Sports Applaud the Devils for Trying Something Different with New Jersey
Devils rout Panthers 7-3 as Blackwood wins 1st of season
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mackenzie Blackwood made 34 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Panthers 7-3 Tuesday night, handing Florida a second-straight regulation loss after it went 11 games without one. Andreas Johnsson scored twice and defenseman P.K. Subban had the go-ahead goal as the Devils had their biggest offensive output of the season. Florida lost for the first time in regulation against the Rangers on Monday at Madison Square Garden after a 10-0-1 start. Nico Hischier, Pavel Zacha, Ty Smith and Jimmy Vesey also scored for the Devils, who are off to a 6-3-2 start.
Although the reveal has met with mixed results among the team’s fans, the Devils going with the more familiar/colloquial “Jersey” is a good choice that likely will have pop culture ramifications when celebrities from New Jersey embrace this new design.
Before we get too deep into this column, let’s be honest: talking about NHL jerseys is about as subjective as it gets.
For example – I know the Colorado Avalanche’s jersey has been the same forever, but I’ve never had much time for it, and I think it’s long past due for alterations and a new design. But I get that many Avs fans don’t want it to change one iota. People grew up with it through the franchise’s glory years, and they connect with it. I didn’t grow up attached to it, so I’m less emotional about it.
Kreider scores SO winner, Rangers beat Devils 4-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Kreider scored the deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout and the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 Sunday night. Kaapo Kaako had a goal and an assist, and Adam Fox and Alexis Lafreniere also scored to help the Rangers win their third straight and beat the Devils for the seventh straight time. Alexandar Georgiev made 24 saves. Pavel Zacha and Jesper Bratt each had a goal and an assist, and Dougie Hamilton also scored for New Jersey. Mackenzie Blackwood had 30 saves before leaving in the third period and entering concussion protocol. Jonathan Bernier made eight saves in relief of Blackwood.
And that brings us to the focus of this column: the– the first one in the franchise’s 39-year-history. Devils ownership unveiled the new uniforms Tuesday, and although the reveal has met with mixed results among the team’s fans, going with the more familiar/colloquial “Jersey” is a good choice that likely will have pop culture ramifications when celebrities from New Jersey embrace this new design.
The Devils say this new iteration of their uniform is in part a tribute to the five players who’ve had their jersey number retired; the five stripes across the left shoulder represent Ken Daneyko’s No. 3, Scott Stevens’ No. 4, Patrick Elias’ No. 26, Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27, and Martin Brodeur’s No. 30. In addition, the new jersey’s black and striping pattern is tribute to the pro hockey teams also from New Jersey: The Newark Bulldogs (Canadian American League, 1928-29); the River Vale Skeeters (Eastern League, 1939-42); and the Jersey Larks (Eastern League, 1960-61).
Blackhawks place D Riley Stillman on injured reserve with knee injury
Stillman suffered a left knee injury in Sunday night’s game when Tyler Mottewas pushed into his leg from behind. The team has not indicated how long he’ll be out for, but a stint on IR means at least a week. © James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Riley Stillman Stillman, 23, is another one of the players in their first full season with the Blackhawks, after being acquired at last season’s deadline along with Brett Connolly and Henrik Borgstrom. The young defenseman had played in 12 games and was averaging more than 15 minutes a night before going down early Sunday night.
You can appreciate the attention to detail of the Devils’ new uniform, and still like the overall color choice of black and white, with a dab of red. In some ways, it’s a takeoff on the former New Jersey (and currently, the Brooklyn) Nets’ black-and-white current outfits. This is the first time the Devils’ jersey won’t include the entire “NJ” state short-form, but that’s OK. One of thehas neither a “Toronto” or a “Raptors” on the front of it. Instead, it simply reads “The North”. Jerseys these days are all about getting as creative as you can.
In that sense, the Devils’ new jersey does the job. It will appeal to native New Jersians and to those who move to the state. It will catch the eye of hockey fans accustomed to the devlish “NJ” logo, and provide another revenue stream for a team that has to operate in the expensive greater New York City area. And it probably will trigger a small outbreak of teams short-forming their overall franchise name: As it stands, the NHL doesn’t call its Las Vegas team “Las Vegas”, preferring the shorter “Vegas”. How long until we see only the word “Vegas” on a Golden Knights jersey? I say sooner.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t reference the hours and hours the Devils’ new uniforms must have gone through in test-marketing operations and other research on the science of selling jerseys. But, given that the on-ice product in New Jersey is starting to show solid results, it’s as good a time as it will ever be to switch things up a little on their third jersey. New era, new optics.
You may be a diehard red-and-green Devils fan, but that doesn’t mean there’s not room for a different take on how they should look on the ice. There is room. New Jersey will wear the "Jersey” uniform 13 times this year, and by the 13th time, you’ll probably be good with it.
If not, start lobbying for a fourth Devils jersey.
Timo Meier scores twice in Sharks' 5-2 win over Devils .
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sharks' leading scorer Timo Meier scored twice, James Reimer made 32 saves and San Jose defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Tuesday night. Noah Gregor, Jacob Middleton and Erik Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who have started their five-game road trip at 2-0. Tomas Tatar and Jesper Bratt scored for the Devils, and Mackenzie Blackwood had 26 saves. Gregor opened the scoring at 4:26 of the first, beating Blackwood for his first goal of the season. Radim Simek and Marc-Edouard Vlasic assisted. Middleton made it 2-0 at 4:14 of the second period with his second goal this season, with assists going to Gregor and Alexander Barabanov.