The team finished in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the Atlantic Division Division with a record of 46–20–10–6. After claiming the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference titles, the Devils won their third Stanley Cup championship in a seven-game series against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
- 1 Team Information
- 2 Pre-season
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Schedule and results
- 5 Playoffs
- 6 Stanley Cup Finals
- 7 Media
- 8 Player statistics
- 9 Awards and records
- 10 53rd NHL All-Star Game
- 11 Transactions
- 12 Draft picks
- 13 Roster
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- General Manager: Lou Lamoriello
- Coach: Pat Burns
- Assistant Coaches: Bobby Carpenter, John MacLean
- Goalie Coach: Jacques Caron
- Captain: Scott Stevens
- Assistant Captains: Patrik Elias, Scott Niedermayer
- Arena: Continental Airlines Arena
- Average attendance: 14,858
The Devils tied the Philadelphia Flyers for fewest goals allowed (166) and had the fewest power-play opportunities against (264), the fewest power-play goals against (32) and the best penalty-kill percentage (87.88%). The Devils also tied the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals for fewest short-handed goals allowed, with four. Furthermore, the Devils also had the fewest power-play opportunities for (303), the fewest power-play goals for (36) and the lowest power-play percentage, at 11.88%.
- January 17, 2003: Joe Nieuwendyk scored his 500th career goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2–1 Devils victory.  He then recorded his 1,000th career point on February 23 in a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. 
|1||2||New Jersey Devils||82||46||20||10||6||216||166||108|
|3||8||New York Islanders|
|4||9||New York Rangers|
Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.
|1||P – Ottawa Senators||NE|
|2||Y – New Jersey Devils||AT||82||46||20||10||6||216||166||108|
|3||Y – Tampa Bay Lightning||SE|
|4||X – Philadelphia Flyers||AT|
|5||X – Toronto Maple Leafs||NE|
|6||X – Washington Capitals||SE|
|7||X – Boston Bruins||NE|
|8||X – New York Islanders||AT|
|9||New York Rangers||AT|
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast
P – Clinched Presidents Trophy; Y – Clinched Division; X – Clinched Playoff spot
Schedule and results
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(E2) New Jersey Devils vs. (E7) Boston Bruins
The series opened at Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, and game one was a defensive battle in an ultimate 2–1 Devils victory behind two goals from Jamie Langenbrunner. New Jersey then took control of the series with a 4–2 victory in Game 2.
Down 2–0 in the series but heading home to FleetCenter, Boston shook things up, replacing Steve Shields, who allowed six goals in the first two games, in favor of Jeff Hackett. The shakeup did not do much, as the Devils shut out in the Bruins in Game 3, 3–0, with goalie Martin Brodeur stopping all 29 shots he faced. In game 4, Ken Daneyko was a healthy scratch and did not play that game. It was the first time in his career that he was a healthy scratch in the playoffs. Not wanting to end their season with a winless postseason and a loss in front of their fans, Boston came out firing by winning the game, 5–1 and knocking out Brodeur after the fifth goal in favor of Corey Schwab, who went six-for-six in net.
Unfortunately for the Bruins and their fans, they had only "stayed their execution" until game five in New Jersey, where Brodeur bounced back from his horrid Game 4 with a 28-save shutout in a 3–0 win as Langenbrunner added two more goals.
Eastern Conference Semifinals
(E2) New Jersey Devils vs. (E3) Tampa Bay Lightning
The series opened at Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, where the Devils scored three third-period goals to break a scoreless tie en route to a 3–0 game one victory with goalie Martin Brodeur posting a 15-save shutout in the process. Game two was a little tenser, with New Jersey rallying from a third-period deficit and winning the game 2:09 into overtime, 3–2, on a goal by Jamie Langenbrunner.
In game three at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, the Lightning jumped out to a 3–0 first-period lead. Then, Scott Stevens was injured by a puck that hit him in the face from a slapshot by Pavel Kubina. Following that, New Jersey tied the score before scoring in the third period on a goal by Dave Andreychuk to win the game, 4–3 for Tampa. Stevens recovered and returned for game four, and the Devils responded by winning, 3–1, to push the Lightning to the brink. The Devils ended the series with a 2–1 triple-overtime victory in game five, with Grant Marshall scoring the game-winning goal 11:12 into the sixth period.
Eastern Conference Finals
(E1) Ottawa Senators vs. (E2) New Jersey Devils
The series opened at Corel Centre in Ottawa, where the Senators took game one in overtime, 3–2, when Shaun Van Allen tipped in a pass from Martin Havlát 3:08 into overtime. New Jersey tied the series, 1–1, with a crucial victory in game two, 4–1. It marked the first time Ottawa goalie Patrick Lalime allowed more than two goals in twelve postseason games.
Game three at the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey saw an amazing defensive battle, but New Jersey won the game, 1–0, on a first-period goal by Sergei Brylin. Martin Brodeur posted a 24-save shutout for the Devils in the process. New Jersey appeared to have the series in control when they broke a 2–2 tie in game four with three third-period goals en route to a 5–2 win, and they led in the series, 3–1. But, it wasn't over yet, as Minnesota (twice) and Vancouver rebounded from 3–1 series deficits earlier in the playoffs.
