Mike Cammalleri will be healthy scratch for Devils tonight
With no goals in his past 18 games and only one in the past 33 New Jersey Devils forward Mike Cammalleri is stuck in one of the worst goal scoring slumps of his career.
That is a big reason he is going to sitting out Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders as a healthy scratch.
Cammalleri said on Saturday that he is “displeased” about not being in the lineup.
“I’ve been, in my opinion, committed to everything we’re trying to do all over the ice,” Cammalleri said on Saturday via Chris Ryan NJ.com. “The puck just hasn’t gone in, and I’ll try to continue to search for solutions. It’s something I’m confident changes.”
Saying the puck hasn’t gone in is a pretty big understatement at this point, and it is quite a sudden fall after he averaged nearly a point-per-game for the Devils last season and had a tremendous start to this season with 17 points (including nine goals) in his first 18 games.
But while the puck has not gone in for him, scoring once in his past 64 shots on goal, the fact he has only had 64 shots on goal during this stretch is another pretty significant issue. That is only 1.8 per game from a player that has pretty consistently been hear a three shots per game average throughout his career.
He was held without a shot in his most recent game against the Ottawa Senators.
Given how much the Devils still have invested in the 34-year-old Cammalleri they need to find a way to get him going again, and soon.
He still has two more years remaining on a contract that pays him $5 million per season.