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Devils Complete Tailspin to Start the Season Despite Successful Offseason is Laughable

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 12: Wayne Simmonds #17 of the New Jersey Devils during warmups prior to the start of the game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on October 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
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Devils fans had a lot of hope during the summer of 2019, but their team has done a pretty good job of suffocating it.

Since New Jersey took a 4-0 lead on a Stanley Cup contender in the Winnipeg Jets on opening night, pretty much everything has been downhill.

The Devils are tied with the Minnesota Wild with two points at the very bottom of the NHL standings, even after a summer when they acquired the talents of PK Subban and drafted Jack Hughes first overall.

The opening night fiasco against the Jets did not begin until Dimitry Kulikov got Winnipeg on the board with 11 ticks left in the second period. The goal seemed harmless enough until Winnipeg scored three more in a span under 10 minutes in the third period. Naturally, they won in a shootout.

After that, New Jersey lost to the Sabres and Flyers by a combined score of 11-2, fell in a shootout to the Oilers at home, came up empty in Boston, and then provided another masterpiece of disappointment on Monday.

The Devils jumped out to a 4-1 in the second period against the Panthers at home, before allowing five unanswered goals in the second and third periods and falling 6-4.

It is actually pretty funny (for non-Devils fans at least) that a team with a top-tier defenseman, a recent MVP, and a No. 1 overall draft pick has gone without a win in its first six games.

Still, the Blues were in last place in January, and most of the best NHL teams tend to catch fire late, so just remember there's a lot of time left.