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What's going to happen to the Devils this offseason? They need a coach, for one. It could be Adam Oates, it could be Scott Stevens, but it probably shouldn't be both like it is now. Will that be Lou Lamoriello's call?
The Devils have lost five straight and have an extremely tough schedule to end the regular season. All but one of their opponents over their last six games are in the playoffs or in contention.
Almost completely lost in this rough season in New Jersey is just how good Cory Schneider has been. The losing certainly isn't on the goaltender. He has a .928 save percentage and 2.17 goals-against average, yet is 26-27-7. Not a lot of support in Jersey.
The Devils have gone 2-2-1 over their last five games and are now primarily playing the role of spoiler. They have some games coming up against teams in tight races and their style could mess up some postseason plans for a few of those opponents.
The Devils may not be in the playoff hunt, but they're playing well of late with seven wins in their last 10 games. After holding a reunion for the 1995 Stanley Cup team, Devils fans must be wondering how this franchise gets back to similar prestige.
The Devils got three draft picks over the next two drafts out of Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky, which is probably about as good as they could have expected. There's a lot of work to do on this roster over the summer.
Four consecutive wins for the Devils have provided a glimmer of hope, if a faint one. They're not going to make the postseason despite the run as they're eight points back. Cory Schneider has quietly been a lot better in the second half.
The Devils have been downright hard to watch lately. They've lost four straight and have scored just five goals over that span. They're out of the hunt and need to consider getting something out of this rough season with some trades.
What's next for the Devils? They're out of the race, but how does Lou Lamoriello help right the ship? There are probably some trades to be made, some prospects to get looks at, at the NHL level. Anything to salvage something from a disappointing year.
The Devils aren't dead yet, at least they're not playing like it, with a 6-2-2 record over their last 10 games. The trade rumors continue to swirl around New Jersey, particularly veteran Jaromir Jagr.
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Raise your hand if you thought the New Jersey Devils would open the season with an 11-goal onslaught. Put that hand down. New addition Mike Cammalleri has three of those 11.
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