It seems that the New Jersey Devils find a way to fall behind in the early standings, but somehow, during their history, they have also always found a way to bounce back to the top.
Usually sometime before the All-Star break, everything starts to click and the Devils make a run for No. 1 in the Eastern Conference.
Yet, New Jersey is playing in what could arguably be the best division in the NHL right now in the Atlantic. With the Flyers flying high and the Penguins and Rangers hot on their trail, it is going to take some decisive victories in order to climb the standings.
New Jersey has put together a little bit of a win streak. Winners of four straight and five of their last six, they will now look ahead to wrapping up 2011 in the right way. Over the next two weeks, New Jersey will have some key matchups they could use to get in position to take over the Atlantic Division as well as the Eastern Conference down the road.