last night marked the fourth consecutive game where he has posted a .900 save percentage or higher. The Avalanche generated a whopping 20 scoring chances against Schneider, and he stood tall. As has happened a lot this season, the two goals scored against him were out of his control or thanks to lousy defense. Overall, another wonderful performance for Schneider.
- Defenseman Colton White struggled once again. He totaled 14:34 of 5-on-5 ice time and had a large role in the first goal against. Coming into the game, he owned a Corsi For % (CF%) of 34.5 percent and a Relative Corsi For % (CF% Rel) of -20.5 percent. These are both atrocious numbers and certainly didn’t improve after this game, as he owned a CF% of 36.00 percent and CF% rel of -6.37 percent.
Next Devils Game: March 19th vs. Washington