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Despite results, Devils support DeBoer

With the losses piling up, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer has come under fire. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Following Saturday’s loss to the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer didn’t mince words in his assessment of the game.

He pointedly explained that the Capitals' power play was better than the Devils' power play. And that the Capitals' penalty kill was better than the Devils' penalty kill. And the Capitals' goalie was better than the Devils' goalie.

“It was across the board,” DeBoer said.

Making matters worse, the banged-up Devils lost Mike Cammalleri, who didn’t join the team on their trip to Carolina, where they play the Hurricanes tonight.

Rich Chere of NJ.com had the entire injury list in his Sunday story on the team, and it’s a long one. Martin Havlat is banged up. Patrik Elias isn't traveling to Carolina either. Travis Zajac, Adam Larsson, Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe are also out.

There may even be a mumps scare to deal with -- blood tests should be back within the week to confirm that one way or the other. Jaromir Jagr played Saturday after taking a hit to the head from Pittsburgh’s Robert Bortuzzo but didn’t look particularly effective.

DeBoer, to his credit, doesn’t even come close to using these injuries as an excuse.

“Nobody cares,” he said.

And he’s right. If the Devils continue to lose, the injuries will just be a footnote to a proud franchise with a history of winning that hasn’t been able to overcome one problem or another, whether it be historic bad luck in the shootout or a slew of injuries.

As it stands right now, the Devils sit seven points outside the final wild-card spot held by the Bruins. They’re 2-6-2 in their past 10 games and have an ugly goal differential of minus-15. The recent struggles, along with last season’s missed postseason, have some Devils fans looking behind the bench and wondering if DeBoer should be the first coach to lose his job this season