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Devils Issues, Views & Analysis

What Do the Devils Need to Do to Make the Playoffs (or Win the Division) Over the Final 33 Games?

Today, we work out the type of hockey the Devils will need to play to clear various bars by the time the regular season closes.

Comparing Standings at the Break

This Devils team is obviously good, the best we’ve seen in over a decade. But going into the All Star Break, how does their record compare with the dynasty teams of the early 2000s?

The Big Deal in Florida: The 2023 NHL All Star Weekend Open Post

This weekend is for the NHL All-Stars. The Skills Competition is on Friday, the All-Star Game Tourney is on Saturday, and Jack Hughes is representing the New Jersey Devils. Talk about it here as it happens.

The January 2023 Month in Review of the New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils rebounded after a December of struggles to go 9-2-2 in January 2023. There were loads of goaltenders bailing out the Devils, overtime heroics, and comebacks for the wins. Read on for a summary of a month defined by great results from poor performances, and who is the Devil of the Month among much more analysis.

The Devils’ Handling of Alexander Holtz Remains Perplexing

Today we again ask the question: what exactly is the benefit of keeping Alexander Holtz on the NHL roster right now?

Two Different Line Combo Philosophies, Two Different Outcomes

Earlier this week, between the Vegas game and the Nashville game, the Devils deployed their lines differently, with differing levels of success. Let’s look into it.

Ranking the Trade Value of the 2022-23 New Jersey Devils Players

The 2023 NHL Trade Deadline is a little more than a month away. The New Jersey Devils look to be buyers this season. This post ranks 25 Devils players with their perceived trade value to identify who other teams may want from New Jersey.

Let’s Speculate and Dream: Can the Devils Make a Timo Meier Trade Work?

Any team in the league could use a player like Timo Meier. The Devils seem like a good fit, and they probably have the pieces to make something work, to boot. Could Meier to New Jersey really become a reality?

The Fourth Line Might Need Some Help

Nathan Bastian returned against Seattle, but the fourth line was thoroughly manhandled that game. Can they pick it up?

Success in Tough Buildings: A Closer Look at the 2022-23 Devils Road Games

Road games have been a source of many wins for the 2022-23 New Jersey Devils. This post looks at split stats between home and road games to find out why the Devils have won so many games away from the Rock.

Solve Two Problems by Moving Haula to the Bottom Six

The time has come for the Devils to move the guy they ostensibly brought in to be the third line center to... third line center.

Okhotiuk Hasn’t Been Bad in Limited Minutes

With John Marino still injured, Nikita Okhotiuk has been given a chance with third pairing minutes, and he has done his job well.

Is the New Jersey Devils Power Play Better Off Now than Last Season?

The New Jersey Devils fired Mark Recchi after last season, where the power play stunk. 41 games into this season, is the power play better under Andrew Brunette? The short answer: Yes. Read on to find out how, why, and what could be better.

Jack Hughes is Otherworldly Right Now

Jack Hughes is tearing up the NHL right now, and his dominance of late has pulled a sputtering Devils team back on track.

Figuring Out the Bottom 6

On Thursday night, with Ondrej Palat’s return, it created an excess of bottom 6 forwards. The coaching staff decided to sit Fabian Zetterlund, which probably was not the best choice.

I Don’t Understand Yegor Sharangovich’s Usage

Yegor Sharangovich is in a contract year, he is producing about the same as he did in the last two seasons, and yet his ice time has been cut except on the penalty kill. In this post, I look at his on-ice data and usage, and I don’t get it. What do you think?

A Very Early Look at the 2023 New Jersey Devils Free Agents

The New Jersey Devils have plenty of decisions to make in 2023 regarding their pending unrestricted and restricted free agents. From Jesper Bratt to Mason Geertsen, this post goes over all of them with initial takes on what the Devils should consider doing with them.

The December 2022 Month in Review of the New Jersey Devils

After a marvelous November, the New Jersey Devils fell hard in December with a 4-7-2 record. They remain in second place in the division and in a playoff spot, though. Read on for a summary of a month defined by a slump and who is the Devil of the Month among much more analysis.

Looking at Goals Scored vs. Expected

Everyone is talking about how the Devils are getting chances, but they’re not capitalizing on them. How does this look in terms of goals scored versus expected?

Jack Hughes is a Goal Scorer

Jack Hughes has been tagged as a playmaker, an excellent skater, and a driver of play. All that is true. Hughes is also a goal scorer. The Big Deal should be seen as such and this post explains why.

The Devils Face a Bit of a Goaltending Conundrum

Waiver eligibility dictated that the Devils send down their top performing goalie so far this season in Akira Schmid, but is it time for them to consider giving him a longer look in the face of the inconsistency and frequent injury concerns of the now-veteran Mackenzie Blackwood?

Perhaps an Opening for Simon Nemec

With injuries to defensemen, and perhaps a spark needed, Simon Nemec could get some games once the World Juniors are over.

An Apology to Tom & Lindy and a Gift of New Expectations

Ahead of the 2022-23 New Jersey Devils season, my expectations were low and my concerns and frustrations were high. This post is an apology for GM Tom Fitzgerald head coach and Lindy Ruff - and a statement of new expectations: the Devils must make the playoffs now.

That’s Just About Enough of That

What are we doing here, guys? Nostalgia for the past decade is great but give it a rest.

Perhaps This Stretch is a PDO Regression?

The four game skid the Devils are on has drawn some attention and some haters. But whatever they say, this streak is also about luck regression for a team that had a ton of it early on.

Late Period Goals Allowed: A Real and Costly Problem for the New Jersey Devils to Solve

The New Jersey Devils lost recently to Dallas on a gut punch of a last second goal in the second period. This post shows that it is one of many late period goals that have been a problem for the team. The post also goes into which ones have been costly and what they can do about it.

The Devils’ Depth Means Opponents Get No Breaks

The Devils have been a problem for the NHL this season, finding themselves near the top of the league standings and leading the league team expected goal share. The stars are a big reason for this but the number of options the Devils have that can contribute are also helping to make this team go.

The Devils Defense is Successful By Committee

Some star defenders get a huge share of ice time compared to the rest of their team. The Devils don’t need to do that this year, and they haven’t.

A Response to Sean Fitz-Gerald’s & The Athletic’s Hatchet Job on Scott Stevens

Sean Fitz-Gerald, former 2015 Sportswriter of the Year per Sports Media Canada, wrote up a retrospective piece on Scott Stevens for The Athletic. It is a terrible hatchet job that cannot be ignored. This is a response to the awful post.

New Jersey Devils Penalties So Far Led by Brendan Smith and Miles Wood

The New Jersey Devils took their 99th penalty of the season in their big win over Chicago. What kind of calls have they taken? Miles Wood and Brendan Smith took the most calls; how does that impact their perception? This post explores all that and more.

The Devils are Still Succeeding, but it’s in Spite of Some Sluggish Starts of Late

The Devils have been slow out of the gate the past couple of weeks in particular, even with them continuing to rack up points. Is it cause for concern or just a blip on the radar?

The Third Line With Holtz Hasn’t Been Bad

Holtz has been given another shot with the big club after the injury to Nathan Bastian. How has the third line done these last two games with him?