How the New Jersey Devils Have Fared Against Good, Average and Bad Teams

February 16th, 2015 by Adam Braun Leave a reply »
The New Jersey Devils, at least in terms of results, seemed to be on their way to turning things around after the All-Star break. The team went 4-0-1 in its first five games after the break, its best five-game stretch of the season. 

But, in their four games since then, the Devils have lost four times. With 51 points, they sit 25th in the NHL, 13th in the Eastern Conference and seventh in the Metropolitan Division.

What is the difference between New Jersey's five-game points streak and their current four-game losing streak? The most apparent difference is the quality of the teams the Devils played against.

During the team's run of good results, the Devils played struggling Toronto twice, as well as mediocre Ottawa. During the losing streak, the team played Montreal and Nashville, the best teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively.

Has this been the story of the season? Are the Devils a team that has only had success against poor teams, or have other factors been at play? The following will be a statistical look at New Jersey's performances against good, average and bad teams, which will hopefully answer these que ...

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