Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:45 PM
It's funny...I remember when it was announced that the shootout would be implemented to eliminate ties, more than one Ranger fan told me that the Devils would suck at them. Not enough creative, skilled or flashy players to possibly succeed at it. Yet, the Devils haven't been just good at winning them. All-around, they've been the BEST, and by a fair margin at that.
They've now been involved in 79 shootouts since 2005. Only three teams have played in more.
They have a record of 51-28 in those 79 shootouts. That's a winning% of .646. Only one other team is above .600, and that's Pittsburgh at .620. No other team has as many shootout wins as the Devils.
They boast a lifetime shooting% of 41.4 (108-for-261), including a 55.6 mark this season. The second place team is at 37.5%. That 3.9% gap is by far the widest between teams. The teams beyond the Devils are very tightly packed, which shows how much better the Devils really have been at this thing than everyone else.
They're 8th in lifetime save percentage at .703 (.727 this season)...a good bit behind the 1st-place Rangers (.744), but one of only 9 teams to boast a .700-or-better save% since the shootout's inception.
The point of all of this? As far as this the shootout goes, we really don't have much to complain about. Not one team has performed as well in them as the Devils have.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 10 February 2012 - 04:19 PM.
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