The Devils lost, 7-4 on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center despite goals by Stefan Noesen, John Moore, Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri. Here's what we learned:
1) Although Cory Schneider allowed seven goals on 28 shots, the Devils skaters explained after the game that most of those goals were on them. Stefan Noesen elaborated, "They were all our fault. Cory's numbers don't look very good tonight, but I thought he played very well." Palmieri also shared the same sentiment: "We allowed them to have so many chances off the rush with backdoor tap-ins. He didn't even have a chance to make the first save. We hung him out to dry."
2) At morning skate, there was an emphasis on winning the special team's game and taking advantage of their opportunities. The good news was that Hall scored a goal with the extra man. The bad news is, three of Pittsburgh's goals were on special teams - two on the power play and one shorthanded.
3) The Devils defenseman had an offensive mentality tonight with 16 of their 38 shots on goal coming from the blueliners.
The Devils will have an open practice Friday afternoon as they prepare to host the Islanders on Saturday and celebrate Patty's Last Lap as Devils legend Patrik Elias officially retires.