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Devils playoff record in this decade

A couple weeks back, John put together a post addressing the frustration and dare I say negativity of some fans about the Devils playoff record since the team last won the Stanley Cup.

That made me put together this little chart of what the Devils have accomplished.

(Manager Note: Chart is after the jump because it needs to be fully seen. Also, only minor spelling/grammar edits have been made.  Now hit that "Continue reading this post" link!)

               
  Opponent - Seed - Series Result - Cumulative Playoff Record  
  Devils Seed CQF / (DSF) CSF / (DF) CF SCF Team that beat Devils went on to……
2000 #4 Flo #5 4-0 (1-0) Tor #3 4-2 (1-0) Phi #1 4-3 (2-0) Dal #2 4-2 (1-0) Devils won the Cup!
2001 #1 Car #8 4-2 (1-0) Tor #7 4-3 (2-0) Pit #6 4-1 (2-3) Col #1 3-4 (0-1) Devils lost the Cup :-(
2002 #6 Car #3 2-4 (1-1)       Car lost SCF to #1 Det (1-4)
2003 #2 Bos #7 4-1 (3-1) Tam #3 4-1 (1-0) Ott #1 4-3 (1-1) Ana #7 4-3 (1-0) Devils won the Cup!
2004 #6 Phi #3 1-4 (2-1)     Phi lost CF to #1 Tam (3-4)
2005   No Season  
2006 #3 NYR #6 4-0 (1-3) Car #2 1-4 (1-2)     Car won Stanley Cup
2007 #2 Tam #7 4-2 (2-0) Ott #4 1-4 (0-2)     Ott lost SCF to #2 Ana (1-4)
2008 #4 NYR #5 1-4 (1-4)   NYR lost CSF to #2 Pit (1-4)
2009 #3 Car #6 3-4 (1-3)     Car lost CF to #4 Pit (2-4)
2010    
   
  DEVILS WIN DEVILS LOSS How far opponent advanced  
               

 

Bottom line is that while we all of course want the Devils to go further, they have been losing to very good teams.  Of the 6 seasons when the Devils did not make it to the Stanley Cup Finals:

  • 3 of the teams they lost to ended up in the Stanley cup game
  • 2 of the teams advanced two rounds to the conference final
  • Only in the 08 playoffs did the Devils lose to a team, the Rangers, who did not advance to at least the conference final. 

Point is, there is little shame in what the Devils have accomplished, and to me there is nothing in the last couple of playoff years that indicate this team is on the decline.  They are simply playing some of the very best teams and it is very difficult to win them all with this level of competition

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