New Jerey Devils Continue To Disappoint, Could Season Be in Jeopardy?

levinakl@levinaklCorrespondent IIINovember 16, 2010

Mattias Tedenby scored his first NHL goal on November 12, 2010.
Mattias Tedenby scored his first NHL goal on November 12, 2010.Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

Things continue to take a turn southward for the Devils, as we do another rendition of good news, bad news for the Devils.

Good news:  Brian Rolston returned to the lineup, along with Matthew Corrente, both of whom have come back healthy from their injuries.

Bad news:  Jamie Langenbrunner and Matt Taormina both missed the debacle in Boston, where the Devils once again did not score a goal.  Bryce Salvador continues to miss time with concussion symptoms, and even when he returns, the team will have to rework its salary cap to even fit Salvador onto the active roster.

Good news:  Youngsters Alexander Vasyunov and Mattias Tedenby have added a nice spark to the team, including scoring their first NHL goals in the 4-3 OT win against Edmonton on Friday night.

Bad news:  Neither one was able to score against Boston, although Tedenby did have a couple of good opportunities early in the game that were thwarted by Tim Thomas.

Good newsIlya Kovalchuk got a monkey off his back with the big overtime winning goal against Edmonton, scoring his fourth goal of the season.

Bad news:  The momentum did not carry over into the Boston game, as Kovalchuk didn't threaten much, with two shots on goal.

Good news:  The Devils are no longer last in the league in points scored.

Bad news:  The Devils have "risen" to 14th in the Eastern Conference and 28th overall, with more games played than many teams thus far.  There is a tall mountain to climb, and the team really must start to string wins together.  It starts Thursday against a struggling Maple Leafs team in Toronto.