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Offensive woes were Devils' biggest issue

Saturday, 09.24.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Offensive woes were Devils' biggest issue
Advantage Margin: -4
For the second season in a row and the fourth time in six seasons, the Devils led the League in allowing the fewest power plays (241). Unfortunately, they only drew 237, the lowest total in the NHL since play resumed after the 2004-05 work stoppage.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -11
The Devils didn't get many power-play chances, nor were they very good on the ones they got. New Jersey had a League-low 34 power-play goals and ranked 28th with a 14.4-percent success rate.

Goals by defensemen: 18
No team got less offense from its defense than the Devils, who used 13 players on the blue line last season. Henrik Tallinder was tops with five goals and Andy Greene led all scorers with 23 points. New Jersey got just two power-play goals from its defense.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 81 (11th East/23rd NHL)
Change from 2009-10 -22
Home Points 47 (8th East/19th NHL)
Road Points 34 (13th East/26th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 10-3-2 OT: 7-3 SO: 3-2

The Devils took part in a League-low five shootouts -- partly because they were among the NHL's best in overtime. Ilya Kovalchuk led the NHL with four overtime goals.

Times Scored First: 39
Record: 27-9-3

The Devils were a middle-of-the-pack team in terms of turning first goals into wins, though they were a lot better at home (13-5-2, .750) than on the road (12-6-1, .632).

Best 2010-11 Number: 99
Power plays given up by the Devils at Prudential Center, the fewest by any team in the six seasons of post-work stoppage play.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 171
Non-shootout goals scored by the Devils, the fewest in a full season in franchise history, including their days in Kansas City and Colorado -- and 45 fewer than they scored in 2009-10, when they won the Atlantic Division.

Scheduling
The Devils have a chance to get off to a fast start -- they open with three home games and play four of their first five at the Prudential Center. They have trips of four and five games before Thanksgiving and another four-game trip in January before beginning a season-high six-game homestand.
Quote of the Day

I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh