remain winless in the shootout this season, with their loss to Buffalo bringing the total to 11. (Gary Wiepert/AP)
By Amy Lilek
The New Jersey Devils could only wish it was an April Fool’s Day joke.
But the reality is they dropped yet another shootout on Tuesday night, this time in nine rounds to the woeful Buffalo Sabres. New Jersey is now 0-11 in so-called skills competitions this season and their latest failure extended their NHL-record winless streak in shootouts to 15 games, dating back to last season.
While the outcome remained the same, there was a bright spot for the Devils as Jacob Josefson and Jaromir Jagr both scored in the shootout. Previously, Reid Boucher, a prospect currently playing for the Albany Devils of the AHL, had been the only New Jersey player to succeed this season.
If the Devils’ shootout woes continue, it could be the difference between making the playoffs and ending up on the outside looking in. New Jersey currently has 80 points, just three behind Columbus for an Eastern wild card spot.