Posted 26 December 2013 - 10:22 AM
If you take away the shootout success would they have made the playoffs in 11/12 season? I can remember. That makes them average to me.
Apparently you can't remember. The Devils finished 10 points ahead of the 7th and 8th place teams, and 13 points ahead of the 9th place team. They went 12-4 in the shootout. Even if they had been, say, 4-12 in the shootout, there's still a good chance they would have gotten in...it's not like they barely squeaked in on the strength of shootout points. And the fact that the Devils did well in the shootout shouldn't really have come as a surprise...to that point, since their implementation, the Devils had been quite good in them, and two of the major players in the Devils' prior success (Parise and Brodeur) were on the team...at the very least, the Devils should've been expected to go at least 8-8 in their 16 shootouts that season, probably 7-9 at worst. The big surprise performer that year was Kovalchuk (who suddenly became about three times as effective in SOs than he had been previously).
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 26 December 2013 - 10:22 AM.
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