The Devils in the Details: March 24 – March 30
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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 24 and March 30, a week that saw the Devils walked away with 3 points (0-0-3), but could have done much better. The Devils surrendered a two-goal lead twice against the Lightning on Friday night (with Tampa Bay tying the game with 15 seconds left) and a 1-goal lead twice to the Panthers (with Florida tying the game with 27 seconds left). While the Devils are happy to take the points, it would have been nice to get a bigger gap between themselves and 8th place. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about…let’s look at some stats!
With Ilya Kovalchuk out with a shoulder injury, the Devils will have to find goal-scoring from other sources. This week, goals came from some familiar and new faces. Andrei Loktionov continued his strong play, tallying 2 goals in the week, tying Steve Bernier for the week’s lead. Both of Bernier’s goals came in Saturday’s match-up with the Florida Panthers. Tom Kostopoulos finally got on the scoresheet when he scored his first goal as a New Jersey Devil on a penalty shot against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Looking at assists, defenseman Andy Greene was the only Devil to register multiple assists this week, tying him for the week’s lead in points (3) with Loktionov (2G, 1A), and Bernier (2G, 1A).
David Clarkson held a strong lead in shots on goal this week with 13, but failed to get any of those behind the goalies. Ryan Carter led the team in shooting percentage (.500), scoring a goal on one of his two shots this week. Andrei Loktionov and Steve Bernier tied for second place (.333) each scoring two goals on six shots.
Martin Brodeur’s best statistical performance came in Saturday’s game against the Panthers, where he stopped 27 of 30 shots. For the week, Brodeur finished 0-0-3 with a 0.870 save percentage and a 2.82 GAA. While they’re not the numbers we usually expect from Brodeur, he did make some crucial stops during all three games, and answered when he was called upon.
This week’s Shocking Stat focuses on Tom Kostopoulos and his performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning. First of all, Kostopoulos became the first Devil in team history to score their first franchise goal on a penalty shot. On top of that, Kostopoulos was only an assist away from a Gordie Howe Hat Trick after dropping the gloves with Lightning rookie Radko Gudas.
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