After finishing dead last in the Metropolitan Division last year, GM Ray Shero conducted one of the best off-seasons a bottom barrel team could have.
This included the acquisitions of P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, and Nikita Gusev.
Along with that Jack Hughes, selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft, is projected to be a generational talent for years to come with his scoring ability.
Hart Trophy winner, Taylor Hall, is coming back from missing nearly half the season last year with a knee injury, and Cory Schneider is predicted to have a bounce back season after dealing with injuries, and sub-par performances last season.
With all of this set in stone for this season, one would expect a hot start from New Jersey, right?
The Devils are currently right where they ended last season, dead last in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 0-4-2 through six games.
To make matters even worse, two of those games were the Devils to give away.
Against the Jets, the Devils had a 4-0 lead until Winnipeg scored with eleven seconds remaining in the second period; New Jersey would fall to Winnipeg 5-4 in a shootout.
Just yesterday, New Jersey had a 4-1 lead over Florida until mid-way through the second period; the Devils eventually fell to the Panthers 6-4.
In between these losses, consisted of a 7-2 loss to Buffalo, a 4-0 loss to Philadelphia, a 4-3 shootout loss to Edmonton, and a 3-0 loss to Boston.
Since taking over as Head Coach for New Jersey, John Hynes has an overall record of 141-146-41, and only one playoff appearance in his four seasons with the team, where the Devils were a wild card team and fell 4-1 in the first round to Tampa Bay.
This is also the only playoff appearance the Devils have had since they went to the Stanley Cup in 2012; falling to the Kings in six games.
For an organization that at one point was the staple franchise of the NHL winning Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000, and 2003 with arguably one of the best goalies of all-time in Martin Brodeur, along with an insane Defensive unit led by Scott Stevens, and Scott Niedermayer, it is a serious question of how long Hynes will remain on the bench.
With a heavily contested Metropolitan Division this season, the Devils can not afford to continue to lose games the way they have.
Certainly more is to follow as the Devils will host their Hudson River Rival, New York Rangers Thursday Night at 7:00 PM ET.
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