The New Jersey Devils packed up on Monday morning after finishing out a disappointing 2012-13 season that left them out of the playoffs for the second time in three years.
The past few weeks have made it blindingly clear that Devils head coach Pete DeBoer is stuck with a group of players who collectively have the skill, but not the talent required to reach the playoffs.
In the majority of losses during this stretch, the Devils have outworked their opponents. What they’re missing is Kovalchuk’s magic touch.
With Ilya Kovalchuk on the mend and stars slumping, it’s imperative Devils GM Lou Lamoriello acquires a veteran scorer before the April 3 trade deadline.
Lou Lamoriello has announced that star scorer Ilya Kovalchuk will miss 2-4 weeks after suffering a right shoulder injury.
New Jersey is just 3-7-2 since Brodeur last played back on February 21st in Washington.
Patrik Elias holds nearly every record in Devils history, and he hasn’t suffered any decline in his game as his 37th birthday approaches.
Ilya Kovalchuk and the determined Devils have the fortitude needed to win the Atlantic and perhaps make another visit to the Stanley Cup finals.
The Devils have gone from the brink of being swept in four games to seizing the momentum due to their self-belief and even-keeled approach.
Some have pointed to a lack of effort as reason for the Devils’ impending demise, a theory I’m not buying.
New Jersey simply cannot match ammunition with a loaded Los Angeles Kings’ roster.
The Devils’ defensemen aren’t exactly household names but are finally getting credit for the job they’ve done to push New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The 2012 Stanley Cup Finals might be the final hurrah in Martin Brodeur’s glorious career.
The unforeseen success of the Devils’ fourth line has given New Jersey newfound energy — and belief — as they look to close out the Eastern Conference finals.
After winning games 6 and 7 in overtime against the Florida Panthers, the Devils are moving on to the next round to face the Philadelphia Flyers.
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