Sports Illustrated released their first power rankings of the still-to-be-played season. The Devils come in at 16, behind the Avs and ahead of the Panthers. Here’s SI’s reasoning:
I’m giving them a low ranking spot to start, probably too low. But I felt they were something of a fluke team while reaching the Cup Final last year and I see a decline coming here. Can Marty Brodeur really have another good year at his age (40)? I have my doubts, but in a short season? Could be tailor-made for him, too. Yet I just don’t see another year like the last one for the Devils.