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Schwei: Devils Notes And Observations From The Week That Was

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By John Schweibacher
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The Devils are still slumping as they bring a four-game losing streak into the week after settling for a point in their 4-3 shootout loss on Saturday afternoon in Buffalo.

New Jersey fell to 0-3 in shootouts this season — 0-2 away from home. The Devils were 4-0 on the road and 12-4 overall in shootouts in 2011-12.

New Jersey is now an NHL-worst 1-5 in games decided after regulation after tying Colorado with a league-best 16-6 mark in games decided in either overtime or shootouts last season.

Here is how the Devils have fared in overtime/shootout decisions since the shootout was introduced for the 2005-06 NHL season.

Season/ W-L /Wins Rank
• 2012-13/ 1-5/ 30th

• 2011-12/ 16-6/ 1st (tied)

• 2010-11/ 10-5/ 14th (tied)

• 2009-10/ 8-7/ 24th (tied)

• 2008-09/ 15-4/ 1st

• 2007-08 15-7 2nd (tied)

• 2006-07/ 13-9/ 8th

• 2005-06/ 13-9/ 3rd (tied)

Despite their overtime and shootout woes so far this season, New Jersey has by far the best tiebreaker record in the NHL since the 2004-05 lockout.

Best Records in OT/Shootouts (2005-06 to date*)
• New Jersey, 91-51/ .640

• Colorado, 76-55/ .580

• Pittsburgh, 83-63/ .568

• Dallas, 82-63/ .566

• Buffalo, 85-66/ .560

Worst Records in OT/Shootouts (2005-06 to date*)

• Calgary, 43-79/ .352

• Florida, 59-95/ .383

• St. Louis, 59-85/ .410

• Ottawa, 49-67/ .422

• Philadelphia, 54-73/ .425

(*-totals through 3/3/13)

Martin Brodeur went on the injured-reserve list last week with back soreness. Brodeur has missed games due to injury in four of the last five seasons, but the Devils have actually fared slightly better without Brodeur in net. Here are New Jersey’s won/loss records and points percentage with Brodeur and their backup goaltenders since 2008-09.

Brodeur:
2012-13: 8-2-3

2011-12: 31-21-4

2010-11: 23-26-3

2009-10: 45-25-6

2008-09: 19-9-3
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126-83-19 .594

Hedberg:
2012-13: 2-4-2

2011-12: 17-7-2
2010-11: 15-12-2

McKenna:
2010-11: 0-1-0

Danis:
2009-10: 3-2-1

Clemmensen:
2008-09: 25-13-1

Weekes:
7-5-0

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69-44-8 .603

Andrew Ladd scored just eight seconds into the game in the Jets’ 3-1 win over the Devils this past Thursday in Winnipeg. It was the fastest goal ever allowed by New Jersey in club history and the second time that Hedberg surrendered a goal in the first 11 seconds of a start as a Devil.

Here is the list of the fastest goals against the Devils to begin a game.

•0:08 – Andrew Ladd 2/28/13 Hedberg 3-1 loss at Wpg
•0:10 – Yvon Corriveau 1/24/90 Burke 3-2 win vs. Wsh
•0:11 – Brian Gionta 12/2/10 Hedberg 5-1 loss vs. Mtl
•0:11 – Saku Koivu 1/5/06 Brodeur 5-4 win vs. Mtl
•0:15 – Michel Goulet 4/4/87 Billington 8-4 loss at Que
•0:16 – Murray Craven 3/12/88 Burke 6-5 win at Phi
•0:17 – Bengt Gustafsson 3/8/83 Resch 5-4 loss vs Wsh
•0:18 – Teemu Selanne 10/18/01 Brodeur 6-1 win vs SJ
•0:18 – Bill Guerin 11/15/01 Brodeur 5-4 OT loss at Bos
•0:18- Ken Linseman 11/18/89 Terreri 6-4 loss at Bos

Schwei’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: Andrei Loktionov — Extended point-scoring streak to career-best
five games (3 G, 2 A) with goal in loss to Buffalo.

Minus: Four Not — Devils begin week with first four-game winless streak since 2/24 through 3/1 of last season.

Will the Devils turn it around this week? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…