New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Betting Odds

New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Betting Odds

New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Betting

They may have been boring with a paranoid dictatorial general manager, but the New Jersey Devils were also once an NHL power. However, those days are gone and fading from most fans' memories. Now the Devils are one of the most inept franchises in the NHL. Since 2013 the Devils have only one playoff appearance. Their last postseason was in 2018 in an outlier type of season. Veteran NHL head coach Lindy Ruff returns for his third season in New Jersey but is on the hot seat. Not that the blame rests entirely with Ruff. His problem is that the Devils have not produced a roster that can contend for the long haul of an 82-game NHL regular season grind.

New Jersey Devils at a Glance

2022-2023 Stanley Cup Odds: +4500 (Aug, 2022)

Eastern Conference Odds: +2290 (Aug, 2022)

Last year the New Jersey Devils finished with a record of 27-46-9. New Jersey finished 7th in the Atlantic Division. The Devils ranked 19th for goal scoring, 28th for power play efficiency, 29th for goals against, and 14th for penalty killing.

General manager Tom Fitzgerald is a former NHL journeyman player. He has been in the New Jersey organization since 2015 and the general manager since July 9, 2020.

Head coach Lindy Ruff was a long time NHL veteran player best known for his days with the Buffalo Sabres. Ruff scored 105 career NHL goals. He coached the Sabres from 1997 through 2013 and led Buffalo to eight playoff appearances. In 1999 Ruff took the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Final, where they controversially lost to the Dallas Stars. He later coached Dallas for four seasons making the playoffs twice. His career record is 782-630-78.

The Devils acquired goaltender Vitek Vanecek from the Washington Capitals this summer to solve their #1 goaltender need. Last year Vanecek had a .908 save percentage and 2.67 goals against average in 42 games.

Left wing Jasper Bratt led the Devils in scoring last year with 26 goals and 47 assists. Bratt, age 24, is coming off his best season.

Due to salary cap issues, Ondrej Palat was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning as a free agent. Palat was a key and clutch playoff performer with 27 goals in the past three postseasons.

New Jersey Devils Seasons

2021-22 27-46-9 Did Not Qualify
2020-21 19-30-7 Did Not Qualify
2019-20 28-29-12 Did Not Qualify
2018-19 31-41-10 Did Not Qualify
2017-18 44-29-9 Lost First Round
2016-17 28-40-14 Did Not Qualify
2015-16 38-36-8 Did Not Qualify
2014-15 32-36-14 Did Not Qualify
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New Jersey Devils History

The Devils were founded in 1974 as the Kansas City Scouts. After two years on the Plains, the Scouts became the Colorado Rockies for six seasons. They found permanent residence in New Jersey starting in the 1982-83 season and have won three Stanley Cup titles.

When the Devils set up operations in New Jersey, then-Edmonton Oilers superstar Wayne Gretzky derided them as a “Mickey Mouse Organization.”

And the Great One had a case to make. The Devils never had a winning season in their first five years of operations. But a stirring 1988 playoff run gave the franchise identity and created a fan base. From 1988 through 2012, the Devils missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs only three times.

Lou Lamoriello was the architect of the New Jersey success and Stanley Cup titles. Lamoriello soon became the absolute dictator of the Devils and transformed them into a perennial Cup contender and a secretive organization that developed its own mystique. Lamoriello had three different head coaches for his three Stanley Cup championship teams. He was never afraid to fire a head coach late in the regular season before the playoffs. Larry Robinson took over with eight games to play in 2000 and led New Jersey to a Cup title.

The greatest Devil player of all time was goaltender Martin Brodeur. His #30 is one of five numbers retired by the Devils. The others are defenseman Ken Daneyko #3, defenseman Scott Stevens #4, left wing Patrik Elias #26, and defenseman Scott Niedermayer #27.

Of course, the Devils are also known for being a lead cause of the hated “Dead Puck Era” during their glory years. The neutral zone trap suffocated excitement and goal scoring from the game. Goal scoring levels have never returned to what they were before that Devils' reign.

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