Team Recap: 10th-seeded ’00-’01 New Jersey Devils

The 10th-seeded '00-'01 New Jersey Devils

The 10th-seeded ’00-’01 New Jersey Devils

  • Jason Arnott (C)
    • 4 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -3   8 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Martin Brodeur (G)
    • 4 GP   4 GS   0-3-1   4.00 GAA   .888 SV%   0 SO   2* Stars
  • Mike Commodore (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ken Daneyko (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +1   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Patrik Elias (LW)
    • 4 GP   2* G   2 A   4* P   -2   14 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Scott Gomez (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   3* A   3 P   -2   4 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bobby Holik (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • John Madden (C)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -1   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Randy McKay (RW)
    • 4 GP   2* G   0 A   2 P   -1   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2* Stars
  • Jim McKenzie (LW)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Willie Mitchell (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Alexander Mogilny (RW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -2   6 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sergei Nemchinov (LW)
    •  4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -3   3 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Scott Niedermayer (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -9   2 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sean O’Donnell (D)
    • 3 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jay Pandolfo (LW)
    • 4 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   -1   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Brian Rafalski (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   5 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Scott Stevens (D)
    • 4 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   -6   15 S   0 GWG   4* PIM   0 Stars
  • Petr Sykora (RW)
    • 4 GP   2* G   1 A   3 P   -3   23* S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Colin White (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +2*   3 S   0 GWG   4* PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 0-3-1
  • Goals Scored: 8
  • Goals/Game: 2.00
  • Goals Allowed: 16
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 4.00
  • Shots: 95
  • Shots Allowed: 143
  • Shots/Game: 23.8 – 2nd-fewest in tournament
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 35.8
  • # of PP’s: 9
  • PPG’s: 0
  • PP%: 0.0% – 1 of 11 teams to not score a PPG in tournament
  • TSH: 4 – T-3rd least in tournament
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 50.0% – T-2nd lowest in tournament
  • Penalties in minutes: 12

In their first Ultimate NHL Playoff appearance, the ’00-’01 New Jersey Devils  had a tournament to forget. They did not win a game. This coming after last year’s representative in the inaugural UNP made it out of the Second Round.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Swept by 23rd-seeded ’79-’80 Buffalo Sabres

 

The ’00-’01 regular season was the only full season under head coach Larry Robinson. It certainly wasn’t a bad one either. The Devils posted a 48-19-12-3 record for 111 points, which was first in the Atlantic Division and the first seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Surprisingly, the Devils finished as the top offense in the league, averaging 3.56 goals per game, while they allowed just 2.38 goals per game, which was fifth in the league. Hockey Reference ranked New Jersey’s strength of schedule as the easiest in the league, out of 30 teams. Meanwhile, Hockey Reference’s SRS ranked the Devils as the best team in the league with a 1.10 rating, which is the highest in New Jersey’s history for a season. The Devils began the playoffs by eliminating the 8th-seeded Carolina Hurricanes in six games, after taking a 3-0 series lead. Then, in the Conference Semifinals, the Devils fell behind the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2, but New Jersey took the final two games, including a 5-1 blowout in Game 7, to advance to the Conference Final. The Devils easily handled the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Conference Final to advance to their third Stanley Cup Final. After taking a 3-2 series lead over the Colorado Avalanche in the Final, they lost Game’s 6 and 7 to lose in the Final for the first time in franchise history.

Longtime Devil, Patrik Elias was the team’s leading scorer with 96 points, as well as the team’s top playmaker with 56 assists, after appearing in all 82 games. Alexander Mogilny was second behind Elias with 83 points in only 75 games. However, Mogilny was the team’s leading goal-scorer with 43 geno’s while Elias was a close second with 30 goals. Scott Gomez, who won the Calder Trophy in the previous season, was second behind Elias in helpers with 49. This team supplied a fair amount of nasty and it was rookie defenseman Colin White who led them in penalties in minutes with 155 while noted enforcer Jim McKenzie was second with 119. The Devils had a goaltender you may have heard of in Martin Brodeur. He wasn’t too bad. Had a couple decent seasons. In ’00-’01, Brodeur appeared in 72 games and posted a record of 42-17-11 with a 2.32 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. In the playoffs, his save percentage actually dipped below .900. Brodeur also posted the second-highest Point Share for New Jersey at 11.3, which was behind only Elias who had a 12.5 Point Share. Longtime shutdown forward John Madden won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the only time in his career, which I found a bit surprising.

Up next are the ’19-’20 Ottawa Senators!

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