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The New Jersey Devils took the scenic route on their way to becoming the team we know them as today. Originally the Kansas City Scouts, the team moved to Denver in 1976 to become the first adaptation of the Colorado Rockies. Six years later, the Rockies moved to New Jersey to become the Devils.

Once adopting the NJ moniker, unlike other teams who’ve moved in and out of the state or played within the Garden State, the Devils have earned their Jersey pride.

NJ Devils History

During their first five years in New Jersey, the Devils failed to make the Playoffs each season. Beginning in the late 1980s and lasting until the 2010s, the Devils would repeatedly make the Playoffs including a stretch of 13 Playoff appearances in a row.

In the 1994-1995 NHL season, the Devils were crowned Stanley Cup Champions for the first of three times. The Devils swept past the Detroit Red Wings 4-0. The Devils were crowned Stanley Cup Champions again in the 1999-2000 season defeating the Dallas Stars 4-2. Their last Stanley Cup victory came in the 2002-2003 season against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (4-3).

The success of the Devils on the ice was due to the many NHL legends who skated in the Meadowlands. Led by legendary goalie Martin Brodeur, defensemen Scott Niedermayer, and Scot Stevens the team produced a roster of great players.

NJ Devils Timeline:

  • 1982: The Colorado Rockies hockey team, formerly the Kansas City Scouts, moved to New Jersey to play at Brendan Byrne Arena at the Meadowlands
  • 1995: Devils earn their first Stanley Cup title
  • 2000: Devils defeated the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Final
  • 2003: Devils defeated the Mighty Ducks for their third Stanley Cup

NJ Devils At The Meadowlands & Pru Center

From 1982 until 2007, the Brendan Byrne Arena, also known as the Continental Airlines Arena, served as the home ice for the Devils. The arena is located in the Meadowlands sporting complex in East Rutherford, NJ.

With the arena showing its age, the Devils moved to the Prudential Center in downtown Newark, NJ. This state-of-the-art arena is also home to the University of Seton Hall Pirates men’s basketball team.

NJ Devils Key Rivalries

When the Devils relocated to NJ in 1982, they joined a metropolitan area already occupied by two NHL teams: the New York Rangers and New York Islanders.

As the new kids on the block, the Devils became immediate rivals to these two historic teams. Competing in the same Conference only elevated the rivalries. Of the two teams, the rivalry with the Rangers has taken on a life of its own. After the Rangers claimed their first Stanley Cup title after 40 years in 1994, the Devils would deny the Rangers back-to-back Championships winning the Stanley Cup in 1995.

Outside of their New York rivalries, the Devils, like all New York area teams, have developed a strong rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers. Sharing the same Division, the Devils and the Flyers have met 242 times with the Devils holding a 124–96–15–7 advantage.

2020-2021 NJ Devils Season

The 2019-2020 season was a disappointing one for the Devils. In the pandemic-shortened season, the Devils failed to make the Playoffs finishing last in the Metropolitan Division. New Jersey ended the season earning 68 points. Only five other NHL teams earned fewer points.

To help improve the situation, the Devils hired Lindy Ruff as the team’s new head coach. The Devils will have to improve on their Goals Per Game Played if they want to finish high next year. For the 2019-2020 season, the Devils ranked 24th (2.68 GF/GP) in the league.

The October 2020 NHL Draft was a good one. They drafted RW Alexander Holtz, Center Dawson Mercer, and Defenseman Shakir Mukhamadullin in the first round. On the free-agent front, the Devils lost Taylor Hall, Wayne Simmonds, and Andy Greene. They were able to bring in former Blackhawks Goalie Corey Crawford. 

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