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Game Preview: Devils at Jets

Numbness and sorrow have hit New Jersey Devils fans. Will it end? Let us hope.

New Jersey Devils v Toronto Maple Leafs
Joey Anderson, skating during the Maple Leafs game.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Game: New Jersey Devils (6-7-1) vs. the Winnipeg Jets (9-5-1 SBNation; Arctic Ice Hockey)

The Time: 7:00 PM EST

The Broadcast: MSG+

The Sorrows Continue: I think I speak for all when I relay that this New Jersey Devils’ team is beyond frustrating at the current moment. In the past 10 games, the Devils are the worst team in the NHL, at 2-7-1. They are an embarrassing 1-6-0 on the road. They were recently humiliated by the Maple Leafs, and their past lowlights include a 7-3 destroying by the Ottawa Senators of all teams, a 4-3 loss to a Red Wings team that they should have beat, and an 8-3 drubbing to the Lightning. It makes Devils fans question whether this team was an aberration last season, and in need of upgrades. Teams have started to realize that Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri are the only sources of offense on this team, and have put emphasis on shutting that line down. Every single defenseman asides from, of all people, Ben Lovejoy, are - rated. Aside from that top line, the only forwards returning from last year who seem to have improved are Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman. This team is full of underperforming players, with Marcus Johansson struggling and Miles Wood having lost the offensive touch he displayed last year. The Devils strong start from earlier in the year seems long gone now, and the ghost of John Quenneville laughs at our incapability — without him we are 2-7-0. Merely a coincidence? Please, I think not. Joking aside, I do question if John Hynes made some changes too quickly, having altered the lineup relatively drastically despite the hot start, and now the struggles are occurring. We may never know, but something does have to change.

The Jets Soar: On the opposite side, the Jets are still the good ol’ Jets. A dangerous team, that can beat any other team on a given notice. In their last game, they beat the Avalanche 5-2, with Blake Wheeler scoring 5 points in the game, including a goal, and Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers, Patrik Laine, and Mark Scheifele scoring the other goals. this group encompasses the offensive core of the Jets. All the above players were 20 goal+ players for the Jets last year, and all have the offensive capability that the Devils players aside from Taylor Hall and the first line seemingly don’t have. The Jets also have a bonafide #1 defenseman in Dustin Byfuglien, another areas the Devils can’t seem to develop or find. Josh Morrissey has been great this year, which further boosts the Jets. This is a very good team, and I don’t look forward to this game.

Your Thoughts? Am I being too pessimistic? Will the Devils wake up and beat this team? Let me know in the comments below, and take care.