The 2016-17 was season number 43 for the New Jersey Devils in the National Hockey League. Although they were not the favorites to win the esteemed Stanley Cup, fans expected a far better performance. After all everything seemed to be going for the Devils until the end of 2016.
Kyle Palmieri and Dam Henrique had registered 30-goal campaigns (2015-16), they had a productive draft in Taylor Hall and Cory Schneider was being named a serious contender for the Vezina Trophy. However New Jersey’s performance was far from impressive. They ended up not making the postseason for a consecutive fifth year. Besides, it was the first time since 1985-86 that the team finished last in the Eastern Conference.
However, having learned from their mistakes, the Devils are back and have their sights set on making some noise in the NHL championship picture. Led by a talented young core, the Devils will look to be on top of a highly contested Metropolitan Division and bring home another Stanley Cup trophy. Division rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers will look to stand in New Jersey's way.
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Standout Moments in New Jersey Devils History
The New Jersey Devils are the proud winners of three Stanley Cups. In their illustrious history, the team has produced plenty of moments which Devil fans will cherish for a lifetime.
The Second Stanley Cup Win -The reason why the Devils’ second Stanley Cup victory is ranked higher than the first and the third is because of their historic win in double overtime in Game 6. It was June 10, 2000, and the Devils were facing the defending champions Dallas Stars at the Reunion Arena. Patrik Elias made a blind backhand pass to Jason Arnott who beat Ed Belfour (Dallas Stars’ goaltender) with a one-timer and scored a stunning goal. This earned the Devils the right to lift the Stanley Cup trophy the second time.
The Third Stanley Cup Win - The 2003 Stanley Cup Finals saw the second-seeded Eastern Conference Champions New Jersey beat the seventh-seeded Western Conference Champions, Anaheim Ducks in seven games. This marked the Devils’ third Stanley Cup win in less than a decade. The deciding game was played at the Continental Airlines Arena on June 9, 2003.
New Jersey Devils Arch Rivals
New York Rangers -The Rangers-Devils rivalry is also known as the Hudson River rivalry and the two sides are often referred to as the cross-river rivals. This is because the home of the Rangers (Madison Square Garden) is less than 10 miles and across the River Hudson from the Prudential Center, which is home to the Devils.
Although their rivalry dates back to October 5, 1982, it got more intense during the 1993-94 season when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup after defeating the Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals. Since then there has been a constant and heated debate among fans in the area as to which team is better.
Philadelphia Flyers -The Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey rivalry is quite an intense one. It is often called the Battle of the Jersey Turnpike. Whereas the north of the state has more Devils’ fans, the southern part is concentrated with Flyers fans owing to the close proximity of Philadelphia to South Jersey.
Since the realignment of the conferences in the 1993-94 season to the next realignment towards the end of the 2013-14 season, the Flyers and the Devils have won the highest number of Division titles.
Greatest Players in New Jersey Devils History
Over the last two decades, the New Jersey Devils have occupied a prominent place in the NHL. Below are some players who have contributed greatly to the success of the franchise.
Martin Brodeur - Brodeur is not only the greatest Devil but also the greatest goaltender ice hockey has ever seen. He played 21 seasons in New Jersey, appearing in each one of its Stanley Cup victories. He holds several league and franchise records. These include the most regular season wins (691), most shutouts (125) as well as most games played (1,266). He is named among the 100 Greatest NHL Players by the league.
Patrik Eliáš - Patrik played a total of 20 seasons in the NHL as part of the New Jersey Devils. He is New Jersey’s all-time leader in goals, points and assists. Besides he holds the franchise record for most points (96) accumulated in a season. He played in two of the Devils’ Stanley Cup Championships (2000 and 2003).
New Jersey Live Games
After almost 30 years in the Meadowlands, the Devils moved to Newark in 2007 following the construction of the glimmering Prudential Center. With sweeping views of the city, stellar food options and a passionate fan base, there’s nothing not to like about a hockey game at the Rock.
New Jersey Devils tickets -are now available. You can check out their preseason and regular season schedule for both home and away games.
Although they finished third from the bottom in the league in the previous season (with 70 points overall), the Devils look to be on their way back up in the offseason. The changes they have made over the last few months such as the signing of Will Butcher and the drafting of Nico Hischier may work in the franchise’s favor.
So get ready for tons of exciting action coming your way. Make sure you don’t miss out on watching the newly upgraded and confident Devils live with cheap New Jersey Devils tickets.