Author Archives: Mike Luci

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Round One Preview: Devils vs Lightning

Series Overview After missing the postseason last year, both the New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning have returned to the playoffs. This is Tampa Bay’s fourth postseason appearance in the last five years, which included a 2015 Stanley Cup Final appearance. New Jersey, on the other hand, is back in the playoffs for the

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Why Ben Lovejoy Could Be Slipping Through The Cracks

Author’s TWITTER Through the first three months this season, second-year Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy only appeared in 17 of New Jersey’s first 34 games. Since 2018, Lovejoy has played in every game for the Devils, bringing his seasonal total to 41 contests. Since signing in 2016, Lovejoy has become somewhat of a scapegoat for the team’s

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Shero Sends Mixed Message With Grabner Trade

Author’s TWITTER Fresh off a 4-2 home loss to the Minnesota Wild, Devils fans were hastily shifting gears towards getting ready for the Patrik Elias jersey retirement this Saturday, in addition to keeping up with the latest trade deadline rumors. It was a frustrating loss, but the news that followed would make Devils fans forget all

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Taylor Hall Has Helped The Devils Find Their New Identity

Author’s TWITTER It’s been a while since I’ve been able to write anything, so I’m glad to get my thoughts out on this particular topic. Dating back to the 2012 offseason, I kept convincing myself that then-general manager Lou Lamoriello would work his magic (that he seemingly revamped in the 2010 offseason), and sign Zach Parise

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DAB Pregame: Can Devils Salvage The Weekend By Ending Hex Against Bruins?

Remember to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DevilsArmyBlog for live game and news updates.   Matchup Overview It’s hard to get into this evening’s matchup without acknowledging the abysmal display New Jersey put on last night in Columbus. The outcome of what could have been the Devils worst-played game of the

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DAB Pregame: Can Devils Cool Down Red Hot Road Team?

Remember to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DevilsArmyBlog for like game and news updates. Matchup Overview Coming off a frustrating 5-3 loss against the Ottawa Senators, the New Jersey Devils return home to face the Calgary Flames, who will be playing in the first of a six-game road trip. These teams

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Blake Coleman: New Jersey’s Unsung Hero

Author’s Twitter It’s been a year full of surprises for the New Jersey Devils. Namely with their unprecedented outburst of offensive skill from a combination of first-year and returning veteran players. While New Jersey’s offensive rejuvenation has been a popular center of discussion, fans and analysts are quick to discount the immense contributions from their depth

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Pavel Zacha: New Jersey’s Slumping Sophomore

Author’s Twitter At the 27-game mark, the New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.03 goals per game, a mark they didn’t even come close to at this time one year ago. New Jersey’s offensive rejuvenation is primarily due to the contributions from forwards Taylor Hall, rookies Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, and of course, Brian Gibbons with his

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Odds Strongly Favor 2018 Playoff Appearance For Devils

Author’s Twitter With their first two months of the season in the books, New Jersey currently brandishes a surprising 14-6-4 record, and sit third in the Metropolitan Division. Most of the hockey world (Devils fans included) are still having trouble coming to grips with the team’s explosive start. It’s worth remembering the Devils are in perhaps

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