The New Jersey Devils open up their season on the road on Thursday, October 9, at Philadelphia. They will then travel to Florida, Tampa Bay, and Washington before making their home debut on Saturday, October 18 against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are not your ideal home opener team, but what are you going to do.
The first thing I looked at on the New Jersey Devils schedule are how many back-to-back games are there? The Devils got hammered last season with 22 back-to-back games, the most in the entire NHL. This year, the Devils play only 17 back-to-back games. That will help the team recover faster and have a day in between games for travel, practice, or rest.
The Devils play 22 weekend games, 11 of them on Fridays, nine on Saturdays, and two on Sundays.
The league has stuck with last year’s scheduling format. This means the Devils will play 30 games within the Metropolitan Division (5 against each team), 24 against the Atlantic Division (3 against each team), and two against each Western Conference team. Each team has to play in every NHL building at least once.
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