What Should the Devils be Looking to Accomplish Before the Regular Season Ends?
The Devils will be playoff-bound, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have things that need to be addressed before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
DitD & Open Post - 3/22/23: It’s Fanatics Edition
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Meier Scores, but Devils Lose 2-1 to Wild on Last Second OT Goal
It was a close game with a 0-0 tie after 40. Shaw scored off the puck banking against the boards and Meier tied it with a wraparound. OT saw some good chances for the Devils but ultimately Minnesota got the win with a last-second goal from Boldy.
New Jersey Devils NCAA Update: Nearing the Frozen Four
The end of the NCAA hockey season is upon us. This post provides the final stats for the season and updates on the post-seasons for the Devils prospects in the NCAA.
How Much Does Late Season Form Matter?
As hockey fans, we are prone to overreactions based on a run of good or bad results. If a team is losing games as the postseason approaches, it can be easy to panic based on a small sample. At least as far as the win-loss column is concerned, though, how a team finishes their season doesn’t seem to have much impact on whether they can make a deep playoff run.
DitD & Open Post - 3/20/23: Palat of Love Edition
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Weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot: 3/19 - 3/25
In the twenty-third Metropolitan Division snapshot of the season, the New Jersey Devils failed to win against Florida-based teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost a short series to the New York Rangers, and the Columbus Blue Jackets were officially eliminated. All this and more in this week’s post.
Devils Blow 2-0 Lead in 3rd, Lose 4-2 To Surging Panthers
The Devils were outplayed by Florida, but it was still a very winnable game. They blew it.
Nico Hischier Is Leading Like a Captain On the Ice
Despite the two losses to Tampa this week, there are positives to take away. One of those has been the quality play of the captain, who is leading this team by example on the ice.
FanFirst Friday: Dawson Mercer Appreciation Post
He’s everyones favorite kid from Newfoundland, full of heart, spark and hard-nosed effort. Take a moment and feel the Dawson Mercer love.
Getting Goalied: It Happens to Everyone, Even the 2022-23 New Jersey Devils
It is never fun to see the New Jersey Devils getting goalied in a game. But is there a way to objectively define such a game? This post comes up with a definition and applies it to the 2022-23 New Jersey Devils. The post also reveals how often the Devils goalied their opponents and lit up opposing goalies.
DitD & Open Post - 3/17/23: That Save Edition
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Devils Lose to Lightning, 4-3, As Another Exciting Game Ends in a Shootout
Take solace in the fact that this game would not have ended five minutes into a playoff overtime.
Garden State of Hockey- Episode 162: Mini-Series Starts
The Devils will see a lot of Tampa Bay this week.
Thursday Thoughts: Magic Number Edition!
Taking a look today at qualifying for the playoffs, the stumbling blocks the New Jersey Devils are hitting, how to overcome it, and why it’s definitely not time to hit the panic button.
The Devils Give Up Too Many Late Period Goals: A Breakdown
Nikita Kucherov’s last second goal in the 2nd period last night was the 14th "last minute" goal surrendered this season by the Devils. That’s too many.
DitD & Open Post - 3/15/23: Disappointment Edition
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New Jersey Devils Disappoint in 1-4 Loss to Tampa Bay Lightning
After a glorious 3-0 win against Carolina, the New Jersey Devils put up a stinker in a disappointing 1-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Worse, this is the first of three meetings over the next four games. Read this recap on to learn what went wrong in this game.
New Jersey Devils CHL Prospect Update: Filmon Hits 40
Josh Filmon has scored his 40th goal in his draft one season. This post updates on Filmon and the other Devils CHL prospects.
Akira Schmid is Making a Case for the Starter’s Net
The Devils have gotten solid goaltending from each of their netminders that have played this season, but given Schmid’s relatively strong performance, he should be getting consideration for the game one start when the playoffs begin.
DitD & Open Post - 3/13/23: Winning Weekend Edition
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First Place is Possible After New Jersey Devils Shut Out Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0
First place in the Metropolitan Division is now possible for the New Jersey Devils as they tied the Carolina Hurricanes in standings points with a 3-0 win this evening. This recap goes over the big result, led by Vitek Vanecek, Jack Hughes, and Jesper Bratt among others.
Weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot: 3/12 - 3/18
Spring forward with the twenty-second weekly Metropolitan Division Snapshot of the season. The playoff teams in the division all had winning weeks, but every game’s results changes their outlook. Especially last night’s. Read on to see how each team did last week and what is next for them.
Hischier With 2 Points, GWG As Devils Defeat Canadiens 3-1
The Devils defeated the Canadiens 3-1 to get within 2 points of the Hurricanes in the Metro
Is This the End of the BMW Line?
Yesterday, Tyler wrote about the BMW line and how they could be built for playoff hockey. Today, I want to give an opposing view, talking about how they might be done.
FanFirst Friday: BMW: The Ultimate Playoff Machine?
Lindy Ruff constantly throws lines in the blender, but he has stuck with one line for the majority of the season. The BMW line. I don’t understand why, but I have a theory.
NJ Goal Breakdowns: Dawson Mercer’s 8 Game Goal Streak of DAWG
Dawson Mercer tied a franchise record of eight straight games with at least one goal scored in a streak that ended in Arizona this past Sunday. Given how much DAWG he showed on those goals, this post goes over how all 10 goals from those 8 games happened and general takeaways about Mercer from these summaries.
DitD & Open Post - 3/10/23: Swiss History Edition
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Timo Meier Makes Up for Mistake With Shootout Winner as Devils Beat Capitals, 3-2
Ohhh that was a close one.
Should Fans Be More Worried About the New Jersey Devils Defending or Goaltending Down the Stretch?
With under 20 games to go in the regular season, some of the imperfections in the current New Jersey Devils team have made themselves known. Is one of them more worrisome than the other right now?
Jesper Bratt and Timo Meier Will Make More Money than Jack Hughes, and that’s OK
The Devils have a tall task ahead of them as Bratt and Meier need new deals, but Hughes’s contract shouldn’t be the measuring stick.
DitD & Open Post - 3/8/23: Starting to Worry Edition
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Devils Choke in 4-3 Loss to Maple Leafs After Fatal Late Penalty
The Devils took the lead in the third, but coughed it up and lost off a terrible penalty by Meier.
New Jersey Devils AHL Update: Utica’s Final Push
With less than twenty games remaining, this post breaks down the rest of Utica’s season and updates on the Devils prospects in the AHL.
Taking Stock of the East Playoff Picture as the Stretch Run Arrives
With 20 games to go in the season, we reset and take a look at the Eastern Conference playoff picture and where teams are trending.
DitD & Open Post - 3/6/23: Timo is Here Edition
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Nico Hischier OT Winner Saves New Jersey Devils from a Choke Job to Arizona Coyotes, 5-4
Timo Meier made his New Jersey Devils debut as the offense put up four goals and the team’s defense choked away a 4-2 lead to the Arizona Coyotes to go to overtime. Fortunately, Nico Hischier won the game. Here is a recap of a good result with a not-all-good performance.
Just chill out, man. #NJDvsMTL pic.twitter.com/xrGSlkmjQT— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) December 9, 2016