It's also due to the fact that they had 98 points two seasons ago, 96 two before that, and 94 two before that when they lost in 7 to the Cup Finalist Rangers as a "good sign."
In between those years they had 84, 88, 82 points.
It's not that there aren't "good signs" (ahem). It's not that they're playing particularly poorly. They're not. They're playing pretty well.
It's that this has happened essentially three times in the past seven years and all of them ende
Flip side is that if they'd beaten the fourth worst team in the league, rested, on home ice, they're third in the Division in a guaranteed playoff spot two points behind the Pens. Instead they're sitting as an 8 facing an Isles that that also manhandled the Caps.
I absolutely agree that they can make the playoffs. I'll buy that they're "definitely a playoff team" when they clinch a berth.
That was pretty much a garbage game. Worst of the season. Also 2nd worst shutout loss in team history when they have over 40 shots and keep the opposition under 20. THe only one worse was in 1969.
Burn the tape and move on. The Devils, as bad and depleted as they are, are simply not going to lose every game. They just came off 3 straight games in which they led but ultimately lost in OT/SO, including a 3-goal 3rd period lead against the Habs. There was some anger and pride on their s
And to piggy back on that. They aren't going to get any help from other teams nor should they rely on it.
They are going to have to make their own way.
Ain't nothing wrong with that it builds character and confidence things they need.