The New Jersey Devils finished the month of October with a 3-5-4 record and didn’t even register their first win until their 8th game on October 19th against the New York Rangers.
Including their first win, they finished the month 3-1-1 and looked to turn things around after their very poor start.
Here are some of the top contributors to the month, along with the lowly contributors:
There were two guys who have reputations of producing but weren’t expected to contribute as much as they did. Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky put forward great efforts in the month of October with 10 and 9 points respectively. Jagr recorded 3 goals and 7 assists in the 12 games of October with 4 power play assists. Zidlicky proved to be helpful on the power play as well. Zidlicky had 1 goal and 8 assists for the month of October and 1 goal and 3 assists were on the power play.
Jagr also posted the best +/- with a +3 followed by Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus at +2. Jacob Josefson posted a +1 in the 2 games he played during October. Andy Greene led the team in Average Time on Ice by almost 2 minutes at 24:22. Marek Zidlicky came in second behind him at 22:46.
Damien Brunner shot the puck a lot of times as he led the team with 33 shots and had a shooting percentage of 12.1% to go with his 4 goals on the month. Jagr and Elias tied for second with 27 shots and both had an 11.1% shooting percentage.
Cory Schneider ended October as the better goaltender despite the 1-3-2 record. He posted a 2.14 goals-against average and a sub-par .915 save percentage. Schneider recorded 1 shutout and gave up 5 less goals than Brodeur despite facing 4 more shots.
Martin Brodeur struggled mightily in the first month of the season. Playing in half the games, Brodeur may have tallied more wins than his competitor (2-2-2), he gave up more goals on less shots and posted a 2.94 GAA with a save percentage of .879%.
Most of the team found themselves in the negatives for +/-, but the biggest culprit was Steve Bernier. Steve posted a -8 for the month while a tie between Damien Brunner and Peter Harrold landed in second-to-last at -6.
Despite playing in all but 1 game, Andrei Loktionov still only had 6 shots-on-goal which was tied for 4th worst on the team. Everyone below him had played in 6 games or less for the month.
Stay tuned to Pucks and Pitchforks for the first part of November’s games.