The New Jersey Devils organization had a big night on Friday, beating the defending Stanley Cup Champs at the Prudential Center. More importantly, the Devils won at the AHL level in a playoff chase.
The New Jersey Devils organization had a good night Friday night. At the NHL level, they defeated the St. Louis Blues who are the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The Devils had also lost 12-straight matchups against the Blues, so this ended that horrid streak. The Blues also had an eight-game winning streak, in general, snapped in this one. It was a very good night for the Devils.
One big reason it was a great night was the play of Cory Schneider. He was named the first star of the game, making 31 saves on 33 shots. The Blues have some very dangerous shooters too, so you know this is a quality win against a team that has Stanley Cup aspirations yet again. The Devils rained on their parade as they try to hold off the Colorado Avalanche for the Central Division lead.
Schneider wasn’t the only impressive player on the New Jersey Devils in this one either. Dakota Mermis scored his first career NHL goal. It is his second point since being called up by the big club. Jesper Bratt also got the scoring started with a highlight-reel goal earlier in the game. It was a good night for those two guys.
The AHL’s version of the Devils didn’t have a bad night either. The Binghamton Devils have been one of the best teams in the American Hockey League for the past few months. Last night was no different as they defeated the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins 6-4. Janne Kuokkanen and Jesper Boqvist each scored in the big win for the AHL club. This team inches closer to being a playoff team with the victory securing the fourth playoff spot thanks to percentage points over Kaval.
As hot as the B-Devils have been, they are still not firmly in playoff position. That goes to show that they weren’t very good for the first few months of the season. They definitely have figured it out and are going to be fighting until the end. The good news is that the guys making an impact for them are hopeful to be impactful players for the NHL Devils one day.
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The Devils are back in action tonight against the New York Rangers. This is a game that the Devils are looking to spoil the Rangers’ chances of climbing into the playoffs. The key to that is going to be shutting down the pair of Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin. As for Binghamton, they are home to play the Lehigh Valley Phantoms tonight as well. It is another fun night for fans of this organization and its development.