Three Stars of the Game:
3rd Star: Alex Killorn (1 goal, 1 assist)
2nd Star: Andy Greene (1 goal, 1 assist)
1st Star: Steven Stamkos (2 goals, 1 assist)
Stephen Gionta, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Bryce Salvador all made their returns from injury, but it wasn’t enough as the Devils (15-11-8) dropped another tough one in the shootout Friday night to the Tampa Bay Lightning (15-18-1). The offense wasn’t the problem this time, it was the defensive play. The Devils scored in almost every way they could, scoring goals at even strength, on the power play, shorthanded, and even on a penalty shot, but couldn’t put one past Mathieu Garon during the shootout. The Devils are now 2 – 6 this year in the shootout, a huge drop-off from their shootout success last year.
Game Time: 7:30 PM
Radio: 660 WFAN AM, 101.9 FM
For the first and only time this season, the New Jersey Devils (15-11-7) will travel to Tampa Bay to face-off against the Lightning (14-18-1). The previous two meetings between the teams were split, with the Devils winning the first game 4-2, and the Lightning taking the second contest 5-2. The Devils will look to bounce back from a 3-2 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators, while the Lightning will look to continue their strong play at home.
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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.
From before the lockout until now, I’ve seen a good amount about how this year’s Devils team was going to be much worse than last year’s team. I was curious to see what the stats said about how the two teams compared. So for those who are not very fond of math, you may want to stay away from this post because I’m about to throw a lot of numbers your way. Ready? OK, here we go. The Devils are now 64.58% through their season this year. In comparison to last year’s full season, that’s roughly 53 games into the season. Actually its 52.95 games, but I’ll be nice and round it off to 53 games. Game 53 was on February 7th, 2012. Here are a few stats at that point last season:
- The power play was operating at 16.39% (Scoring 30 goals on 183 power play opportunities)
- The penalty kill was operating at 88.71% (Allowed 21 goals on 186 times shorthanded)
- The Devils had allowed 2 or more power play goals in 3 games (5.66% of their games)
- The Devils were shorthanded 4 or more times in 26 games (49.06% of their games)
- Their goals against average was at 2.75 GA/G*
- Their goals for average was 2.66 GF/G*
- They had picked up 61.32% of possible points
Now here are some stats from this season so far:
- The power play is operating at 17.8% (Scoring 21 goals on 118 power play opportunities)
- The penalty kill is operating at 79.66% (Allowing 24 goals on 118 times shorthanded)
- The Devils have allowed 2 or more power play goals in 5 games (16.13%)
- The Devils have been shorthanded 4 or more times in 16 games (51.61% of their games)
- Their goals against average is at 2.61 GA/G*
- Their goals for average is 2.45 GF/G*
- They’ve picked up 54.8% of possible points
So doing some subtraction, you can see that:
- The power play has picked up 1.41%
- The penalty kill has dropped 9.05% (Of course, last year was a NHL record setting PK)
- They have allowed 2 or more power play goals in 10.47% more of their games
- They have been shorthanded 4 or more times in 2.55% more of their games.
- They are allowing .14 fewer goals per game
- They are scoring .21 fewer goals per game
- They’ve picked up 6.52% less of possible points
As you can see, the Devils have bettered their power play and goals against average, but their goals for, penalty kill, and discipline have gone down. And, overall, are picking up points at a slower pace. Now, none of these stats jump out as a reason to hit the panic button (aside from the penalty kill, but come on, did we seriously expect them to break their own record?) but their performance has dipped just a bit. Injuries and offseason losses have played a big part in this. You can almost attach each dipped stat to a specific player. Martin Brodeur’s absence is going to affect things like the penalty kill and power play goals allowed per game, and losses of Zach Parise to free agency, not resigning Petr Sykora, and Dainius Zubrus to injury have affected the scoring (albeit not by much). Overall, the Devils’ performance has gone down, but not necessarily by all that much, or at least, not as much as most thought it was going to. Now, with Marty Brodeur back and a few other pieces hopefully getting healthy within the next few days it’s crunch time. With only 17 games (or 35.42% of the season) remaining and hovering around the playoff bubble, every game and every point is critical.
*I decided to not count the goals scored in the shootout. That is, for a game that goes to a shootout after being tied 2-2, the final score would be 3-2 in favor of the team that wins the shootout. I chose not to count that extra “goal” as part of the goals against or goals for average. I’ll include them here, though, in case anyone wants to know the numbers with those included: 2011-2012: 2.79 GA/G, 2.83 GF/G | 2012-2013: 2.74 GA/G, 2.52 GF/G
For the first time since their exciting 7-game series in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the New Jersey Devils (14-11-6) will square off against the Florida Panthers (9-16-6) at the Prudential Center Saturday evening. The Devils will look to continue their strong performance, after a commanding 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, while the Florida Panthers will look to add to a current 2-game winning streak as they claw their way back into the Eastern Conference standings.
As not only a New Jersey Devils fan, but also a Devils blogger, I usually don’t react too quickly to the news of acquiring a new player. I like to look at numbers, and get some feedback. However, when I heard that the Devils had acquired Matt D’Agostini, I was pretty excited even before getting some feedback.
I’ve heard the name Matt D’Agostini for a while now, not because he’s exactly a high-scoring sniper, but there are certain guys on some teams that stand out. Guys that fans seem to love when they watch them play every game, even if they’re not lighting the lamp that often.
Of course, when a trade is made, one of the first things people are going to look at are the numbers. D’Agostini’s numbers, at least this season, are not that impressive.
However, let me take you back just to just short time ago… to the time when Steve Bernier was signed after being invited to camp.
New Jersey Devils (13-11-6) @ Carolina Hurricanes (15-12-2)
TV: NHLN-US, MSG PLUS 2
RADIO: WFAN 660 AM & 101.9 FM
GAME TIME: 7:00 PM
The Devils are heading down to Carolina for their third and last match up with the Hurricanes. Carolina has two wins over New Jersey and we’re all hoping the Devils don’t get swept up tonight. To add fuel to the fire, the Devils fell out of the top eight while losing their third in the a row to the Rangers on Tuesday and the Hurricanes are trying to hold onto their playoff spot after their fourth straight loss.
The Devils have been playing better as of late, but the one issue they are having that has not left them is the inability to finish scoring opportunities. That was very evident as the Devils fell to the Ranger 3-2 Tuesday night at The Rock.
A pretty wide open first period saw the score land at 2-2 at the end of it. The Rangers opened the scoring as Michael Del Zotto bunted a puck out of mid-air after Johan Hedberg (making his 13th straight start) fumbled the puck halfway up the boards. This was not the main reason for the goal but it put the Devils in a sort of panic and wound up leaving two Rangers right in front of Hedberg for the first goal. This is the 12th time in the last 14 games the Devils have given up the first goal. Giving up the first goal has been a big reason for the struggles the past month, you do not want to be chasing all of the time.
I’ve had my fair share of seats around the Prudential Center; Section 106, Section 2 and I was fortunate enough to spend last season’s Playoff and Final games in a luxury box, but I have yet to sit in a club seat, until now. This was going to be a new experience and I was thrilled; excited to see the game from this vantage point, have access to the Fire Lounge and last but not least, check-out the buffet. To make the most of my ticket price, I got there right when the doors open and staked claim to a seat right at the bar.
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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 10 and March 16, a week that saw the Devils vastly improve over their recent play. The team went 2-1-1, including a strong 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils also went 1-1 in the shootout, winning against Winnipeg, and falling to the Flyers. The Devils only regulation loss came to Montreal on Saturday evening, 2-1.