As much as it pains me to say it, if we do miss the playoffs, a large chunk of the responsibility falls on Brodeur.
This year, the Devils have average 2.42 goals per game. Not good, 25th in the league. However, the Devils have had plenty of years where they have had low scoring teams and been successful. Minnesota and LA both average 2.39 goals per game and seem to have no trouble making the playoffs. The difference, has been goaltending.
In looking at the statistical leaders, three of the top for goaltenders in terms of GAA are Schneider, Quick, and Harding.
Minnesota had a problem with an aging goaltender who wasn't performing and they fixed it by playing him only 21 games. Backstrom had gotten hurt, but it was unlikely Minny was going to keep trotting him out there hurt or not. Harding played out of this world with a 1.65 GAA and .935 save % before getting hurt. Now Minny is relying on a kid in Darcy Kuemper (2.42 GAA, .915%) and Bryz, who has done pretty damn good (1.67 GAA, .929%)
Quick and Scheids have nearly identical numbers. Cory has a GAA of 2.00 and save % of .919 while Quick has a 2.03 GAA and .918 save % - Cory has played 3 less games.
The most glaring difference between the Devils and Kings this season has been the goaltenders who've played in the absence of the starter. The Kings got 19 excellent games out of Ben Scrivens before dishing him off to Edmonton. Scrivens posted a .931 save % and a 1.97 GAA (and only managed to go 7-5-5, damn we thought Cory was snake bitten). After trading Scrivens, Martin Jones stepped in and has played phenomenal as well posting a .932 save % and 1.91 GAA in 18 games.
While the Kings have gotten 37 games of .930% and sub 2 GAA hockey from their backups, Brodeur has played 37 games to the tune of a .900 save %, and a 2.52 GAA.
Our scoring woes hurt us this year but what really did us in was 37 games of 2.52 GAA and .900%
Marty, you've been a fan favorite for a long time, but this is not at all how I want to remember you playing. Please call it quits at the end of this year and spare everyone the drama.
Edited by Devils Pride 26, 08 April 2014 - 05:59 PM.