New Jersey Devils: Ten Games to Make Or Break The Season

Alejandro GoezContributor INovember 3, 2008

Ten games into the season, the Devils have shown they can score goals in bunches, giving hope to fans that this might be a different team.

The Devils have been known for playing a defensive-minded gam, often finding themselves in low-scoring affairs.

With Martin Brodeur in net anyone can take their chances, however this season the Devils have only been in three games where goals were scarce. Already the team has been able to find the back of the net at least two times or more in eight games and at least five times in three games.

So this new open style the Devils have found might not only please the fans but in the long run it helps the team. The Devils will have to keep this up against the elite teams of the league if they want to be considered a contender.

As the season continues to move forward here are ten games that could decide whether the Devils will be at the head of the pack or simply left behind.


Nov. 3 home to Buffalo

The Sabres have come out strong to start the season and head out against a team that is very evenly matched. If the Devils can come out on top against this high-powered offense, it's a major step forward.

Nov. 8 at Detroit

The Devils will get their shot at the defending champion Red Wings, which will be a major test for them. If you can beat the best then you know you can be the best. Simply put if the Devils can find a way to keep up with this team, its hard to think why they can't stay at the top.

Nov. 12 home to Rangers

Top teams are successful against division rivals and last year the Rangers had the Devils' number. Having already met once this season the Rangers may feel unbeatable against the Devils. If the Devils want to have any chance of a Division title, its starts with beating their cross-river rival.

Dec. 4 at Philadelphia

Having been swept by the last place Flyers in a home and home series, the Devils will need to take the confidence away from the Flyers. The Devils showed they can score goals, but even when you score a lot you have to play solid defense.

Dec. 6 at Montreal

Being labeled a potential Cup winner, the Canadians have not failed to live up to the hype. They have scored plenty of goals and played efficient defense, and this will be yet another test for the Devils.

Dec. 27 at Rangers

Jan. 15 against San Jose

Another highly talented opponent from the west will give the Devils all they can handle. Out of the gate, the Sharks are at the top of the game and midway through the season, if the Devils are to join them at the top, they have to prove they can keep up with the west.

Jan. 17 at Islanders

Last year the Devils' awful division record was also attributed to the fact that they simply couldn’t compete with the Islanders. Although the Devils took the opener against the Islanders this season, down the line the Devils will need to win more of these division games. The Devils are much deeper, clearly the better team, but that’s why the games are played on the ice and not on paper because anything can happen.

March. 30 at Rangers

April. 1 at Pittsburgh

If it’s a tight race for the division at the end of the season these final division games might be the most important. One point can decide whether you will be a top three seed with home ice advantage or a lower seed fighting to stay alive. This will be a tough test at the end of the season. Whether they will pass or not will remain to be seen.


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