Monday, December 13, 2010
Devils' hopes continue to dwindle
By Mike Hume
The Devils are still on the skids, as their losing streak reached five games over the weekend with a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. The team will try to regroup by Wednesday when the Phoenix Coyotes will come to town, followed by another home date with the Nashville Predators on Friday. In the meantime, here’s some surveillance from the New Jersey media landscape.
Albany’s game on the boardwalk of Atlantic City was postponed due to bad ice, writes Tom Gulitti. Alexander Vasyunov and Matt Corrente may have been sent to Albany for that game, but there was no official announcement, according to Gulitti.
Sitting 17 points out of the final playoff spot in the East, hope is rapidly fading for the Devils’ postseason chances, with Gulitti suggesting that John MacLean’s time as head coach could soon come to an end.
Chris Botta writes for FanHouse that by standing pat, the Devils may get to draft a star come June. I doubt that's the kind of consolation prize Devils fans are looking for right now. Besides, there are a few solid prospects at the top of this draft, but no clear franchise players like a Crosby, Ovechkin or Stamkos. And given the Devils’ no-trade clauses, I don’t know if standing pat is a choice, so much as their only option.