By John Schweibacher
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The New Jersey Devils were shut out in back-to-back games this past weekend, losing 1-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night at Prudential Center and 4-0 to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night in Minnesota.
New Jersey has been held scoreless over the past 149 minutes and six seconds, going back to Jaromir Jagr’s goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Devils’ 2-1 victory last Tuesday night in Newark.
The goal-less streak is currently the fourth-longest in Devils history:
· 178:12 3/22/11- 3/30/11
· 159:18 12/21/08- 12/27/08
· 154:06 1/24/06- 2/1/06
· 149:06 10/29/13-
· 142:34 3/22/08- 3/27/08
· 137:54 2/27/04- 3/1/04
Martin Brodeur took the hard-luck loss Saturday, the first time he had been on the losing end of a shutout against New Jersey so far in 2013-14. Cory Schneider has been in goal for each of the other three.
Brodeur, who is the NHL’s all-time leader in shutouts with 121, has now taken the loss in 62 shutouts. Brodeur also has two career 1-0 shootout wins, which are counted as shutouts for the opposing goalie, and played one game which ended in a scoreless tie.
Here is the list of Devils goalies that have been on the wrong end of a New Jersey shutout:
· Martin Brodeur 62
· Chris Terreri 13
· Chico Resch 10
· Ron Low 5
· Scott Clemmensen 5
· Sean Burke 4
· Mike Dunham 3
· Craig Billington 3
· Johan Hedberg 3
· Cory Schneider 3
· Alain Chevrier 2
· Corey Schwab 2
· Sam St. Laurent 1
· J.F. Damphousse 1
· John Vanbiesbrouck 1
· Kevin Weekes 1
· Yann Danis 1
According to Hockey-Reference.org, Saturday’s game was the 54th in the regular season in which Brodeur allowed just one goal and did not get a victory. Brodeur allowed only one goal in 26 games that ended in ties, 10 in which he has allowed one goal in an overtime or shootout loss and 18 in which he has given up just one goal in a regulation loss.
The Devils will face the Flyers again this week on Thursday night in Philadelphia. The Flyers made the first coaching change of the 2013-14 season last month, replacing head coach Peter Laviolette with assistant Craig Berube after the Flyers began the season 0-3-0.
Berube played in the NHL for 17 seasons, including 1999-00 when, as a member of the Flyers, he faced the Devils in the Eastern Conference finals.
Berube is the 17th former player (Patrick Roy will become the 18th in January when New Jersey faces Colorado) to play against the Devils in the post-season and go on to become a head coach in the NHL:
· Brent Sutter 1988 NYI
· Bryan Trottier 1988 NYI, 1991 Pitt
· Greg Gilbert 1988 NYI, 1994 NYR
· Dale Hunter 1988, 1990 Was
· Steve Kasper 1988 Bos
· Rick Tocchet 1993 Pit
· Dave Tippett 1993 Pit
· Adam Oates 1995 Bos, 2003 Ana
· Ed Olczyk 1994 NYR
· Craig MacTavish 1994 NYR, 1995 Phi
· Kevin Dineen 1995 Phi
· Wayne Gretzky 1997 NYR
· Randy Cunneyworth 1998 Ott
· Craig Berube 2000 Phi
· Guy Carbonneau 2000 Dal
· Kirk Muller 2000 Dal
· Dan Bylsma 2003 Ana
Jaromir Jagr’s game-winning goal against the Lightning last week was the 119th of his NHL career, moving him past Phil Esposito on the all-time leaderboard:
· Gordie Howe 121
· Jaromir Jagr 119
· Phil Esposito 118
· Brendan Shanahan 109
· Teemu Selanne 108
· Guy Lafleur 97
· Mats Sundin 96
· Steve Yzerman 94
· Sergei Fedorov 93
· Joe Nieuwendyk 93
The Devils host the Nashville Predators Sunday night, their second home game against a Western Conference opponent this season. The first was a 3-2 shootout loss to Vancouver back on October 24th.
The NHL did not play any interconference games last season because of the shortened schedule following the lockout, but going back to 2001-2012, eight of New Jersey’s last 10 games on home ice against Western Conference opponents have been decided in the shootout with the Devils going 5-3 in those games.
Minus: Blanked. The Devils have been shut out four times in their first 14 games this season. New Jersey has been held scoreless four times in their first 14 games played just one other time in club history, six years ago at the start of the 2007-08 season.
Plus: Dainius Zubrus. Devils forward plays in his 1,100th NHL game, joining current teammates Jaromir Jagr (1,405) and Patrik Elias (1,101) in surpassing that career milestone.
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