The Devils have been at the top of the rankings for the past few years. Unfortunately, this has not translated into postseason success. This year, they will be looking to go further in the playoffs than they have in recent years.
Right now, New Jersey is playing very defensive. They are doing a great job keeping the disc off the grid. That is good because they are not scoring many goals. The Devils are tied with the Sabers for the fewest goals allowed this season. They have established themselves as one of the best defenses in the NHL.
You have to give a lot of credit to veteran goalkeeper Martin Brodeur, who is having another great season. In fact, he just surpassed Terry Sawchuck with the most shutouts by an NHL goalkeeper, and has also won his 500th game this season.
It brings a solid presence between the pipes as it has for so many years. However, he is also being aided by an outstanding defense. There aren’t many defenders that we listen to either, and that’s because they play very defensively. They don’t score goals, they just stop them, and that’s all you can ask of a defense.
It’s great that they are playing so well in their own zone because they don’t score many goals. Even though they are second in the Eastern Conference, they have just over half as many goals as first place Washington. As I said before, as long as they continue to play this well, they will have no problem getting a playoff spot. They will definitely be a team to deal with during the postseason.