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2018 Devils Playoffs

Posts for all Devils playoff-related posts in 2018

A Breakdown of the New Jersey Devils-Tampa Bay Lightning Playoff Series

The New Jersey Devils were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the first round of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. As the Devils’ season is now done, this post breaks down what happened in the series and discovers that the Lightning really were the better team overall.

End of a Surprising Season: New Jersey Devils Eliminated in Game 5 by Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-3

Despite the very best efforts of Cory Schneider, the New Jersey Devils fell short of keeping up with the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5. The Devils lost 1-3 to be eliminated from the playoffs. This post recaps the game with some further thoughts about the season.

First Round, Gamethread #5: New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning

Today, on national television, the New Jersey Devils must beat the Tampa Bay Lightning - or go home. Game 5 is a must-win game for the Devils. This post is a Gamethread, a place where Devils fans can discuss this truly important game as it happens.

Marcus Johansson Was Definitely Missed

Sadly for the Devils, Marcus Johansson was gone for a long period of the regular season. He has been back for a couple games in the playoffs, however, and has made his presence known once again in a positive manner. He is one player that needs to be good today for this series to continue.

Playoffs Preview: Devils at Lightning

Forward Depth Issues Catching up to Devils Against Tampa

Tampa’s superior firepower has been a big advantage for them in this series and has served as a lesson for how much work still lies ahead in the Devils’ rebuild.

New Jersey Devils Pushed to Brink of Elimination in Game 4 Loss to Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning quieted the Rock and the New Jersey Devils could not break them down to get an equalizer in a one-goal game for much of regulation. The Devils lost 1-3 to go down 1-3 in the first round series; they are now on the brink of elimination. This recap goes into what happened in the Devils’ loss.

First Round, Gamethread #4: New Jersey Devils vs Tampa Bay Lightning

After winning their first playoff game in Newark, New Jersey since June 9, 2012, the New Jersey Devils look to tie up their first round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. This post is a Gamethread, where Devils fans can discuss the game as it happens.

Game 3 Lesson: Keep Cool, Keep Calm, Keep Tampa Bay’s Power Play off the Ice

After the New Jersey Devils won 5-2 in Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, I find that one of the larger lessons from the victory is something the Devils can improve: discipline. As the Lightning power play has given the Devils lots of problems, the best short-term solution is to avoid penalties whenever possible. Especially ones that come from the Lightning trying to do bad things.

New Jersey Devils Rose Above Tampa Bay Lightning in 5-2 Game 3 Victory

In their first playoff home game since June 9, 2012, the New Jersey Devils prevailed 5-2 over the Tampa Bay Lightning in a playoff game that had it all from close games, big saves, sweet goals, and contempt between the two teams. This recap goes over what happened and how the win was achieved.

First Round, Gamethread #3: New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

The New Jersey Devils will play in their first home playoff game since June 2012. They’re down two games to the Tampa Bay Lightning, so it is a very important game at that. This post is a Gamethread, where Devils fans can discuss the game as it happens.

Interview with MSG Analyst & Former New Jersey Devils Captain Bryce Salvador about Playoffs

This morning our editor, John Fischer, held an interview with former NJ Devils captain and current MSG TV analyst, Bryce Salvador, about the playoffs and what the Devils have done and can do going forward

New Jersey Devils Playoff Narratives: What’s Real and What’s Not?

Two games into their first playoff appearance since 2012, some narratives and storylines about the New Jersey Devils have emerged in the face of their two losses to the Tampa Bay Lightning. This post looks at a number of them to determine what’s real and what’s not.

Game 2 Lesson: New Jersey Devils Need to Stop Being Quickly Buried in Big Deficits

After the New Jersey Devils lost 3-5 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 in their first round series in the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, I find that the larger lesson from that game is that the Devils were buried with several goals scored quickly. That has to cease in Game 3 and beyond.

First Round, Gamethread #2: New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning

Down 0-1 in their first round series, the New Jersey Devils will seek to even up the series against the Tampa Bay Lightning before they come to the Rock on Monday. This post is a Gamethread where Devils fans can discuss today’s game as it happens.

HDCF Was Down in Game 1 and That Needs to Change

There is no doubt that a lot of things need to change from game 1 for the New Jersey Devils to have a serious shot at heading back to New Jersey with the series tied 1-1. One area that needs to improve is NJ’s High Danger Corsi percentage.

Three Takeaways and Three Potential Adjustments After the Devils’ Game 1 Loss

The Lightning took Game 1 in fairly convincing fashion last night in Tampa. To establish a foothold in this series, the Devils may have to take what they learned from last night and adjust as necessary.

Game 1 Lesson: John Hynes Needs to Play Damon Severson in the Playoffs

As the New Jersey Devils lost Game 1, defenseman Damon Severson was watching his fellow defenders make crucial errors that contributed to the loss. This special post-game "lesson" post explains that coach John Hynes needs to play his best players in the playoffs - and that means playing Damon Severson.

New Jersey Devils Turned Over by Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 Loss

In their first playoff game since June 2012, the New Jersey Devils were generally out-played by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Devils paid for their mistakes and turnovers in a 2-5 loss in Game 1 of their first round series. This recap goes over how the game went, who was good, who was bad, and what was so noisy.

First Round, Gamethread #1: New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning

Welcome to the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The New Jersey Devils begin their first round match-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. This post is a gamethread, where Devils fans can discuss the game as it happens.

Devils Vs. Lightning X-Factor: Goaltending

Despite the Devils owning a 3-0-0 record over the Lightning in the regular season, this series should be close. Today, I look at what I believe could make or break both teams: their goalies.

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

On Thursday, the New Jersey Devils will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This massive post is a preview of the series, looking at each team’s team stats, player stats, situational stats, and so much more.

New Jersey Devils Will Play Tampa Bay Lightning in the First Round

With Florida beating Boston tonight, the New Jersey Devils will face the winners of the Atlantic Division in the first round of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: The Tampa Bay Lightning. This post is a quick reaction to the news.