Though it certainly isn't the start that New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello envisioned for his team, he also realizes the season is six games old and now is not the time to panic.
The Devils have established a new club record by going winless in their first six games (0-3-3) this season. The team also is 0-2-2 during the current five-game road swing through Canada that concludes Thursday against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.
The fact the Devils have earned three points might be the one bright spot for a team that certainly experienced some change to the roster in the offseason.
"It doesn't take hindsight to know that we have three points in six games; yet we also know we've only played six games," Lamoriello told NHL.com. "Heading into the third period in five of those games we had every chance to win and that's what we have to look at. What made it go from one way to the other way in the third period?"
The Devils either led or were tied heading into the third against the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, but ultimately lost all four, including two in a shootout (Islanders, Oilers) and one in overtime (Canucks).
New Jersey enters Tuesday sixth in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals, and three points behind the second-place Carolina Hurricanes.
"Right now we have to take a step back, evaluate where we're at," Lamoriello said. "I have confidence in this group and coaching staff. You can't overreact at this point.
"But we have three points … that's real. So we can't think everything is OK either."
Lamoriello was asked Tuesday if he has been satisfied with the team's compete level.
"Yes I am," he said.