Things have been going from bad to worse for the New Jersey Devils and with the team following Sunday's 7-3 shellacking to the New York Rangers with a 3-0 blanking at the hands of the St. Louis Blues, it's no surprise even the most seasoned veterans are voicing their displeasure.
After Martin Brodeur let up six goals on Sunday in the Bronx, Pete DeBoer turned to Cory Schneider to pick the Devils up in their next matchup, but Brodeur was far from thrilled at the idea of becoming anyone's backup after a Hall of Fame career thus far. And he let it be known.
"I don't know what it is," Brodeur told The Star Ledger about settling into the role as a backup. " They're going to have to teach me. And it's hard to teach an old dog, I guess."
One day later, Patrik Elias- another player to spend his entire career with the Devils- spoke out about the selfishness on the team that is costing the club some much needed points.
" We've got guys that want to do it by themselves out there," Elias told The Star Ledger following their most recent defeat.
"We have good players to win hockey games. We've done that in the past and in a lot of the 54 games we've played this year," Elias continued on. " But guys can't do it by themselves. We have to play the way we played before."
It's unclear exactly who the alternate captain is talking about so we have narrowed it down to the following: Jacob Josefson, Travis Zajac, Jaromir Jagr, Dainus Zubrus, Damien Brunner, Ryane Clowe, Adam Henrique, Michael Ryder, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier, Andy Greene, Mark Fayne, Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky, Eric Gelinas, Anton Volchenkov, Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur.
Only because we are assuming Peter Harrold, Andrei Loktionov and Jon Merrill (who didn't play on Tuesday) were well behaved through the loss to the Blues.
The Devils have the rest of today to get their act straightened out before getting back into the hunt for two-points tomorrow night against the Dallas Stars and have four games after Thursday's matchup before the Olympic break kicks in.
Right now the Devils are on the outside looking in, sitting 13th in the Eastern Conference with five teams standing in their way of of a playoff spot. If they are going to overcome their current situation, it will be up to the team to do it cohesively, as Elias suggests.
If not, it may be time for Lou Lamoriello to drop the hammer and make some moves.