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Weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot: 12/5 - 12/11

It was a tough week for the Metropolitan Division as only two out of eight teams actually won their week. There is a new division leader in the Washington Capitals, who are not safe in first place now. Read all about what all 8 teams did and what they have this week in this post.

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Michael McLeod Has a Fairly Unique Role

Michael McLeod is utilized as a defense-heavy bottom 6 forward. Those are not unique in the NHL, but how he is utilized and the lack of consistent support he gets kind of is, at least this season.

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Jets Obliterated the Devils 8-4 Despite an Early Comeback

The Devils came back from down 3-0 to take the lead early in the second, but it was all downhill from there once Winnipeg got back to scoring again.

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The Devils Need to End the ‘Hughes as a Winger’ Experiment Now

As Jack Hughes returned to the lineup this week, the coaching staff elected to insert him back into the lineup as a winger, whether due to injury concerns or some other thinking. After two very bad games from a line featuring their two top centers, it is time to abandon that plan, ideally permanently.

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DitD & Open Post - 12/3/21: Wobbling Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 12/3/21

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Devils’ Defense Dreadful in 5-2 Loss to Wild

The Devils look at risk of unraveling just past the quarter-mark in the season.

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The Latest

New Jersey Devils Sign Shakir Mukhamadullin to Entry Level Contract; Loaned Back to Ufa

A day after the New Jersey Devils announced a big extension for The Big Deal, the Devils announced another signing. They have signed prospect defenseman Shakir Mukhamadullin to an entry-level contract and loaned him back to Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL.

The Devils... Aren’t Bad? So Now What?

The Devils are about a quarter through the season, where do that stack up. Also, how close are they to competing for a cup and what pieces do they need to get there?

DitD & Open Post - 12/1/21: Jack Hughes Day Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 12/1/21

Sharks Attack, the Devils Can’t Swim, Sharks Win 5-2.

The Devils allowed the Sharks to walk—or rather, swim— all over them the entire second period, which sealed the loss easily.

New Jersey Devils Sign Jack Hughes to 8 Season, $64 Million Extension

It was not big enough for Jack Hughes to return to the New Jersey Devils lineup tonight. The Devils and Hughes agreed to an 8 season, $64 million contract extension. The Big Deal got a Really, Really Big Deal. This post quickly reacts to the news.

Garden State of Hockey- Episode 118: Many Happy Returns

Bastian is back in New Jersey and Hughes is back on the ice!

New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 11/30/21

This week’s update features the Devils NCAA skaters putting together a productive week, Zakhar Bardakov making his return to the KHL, and the Utica Comets winning 2 out of 3.

More than Dougie Hamilton Bombing Shots: How the Devils Attack in 5-on-5

Dougie Hamilton shoots a lot of pucks for the New Jersey Devils. So do the rest of the Devils defensemen. This post goes into why that is by providing a general summary of how the Devils attack in 5-on-5 situations - and how they still create as many scoring chances as they do.

DitD & Open Post - 11/29/21: Hughes News Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 11/29/21

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The Devils’ Swedish Duo and Dougie Dominate the Flyers in 5-2 Win

Andreas Johnsson, Dougie Hamilton, and Jesper Bratt led the way for the Devils tonight.

Weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot: 11/28 - 12/4

In this week’s Metropolitan Division snapshot, the Carolina Hurricanes are barely holding on to first; the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, and New York Islanders went winless; and more about what is coming up this week.

Early Season Goaltending Update

Over 20% into the season now, how has the goaltending been? Have they been a net positive for a team that has had some high highs and low lows? Or have they been a part of that problem?

Turkey Hangover? Devils Flop in Nashville with 2-4 Loss

The Devils had nothing going for them tonight, and the score makes it look a lot better than it actually was.

Dougie Hamilton has been As Advertised for the Devils

Dougie Hamilton was billed as a top tier defensemen and a major difference-maker before his arrival in New Jersey. So far, that is exactly what he’s looked like.

DitD & Open Post - 11/26/21: Nathan is Back Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 11/26/21

New Jersey Devils Claimed Nathan Bastian on Waivers

Nathan Bastian was claimed by Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft. The Kraken placed Bastian on waivers on Wednesday and the New Jersey Devils were gracious in claiming Bastian on Thursday. This short post reacts to the news and notes the multiple positives about this claim.

Garden State of Hockey- Episode 117: A New “Jersey” Jersey for New Jersey

Why did they have to label their clothes...

Pavel Zacha is Blooming for the New Jersey Devils

With a strong start to 2021-22 after a great 2021 campaign, New Jersey Devils forward Pavel Zacha is starting to look like the player people were hoping for when he was drafted in 2015.

Shootouts and the Recchi Power Play Suck: Devils’ Comeback Falls Short as Wild Win, 3-2

I’ve had enough of Mark Recchi, and shootouts.

Defensive Play Remains a Weakness for New Jersey

The Devils have been actually decent this year, if inconsistent. But they still have some major weaknesses that need to be addressed. One of them is their defensive play.

DitD & Open Post - 11/24/21: It’s Real Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 11/24/21

New Jersey Devils Prospect Update: 11/23/21

This week’s update features the Utica Comets setting an AHL record for the best start to a season, Patrick Moynihan get his goal scoring touch back, and Zakhar Bardakov finally make his move to the VHL.

New Jersey Devils Third Jersey Leak was Real, Involved Martin Brodeur, and Still Looks Bad

The leaked third jersey for the New Jersey Devils was true. Worse, Martin Brodeur was involved in designing this bad-looking third jersey. Read on to learn its impact, three barely-known minor league inspirations, and more.

A Closer Look at the New Jersey Devils Very Lackluster Power Play

Among the problems for the 2021-22 New Jersey Devils, their lackluster at best power play is one of the most significant ones. It has been poor at generating offense and scoring goals. This post goes in deep into the Devils’ power play to figure out what is happening and what they can do about it.

DitD & Open Post - 11/22/21: New New Jersey Jersey Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 11/22/21

Weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot: 11/21 - 11/27

The Carolina Hurricanes continue to keep winning, the New York Islanders returned to Long Island, the New Jersey Devils are still in the mix, and the Metropolitan Division remains super competitive. Learn about what happened in the division last week and what is coming up this week.

Devils Score Four Unanswered Goals in Third to Shock the Lightning in 5-3 Win

Yegor Sharangovich scored his first 2 goals of the season, Dawson Mercer gave the Devils life early in the third and Mackenzie Blackwood comes up huge to spark the Devils best win of the 2021-22 season.

Potential New Jersey Devils Third Jersey Leaked - And It’s Bad

The potential third jersey design for the New Jersey Devils from adidas has been leaked. And it is a bad design in the opinion of this author. This post explains why and continues to lament the lack of the classic design.

The Devils Need to Shore Up The Slot

Recently, the Devils have struggled to maintain pace in the Metro. One reason for this has been some poor high danger defense, which has hurt them badly.

An Inconsistent Team has Devils Fans Wrestling with the Madness Caused by a Decade of Failure

Are the Devils an exciting young team that is headed for better days or are they a meticulously crafted instrument of pain hellbent on causing suffering for its fans. Short answer? It depends on whether they won or lost last night.

New Jersey Devils Home Game Against Ottawa Senators Rescheduled to December 6

The National Hockey League announced this afternoon that the November 16 game between the New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators will now be held on December 6. This quick post reacts to the news and notes the changes to each team’s schedule.

DitD & Open Post - 11/19/21: Going for the Record Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 11/19/21