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What Happened To The New Jersey Devils?

from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

Fortified by the rookie center Jack Hughes and defenseman P.K. Subban, this season’s Devils team would be not just good; it would be fun and entertaining, a hot ticket. Goaltender Cory Schneider and forward Taylor Hall, the league’s most valuable player in 2018, appeared healthy after struggling with injuries the previous season.

Over the course of two dreadful months, though, it became obvious that something was terribly wrong. ...

“Everybody had higher expectations, but collectively as a group, our team, I don’t think there’s any one player who’s performing even at the level, let alone above, that we expect, or maybe they expect,” Shero said....

Subban, projected as a top-line stopper and power-play asset, has only two goals and a poor minus-12 rating. Forward Kyle Palmieri is the only Devils player with 10 goals. Hischier has five goals and Hughes has four. The Devils are 28th out of 31 N.H.L. teams in goals per game.

“Coming into the season, you had a lot of promise, a lot of expectations,” said Palmieri, a New Jersey native who joined the team in 2015. “My time in Jersey hasn’t come with a ton of expectations, as far as what we were expected to achieve.”

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If they were counting on P.K. to be a top-line stopper, that’s a problem right there. He’s not a defensive defenseman by any measure and trying to force him to be one is a recipe for disaster.

Also, on the power play he’s going to need complementary players around him, like any defenseman. His main weapon is his shot from the point and that requires getting bodies in front so the goalie can’t see it. He did well in Nashville because there were plenty of complementary players.

Posted by evileye on 12/05/19 at 02:01 PM ET

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Is Subban well liked in the locker room? I know he’s a great community guy

Posted by SevensForTed on 12/05/19 at 02:40 PM ET

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Is Subban well liked in the locker room? I know he’s a great community guy

The Nashville players never publicly stated any problems with him. Most of the quotes were very positive.

He is known for being a quite positive guy. He doesn’t take losing as hard as some would like to see. Once a game is over, he generally puts it behind him.

Posted by evileye on 12/05/19 at 03:51 PM ET

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Thanks EE

Posted by SevensForTed on 12/05/19 at 04:12 PM ET

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