The New Jersey Devils have won four of their last five games and have been one of the more surprisingly decent teams in the month of November. They’ve been receiving strong efforts from throughout the lineup, but are clearly looking for more from Damien Brunner. He’ll be a healthy scratch tonight when the Devils take on the Los Angeles Kings.
Brunner confirms he’ll be healthy scratch tonight.
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) November 21, 2013
This isn’t likely to be a surprise to anyone who’s been keeping up with the Devils over the last few weeks. While Brunner started out the season out on a tear, he’s fallen remarkably silent over his last 10 games. Despite New Jersey picking up its level of play collectively, Brunner hasn’t managed to collect a single point in that span of time.
He has only two points in his last 15 contests, and is currently being outscored by players such as Dainius Zubrus and is tied with Andy Greene. No disrespect meant to either of those players, but the Devils were likely hoping for more when they signed Brunner to a two-year contract this summer worth $5 million.
This came after the Detroit Red Wings balked at the asking price, mostly for the very reason Brunner is currently in New Jersey’s doghouse. His incredibly inconsistent and has a tendency to disappear for long stretches at a time. The Devils are likely hoping that the scratch jolts some life into Brunner, since there just aren’t a lot of heavy offensive lifters on the roster at this juncture in time.