2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils take playoff ice for the first time in six years against perennial contender Tampa Bay.

NHL Expansion Mock Draft Armchair Edition

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It seems like just yesterday the NHL was crowning a champion. However, now it’s all about Vegas, and for all NHL fans who are not in Pittsburgh or Nashville, this is the best NHL event happening in the month of June. Vegas is set to have an almost full roster by the end of today. While they are already...

Hell On Earth: Devils Remind Us It Can Always Get Worse

The old adage, "it can always get worse", has come to be realized in New Jersey over the past couple of weeks.  The current 10 game slide has seen the Devils fall from being within striking distance of the final wildcard spot (four points back), to laughingstock of the NHL. Back-to-back regulation losses to the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona...

Backpedaling: Shero Dishes Out Rentals and Has Nothing to Show For It

It is hard to question Ray Shero's track record and acumen as a general manager. His achievements in Pittsburgh have often been discredited due to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin being gift wrapped to him.  Regardless of the critics, Shero still put the proper pieces around his nucleus of talent, and the Penguins were Stanley Cup Champions as a...

New Jersey Devils 2017 Trade Deadline Preview

Well, here we are again.  The Devils are beginning to tailspin out of playoff contention. Odds are all in favor of the Devils missing the playoffs for a fifth consecutive year.  Here is a preview of what to expect at the trade deadline out of Ray Shero and company. Likeliest Trade: Kyle Quincey for a 3rd round pick Kyle Quincey has...

So Long, Sergey: Devils Trade Kalinin for Loov

After clearing waivers, Sergey Kalinin has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Defenseman Viktor Loov. Shero is now gutting what was predominately the fourth line this season. Kalinin, like Fiddler, was an effective penalty killer and a physical presence on the fourth line. Other than that there is not much you can say about him....

Musings and a Look Forward: Devils Head Into “Bye Week” With Momentum

After getting embarrassed heading into the all star break, the Devils have sprinted out of the break with their best.  The Devils have picked up 7 out of 8 points. Barring a third period collapse against Calgary, they would have been perfect in terms of wins. As we restlessly wait for the on-ice action to return, fans still have...

Devils Trade Fiddler to Nashville for Pick

General Manager Ray Shero has traded away one of his offseason signings for a fourth round pick in 2017.  Fiddler (36), is going back to Nashville, where he started his career from 2002-09.  Fiddler only has one goal and two assists in 39 games so far this season, but has been a main fixture on the penalty kill and fourth...

NHL’s Contenders and Pretenders: Metropolitan Division

The NHL All-Star game is upon us, meaning the season is unofficially half finished. Now, it is time to look at the Metropolitan Division's contenders and pretenders. Washington Capitals For the Caps, it has been Cup or bust for years now. In the Alexander Ovechkin era, the Capitals have never been past the conference semis in a single postseason.  If this trend...

Devils Make Most of North West Road Trip

Coming into the Western Canada road trip, many pundits and fans alike had written the Devils' playoff hopes off.  They had lost three straight at home and stood 9 points out of the final wildcard spot. They were being flat out embarrassed by relatively average teams.  "We're playing some teams that have some offense, that obviously pose a big...