The numbers are exactly what I thought they would be. The only time we were impressive in goal scoring was a 3 year consecutive stretch of 2nds and 1sts. Other than that, the list is littered with high 20s finishes (a 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, etc). At best, I repeat, BEST, there are some middle-of-the-road finishes at basically the 50% mark (two 14ths and a 15th). At no point did we ever maintain any sort of positive consistency in scoring where we finished in even the top half of the league. Maybe that works for you because you have low standards, which is a shame, but the simple fact of the matter is outside of the 2012 cup run (11th in scoring), we've been anemic at scoring for more than a decade now. The numbers show it, whether you want to believe it or not. Have a nice day.
'93-94 2nd EXCELLENT
'94-95 T-13th with four other teams AVERAGE
'95-96 25th (out of 26 teams) POOR
'96-97 16th AVERAGE
'97-98 9th GOOD
'98-99 2nd EXCELLENT
'99-00 2nd EXCELLENT
'00-01 1st (wow three straight years at 1 or 2) EXCELLENT
'01-02 T-20th (yikes what a fall) POOR
'02-03 14th AVERAGE
'03-04 14th AVERAGE
'05-06 21st POOR
'06-07 T-24th POOR
'07-08 26th POOR
'08-09 15th AVERAGE
'09-10 T-19th (tied with the Rangers and the Isles at 222 apiece) POOR
'10-11 30th POOR
'11-12 T-11th AVERAGE
Obviously scoring this season and last have been an issue as well, but I'm talking about Marty's prime (clearly he was past it last season and this).
So, by my count, for the whole period and not just the last 10 seasons:
Excellent 4 times
Average 6 times
Poor 7 times
It has nothing to do with "low standards"; it has to do with correctly interpreting ironclad numbers over an 18-year sample and not presenting something that isn't there.
Yes, offense has been a problem lately...six "POOR"s and four "AVERAGE"s in the past 10 seasons, and like I've already said, I think some of Marty's best regular-season work came during this time, especially since it was needed. My problem with what you were presenting was, again, you were basically making it sound like Marty's entire career has been spent playing behind offensively-challenged teams and that he was constantly having to win games 1-0. That was a lot closer to being true over the second half of his career, but it absolutely does not apply to the entire sample above.
Ironically, because the Devils stopped winning Cups during that time, some Devils fans and many outsiders will assume that Marty's best goaltending came during the Cup years. It actually was all during the post-lockout era. He faced a lot more shots, had considerably less-talented defensemen to work with, yet put up his many of his best save%s during this era, and the Devils goal differentials were very low for the number of points they accumulated, which shows that they needed every bit of Marty's strong goaltending to overachieve to those records.
It's a little like the head coach who wins championships with the league's best roster, then goes to a bottom feeder and squeezes .500ish records out of minimal talent. His finest work probably came with the .500ish teams, but he'll be remembered for other things.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 09 April 2014 - 03:21 PM.