NHL Playoffs 2012: New Jersey Devils' First 2 Rounds by the Numbers

Peter MillsContributor IIIMay 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 08:  Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his powerplay goal at 5:00 of the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 8, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New Jersey Devils have made a surprise run to the Conference finals, clinching a berth with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

The Devils now get to sit back and wait for the fourth team of the final four to emerge. The Rangers and Capitals will play Wednesday night, possibly deciding the Devils' opponent and possibly resulting in a Game 7.

While that happens, the fans can relax for the first time in weeks, take a deep breath, and try to comprehend how they got this far.


-3: The plus/minus rating of Ilya Kovalchuk, the only Devil below zero

0: The number of points of Tim Sestito, who played a total of 6:51 for the team. He was the only Devil (besides Johan Hedberg) without a point.

1: The number of shorthanded goals the Devils have scored, after managing 15 in the regular season. The goal was an empty-netter.

2: The number of game-winning goals by David Clarkson, the only Devil with more than one. His second came in Game 5 against the Flyers, courtesy of Ilya Bryzgalov.

2.05: Martin Brodeur's GAA through the first two rounds, just above his career 2.05.

3: The number of assists that Brodeur has so far. He's tied an NHL record, and is conceivably only half-done. His three points give him more than Jarrett Stoll of the Kings, and just one less than his Los Angeles teammate Jeff Carter.

4: The number of overtime games played by the Devils. In Games 6 and 7 of the first round, Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique scored in single- and double-overtime, respectively. Danny Briere took the first game of Round 2 for the Flyers, and two games later Alexei Ponikarovsky took the series lead for the Devils.

5: The number of points by Patrik Elias in 11 postseason games after managing 78 points in 81 regular season games. The Devils have succeeded despite his largely lackluster performances, though he has contributed at some key times.

6: The number of points by offensive-dynamo Bryce Salvador. The Devils' defenseman, who managed all of nine points during the entire regular season (with no goals). So far, he has two goals—the aforementioned shorthanded empty-netter—and four assists, including one on the power play. He is tied with Marek Zidlicky for the most points by a D-man on the team.

7: The number of goals given up by the Devils in their four wins against the Flyers.

8: The number of wins the team has earned. The number of wins still needed for the Cup.

9: The number of power-play goals scored by the Devils on 43 attempts, giving them a 20.9 percent success rate. Also the number of years since the Devils last made the Eastern Conference Finals.

10: The number of points by Travis Zajac (five goals and five assists) through 12 games, compared to his two goals and four assists in 15 regular season games. He has been one of the driving forces behind the Devils' offense.

11: The number of games that Martin Brodeur completed; he was pulled from Game 3 against Florida, and Johan Hedberg eventually took the loss. In his 11 finishes, Brodeur is 8-2-1.

12: The number of points held by Ilya Kovalchuk. Now that Claude Giroux and Danny Briere have been eliminated, he is the leading remaining scorer in the playoffs. His five goals put him at second among remaining players, while his seven assists would be first.

15: The number of first-period goals by the Devils. They are second behind the Flyers, but the Devils' plus-seven differential in the first period is by far the largest.

16: The number of assists contributed by Devils defensemen so far. Zidlicky has the most of D-men with five. The defense has also contributed four goals.

17.9: The shot percentage of Travis Zajac, first among Devils with at least three shots. He has managed five goals on 28 shots.

20: The number of penalty minutes accrued by David Clarkson, the most by a Devil.

24:38: The ice-time per game of Marek Zidlicky, leading the Devils. 25 seconds behind him is Ilya Kovalchuk at 24:13

32.3: Shots-per-game by the Devils, the most among remaining teams. No team left has more than 30.

40: The age of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur as of Game 4, who became the first goalie to appear in a playoff game as both a teenager and a 40-year-old.

46.3: Faceoff win percentage for the Devils, the worst of all playoff teams. Interestingly enough, the Rangers and Kings are second- and third-worst.

51: The number of shots taken by Zach Parise, by far the most of any Devil. Kovy and Elias are tied for second at 35.

73.9: The PK success rate in the postseason, shockingly-far below the team's record 89.6 rate of this regular season.

412: The number of hits the Devils have as a team, second in the playoffs behind the Rangers (416). This is a full-180 from what we saw this regular season, when the Devils finished among the bottom in hits.

3: Teams left between us and the Cup.


All numbers obtained via Hockey Reference, NHL.com and the New Jersey Devils official website.


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