This article is part of our Team Previews series.Boy, 2003 sure seems like a long time ago. The Devils have missed the playoffs in two consecutive years and three of the last four campaigns.
They bid farewell to their franchise player this past summer, letting Martin Brodeur and his poor stat line walk (he still remains unsigned). In waving goodbye to Brodeur, the Devils locked up their future in the crease with a long-term deal for Cory Schneider, as they aim to get back to the playoffs in a division where one could argue they are one of the weakest teams.
By most accounts, 2013-14 was a forgettable season which saw the Devils finish five points out the second wild card spot, with an 0-13 showing in shootouts undoubtedly playing a role. The Devils scored a mere four times in 45 shootout attempts last season. Four. The shootout losses hurt their playoff chances, but those frustrating defeats were more a byproduct of the fact that the team couldn't close out games, hold leads late or get the crucial next goal.
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