It has been a tough go for the New Jersey Devils lately.
They’ve made the playoffs simply as soon as since making the Stanley Cup Closing in 2012. In all however two of the final 10 seasons, they’ve completed no higher than second-to-last of their division.
The Devils have tried to revamp their roster with loads of trades and signings for vets and had the primary total decide in each 2017 (Nico Hischier) and 2019 (Jack Hughes). However nothing was working.
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They introduced in teaching veteran Lindy Ruff in 2020 to lastly get the franchise heading in the right direction, however they completed in seventh place within the Metropolitan Division in every of his two seasons on the helm.
Followers had sufficient of Ruff regardless of him having the fifth most wins of any coach in NHL historical past. Lower than a month in the past, chants of “Hearth Lindy” rang all through Prudential Middle, however the tone has actually modified now that they’ve received eight straight video games.
In reality, the Jersey devoted at the moment are apologizing to Ruff, loudly and clearly.
Chants of “Sorry Lindy” rang all through Prudential Middle Saturday evening throughout their 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.
With the win, the Devils improved to 12-3-0 on the season and are being carried by children Jesper Bratt, Hischier and Hughes, who’re the highest three level scorers on the crew.
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For the primary time in years, their goaltending has been strong. Vitek Vanecek and Mackenzie Blackwood had been splitting time earlier than the latter was injured final week. However, coming into Saturday, Devils goalies mixed for a 2.49 GAA and .899 save share.
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The Devils will search for their ninth straight win Tuesday evening in Montreal in opposition to the Canadiens.