The October 2010 Month in Review will take place on November 2. If you haven't been following this team, well, it's not going to be a pretty. With the Devils sitting at 3-8-1 at the end of October, the team needs results and quickly. That said, with a new month of games beginning tomorrow, let's take a look at the upcoming schedule. October wasn't easy on paper, perhaps November will be easier.Well, that will actually depend on how the team performs more than anything else. I will say that November will be easier in terms of fatigue. While the Devils will play 12 games, the same amount as they did in October, they are more spaced out. New Jersey will not be playing any back-to-back games until the end of the month. The final week of November is the only one with 3 games in 4 nights, which includes the only back-to-back set of November. Until that end, the Devils will get at least one day in between games; and even after the back-to-back set, they'll have 3 days off. The team should have more time for practices and rest in November and that's a benefit.
The month also splits home and away games equally. After the Devils finish up their west coast road trip, they'll have 3 at the Rock, followed by a three-game road trip with not as much travel as their current trip, two games at home, and then a local back-to-back set of games. Here are the home games:
- November 5 vs. New York Rangers
- November 10 vs. Buffalo Sabres
- November 12 vs. Edmonton Oilers
- November 22 vs. Washington Capitals
- November 24 vs. Calgary Flames
- November 27 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Yep, Brent Sutter returns to the Rock this month. As with the Rangers and Flyers game, let us give him the fanfare he deserves, preferably a lot of boos and chants of "Quitters never win."
Other than that, it's not a set of easy home games. Two rivalry games, the return of the Sabres who pasted New Jersey 6-1 a few weeks ago, and the Capitals. And who knows what to expect from the Oilers and Flames. Getting that first win at the Rock won't be easy, as if anything really is simple in the NHL. Here are the away games:
- November 1 at Vancouver Canucks
- November 3 at Chicago Blackhawks
- November 15 at Boston Bruins
- November 18 at Toronto Maple Leafs
- November 20 at St. Louis Blues
- November 26 at New York Islanders
Yep, the local back-to-back is with the Isles and Flyers, which should be fun/agonizing intra-division games. None of these opponents are particularly poor. The Canucks and Hawks are strong in the Western Conference, and the Blues have done quite well for themselves in October. Boston and Toronto have each got off to good starts. Repeat same message about this not being easy, since it really isn't.
At least the Devils can breathe in between most of these games.
I'd like to hear what you think about the Devils' schedule for the second month. How well do you think the Devils should do? How well do you think the Devils will do? Will they end November with a somewhat decent record? Please leave your responses and other thoughts about the schedule in the comments. Thanks for reading.