New Jersey Devils

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The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey, United States. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club was founded in Kansas City, Missouri as the Kansas City Scouts in 1974, moved to Denver, Colorado as the Colorado Rockies after only two seasons, and then settled in New Jersey in 1982.

The franchise was poor to mediocre for most of its first 13 seasons, only making the playoffs once. However, under current president and general manager Lou Lamoriello, the Devils have made the playoffs in 20 out of the last 22 seasons, including each of the last 13. They have had 18 straight seasons over .500; tied with the Detroit Red Wings as the longest such streak of any team in America's four major sports.[1] They have qualified for four Stanley Cup Finals winning three Stanley Cups in their history. They won the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003.[2] Among American NHL expansion franchises only the New York Islanders boast more Stanley Cups. For their first 25 seasons in New Jersey, the Devils were based in East Rutherford and played their home games at Brendan Byrne Arena/Continental Airlines Arena. Prior to the 2007–08 season, the Devils relocated to Newark to play their home games at the newly-constructed Prudential Center.[3]

The Devils are known for their defensive-oriented style of play, but have recently excelled in their offense as well. The Devils have a rivalry with their cross-Hudson River neighbor, the New York Rangers,[4] as well as a rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers. Since the division's creation in 1993, the Devils have won the Atlantic Division season title nine times, most recently in the 2009–10 season.[5][6]

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