Hischier: Devils 'should be really pissed off' after Game 2 blowout
New Jersey Devils captain Nico Hischier hopes his teammates are as angry as he is after Friday's blowout loss at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2.
"What bothers me the most is that we just got outbattled," Hischier said after the loss. "It's the playoffs, we should be really pissed off right now."
The Devils dropped the critical contest 6-1 and have now been outscored 11-2 in the series.
The game was scoreless after the first period, but New Jersey unraveled in the second, allowing four straight Carolina goals. The onslaught prompted the Devils to pull goaltender Akira Schmid for the second consecutive game.
Devils head coach Lindy Ruff hasn't committed to a Game 3 starter yet, according to team reporter Amanda Stein.
The Hurricanes have held the Devils' high-octane offense in check so far. Carolina holds an 8-2 advantage in five-on-five goals and has controlled 56.16% of expected goals, 52.69% of scoring chances, and 53.11% of shot attempts, according to Natural Stat Trick.
"We have lots of skill here, but skill doesn't mean a thing in the playoffs," Hischier said.
Hischier has been on the ice for three goals against through two games. He entered the second round on a five-game point streak but hasn't found the goal column in the playoffs after a breakout regular season in which he notched a career-high 80 points in 81 appearances.
If there's a silver lining for the Devils after Friday's demoralizing loss, it's that they found themselves in an 0-2 hole in Round 1 against the New York Rangers before winning the series in seven.
Game 3 goes Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET in Newark.