Earlier today, the official website of the New Jersey Devils announced their preseason schedule for 2015. They will play seven preseason games from September 20 through to October 2. Here's the rundown of all seven games. All games will start at 7 PM EDT with the exception of the Islanders game in Brooklyn, which is still to be determined:
- Sunday, Sept. 20 - at Boston at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI
- Monday, Sept. 21 - at Rangers at the World's Most Overrated Arena
- Wednesday, Sept. 23 - at Islanders at the Barclay's Center
- Friday, Sept. 25 - vs. Islanders at the Rock
- Saturday, Sept. 26 - vs. Rangers at the Rock
- Wednesday, Sept. 30 - at Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center
- Friday, Oct. 2 - vs. Philadelphia at the Rock
For the first time since the 2007 preseason, the Devils will take on the Bruins. As with their last preseason meeting, this one will take place in a "neutral" site close to Boston; specifically, in their minor league affiliate's arena. After that, the recent theme of local opponents return with a home-and-away set with the three teams closest to them. As I've wrote when the Flyers' schedule revealed two of the Devils' preseason games, the regular season usually starts about a week after the last preseason game. So a season start time around October 8 or 9 for the Devils seems likely to me.
With a back-to-back to kick off the preseason, I would suspect the Devils will carry most of their training camp roster until the final week of preseason. The gaps between September 26 and September 30 as well as September 30 and October 2 looks like a natural spot for cuts to be made for the NHL roster. We'll see how Ray Shero and John Hynes approach it when it happens. I will say I like that the Devils got their preseason home games on Friday and Saturday to help bolster the crowd. Not that preseason games are draws, but having them on those nights should bring a few extra bodies in the seats than, say, a Monday or Wednesday night game would.
All the same, you can now begin to make some plans. I'm sure season ticket holders will get their tickets ahead of the preseason home opener on September 25th. There's no word yet on whether the Devils will broadcast these games. As a tip to the many Devils employees who read this site, you should announce that at some point in mid-September. Even a scoreboard feed would work. In any case, what do you think of the Devils preseason schedule? Do you like the fact they're having even one game away from the Metropolitan? Is seven about right? Please leave your answers and other thoughts about preseason in the comments. Thank you for reading.