Ottawa returned home for game five, not wanting to lose in front of their fans. They staved off elimination with a 3–1 victory. The tense action resumed back in New Jersey for game six, as the teams entered overtime tied, 1–1, and all the Devils needed was a goal to knock out the Senators. The death blow did not come in game six, as Chris Phillips scored the game-winning goal 15:52 into overtime in the 2–1 Senators victory. This would be the Devils only home loss of the playoffs.
Determined not to suffer the same misfortunes as Colorado, St. Louis, and Vancouver, the Devils broke through in game seven, winning the game, 3–2, as Jeff Friesen knocked in the series-winning goal with just over two minutes to play to send New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the decisive game, the Devils benefited from a two-goal performance by Jamie Langenbrunner, his first goals of the series.
Stanley Cup Finals
For the Devils, this was their fourth Stanley Cup Finals appearance, after making the Finals previously in 1995, 2000, and 2001. As for the Mighty Ducks, it was their first ever Stanley Cup Finals appearance in franchise history after defeating the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, and Minnesota Wild. The Devils had a strong start in game one at the Meadowlands as they shut out the Ducks 3–0. Game two was pretty much Deja Vu for the Devils as they once again blanked the Ducks 3–0. Down 2–0 in the series, the Ducks responded at home in Anaheim with a 3–2 overtime victory. Then, in game four, Anaheim tied the series at two in a 1–0 overtime win. Back at the Meadowlands, game five was much more competitive and high tempo. While both teams went back and forth with three goals each, the Devils would add three more goals to win 6–3. Facing elimination in game six, the Ducks did not disappoint their fans as they won game six 5–2. However, during that game, Scott Stevens laid a vicious check on Paul Kariya, knocking him to the ground. Kariya quickly recovered and scored the game-winning goal, tying the series at three games apiece. The Devils ended the series with an exclamation mark as they shut out the Ducks 3–0 once more to capture their third Stanley Cup championship in nine seasons. While the Devils did win the cup, Jean-Sébastien Giguère of Anaheim won the Conn Smythe Trophy, making it the first time in sixteen years that a player from the losing team won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T/OT = Ties/overtime losses; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;
Awards and records
|Martin Brodeur||Vezina Trophy||End of regular season|
|Martin Brodeur||William Jennings Trophy||End of regular season|
|Martin Brodeur||NHL First All-Star Team - Goaltender||End of regular season|
|Martin Brodeur||Hart Memorial Trophy||Finalist|
|John Madden||Frank J. Selke Trophy||Runner-Up|
53rd NHL All-Star Game
New Jersey Devils NHL All-Star representatives at the 53rd NHL All-Star Game in Sunrise, Florida, at the Office Depot Center.
- Martin Brodeur, G, (Eastern Conference All-Stars)
- Scott Stevens, D, (Eastern Conference All-Stars), Captain, Starter
|Rd #||Pick #||Player||Nat||Pos||Team (League)||Notes|
|1||20||No first-round pick|
|2||51||Anton Kadeykin||Template:Flagu||D||Elemash Elektrostal (Vysshaya Liga)|
|2||53||Barry Tallackson||Template:Flagu||RW||University of Minnesota (WCHA)|||
|3||64||Jason Ryznar||Template:Flagu||LW||University of Michigan (CCHA)|||
|3||84||Marek Chvatal||Template:Flagcountry||D||Oceláři Třinec (Czech Extraliga)|||
|3||85||Ahren Nittel||Template:Flagcountry||LW||Windsor Spitfires (OHL)|
|4||117||Cam Janssen||Template:Flagu||RW||Windsor Spitfires (OHL)|
|5||154||Krisjanis Redlihs||Template:Flagcountry||D||Liepājas Metalurgs (Latvian Hockey League)|
|6||187||Eric Johansson||Template:Flagcountry||C||Tri-City Americans (WHL)|
|7||218||Ilkka Pikkarainen||Template:Flagcountry||RW||HIFK (SM-liiga)|||
|8||250||Dan Glover||Template:Flagcountry||D||Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)|
|9||281||Bill Kinkel||Template:Flagu||LW||Kitchener Rangers (OHL)|
|2002–03 New Jersey Devils|
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- The Devils traded their 2001 first-round pick (later transferred to Buffalo and used on Daniel Paille), along with Randy McKay and Jason Arnott for Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner on March 19, 2002.
- No source exists to indicate why the Devils drafted twice in the second round of 2002.
- The Devils acquired the 2002 third-round pick from Atlanta for Phoenix's 2001 fourth-round pick (used on Milan Gajic) and the Devils' 2002 seventh-round pick (later transferred to San Jose and used on Tim Conboy) on June 24, 2001.
- The Devils had traded their original 2001 third-round pick (used on Beat Schiess-Forster) to Phoenix for the Coyotes' 2002 third-round pick (Marek Chvatal) on June 23, 2001.
- No source exists to indicate where the Devils acquired the pick to draft Pikkarainen.