Nikita Okhotiuk’s first career goal is great to see
The New Jersey Devils pulled off a road trip beating a few teams they shouldn’t have had, but back at home they started playing like them again as quickly as possible. The team started out with a pretty solid effort all things considered, but the same things keep happening and it’s up to the extended offseason to fix the problem.
Jesper Boqvist now has goals in 3 games in a row and he is starting to have a very respectable season as he enters his own. He continues to move his feet well and is ready to step up to blue paint, which not every player on this roster can do. He may not be a star, but right now he looks like he’s making his case to be the third line center for next season, especially if Dawson Mercer continues to be on the wing .
The fourth row was under a lot of pressure and Andreas Johnsson adjusted well alongside them with Miles Wood absent. He even managed to throw the body several times, which is not the norm for him. While I still want to see the BMW line together, the third line is wide open for next season and Johnsson needs to keep playing well to get a spot because this team can’t start the year looking the same.
Pavel Zacha. Oh boy he just keeps playing horrible and it’s only halfway through his first that he already misses and passes straight to his stick and he can’t land anything near his team mates when he does it. He continued his normal play at that mansion in the second period and caused another shorthanded goal with a lazy, smooth, unthinking pass to the blue line that was intercepted to give the Sabers the lead by a pair. This guy needs to leave ASAP.
The power play once again shone with -2 in one attempt and the Devils unsurprisingly lead the league in shorthanded goals against. They also continue to make questionable personnel decisions and although I am personally in the team, the coaches play for jobs, so you would think that the team’s best shooter in Yegor Sharangovich should be in the team. superior unit and not Fabian Zetterlund. It’s beyond beating a dead horse at this point, but no member of the coaching staff is expected to survive past this season.
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Andrew Hammond, although the team won some games and he got his first win, the other game still does a great job as the Devils tank commander. Tonight he had a mighty .821 save percentage and had some truly awful goals including a wrist shot that landed beyond the blue line and another from the side of the net with an angle of 0 to enter everything only. With five games to go, hopefully he can start in four and give us a spot in the all-important draft.