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NHL New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils Earn Statement Win, Crush St. Louis Blues

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils had a huge test ahead of them when they squared off against the St. Louis Blues. It is safe to say that not only did they pass the test, but in a very convincing way.

Despite being 20 points behind their opponent when play started in the standings in opposite conferences, the Devils exploded for seven goals for the first time since 2010, three of which coming from the power play, and Cory Schneider‘s superior play in goal will surely give this Devils team all the confidence that they need in him going forward. It helps when they can have contributors to the game. Jaromir Jagr scored his 696th goal of his career and Damien Brunner had a goal and two assists in his first game back since suffering an injury earlier in the season.

The Devils have every right to be excited. They are playing some great hockey since the slow start to the season. Perhaps going up against the best teams in the league brings out the best in them as they have been able to hang in there with the best of the NHL. This has been a pretty solid stretch for the Devils. They are hoping to have a solid record once the Olympic break begins. As long as they can continue hanging tough with the top-tier teams and take care of business against teams that they are supposed to be doing exactly that, this team will be interesting to watch in the later months of the season. This team could also threaten for the Metropolitan Division with the level of play they have had as of recently.

Tonight was definitely a reminder to all the coaches in the Eastern Conference that the New Jersey Devils are one team that is dangerous when they have their game going. They have proven against the Blues they can be a threat when they are firing on all cylinders.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.