New Jersey Devils: Two straight tough road wins tell one happy story

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 14: Keith Kinkaid
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 14: Keith Kinkaid /

 After two impressive wins away from home, the New Jersey Devils are proving to be a team of destiny.

I am always the first person to say it. Hockey is a long season. The NHL regular season is a grind and their playoffs almost always seem to go the distance. But the last two win by the New Jersey Devlils, just two games have perhaps told the greatest tale of all.

Okay, the Devils put themselves in a good position with solid stretches throughout the entire season. But not many teams are able to say they went into and beat the two best teams in the West.

The 3-2 shootout win in Nashville to begin their road stretch was probably the most impressive win of the season. The Predators are the hottest team in the league and lights out at home. The Devils squeaked out a “never say die” type win.

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Right as that one was written off as the best win of the year, with the playoffs on the line, the Devs one upped themselves the very next game.

Wednesday night’s trashing of the Vegas Knights showed promise more than anything. They went into the T-Mobile arena and did not beat the Knights which is rare in and of itself but they throttled them. New Jersey dropped an 8 spot on a very good team.

This is not going into Edmonton or Arizona to beat two struggling teams, these are wins in Nashville to beat two of the very best teams in the entire league.

They found ways to win each game differently too. The Devils are always finding ways to win at all costs.

Even if the Devils wiped themselves out and lose the rest of the road trip earning four points right away gives them more room for error. Even though they proved they do not need it.

The fact that the Devils were forced to trade fan favorite Adam Henrique earlier in the season. How Cory Schneider went down and the team began to struggle.

Through all of that they always manage to pick themselves up and get back into a winning groove. Keith Kinkaid has emerged as a starting goaltender and the two H’s in Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier are going to be stars.

I’ve talked all year about how the Devils are surprising a lot of people. Many still think this team might fall off.

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None of those things are apparent anymore. Coming off a stretch of wins as impressive as I’ve seen from any team this year shows the Devils are continuing to write a happy story.

The story is far from its conclusion but there is still a lesson in here somewhere.

Proving that by playing together and trusting the process, the New Jersey Devils are finally where they want to be. And a lot earlier then we all thought.

What a stretch of wins. Impressive job no matter what happens next.