As the New Jersey Devils ready to drop the puck on their eighth season on home ice at “The Rock,” against the San Jose Sharks, they’ll have some flashy new toys on display. A new goal song. A new 3D video projection system. Not to mention a squad with two road victories in their first three away from the Garden State. There is certainly a renewed feeling surrounding the Devils.
Obviously four games don’t make a season but the excitement stems not only from the fact that the Devils have won more than lost but more so the how and whom involved. After scoring just nine goals in their first four games of 2013-14, New Jersey netted ten tallies in their first four frames of this season, posting 15 in total.
So far the new blood is flowing and it is flooding the back of the net.
- Mike Cammalleri, with his four goals and six points and a point in each contest, tied Doug Gilmour, Neal Broten and Bobby Holik, as the only four players to begin their Devils’ careers with a point-scoring streak of four games. Cammalleri also leads the way with 18 shots on goal, two power play markers, along with a game winner. A pitchman for BioSteel, playing for the Devils appears to be one hell of a recovery drink thus far for Cammalleri.
- Damon Severson. If you haven’t read Dan Rice’s interview with him, be sure to check it out. Even before seeing him debut in the NHL, just reading and hearing him talk, his confidence impresses the hell out of you. The rookie blue liner is second on the club with three goals, four points and 15 shots on goal. Accounting for New Jersey’s pair of goals at Washington, Severson became the first Devils rookie defenceman since Uli Helmer in 1984, to do so.
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 14, 2014
Another new acquisition making an impact is Martin Havlat. Havlat netted the eventual game winner at Florida.
New Jersey is also getting contributions from all corners. Ten different players have accounted for the Devils’ 15 goals this season. So despite getting out-shot in every game thus far, the Devils are proving that a quality balanced attack is making for a swarm of early optimism.
Oh and as for that goal song, those of us in Albany made it through a season of Bon Jovi, you’ll live.
For more reading on some of the most memorable Devils’ home openers, check out Leo Scaglione Jr.’s story here too.
Michael Gwizdala covers the New York Islanders for The Hockey Writers. Michael is also an Associate Producer at WNYT NewsChannel 13. Additionally, Michael was once a Media Relations intern for the AHL Albany River Rats. Michael is a graduate of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.