The New Jersey Devils finished off November with a strong record of 8-4-1 to make an attempt at evening out their record. After their final game of November, their record stood at 11-11-5. Both Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur put up solid games on many occasions, but the team found little scoring help in most of their November losses.
Jaromir Jagr led the team in two major categories for this month. He led the team in points (12) and goals (8) while also coming 1 shot-on-goal short of the team lead. Eric Gelinas made his presence felt with the 35 shots that led the team to go along with 1 goal and 7 assists. Andy Greene logged 10 points, including a team-high 8 assists for the month. He also topped the team in average ice time by almost 4 minutes over Marek Zidlicky.
On the powerplay, Eric Gelinas proved to be very valuable. He had 5 PPA and 1 PPG, while both Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique logged a goal and 2 assists on special teams. Andy Greene had 3 PPA and Zidlicky netted 2 PPG.
In the +/- department, Dainius Zubrus and Travis Zajac tied for the top spot with a +9 rating. Jaromir Jagr came in third with a +7, with Anton Volchenkov and Andy Greene logging +6 ratings. Volchenkov was tagged with injuries in November and only played in 7 games, but still managed to maintain a good +/- rating. Elias also had a little bit of injury problems as he only played in 9 games but still registered 2 goals and 5 assists.
Both goaltenders deserved to be in the Top Performers category for November. Cory Schneider played in 6 games and went 3-2-1 with a 1.31 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage. He made 127 saves and only allowed 8 goals to go with his 1 shutout. Brodeur played in 9 games, went 5-4-0, and posted a 1.68 GAA with a save percentage of .932. Brodeur made 204 saves, gave up 15 goals, and recorded two shutouts.
Despite playing in 13 of the 15 games in November, Damien Brunner only recorded 1 assist and a -1 rating. He took 19 shots and had the most for a player to not score a goal that month. Steve Bernier and Michael Ryder both posted -3 ratings for the month, but also found a little bit of production. Bernier posted 1 goal and 2 assists, while Ryder had 1 goal and 3 assists. Both played in all 15 games.
Jacob Josefson played in more than half of the games (9) but did not record a point and posted a -2 rating. He only took 6 shots on goal with an average ice time just over 10 minutes.
There has now been 27 games played and here are the players that have been scratched. Keep in mind, even if the player is an injured scratch, it still counts as a scratch.
Jacob Josefson (16)
Mark Fayne (10)
Mattias Tedenby (9)
Adam Larsson (7)
Peter Harrold (6)
Patrik Elias (4)
Rostislav Olesz (4)*
Ryan Carter (3)
Stephen Gionta (3)
Anton Volchenkov (3)
Damien Brunner (3)
Jon Merrill (2)
Travis Zajac (2)
Andrei Loktionov (2)
Cam Janssen (1)
Cory Schneider (1)
Stay tuned to Pucks and Pitchforks for the start of December’s games.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.