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Examining the New Jersey Devils numbers

Thursday, 09.20.2007 / 10:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


 

NHL.com's 2007-08 Devils Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

Advantage Margin: +96
The Devils had the fourth-fewest power-play opportunities in the NHL, but made up for it by once again allowing fewest opposition power plays than anyone else. The Devils’ 271 advantages against were 34 fewer than Tampa Bay, which was next with 305.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: -5
The Devils didn’t give up a lot while playing at even strength, but they scored even less — their 128 goals scored while playing 5-on-5 were the fewest among the Eastern Conference playoff teams 

Special Teams Goal Margin: +18
New Jersey’s power-play was middle of the pack (16th), but the penalty-killers did an excellent job, allowing a league-low 40 goals with an 85.2 percentage. One drawback: The Devils was torched for 11 shorthanded goals while scoring just four.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 107
(2nd East / 7th NHL)
Change From 2005-06 +6
Home Points 56
(3rd East / 10th NHL)
Road Points 51
(3rd East / 4th NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 18
The Devils don’t count on their defensemen for a lot of goals, but they’re likely to miss Brian Rafalski, who was 8-37-45 and generally made the offense go. No other New Jersey defenseman had more than four goals.

Goals by forwards: 188
The Devils will miss Scott Gomez, their top playmaker (13-47-60), who signed with the Rangers. They need a bounce-back season from Brian Gionta (25 goals, down from 48) and continued improvement from Zack Parise (31 goals) and Travis Zajac (17-25-42 as a rookie).

Overtime Record: 13-1-8 (OT: 3-1, SO: 10-8)
Not surprisingly for a team that plays with a small margin for error, the Devils led the NHL by being involved in 18 shootouts. Martin Brodeur earned 10 of his NHL-record 49 victories in shootout games.

Times Scored First/Record: 46 (Record: 34-7-5)
On a team built around its goaltender, scoring first is a must, and the Devils were tied for fifth in getting on the board first. Their .739 winning percentage when scoring first was sixth in the league

Best 06-07 Number: 32
One-goal victories for the Devils, the most in the NHL. The Devils were 16-10 at the Meadowlands and 16-6 away from home — and were also a league-best 19-7 in one-goal games that were decided in regulation.

Worst 06-07 Number: 101
Non-shootout goals by the Devils at home, the fewest in the Eastern Conference and the second-lowest total in the NHL — only Chicago (86) had fewer goals at home. Not that the Devils filled the net on the road; they had just 105 away from the Meadowlands.

Scheduling:
The price of getting a new building of their own in Newark is a season-opening nine-game road trip that will take the Devils up and down the East Coast. They’ll catch up in mid-January with a stretch in which they play 15 of 18 games at the new Prudential Center.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Devils Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

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