Being one myself I have to say that Devils fans are the biggest spoiled brats in the NHL family, yet it is with good reason. This season will be only the fourth time in the last 25 years that the Devils won't be making any kind of run for the cup.
To put that in perspective look at their division rivals: The Philadelphia Flyers will be missing the playoffs for the seventh time in that same 25 year span; this season's Eastern Conference Champions Pittsburgh Penguins missed the post-season seven times; the New York Islanders will make it this year, but have been consistently under-performing as they haven't been in the playoffs for 16 of those years; and finally, their cross-river rival New York Rangers have missed the mark 10 times, and this season's outcome is still up in the air as they haven't clinched a playoff spot just yet.
Some fans are already calling for the firing of head coach, Peter DeBoer, who was thrown out of Sunday afternoon's game with 15 seconds left for yelling at the referees.
@nhldevils FIRE DEBOER!— John Betz (@JohnBetz) April 16, 2013
Clearly, there is frustration throughout the entire organization.
However, some fans have already begun to accept the situation and move on.
I invite you to join the bandwagon of the latter fan because this team is so much more than what happened this season. Besides, shortened season Stanley Cup victories don't count, right? Or at least that's what I have been told since 1995.
So let's look towards next year, and see why the Devils will be back on top.