After a few weeks of voting, 28,500 New Jersey Devil fans have decided– the new goal song will be “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes.
Over 67 percent of fans voted on The White Stripes’ song, followed by “The Whip” by Locksey (with 20% of the votes) and “Righteous Smoke” by Monster Truck (with 13% of the votes).
You can read about the reason behind the song change at here, but the bottom line is: the Devils organization was not too fond of the “Hey, You Suck!” chant that has previously sounded off after every goal.
Now that the fans have picked their song, it’s up to the Devils to score so they can hear it.
The Devils only have 26 goals in their first 14 games. That averages out to be about 1.8 goals a game. They also only have 2 home wins on the season (6 goals total at home)– that doesn’t give the fans much opportunity to feel out their new goal routine.
On top of New Jersey’s 7 regulation losses, they also have 4 overtime losses. Overtime is not a new issue for the Devils. Including last year’s shortened season, they have a total of 14 overtime losses, which is the most in the league.
If they were able to come out on top in overtime and the shootout for those 4 games, they would currently be tied with Washington for third place in the division. Instead, they are seventh– only in front of Philly by two points (and actually have one less win than the Flyers).
The Devils were able to come out on top against two very good teams in the past few day. They beat the Bruins (8-5-0) and the Lightning (10-4-0) last week, only to then fall to the Flyers who were coming off an 7-0 loss.
New Jersey has the potential to be a good team; despite losing Kovalchuck in the offseason, they made some smart moves and have a solid team. Now, they need to find a way to get back to the old Devils style of play and find their consistency before it’s too late.