Scoring for Michael Ryder has come in flurries during his first season with the New Jersey Devils. His latest pair came this week, both against the Montreal Canadiens, a team Ryder spent four seasons with over his first nine years in the National Hockey League.
"It's two games in a row now, but I'm just trying to put myself in a good position and shoot the puck when I have the opportunity," Ryder said after Wednesday's loss to the Canadiens. "It's true that sometimes when they do in they come in bunches, so I've just got to make sure I keep doing the right things on the ice and I keep shooting the puck."
The goal last night marked the third time Ryder scored in consecutive games this season and the fourth time he has strung together a two-game point streak. He has three points in his last two contests and now 12 on the season.
Unfortunately for the Devils right wing, bursts of scoreless night's have also not been uncommon.
Prior to Monday's tally Ryder had gone without a goal in a season-high 11 games, exceeding his last gap of six games without scoring.
Still, the Devils will take any streaks of scoring they can get. Their inability to finish their chances has landed them among one of the lowest-scoring clubs in the East with 64 goals, floating barely above the trailing Philadelphia Flyers (63 goals for) and New York Rangers (62 goals for).
Tomorrow night the Devils will host the Detroit Red Wings who sit second in the Atlantic Division and are 5-3-2 in their last ten. Detroit has been stingy in giving up goals this season, giving up more than two only once in their last six contests. The exception being last night's rare 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The loss ended Detroit's four-game win streak.