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

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Start Of The First Road Trip

Up to this point, the Devils have played one game on the road, and it was against the Philadelphia Flyers. That isn’t much of a trip when it takes a two hour bus ride to get to the other team’s arena. Sure, one of those games was a “home game” in Sweden, but technically this will be the Devils first road trip of the season.

This week, the Devils start a seven-game road trip. It’s by far the Devils longest road trip of the season. The team will go from Tampa, to Detroit, back to the Northeast, then a three-game trip through Canada. It’s the type of trip that really tests a team, especially one as young as the Devils.

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If the Devils can come out of this road trip with the same 4-2-1 record they currently have, fans must consider that a win. Four of those games on the road come against really good teams, then the other three are against tire fires. If the Devils can win one against one of the really good teams, take another to overtime, then win the games they are supposed to, this will be considered a success. The Eastern Conference seems like it’s going to be as competitive as we thought it would coming into the season, so the Devils need to get as many points as they can to start the season.