RECAP: Costly 30 Seconds Enough To Down Devils In Carolina

The Devils point streak ended at three games in Carolina. –Getty Images

Game Summary

The New Jersey Devils weren’t able to mount a two-goal comeback, which resulted in their first regulation loss in three game With the loss, the Devils now hold a 8-9-2 record.

The first period was the Devils’ kryptonite. The Carolina Hurricanes struck twice in the first thirty seconds of the game. Justin Williams opened the scoring with a partial breakaway, and Michael Ferland scored just seconds later on a two-on-one. Luckily, the Devils were able to answer back with a Pavel Zacha goal off a beautiful pass from Jesper Bratt.

Unfortunately, there was no more scoring in the game after the first period. The Devils did a great job responding after the two quick goals. However, playing from behind from the start of the game is not ideal. The final shots on goal were 34-25 in favor of the Devils. Goaltender Cory Schneider was on the losing sides of things, while Curtis McElhinney got the win.

Game Notes

  • Whenever you face a backup goaltender, you are expected to put up more than one goal. Coming into the game last night, Hurricanes goaltender Curtis McElhinney had only posted a save percentage above .900 once in his five starts. The Devils did a great job firing shots on him, however, like they have done most of the season, were not able to convert.
  • Goaltender Cory Schneider performed decently compared to his past starts. However, his losing streak is now extended to 16 (0-14-2). Last night was the first game over this 16-game stretch that Schneider allowed two or less goals. Bottom line is he must be better. If he does not improve, the Devils should be in a market for a backup goaltender.
  • Forward Pavel Zacha is back with vengeance. In his four games back, he has scored two goals and compiled a +3 rating. Not to mention, the Devils are 2-1-1 since his return. In order to turn their season around, Zacha must continue to play well.

Next Devils Game: November 21, Home vs. Montreal Canadiens


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