Devils: Contenders or Pretenders?

November 8th, 2009 by Doug Gausepohl Leave a reply »
While the Devils were a second away from a 0-3 start to the season, Travis Zajac changed the momentum of things. 

The Devils were down 3-2 in Tampa Bay on Thursday, Oct. 8 in the closing seconds, as a shot whiffed on by Jamie Langenbrunner trickled right in front of Zajac by the crease, who slammed it into the net with barely a second left on the clock. 

The Devils would win in the shootout, gaining their first win of the season, while avoiding an 0-3 start that very well could have turned into a landslide that could have had New Jersey joining the likes of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes at this very moment. 

Instead, the Devils won that game. As a matter of fact, they've won a lot of games lately. Since Oct. 8, in 13 games, they've gone 11-2. Eight of those wins have come on the road, and they haven't lost on the road a single time this season. 

Are these Devils, the same team looked upon as a borderline playoff squad as the season began, shaping themselves into a formidable contender?

Or is this 11 out of 13 stretch just an abberation?

To find the answer to that, you just need to look ...

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