The Devils in the Details: March 17 – March 23
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The Devils in the Details will be a weekly post, looking back on the stats from your New Jersey Devils in their past week of play. Games between Sunday and Saturday from every week will be highlighted, with stats like Goals, Assists, PIM, Shots, etc. being the main focus. This week, we take a look at the Devils between March 17 and March 23. The Devils started the week off with a tough 3-2 loss to their rivals, the New York Rangers. After that, however, the Devils turned up the tempo and walked away with wins over the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers to finish the week 2-1-0.
The Devils relied on a lot of different people this week to get their goals from, with Martin Brodeur even contributing as he was given credit on an own-goal by the Carolina Hurricanes. Eight different players scored goals for the Devils this week, with David Clarkson scoring his team-leading 12th of the season, and Travis Zajac getting out of a recent scoring slump. Zajac also led the team in assists (4) this week, as he becomes a much more involved and effective player, reminiscent of what we saw from him at the start of the season. Ilya Kovalchuk regained his title as the team’s shot-leader of the week, hitting the net 13 times this week, although he’ll be giving that title up for the next few weeks as he sits out with a shoulder injury.
Adam Larsson led the team in plus-minus this week with a +4, with Andy Greene and Travis Zajac tied for second at a +2. Travis also led the team in shooting percentage at 50%, scoring on one of his two shots this week. Taking into account his plus-minus rating, goal-scoring, assists, and shooting percentage, I’d have to take Zajac as this week’s Player of the Week…although the man wearing #30 would probably have something to say about that.
Johan Hedberg got the nod against the Rangers on Monday, and despite a rocky start in the first period, was able to put together a solid performance, but still fell short against the blue-shirts. Martin Brodeur made his return from injury on Thursday night in Carolina, and boy was he ready to play. Brodeur made 11 huge stops in the first period, and stopped 17 of 18 shots against the Hurricanes. The future Hall-of-Famer put up identical numbers against the Panthers on Saturday, and was a critical element in both of the Devils wins this week. Marty making a strong return like this is huge for the Devils as they play their final 16 games of the season.
For this week’s Shocking Stat we look at (what else?) Brodeur’s goal. It’s the third total goal of his illustrious career, and the second in the regular season. The goal was also scored on a New Jersey power-play, making him only the second goalie in NHL history to score a power-play goal. The goal also ties Brodeur with players like Drew Doughty, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Jason Chimera for total goals in the 2013 season.
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