Dec 18, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) and goalie Martin Brodeur (30) celebrate the Devils 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Number Crunch: New Jersey Devils Stats

Dec 18, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) skates with the puck past Ottawa Senators left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Senators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

There are quite a few stats to take into consideration going into the final game before the team’s Christmas mini-break.

  • Per NHL (through Tom Gulitti) – T-1st in wins after trailing after two periods (5-11). Tied with Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks.

The Devils have been known for coughing up leads late but they have certainly done their best to pull out all the stops in the 3rd period. The Devils got their 5th win of this nature against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. The problem is the first two periods are usually questionable at best.

  • Jaromir Jagr Season – 1st in goals, assists, points (13, 20, 33), plus/minus (+12), game-winning goals (4), shots (88).

Well when we were all joking in the preseason about the “ghost of Jagr” when he was injured all preseason, I’m sure we weren’t expecting this. People guessed that Jagr would post great numbers but who could’ve expected this. Jagr leads the team in almost every category and has just contributed in almost every way possible. Lou Lamoriello definitely looks like a genius right about now.

The Devils are now in 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division after winning in overtime against the Washington Capitals last night. While they still need to hold off the 4 teams chomping at their ankles below them, the Capitals are currently 5 points ahead of them. The Pittsburgh Penguins remain in first with 55 points.

The Devils cannot get comfortable as they still have an uphill battle in the Wild Card race should they fall out of 3rd place.

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