Each week, I’ll bring you 5 random numbers from the New Jersey Devils and a couple more from the world of hockey (or a few … or just one. Whatever!)
That’s how many goals the Devils scored in a split-squad game in Prince Edward Island, defeating the Ottawa Senators, 8-1. You have to go back 9 years, when the Devils bested the Rangers, 8-5, in December 2008, to find the last time they scored 8 in a single game. The last time the team won by a margin larger than 7? 2000, a 9-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
That’s when Jesper Bratt was selected in the 6th round by the Devils in 2016. He cracked the team’s opening game regular-season roster.
Cory Schneider‘s goals against average last season. It was certainly a season to forget for the Devils in 2016-17, but with so much youth and optimism going into the season, expect this number to drop.
The number of Hayes brothers playing in the NHL this season: Jimmy with the Devils, Kevin with the Rangers.
The Devils has an interesting history with brother connections. The most famous of course being the Niedermayer brothers facing off in the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals. Scott would raise his third cup with NJ, while Rob would have to wait a few years to get his first championship (with his brother Scott by his side in Anaheim). Ironically, later in their careers, they swapped positions: in 2009-2010, Scott played for Anaheim and Rob played for New Jersey.
Other brother tandems who have played at different times in the Garden State:
Stephen and Brian Gionta
Aaron and Neal Broten
Claude and Jocelyn Lemieux
Patrik and Peter Sundstrom (the first Swedish twins in the NHL, both played with Jersey for the 1989-1990 season.
How many commemorative 35th anniversary patches the Devils will be giving away at their season & home opener on Saturday afternoon against Colorado (note the 2 PM ET start time).
How many times I hope Marcus Johansson‘s father Lars dances in the Devils’ locker room this season.
Other numbers from around the league:
That’s the average number of penalties called in the 2017-18 NHL preseason. Of course, 58,000 of those penalties were faceoff infractions.
Joking aside, if this volume persists, we will see the highest penalty totals in the NHL since 2005-06 (or pretty much all of Tiger Williams’ career).
Arda Ocal is the host of The MSG Hockey Show, appears on New Jersey Devils broadcasts on MSG Networks and is a host on the “New Jersey Devils All-Access Podcast.” He decided to write a weekly numbers blog simply so that he puts his math degree to use in some way. It’s literally collecting dust on the wall.
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