When it comes to taking the life out of the game, the New Jersey Devils took the cake. They were the kings of the dead puck era. No team was able to squeeze the excitement right out of existence like the Devils could. The NHL’s main purveyors of the neutral zone trap, their defence-first style backed by future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur won the team three Stanley Cup titles between 1995-2003. The Devils were ridiculed by people who liked their hockey with pace and skill, but no one could deny that the way they played worked.
But it’s been a long dry spell in the hockey wilderness for the Devils ever since, a 2012 appearance in the Stanley Cup final disguising the reality that their style of hockey not only was no longer in vogue, it no longer worked in today’s up-tempo, obstruction-free NHL.
New Jersey Devils Betting Lines Today
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New Jersey Devils Scores & Schedule
When looking at the New Jersey Devils scores and schedule listed below, one fact of life will become apparent – the Devils don’t often score goals.
New Jersey Devils Standings Right Now
The standings for the Devils are listed here and while they displayed improvement in the beginning of the Ray Shero era, the fact of life for them is that in the rugged Metropolitan Division.
Amazingly, the Devils suited up a pair of 30-goal scorers in 2015-16 in Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri, but after them, the next highest scorer netted 14 goals and only four Devils scored more than eight times all season.
That lack of scoring depth simply isn’t going to get the job done.
|4||Columbus Blue Jackets||75||55||26||15||177||136|
|5||New York Rangers||75||56||32||18||192||147|
|7||San Jose Sharks||73||57||27||18||156||135|
|13||Toronto Maple Leafs||63||55||21||18||172||162|
|14||St. Louis Blues||63||56||22||22||161||165|
|17||Los Angeles Kings||60||55||17||23||138||136|
|18||New York Islanders||60||55||21||20||162||165|
|21||New Jersey Devils||58||56||16||22||131||159|
|23||Tampa Bay Lightning||57||56||21||24||154||160|
|27||Detroit Red Wings||54||56||13||24||141||169|
How To Win At New Jersey Devils Betting
There’s been plenty of upheaval in the Devils’ roster and behind the bench in recent seasons. John Hynes is the fourth coach the team has employed since 2010.
The Devils actually were in playoff contention for much of the 2015-16 season until fading down the stretch and missing the postseason by nine points, but that was much closer than in 2014-15, when New Jersey finished 20 points out of a postseason position.
A new era was born in New Jersey in 2015. Lou Lamoriello, the general manager of the Devils since 1987, who ruled over the New Jersey empire with an iron fist, left to take a similar position with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In came Ray Shero, the former GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who featured a high-end skill system in Pittsburgh and while the Devils aren’t about to open up and play run and gun hockey, they are more of a puck pursuit team than the old Devils who sat back and patiently waited to pounce on opposition errors.
There’s still a high level of defensive accountability in the way the Devils play the game, but now New Jersey seeks to create scoring chances via puck pressure. They play a much more aggressive game than the Devils of old.
The Devils netted only 184 goals in 82 games during the 2015-16 NHL season, an average of 2.24 goals per game, and that was an improvement over the 176 red lights the Devils illuminated during the 2014-15 campaign.
The Devils last topped the 200-goal plateau in 2011-12, scoring 228 times as they reached the Stanley Cup final, but they are the ony NHL team that hasn’t produced a 200-goal season since that campaign.
What does this mean to you if betting on New Jersey Devils games is in your plan? Well, for starters, always bet the under.
Through all the coaching changes, beyond the extensive roster upheaval, and even though goals are harder to find in New Jersey than people who aren’t Bruce Springsteen fans, one constant has kept the Devils in games – goaltender Cory Schneider.
Acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in 2013, Schneider proved more than adequate as the heir apparent to Martin Brodeur, rating among the NHL leaders in save percentage and goals-against average in each of his seasons in New Jersey.