New Jersey Devils: 5 Things To Watch In Week 4 Of Season

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Easier Schedule This Week

To start the season, the Devils have played some of the best teams in the league. Out of the Devils seven games, three came against teams in the top two in their division, two came against teams tied for the final playoff spot in their conference, and the other game came against the best player in the NHL. It has not been the easiest slate to start the season, and the Devils survived by going 4-2-1.

This week, things change. They take on the best team in the Eastern Conference in the Tampa Bay Lightning, so that’s nothing new. They lead the league with 15 points, and extended their point streak to seven games Friday night. They are rolling. Outside of them, the Devils take on the Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings this week. Those two teams are on the list of three worst in the East.

The Devils need to get four points out of those games. Even though we expected more from the Florida Panthers, starting the season without Roberto Luongo has thrown them off completely. The MIke Hoffman trade is not working out like they hoped, and he’s been sent to the fourth line. The Red Wings, on the other hand, look like the worst team in the league. Despite having some great talent, something isn’t working. The Devils should take advantage of said issues, and pull at least four points out of this week.