Since the last NHL lockout, theNew Jersey Devils have played a game on October 27th a total of three times, losing all three by a combined scored of 14-6 and that includes the christening of the Prudential Center. Tonight would have been game number four against the Toronto Maple leafs. Can we try to look at this on a positive note and say the lockout saved the Devils from another embarrassing loss?
It’s a stretch, I know, but when you look at how the Devils have fared historically on games played on October 27th as compared to say…October 28th, the similarities become more than just a mere coincidence. Dare I even say….spooky?
Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it to you. Sit back, grab some popcorn and behold in amazement my ever insightful fun facts of nothingness.
- October 28, 2003 – The Devils blank the New York Islanders 4-0 at Nassau Coliseum.
- October 28, 2005 – New Jersey knocks off the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.
- October 28, 2006 – The Devils post back-to-back shutouts with a 1-0 whitewash of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
- October 27, 2007 – The curse of the 27th begins with the Devils losing 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators in the first game ever played at the “Rock.”
- October 2008 – The Devils do not play a game on either day.
- October 28, 2009 – The Sabres avenge the 2005 loss with a 4-1 hosing of the Devils.
- October 27, 2010 – The San Jose Sharks lay the smack down, sending the Devils to a disheartening 5-2 road loss.
- October 27, 2011 – The Devils played their best game is years in L.A. two day earlier, unfortunately the fell apart in Phoenix, losing 5-3 to the ‘Yotes.
Since 2003 the Devils are 3-1 on the 28th and 0-3 on the 27th. New Jersey also has two shutouts on the 28th compared to the 27th where they have surrendered at least four goals a game in losing efforts. What a difference a day makes, no? My feeling is that the schedule makers noticed this trend with New Jersey. Hence the reason why the Devils were scheduled to play the Leafs tonight. After all, isn’t Toronto the ultimate slump buster.
It’s a darn shame we have been robbed at a chance to see that happen. Curse you NHL LOCKOUT!
Trivia Question: Who scored the first goal in Prudential Center History?
A: Andrej Mezaros…UGH!
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