NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 18: Head coach John Hynes of the New Jersey Devils works the bench against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on April 18, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Hynes was in his fifth season with the team. He had taken the team to one playoff appearance in 2017-18 but had suffered losing seasons in the other three. The Devils began the 2019-20 season 9-13-4, sitting next to last in the Eastern Conference.
His final game was a 7-1 loss to Buffalo Monday night.
Assistant coach Alain Nasreddine was named interim head coach.
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