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A night full of highs and lows for Trotz

Islanders coach Barry Trotz circled Monday night’s game when the Islanders schedule came out this summer. He was getting his Stanley Cup ring from the Washington Capitals, and he was facing his old team for the first time since he was…

Culture change taking effect on Islanders

Your New York Islanders are 7-4-1 after winning their fourth game in a row by taking a 3-2 shootout victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night at Barclays Center. The most important stat so far in this start is they are 5-0-0…

Devils’ system flawed come playoff time

The Devils were not going 82-0-0 this season. It’s hard to do. No MLB, NHL or NBA team ever gone undefeated in an entire regular season, and it will never happen in our lifetime. An NFL team can do so, but there’s the luxury of playing…

Good riddance to John Tavares

The sun shined on Monday, and the sky did not fall. We all got up alive to start the work week. This backdrop should say life goes on and we move on to other things when it comes to players leaving for free agency or when teams trade or…

Without Brodeur, Devils are cupless

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur made his first playoff start against the Buffalo Sabres in Game 1 of the 1994 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. At the time, he was unknown and an afterthought. The average Devils fan and even the…

Well-earned MVP status for Hall

Taylor Hall has waited for so many NHL moments such as making the playoffs, advancing his team to the next round, hoisting the Stanley Cup and winning the NHL’s MVP since the day he was the overall No. 1 draft pick in 2010. He has gone…

Can Devils build on this season?

Devils fans celebrated their team's season the last few days after they were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first-round best-of-seven series Saturday afternoon in a 3-1 loss. The Devils absorbed kudos from their coaches and…

Is Vegas’ success bad for NHL?

On Tuesday, the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to finish off a series sweep of the Kings, and advance to the second round. This was a historical game in several ways. Vegas…

Kucherov makes his presence felt

It was odd to see Nikita Kucherov was not selected as one of the three stars of the game by the local media on Wednesday night. He didn’t even get the third star for Pete’s sake. One had to double-check to make sure this was right, and it…

Playoff roller-coaster new for most Devils

Playoffs are an interesting time of the year for NHL players and coaches. So much thinking. So much chess-matching. So much drama. So much plots. So much highs and lows. Every playoff game has its own adventure. Not one game is the same.…

Kinkaid’s time to shine

Devils head coach John Hynes wasn’t fooling anyone on who is the Devils starting goaltender in Game 1 of the Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning first-round series Thursday night. Not when Keith Kinkaid started 12 of the last Devils’ 14…

Shero has midas touch on Devils

Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer brought a once proud hockey team that has been on the decline since 2013. It would have been easy for them to keep successful Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and have him get the Devils…

Devils have playoff ingredients to play

Outside of Game 5 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, there has not been much memories to enjoy at Prudential Center until Thursday night. The Devils ended a six-year playoff drought by clinching a playoff berth after a 2-1 victory…

Work now begins for Devils

The calendar says NHL season starts in October. In reality, the season really starts when the Super Bowl is over when your average fan starts paying attention to their favorite hockey team. This is where the games become paramount as…

Playoffs may be reality for Devils

One-fourth of the way through the 2017-2018 hockey season, the most telling of this season is the Devils are in a competitive Metropolitan Division race. Who would’ve thought that? We know they would be improved from last year’s 28-40-14…

Schneider leads Devils when they needed him

Devils head coach John Hynes needed a leader who would step up on a back-to-back night after a tough 2-1 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre Thursday night. He was referring to Devils goaltender Cory Schneider to…