Nowhere does on-ice disappointment sting harder than in New Jersey, where a Devils team that once looked like a lock for the postseason has now become a playoff longshot and a growing laughingstock.
On February 21st, the Devils were 10-3-4 and looked destined to return to the postseason, where last year they surprised the league and made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. They then proceeded to lose six in a row to enter March. As of April 17, they’ve lost another 10 in a row and have virtually eliminated themselves from playoff contention.
True to their history, the Devils have played a controlling style of hockey all year, attempting to clog the neutral zone and limit turnovers. Even in defeat, they’ve kept games close, never losing by more than two goals during their current winless drought.
That isn’t much consolation to us Devils fans, who’ve taken to deriding the team during its abysmal stretch.
Since top scorer Ilya Kovalchuk went down at the end of March, there has been no one to pick up his slack. The Devils rank last in the league in goals and fourth to last in shooting percentage. Without Kovalchuk’s scoring presence, they haven’t been able to close the gap in tight games.
From today until the end of the season, the Prudential Center in Newark will be a forlorn place to visit. Devils tickets at the Rock, while never expensive like seats at Madison Square Garden for a Rangers game are, will be even cheaper down the stretch. Against the Panthers on Saturday, seats are, on average, $89.34, according to TiqIQ.
That’s down from an opening day average of $99.86, a figure that has dropped significantly throughout the season, TiqIQ reports. Versus the Panthers, get-in rates are available for as low as $29.
For a matchup next week with the surging Canadiens, tickets will be $86.85, with get-in seats available for a measly $22.
Finally, in the team’s last home game against the Penguins, tickets are slightly higher at $115.97. Get-in prices can be had for $38.
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