The goaltender always has the statistical advantage when it comes to penalty shots and shootouts. Otherwise the league shooting percentage wouldn't be at 32%. Look the Devils don't have a team of Cam Janssens here. They have guys who have had success in the past on this roster. It just goes to show how quickly things can turn around.
It's funny you bring up Zajac, Elias, and Henrique. All three of those guys have hit the post or have actually beaten the goalie only to fail at actually putting the puck in. The only explanation is bad luck in those instances. The hardest part of shootouts is getting the goalie out of position. The team has been successful at doing that. Actually putting the puck in should be the easy part, but it hasn't happened at all.
There is no explanation for the failures this year other than bad luck.
Mike, you're shifting. The first part has nothing to do with my reply to you in placing any liability on the Devils goalies, because you can not do so.
Again, the Devils only have ONE SO goal all season. One. You can't score one SO goal all season and put your own goaltenders as one of the causes of the Devils record. If CS or Brodeur allow one goal, they lose. They have to stop every attempt until somehow, someway the Devils find a miracle and score and then hope it's enough. if the Devils were merely bad, instead of historically bad, they had enough goaltending to win a few. If they were average, they might have won more.
An example of bad luck is hitting posts or even pucks bouncing/rolling off sticks when making a move. Bad luck is not finishing after getting the goaltender out of position with a gaping top shelf.
Edited by TheRedStorm, 23 February 2014 - 06:17 PM.