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The Devils won’t be sweating either the Caps or Rangers

May 9, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

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Now that the New Jersey Devils have booked a date in the Eastern Conference finals, they’ll be waiting to see if they’ll be facing the top-seeded New York Rangers or eighth-seeded Washington Capitals. Fortunately for the Devils, they’ve done pretty well against both teams during the regular season.’s Brian Compton broke down how the Devils fared against both teams and, unsurprisingly, they fared a bit better against the Capitals.

The Devils experienced more success against the Capitals than the Rangers during the regular season. New Jersey went 3-1-0 (two of those wins came via the shootout), while taking three of six meetings from the Rangers.

Taking two shootout wins into account basically means those games were draws. With how the Capitals have played things tight to the vest in the playoffs, more close games would almost certainly be the norm should the Devils draw Washington. Taking half of their meetings against the Rangers is solid work against the conference’s top team.

The Devils probably aren’t rooting to see one team over the other but rather to have the series go seven games and multiple overtimes to maximize the amount of rest they get before the next round. Should the Capitals wind up taking the series, however, New Jersey will have home ice. Maybe they do have rooting interest after all.

  1. dipthatchip - May 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Caps as the seventh seed…

    • dipthatchip - May 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      are=as. derp

    • joeyerdonsglasses - May 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      Sorry. Joe was drinking a very steamy cup of coffee this morning and I fogged up, keeping him from noticing this mistake – we’ll get on that ASAP.

  2. jerseypatriot76 - May 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    As a Devil fan, I am rooting for seven games, but I am rooting more towards the Caps. While it would be sweet to beat the Rangers in the ECF to make up for the painful 94 defeat, you mentioned something with regards to the Caps: Home-ice advantage. If the Devils played the Rangers, home-ice advantage is slanted toward the Rangers not just for the four possible home games, but the three games at the Rock in Newark. While the invasion of the rotten Ranger fans is not as bad as it used to be, there will still be a couple thousand fans wearing blue jerseys during those home ECF games. If the Caps can somehow get to the ECF, there will be far fewer Cap fans making the train ride to Newark Penn Station.

    • mianfr - May 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      I can guarantee you that if we advance, we rotten Ranger fans will launch a full-scale invasion that ultimately ends with your sound guy getting confused and accidentally sounding the goal alarm when we score.

      And we’ll also bring that bald guy who dances to that one song they play every game with us again.

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