2013 Record Against CAR: 1-2
The addition of the Carolina Hurricanes to the Metropolitan Division means that their rivalry with the Devils will now have a chance to evolve.
Make no mistake about it, these two teams have formed an undeniable rivalry over the past decade.
They have met in the playoffs four times since 2001. Incredibly, despite New Jersey's established postseason successes, the Hurricanes have taken the series the past three times they've met.
I think Devils fans will appreciate if I don't go in to any more detail on how those series ended.
Last year, the Hurricanes finished 11 points out of the playoffs, but they were derailed when goalie Cam Ward missed extended time with an injury.
They will not be great this year, but they should be better.
One of Carolina's biggest mysteries of 2013 was the disappearance of rookie sensation Jeff Skinner.
After two 20-goal seasons, Skinner only put up 24 points last year. Bob Wage, who covers the Hurricanes for SB Nation, recently told Greg Boysen of the same site that Skinner should bounce back in 2013-14.
"If he can stay healthy and concussion free, he should be able to rebound this season and at least approach his rookie numbers."
On the surface, the Hurricanes do not look like Stanley Cup contenders, but with a healthy Cam Ward and a revamped defense, they will present the Devils with loads of trouble next season.
The Devils should not lose all four games to Carolina, but expect each one to be a hard-fought contest and for this budding rivalry to continue to grow.