CALGARY, AB - There are several types of rebounds in hockey. Perhaps the most important is how a team does so after a loss.
"I think its huge," said Captain Andy Greene." They say good teams don't lose two in a row. finding a way to what we can do better over the last three games and correct that. We need to make sure we are dialed in tomorrow."
Sunday against the Calgary Flames will mark only the third time this season New Jersey needs to find a way to rebound from a loss, as the team carries a 9-3-0 record.
Coach John Hynes is hopeful his team will play with the identity that made them successful earlier on this season.
"We felt the last couple of games we haven't played as soundly as we want to," Hynes said. "There has been some excellent pockets in the games, but we want to see some more consistency. Those are the areas we addressed in practice."
The Devils have not lost two games in a row this season
"We haven't really had our best game on the road yet," said goalie Keith Kinkaid, who will get the start against the Flames. "Schneids (Cory Schneider) stole one out in Vancouver, last night could have been a closer one. I think we need to salvage this trip by coming out with our game."
What the rest of the lineup will look like is still to be determined. Hynes is still mulling over the idea of going back to a 12 forward, six defensemen formation.
Unwilling to fully lay his cards on the table, Hynes said: "Leaning to 12 and six, but I can't confirm or deny."
One thing he can confirm is the need for his team to compete.
"To win in this league, there has got to be a tremendous work ethic and compete," Hynes said. "You have to play on the same page and play to an identity. We just need more consistency in that throughout the lineup."