Devils hope to be road warriors

Mon, Nov 16
9:14
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The New Jersey Devils will try to tie a NHL record on Monday for road wins from the start of a season when they play at the Philadelphia Flyers.

The record is 10 straight by the Buffalo Sabres during the 2006-07 season. That year, the Sabres won the Presidents' Trophy for having the NHL's best record at 53-22-7 for 113 points. However, they lost in the Eastern Conference finals to the Ottawa Senators.

By comparison, here are the records for road wins from the start of the season in the other sports:

NBA: The New York Knicks won 12 straight on the road to start the 1969-70 season. That year, the Knicks went 60-22, won the Eastern Division and won the NBA Finals in seven games over the Lakers.

MLB: The Detroit Tigers hold the record with 17 straight wins on the road to start the 1984 season. That was also the season in which the Tigers started 35-5 en route to a 104-58 record, an AL East title and a World Series title.

NFL: Since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, there have been five teams to complete a regular season without a road loss (8-0): the 2007 New England Patriots, who lost the Super Bowl; the 2001 St. Louis Rams, who lost the Super Bowl; the 1990 San Francisco 49ers, who lost the NFC Championship Game; the 1989 San Francisco 49ers, who won the Super Bowl; and the 1984 San Francisco 49ers, who won the Super Bowl.

So if the Devils tie this record, history across sports shows that they will most likely advance to at least the conference finals. That's a place they haven't been since 2003 when they won their last Stanley Cup.