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Devils were deadly in 2008-09 OT, shootouts

by John Kreiser


Category Rank (Conference)
2008-09 Points 106
(3RD eAst/5TH NHL)
Change from 2007-08 +7
Home Points 57
(3RD eAst/6th NHL)
Away Points 49
(2ND eAst/3RD NHL)
Advantage Margin            -17
The Devils had been among the NHL's stingiest teams in allowing power plays. But in 2008-09, they were neither particularly good at staying out of the penalty box or preventing opponents from scoring with the man advantage.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        +30
Zach Parise's breakout season (45-49-94) included 31 even-strength goals, tying him with Ilya Kovalchuk for second in the NHL. The Devils' top seven scorers were all plus players, with six in double figures
Special Teams Goal Margin        +1
The power play was mediocre and didn't draw a lot of penalties. The penalty killers struggled to prevent goals, but partly atoned for their failures by scoring 12 shorthanded goals, tied for third in the NHL; the Devils also tied for second by allowing only 4 SHGs.

Goals by defensemen            19
Since Scott Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski left New Jersey, goals have been few and far between from the blue line. Paul Martin (5) and Johnny Oduya (7) are the only defensemen providing any sort of offense.

Overtime Record
Total: 15-2-2 (OT: 9-2, SO: 6-2)

No team generated more points in games decided after regulation than the Devils, who led the NHL in overtime wins and were 3-1 in shootouts both at home and on the road despite missing Martin Brodeur for most of the season.
Times Scored First
44 (Record: 37-5-2)

No team came close to the Devils' .841 winning percentage when scoring first -- and unfortunately for the opposition, New Jersey was among the NHL's best at getting that first goal.

Best 08-09 Number             25-9
New Jersey's record in one-goal games. The Devils were tops in the East and second to San Jose in one-goal victories; their nine one-goal losses were six fewer than any other team and the fewest by any team since the shootout was adopted for the 2005-06 season.

Worst 08-09 Number          78.0
New Jersey's penalty-killing percentage at the Prudential Center. The Devils were 25th overall on the penalty kill at home and were the worst among the 16 playoff teams.   

The Devils' best home stretch comes between Thanksgiving and the week before Christmas, when they play nine of 10 games at home. That's followed by some tough sledding -- 11 of the next 17 are on the road.

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