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Devils Haven’t Recovered From Losing Parise

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

From the Final in 2012 to Finality in 2013.

And when Martin Brodeur was asked if he could define the difference in the Devils from one year to the next in the moments following regular-season Game 45 elimination from playoff contention with yesterday’s 4-1 Garden defeat to the Rangers, the all-time goaltender didn’t hesitate.

“There’s Zach,” he said, meaning captain Zach Parise, the first-line winger who left the Eastern Conference champions behind in July to accept a 13-year, $98 million free agent offer from his home state Wild. “That’s a top-three forward we never got back.”


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I don’t want to underplay the loss of Parise, but I think bad goaltending also has a lot to do with it, not that Martin Brodeur is self-aware enough to realize it.

The Devils are allowing fewer than 24 shots against per game, an improvement even over last year’s impressive numbers, but Brodeur and Hedberg are both aging and going the wrong way fast. Brodeur hasn’t been better than average in several years and Hedberg hasn’t been much better than average ever.

Brodeur is at .900 this year, down from .908 last year. And Hedberg has fallen off a cliff, dropping from .918 to a sub-replacement level .886.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 04/22/13 at 09:19 AM ET

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Like I posted this weekend, the Devils got by last year with largely smoke and mirrors as it was.  They were sketchy then.  Remove Parise and they’re just even more sketchy.  Brodeur was showing his age last year even.

Posted by Primis on 04/22/13 at 10:39 AM ET

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