A year ago, the New Jersey Devils learned that a fast start can build the foundation for a successful season. Looking to replicate that, the Devils seek a fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night when they host the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center.
The Devils (3-0-0) won their first three games last season, as well. They also earned wins in six of their first seven games, and nine of 11, setting the stage for a 97-point campaign and the organization's first playoff appearance in six years.
"It's huge because it gives you breathing room, a bit more space, and our start last year really propelled us to maintain that strong play all season long," said Devils alternate captain Taylor Hall. "You have to bank wins whenever you can, and it's especially nice to do so right at the start of the season."
New Jersey has taken a page from last year's playbook by beating the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks in succession, so far, this season, outscoring the opposition 14-4.
Kyle Palmieri is a driving force behind the strong start, scoring two goals in all three games. His six goals place him among the early league-leaders and well ahead of last year's pace when injuries slowed him early on and he didn't score his sixth goal until December.
"I'm always confident in my shot, but I think it's fortunate they are going in for me right now," said Palmieri. "See how long we can keep that going."
New Jersey comes off a 3-2 win over the Sharks on Saturday, one in which they rallied from a one-goal deficit in the third period. Palmieri scored the tying goal and waiver-wire pickup Jean-Sebastien Dea scored the winner on a rebound. >> Read more
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