For Devils fans who have not heard a peep amid all the other zany goings-on in the NHL in the last week (credit to Ray Shero for keeping the Devils relatively drama/rumor-free), the first piece of offseason news since the various surgeries on the team came on Tuesday. Since then, our MVP, Taylor Hall, has been officially crowned and Brian Boyle deservedly won the Masterton but looking ahead...
The preseason schedule has arrived!
The Devils play at home exactly one time this preseason for some reason. However, the games against our rivals across the Hudson should present some additional opportunities for fans to get a look at some potential surprise additions or to keep tabs on known players on the squad. They will play a split squad between New York and Montreal on September 17th and normally, travelling to Winnipeg during the preseason would easily be the longest distance demanded if not for the contest on October 1st against SC Bern of Switzerland, held in Switzerland. The connections to the Devils are obvious between Nico Hischier and Mirco Mueller, and it is a convenient last stop before the Devils open the regular season in Gothenburg, Sweden against the Edmonton Oilers on October 6th. The squad in that game in Switzerland will be pretty close to the one that the Devils will trot out in the season opener, so it will be interesting to see how a European team stacks up against New Jersey’s finest.
What will the team look like by then? Only Ray Shero has an idea but whoever he brings into the fold in an important offseason for New Jersey will have plenty of tough tests to prove they belong on a team that made the playoffs in 2017-18.
It feels great to say that and it feels even better to know that Devils hockey is only a few short months away from returning.
Which games are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments.