This season has not been as successful as the New Jersey Devils had hoped the entering 2014-15 season. Currently in the 6th place of the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division, the Devil’s 26-27-10 record can be attributed to the lack of offensive production. Averaging 2.2 goals per game, this ranks them 28th overall in the NHL. With veteran Mike Cammalleri as the only 20+ goal scorer – 23 goals in 51 games – New Jersey would need to play flawlessly in order to construct a late season playoff push.
According to Razorgator, tickets for New Jersey Devils home games can be purchased at an average cost of $89.21 during the month of March. With the direction of the franchise in a small level of uncertainty, fans should look to buy tickets as the team may move some it’s more notable players this offseason. However, this low average correlates to the production of the team this season.
The most expensive home game of the month will come when the Devils face off against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Prudential Center on March 8th. The Devils will honor the 1995 Stanley Cup Champions during this matchup, so the high price could be attributed to that. The average price of tickets for this matchup is $152.06 on the secondary market. Fans can still see this game for a relatively cheap price, as the get-in price is set at $66.57.
The cheapest home game of the month will come when the black and red face off against Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators on March 3rd. Despite one of the NHL’s best teams coming to town, fans will experience minimal prices for Predators tickets. The average price of tickets to this matchup is $52.77 on the secondary market. You can get into the stadium for as low as $14.00, and prices have decreased by percent in the last seven days. Devils fans from out of town can park at the stadium or even find NYC parking and take the train to the game.
The Devils enter March with a record of 5-4-1 over the course of the past ten games. A team composed of veterans such as Patrik Elias, Jordin Tootoo, Scott Gomez and Michael Ryder does have enough experience to muster a historic comeback. One of the shining lights has been the success of the power play units. Ranking 9th in the NHL, scoring 19.1% of the time, they will need to utilize this as they face a tough upcoming schedule. Playing 14 games this month, 7 home and 7 away, Cory Schneider must put together a strong month. He will look to build of off his play in their most recent game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, as Schneider recorded 33 saves in a 2-0-shutout victory.
Having made two transactions before the closing of the trade deadline, acquiring a total of three draft picks, New Jersey has voids to fill. Losing defenseman Marek Zidlicky and forward Jaromir Jagr, means others must step up. Being a team that struggles on the penalty kill ranking 22nd overall in the NHL, defensemen Adam Larsson and Andy Greene will need to rise to the challenge. Jagr, who scored 11 goals while with the Devils, leaves another gap in leadership and offensive prowess. His departure opens the door for right-wingers Steve Bernier and Michael Ryder to see an increase in ice time.
Although this season has been a bumpy road for the Devils, they can still have a large impact on the playoff race. This month they will face a plethora of teams in the playoff hunt.