NJ is 17th in shots on goal per game at 28.4
NJ is 29th in goals per game at 2.29.
Look at Carolina, another feeble team:
1st in shots on goal per game at 32.7
17th in goals per game at 2.58
Perhaps the most interesting example: Tampa Bay
28th in shots on goal per game at 26.6
Tied for 2nd in goals per game at 3.15
The teams that put up the most goals are unsurprising - teams like Pittsburgh, Chicago, Tampa Bay. These are teams which have FINISHING power; multiple players that when the puck hits the stick are dangerous. Ironically the two teams with the highest SOG per game, #1Carolina and #2Ottawa, are among the most unsuccessful in the league.
The Devils' problem in my opinion is that they don't have enough finishing players. Endlessly cycling the puck to create high-shot ratio/low-scoring chance opportunities isn't working, especially if the shots are coming from our top 6 which aren't exactly feared around the league. We had better hope that Reid Boucher works out well at an NHL level.