First and foremost – ouch. Zach Parise, former captain of the New Jersey Devils, compared last night’s game against his old club to a scrimmage. Quote courtesy of Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Michael Russo.
Parise’s words can be perceived a number of different ways, and all of them are not flattering to the Devils. Perhaps he meant, the game felt like a scrimmage because he was very familiar with his opponents. Or, maybe he said it because the Devils lacked intensity and bite, mimicking a light practice environment where players try only as hard as avoiding injury will allow. But it’s likely he meant it as a combination of both. Here is Russo’s tweet:
Parise: As a player, you always hate practicing and scrimmaging against your own team and that’s what it felt like for me the whole game.
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) November 4, 2013
After winning twice in a row for the first time this season, the New Jersey Devils have lost two straight games by a combined score of 5-0. They have now been shutout 4 times in 14 games played.
It’s no secret, the Devils have had some bad luck with key personnel loss over the last few calendar years. Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson top a list of notable forwards who have recently departed from the organization without any compensation acquired in returned. Recovering from such a substantial loss up front is proving to be a serious challenge, most evident in the club’s inability to score goals consistently.