“Start over. There’s no momentum from year to year. Understand what it will take to be competitive again.” That was New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes’ message to his team following their first round exit in five games against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The season was quite the improvement for a team that finished
On the brink of elimination, the New Jersey Devils will have to fight for their playoff lives Saturday afternoon when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa. The Devils have shown the ability to overcome adversity throughout the season, but this will be their most difficult challenge yet. Here’s what they’ll need to
Lost in the excitement of the New Jersey Devils’ 5-2 Game 3 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in their opening round series was the return of two players to their lineup that had an impact that goes deeper than the stats will ever show. Marcus Johansson played his first game since January 23 (a
The first two games of the Stanly Cup Playoffs have gone about as well for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they could have hoped, with the team leaving their home ice in Tampa with a 2-0 lead in the series, creating a difficult hill for the New Jersey Devils to overcome. When a team wins
If you had told me in October that the Devils would be in a playoff push this late into the season AND that Keith Kinkaid would be leading it, chances are I wouldn’t have believed you. He’s made four consecutive starts, winning three of them, and has been the team’s best goalie over the last month-plus.
Backup goalies have one of the toughest jobs in professional sports, it’s right up there with a backup quarterback. If you have a successful team with a star goaltender or quarterback, your backup may play very sparingly, if at all. Fans of the New Jersey Devils who lived through Martin Brodeur’s legendary career are well
In his first season with the New Jersey Devils Taylor Hall was expected to be a savior for a franchise that had missed the playoffs for four straight seasons, as he easily became their most explosive weapon since the departures in consecutive summers of Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise. But he couldn’t do it all