New Jersey Devils find new identity under coach Alain Nasreddine: “Use our speed and play fast”

NEWARK, N.J. – “It’s simple, it’s” to play fast. “

Before even leaving the question of what he wants to accomplish with the club’s new marinade, interim coach Alain Nasreddine made the answer clear – he wants his team to play fast.

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“We talked about it, that was the message the first day,” the New Jersey coach said before Friday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. “We have very fast speed in the team. We have good, round D movement, so we play fast.”

“Play fast … that was the message the first day.”

New Devils coach Alain Nasreddine discussed what he wants to see from the team with him behind the bench. pic.twitter.com/cYDTRLtxLJ

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Even with two games in his possession, the Devils showed their speed early in Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. They had control of the pace of the game on their feet, possessing possession and scoring opportunities.

There were even times when the Hawks lost control because the New Jersey accelerators looked at them with their speed.

“I thought our first bout and our decisions with the puck were also good, so we talked, using our speed. I thought we did that,” Nasreddine said in the medals.

“I’ll take the effort, for the most part, we played the way we wanted to play and we’ll get it. It would be nice to have two points, but we’ll get it.”

A silver lining: the devils are starting to find their identity and this is a good sign for a team that is currently at the bottom of the rankings. As the cliché goes, Rome was not built in a day.

“There are a variety of ways you can be hard to play, you can be physical or you can be top of the other players. That’s what we’re trying to do, use our speed and play fast,” Nasreddine said after the optional breakfast skate on Friday. .

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The Devils (9-15-5) are now 0-2-1 under interim coach after a 6-4 loss to Nashville on Saturday. They will face the Stars (17-11-3) in Dallas on Tuesday in the second game of a four-game road trip.

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