Losses Continue to Mount for the New Jersey Devils

JerseySenior Analyst IMarch 31, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 30: Wade Redden #6 of the New York Rangers contests the puck with Brian Rolston #12  of the New Jersey Devils during their game on March 30, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

After appearing unstoppable for a good portion of the season, the Devils have hit a wall.

One point and zero wins in their last five games, culminating in a 3-0 shutout to the Rangers of all teams. Every last aspect that made this team tick has gone to the wayside.

The scoring, an unfamiliar but welcome facet to their game, has disappeared almost entirely. The defense, an underrated group of solid blueliners, has let the pucks get to Martin Brodeur. And even Brodeur himself, while good, has just not been good enough.

The Devils are swooning at the wrong time. They need to pick things up soon. They can't limp into the playoffs. Over the course of the entire year, they've shown that they're legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, a team that can beat anybody in the league. Now they look like pathetic overachievers.

They need to regroup and figure out what's ailing them. A single win is all they need to break this current streak and that may be enough to propel them back into stride. They need their confidence back and they need it any way they can get it.