New Jersey Devils: How a Shortened Season Can Affect the Devils

January 8th, 2013 by Alex Bacon Leave a reply »
A full 82-game NHL regular season will not be possible due to the lockout, which means that the 2013 NHL season will be a sprint, not a marathon.

All teams have had ample resting time, including the Devils, so the excuse of a “cup hangover,” will not be valid. The Devils will need to fly right out of the gates if they want to repeat their success from last year.

It still has not been determined exactly how many games will be played, or what the schedules will look like, but a few details about the season can be assumed. Teams will most likely not play inter-conference games, and most games will be divisional.

An abundance of Atlantic Division games will not make for an easy schedule for the Devils. This means that the Devils will play the Rangers, Islanders, Penguins and Flyers many times each.

Since the Atlantic Division will have so many divisional games, it’s safe to assume that four teams from the division will not be making the playoffs again.

One thing is for certain though, a shortened season will make the Atlantic Division extremely interesting.

With less time than usual before the sta ...

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