New Jersey Devils History
The New Jersey Devils actually started their time in the NHL in 1974 as the Kansas City
Scouts before moving to Denver in 1976 where they became the Colorado Rockies. In 1982 the franchise again relocated to New
Jersey and changed their nickname to the Devils. They struggled through their first few years in New Jersey, just as the franchise
had during its previous two stops, but have since become one of the best teams in the league. The franchise has only missed
the playoffs four times since 1988, winning 9 division championships, 5 conference championships, and three Stanley Cup Championships
along the way. There has never been a better time to get out and show your support as the Devils hit the ice looking to wreak
havoc on the rest of the Eastern Conference once again this postseason
About the Team
The New Jersey devils
are currently in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference, and although it appears unlikely that
they can catch the Pittsburgh Penguins who sit atop the division, they are in a heated battle with the Philadelphia Flyers,
the New York Rangers, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Washington Capitals to see who will finish second in the division.
New Jersey is impressive on defense, ranking 7th in the league in goals against average, but they really shine during power-play
situations where they rank 7th with a man advantage and 2nd on penalty killing. The legendary, and seemingly ageless, Jaromir
Jagr leads the team in points, assists, and plus/minus. The Devils are back for another playoff run that will pit them up
against some of the top teams in the league, making for a great sporting event for Devils' fans as they cheer for them to
run the gauntlet of the Eastern Conference. Over the years, the Devils have put together some big-time playoff runs, and everyone
around town knows this is a team that you absolutely can't count out no matter what.
fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding the
NHL playoffs and fans of the New Jersey Devils are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NHL. On game
day at Prudential Center the fans file in and take their seats and that is when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock
winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready
for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful
slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the
time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you
will already be planning a return trip. Everything is ratcheted up a notch during the NHL playoffs and the further teams advance
the more intense the competition becomes. If you thought regular season NHL games were exciting, just wait until you experience
an NHL playoff game live and in person.
NHL Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division
Division is comprised of eight teams: the Carolina Hurricanes, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New Jersey Devils, the New York
Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Washington Capitals. Many of the
teams in the division are among the top franchises in the history of the NHL and four of the eight teams are located in either
New York City area or in Pennsylvania. The 2013-2014 season is the first for the Metropolitan Division which was formed due
to the realignment of the NHL. The majority of the teams came to the Metropolitan Division from the Atlantic Division, including
the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Meanwhile the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes came from the Southeast Division and the Columbus Blue Jackets
joined from the Central Division. It is home to some of the biggest rivalries in the league including that between the Pittsburgh
Penguins and the Washington Capitals and the one between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders. The Metropolitan
Division is currently the only division in the NHL without a Canadian Team.
The nickname New Jersey
Devils is based on the legend of the Jersey Devil which is usually described as winged, flying biped. It was supposedly born
to a woman named Deborah Leeds in 1735. She had already had twelve children and knew that the 13th would be the devil. She
went into labor on a stormy night and the child was born in human form but quickly changed into the Jersey devil and flew
off into the night.