On the outset, it looked like a barn burner on Monday in Ottawa with the Devils squeaking out a 4-3 shootout win but the club deserved their fate after a strong offensive game that included 53 shots on Senators netminder Marcus Hogberg but more importantly a large number of quality scoring chances.
"It was big," said Kyle Palmieri of the win. "Outside of that two-minute stretch on that power play I think we played a really solid game. From our goalie out, we had a strong game. Played well on the defensive side of the puck and created a lot."
The high shots tally is something that the team has been building on. Since December 22, the Devils are second in the entire NHL in shots on goal per game at 35.3.
"The biggest thing is guys are playing confidently and maybe not getting rewarding all the time but everyone's moving their feet. You see the pace we play with and the stress it puts on other teams' defensive systems.
"We have a lot of skilled guys in this room."
Coach Nasreddine was asked what the team could improve on to finish some of these great scoring chances.
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"That's a tough one. Guys want to score goals. I don't think there's a magic recipe. I thought there were times we could have one-timed pucks," he began. "We hit the post three, four times. Those are a matter of inches. We'll definitely take those quality of chances."