New Jersey Devils Continue to Struggle in the NHL

It is fair to say that it has been extremely tough being a New Jersey Devils supporter over the past few years.

The Devils have progressed to the play-offs just once in the last seven years and it would be a brave move to back them to reach the post-season this time around.

The top sports betting sites in New Jersey rate the Devils as +12000 outsiders to win the Stanley Cup and it is difficult to argue with that assessment. Read on as we assess the latest state-of-play.

Devils demolished by the Rangers

Any thoughts that the Devils could build on their recent 6-4 victory over Montreal Canadians were ruthlessly ended by New York Rangers over the weekend.

The Devils turned in a lackluster performance, embarrassingly conceding two short-handed goals on their way to a disappointing 4-0 defeat on home ice.

The result dropped them to 9-12-4 for the season and left them four points adrift of the Columbus Blue Jackets at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.

Devils’ forward Taylor Hall admitted that the team needs to step up their game if they are to salvage something from the season.

“We’ve been playing this game for a long time and as NHL players and pros you have to deal with momentum swings and have to deal with adversity,” he told NHL.com.

“Not everything is going to go your way, but we had a prime opportunity there with a five-minute major down by one to score and get momentum and really we drained all the life out of the building, the team. We need to see much, much better.”

Hynes future in doubt

Devils’ coach John Hynes has been working with a sub-standard squad over the past few years, but that is not the case this term.

Hynes has plenty of attacking talent at his disposal, but his team are one of the lowest scorers in the NHL and the buck undoubtedly stops with him.

Hall is the only player on course to bag more than 60 points this season and there are no guarantees that he will be staying in New Jersey.

Kyle Palmieri, Wayne Simmonds, Jack Hughes and Pavel Zacha are all capable of putting up points, but Hynes appears incapable of coming up with a system that plays to their strengths.

Hynes appears unsure of his best lines and that uncertainty is not helping his players find any consistency in their game.

Devils’ legend Scott Stevens has been touted as a possible replacement for Hynes and his appointment would certainly meet with approval from the fanbase.

The Subban Conundrum

The Devils pulled off a major coup when they secured the services of star blueliner P.K. Subban during the summer, but the move has failed to pay off so far.

Subban has been a regular points scorer during his time in the NHL, but five points in 25 games for the club tells its own story.

He picked up just one point during November, despite logging almost 20 minutes per game during the course of the month.

A $9 million annual salary places huge expectations on Subban’s shoulders and it’s difficult to imagine him not delivering sooner rather than later.

Subban has repeatedly proven that he is one of the best players in the NHL and it is surely only a matter of time before he rediscovers his scoring his touch.

Despite his struggles from a points perspective, Subban has been one of the Devils’ better performers defensively and things should soon fall into place for him in New Jersey.

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