by Patrick Hoffman on 04/02/09 at 11:00 AM ET
The New Jersey Devils seem to do this every single season and now, it may not be hard to think about the reasons why they exit the playoffs in the early rounds.
Last night’s 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins was their sixth in a row. The team didn’t play with any urgency, they had poor defensive zone coverage, they did not generate enough scoring chances and even their future hall of fame netminder Martin Brodeur was less than stellar last night.
So, to my Devil fan readers out there, I have a few questions for you:
- Why does the team seem to go on losing streaks prior to going into the playoffs?
- Should the team consider starting backup goaltender Kevin Weekes? Brodeur has not looked like himself in the past few games.
- Does the team not care anymore about the regular season because they already clinched a playoff spot?
- Lastly, will head coach Brent Sutter still be behind the Devils bench when next season begins?
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