Much like with the New York Yankees in baseball, there is a fair share of hockey fans happy to see the New Jersey Devils struggle through tough times. One of the most successful franchises of the past decade, with three Stanley Cup championships, another conference championship and nine playoff appearances in their past 10 seasons, the Devils now face the realistic possibility of missing the postseason for the first time since 1996.
Now, as they've hit their lowest point of the season to date, the Devils face yet another challenge after coach Larry Robinson resigned on Monday. New Jersey has lost six of its last seven games and currently ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference in points (33 in 32 games) and 20th in the league in both scoring (2.84 goals per game) and defense (3.22 goals allowed per game). But it's the fashion in which Robinson departed that makes things so distressing in the Meadowlands.