That is not a long list.
Here is the bad:
- December 3rd: Devils fire coach John Hynes
- December 16th: Devils trade Taylor Hall to Coyotes
- January 12th: Devils fire GM Ray Shero
- February 16th: Devils trade captain Andy Greene to the Islanders and Blake Coleman to the Tampa Bay Lightning
So, needless to say, rebuild mode has started in New Jersey. The Devils have already telegraphed their path through the trade deadline and the rest of the season. The Blues, however, are mired in a five game losing streak and a 2-6-2 record in their last ten games. Despite playing very well against the Predators on Sunday, they let a 1-1 tie slip away within the final minutes of the third and fell 2-1.
The Blues believe that with good play will come chances and a return to form, and for a team with a history of February slumps, this is more than likely true. Not every year is going to be a carbon copy of last season. For the Devils, however, every year seems to be a carbon copy of the last and they would love for it to stop.
They’ve been playing decent hockey recently - 5-2-3 in their last ten games isn’t terrible - but with the dismantling of the team could come some dismantling of their play on the ice. If the Blues can’t use the Devils to break their slump tonight, then this could signal bigger problems to come.