After the second month of the season, the New Jersey Devils are still doing well. They are currently considered to be an “early season surprise” by many experts, due to their expectations as bottom-feeders at the beginning of the season. But, as of November 29th, are 12-9-2 and a point out of the second wild card spot. In November alone, the Devils posted an okay 6-5-1 record. The Devils’ goalie, Cory Schneider, has been absolutely lights out so far this season, and could soon be receiving Vezina considerations. Schneider, a former Vancouver Canuck, has so far put up 11 wins in 19 games, and has a 2.03 GAA, .928 save percentage and a shutout in the young season. New Jersey has received huge offensive contributions from 5 players, and then it’s more or less a drop-off afterwards. The team leader in points in Mike Cammalleri, who is among the league leaders in points and assists with 7 goals and 16 assists. Adam Henrique is having a career season so far with 11 goals and 8 assists so far. Lee Stempniak and Kyle Palmieri have adjusted well to their new teams so far. Stempniak has 18 points while Palmieri has 17. Travis Zajac, of whom many considered to be the NHL’s worst contract, is proving the critics wrong by putting up a solid 14 points thus far. Damon Severson has been New Jersey’s best offensive defenseman, putting up 7 assists so far. Overall, I think that the Devils have a good chance at making the playoffs, given their early success. The month of December will determine whether or not they’re the real deal, or whether or not they’re going to crash, burn and end up missing the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

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