The reason there is less coverage is because NJ is torn between the Rangers in the north and the Flyers in the south. This is one of the most difficult sports markets around. Way too many teams. The Devils are relatively new here (not counting the MetroStars, Liberty, etc, that you mentioned). Most of the guys on the team aren't even from the NJ area and many are European and don't speak the english language well and don't make for good interviews, so sports reporters don't like that unfortunatly.
Anyways, we're very underrated, and the fan base is small as well, the only time the arena sells out is when we're playing the Flyers or the Rangers when their fans come to watch. Hell, we can't even fill it in the playoffs.
Just remember, the last time the Devils took the cup they swept Detroit, it took you 6 (with OT!) games to beat Buffalo!
Oh, and by the way, we are HARDLY pansies, dont for a minute think this will be a 5 game series. If we're going to lose we will take you to the 7th game tied in the 3rd and make you EARN that cup!!