After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead with goals by Adam Henrique (shorthanded) and Miles Wood, the Devils allowed five unanswered goals in Thursday night's 5-2 loss to St. Louis at Scottrade Center. Here's what we learned:
1) The Devils are still struggling to get pucks on net, especially in the second period where they only had five. They were out-shot 26-31, a trend that has now lasted six games.
2) The Devils wanted to be harder to play against and while they didn't get the result they wanted tonight, they were pleased with the progress they made towards improvement, especially the 30 hits they put up against the Blues. Said captain Andy Greene, "Tonight was a step in the right direction, but we have a lot more steps to go."
3) On the bright side, Travis Zajac won 74% of his faceoffs tonight. Miles Wood was rather effective in his top six role on a line with Henrique and Kyle Palmieri and lead the team with four shots on goal. Also, Sergey Kalinin skated in his 100th career NHL game.
The team will travel to Ottawa Friday morning ahead of a matchup with the Senators on Saturday.