The Devils were quite evil to Carolina last season, defeating us in three out of four games. There were some bright moments amongst the gloom. Zac Dalpe had a game winner in January. Jamie McBain had four assists, and Skinner snagged four goals in four games. Will New Jersey be easier for Canes to handle this season? Let’s see what Drew Friedman over at Pucks and Pitchforks has to say about his team…
Last season was one of the most peculiar I have ever seen in my years as a sports fan. Going into 2010-2011, I was convinced this Devils team would compete for a Stanley Cup. With two straight division titles (in what I believed to be the best division in hockey), a new contract for star left winger Ilya Kovalchuk, and a new, more offensive-minded coach than we’ve had in past seasons (we all know how that turned out), it seemed as though the Devils had a great chance to win, at the least, one or two playoff series. Instead, not only were the Devils not the division leaders after half the season, not only were they not a top six seed, not only were they not even in the playoffs, not only were they not even bordering a playoff spot, but the Devils, the team who had made the playoffs in 13 straight seasons, were an absolutely putrid 10-29-2, those 24 points earning them a spot in the NHL’s basement after 41 games.
Please head over to Pucks and Pitchforks to read the entire review.
On a more important note…the Caniac Carnival is tomorrow, including a Canes scrimmage. I’m voting Team White! How about you? Are you attending? Are you Team Red or Team White? See you Sunday Caniacs!