We highlight five games this season for the New Jersey Devils that are worth watching, for different reasons.
By Patrick Comia
The New Jersey Devils campaign gets underway in Friday evening.
The team will be looking to right the ship with new management this season, spear-headed by general manager Ray Shero.
Last year’s “three-headed monster” coaching staff of Lou Lamoriello, Adam Oates, and Scott Stevens about summed up the confusion that existed in New Jersey.
Now, there appears to be a clearer picture of who is in charge, and who will be managing the team on the ice.
And that person is John Hynes.
He comes over from the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, as the former coach of the AHL farm team Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Shero knows him well, and feels the need to have someone in place he is familiar with at the helm.
This season will represent a new direction for the Devils. The atmosphere created will hopefully inject life into a team that has been floundering near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division for the past three seasons.
Changes in personnel, such as the retirement of team captain Bryce Salvador and “unofficial” retirement of Ryane Clowe have made some positive head waves for this year’s players to take advantage of the opportunities presented.
As we near the beginning of the season, let’s look ahead at five games for the Devils this season and what significance they may have.