The Devils lost their sixth consecutive game with tonight's 3-2 shootout loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden with goals by PA Parenteau (PPG) and Miles Wood. Here's what we learned:
1) For the second night in a row, Travis Zajac and Taylor Hall lead the team in time on ice playing 24:20 and 22:01 tonight, respectively. Hall had five shots on goal, plus one that was blocked and two that missed the net. He also blocked two shots himself. Despite nothing to show for it on the scoresheet, these two have been in absolute beast-mode the past two games, effective and noticeable in all areas of the ice.
2) Wood notched his third goal of the season tonight, his second in three games after earning a promotion to the top six alongside Adam Henrique. When he was first recalled from Albany, he was averaging 10 minutes a game. Tonight, he played 16:28, including 3:06 on the power play. He had six shots, one that was blocked and three that missed, while delivering four hits and blocking two shots.
3) The Rangers scored the tying goal with 1:13 left in regulation and Henrik Lundquist on the bench in favor of the extra attacker to force the extra session. The Devils earned a point, but, for the second game in a row, they played well enough to deserve a better fate. They controlled the puck, had a plethora of Grade A chances, were aggressive on the forecheck in the second period - which has been an Achillies heel for them this season - played disciplined and outshot New York in every period but the third, finishing 31-27. As Michael Cammalleri said, "I sound like a broken record right now, but we know that if we continue to play this way, we're going to win hockey games. It didn't happen for us tonight, but it will. We just have to keep doing all the good things we've been doing these past few games. We're going in the right direction."
The Devils (12-12-7) have a complete day off on Monday and will return to the ice on Tuesday to play Nashville (13-12-5) at Prudential Center.