Devils went 12-4 in the shootout that year. If one wants to argue that shootouts are based 100% on luck, then I guess one could rule that the Devils could have just as easily gone 4-12 in such games...but they had a guy who had suddenly become an automatic in Kovy, and a couple of other guys who had always been very good in shootouts in Parise and Elias. And Brodeur has always played well in them too, so I can't really make a case for the Devils being much worse than 8-8 in the shootout that year with bad luck. And the teams behind them finished 10 points back. So even with a little worse luck, Devils probably still would've been sixth.
I've pointed it out before, but over Brodeur's last 50 or so games (regular season and playoffs combined) in 2011-12, he put up a save% in the low .920s. Before that stretch, he was pretty shaky...November (.886), December (.899) and January (.897) were all pretty bad...compare that with January (.924), March/April (.921) and the playoffs (.917...was .922 until that Game 6 SC Finals trainwreck game). He was really two goalies that year...one that looked like he might be finished, and one that suddenly had something left...seemingly out of nowhere.
I mean, this is sort of a silly analysis - the Devils lost Parise, who wasn't that good in the shootout in 2011-12, and they went 2-7 last year. It can happen to anyone.
Something that has always fascinated, or maybe irratated, me about Zidlicky and his relationship with Devils fans is that for years all everyone wanted the Devils to trade for was a puck-moving, offensive-minded defenseman, now that we finally have one, one that does his job well and provides a lot of offense from the backend, people hate him and question his style of play. He's a fvcking PMD people, you get what you ask for and as far as PMD's go, he's a damn good one.
I loathe the term PMD but yes, this was inevitable. What about that slick move against the Flyers the other night? Okay - that was preseason. How about this one? - Andy Greene could maybe do something like this. How about this one from last year? http://www.youtube.c...h?v=Fx-FauQ_aN4
He drives play forward. Yes, there are defensive gaffes. Yes, sometimes he's overaggressive. He's willing to shoot the puck and can pass it at the point too.
BehindTheNet has him on the ice for 3 short handed goals last year 5 v 4, 25 over the last 6 years: http://www.behindthe... 33 34 45 46 63
Edited by Triumph, 03 October 2013 - 10:56 AM.