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Advantage Margin            +6

As usual, the Devils drew few power plays -- their 320 were the fifth-fewest. But unlike recent seasons, when they led the NHL in allowing the fewest power plays, the Devils gave up 314, a jump of 43 from 2006-07.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        +10


The Devils did their best work when the penalty boxes were empty. Zach Parise had 21 of his 32 goals at even strength, and John Madden gave the Devils a boost with 16 even-strength goals.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin        -5


The Devils managed only 50 power-play goals, last among the eight Eastern Conference teams that made the playoffs -- one reason they signed Brian Rolston. Amazingly, they were an excellent home team despite finishing next-to-last in power-play percentage.

Goals by defensemen            25


Perhaps the biggest difference between the current Devils and New Jersey's three Cup winners from 1995-2003 is the lack of an offensive defenseman. With Scott Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski gone, the Devils generate little from the back line.

Overtime Record             Total: 15-3-4 | OT: 7-3 | SO: 8-4


The Devils were brilliant at home when the game ended in a tie after regulation, going 10-0-2 by winning four games without a loss in regulation and six of eight that went to a shootout. Patrik Elias scored five times in six shootout attempts.
   

NEW JERSEY DEVILS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 99
(4th eAst/6th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 -8
Home Points 52
(3RD eAst/7th NHL)
Away Points 49
(3rd eAst/6th NHL)
Times Scored First  40  |  Record 29-7-4       

The Devils were nothing if not consistent. They scored the game's first goal 20 times at home and 20 on the road. But their decline from 2006-07 is partly due to a drop in getting the first goal from 46 games to 40.

Best 07-08 Number             27-9-7

Devils' record in one-goal games. Almost all of that was due to the brilliance of Martin Brodeur, who won another Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender and is still among hockey's elite despite facing far more tough chances than he used to.       

Worst 07-08 Number          3-9-4
           

Devils' record against their New York-area rivals. New Jersey would have coasted to the Atlantic Division title if it could have done better than 1-4-3 against the Rangers and 2-5-1 against the last-place Islanders.
   
Scheduling

Unlike last season, when the Devils opened with nine straight road games to make sure the new Prudential Center would be ready, New Jersey gets to open at home before making a four-game trip. After that, they play 11 of the next 14 at home.

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