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Devils Daily: New Year, Same Devils?

Can the Devils change their fortunes in 2024?

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The New Jersey Devils did not end 2023 the same way they started it. The Devils we knew last January were a high-flying, puck-pressuring machine that cruised to victories in dominant nightly efforts. The Devils we know this January are less confident in themselves, hand over opportunities to the opposition, and can’t keep the puck out of their own net.

Before the puck even dropped, New Jersey went through a major makeover despite their historic 2022-23 season. Eight regulars in the Devils’ lineup all departed whether it was trade or free agency. That forced a couple of players on the roster to increase their roles, as well as put a heavy emphasis on the play of rookies.

The fact of the matter is the personnel that left in the offseason made the Devils systematically weaker defensively. As a result, the average goaltending they received last season has been exposed. Without the presence of an elite defensive structure, the Devils are now leaking goals despite their ability to fill the net. Add a plethora of injuries to start the season, and even some currently, and 2023-24 has been a recipe for inconsistency each night.

Here’s to hoping the New Year can bring better fortune for New Jersey who once again find themselves out of playoff position, even if by only one point at the moment.

Let’s do that hockey.

New Jersey Devils

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