New Jersey has often been the butt of countless jokes because of less than stellar numbers at the gate even in the playoffs. However this postseason has been the complete opposite. Fans have been turning out in droves to support the Devils as they drive towards the fourth Stanley Cup in club history.
The Devils have sold out all five of their home games through the first two rounds. This is great news for the cash-strapped franchise that is desperate for the additional revenue the playoffs generate. New Jersey has been dealing with financial issues for quite some time and were hurt by not making the playoffs last season. Advancing to the third round can only help that situation to get better.
Right now the Devils remain in a holding pattern while they wait for the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals to concluded their semi-final series. The Capitals won 2-1 in game 6 to force a game 7 on Saturday night.
The NHL released the schedule for the first two games of the Eastern Final. Game 1 will take place on Monday, May 14 at 8 p.m. ET. Game 2 will be played at the same time on Wednesday, May 17. Both games will air on the NBC Sports Network in the U.S. and CBC in Canada. The rest of the series schedule is still to be determined.
If the seventh-seeded Caps win, the Conference Finals will open up at the Prudential Center because the six-seeded Devils would be the higher seed. This would potentially mean an extra home game for New Jersey and more money.
New Jersey was the lower seed in their first two series.
If the Rangers win, the series will still start Monday but the venue shift across the Hudson River to Madison Square Garden and the Devils lose out on potential revenue from an extra game.
In the end none of that financial stuff will mean squat once the puck drops. The only thing that really matters to the Devils and their fans is winning eight more hockey games, whether they are in New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C. or even Mars.
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