Devils Must Play With Chip On Their Shoulder

Posted: 13th October 2009 by Doug Gausepohl in NHL
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Towards the beginning of the 2009-10 season, most of the division winners were given the benefit of the doubt. Boston? They won 53 games last year, even though they traded away sniper Phil Kessel in the offseason to division-rival Toronto. They'll still win.á Vancouver? Washington? San Jose? Detroit? All of them could still win it. At least some experts thought so. But what about the Devils? You know, that team from New Jersey, the one who won the Atlantic Division in 2009 and won a franchise-high 51 games while doing so?á Not to mention that they did so while not having goaltender Martin Brodeur for about two-quarters of those wins.á Now I understand the Devils lost John Madden and Brian Gionta, two key players of the team's success over the past years. But those, to ...

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