It’s only 11 games into the NHL season, and the New Jersey Devils have only two wins on the season. Thanks to four overtime losses, the Devils have eight points and only trail the Pittsburgh Penguins by six in the Metropolitan Division. In the Eastern Conference, the Devils currently sit in the No. 12 spot.
One of the two wins for New Jersey came on Saturday as they faced the defending Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins in Boston. After Boston jumped out to 3-1 lead in the first period, it looked as if the same story was about to unfold for the Devils. Another loss was imminent.
This time, though, they did something different. This time, they battled back and took control of the game. After giving up three goals in the first period, they shut the Bruins’ offense down the rest of the game en route to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory.
With 71 games still to be played, there is plenty of time for the Devils to turn things around and get things on track for the season. As the Los Angeles Kings proved two seasons ago, you don’t have to be the best team all year to win the Stanley Cup. You just have to be playing the best hockey when it matters most.
The key for the Devils will be to stay in the hunt during the first part of the season. If they can do that and get good goaltending, the Devils will put themselves in a position to possibly make the playoffs. A win on Saturday against a very good Bruins team could be exactly what the Devils need to jump start their season.