The New Jersey Devils missed the playoffs primarily because of injuries to their star players and poor performances by those filling in for them. Injuries killed the Devils’ chances in the 2013 season with two of them standing out. First, goaltender Martin Brodeur missed a dozen games with neck and back injuries. When Brodeur was healthy, Ilya Kovalchuk missed 11 games with a right shoulder injury. And that’s why the Devils limped to a .500 finish.
Team Name: New Jersey Devils
Record: 19-19-10, 5th Atlantic, No Playoffs
Player of the Season: Kovalchuk had a solid season (10-17–27 in 27 GP) going before getting hurt. When he went out with his injury, the Devils’ offense went south. And so did their season. The Devils promptly went an 0-6-4 streak after he got hurt and it cost them their season. In that run, New Jersey scored two goals or fewer in eight of those games and was blanked three times.
Breakout of the Season: Andrei Loktionov broke out with career highs in goals (8), assis...